Last weekend My Man and I had to do some unexpected traveling (sadly, for a family funeral), and every time I travel I'm reminded of how badly I've let myself go. Which means, yep - I'm back on the exercise wagon.
Please shoot me now.
We have a college friend getting married in August. Here's hoping I'll be able to buy a new dress in a smaller size by then. It will just be a matter of finding that small shred of will power I left lying around here somewhere.....
Her latest clipping to yours truly involves the advent of "Outdoor Libraries" in Detroit. In response to several branch closings within the Detroit Public Library system (budget cuts dontcha know), students at the University of Michigan collaborated with students from the Marcus Garvey Academy to design outdoor libraries. Basically weather-proofing book cases with free books inside. The whole thing works on the honor system, and is designed to draw attention to the branch closures.
I'm of two minds on this initiative. My first reaction was to find the whole thing sad and depressing. Is the message that we don't need libraries so long as there are piles of free books set up around various cities? Then I got off my high horse and stopped feeling sorry for my chosen profession. If anything, this is a nice way to illustrate what's going on with not only libraries, but public service in general. Also, anything to get young people more involved in their communities is win-win as far as I'm concerned.
|There's that crazy woman in the cape and tiara again|
The shadow of steroids has followed him since the whole Canseco thing blew up, but like Teflon nothing ever really stuck to Pudge. I like to delude myself into thinking that's because he is "innocent" - because honestly I have a hard time thinking of Pudge as the Professor Moriarty of the Steroids Era.
What he did, most definitely, do is save the Detroit Tigers. Which sounds maudlin and silly given the organization has been around for over 100 years - but it's easy to forget for non-fans how truly terrible we were in 2003. We had guys on the roster for those 119-losses that probably should have been playing that season in AA or AAA ball. No free agent anywhere wanted anything to do with Detroit. Play in Detroit? Dear Lord, why?!?!?!
Then in waltzed Pudge. Oh sure, he didn't do it out of the kindness of his own heart. We certainly paid him well enough! He was coming off a World Series win (with the Florida Marlins), and had proven he could still play the position of catcher at a very high level. Once he signed? The dominoes started falling. We signed other free agents, we drafted some very good players, we rolled the dice on several trades that definitely worked in our favor.
And it started with Pudge. You'll go into the Hall of Fame as a Texas Ranger, but you'll always be my Tiger. Bon voyage you sexy beast.