Monthly Archives: October 2012

Vin Scully jack o lantern

Jill saw this on the internet.

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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


Good riddance

When the Cardinals lose Game 7, they go down in flames.

In 1985 they lost 11-0 to Kansas City. Last night it was 9-0 to San Francisco.

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of guys. šŸ™‚


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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


Go away, I don’t want any

I happily have no room in my life for the NFL.


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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


Zito has changed, and so have I

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. šŸ™‚

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.

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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


Go Tigers

Can’t stand the Cardinals.

Don’t like the Giants.

So I’m an American League fan for the rest of the postseason.

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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


She attacks wiffle balls — and puzzles!

I pitched some wiffleĀ 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 reallyĀ creamedĀ them. A couple of the line drives almost hit me in the head!

MaisaĀ attacked those wiffle balls like she attacks puzzles. She just LIVES to do puzzles. She can easily handleĀ 48 pieces, and even tackles 100-piece images (with a little help from Mommy or Daddy).

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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


A great place to go to college

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 placeĀ to be if you’re 18, 19, 20, 21 years old. Iowa City is totally unique among towns and cities in this state.

Old Capitol and the Pentacrest, the heart of the University of Iowa campus.

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 educationalĀ 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 ConferenceĀ 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.

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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Uncategorized