StuckMarch 3, 2009
I had hoped to be back at my cards today after a trip to see the family, but because of the recent snow up and down the east coast my flights keep getting canceled. I don’t have my cards with me, or my computer, and my insides have been in an airport-anxiety knot for two days. Also, this isn’t exactly the greatest time in history to have to start taking unscheduled days off of work. I’m supposed to be on the last flight out of town today (all earlier flights had been booked by the time the flight I’d been moved to after my first cancellation was itself canceled), but if it gets delayed even a little I’ll miss my connection and be stuck for another day. It’s as if some deity looked down on me and said, “So, you like punching yourself in the head during frustrating, stressful situations? OK, then, chew on this.” So far I have not punched myself in the head, probably because the worst moments have come in very crowded places, and I still have some desire to appear sane in the eyes of others. There was even a camera crew at the airport yesterday, filming everyone’s misery. I probably could have made the evening news if I’d started trying to knock my own block off.
But of course it could be much worse. I’m stuck, but I’m stuck with my family, so I got another chance to play with my niece and nephew and bond with my mom during our ten billion drives back and forth to the airport and talk with my dad about how his readings of I.F. Stone shaped his mind as a teenager and prepared him to enlist in the Navy at the end of World War II to go fight fascism. (Lucky for me he never got any closer to the action than upstate New York.)
So anyway, that’s why there haven’t been any new cardboard gods to consider. I’m hoping to rectify that situation soon. In the meantime, anybody got any infield chatter to liven up the stuck-ness? How about some spring training talk? Who’s your team and how many games do you see them winning this season? I’ve got Youk and Pedroia and a deep bullpen, etc, down for 93 wins in a killer AL East.