World Series flotsam

29 October 2010

I watch the Series.  I haven’t missed the Series in years.  Even in the cooler. When I’m in the cooler they run it there or they’ll have a riot.  What’s the matter with you guys?  Come on, be good Americans! — Randall McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

A few random thoughts on the World Series and the San Francisco Giants, who could erase over a half-century of futility (and make me a very happy man) in the next week …

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Out on a literary limb

26 October 2010

I did it.  Yesterday afternoon, I clenched my teeth, summoned up my courage, went ahead and did it.

I still feel nervous about it.  I know there will be people that will think I’ve been wasting my time and energy.  I’ve got a good chance of facing rejection by some very respectable people.  I did it anyway.  I had to.  If I was going to obey what I perceive to be God’s will (not to mention keep my sanity), I needed to do this.

Simply put, this wannabe novelist is back on the horse once again!

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The latest on Sean – school time!

25 October 2010

We’re now full-on into autumn, which means a lot of things around Chez Anselmeau.  It means long-sleeved shirts and sweaters, added blankets and comforters.  It means hauling the fans down to the basement and bringing up the space heaters (Chez Anselmeau, you may recall, doesn’t have central anything).  It means worrying less about mowing the lawn and more about raking the leaves.  It means my lovely wife Nina starts making her should-be-legendary soups and her soft gingerbread cookies.  It means working on the Christmas gift list; we usually have our shopping done by early November.  And it means our daughter Charlotte starts asking to do more chores around the house, so she can earn Christmas spending money.

Most of all, around here autumn means school is in full swing.  Charlotte, of course, has been in class since late July, and Nina went back to work for the school district around the end of August.  But now – the best news of all – after waiting a year due to his Leigh’s disease, Sean has started school as well!

Well … sort of.

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Proud dad moment

12 October 2010

Sometimes, you just have to brag a little.

I’m uncomfortable with anything that hints of boasting — even when I’m just stating facts, I always want to check myself and ask if I’m looking like a jerk while doing it.  It’s a tough balance, and I blow it more often than not.

When it comes to bragging about my kids, though, I have no qualms whatsoever.  So allow me to promote my daughter Charlotte a bit.

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Michael Been 1950-2010: the hero dies

11 October 2010

It’s always a bit of a shock when someone you’ve admired passes away.  It’s not just a reminder of one’s ever-shortening mortality; it’s like one of the fixed points in your universe shifts.  I remember being numb a couple of times it’s happened — my mind just refused to accept for a while that they were gone.

I had one of those moments several weeks ago, and it’s taken me a while to be able to blog about it.  Back on August 19, Michael Been died of a heart attack.  He was only 60.

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Well, I said I was tired …

10 October 2010

… yeah, I did.  But I had no idea how tired I was until I finally had a chance to really rest!

After this last year-plus, I’ve needed nothing more than a good long vacation.  Even though things have stabilized greatly (I haven’t had any more moms die lately), there was still this residual backlog of fatigue, so to speak.  I was trying to chop it down to size as best I could, and more recently applying the “no competitions – no challenges – no cereals” credo I mentioned a few weeks ago.  (Not perfectly, of course — I’ve fallen back into more than a few games of Risk at Pogo, albeit playing against the computer, which is a lot easier.  And pizza is still my kryptonite when it comes to keeping the carbs down.)  Slowly, my energy tank was getting filled back up again.

And then along came an unexpected blessing: the local school district’s screwball sked.

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