Last year I had said that I don’t really like to make a big deal out of my birthday and that’s still mostly true. This year, all we did was travel out to Gwinnett to visit my parents and take the girls to a fun Halloween party and see some old friends. The next day, we enjoyed a nice breakfast and then traveled out to visit my grandmother. For me, that’s a pretty good birthday weekend. As it turned out, though, my birthday ended up stretching to the next weekend. Adriene’s parents came into town and wanted the celebrate my birthday and I sure wasn’t going to deny them. With a Mute Math concert and a game between Georgia Tech and Wake Forest added in, this turned into a very busy weekend.
Adriene and I didn’t know when we got tickets for the Mute Math show at the Tabernacle that the band would be filming a live DVD. I have to admit that I was expecting a little bit of a letdown for this show. I saw the band three times on the previous tour and I loved it each time, but I feared that it would be more of the same show that I saw before. Instead, we got a whole new set of material from their new album Armistice and some cool new tricks by the band. Among all of the cameras recording the band, they threw one contained in a ball into the crowd and let everyone throw it around. I’m sure that will be some fun footage. I hadn’t really had time to listen to the new album, but it sounded great in the show and it’s getting a lot of airplay now around the house in in my car. I really didn’t expect the show to be so great, but it exceeded all expectations.
Surprisingly, I still had some energy left in the tanks the next morning and we took the girls down for a tailgate before the Georgia Tech-Wake Forest. Georgia Tech has decided we are undesirables and forced us out of our normal tailgate location, but the park on the 5th Street bridge proved the be adequate. We enjoyed re-introducing the girls to many of our friends and they enjoyed the nice fall weather. When Adriene’s parents arrived, the girls were overjoyed. Mom and dad didn’t mind the extra help, either. For the game, Adriene and her mom took the girls home and I went to the game with Adriene’s dad. Give Wake Forest all the credit in the world. They played about as well as they could and nearly pulled the game off, pushing Tech to overtime. However, Head Coach Paul Johnson showed why he is quickly becoming a legend on The Flats. In Overtime, down 27-24 on 4th and 1 on the 3 yard line, Johnson asked QB Josh Nesbitt, “Can you get that first down?” Nesbitt replied, “I know I can.” and Johnson said, “I know you can, too.” How can you not want to play for a coach like that? First down. Touchdown on the next play. Game Over. This season is starting to turn into something special and I’m glad to be along for the ride. Happy Birthday, indeed.