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2010-06-03 - 4:00 p.m.

The last few days have been busy and fun. Here's the lowdown.


Tuesday, I took Brin to the airport for her flight home.

There may not be another visit until October. She has real problems with summer heat, so I know she'd be miserable through September.

But then in September, I have jury duty. And her anniversary is early October.

So...maybe Halloween.


Baseball news.

Saturday - Angels first baseman Kendry Morales broke his own leg while celebrating a walk-off grand slam home run. He's likely out for the season.

So who played first base the next day? Catcher Mike Napoli, who hadn't played the position for a couple years. He did pretty well - well enough that he did it again Wednesday.

Now the Angels other primary catcher, Jeff Mathis, is on an injury rehab assignment. When Mathis comes back, Napoli may well stay at first base so that he can bat...and Napoli has said he has no problem with that.

Meanwhile, there have been several players rotating through the first-base slot - Napoli, Michael Ryan, Robb Quinlan...even outfielder Bobby Abreu is a candidate for the spot (Abreu played first base for a couple games last year). And with the exception of Quinlan, all of those players are part of the "major league" Angels. So there's other minor leaguers other than Quinlan who may be called up. So they may solve this vacancy in-house. If not, there are also trade possibilities.

As of last night, they still haven't operated on Morales due to the swelling.


Work stays steady.

We have a new office employee who is still learning the ropes. She was going to be there Wednesday without Jason or any of the other office staff there to assist her if she had a problem. So I volunteered to come in and be available to help her if she needed it. Jason thanked me for the offer and took me up on it.

So I go in Wednesday morning...and Jason is there. The maintenance guys needed help, so he came in. He still had me stay to assist Mary, which meant I got to sit and read the paper and eat my breakfast and get paid for it (yes, I cleared that with Jason first - I was to "be available", not follow Mary around). I then came home, fell down for a couple hours, and then went to Tichu Night.


So Bill Maher, a TV personality with a popular show, makes a blanket statement about "real" black men, saying this about Barack Obama:

"You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants."

Wow - isn't that something of a racist statement? Will Hollywood - that bastion of inclusiveness - condemn Maher for saying that?

That sound you hear is crickets...snoring.


In other sports news, we present this item from the Our Feelings Are Important And Yours Aren't Department:

A children's soccer league in Ottawa has introduced a new rule: if a team wins by more than five points they lose by default.

That's right - you can have the win taken away from you (title link) if you do better than the other team.

And this prepares children for life in the real


Learned today that Rue McClanahan passed, at age 76.

Betty White is now the last remaining Golden Girl.


There's a guy who's writing a biography of Sarah Palin. He rents the house next door to Palin's home in Wasilla, AK - where he can see into their kitchen and her daughter's bedroom.

Palin responds by building a fence tall enough to block the view....which IMHO is a fair response to this.

Some reporters come knock on the biographer's door to ask some questions. The biographer tells them they are invading his privacy.

Yeah, that's what I said.


Today was baseball-and-laundry day. The Angels won 5-4 (it was 5-2 until closer Brian Fuentes gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to turn it into a nail-biter). Right now, my final load of laundry is in the dryer.

After this...I dunno. Maybe the Park.

Anyway, onward into the afternoon.

Be seeing you.


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