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Go Spikes Go!!! :-D

Greetings, readers. I’m very sorry that I did not post a blog entry yesterday. I was feeling extremely drained, both emotionally and physically. Here where I live, we have had several days of rain in a row. This is not good for me, because I suffer from depression. Even though it is overcast, chilly, and looks like it could rain at any moment, my mood is much better today. So, I thought I would put up this blog post to let you know what’s been going on in my life the last few days.

My friends, Traci and Smith, accompanied me to a State College Spikes baseball game a few nights ago. We are the single-A, short season team for the St. Louis Cardinals. There are only 33 home games in the whole season. I purchased what is called a Flex Book; 14 tickets, which can be used at any time. The price was reasonable, so I jumped at it. Traci, Smith, and I went to a game the other night against the Williamsport Crosscutters. Yes…, That is one word. I looked it up.

The game we went to was in honor of Josiah Viera. He was a young teenager who suffered from a rare genetic disease called Progeria. The genetic disorder causes children to age rapidly, and die young. For a number of seasons, he was the inspirational leader in the Spikes clubhouse and dugout. On opening night, the team retired his number on the jersey, number 10, which he had worn so proudly.

I am going to have lots of fun this season going to several games. I love it when they have fireworks after the game. If any of you live in a town or city that has been minor-league baseball team, please share it with me on my Facebook page, or in the comments section.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to an appointment which cannot be changed, I have asked Rebecca to come in and work on Thursday this week, instead of Wednesday. So until then, I bid you a great few days, take care, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

Top ten list of my favorite World Series

Greetings, readers. Here is a top ten list of my favorite World Series that I have watched over the years. I don’t watch sports as much as I used to but I still watch the World Series. Oh, how I love that best of 7. Here we go with the countdown, plus two honorable mentions.

#10. 2004 Boston Red Sox vs St. Louis Cardinals. Red Sox won 4 games to 0. [Although they didn’t clinch at home at Fenway Park, the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918.]

#9. 1986 New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox. Mets 4 games to 3. [Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner still has not lived down his Series losing error.]

#8. 1980 Philadelphia Phillies vs Kansas City Royals. Phillies 4-2. [I vividly remember watching Tug McGraw get the final strike out and jumping for joy.]

#7. 1977 New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers. Yankees 4-2. [Reggie Jackson’s classic 3 home run game on just three pitches was in this series.]

#6. 1969 New York Mets vs Baltimore Orioles. Mets 4-1. [I was too young to watch this, but I heard many stories of the miracle Mets.]

#5. 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles. Pirates 4-3. [I was just old enough to remember my mom and I going crazy when the Bucs won it all under manager Danny Murtaugh.]

#4. 1975 Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox. Reds 4-3. [I still remember Bernie Carbo’s classic home run at Fenway Park.]

#3. 1976 Cincinnati Reds vs New York Yankees. Reds 4-0. [The big red machine swept the mighty Yankees.]

#2. 1985 Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals. Royals 4-3. [The Kansas City Royals’ one and only World Series victory. Though they have been fantastic the last couple of seasons, so far there has been only that one World Series triumph.]

#1. 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles. Pirates 4-3. [My teenage years were my favorite time to watch sports. Being a Pirates fan, I enjoyed watching them come back from being down 3 games to 1 to win the series 4 games to 3.]

Honorable mention #1. 1993 Toronto Blue Jays vs Philadelphia Phillies. Blue Jays 4-2. [Joe Carter’s dramatic 9th inning home run won the Series at home.]

Honorable mention #2. 1974 Oakland A’s vs Los Angeles Dodgers. A’s 4-1. [A’s won their 3rd consecutive World Series, cementing the nick name, Dynasty.]

That’s my list. Hope you enjoy it. Chime in on Facebook or here in the comment section with your favorite World Series.

Until Wednesday, have a great weekend, take care and happy reading.

Naivete strikes again and weekend plans

Greetings, readers. Mr. Naive struck again. I hate calling myself that, but late yesterday afternoon I was set to have a blind date over coffee, and the woman did not show up. We had spoken on the phone several times and I thought all systems were go. To get ready for the outing, I got a haircut, my beard and mustache removed, and even put on an extra special shirt, and rented a Zipcar because I didn’t want to be tied down to a bus schedule. I put a lot of thought and effort into this.

I sincerely hope that this unnamed person was not stringing me along. But she probably was. I’ve had several relationships in my life, and keeping my marriage aside, I’ve experienced nothing but liars and game players. I’m an old-fashioned man looking for a one-man woman who wants a one-woman man.

You should have seen how pathetic I looked all snazzed up at the restaurant with yellow rose in hand, waiting, and waiting, and waiting. After a while I gave the person a call. She said she forgot our date was that day and started in with the sorry, sorry, routine. Before we could sufficiently talk about it, she hung up. Either she wanted to laugh at me without me hearing it, or she was truly embarrassed and wanted to get off the phone.

Has this experience taught me a lesson? The answer is yes. I am no longer going to attempt to meet women on-line. I don’t really want to go to bars because I don’t drink, but I might have to give it a go. I just turned 50 and don’t exactly wish to spend 25 to 30 years alone.

As far as weekend plans go, I’ve canceled our D&D game and set it up for next weekend. When personal emotional set-backs happen to me, I need a few days to evaluate and heal. So that is exactly what I am going to do. I’m going to stay in my apartment for the most part, do some soul-searching, some character peeks and tweaks, if you will, so that I can be in top form for the upcoming work week. I’m also going to check on-line and see how many State College Spikes games there are left in this season. They are the single A affiliate for the St. Louis Cardinals. I should have been taking advantage of good cheap baseball all these years. Don’t know why I didn’t.

Sunday through Tuesday night, I’m going to be taking some notes and doing some writing on personal projects. Now that my writer’s block seems to be gone, the more I prime the pump, I think the easier it will be to write the new Bear Spring Camps stories for the book.

Next week will be a full work week with two blog entries. I hope everyone has a great weekend. As always, do take care, enjoy yourselves, and happy reading.

Phew!!! It is hot outside while I go about my daily routine

Greetings, readers. As a great person once said, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. I am a warm weather person as many of you know. Here in State College, Pennsylvania, over the last two and a half days, we have gone from a frost advisory to today’s high of 86 degrees. Hence, today’s title. I promised myself months ago that I wasn’t going to complain and really I am not. However, a couple of low humidity mid-70s days would have been nice to get acclimated to the warmth.

Just the other day, at the local drug store, I picked up my pocket-sized 2013 season schedule for the local single-A baseball club, the State College Spikes, who are now affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals’ MLB team. For the past four or five seasons they were linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On to other news, about my new book from the first year of my blog, called Greetings, Readers. Rebecca has been putting in our selections of blog entries into the formatted template, and so far it appears as though this upcoming book will be by far the one with the most pages. Camp books 1 and 2, oddly enough, both wound up about 77 pages of text. Rebecca is nowhere near finished inputting and is already on page 59. I’m not certain whether bigger will equal better … time will tell.

The other day was Rebecca and her sister’s combined birthday party. I was invited to the festivities and had a lovely time. Domino’s Pizza was served, which was delicious, and it was a lot of fun seeing Rebecca’s family.

Lastly, I’m not sure whether I mentioned this on the blog or not, but I am planning a memorial for a late friend of mine. I have been met with slight resistance here at the apartment building and I do have an alternate place to hold the lip-sync/air guitar performance. Rehearsing has been less than stellar, I must admit. Even though the motivation is there for Erin, my heart just doesn’t seem to be in it.

That’s it for now. Stay cool if you are in the heat wave, take care, and happy reading.