Jamie Carey's WNBA rookie diary: Firecracker on the court and off (July 28)
Connecticut Sun rookie guard Jamie Carey, who just completed her Texas career this past March, continues to share her thoughts throughout the 2005 summer season.
It has been a long time coming for another journal entry. I extend my sincerest apologies. But the good news; there's lots to write about now!
To start, let's take it back to July 4th! A little background: I have always lived in states where firecrackers were illegal to set off. Growing up in Colorado, with such a dry climate, I was deprived of the experience of setting off firecrackers. In fact, if we wanted to get them, I remember many of my friends driving to the Wyoming border to purchase them, which is hilarious in itself! So, this year, I was driving with Laura Summerton and a friend of mine from out of town to see if the mall was open. I looked in the parking lot and to my great surprise, there was a firecracker stand. Like a kid in a candy shop for the first time, my eyes were larger than silver dollars! I had NO clue what I was purchasing, nor did I care. I was just so excited to be able to set off a firecracker on the 4th of July! It truly is the little things in life that make it so special!
My next new experience (I promise I was not that sheltered as a child :) ) was traveling to New York City. In my humble opinion, I think everyone should experience New York at least once in their lifetime. On game days, I tend to get very antsy, so I normally just take off and walk around the various cities we're in. So I decided I needed to see Time Square. Wow. I have NEVER seen so many people crammed in such a small area in my life. It was incredible. At times, I felt a little claustrophobic. It was big, glamorous, and full of life. I am still taken aback by the experience, and am anxious to go back in a few weeks!
Following our New York game, it was time for All-Star weekend here in Connecticut. I would like to take a moment and congratulate Taj (Taj
McWilliams-Franklin) and Kesh Nykesha Sales) for being selected to participate in the event. If anyone were to see how hard these two work on a daily basis, they would truly appreciate how much they deserved to be there.
There are so many good players who walk into a gym on a daily basis to work on their games. But only the GREAT ones bring the entire team with them.
Taj, Kesh, I want to thank you both for being GREAT, and making everyone around you better every day.
Since All-Star break, it seems like we have been on the road quite a bit.
It is nice to finally be back at home for a few games! This is a stretch I think we have all been looking forward to! Playing at the Mohegan Sun is always exciting! Furthermore, the weather has been absolutely beautiful, making days by the water a daily occurrence for most of us! We are actually getting ready to go to a little team BBQ, so I am going to wrap this up.
Before I do though, I wouldn't be a true Austin-ite if I did not acknowledge our home grown boy Lance Armstrong for winning his 7th Tour! I know that Austin is going crazy today and showered in yellow every where! Way to go Lance!
Until next time!