Saturday was almost perfect. The weather was great, all of us were home, there was no dark cloud hovering above the house, and we had a great time just hanging out and being together. It’s sad to say, but days like that are becoming more and more rare.
There’s always some sort of chaos, you see. Or we’re stressed out about something, or shuttling the kids here and there. But the planets aligned this weekend, and Saturday was a day to cherish. It made me realize how close we are to a really pleasant life; things are just slightly askew, not anything major. It should be easily adjusted, in theory.
I’m feeling optimistic today, my friends. I often feel adrift and cut-off, but not now. I need to enjoy it while I can…
Thanks for your feedback on the book experiment. It was fun. And more than 100 Kindle copies have been sold since the promo ended, and it’s actually on a few of the bizarre charts at Amazon. Like, Parenting and Family Humor. WTF? That seems like a mighty narrow niche, but I’ll take it.
People are also “borrowing” it from the Kindle lending library, which hasn’t happened before. So, that’s interesting. All those freebies have brought a little life to the book again. It’s great to see.
I found a page where it’s possible to download complete radio broadcasts of old baseball games, and I’ve been listening to them at work. Man, I love stuff like that. Last week I heard Mel Allen doing the play-by-play of the pennant-deciding game between the Yankees and Red Sox — on the last day of the 1949 season. It was fantastic. DiMaggio, Williams, Berra… They’re like mythical gods to me.
Today I’m going to listen to the 1956 All-Star Game. Oh yeah.
If you’re into that kind of thing, I’d recommend grabbing all those files now. Because Major League Baseball is pretty good at shutting-down such greatness… It looks like some of them have been there since 2009, which surprises me. Regardless, I wouldn’t wait.
Last year, at the beginning of the baseball season, I mentioned how I wish there was a subscription service, where I could pay a fee and have access to mp3 versions of all the Reds or Braves radio broadcasts. Not old ones, but this year’s games. Maybe there could be a 12 hour delay, or whatever. If there was something like that, I’d listen to all the games at work (yesterday’s game today), and probably become a big baseball nut again.
Well, they’ve moved a little closer to my vision of baseball utopia. They now offer something called Gameday Audio, with an on-demand archive. It costs $19.99 for the whole season, and you have access to ALL games for every team. Pretty damn cool. And cheap, too.
However, it’s streaming only. No mp3s. So I’d have to stream it through my phone at work, and my desk is located inside a concrete bunker, with poor cell reception. So, it’s not feasible for me. I wouldn’t be able to use it much. So close! Hell, I’d pay $40, if they’d just throw in the stinkin’ mp3s, which I could load onto my iPod. Oh well.
Speaking of the iPod and work, here is the current lineup of podcasts I never miss: Adam Carolla, Marc Maron, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, The Mental Illness Happy Hour, Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, This American Life, and Julie Klausner. There are several others that I listen to from time to time, but those are the ones in the never miss category.
I also listen to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, from the 1970s. Man, that’s some good stuff. Generally speaking.
The iPod I use at work was a Christmas gift from my old employer — from December 2001! Just a few months after iPods first appeared. And it still works perfectly, despite the abuse it receives. It’s only 2 gigs, though. I have to constantly add and remove stuff. But it does the trick, year after year.
And just so you know, I haven’t had a Mountain Dew (or any other soda) at work, since my doctor’s appointment. I’ve replaced it with water, and it’s been surprisingly easy. However, I had a few slugs off a Cherry Coke on Saturday, and it tasted amazing. I like the idea of it being a rare treat, instead of a constantly-flowing pipeline. I’m going to try to maintain. So far, so good.
Toney and I also enjoyed a six pack of Dogfish Head 60 Minute Ale on Saturday evening. It’s been a long time since we’ve had anything from the craft beer section of the grocery store, and goddamn… so good. So incredibly good. I think that might be my favorite beer in the world. At least this week.
And that’s pretty much what’s going on in my exciting world. Anything new going on with you guys? How was the weekend? Please tell us about it in the comments.
And I’ll be back tomorrow.
Have a great day!