Of the People, For the People, By the People

In an empty classroom on campus, a teammate scanned an order list. Half-empty boxes sat on the floor. Rowers waited to hear their names called. Many of us waited for a team jacket to complete the transition from novice to varsity status. Gore-Tex rustled as people tried on their new gold and navy duds. Eventually…

Catching Up with Old Friends

Reunions contain minefields of information and judgment, laughter and reminiscing. I attended the wedding of a rowing mate this past weekend with old friends. Thankfully, it was not one of those weddings where I left in the evening thinking well, that’s not going to last. Between the respectful church ceremony, the bayside reception, the dark…

Electrical Tape

In college, I coxed for the rowing team. A coxswain steers the boat and conveys the race plan to the rowers as they compete in regattas. Also, you use this thing called a cox box. It tells you the stroke rating and other measures while the boat moves through the water. The box connects to…