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"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something." -Henry David Thoreau

Friday, October 24, 2014

You probably don't...

Anyone else ever get bored at work? I know you all probably don't but every now and then I'll run across a shift where the is literally nothing going on. I feel guilty just reading a book or watching TV and there really is about a half an hour worth of crap that I can look at on the Internet before I'm bored.

So, what are acceptable things to do at work when you're bored? Write a blog? Read? Watch TV on-line? Now, before this goes too far I do want to stress that my work is done and the place is clean. So "if you got time to lean you got time to clean" doesn't apply here. The other issues is that I can't get into any really deep activity because at any moment a guest could walk in or the phone could ring. (Funny, it did just ring in the middle of me typing the word phone. A guest needed some wine glasses).

For tonight at least I have g-chat with CC who is at home and Game 3 of the World Series on the radio. I also have two British people hanging around in the lobby who, while nice prevent me from doing anything too loudly.

So I guess I should put this away and focus on what it is that's bothering me. Guilt. I feel guilty for getting paid to virtually do nothing. When I'm busy I "earn it" but when I'm not doing much it makes me feel guilty that I'm "being lazy" or "slacking off." It's strange. Sometimes I'm really happy with a slow night because it's a break from the hectic days that we've had so many of lately but for some reason tonight I felt guilty for not having more to do. I guess part of that is the fact that normally Friday nights are crazy and this one has turned out to be historically slow. But why the guilt? That's I guess what I'm struggling with this evening. Why should I feel guilty? I just happened to land on a shift where not that much is going on. Not my fault right?

It's a funny thing how close money and guilt follow one another. Did you spend a lot of money on that new shirt? Feel a bit guilty about it? Money has never been that big of a deal for me but that guilt that comes with it sure has. Not that I've ever had that much money to feel guilty about so...

Anyway! Game 3 is about to get started so I'm going to open the door, let the Fall air in, and crank up the radio. Play Ball Dear Reader!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get to bloggin'

I have no idea what to write about tonight. I've felt kind of sad all day for some random reason that I'm unaware of. Just haven't felt "into it" today.

CC and I are fostering two kittens from our local shelter until they are old enough and big enough to be 'fixed' and sent out for adoption. We've had them for a month and this morning I took them for their final checkup before they schedule their surgery. So today I found out that we'll have them until Monday morning when I'll have to go drop them off to never see them again. This is not why I'm sad dear reader but it sure didn't help snap me out of my funk. These two kitties are super cute too. We had them for more than two weeks before they even weighed a pound. So super cute, but I digress...

Maybe I can blame it on the first game of the World Series being such a bust. Great pitching from the Giants but not too exciting overall. I was so happy to be able to sit on my couch and watch it even if CC wasn't into it and I felt like I missed time hanging with her. But, she had shows to watch too. Game one was like getting hyped for a Super Bowl and then having a blowout. One team looks good, the other... not so much. But, the beauty of the Series is that we have a potential 6 more games. I'm currently listening to Game 2 on the radio at work while I have our front door open to let the Fall breeze in. I love baseball on the radio and cool weather. Makes me feel more American, more alive, more grounded. No it doesn't, but I really like it.

Damn Jake Peavy keeps stepping off and making me forget what the count is! Ooooh but the Royals just tied it. Sometimes listening on the radio can get a bit confusing. Lots of numbers to try and remember. Thank you Internet for having instantly updated box scores though.

Anyway, I'm not trying to write back to back baseball blogs but that seems to be what this is turning into since I can't think of anything other than baseball and giving away little fluffy kitties. I have nothing to offer you today dear reader. I'm just here typing out words until I decide to call this post over.

Over.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Fantastic!

So tonight the World Series kicks off and for once, since the Braves aren't in it, I have a favorite. Of course I'm speaking of America's new darlings the Kansas City Royals. I'm not a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants but I don't harbor hate in my heart for them either. Well, not a whole lot anyway.

The Royals have won this year with a brand of baseball that the modern fan "hates" to watch. Some would call it fundamental baseball or "small ball." Lots of bunts, running, solid pitching and a good bullpen. CC is not a big fan of baseball but if you ask her who to blame for a loss, she knows to tell you, "the bullpen." In football, defense wins championships. In baseball, pitching wins pennants. I don't mind the Royals' brand of baseball despite my love for all things statistics and I think with the right group of guys it could work on a lot of teams.

But, if pitching wins, these two teams are about as close to each other in pitching as you can get. SF had a 2014 team ERA of 3.50, a BAA (Batting average against) of 2.41 and gave up 564 earned runs.
Kansas City finished ever so slightly below that with a team ERA of 3.51, a BAA of 2.50 and 565 earned runs.

Now, KC lives and dies by their bullpen a bit more than SF who has a touch more dominance in their starting staff. This shows up with an 82% save percentage for KC where SF only converted 72% of their save chances. But as we know, pitching is helped out by defense and KC has one of the best defenses in the game despite committing the 9th most errors in baseball this year. (Remember, defensive stats are deeper than errors and putouts. The eye-test can help a lot with that too). The Royals also had one of the lowest defensive chance totals on the year too which again speaks to their pitching.

Blah Blah Blah. Chicks dig the long-ball and offense sells tickets; so what about the bats? Here is where heroes are made in October. And, when it comes to offense this is where you start to have more of a rooting interest in the players and their stories. Neither team is an offensive juggernaut so it's really more about the stories.

San Francisco has a couple of guys that no matter your affiliation, you have to pull for. Travis Ishikawa was almost out of baseball and a 30-something year old guy wasting away in the minor leagues before getting called up by the Giants this year and eventually hitting the home run that sent them to the World Series. Buster Posey is just awesome and Tim Hudson is one of my favorite players in MLB. (Former Brave). Michael Morse was all but a dead end prospect bust, he's still not great but he is doing well and Joe Panik is a rookie story that anyone can fall in love with. Really the only douche bag on this team is Angel Pagan and he's hurt and not even on the roster. So, yea for that!

Kansas City also has a ton of fun guys on the roster. Mike Moustakas is a legend in KC already after picking up a bar tab for half the city after the Royals won the ALCS. Well and he's a fun guy that "the every man" can relate to. The Royals also have two Latin players that are good TV and funny guys in Escobar and Salvador Perez. Perez especially is must see TV. He caught more innings this year than any other catcher in the majors and is a giant Shrek of a man who wears women's perfume because the umpires like the smell. The Royals are that blue collar mid-western team that has an funny way of coming up winners. Oh and they have a Korean Super Fan that has all of Asia on their side too. And, Aoki who, while a shitty fielder, is fun to watch.

A few years ago the Royals made a decision to take what everyone else was doing and do the opposite. Everyone was paying big money for big named home run hitting free agents (See Josh Hamilton, Pujols, A-Rod, Cabrera, and Fielder).  The Royals built for defense and bullpen dominance. You want big named starters? We want journeymen middle relievers. You want a high strikeout rate but big power? We want on-base percentage and line-drives. Back loaded contracts? We'll take short-term deals and arbitration. This didn't really workout until this year. Their last playoff appearance was 1985. Now they look like geniuses after building slowly, but their fans have had YEARS of suffering through mediocrity leading up to this. Will this be a one hit wonder? Will the Royals formula work in the long term? Guess we'll have to revisit that in 2018.

The Giants on the other hand have been a model of consistency for the past decade. They won the Series in 2010 and 2012 and have done so without ever being a dominant or even being favored. They were the wild-card team this year and are in most circles the underdog in this series. However, you should never count them out of a series. They've always had good pitching and usually have an anemic offense at best. This year the offense is a bit better and the pitching is still, as I pointed out, better than most. The Giants are a team that is built for the playoffs. Series wins instead of the marathon season.

So what does this all mean? It means we should have a good series between two evenly matched teams. This hopefully won't be a 4-0 series that is all lopsided. The whole of the 2014 playoffs has been great with a ton of close games so far. I haven't gotten to watch all of it to be sure, but just reading and highlights can tell you that this year has been special. Plus, no Yankees, no Red Sox, no problem. I hope the Royals win, I hope the Giants keep it close, I hope that all the games are fun.

Damn it dear reader the World Series is here! Fall! Classic! Let's do this!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blagh-tober

Damn this blog stuff is tough. Everyday, damn you dear reader, you demand different topics from me! What am I an endless source of knowledge here to fill your ever emptying cup with knowledge? Well, yeah, I know that I am, but still... it's hard to come up with topics everyday.

Tonight I had a great dinner with CC. We went to a good spot downtown that is not a tourist destination and we had a good meal. Good wine, good food, great dessert and of course great company. It's nice. A Monday night, no responsibility other than to ourselves. We had a good time. We weren't worried about the bill or who was waiting on us at home. We just went and had dinner and didn't worry. Makes for a good time.

So tomorrow dear reader, as I'm sure you know, the World Series starts. I'll be back with my baseball preview then.

Good night!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don't Bring Your Guns to Town

I need more Johnny Cash in my life. Where's the I-pod when you need it? Damn work on Sunday. Nothing but old people and missed mimosas.

Anyway, as you can see I missed another posting yesterday. Oops. I was busy hanging with my girlfriend and some friends of ours. Also, I didn't have any free time in the evening due to a wonderful meal and then some indigestion afterwards. Not meal related and I won't go into that here. (Today anyway).

What I will discuss today is gun ownership. I kinda want one. I have a friend that is really into them and has quite a collection and we went shooting yesterday. He is really knowledgeable and able to explain a lot about the different types of guns, bullets, and action. It's really fun and I love to shoot.

Now, the sticky part of this is gun ownership. I'm really on the fence about it because I've never really wanted to be "a gun owner." I'm not afraid of them. I'm not paranoid that I'm going to be a victim of a crime and I'm not afraid that someone in my home would injure themselves with a gun kept in the home. I'm not worried about the cost or the maintenance.

Sooooo.... what's the issue? Well one, I can barely decide what shirt I want to wear everyday so now I have about a billion options on what gun to buy. Oh man! The options! And, most of them are a lot of fun to shoot. And two, I need to discuss it with my partner in "crime" CC about bringing a gun into our home. I would never be the person who would bring a gun into our home if in any way it made her uncomfortable. I'd want her to be comfortable with it and shooting it was well. So then I have to find a gun that isn't too much gun for her either. Aaaaaggggghhh!!!

There is something very 'Murican about gun ownership which kinda creeps me out too. This is me and this is my gun? Plus there is the aspect that with ownership you may be calling gun situations into your life. Does that make sense? I need one of those pro/con lists of gun ownership for me I guess.

I do enjoy shooting, and I'd like to get more into it and get better at it, but... can't make up my mind. I guess that kind of answers my question there too. I should probably continue to wait before making a decision on it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Not happening

My lord, I had this whole post planned out for you dear reader and now it's post 10pm on a Friday night and all I want to do is go home and curl up with CC and go to bed. Work just went on far too long for me to be able to type out all that I wanted for you tonight.

Maybe tomorrow I'll get to it. Maybe I won't. But I promise. It'll be a good one.

Goodnight!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Every Day has it's... Day?

Today is National Boss'(s) Day, World Food Day, National Dictionary Day, and National Feral Cat Day. So feed a homeless bossy cat today would you.

Every month has three or four causes. October is Breast Cancer and Bullying. And, this blog of course is a national treasure this moth too but I digress. There was National Talk like a Pirate Day not too long ago, National Coffee Day, Food Truck Day... What the fuck day is it?

Why can't I just have a Thursday? Breast Friends Thursday? (Yes that's a real thing). Throwback Thursday? No. Just Thursday. You don't need a picture of me from 15 years ago and a paragraph about my nostalgia for my old Nintendo and Lunchables. It's just freakin' Thursday.

At first I tried to embrace all these "days" and their causes but after a while I was just over it. Now it kind of makes me laugh a bit. (I know this next sentence will make me sound like an old man) If we'd have had National Bullying Awareness Month when I was in middle school, bullies would have demanded ribbons and lunch money from us. National Bullying Month is a chance to identify who the rats are in your class kids. Report a bully? I smell cheese. As my friend Ben was fond of saying, "snitches get stitches." Report a bully to your fist not the hall monitor. All that suppressed rage you have over dealing with your parents, the bully is your outlet. (I know kids don't read my blog, so we're good here dear reader).

What I'm asking is are all these recognition days really all that important or is the fact that now there are so many of them that no day is even heard about outside of a tweet. #TodayIsNational___

All these cancer awareness things do nothing. We're all so numb to them now. Pink. I see pink things. Ok. And why is it awareness? We're all aware. When do we get Cure-ness? I never hear about doctors in a lab mixing things over Bunsen burners. All I see are people shaving their heads for awareness. You're not curing cancer by shaving you're head. You're saving money on shampoo.

Where was I going with this? I don't mean to rant on people doing what they think is a good thing and something that makes them feel better about themselves. Well, as long as they know that's what it's really all about. #CancerRant

I want some coffee. That's me being honest with myself. So, I'm going to go get some right now. See ya tomorrow dear reader. (Unless I forget).