Well, yesterday was the Mighty Texas Dog Walk for 2005. I haven't yet heard the final number for the walk, but we had beautiful weather and a lot of happy dogs (and people)!
It started fairly well with the alarm going off at 5:30am. Okay, so that isn't so good. But I did wake up and drive down to the Burger Stadium to start setting up the cones. You see, I'm the "Cone Guy". It is official because that is what the police were calling me.
I had 350 cones to place around the stadium and local roads to keep traffic and people away from each other, but it was much smoother this year than last year. For one thing, we had a second pickup truck to help with the cones and watering station supplies. A very good friend of mine came out this year (he has the 2nd pickup) and worked like a champ. We managed to get everything in place by 8:30am. Considering that last year I was trying to get the last of the water stations set up at 9:20 (20 minutes into the walk), this year was amazing.
As far as the walkers were concerned, we had all sorts. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs in carts and even dogs pulling carts. My favorite was a standard poodle that had been dyed the colors of the Jamacian flag - very festive. Yes, yes - temporary dye. No worries.
By noon, we had everything picked up and it was time to scoodle off home for a quick shower and change of clothes. It was time for my nephew's wedding and I was an emergency usher. Again the weather was perfect and the ceromany seemed to go off without a hitch. Of course, I wasn't really involved in the behind the scenes stuff so maybe something was a crisis, but if so they hid it well.
It was a great time, especially because my brother and two sisters, plus associated kids, were there. Even my aunt and cousin from California showed up. It was almost more of a family reunion - and it wasn't even Christmas!
Finally, somewhere in all that excitment, my wife and I were able to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. Interesting that my nephew (12 years younger) and I will share the same anniversary. We made a pact to help remind each other :)