It's been awhile since I posted any non-technical news, and since the current non-technical news is going to result in blog neglect until August 9, I figured I'd let you know what's up.
Of course, that's the pivotal piece of information right there. After this week, I'm going to be willfully neglecting the blog for a protracted period. If the whys and wherefores are of limited interest to you, then feel free to abandon this post presently. I won't be offended. You've gotten the gist of this message.
Long-time readers will recall that I spent some time last year working with Kyle and Zach's baseball team. The boys played again this season as members of the Redmond Red Raiders; I was privileged to serve as a coach, and as interim manager at the end of the season. It was a total blast. Zach and Kyle were both invited to play on the Juniors Tournament Team (a/k/a "All-Stars"). Zach's participation was sorely limited by his summertime sojourn to his mother's (some things trump baseball after all!), but Kyle is deep into his fourth summer of tournament baseball.
The boys faced some strong teams and some questionable umpiring in this year's District 9 Tournament, which led to an early exit for them. However, there are a number of tournaments in the region throughout the summer. Friday morning, Kyle and I are leaving for the Yakima Mid-Summer Special baseball tournament. The boys will play a minimum of three games in two days, plus the championship round on Sunday should they qualify. If I can get connectivity in Yakima, I'll let you know how the boys are doing.
After we get back from Yakima on Sunday, I'll be heading to Vermont on Tuesday night (well, Wednesday morning, if you want to get technical) to spend two weeks at my father's place. I'll get to spend some time with Dad and my sister and her family, and I'm hoping to finish reading a book I started while I was there last year. Dad is a 56K dial-up guy; there's a little place a mile down down the highway with public WiFi but at this point I'm hesitant to characterize my level of motivation to get to it (if you know what I mean *grin*). The last time I was there, the whole dial-up thing was pretty frustrating.
Therefore, from next Tuesday until I return on the ninth of August, the only activity I'm planning here on the blog is an occasional automated DWWTWT? post to keep the tally up-to-date. Beyond that, it will be family (and a little baseball) for me over the next three weeks.
See you again in August..
Congrats on your priorities.
Being a "questionable umpire" myself, I heartily encourage you do some umpiring. Little League and some other programs offer free training. Even if you never umpire a real game, you will get an appreciation for the rules (and the voluminous interpretations thereof), the mechanics, and the years of practice required to become merely adequate in the craft of umpiring. Your kids will benefit as well, and there is the small chance you can influence those around you not to grouse at the umpires. :-)
Hi lstein, and thanks for your comments.
For what it's worth, I've been a volunteer umpire in the local Little League for five years, and I'm also serving on the Board of Directors this year. I'm usually the last one to speak unkindly to an umpire, but this was something of a special case.
There were FOUR umpires on the field (this was the first youth baseball game I've participated in that had so many), the umpire was out of position on the play, and despite the fact that he had three crewmates on the field, he didn't ask for help despite the fact that one of his colleagues visibly rolled his eyes at the call.
So, the UMPIRE was not questionable in my opinion. The CALL, and especially the failure to ask for any help at all, was.
Thanks again for your note!
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