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166 A.A.

Gramma out of the hospital. And back to normal. She bragged that in her room of four people she was the only one who didn’t wear diapers. And for lunch, while she was getting hiyashi chukka, my wife, her daughter made me a scrumptious tuna melt sandwich. The look she gave my sandwich and then asked for clarification as to why I was getting that needed to be recorded for posterity. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. But the next day for lunch she got herself a specially-made tuna melt sandwich from her daughter.


I can’t watch a full game of major league baseball anymore. I think it’s how the teams are put together these days. Some teams are not trying. Some teams are trying for instant gratification and trading to and fro. I think the problem is the new generation of GMs.

The teams are treated as though it’s fantasy baseball. They use nebulous numbers a statistician put together, trying to develop a number, one number that signifies whether he’s a benefit or cost. When I was a kid it seemed the successful teams were ones that the sum of the players together had more value than each individual separately. Nowadays, the trades seem to be an ego stroke of GM more than adding a valuable piece to the puzzle. I think the shuffling players in and out, giving massive contracts with opt out clauses, then shipping them out really makes it tough root for a team. Every trade deadline favorite players that kids invested in are always on the block if they aren’t a “buyer” this year. Screw the next year, much less the next 10 years you signed him to. Then pay 80% of the salary to ship him out. How about drafting the right players and develop them. Yeah, I’m talking about you, A.J. How much dead money on players traded does your team pay each year? Trying to make everyone forget how much you gave up to get him in the first place. Ugh. Smartest guy in the room syndrome.


Had a cool experience where my middle-school niece got three days off of classroom learning to go work at a local business. She worked at a fancy Chinese restaurant. We went, we ate, we enjoyed seeing her in a new atmosphere.

Is that custom common? We never had anything like that. I think it’s a wonderful constructive idea to give that experience. And civic-minded by having businesses help in providing an opportunity that may influence a kid’s ideas on employment. Might

depend where you’d get placed. Don’t think I would’ve fared well at the butcher’s plant.


New theory. As people age they want to be around less people as they’ve become aware they have developed a personal odor and don’t want to subject others to it or go through the steps necessary to conceal it.

Maybe it’s just me and my summer stench I notice if I’m not up to date on showering, which in this season means twice a day. It’s not pretty let me tell you. Man alive.


I think my swimming with wild dolphins 15 years ago is the most breathtaking experience of my life. That would be a moment I would love to relive. Or maybe that tuna melt I had the other day. Yeah, those two moments.




157 A.A.

Rainy season has lifted, and the heat has set upon us. Brutal. Adding salt to that wound is that mother-in-law is in the hospital. Gallstones. Two weeks. Two surgeries. On the bright side- Total expen

164 A.A.

Rainy Days and Fundays

130 A.A. In the midst of rainy season we identified a break in the clouds and made our way up to Fukushima for a little road trip and a lotta food. The resort, a dog owner’s dream, has a restaurant th


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