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Downtown YMCA

December 29th, 2005

First off, I want to thank everybody for their prayers and words of support given to my family. We very much appreciate it. God is an amazing comforter.

Today, work consisted mostly of scoping a couple of depositions. Late in the afternoon, Paul, Jude and I went up to the YMCA to meet up with some friends for the weekly basketball games. We played about three full-court games and then three or four half-court games. Afterwards, we had a good workout with weights.

This YMCA building in downtown Belleville is very old, and the brand-new facility will be opening on Monday, January 2nd, 2006. There are so many memories associated with that old building! I learned to swim there some 10 or 12 years ago. I had my first real workouts there, and it was there when I took my first-ever body fat percentage test (the results weren’t pretty :-().

I got to know so many people at that YMCA! A lot of the workers became good friends of ours, and we got to know other people there while working out or playing basketball.

Portions of the first Cliff Craig commercial (see http://www.famteam.com/videos/) were filmed there. In fact, today I used one of the very machines that Mr. Craig was using — the same bench press.

And there are many other sentimental moments from that old place. For instance, for a little while, we held weekly prayer meeting services in one of their halls. Also, the little guys — and yours truly, I must admit — spent many hours in the Kids’ Gym area, playing around on their soft mats.

So there are a lot of memories surrounding the downtown Belleville YMCA. I spent time there at all different stages of life — from being a wee lad, to being a preteen, a teenager, and then to the strapping young man I am today. :cool:

The new building looks awesome, and I’m anxious to try it out. :-)

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