It's Thursday at the Acorn Restaurant in Harlem, and the room hums with friendly chatter as a group of women lunches on grilled pimento cheese, chicken salad and BLT sandwiches.
The mood changes, however, as soon as the cards are dealt.
While still early in his diving career, Greenbrier High School's CJ Simmons is blazing a path for his future in the sport.
Simmons has plans to dive in college and hopefully qualify for the 2020 Olympic games.
A lot can happen in a year's time, as you well all know, but I've come to learn that I'm a terrible prognosticator.
This time last year, I did not foresee myself sitting at the desk once occupied by my friend and colleague Barry Paschal.
One look at this week's sales flyers and you can see we humans are a predictable bunch. My favorite big-box store had everything on sale for getting organized and getting in shape. And eating healthier, too.
Friday, Jan. 3
Greenbrier at South Aiken, 5 p.m. (girls), 6:30 p.m. (boys)
Augusta Christian vs. Augusta Eagles, 6 p.m. (girls), 7:30 p.m. (boys)
Saturday, Jan. 4
Augusta Christian vs. Curtis Baptist, 1:30 p.m. (girls), 3 p.m. (boys)