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Monthly Archives: October 2012
I used to love watching Barry Zito pitch when he was a member of the Oakland A’s.
I have a vivid recollection of a gem he pitched against the Yankees in the 1999 or 2000 playoffs. I watched that game at my east Des Moines apartment. Zito was one of baseball’s best pitchers. I was single, often bored and sometimes lonely.
These days, Zito is a shadow of what he used to be, a slightly above-average big-league pitcher. I’m married, rarely bored and certainly never lonely. 🙂
I thought about all of this stuff while watching last night’s Giants-Cardinals playoff game. Zito was back in 1999 form, allowing no runs in 7 1/3 innings on the road against one of baseball’s best-hitting teams. St. Louis was baffled by Zito’s 12-to-6 curveball and his other off-speed pitches. His fastball was around 86 mph, plenty fast to keep the Cardinals off-balance.
Good for Zito. It was fun to see him on top of his game again.
Can’t stand the Cardinals.
Don’t like the Giants.
So I’m an American League fan for the rest of the postseason.
I pitched some wiffle balls to Maisa this week after taking several weeks off from that activity. Too many fun things to do, I guess.
Anyway, Maisa surprised me by smashing the first five balls. I mean, she really creamed them. A couple of the line drives almost hit me in the head!
Maisa attacked those wiffle balls like she attacks puzzles. She just LIVES to do puzzles. She can easily handle 48 pieces, and even tackles 100-piece images (with a little help from Mommy or Daddy).
Someone recently said to me, “I don’t know how you could have enjoyed going to college in Iowa City.”
I politely said something like, “Well, it’s not for everybody.” … But in my mind I was thinking, “Are you serious?”
The fact is, the University of Iowa is a fabulous place to be if you’re 18, 19, 20, 21 years old. Iowa City is totally unique among towns and cities in this state.
I don’t spend a lot of time getting nostalgic about my college days, and I certainly don’t feel the need to defend my alma mater in any way. I honestly don’t give a rat’s patootey what other people say about the U of I.
All I know is I wouldn’t trade those four years for anything. I don’t think I ever had a bad day.
- My classes were fascinating and taught by
professors who were bona fide experts in their fields.
- I had an exciting and educational job.
- I received a full tuition scholarship
in each of my last three years.
- I had a boatload of fun-loving friends.
- I attended Big Ten Conference athletic events
almost every week.
- And, of course, the party scene was bigger
and better than I could have ever imagined.
Every college in Iowa and the United States has endearing qualities. The U of I was the right choice for me.