Feb. 26, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Each week throughout the 2013 season, senior first baseman Ashley Courtney will let you inside the world of Purdue softball in her What's Your 20? blog.
This week, AC talks about entertainment, plane trips and more.
Each year we see a different trend of TV shows or movies that the girls on the team like to watch. This year, Pitch Perfect is the movie of choice as we have one or two good singers on the team ... and some not so good singers that still like to belt it out. However, while Pitch Perfect is holding its own, scary movies are starting to creep into the mix with a not-so-gentle push from Coach DeFeo.
We landed in Houston Thursday and stopped for a quick bite to eat. Our coaches got to talking to a lady in the restaurant and she told them an old tale about the road we were soon to be traveling down. She said there was a lady who haunts the road and is wearing all white. Supposedly when it is really dark you can see her ghostly figure from the car. Naturally, Coach DeFeo tried to scare us a little bit and may have exaggerated when she said the ghost would hop in the car. Over the next hour, the car ride to the hotel was spent retelling scary stories and talking about which movies frightened us the most. Personally, I jump when someone says boo, let alone when a possessed human being walks out of the woods, so I want to say thank you to my van for the wonderful bedtime stories. Regardless, I think we are all looking forward to the future bus trips when Coach puts in a horror film to entertain us.
We have taken a lot of plane rides and pretty much have the seating chart down pat. Typically we are all bunched together as one group at the back of the plane, but there is the rare occasion when we are spread out up and down the aisles. On our flight to Houston this past weekend, I was in the middle seat between two middle-aged gentlemen. On planes, you never know if you are going to get: the guy that hogs the arm rest, the lady who can't seem to shake a cough, or the screaming kid who likes to kick your seat from behind. I got lucky this time around. When I got to talking with one of the men, I learned he was about to retire from the Navy where he served as a pilot. We talked nonstop for the entire two and half hour flight. He enlightened me as he told stories about being in the military and he bragged about his daughter, as all good dads do. I shared a little bit about softball and my own life. He kept saying how he was sorry he was taking me away from my homework. (I kept insisting that it was truly okay because I'm a Public Relations major and we like to talk).
In honor of this man, instead of a question of the week, comment below or tweet @PurdueSoftball with a thank you or shout out to anyone you know who has served or is currently serving our country. It is important that we recognize the sacrifice made by them and their families and that we offer a firm handshake when we have the chance.
Next week we are back on another flight to Texas; heading to San Marcos this time around. Keep your eyes on purduesports.com for updates.
Oh and the dancer on the team is freshman pitcher Lilly Fecho. If you guessed wrong, don't worry, we didn't expect it either.