So the fam packed into the minivan and steered toward Orlando's Amway Center, where we enjoyed prime seating for a performance of everyone's favorite exhibition basketball team.
These guys bounce basketballs off each other's butts. They spin the ball on their fingertips and heads and backs. They stage slapstick stunts and pull embarrassing pranks on their long-standing rivals (the poor Washington Generals). They masterfully dribble and dunk and even dance.
In short, they entertain. And every member of the audience whoops and hollers and has a fantastic time.
I remember my dad taking me to a Globetrotters game back in the late 1970s in Greensboro, N.C. The legendary Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal brought the house down with their nutty antics and extraordinary athleticism. I thought they were the most amazing players I'd ever seen, guys who mixed theater and sport with a strong dose of hilarity.
Today's show was exactly the same. Only this time I got to see my own kids giggle and take home memories of this storied basketball squad, one that inspires us to strive for precision and excellence as much as it forces us to drop our concerns and just laugh. Long live the Globetrotters!