Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Hey ya’ll, just a quick update. I got back from a couple of days away to celebrate Christmas. I’m glad that baseball actually almost literally shuts down for a couple of days, because a couple of days away is exactly what I needed. There won’t be much here today, just a couple of quick notes. There may not be a lot of postings this week, we shall see. I managed to completely stay away from a computer or 48 straight hours… Seriously! It was almost weird! But I did want to extend my best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all of you and your families. I hope Santa was good to you! Here are a couple of quick thoughts. Please feel free to add your comments:
· I had a blogging revelation while at church on Christmas Eve. Weird, huh? Well, let me briefly explain. If your church is like mine, the Christmas Eve service brings everyone out. Christmas, along with Easter, are the two occasions throughout the church year that the church is absolutely packed. What a great opportunity. Call it evangelism. Call it recruitment. The service is an excellent opportunity for the pastor to make a good, positive impression upon his congregation and especially those that are not regulars. If the service is too long, it will remind many of why they don’t go to church every week. If it is too much law, it comes across as too negative and it has the ability to guilt people into not showing up. And if the sermon is too long, people will stop paying attention before the pastor gets to his key points and summation. So, what is the parallel to blogging? Well, a blog posting can be considered a sermon. If it comes across too negative or too arrogant, it can rub people the wrong way, and readers don’t come back. If it is too long, well, not many are going to read through the whole thing and likely not get to your primary point. I know. I am weird and no one else in the world would probably even draw such a comparison. But, in a sad, pathetic kind of way, I got a lot out of the pastor’s Christmas Eve sermon on Tuesday night. I am certain this was not his intent, however.
· My cousin’s husband had my name at our family Christmas. He had the chance, for work, to be in Connecticut for a few days. He took the opportunity to go to a New Britain Rockcats game and while there, he had the opportunity to talk with both Trevor Plouffe and David Winfree, two of the Twins minor leaguers that I have enjoyed speaking with at Twins Fest in the last two years. Well, he got autographs from both of them on a game ball. He also gave me a Rockcats program. Also, he went to a Twins game in Cleveland. He caught a Batting Practice home run ball and got Pat Neshek to sign it, and he gave that to me. That is pretty cool!
· Speaking of cool… my sister got me a pair of Zubaz. They are making a comeback! I got a pair of black and gold zubaz when I was a sophomore in high school. We wore them with our jerseys every Friday before football games. I wore mine constantly until I came home from college one time and my mom took them and hid them from me!
· La Velle was on KFAN on Sunday morning for three hours. It is always fun listening to him because he does such a good job. When asked what he figures the chances of Johan Santana signing with the Twins is, he said, “Zero percent.” I happen to agree, and I do believe that it is the right thing for the Twins, as much as I would love for him to remain with the Twins.
· Aaron Gleeman was also on KFAN on Friday night for an hour with Doogie Wolfson.
· It doesn’t get much funnier than this. Fix a plate of leftovers for a 19 month year old daughter that includes green beans, some fruit, a couple of chips and a barbecue. After eating a bit, she pulls off the top of the bun, looks at the hamburger, points to it and says, “Poopie!” Try not to spit the milk out of your mouth or through your nose after that! J
With that, have yourself a great day, and feel free to e-mail me or leave some comments!