Conniving Idiots & Things We Do

I think we explained it best this way: Separately, we are both very humble people. We don’t draw a lot of attention to ourselves. We work quietly and efficiently, expecting no praise.

Together? Together, we are force to be reckoned with. We border on arrogant. We talk outloud. To each other. About each other. About other people. We act like we’re the only two people in the entire universe.

Tanaya and I are nuts, and we will admit that.

The truth is, I blame things like Facebook and internet design software that allow us to go totally off the wall.

Prime example from today:

picture-4(Maybe arrogant was a bit harsh. Sorry, Tanaya.)

And the countdown begins…

92 days.

I think that will be the deadline. Real or imagined. Forced or self-imposed.

92 days to figure out where I’m going to be living and where I’m going to be working.

92 is a nice, round number. I think it’s doable. If it’s not, then that means I finally lose. I’m not a good loser though so chances are 92 it’s going to be.

Here we go….

An Open Letter to T.J. Simers

The one part of baseball that Tanaya and I aren’t entirely thrilled about is the prospect of paying $15 a game for parking. Being the resourceful people that we are, we came up with a plan. The plan calls for a Dodger player to drop us off at home after the games. We figure that we can walk up the hill to get there, but walking back to my apartment through Echo Park just seems silly.

We’ve enlisted the help of Los Angeles Times reporter, TJ Simers. Here’s the email we’ve sent him:

Dear Mr. Simers,

We were very excited to purchase our mini-plan of 27 Dodger tickets this year. We sat down with calendars and computers open to make sure we picked all of the match-ups and dates we wanted. We saved money to be able to purchase these tickets and were so excited that we would be able to be at Dodger Stadium for a third of the games this year!

We are so disappointed to hear that the Dodger Trolley will not be continued this year, in essence doubling our investment from $7 a game each to $14.50 a game to include the parking we will now have to purchase. We are deeply disappointed that alternate transportation options are not being provided to fans, and we’re, in essence, being forced to spend $15 to drive in circles around Dodger Stadium.

Fortunately, we have come up with a solution, and we need your help! We came up with an idea yesterday, and we think that you’re the perfect person to help us out.

We propose having a rotation of players who can take us home after the games. We live within 2 miles of the stadium, and it wouldn’t take anyone out of their way more than 10 minutes. Perhaps, this can be part of Manny’s community service? In exchange, we would offer pleasant conversation and our fan-ship. We hope that you can help us to find a player and arrange this plan.

Thank you for your help in this matter!

I’m kind of disappointed that he didn’t print it just as a joke. It seemed like it would fit right in with his column.

T-Minus 9 Days!

Nine days until the opening of baseball! Even though the Dodgers open in San Diego, it’s still nice to know that in a mere 9 days, I have the opportunity to at least watch them play a regular season game. And one week later, the home opener should be great fun!

For the first time in a very long time, I listened to Dodger talk radio last night. It was merely by accident as I was sitting on the 5 for about an hour and a half during rush hour because I just didn’t quite grasp the appropriate timing! At any rate, the new guys, whose names escape me right now, really weren’t that bad. Ross Porter did the show for years, and I loved it so when the switched him out, I switched it off. Maybe it’s a habit that I will revive this season….

But, I digress.

The depth chart is finally filling in nicely. I am disappointed that AJ Ellis is not on it, but I suppose that was mostly to be expected. Even my greatest fear—the pitching staff!—worked out nicely!

Dodger depth chart as of this morning

Dodger depth chart as of this morning

Super 100

I logged in this morning to see that the 100th person had read the “About my Blog” section on this blog. I find it amusing, comforting, and interesting that there are so many people who are interested in the song “All Along the Watchtower.” I certainly understand why it is the case because it is a particularly entrancing song.

In honor of the 100th person who read my reflection on the song, I’m going to add one more verse today:

Outside in the cold distance
A wild cat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl

I didn’t initially include this in my reflection because my tie to this portion is different from the rest of the song. I think it simply paints a vivid picture. This is the part where I feel like the music starts to swirl. The guitar accomplishes both the wild cat’s growl and the wind’s howl.

And just when you’re caught up in this swirl of music and words, it suddenly stops. It slows down and just as quickly as it started, it’s over.

Thanks for reading! And Happy Friday!