Saturday, October 18, 2008
Booster Club Dinner
Last night, Dave and I took part in one of the greatest experiences in our young, but surprisingly mature, lives. We attended the annual pre-season Booster Club Dinner.
Held in the dining hall of the VFW of Kenilworth, NJ, the dinner proved a who's who for Seton Hall men's basketball fandom. Although Dave and I were on average 30 years younger than the rest of the crowd, everyone was incredibly welcoming -- guys named Sal, Vince, Danny, and all the rest. For while they may not share our generation-Y sensibilities, specifically our insatiable desire for interactive media as well as our well-documented sense of entitlement in the workplace, they share what is most important: a love for SHU hoops.
In many ways, last night was a homecoming for Dave and myself. An observation made all the more poignant by the fact that our actual high school homecoming is taking place at Newark Academy this morning, to which we are both invited as recent alumni. The question is: Newark may be our alma mater in facto, but isn't Seton Hall our patria de coria?!?!?
Starting at 7:30, the dinner kicked off to a great beginning with introductions and drinks. Shortly thereafter, we were feasting on meatballs and baked penne, accompanied by field greens in an italian dressing. After that, the room divided into two groups -- half of the club would convene at the back of the dining room to discuss logistics for the booster club's upcoming trip to Puerto Rico; the other half would gather and discuss recruiting news.
For Dave and I, this was one of the hardest decisions we've ever faced. Like a mother and daughter crying at Ellis Island, we were briefly separated. Given the fact that I am terrible with planning anything, Dave went to listen in on Puerto Rico. I had the honor of getting the recruiting scoop.
More details to come, but rest assured, this season should prove one wild ride. Also, in speaking with Dave during the ride home in my Volkswagen GTI, with the windows rolled down so as to more quickly evaporate our tears of joy, it sounds like this Puerto Rico trip will be life-changing. Forget about the fact that the Hall may face match ups against USC and Memphis. There's going to be a pig roast!! Also, a rainforest tour!! Lastly, we're staying in the San Juan Ritz Carleton, which houses a casino on the ground floor!!
Well, that's all for now. Expect an update on Sunday night, after Dave and I attend the Bobby Gonzales basketball clinic.