A Dad’s Diary

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Happy Father’s Day from The Booth!

Best wishes to all the Dads out there, who have offered such sage advice over the years to your kids, like “go ask your mom.” It’s your weekend, and your day, so I hope you have been able to do what you enjoy, whatever that might be. Maybe a round of golf, grilling steaks, or just relaxing in the Lay-Z-Boy.

Congrats are in order for my fellow “Sports Dog,” Ryan Rutherford (a.k.a. The Duke), who tied the knot this weekend. I wish him a long and happy marriage, and hope he gets to someday enjoy the ups (and downs) of fatherhood.

My Father’s Day weekend has been a good one. It started Friday with a visit from my son, as we celebrated an early Father’s Day and his 24th birthday. The pizza, ice cream cake, and gifts were secondary to the visit itself. 24 years has gone by in the blink of an eye, and it’s the time spent that matters, not material things.

Saturday was my annual “Guy’s Day Out,” as me and “my buds” went to DC for a baseball game between the Nats and Marlins. After figuring out how to put money on a Metro card, and which trains would get us to the ballpark, we made it to Half Street for a quick beverage and some wings at B-Dubs, then a short walk to Nationals Park. Our seats were incredible, just several rows up from field level along the first base line, and we basked in the sunshine, as the Nats blanked Miami 4-0. The Nationals are a fun, young, aggressive team, with a nice rotation of starting pitchers. Their rebuild is definitely trending in the right direction. Overall, a great day, except for the trouble we had finding peanuts. That seemed almost un-American.

Sunday was my day, and after a morning of doing “Dad” stuff like weed eating, and chain-sawing (can you hear my Tim Allen-like manly grunt?), I settled in to watch the 124th US Open Golf Championship, as Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau dueled down the stretch. This is the 25th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s US Open win in 1999. Payne’s victory was certainly memorable, but even more so was what happened as the tournament concluded. Instead of immediately celebrating his win, Stewart consoled a dejected runner-up Phil Mickelson with a memorable embrace. Payne reminded Phil, who was about to become a Dad, with the memorable words, “You’re going to be a father.”

On Father’s Day 1999, Payne Stewart had it all in proper perspective…

Until next visit from The Booth…Dad’s rule!




VSP investigate a Mount Jackson crash involving injuries

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the investigation of a single-vehicle crash in Shenandoah County that occurred June 10.

At approximately 1:25 p.m. a Ford F-250 traveling south on Ox Road ran off the right side of the road and overcorrected.

The Ford driven by Christopher D. Litten of Mount Jackson crossed the double solid yellow centerline and ran off the left side of the road and overturned.

The 37-year-old Litten was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

A passenger of the Ford suffered serious injuries and was flown to Winchester Medical Center.

The 33-year-old female passenger also from Mount Jackson was also riding without a seatbelt.

Litten has been charged with failure to maintain proper control of the vehicle.

VSP Troopers are working to determine how the driver lost control.

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