Monthly Archives: August 2017

The wages of middle age bat buying

For baseball, I’ve been using the bottom of the line 32 inch Louisville ash bat that’s available at Dicks, and I have been busting them 1 a game for the last 3 weeks. You get jammed inside by someone who throws 80 or 82, etc, the bat will fray basically about two inches below the label. I swing at that pitch, so it’s been happening often for me at $29 bucks a pop. Function of these bats quality obviously. The pros use ash, but I’m sure they get better cuts of wood.

So I figured I’d step up and buy a maple bat in the hopes of not breaking them all the time. Famously, Barry Bonds used maple and never busted a bat getting jammed inside. That sort of started the maple bat trend years ago. I went into Dicks in Woodbury and saw a few boutique maple bats for $125 ish, and I was like…ooh, didn’t want to spend that much. Get to the Louisville section and theirs seem to be $59. OK, that’s fine, that’s where I wanted to be. But I had not had my reading glasses on. It rang up at $89 at the register. Oh well… Bought it. If it lasts a year it will be money well spent.

I didn’t get jammed yesterday but superficially this bat swings hard, rather than like the wet newspaper feel of the cheap Louisvilles. I went 1/3 with a two run single and a walk. Now at .306, 11/36 on the year. That’s actually a tick below the team batting avg, so I’m merely competent although I do have a spectacle at bat now and then that’s kind of cool. Yesterday’s guy was country strong, throwing like 78… zippy enough… struck me out on a slider that slid away from the plate at one point. Basically how a good slider is supposed to be thrown.

I don’t get what it means to be of German heritage and rilly rilly love your German-ness

Ya know, it just seems amorphously / ambiguously central European. So I’m lost as to what traits these Germany lovers are latching on to.

Most of my German peeps were here before 1871… were people actually using the word “Germany” before Bismarck?

Gross, Paul, Bauer surnames, maybe even … Marx. I think we have Prussia, Bavaria and that Frenchy Ardennes area covered. They all married into Irish Catholic families here and I think the German-ness got kind of usurped in the lineage. Same exact thing with my wife. Such that I have a pretty darn Scandinavian surname, she has the most German maiden surname evah, several guttural Germanic participles in it.  But what she is culturally is Irish Catholic from the St. Paul diocese. As am I. We celebrate St. Patrick’s day. I can’t think of anything we do to celebrate our German-ness.


The wages of dad-bod


End of High school: 5’ 11, 145

20 years ago: 160

6 years ago: 170

Now (48) : 215

I have shoulders and biceps now that I never expected to have, along with a great big pot belly. I’m going to bike off the pot belly. Men my age shouldn’t run, you expose yourself to the risk of the ventricle splitting heart attack.

I was on to this: In these times, we are not automatically afoul of Godwin’s law

***There’s a picture of the alt-right guys in Charlottesville on Friday night. It’s the one where they are in white polo shirts and holding tiki torches.

I see this picture and can’t help but think… these are guys who don’t do well with girls, and this explains their drift into white nationalism. IE, their main malfunction is they can’t get chicks, and the alt –right explains that away for them in a way that absolves their deficiency there. … Let’s be real, if these guys got chicks their overall behavior be somewhere closer to normal socialized people.

***yeah, these guys are trying to provoke a war or something, and they are abhorrent… but they are also pathetic, and I think they are probably maxed out at a few ten thousand pathetic dudes around the country. I am not sure that antifa confronting them is a better tactic than ignoring them

***The President: bad president / bad person. This is all easy calls from top to bottom, and he gets it wrong every time.

***I’ve been mulling this since before the weekend. Still think Lilla is correct