My weekend in Abilene was awesome. It kicked off with a bang. David and Karise Gililland and their adorable children picked me up at the airport (they drove in from Fort Worth so we could have a couple of hours together. Love them!) and we immediately went to Harold's BBQ Pit. It's a hole in the wall and easily the best BBQ in Abilene or just about anywhere. It's a landmark not to be missed in Abilene.
Harold's looks the same as it did more than 20 years ago. There's something comforting in that. Harold came out to greet people and I had David snap our photo...
Cyndi is the new principal at Thomas Elementary this year. Cam Hurst retired last year (Cam and my dad were good friends). It was cool to meet Cyndi and get to tell her a little of the history. We made some plans to bring back the family for the 20th anniversary in a couple of years.
For the Inauguration Breakfast which had about 400 people, we sang an old Steve Green song called "Find Us Faithful". (my boss, Gary, informed me that it wasn't THAT old...he sang on that project. I'm just sayin'. Love ya, Gary) The sound is low in the first couple of seconds on this clip. The back story is...during my part of the verse I was singing the lyrics... "May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover..." Jeff stopped me to say that it sounded like I was singing "mammaries". Thankfully, I changed that. This is a family show.
As I mentioned, the parade of flags at opening day chapel has long been one of my favorite traditions. Flags from every country and state representing ACU students is announced. ACU does pomp and circumstance well. And...whenever I have talked about the parade of flags, I always imitate the announcer saying "ZIMBABWE!" I just so happened to get that part on video. Made me chuckle.
The orchestra and the Grand Choir did a piece that was just stirring. This clip cannot capture just how beautiful it was in the moment.
Bob Hunter led the school song...I only got a few minutes of it. But it will bring a tear to the eye of all you alums out there. Bob's voice may falter here and there but the man is a legend. ACU Vice President, former State Representative, and remember-er of every single person's name he's ever met. Incredible.
Thank you to ACU and Grant Boone for bringing me in and allowing me to be a part of a really wonderful experience. And...blessings to Phil and Jamie Schubert as they take up the reigns from Royce and Pam Money who have done an amazing job over the last 20 years. Here's to you, Phil! You're going to rock!