I was in Cleveland Park here in DC at the Giant grocery store on Wisconsin Avenue. I hadn’t given away my money yet and it was getting late. I had had some wine earlier that day on a picnic and was honestly not looking forward to giving my $10 away.
At the entrance of the grocery store I found Ryan and Samantha. Ryan is a 25-year-old graduate of the University of Virginia. Samantha, 22, is also a graduate of UVA. They were browsing the movie titles at the automatic video rental machine.
Both of them ran track and field at UVA. They ran a variety of distances: 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters. I think it was Samantha who said she also ran steeple chase races which consist of five barriers, one of which is a water barrier.
“Ryan is a really good runner,” Samantha said. “He just ran a race yesterday…8,000 meters.” For those of you who are metric challenged, that’s just shy of five miles. “So how did you do?” I asked. Ryan was quite humble in telling me that he actually won the race. I guess Samantha was right, he’s pretty good.
The couple decided to donate their $10 to the UVA Athletics Foundation. Coincidentally I am planning to visit UVA in the coming weeks with my cousin and his daughter…who I guess is my second cousin or cousin once removed or something like that. Anyway, she is a high school senior in Denver and is visiting potential colleges. When they come out to visit UVA I am going to join them and we have tickets to the football game that weekend, so indirectly that $10 might end up benefiting me while I am there. Work with me folks…use your imagination.
Anyway, some friends of Samantha and Ryan were waiting for them so I wrapped things up. I almost forgot to take a photo and ran out into the parking lot and snapped a quick photo of them.