7/1/2010: Getting Used to the City

By: Chase Jones

I’m still getting the hang of this blog, so you’ll have to forgive me on the lack of pictures. Impressively I burned the batteries out on my little Nikon last night, so if it means anything, you can be assured it is being used, and eventually I’ll put some highlights on here.

I have to say, I am proudly born and raised in North Carolina. My father even vowed to have me born in the state while my parents were living in Virginia, so the term “Tar Heel born, Tar Heel bred” could not apply any better. That being said, I could easily make this city a permanent home.

In the past few weeks I have had the privilege to explore more of this town. I have kept in mind fully that this opportunity is something that I cannot take for granted, and I am very much thankful for it. In regards to this, I have been doing everything I can. Wrigley Field, Greektown, the different trains, Taste of Chicago- you name it, and I am checking the list.

Last night I took a stroll with a friend from Chapel Hill and ran upon Millennium Park, where I got to watch a rather large symphony in action at the beautiful amphitheater. It was surreal- quite the experience at 10:30 at night, one that I could only think that Eve would have smiled upon and reveled in the chance to see.

Outside of the city, I have been attempting to keep my head on straight in working at Ronald McDonald House Charities. In the midst of planning for my upcoming event with the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, I have been assisting with a wide range of activities in the office. In the upcoming building project of the largest RM House in the world, I have gotten to develop the letter that will be sent out to residents in the area letting them know the plans and ask for assistance. I also got to emcee our Hoops for the House basketball tournament. Unfortunately, this came to be extremely short lived with thunderstorms. (Apparently the weather didn’t hold out ‘for the kids’ that day.)

I have to say that I have been inspired by my coworkers in their dedication to the job at hand. Most are extremely underpaid (in my opinion) for the hours that are put in and the tasks that are required. In planning for events, much is unseen in all the minute details in the execution and behind-the-scenes work, all to help the families of patients that need them.

This is the best example of what I do enjoy- being a part of something bigger than oneself. Everyday I get the chance to inspire others to give to those who inspire directly in the lives of children. I can say that I helped cut the price of renting a helium tank down by $60. That may be a minute detail, but that $60 can house a family for one night at one of the houses so that they can be with their child. If nothing else this summer, I can say I have accomplished this. And if nothing else, I made some impact somewhere. That feeling alone is what I can proudly bring back to Chapel Hill in the fall.

And maybe, if i I can figure it out, I can bring a picture or two.