While spring in the lower half of Idaho has yet to make its presence felt, even though the calendar appears to be making rapid advances on Summer…the south central Texas weather has been, up until yesterday’s frigid cold front (45 degree low at night), on track with the standard death by humidity doldrums common to Gulf de la Mexico regions. This is not meant to regale you with a static weather forecast, but only to relieve your minds of mid-no-season-of-Bronco-football while my mind has been wringing its metaphysical hands in ruminations about why have I been sentenced to the Hades of the south when my heart yearns for the virginity of Idaho climes. No stale air there, no threats of midnight tornados, no range fires hazing up your scenery…oh, wait, sorry…fire season coming soon, if I remember. Well, anyway, is virtual contact better than no contact at all? Can I re-live my residency in Idaho vicariously through OBNUG indefinitely? I recently returned from a conference in Utah, and that was soooo CLOSE! Close enough to real mountains, fresh air, clear skies, low-to-no humidity and far enough away from the next biggest town to feel like I was truly closer to nature out west! Enough meandering. My point is, is living in the anti-climate of Texas worth the pain and suffering of memories long ago and near-misses of my heart of homes, Idaho?
Well, the answer, as counter-intuitive as I set it up to be, is yes, it is worth it; well, at least for now and only for he following reason. My wife sent me a text picture of a kid at her school who wore her “Boise State Athletic Dept” bright blue hoodie for the day; because it was cool enough to do so. She said the girl’s mom had a friend who lived or lives in Boise…AND WE GET TO SEE EVIDENCE OF THE SPREAD OF BRONCO NATION!!! Story goes this seventh/eight grader couldn’t wait to rush to school sporting her new threads!! Furthermore, she makes a bee-line to the principle’s office to show it to my wife, who’s Bronco pennant has been right behind her desk there for over four years--connection! Spouse also wears a BSU tee-shirt on their casual Fridays. She tells stories of how moms and dads and maintenance guys and kids are always excited to exchange their excitement about such a cool program. Oh, and my wife doesn't even watch football, but she loves to hear about the Broncos.
Well, that’s about it. Just one more thing though. I buy the golf balls and shot glasses, license plate borders and parking area signs, I wear the hats, beads, and tees, I put the magnets on my vehicles and host tailgaters during the season; I plant SI magazines and the mini helmet at work, hang-up Bronco Championship pins and articles, pro & con, about all debate concerning the BSU programs…and can only hope that some of it makes a dent in the exceedingly one-sidedness arena of the Texas football culture. I actually walk around pointing out blue & orange color combinations occurring by chance in the world; i.e., stores, traffic, billboards, animal colorations, people's clothes, sunsets, and food items; my family understands, but they still laugh in pseudo derision. I could be a candidate for Daisy Farms rest home soon enough, but I am committed to my alma mater enough that I don’t even care what strangers might think. I just wonder what the other residents there are going to say about the new way that I’ll be wearing my Bronco golf putter.
Anyway, so, you think that maybe what’s it all for…and then one day some kid runs in smiling about it and puts the answer right in your face. I love it when simple things happen.