It’s been another rough and busy week. I had planned on going to the Everett Aquasox home opener on Wednesday, but Cynthia had an extra Sounders ticket, and I try to never turn those down, since it’s a treat I don’t get to have very often these days. This may be more information than you really need, but about thirty minutes before I was supposed to leave and walk to Pioneer Square to meet her, my shoe broke. This resulted in me leaving work earlier than normal in a panic to find a bus that would take me back to my house in West Seattle, then I had to walk back down to Alaska junction to catch a bus back down to Pioneer Square with a better pair of shoes on. Because looking at Twitter or any other news source was the last thing on my mind at the time, it wasn’t until later Wednesday night that I even found out that Danny Hultzen and Nick Franklin had made their way to Tacoma; but I was at a Sounders game (against Kansas City, it was a 1-1 draw if you care), and in no position to write. It wasn’t until yesterday while trying to get my yard under control before the rains hit here that I really was able to process the fact that Danny Hultzen and Nick Franklin are in Tacoma (!!!!!)
So here’s where I break down and admit that I don’t know how well I’ll be able to keep things up for the rest of the summer. There are Aquasox games to go to. There are Rainiers games to go to – because I need to get down there before Hultzen or Franklin (or both) are brought up in September; because you know they will be. There are Mariners game to go to and watch. And all of this needs to happen revolving around my work schedule,which involves me having to get up at 5AM (there’s a FIVE IN THE MORNING!) to make it to work and deal with what has become my daily routine. When I started this blog, I was either in school, unemployed, or some of both. I had a lot of time on my hands, and staying up until 10PM or later every day for ball games on TV was a completely feasible activity. I am loathe to admit that it has become more and more difficult; and right-after game posts with photos are not going to happen for a while, because staying up to take care of that is just too much for me.
I don’t want to quit writing, I just can’t do every game, every day; not anymore. And it absolutely kills me, because I miss having that freedom to just write whenever I damn well please. I haven’t had as much spare time to read other blogs, either, which is a source of annoyance for me; without being able to absorb information, I’ve sort of felt disconnected from just about everything. I try and catch up when things happen, but I just haven’t had the same access to every bit of intel like I have in the past. I am going to take steps to remedy that, but it’s not going to be easy.
Watching tonight’s game in the 5th inning as the Padres have just gotten their 8th run in off of poor Kevin Millwood, who has been left in the game far too long. The Mariners have five runs which is admirable, but the Padres are still fresh to our weaknesses, and with this year’s roster I just can’t be confident this will end well. Also, at 9PM like every other work night, I am winding down. I will not be able to watch the game tomorrow. I don’t know about Sunday, and I missed the Diamondbacks game this past Wednesday due to a work even that I had to attend. I appreciate everyone who is bearing with me right now; I just wish I could return this space to what it used to be.