Pass the Torch Hodgepodge


It’s Hodgepodge time again and Joyce is celebrating Hodgepodge #500!! Congratulations to Joyce and Hodgepodgers everywhere. Click over to join in the fun.

1. Last time you drove/flew 500 miles (ish)? What’s a place you’d like to visit that lies approximately 500 miles from your current location? 

In December of 2022 we drove to Abbotsford, B.C. Via Bothell Washington and once we arrived in Abbotsford we drove on to Chilliwack with friends for our Mennonite Girls Can Cook Christmas party. That was just under 500 miles worth of driving.

It would be a nice vacation with Family to stay at Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast for a few days and enjoy the sand and sea just beyond our doorstep. Cannon Beach is 500 miles from us.

2. Tell us about a time recently it felt like you were ‘racing against the clock’. 

Being retired and older I don’t race much. I have felt the need to clear out things and let things go before our kids have to sort through it all.

3. Have you ever attended any really large sporting events?


What was your impression of the experience?  

We have enjoyed memorable experiences at some large sporting events. I attended my first Rose Bowl Game on January 2nd in 1967 (USC v. Purdue). The Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game are always on New Year’s Day unless that day lands on a Sunday. When January 1st lands on a Sunday the parade and game are moved to Monday. My second Rose Bowl Game was in 1992 when Greg was a student at the University of Washington and the Huskies played at the Rose Bowl against Michigan. The Huskies won this game which made the experience very exciting.


In 1984 the Summer Olympics were hosted by Los Angeles and we were able to get tickets to some rowing events at Lake Casitas. The most exciting part of these Olympic Games was the fact that my husband Greg was able to represent his company as an Olympic Torch Bearer!


In 1994 our sons got tickets for World Cup games in Los Angeles and Stanford. The USA was hosting that year. The photo above was at the Rose Bowl for one of the games we attended.

Dan and I attended Brazil v Camaroon at Stanford Stadium. Attire was colorful and the party atmosphere was very lively. Both those countries know how to celebrate.

We were able to track down where the US team was staying and training and our sons met every player on the team and got all their autographs. That’s Alexi Lalas with our sons. That’s not a cigarette in his mouth.

When Dear and I were traveling with Josh and Laura in England in 2013, Josh got us tickets to a Manchester United game v. Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. That was a great time! Josh also made it into an Arsenal game on that trip.

The Superbowl, The Kentucky Derby, The World Series, FIFA World Cup, The Indianapolis 500, The Daytona 500, The Olympics, The Masters, Wimbledon, The Boston Marathon, March Madness, Tour de France, Monaco’s Grand Prix, The Open (golf), The Ryder Cup, The Stanley Cup Finals..of the events listed which would you most like to attend in person? Or maybe one that’s not listed? 

Fifa World Cup, it will be hosted by the USA/Canada/and Mexico in 2026.

4. Are you an iced tea drinker? If so, do you drink it year round, or only in the spring and summer months? Do you make your own or buy it bottled? Sweet or unsweet? Flavored? Lemon or no lemon? How about a Long Island Iced Tea? 

Not a usual for me. If I do have an iced tea it would be lightly sweetened with some fresh lemon squeeze or the last variety.

5. April 20th is Volunteer Recognition Day…do you volunteer in some way? Tell us about it. If not, tell us about a volunteer you appreciate. 

I volunteer at church under Women’s Ministry. I’m the branch leader of Hospitality serving the church family in planning, supplying, and carrying out fellowship opportunities involving the entire church body. Responsibilities include: Maintaining the kitchen and supplies. Helping with food serving and cleanup for church events like potlucks, Easter brunch, pie and praise, and funerals.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We celebrated our grandson’s 4th birthday this past Saturday. We had a T-Rex crash the party and we had a cute dinosaur and delicious dinosaur cake. If you want to see more of the surprise T-Rex entry click here.

I’ll be sharing more from JJ’s Dino-wonderful party on Friday.

Thanks for stopping by for #500!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

18 thoughts on “Pass the Torch Hodgepodge

  1. Wonderful family photos and the birthday looks like a lot of fun for JJ. Cannon Beach was a favorite of mine, the Oregon coastline is beautiful. Take care, enjoy your day!

  2. Cute birthday cake!
    Those are fun pictures from the sporting events.
    Your volunteer role at your church sounds very similar to mine.

  3. Well you win the event prize! How exciting it must have been to carry the torch. We’d like to see a World Cup game in person too. There’s nothing like being in the UK during World Cup season!

  4. I agree with Joyce, your event experience(s) take the cake! Your son looks darn handsome with that torch; I know y’all must have been so proud. Fun share!

    • Greg is going to be pleased that he’s cute enough to be our son. It was my husband who was in the Torch Relay in 1984. He was younger then our son is now. 🙂

  5. You’ve been to quite a few sporting events. The only one I can remember going to was an Oriole baseball game many years ago.

  6. What exciting and wonderful memories of World Cup and Olympic events! That’s awesome!! I loved being able to attend a few Olympic events in Calgary in 1988 and participate in the opening ceremonies! Happy Hodgepodge!

  7. Happy Birthday to your grandson! My grandsons are into dinosaurs, also. Man! you have attended some wonderful events over the years.

  8. Wow, what amazing sporting events you have attended! Your trip to a very special Christmas party sounds so fun as well and probably worth every mile of driving!

  9. Well from. your first answer it seems we both live fairly close to each other…or did. I live in SW washington state. Cannon Beach is a great place to visit. I remember going to Abbotsford for band festivals. I grew up in North Bend, WAshington. That’s so cool that your hubby got to carry the torch. One of the older gentleman in our church years ago got to carry the torch as well. I don’t remember what year it was. My daughters both played soccer from the time they could play until they graduated high school. My youngest was the most into it and could’ve played college but chose not to. She likes listening to Alexi Lalas commentate games.

    • Hi Kirstin, we used to live in Kenmore but we now live in NE Washington. Our oldest and youngest live with their spouses on the western side of the Cascades still. We drive past North Bend at 70 miles an hour every time we go to visit our kids. They mostly come over to our side to visit. Thanks for swinging by and leaving a comment.

  10. That’s what I hope to do. Get rid of things before the kids have to do it. I would love to go to a Rose Bowl Parade. I have gone the day after to see the floats on display. Wow, what an exciting time for you at the Olympics. How nice that you volunteer at church. Your little dinosaur is so darn cute. I bet he loved his party.

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