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Humidity, Humanity & Humility

September 1, 2022

Finally a brief respite from the sweltering heat and oppressive humidity.

Hit 69 degrees, which we hadn’t seen for a while.

Felt like I should have a lunch box, new tennie runners, and ready to meet the challenges a new grade would offer at elementary school. Of course, growing up in northern MN, I recognize that by recognizing the merciful gesture offered by Mother Nature we will now be punished with more heat and humidity than first expected, with a variety of typhoons added in to really teach me a lesson.


Recently saw someone mention something in the internet I had thought for a while but hadn’t mentioned it.

Living in Japan, I often get told this country is very strange and weird. Granted it has it’s eccentricities, but what I find weird is Japan feels strangely “normal. It feels to me like the US I knew 40-50 years ago.

Now, the current US, what I see in news and internet, I feel is the odd duck.


Looked up, ok I stalked some people I used to know on the Internet. Just to see what became of them. People from undergrad and graduate school. A couple seem to really be movers and shakers. They really had that aura back then too.

But looking at their accomplishments, I really started to feel inadequate and that I threw away my potential. I mean I was on par with those guys, but somewhere along the road, I didn’t have that something that was needed to endure the pressures and become a consultant, an advisor, a maker of things, or a master of Mergers & Acquisitions.

After debating with myself over where I went wrong, I decided I didn’t go wrong. Instead, I honestly feel I never would’ve been able to do their career.

First, I will blame my DNA. Not tall enough or handsome enough to be inspiring.

Second, I don’t trust the “system.” I would never succeed as a member of a team. In sports, I was constantly involved in team sports, but I always dreaded the possibility of being overlooked, probably from self-hatred. That’s why the only path for me was to work alone, sink or swim on my own merit.

This kind of honesty does not come easily, but it helps to lessen envy of others.


Strat ’77 (after Week 10)

AL East AL West

Mil 19-11 KC 20-10

Clev 17-13 Tex 19-11

NYY 17-13 CWS 18-12

Bost 16-14 Cal 14-16

Balt 15-15 Minn 12-18

Det 13-17 Oak 11-19

Tor 8-22 Sea 11-19

AL Leaders


Money-Mil 14

Many 10


Cowens-KC 7

Brett-KC 4

Brohamer-CWS 4


Thompson-Det 13

Hobson-Bost 10

Many 9


Thompson-Det 30

Bonds-Cal 30

Hisle-Minn 29


Garr-CWS .403

Fisk-Bost .377

Meyer-Sea .355

NL East NL West

*ChiC 22-8 *LA 23-7

Phil 18-12 Cinc 14-16

Pitt 18-12 Hou 12-18

Mont 16-14 SD 11-19

St.L 16-14 SF 8-22

NYM 15-15 Atl 7-23

*Clinched division

NL Leaders


Dawson-Mont 13

Cromartie-Mont 11

Parker-Pitt 11

Hernandez-StL 11


Brock-StL 6

Templeton-StL 4

Howe-Hous 4

Maddox-Phil 4


Valentine-Mont 13

Smith-LA 11

Foster-Cinc 11


Valentine-Mont 36

Smith-LA 30

Reitz-StL 29


Smith-LA .393

Dawson-Mont .386

Valentine-Mont .383




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,

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.

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