1. I received some jolting, scary news the other day, news I've been asked not to share on the internet, but it's a bigtime focus of my thoughts right now when I'm not throwing myself into my work and baseball. I will not speak of it here, but, suffice to say, it was not a good weekend to read the first hundred pages of The Road, and I do appreciate your good thoughts and, yes, even prayers sent this general direction.
2. The Tigers are playing like World Series contenders right now, and I'm telling myself it's not too late. Of course, it meant rooting for the Red Sox over the Yankees this past weekend, and apparently God doesn't like me rooting for the Red Sox, because the inning I turned on the audio of both games, within five minutes, both games fell apart for those Big Budget Bosox. On Friday, I turned on the game during the collapsing 8th inning, and last night, I turned it on during that great matchup between two of my least favorite players in all of baseball (two of the five that, I think, I'd never stoop to having on my fantasy baseball team, along with Bonds, Jeff Suppan, and Dmitri Young). I was pulling for the old fat ass Republican Bush-schiller Schilling like nothing else last night, and, of course, the Kalamazoo turncoat Derek Jeter hit the 3-run homerun as God punished me for rooting for the Red Sox and for a Republican. Oh well. Big series right now against the Indians.
3. Tomorrow night, I'll be seeing live in concert a singer/songwriter whose hit song nearly two decades ago (and it was a big hit that has held up well... still played on the radio on a number of formats quite often) was the very first piece of music I ever bought for myself. This artist does not tour often, nor has this artist had any hits in the last several years. But the artist has continued to produce very good music, and I'm bringing a friend down for the show. This is the same friend who I trade concerts off with every couple of months. We don't tell the other person who the concert is of, we just say to clear the night. I can't quite believe it's happening in this week of all weeks, and I do not look forward to the drive there or the drive back, or having to leave school early, or anything else about it, except the hanging out with the said friend and seeing the concert. I've never seen the artist before and several of this artist's songs help form the soundtrack of my life, from middle school all the way up through college and even a little bit of adulthood (though, truth be told, I have not bought this artist's last album and didn't listen to the one before that very much). So, do you like my lack of revelation here? Any guesses who this artist might be?
4. I have two big papers due on Wednesday, and tonight might be a night where I stay up until midnight finishing them. I better get to them, stat.
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