February 1, 2017 – Diversions

Last night I went to the DC Auto Show with one of my co-authors. The show wasn’t spectacular in so far as the variety of new, eye-catching vehicles was lacking, but it was a very enjoyable diversion with a great friend who I don’t see often enough. That got me to thinking that it’s time for another light-hearted post as opposed to the more sober ideas I had in mind which can wait for future posts.

Here is a brief list of diversions I’ve experienced with friends and family that make me happy. I hope it makes you think about diversions you cherish or diversions you need to pull out of the day-to-day grind.

  • Delaplane Strawberry Festival: This is a really fun festival put together to support Breast Cancer Research programs. The feel is small town Americana with everything from traditional festival games (three-legged race, tug-of-war, egg toss, etc) to craft vendors to gigantic servings of strawberry sundaes, shortcake or cheesecake. Oh, and the national strawberry eating contest happens there as well.
  • Wine Tasting: Specifically at Linden Winery. The setting is spectacular and they serve small plates of cheese, sausage, etc that are all made in Virginia. I specifically like Linden because even though they are extremely popular and could grow exponentially based on interest, the owner has decided to stay small and locally focused so it feels like you’re part of a small community when you visit.
  • Hiking: Studies show that more time outside leads to greater longevity and happiness. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I know I feel better after a good hike. Very few things remind me of the majesty and power of the Creator more than focused time in nature. There are so many different opportunities to experience nature in its various forms and functions. Each one reminds me that there has to be a God who is capable of more than we can ever imagine.
  • Golf: This one combines three of my favorites—nature, sports, and beer. I’ve seen some beautiful golf courses where I don’t remember how I shot the course, but I vividly remember the course itself. Most impressive among them is the course in Adair, Ireland and ended up having to share a single golf ball between me and one of my co-authors in order to finish the round.

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