Imagine the looks my teammates would have had on their faces at Christmas when they opened my present to them and found a beautiful new running sweater. That's right, a running sweater. I came pretty close last night to being able to provide the team with sweaters. And seeing how they would have been made from local wool it would have been an environmentally-conscious decision as well. Think about how a natural, breathable fiber may have felt to run in during the winter. Lightweight, warm and breathable. Wouldn't that have been unique? We could even have our team logo emblazened on our wool sweaters. How many other running teams wear wool sweaters during their winter runs? We could have started a new trend! The envy of all.
Alas, twas not to be. My keen eyesight, quick reflexes and superior driving skills removed this possibility. Let me explain.
Last night shortly after 9 pm I was driving my oldest daughter home on Route 17 and we were near ye Olde Cider Mill. I suddenly noticed in the darkness near the edge of the road some movement. Since they were large, lighter shaded animals I initially thought they were deer about to cross the street. As we got closer I quickly realized these were not deer but rather sheep! 4 sheep were about to venture into the busy road and I was on a collision course with them. I braked and swerved to the left to avoid a wooly bully run-in with Ovis aries. The car directly behind me also veered left and avoided the calamity.
When was the last time you nearly ran into a herd of sheep in the suburbs? These sheep must have escaped from the farm at ye Olde Cider Mill and were now trying to have a good night out on the town. Upon getting home and telling my wife the story she called the police and in between giggling reported to the dispatcher something to the effect of "Sheep are on the loose." The police indicated they would send someone out.
So I'm sorry I won't have team sweaters for everyone this winter but I guess I did a good thing by avoiding the sheep. We'll have to find another source for our natural fiber running sweaters.
What exactly is mutton?
I don't know and I didn't want to find out.