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Goodbye, drops

Friday 6/23/23

A friendly man pulled up beside me yesterday as I was running back down the City Hall stairs and kept the pace for the descent. He asked me how many times I was doing it. I told him fifty times for that day. He asked if I did it a different amount of times each day, adding that he was asking because he sees me out there all the time. I said yes, I had a number of fixed amounts, and then he asked if I always run them the same speed. Pretty much, I told him, though if I do less I might go a little faster. We got to the bottom and he said have a great workout and he was pretty cool.

Most of what is said to me is imbecilic, like when the large woman who was being groped at the top of the stairs by her thin, totally scuzzy-looking boyfriend--he had that pubic hair style of beard, if you want to call it that--croaked out, "You can do this," and then laughed a laugh that ventured into mentholated cackle territory. To me, that is--not to him--regarding this thing that it would seem likely to anyone watching that I do more than just that once. Tempted as I was to suggest that she might try wearing clothes that fit, since we were doing the feedback thing, I refrained, though it was windy, which meant that my sweat was blown all over both of them, multiple times. That's how it works after, let us say, twenty times up and down, on a day with a breeze. I actually can watch as the drops gets blown clear off of me. Goodbye little drops. Enjoy, foul people.

Marcus Smart is no longer on the Celtics. That's fine.

Watched the "Point of View" episode of M*A*S*H; I think it's one of the most effective episodes of that show. Sometimes they got gimmicky and it didn't work; this was novel--for a TV show--and not gimmicky. Believable. As someone scared of doctors and medical settings, I also found it reassuring.

If you keeps up his pace or something close to it, Shohei Ohtani is going to walk away with the American League MVP. Here's what I think will happen with him and the Hall of Fame: he won't have nearly the career numbers as a pitcher or hitter. He won't really have the career numbers if you add them up. I don't think he'll be able to do what he's doing for more than a few seasons more, if that. Obviously I could be wrong. I just think it's very improbable. But, this is faddish, he's so hyped, people know less and less as time goes on, and he'll get in almost as a special case. But he does deserve the MVP so far this year.

I wonder if when they were filming The Andy Griffith Show whether Parley Baer and Howard McNear told the cast stories about the old days of doing the Gunsmoke radio program. I like to think that they did, and shared some nice memories with each other.

Found and downloaded a copy of Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton.

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