Last fall my friends Mark and LuAnn invited me to their church to listen to Doty McDowell (a wildlife conservation officer) speak about the elk in Pennsylvania. Now I'm not what you'd call an outdoor kind of girl with any type of interest in hunting or wild animals, but the evening was education and fun. Doty is a great speaker, and it was interesting to hear about how the elk came to Pennsylvania and what the commission does to help control and keep an eye on the herd.
The following weekend they invited me to another church to listen to Sid Bream (former major league baseball player and now a speaker about hunting with God's Great Outdoors). Again, another fun and informative evening. I came away with a camo baseball cap as a souvenier.
Fast forward to March 2013. Mark and LuAnn are very active in the local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The annual banquet was coming up, and LuAnn asked me if I'd help out in the days before the banquet. There was computer work to be done as well as setting up the banquet rooms in the hotel for the games and auction items that would be available to the guests. I was excited to get out of the house for a few days. I ended up meeting the two founders of the RMEF and their wives as well as a great bunch of people on the committe. Now my wardrobe consists of several RMEF T-shirts, a sweatshirt, and pins.
Next on my social calendar is a game banquet this coming weekend at another church. Tickets to this event sell out within a matter of hours when they are made available. Mark is friends with the organizer and his wife, so it was easy for us to get our tickets in time. The real test for me will be Saturday night as we go through the buffet line. I'm not a fan of eating wild game. They tell me there will be the usual chicken and beef; but with 500 guests at this thing, I can only hope they don't run out before I get through the line.
LuAnn tells me it'll be a sea of camo at this event as everyone usually wears something made from camo fabric. I've long since given away my camo cap, and I doubt I would have worn it anyway. But this is the purse I will be carrying - made of genuine Mossy Oak fabric. I can't believe myself.
And I may as well throw in that I'm also watching Duck Dynasty on TV. The show itself is hilarious, but I really appreciate the ending where the family is gathered around the table for a meal; and Phil (the head of the family) leads in prayer before they eat. He even invoked Jesus' name the other night; what's not to love about that. Couple this with the fact that the men are respectful of their wives and children; and the show is just plain good, clean humor. I love it.
My life - sometimes I just have to laugh.