Five weeks ago my son, who had never been in a rowboat in his life until then, joined the rowing team at Northwestern St. Rowing (aka Crew) is a club sport at NSU, like LSU Rugby, but they've been pretty successful over the years. First-timers get assigned to the novice program for their first year. Last week, he was placed on the novice four-man crew for this weekend's first regatta in Chattanooga. Today he was told that he will fill in for one of the regulars on the varsity 8-man crew. After only five weeks. Needless to say, he is thrilled and excited. I'm so freakin' proud of that kid!