Sunday, October 28, 2012

At Least Somebody Is resting On Sunday!

It is late Sunday evening. Diane and I have spent a quiet afternoon and evening, resting. As if we needed the rest -- but we do. Quiet days are good for the soul. So this blog is filled with a handful of tidbits, jotted down as Miguel Cabrera bats for Detroit. His two run homer had the Tigers ahead, but Buster Posey just gave the Giants back the lead. Cabrera just struck out. It's hard to keep good hitters down, and impossible to keep Cabrera in the yard for long. But as I write, SF defense and pitching still dominates the Series. Time is running out for Detroit, and as I say THAT Delmon Young just tied it up. I love baseball. On that note I have a suggestion for Tim Lincecum -- maybe you should think about changing your job. As good as you were as a starter in days past and might be again (I don't doubt you can regain form in that arena) your work in relief this year has been nothing short of amazing. As quickly as you can get ready, as devastating as your stance is to batters, you might consider becoming a closer. Just a thought -- you will be remarkable in 2013 regardless. And what about Hurricane Sandy? This storm may prove to be a President maker if it disrupts voting on the mostly Blue Eastern seaboard. Or will the election officials postpone the election on account of rain? And 95 mph winds -- voters would feel like they just walked into a baseball park with a thousand Justin Verlanders and Tim Lincecums throwing at their heads. Final note for this blog is more personal. This week Xander got to go on a field trip to the Apple Barrel, where he learned about how apples are turned into apple juice, repleat with samples. Curious George had an episode about the same subject, but there's nothing like the real thing. It was also the very first time he got to ride on a school bus. His Oma and Opa got to ride along. It was great fun to be a part of this first for him, and it reminds me that this preschooler is going to have a great many firsts coming at him fast and furious. There are two blessings in that. One, when a young person learns something new or has a new experience and you get to witness it, that same thing becomes new for you as well, as if you are learning it all over for the first time. And two, as Neal Degrasse Tison happened to observe Thursday night as a guest on Totally Biased, we have to let our children experience and experiment. He said it something like this: we spend a child's first year teaching him how to walk and talk; how can we then spend the rest of his youth telling him to sit still and be quiet? After all, he (or she) might grow up to find a cure for cancer, pitch the clincher in the World Series, run for President of the United States, deliver your mail to your doorstep or NDCBU, protect you, take care of you, prepare food for your consumption, or teach your children's children well.

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