When your blog has the tagline “when stuff comes in, this is what comes out,” you are often dealing with a lot of stuff. Most of the stuff makes it to this blog in the form of the three hundred sixty-six posts (soon to be plus one) that have been published. But my mind is restless. There are plenty of things I could write about, but I either don’t have time, or I don’t flesh the ideas out enough to make it to publish. So what we have here is a kind of cleaning out of the junk drawer. Only the junk drawer is in my head.
- On Friday, I got the notice from WordPress that it was my blogging anniversary with them. That sounds about right; about nine years ago I started blogging here with a blog called Mind Pinball that I brought here from Blogger. It became a sports blog but didn’t start out that way; I was just another person who liked to write and wanted to express himself on a bunch of topics. It was all good until I got on Twitter and people started to take notice of my sports writing. That’s when that blog became all sports until I shuttered it a few years ago. The blogging anniversary of this blog is in November; it has only been in existence for a year and a half.
- If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably have noticed that there are plenty of mentions of a dance I do called a “two-step”. And if you have seen the interview of me by Lisa from Life Of An El Paso Woman, you also know that video was promised of said dance. In the comments of this post, that dance was also named the “Tracy” (my first name, if you didn’t already know). So, for those of you who care, or are curious, there is now video of me doing a version of the Tracy Two-Step to the Backyard Band’s go-go cover of Adele’s “Hello”. Feel free to check it out. However, my videographer says that I didn’t do it right. So there is probably going to be a Part II where I get it right :). Please be kind in your comments; like Erykah Badu once famously said, “I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my sh*t.”
- While the NBA playoffs have taken up quite a bit of my viewing time, as well as contributed to a lack of sleep, I’m still keeping my eyes on the Baltimore Orioles. And what do you know—they still are in front of the AL East and have the best record in the American League. Yeah, I know it’s only May, and I have seen what looked like promising seasons fade in the summer heat like an ice cube on a hot day. So as May begins to fade out of the picture, I’ll say it again: Let’s Go O’s! And yeah, I’ll drop this out here also:
- A few words about my trip out west: I had a good time in Phoenix. One of the highlights was going to a baseball game at Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. I watched them play the Colorado Rockies, and while the home side lost the game, I was entertained and enjoyed looking at the park. It’s one of the many that was “Camden Yards-inspired,” meaning that it was built after the Oriole park started a renaissance of downtown-based, baseball stadiums. But it does have its own unique features: a retractable roof, which remained open for the afternoon game I went to see, and a pool, just beyond the right-centerfield fence. I did manage to get a few snapshots (I apologize for the blurry one of the pool; one of the patrons at the park made a very bad, but funny joke about someone in the pool and I guess I was still laughing when I got the shot).
- I didn’t know, but apparently the new single by Justin Timberlake is already being called the Song of The Summer. In late May? Who voted? I thought briefly about putting his newly-minted #1 song through the Jam It Or Slam It? grinder, but thought better of it. I mean, I’ve featured him twice already, and will probably feature him again at some point in the future. I will be kind enough to drop the video here, and link to an article that compares this song and its video to another, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” from a couple years ago.