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Three Generations Watch The Redskins Game

Likely for the first time in family history, I got together with my son to have three generations watch the Redskins game.

How fun is that!  It's possible that my brother and I watched a game on TV some four decades ago with my mother and grandmother, but I don't remember doing it and I doubt it happened.

Yes, on September 23 the first son of the first son was born.

I suggested many names, my favorite being Shoeless Joe, but they decided on something else.  Bummer.  What can you do?  Kids these days ...

Actually they picked a wonderful name!

But I digress.

They live in Seattle and having never been to see them in their new house, I took this opportunity to go!

It was a quick trip.  Only two days.  But it was a very nice visit.

Part of the trip included watching the Redskins game Sunday night.

If any of you is concerned about my use of the word "Redskins," first, get real, don't fall for vacuous media hype, and second, read this blog.

We dressed in our garb, all of us (yes, the baby has a complete set of clothing, for the first year or so anyway) and sat down to watch.

Well, truth be told, when a quarterback with a serious injury comes back before he is ready (the show is more important than the team, dontcha know), the results are predictable.

I knew 10 minutes into the first game of the season that when the QB can't run or throw it will be a long year.

The QB can't run or throw.

And this will be a long year.

Toward the end of the game we all threw up our arms in despair!

And said uncle.

Including this one, who, by that time, was thoroughly bored with the goings on.

When things don't go well, well, we all look for something else to occupy our time.

And this game was no exception.

For all of us!

Oh well!  There's always next year!

All in all, while they aren't next door (none of the three grand kids is) I look forward to the next visit!

And maybe next time there will be a QB who actually CAN run and throw!  That is the name of the game after all.

To be succinct, I am very glad to have lived long enough to enjoy something like this - a visit with family, and a new grandson.  This is a terrific experience for me!  And a natural, and very enjoyable, stage of life.  I know you understand.




Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 21 commentsJay Markanich • October 16 2013 02:57AM


For anyone so interested, no I did not have time to visit with Charlie Buell this visit.  We did have a communication, but during my travel home!  Next time, like the previous time, we will get together!

This visit was pure family, obviously.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Did I miss it somewhere but what is the kiddo's name?  I want to remember this event so when he plays for the Redskins I can look back and say I saw him when...

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 7 years ago

Congratulations!  It sounds like the visit was more important than the game.  The baby is adorable!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

I didn't put his name there James!  But when he plays for the Redskins his last name will still be Markanich.

Elyse - I think so too.  He looks just like me, right?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

OH wow, what a cutie shoeless nameless Joe is.  I love his outfit and how fun to watch the game together.  Sounds like a fun trip and so glad you got to meet him at such a young stage of his life.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 7 years ago

Congratulations on your new grandson.  I know he will bring your family lots of joy and maybe by the time he is ready for college the Redskins will be ready to win a Super Bowl again.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

Good to see you had a really good time. Family is so important. Visit with Active Rain Members when you have the time. but don't take away from family time.

Have a great day back in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay....what a great photo....congratulations, grandpa.... the pride and joy is radiating from you.... enjoy every moment...they grow up so quickly and then you'll be a great grandpa.... and another thing, you'll never forget my birthday now!!!! september 23....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Jay, congrats on the grandson.  Though it's time to change the name of this team.  It's embarrassing.  How about the Landover Redskins?

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 7 years ago

Jay, it sounds like a great time! Strangely enough I had a similar experience that past weekend as I visited Chicago and three genaerations watched the Bears vs. Giants game on Thursday night. Hey, nothing beats family time!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) almost 7 years ago

Jay- love seeing the 3 generations!  And.... glad to see you're all fans of football. Congratulations and don't forget.. .there's always next year for Washington. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Here I thought we were going to get to talk football, but I get a proud grandpa.  I do like the name Shoeless Joe.  I also like the name Redskins for a football team.  I like RGIII - A very smart man.  But he needs to throw a little better.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I dunno, maybe it's just me but looking at him in his little carrier.... is he signaling a touchdown??

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 7 years ago

Jay -- glad to hear you were able to visit with your new grandson (and see son's home in Seattle), and had safe journeys across the country and back.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 7 years ago

Congratulations Jay!  I had a bit of an ephipany in terms of family the other day when I realized for the first time that my parents and I are senior citizens at the same time----how does THAT happen? :)  The little ones coming into our lives as we get older sure adds another dimension to our lives.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Careful Jay...or Shoeless is likely to stick !  Great memory building opportunity and with many more multi generational games to come !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 7 years ago

Jay, Congrats. I hope not to be a grandpa too soon here ; ) But that really is very cool. HTTR to you all ;)

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

His name comes from the Old Testament Debbie, and means happiness.  You can take it from there.

When I was young I was always upset by the Redskins record, Cindy.  My mother kept telling me that they used to be good and would be good again one day.  I didn't believe her...

I flew over you on the way home Clint.  They routed me through Phoenix.  I waved.

Well, Barbara, I am proud to know that the date is a good one!

Gabe - sarcasm noted!  I have two long-time American Indian friends (for decades) both of whom are Redskin fans and laugh at this horrible "controversy."  They both also hate the moniker Native American.  How is it that one group can decide what another group should be called?

By the way, the Skins have been here longer than Landover!  Did you read my blog?  How about we call them the Washington Oklahomans?

How cool is that Tom?  Great people do similar things!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Kathy - we say that often!

I'm a little down on Robert, Gene.  He came back too soon and that has affected the team.  Remember, it's a team, not a group with one self-important member.

Not that night Fred.  No touchdowns.  I think I'm right in his throwing his hands up in despair.

Steven - the rides back were frustrating, with late arrivals every stop.  I don't like running 6 miles in 20 minutes to catch my connection flight.

Unusual Charlie?  Hopefully not, but when it's a personal epiphany it can leave a mark.


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

S&D - maybe!  I am very happy to have lived long enough to experience this interesting stage in life.

I agree Don.  It shouldn't happen until it is supposed to happen.


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Jay, MAN do you look PROUD! And he's so TINY in your arms. So, I'm listening to all of the hoopla about the name change. I caught some of it on Friday nite on the sports show with Chris, what's-his-name. He spoke quite eloquently, I thought.

Anyway, I guess I'll check out that blog. And by the way, at least you HAVE a team. We don't in ORYGUN. At least not football, my favorite sport.

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 7 years ago

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