10.01.2004

City Slicker in our Jerkwater Burg

Perhaps you didn't know this, but Madison's the largest "city" I've ever lived in. As a teenager it seemed like big shit to roll into town here, but now, as you can see, I'm calling it a town. It's so provincial here.

Anyway, it was trips to the coasts (NYC and Seattle) that gave me this metaphorical cockpunch. When you're 16 and you strut down State Street in your combat boots stuffed full of Taco Bell and carrying a new Pink Floyd CD at your side, it probably feels like you've hit the big time. Then ten years later you shuffle into an anonymous Chinese restaurant in a dark alley in Chinatown and eat the best pork dumplings you've ever had; you no longer feel like you've hit the big time, but you do feel like you don't have the time for such affectations that suggest you know everything. Same with Seattle: you get a few rolls of sushi, eating fish that was likely caught that morning, and you're too busy keeping your eyes open for the next Great Thing to feel like you're all king shit.

Anyway, the point of this post: Madison's got game too. Nice to see the New York Times isn't too busy sticking its tongue in Thomas Keller's ass to take notice of us. Sometimes living in the provinces has its advantages.

A Rare Victory

Brewers pulled out a close win last night, nearly giving it up in the bottom of the ninth. But they held on for a nailbiting 7-6 win over the best team in baseball. Good stuff.

I hear there was a debate or something last night, too.

9.30.2004

Tuning Out the Noise

There are four days left of the regular major-league baseball season. Starting tonight, and through the weekend, my beloved Milwaukee Brewers play a four-game series with the best team in baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Milwaukee's not going to the postseason, but there will be a postseason, and it will probably run the entire month of October, ending just in time for November 2nd, the U.S. presidential election.

Until we have a new World Series champion, I'm submerging myself exclusively into sports news. The real news, the political and world events news, have become so incredibly banal and surreal that I just need to turn it off. On the workfront, people are shocked - Shocked! - that I'm not going to watch the debates, but why bother? I know who I'm voting for. I know where I stand on the issues, and I'm no longer interested in carrying on informed discussion about them - nearly everyone I encounter on a daily basis has an identical position. There's no need to further discuss how little trust we have in the current President.

So, how's your favorite team faring? Are they going to the postseason? Who's going to win the AL West? How about the NL wildcard? I'm predicting a Cardinals-Twins World Series. Look for the Cardinals to win, 4-2.