I explain it all in the most recent episode of the podcast, but I’ve done a lot of soul-searching, my friends, and decided to take the monumental step of flip-flopping Summer and Winter in the seasonal ranking chart. Oh, this is big. The rankings have remained static for many decades. Until now. I hope this doesn’t cause any emotional breakdowns or crises of belief. The two main changes that have forced me to take such a monumental step:
- My return to baseball. I was obsessed as a youngling, and young adult. But I drifted during the raising-a-family/paying-the-bills years. I’m still in those years, of course, but the pressure isn’t as intense as it once was. Over the past five years or so I attempted to get back into the sport that meant so much to me, and it didn’t take, for some reason. But the most recent attempt did the trick and — I never would’ve predicted it — I’m as obsessed as I was when I was 13 or 14. The sweet sickness is back! And since baseball takes place mostly in summer, how could I rank that season dead-last? Even though I hate the heat and humidity and the goddamn bugs? It’s a difficult thing to reconcile.
- Also, over those same five years or so I’ve grown more and more concerned about slick roads during the winter, and making the big 36-mile trek home from work during yet another Northeastern Pennsylvania “snow event.” I never loved it, but now I dread it. It causes me anxiety, ’cause I’ve been burned so many times. I mean, I’ve been forced to abandon my car multiple times and was trapped on Interstate 81 for hours just last winter. And I can’t have that. I used to just roll with it and take it as it comes. But now, for whatever reason, I fear it somewhat. Oh, it’s not debilitating. It’s nothing like that. But it’s certainly unpleasant. It sucks for sure. In the podcast, I describe driving home during those storms with a sphincter so tight you couldn’t feed an uncooked strand of spaghetti through there. As Iggy would put it, no fun.
There are other small reasons, but those are the two main ones that forced my hand. So, there’s a new ranking! I know it’s a lot to take in. I apologize for the upset this announcement might have caused.
Have your seasonal rankings ever changed? I can see it maybe being adjusted after moving to a different area o’ the country or world. But mine was a little different. What are your thoughts on this important matter? How do you rank ’em? Bring us up to date on it.
And I’ll see you guys again soon.