A truly fine article by Patrick Reuse about Rod Carew. Well worth reading, but I can't resist quoting this:
The Carews have had a home in Anaheim for 22 years, yet Rod said the in-season returns to Minneapolis still feel like
"coming home." The Twin Cities are where he met and married Marilynn Levy, where his three daughters were born.
"I'm always anxious to get back for a few days," Carew said. "If it's a nice day, I'll walk from the hotel to the
Metrodome. It seems like I meet 50 people who say, 'Hey, Rod. We miss you, Rod.' That's what Minnesota people
always say when they see me. 'We miss you.' "
Yes, we do. He was my first favorite baseball player. One of the classiest
guys in baseball; heck, one of the classiest guys outside of baseball.
posted at 4:43 PM Central Time
I'm not visiting many sites these days, as I've said. What pages do I still visit regularly? I'm still reading stuff @ teevee.org,
TV Barn, and lileks.com. Plus too many tv scheds so I can put together
the picks. I also read Jon Carroll's columns
and James Lileks' columns. I visit The Links (almost) daily.
I'm still reading alt.tv.homicide and I'm still hanging out in a lot of conferences on
The Well. I've not kept up with
most mailing lists, stuff is filtered away into boxes I rarely check. Though
I keep up with the Windowseat TV discussion list (hey, there are so few messages it's not hard!). I read personal email, my response time varies from Within A Few Minutes to, um, a lot longer.
All things considered, I'm not as Out of The Loop as I've been in the past. But this
is a huge step back from the days when I read 30 or more weblogs each day. And visited a bunch of other sites (almost) daily, too. So if you spy something someplace
that you think I'd really enjoy, don't be shy about passing it on. These days,
the odds are that I haven't seen it yet (unless it's at, or as been mentioned,
at any of the places I've mentioned here).
posted at 2:03 PM Central Time
I've not been able to read fiction for fun in years, now. It's been very very strange, I grew up reading a lot (almost as much as I watched TV, ahem). But in recent years I've not found the time to read much fiction; when I've tried to dive into a novel, I've usually been unable to get into it. Or I'd fall asleep after reading just a couple of pages. So I've thrown myself into reading stuff online when I can, reading the occasional fanfic that could keep my interest, and enjoying movies, tv, etc.
It's been a strange sort of block, which I've attributed to being tired and/or stressed out and/or depressed, mostly.
There have been exceptions, though they're few and far between. I've been able to read books in Steve Brust's Vlad Taltos series. And books in Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan series. These books can (and will) keep me up all night, keep my interest, inspire me to run to the bookstore to buy the new books as soon as they're out. Maybe they're easier to enjoy because I already know the characters, know the universes their set in. Same could be said, I suppose, for fanfic that's tied to TV shows. I don't generally get into series, but these I do.
So I had a blast reading Bujold's A Civil Campaign in one night, all night, a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I've been working my way through all the rest of the Vorkosigan series again. It's far too much fun and I'll be done with all the books all too soon. Sigh. But I'm reading and it's too cool for words. Like water after a long drought? Something like that.
If you've been depressed, you know how hard it is to move some days. To get interested in even those things you usually love. I've sorta thrown myself into these books because they have managed to keep my interest (which is saying something), they've take me into another universe and have kept my mind off of less-pleasant stuff. It means the world.
posted at 1:42 PM Central Time
Ugh. I've been depressed.
Thus, the lack of updates.
I have managed to keep up with the tv picks
which makes me wonder if I couldn't really keep up with this if I made it a priority.
But how does one prioritize a weblog? I mean-- whether or not I post here and what
I post here usually depends on any recreational websurfing I'm doing. And I really
haven't been looking at more than a couple of websites for months now, it seems.
I suppose I could commit to writing something more journal-like each day, lord knows I can babble at the drop of a hat. But I'm not sure any of you would want to read that.
Anyway. I can't predict when or if I'll get back to updating here. I see that
there are still a fair number of people visiting here each day, which makes me
feel guilty. Like I'm letting you all down. And yet-- I'm never sure I trust those numbers anyway.
If you're out there, still listening, send me a
note sometime. Don't be shy. It could be about anything, of course. Right now
just knowing that there are people who'd like to hear what I have to say might
be an ego boost. Presuming I don't just feel guilty. Ahem.
I think this time around my depression is closely tied to my letting things slide. But then letting things (like housework, bills, etc) can also be a symptom of depression. Which came first? All I know is they sure feed on each other. I've spent
inordinate amounts of time sleeping lately. Haven't been getting out as
much as usual. Nor have I been seeing as many movies or watching as much tv or
listening to as much music or doing as much, um, anything. Gonna try to rustle up some energy,
any energy, to take some babysteps to getting back on my feet again. Encouragement
and warm fuzzy thoughts appreciated. Those who don't grok depression and wanna
lecture me or guilt me need not apply (I do enough of that on my own, thankyouverymuch).
posted at 5:57 PM Central Time
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