This is the first of my two straight weeks off from school. In the last post, I celebrated Christmas with a milestone; now comes post #201 and a flashback to Buddy Wayne's past.
He was a varsity high school basketball player at South Johnston High School in Four Oaks, and despite being only 5'9", he held his own as the starting point guard. His elusiveness and speed on the court earned him the nickname "Waterbug."
Since his ascension to Heaven, he has picked up the game again as a member of the family-affiliated team. Here he is in full uniform, including the shoes he normally doesn't wear. (Don't worry: Jennifer gave B.W. special orthotics on top of the shoes so he can get used to the feel.)
The jersey is a modified version of the Memphis Grizzlies'; I painted the colors to convert ordinary "jorts" (the 2013 term for jean shorts) to regular basketball pants, and the shoes and socks come from, ironically, former college football punter Britt Barefoot. I set the photograph itself at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center at Campbell University in Buies Creek. (You can read the facility's name if you look closely enough.)
With that, I wish all of you a happy new year!