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Events, activities and other hometown items going on in and around Tipp City, Ohio by Greg Enslen

Cookie Time

For the first time, Anna is selling Girl Scout Cookies!  She joined up with the Tipp group of girl scouts that was forming this winter and they’ve created a new troop here in town.  So far, she’s enjoyed attending the meetings and learning about various aspects of scouting.

This past month has been all about cookies and cookie sales, and Anna took the opportunity to sell cookies to family members and friends. She learned about selling, taking orders, making change, and having good manners and thanking her customers for making purchases.  She also had to read a long explanation about the various reasons her troop was selling cookies. Soon she’ll be able to add the “cookie” badge to her sash!

Youth Recreational Flag Football

Tipp Monroe Community Services will again be offering flag football this year. NFL FLAG is the premier youth flag football league for boys and girls. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork.  Games and practices will take place on Sundays from April 15–May 20 in Kyle Park.

Xander played last spring and really enjoyed it. This year, Anna is old enough to play – yes, they have girls play as well as boys! She’s excited about playing and even asked for a football for Christmas so she could “start practicing early.”

Registration through TMCS is open through March 23, so don’t wait too long to sign up. It costs $40 for residents and $52 for non-residents and includes an NFL jersey, flag belt, and flags. The jersey alone was worth the registration price for Xander!

TV Update

I’m a big fan of TV.  The quality may vary, but the variety and depth make up for it.

There are shows I watch by myself, whether they be guilty pleasures like Mob Wives and Kitchen Nightmares or amazing, well-written dramas like Justified or Person of Interest. There are shows I enjoy with Samantha over a take-out meal from Harrisons, like Modern FamilyThe Big Bang Theory, and Royal Pains. And there are shows that I enjoy watching with my kids, like American IdolThe Amazing Race, and Undercover Boss.

There truly is something out there for everyone, and for the TV snobs out there who don’t watch anything, I feel bad for you—you’re missing out!  Here are a few of the shows that get me tuning in:

  • Royal Pains—This show about a concierge doctor and his practice in the sunny Hamptons is the perfect antidote for cold weather.  Hank  Lawson and his brother Evan run the kind of doctor’s practice that used to be common—he makes house calls!
  • American Idol—Last year was interesting, with Simon gone and Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joining Randy Jackson in this “let’s find a star” juggernaut.  This is the 11th season, and so far it’s been good—we’re just up to the Vegas shows, when the judges are forced to make brutal eliminations to get down to the Top 24, when the live shows and voting by the viewers begin.  The kids love the competitive aspect of the show and definitely choose their own favorites to root for.  I like to watch with them because the show is all about trying your hardest and accepting criticism with a smile and a “thank you.”  There’s a good life lesson in there for everyone.
  • The Amazing Race—This perennial favorite of the Enslen household premiered a few weeks back, and we’re just getting caught up.  Going into season 20, this Emmy-winning “race around the world” is a blast to watch with the kids, who get a glimpse of life outside of the United States. This show also emphasizes the value of sportsmanship and trying your hardest, whether you win or lose.
  • Saturday Night Live—For me, this show is 100% hit or miss.  Some episodes are great; others just sit there being very unfunny.  The episode this past week with Lindsey Lohan was not funny at all, but the week with Zoey Deschanel was a hoot.  The “Being Quirky” skit with Zoey and Bjork made me spit out my drink. Look for it on YouTube and see for yourself.
  • The River—ABC is taking a crack at the horror/suspense crowd with this thriller about a famous explorer who goes missing in the Amazon.  In the first episode, his wife and son set out with a documentary crew to find him … but everything is not as it seems along the dark river.  It’s quite scary for network TV, but not gory or bloody.  So far they’ve had ghosts and ghost ships, an outbreak of blindness caused by bat poo, vines that grow too fast, some very creepy (and sneaky) natives, and a tree festooned with hundreds of creepy dolls.  Very spooky…and lots of fun.
  • The Academy Awards—if you enjoy the movies, then watching the awards show where they give out prizes for the best movies can be a little frustrating.  They rarely give the awards to the movies I enjoy.  But it’s fun to watch all the Hollywood types congratulate each other. And who doesn’t like to see the dresses?

Got a favorite show? Let me know what it is, and why you like it!

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