Had another good sleep and after breakfast went to do my final game of the weekend….I am really happy that after 8 games my knee held up really well and my toe is also healthy again… the little toe divider works well.
Back at the ferry terminal was a wait of one hour this photo was taken from the dock
Being as I was only 15 minutes away from Sara’s house in Duncan I went there and cut her grass again this time I raked all the grass cuttings up and the grounds look really nice….lots of dinners I think I am owed!!!!!
Arrived back at the Bank around 5pm and found Heather and Kirby preparing dinner
Yes that is a turkey, my absolute favourite meal and we had a lovely dinner and afterwards the boys
Zach, Ben and Alex presented me with a lovely cake and pressies!!!
Thank you so much for a wonderful celebration!!!!!
I think that is all
or maybe the news….
From being virtually a babe in arms football or soccer has been my passion and I have been so fortunate to have played at a pretty high level I even played in a game against George Best!! Also travelled to many places in the USA playing and even continued playing when I arrived here on the island 18 years ago. In all that time I was lucky to be almost injury free and 9 years ago when I decided to retire I played my last game and felt good about leaving on my terms. I had already starting refereeing and after playing this was a natural move for me and for the last 12 years I have reffed over 900 games and played a small part in developing the youth movement for refs in my community. Through this pastime I have also travelled to many places in BC and also Washington State and met some great people.
As I get older and thinking about my life style and my future plans I have made the decision to retire from reffing and today was my last game. I wanted to finish on my terms and I embrace my choice and am really happy with it. I have cleaned all my gear and I am going to find a younger ref here in town who has some passion for the game and give her or him my great ref bag with all my equipment and uniforms.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me here on the Island from fellow refs to schedulers, to coaches, players and spectators…a ref is a lonely man or woman and the abuse can be heaped and unmerciful but I leave knowing that I was pretty good at it and every game I tried to be honest and fair….thanks for all the memories…I treasure this plaque that was awarded to me 6 years ago
So the end of an era for me and I embrace the times and look forward to hiking and biking and seeing this beautiful planet…Blessings Les