Some call it skipping, others call it ditching, but in Avery County, where I grew up, purposely missing a day of school was called “laying out.” I think it was a fairly localized term as I’ve never heard it anywhere else. Strange how words are like that!

Take “barbecue,” for instance. To a Southerner it means pulled pork, chicken, or beef. To people from other parts of the country it could mean brisket or anything you put on a grill and cook!

So what do barbecue and laying out have to do with each other and with SIMCO? While laying out of my committee meeting at church tonight I ate barbecue with my SIMCO friends. 🙂

The day went something like this:

  • 10 AM: Meet in the parking lot to carpool to church
  • 11 AM: Attend Spanish service at Calvary Church
  • 12:30-ish: Return to SIM and discuss the meaning of BBQ on the way
  • 1 PM: Lunch (yummy meatloaf!!) at SIM
  • 2:30 PM: World Cup watching with a good portion of the other candidates
  • 5:00 PM: Depart for a hike at Crowder’s Mountain (Kings Pinnacle)
  • 9 PM: Dinner at Sticky Fingers to introduce West Coast people to Southern BBQ
  • 10:30 PM: Return to SIM

At first glance, it looks like a play day, and in many ways it was. I missed a friend’s shower and a meeting at church to play? Sure, that argument could me made. On the other hand, I now feel like I’m heading into two/three weeks of training with some great friends (short-termers are only here 2 weeks) who I know better than I thought possible in only two days. When I came back to my room tonight, I could hardly believe we were only at the end of day 2. It feels like a week, but in a good way!

Do I regret laying out of an important meeting to share time with my newest friends? Not a bit. Time well spent.

The Crowder's Mountain hiking & BBQ eatin' crew

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