My blog has been pretty quiet so far this year. Looking back over the archives, there were periods during which I’d post several times a day — often, I’m ashamed to admit, when I was supposed to be doing something else.
I haven’t lost interest in expressing myself. (For some reason, I was born with an innate belief that the world needs to hear my opinions.) Lately, Sharon and I have been busy with the analog world — work, church, hobbies, home maintenance, and so on. And that’s a good thing. It feels like life is coming into a healthier balance.
While we appreciate the opportunities for outreach that the Internet provides, humans were created to interact on a personal level. So we’re thankful we’ve been led to our home here in Illinois — great neighbors, a wonderful home church, and a chance for me to resume a longtime hobby, singing a cappella music in the barbershop style.
Even so, I was persuaded to sign up for an online fantasy baseball league this year. Mike Heiser is the organizer and David W. Lowe is among the participants, so I couldn’t say no. I’ve avoided fantasy leagues in the past because I know how I am — when I start something that interests me, I can get so wrapped up in it that I lose perspective.
It’s happening already. Marlon Byrd of the Cubs really ticked me off the other day. Not only is he not hitting for squat (.070 average, .179 OBP), he cost my fantasy team at least one run, two RBIs, and two Total Bases with a great diving catch on a line drive hit by Joey Votto of the Reds.
So I find myself rooting for the Cubs to win while at the same time hoping that, say, Zach Cozart and Joey Votto get extra base hits with men on base every time up. As long as Dempster, Samardzija, or Marmol aren’t pitching.
Time to put down the laptop and do something organic. (Good thing I’ve got ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball app for my phone.)