Thursday, October 09, 2008


Late tomorrow afternoon my pals Rags, Bret and I will embark upon our annual pilgrimage to the rolling plains of Illinois. We'll be visiting Rags' brother John and his charming wife Linda, who live in a picturesque house nestled on the shores of Bayles Lake. The setting is tranquil and perfect. On Saturday, we'll be on hand with a huge crowd of Big Ten crazies to watch the fighting Illini take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Champaign.

The game promises to be a good one and, no matter what happens, a good time is assured. Because of our tradition of heading to Illinois for a football game on an annual basis, the three of us have become known to some of our friends as The Illini Brethren. We look forward to this weekend all year long. I have a mediation in Bloomington tomorrow, but will be meeting up with my orange clad brothers at Tristan's house in Indianapolis once that concludes. From there, we will head to the land of Chief Illiniwek.

On Sunday, I will be home in time to watch the final performance of Twelve Angry Jurors at Providence. The weekend promises to be a memorable one. As Don Cornelius of Soul Train fame used to declare, "You can bet your last money....It's gonna be a STONE-GAS, Honey!"


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