Indio, California: My Little Mind keeps wandering back over events, feelings and thoughts from this very emotional past football season and our weekend in Dallas:
THE DUCKS: I couldn't be prouder of the Oregon football team, staff and coaches. They are a class-act and a very good football team. Finishing #2 in the country (and losing only two games all season) is incredible. When Dave and I were in school, Autzen Stadium was nearly empty. Now the athletic department sell hundreds of standing-room-only seats. Having a winning football team brings a lot of attention to a University. More students apply. More money is donated.
OHIO STATE: Another class act and - obviously - a ridiculously outstanding program. Every single Buckeye fan we met was polite. No one said a discouraging word to me before the game and not one OSU fan piped-up with a snide comment after the slaughter. And they could have. Congratulations, Ohio State, on a great game.
THE GAYLORD TEXAN: The normal rate at the Gaylord Texan Hotel is $179. This weekend, rooms started at $379. The facility is massive and self-contained, but it is beginning to show its age a bit and the decor seemed dated. The hotel, knowing full well they were completely sold-out, was hopelessly understaffed. Housekeeping usually showed-up to our room around 4p. The lobby bar ran out of beer and wine on Sunday night. (The last bottle of beer sold, by the way, was a Corona Light.) Things weren't always completely perfect in the terrarium.
FINALLY: I am so happy to be home. No more football. No more frozen toes. I am anxious to try a few new recipes and a few new restaurants - and can't wait to see my gorgeous grandchildren. But first, I'm going to sit down and write a thank you note to Marcus Mariota and wish him well.
Until my next update, I remain, your tired correspondent.
RV PARK: The Motorcoach Country Club