I've been so busy lately that I've barely even been able to see an end to it. Baseball season is always incredibly busy, but adding moving onto it, plus a lost cell phone, it just makes it all the more busy.
I'm soldiering through, though. I got home tonight at 10pm, after practice until 6:30, then rides home to kids until 8:00, then a trip to the mall to get a new cell phone, then to the grocery store for some odds and ends, then to the old house to pick up the mail, and then, finally, to the new house, where I'm trying to set up negotations between my dog and the roomate's 12-week old kitten. He's a chaser, she's a runner, it's not working.
The strangest thing happened on the way while I was driving the kids home. I was driving on The Alameda, near Harford Road, when a group of six or so youths started coming from either side. They were doing a strange dance, and the kids I was driving immediately identified it as Bloods Dance. The miscreant youths started walking through the center of the busy intersection, somuch that I couldn't turn left when I wanted to, and had to swerve to miss one of them. My carmates told me they must have just banked someone, and, as we continued to drive along, we saw a bunch of police cars and an ambulance up ahead. There, as we drove right by it and ended up being stopped in front of the crime scene (one block up from Erdman/Bel Air, which just happens to be walking distance from the new house) and, there, I encountered my first real visceral experience with the Baltimore murder rate: police lines drawn out, caution tape up, and a copious splattering of blood on the sidewalk. I don't know if it was a gunshot or a stabbing, but, with the amount of blood we saw, I don't think the victim lived.
Tomorrow's our first game. Thursday, Friday, and Monday follow. I'm not telling anyone but you all that this is a great team and that a city championship is possible. Depends on how those other teams are, though, I guess.
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