Saturday, May 30, 2009

Baseball game 1

Wow. After two rainouts we played a make up game. The electric pitching machine was not the greatest, but something about it clicked with the kids. They could see the ball and get their timing (for the most part).

Ten of my eleven kids showed up. We had hits every inning and scored 4 runs. It was awesome!

Saturday afternoon games with a temperature of 85 made it hot to play. I ran around in the field reminding kids to be ready and trying to continually show them how to be ready. I felt really bad for the kids that cycled through playing catcher though. It was really hot and none of them wanted to do it a second inning.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

$3 for one song?

The new Green Day album is out, and I want it, even though I haven't heard a single song from it. I love Green Day, despite not caring for most of the music on the radio stations that they play. So I don't hear their songs very often when new ones are released.

I got my newsletter from Amazon and noticed in it that there are two Green Day albums that are in the top 10 best selling. So I went to look at them. The first one I noticed was the Amazon exclusive. Awesome, one you can buy only from Amazon and get a great deal on...

$11.99 for a new album with 19 songs on it. That's a pretty good deal vs. buying them for $0.99 each.

Then I checked the other album.

This one is only 8.99, with 18 songs. I went through and looked, it's got all the same songs as the Amazon Exclusive, except for the last one. And it's $3 cheaper. So I could buy this album, and spend the $0.99 for the extra song and still save $2. I don't understand why the Exclusive album costs so much more.

** Updated post (6/10/2009) I noticed that the difference in price is now $1, I doubt that this blog post was the reason, someone probably complained more directly to Amazon, but I can think that my blog may have persuaded them to fix the pricing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Saddened by CornBelters

The Normal baseball team has had a name voted for them. Honestly the name choices were lame. Apparently it's completely wrong to have a team with any native history (Indian) assigned to it, and animals have become a hard sell anymore as well.

I guess all new teams are going to some name that indicates the area they are from. The Lakers are a great example of that. Everyone knows L.A. for it's lakes..... Maybe when the team moves it needs to also come up with a new name to reflect the current area. The Lakers could be renamed to the rioters.

Here in Central Illinois an Independent league minor league baseball franchise is going to start next year. I'm excited about it and hope to make it to several games. It's a very minor league though. these are players that were never drafted by a pro team to be in one of their 5+ minor league systems, or players that were in there and didn't cut it.

Now to the name. The choices were lame. One was the Coal-Bears (in honor of Stephen Colbert). Originally it was winning, but the voting had to be started over due to ballot stuffing. Second was my favorite the Nutz, in honor of Beer Nuts which started and continues to make it's home here in Bloomington (the sister city to Normal). At least of the bad name choices this one would have had some sense of character. And the winner, the CornBelters. As if Central Illinois is the home of corn. Sure we have a lot of corn, and are in the corn belt, but that's pretty lame.

A team mascot and name should be able to be used as a source of pride. Something to focus on and an attitude to take on in order to be one. If you play for the Bulls you want to be a Bull. You want to be ferocious and attack head first. If you are a Bear you want to rip apart your opponents. If you are an Indian you want to use cunning and skill to defeat you opponents. If you are a CornBelter you can use... I don't know, the thought of popcorn?

I hate that team names are becoming this nondescript thing. They don't provide a rallying cry, or a sense of unity and pride, they are just there because teams need a name. In my town the school is the Maroons. Which the kids are fond of labelling themselves the morons. The lack of a good name is not lost on them.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Birthday to me

I am now 33. An age that amazes my kids as old, and my niece as surprisingly young. Apparently I look old for my age.

I didn't expect to get anything. Erin had told me that the kids wanted to get me flowers. They got a couple of annuals for me to plant in the yard.

There was a huge surprise coming for me. Erin got me a Kindle. It's a pretty neat piece of technology and I'm looking forward to saving paper and not having as many books on my bookshelf. I bought my first book today too. I bought Making it All Work by David Allen. I love Getting things done and look forward to reading his new book.