As I sit here eating one of the greatest foods ever invented (bacon, you’re still first) — that’s right, a hot dog — I’m trying to remember that we do not live in the time of Jane Austen and the antiquated ideas about dowry and connections and social mobility should be left where they lay; and further, that any small-minded dunderhead who tries to convince me these are valid concerns should be disregarded in a vehement fashion (up to and including public mocking if necessary). This is, upon reflection, one of the reasons I’m a fan of the great American experiment. We busted that kind of thinking and proved it provincial, repressive, regressive, lazy and unnecessary for prosperity. Why is it always those who insist you “think outside the box” actually have trouble doing it themselves? Digressing…
How’s that for stream-of-consciousness writing, eh?
Anyway, funny/informative stuff from friends. I have some potential good things happening. Will keep you informed because some of it could make for some interesting reading.
The Heritage Foundation has its own budget plan. I haven’t read it yet but I think I will and pitch it out somewhere. Others already have the scoop but maybe I’ll have some fresh insight…
I either want to work for them or run from them.
Our regular game update from the coach because they’re generally funny and I like to brag about how our team is competitive and always knows how to keep it in perspective. Good group of folks. Really.
A combination of Marieo’s ruthless pitching and All-Star defense made for a rough day at the plate for the Panthers.
After racking up five hits and three runs in the first inning, they only mustered ONE more hit for the rest of the game. At one point, we set down 13 in a row, and we set down 19 of the last 20 batters to end the game.
Walters had some nice running catches in the outfield, Cassidy had a Freddie Freeman-like scoop of a line drive at first — in addition to her usual picking of low throws and one-hoppers from our infield (mostly shortstop), and Scott made a nice pick-and-throw on a hard grounder to third. Austen also had a nice sliding catch in left.
In addition to our stifling defense, our bats also heated up after a slow start. After managing only four hits and one run through the first two innings, we put up 13 runs on 14 hits over the next four innings.
Will Perkins and Chris Walters both joined the homerun column, with Will whistling one down the rightfield line, and Walters hitting one into the gap, literally chasing Sarah and Longmire to the plate.
Marieo added another triple to add to his (curious) team lead, Austen had a hit from both sides of the plate, and Longmire went 3-4 with three runs scored.
Incredibly well-played game all around. Pitt is a perennially good team, and this was a good measure for our progress over the last few years. (The first time we played Pitt, they beat us 38-8. This was way better than that.)
And to top it all off, we won Last Team Standing at the bar afterward.
A friend posted this on Facebook and it is one of the great moments in Wayne’s World repertoire. Moses man.
Finally, here. Lindsey Buckingham, make no mistake about it, was and is a total babe. Just sayin’.
UPDATE: Dang. Sometimes I wish my mom wouldn’t tell me about stuff like this. This happened pretty close to where my parents live and I think mom is thinking about what she might do in a similar circumstance. It freaked her out a little I think. Don’t worry mom. You’ve got the guys there. You’re safe. The fun part is, I don’t think she tells me because she’s worried about me, either. Her father and her aunts grew up in D.C., Anacostia specifically. And my great aunt Dorothy lived in Suitland for years. No, mom’s telling me to spark discussion of gun laws. See how she rolls? And how I feel about owning a firearm. Okay then, here it is: I’m for permitted, concealed weapons. I’m 2nd amendment all the way. My father had shotguns, rifles and handguns over the years. I’m not unfamiliar with them. Do I have mixed feelings about the fact that handguns were invented with the idea of man as a target in mind? Sure. I don’t love that humanity has to protect itself from itself. But, as the story above notes, we most certainly do. As for me, Pops and I had a frank discussion of firearm ownership many years ago when I got my first apartment. I expressed interest in owning a handgun. He said, “Okay. That’s fine. Go to the shooting range, learn how to fire and care for a gun. Learn it inside and out before you bring it into your home. But most importantly, know that if you pull it, you must be right with the idea that you may very likely take a life.”
I’ve not gotten right with that. So, I have a bat — lent to me by the softball team — next to my bed. And if there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s swing a bat. And I aim for the head.
More Fleetwood Mac because it’s good music for the kind of weather outside. The first was a favorite of an ex-boyfriend. He pretty much lived his life by it. I like it, too. The second…well, it’s just a good song. One every man should hear. Love you, too Stevie.