October 24, 2007

Tomorrow, I blog.

Tonight, I enjoy the rain, and the cool weather and the quiet of a house full of sleeping children.
Maybe I’ll read some more of The Book Thief.
Maybe I won’t.

Teaser payoff

October 3, 2007

Wow. Where to begin? Let me go read the teaser. I’ll be back.

Ok. I’m back. First up, extracurricular activities. We have one high schooler playing field hockey, one younger boy playing football and one younger girl cheerleading. That means we have a practice or game every day after school and on Saturday also. Sorry to say that the high school field hockey games get the short shrift due to timing of it all. So being busy every evening and during the weekends results in the days being full of running errands. Also, the youngest boy is doing gymnastics once a week. Almost forgot about that! I’m not complaining. It’s really a lot of fun, just hectic.

Next. Why does September feel like July? It’s because of the sun. It’s giving us way too much heat and I don’t like it. The weather man on the news calls the sunshine we experience “abundant”. I would call it “incessant”. Interesting how one little word change can alter the whole meaning of a sentence. All right, so I can just pretty much write off September as just another month of summer. Fine. What about October? It’s October right now and we’re anticipating temps in the mid 80’s this week. WHY? It’s highly irritating to get a sunburn while watching a football game. The universe is weird lately.

Here’s what I’ve been reading: Devilish by Maureen Johnson. Pretty good. So far, MJ’s books have been fairly consistent. I’m about halfway through Cecil Castellucci’s Queen of Cool and, well, I’m not really digging it very much. I can’t relate to any of the characters. Why, you say, would I expect to relate to any of the characters in a book written for teenage females? Well, I respond, there are teenage males in that book and I have been one of those before. Still can’t relate to, or even like, the characters. That is NOT a comment about Cecil’s writing ability, ’cause I like her. I’m just not digging this particular book. Next up for me is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Marcus, you may remember, wrote The Messenger, which is my favorite read of the year so far.

Someday I may tell you how the whole “John is a sports announcer” thing happened, but for now just know that it’s a lot of fun. Our teams play their home games at the high school field and they have an announcer to introduce the teams and say the results of each play and who was involved in it and the scores and all that stuff. I was asked initially to just announce the games for my son’s team (the youngest team) but midway through my first game, the league officials asked me to take over and work all of the games (there are three different levels, so three games) and I accepted the invitation. It’s been great. The crew I work with is really good and getting better, as am I. After last week’s games, the league told me that the job is mine for as long as I want it. If only it involved some sort of monetary exchange, which it doesn’t. I do get free food, however, so someone must have tipped them off to my weakness.

Well, this post has gone on long enough and I am kind of busy today (did I mention that?) so I’ll save the “love of Cracker Barrel restaurants” story for another time.

P.S. David Sedaris was in Wilmington, DE last night and I had to miss it! I told you the universe was messed up.


August 8, 2007

Let’s see. The high temperature here in sunny Maryland today was around 100 degrees. Gaaaaa!

The high temperature in Dublin, Ireland (where I threaten to move my family every summer) was around 64 degrees.

Do you see now? Do you? Huh? Well, do you?

Father’s Day weekend

June 19, 2007

So how was my Father’s Day weekend, you ask? Well I’ll tell ya.

Played horrible golf on Friday and had a blast of a time. Went to the Soul game on Saturday night when they beat Columbus in the final minute to clinch a playoff spot. Had a cool day on Sunday which included a little softball and horseshoe playing, a lot of crab eating and a bit of beer drinking. My brother-in-law and I have taken to buying those little 7 oz. Corona bottles so our beer is always really cold and we can drink twice as many. So, all in all a pretty good weekend, wouldn’t you say?

Summer has begun (I don’t care what the calendar says about it) and the temps have been getting higher. Those of you who know me know that I’m a cool-weather guy. I love cool, rainy, overcast days. LOVE them. Most people would describe that kind of weather as “gloomy”, but to me it is heaven. I’m don’t have a gloomy personality at all, I just like the weather. Summer here in the northeast is not my cup of tea, in fact, every June I threaten to move my family to Ireland. So in the spirit of positive thinking, here are the GOOD things about Summer:

evening thunderstorms
ice cold seedless watermelon
growing things in the garden
Fall comes next

gum, socks, etc.

June 9, 2007

Did you know that a pack of gum can set off the metal detector at airport security stations? I didn’t, until last weekend. The glasses I was wearing didn’t set it off and neither did my belt. It was the gum and the security guy even demonstrated it for me.

If you ever need to buy socks, take note of those with “moisture-wicking” properties. I always thought (and still do, actually) that any absorbent fabric would wick moisture away from your skin, but sock companies want you to think that only those labeled as such can do the job. Frankly, I’m not sure what the big deal is, since my socks are usually locked up inside my shoes, so it’s not like they can take any moisture away and dispose of it anyway.

I’m not sure why, but the previous paragraph has been on my mind for a week. Now I can let it go.

Yesterday, the temperature here reached between 95 and 100 degrees (that’s 35 – 37.778 for you Celsius people). That’s not good news for a guy like me who likes any temperature up to about 80 (26.667 C). I suppose if I lived in a Celsius using country, I could just go ahead and round it up to 27, which would be 80.6 F, but NO HIGHER.