The jig is up, the news is out . . .

Sorry I didn't post yesterday; I've been struggling to get caught up. Between jet lag, answering emails and NCAA Basketball brackets, I haven't been able to get back in the groove quite yet.

So about the jet lag- I've never really experienced it until now. It's crazy. The past two mornings I woke up at 2am ready to go to work; up by 5:30 yesterday and 5:00 today. It was pretty easy to adjust to the time over there, but it's been a bear here since we've returned. It has worked to my advantage though. Yesterday morning I was watching Channel 9's morning news when they said they were giving away Styx/REO Speedwagon tickets. Now in my opinion REO sucks, but Styx, even without Dennis DeYoung, rock. Kelly and I had the chance to see them two summers ago [props to Ashlee Travis] and I've been dying to see them again. So I called into the TV station and the woman who answered said I needed to sing a song to get on the air. I belted out my pre-7am interpretation of "Lady," complete with electric guitar rifts for the chorus. She said I was in, but there was a catch: I would be involved in a sing-off against another viewer for the tickets.

I scanned the internet for the correct lyrics to "Lady" because I wasn't quite fully awake and didn't want to mess up on TV. Right as I was to go on air, my cellphone half-went out on me, so I ran to the front yard for better reception. Because of my technical difficulties the other guy went first, choosing to sing REO's "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore." Not to get all Simon Cowell on you, but it was a poor song selection and the guy struggled to find the tune. Then it was finally my turn to rock the mic and I belted out "Lady, when you're with me I'm smiling . . . " worked it with everything I could muster. Oh yes, I owned it. The result: two free tickets and a day filled with phone calls and emails from people saying, "was that you on Channel 9 this morning?"

So the only problem is that if both UC and UK win their games this afternoon [and if they do, you'll be reading about it here tomorrow] then the end of their game on Saturday would be during the concert. I think Kelly and I decided to tape the game, go to the Styx portion of the concert and then watch the game when we get home. Add all that into what we've been through the past few weeks and I'm not sure if life can get any better than this.

I'll keep you posted. But until then, "I'm sailing away . . . "