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New Digs Mar. 16th, 2009 @ 08:47 am
Not that I post here very often, but it's likely to become even less often.

There's a brand-spanking-new Watson family blog at that's an official Watson Household Sanctioned Activity, so it's much more likely to get updated more frequently.  For the three of you that ever read my infrequent blathering here, I'd love if you dropped by there every so often.

Of course, I'll still be lurking about to drop pointless and silly comments on everyone else's LJ.  That much I can't change...

Writer's Block: Dream Job Feb. 13th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm
If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Or third baseman.  I'm not picky.
Current Music: The Beatles, "A Day in the Life"

New Year's Wishes Dec. 31st, 2008 @ 10:01 am
So today's New Year's Eve, of course, and I'm at work for the first time in two weeks, since the Big Storm of '08 (see previous post).  It's 38 degrees and sunny, and the 6-10" of snow they were predicted for last night never materialized, so it seems like an apt time to look forward to the new year.  My hopes for 2009, in no particular order and not necessarily all-inclusive:

  • That the snow melts to some reasonable depth before spring break.  I know it's a lot to ask in this God-forsaken northern wasteland I find myself in, but this is about New Year's wishes, so there.
  • That the Dodgers resign Manny Ramirez.  It might take a silly amount of money for a guy as old as Manny is, but I've always loved Manny, and holy crap, can the guy hit.  I can't remember a time when I had as much fun watching the Dodgers as I did post-Manny, and that's worth a lot.
  • Health and happiness for my boys.  Ben shows more and more positive signs every day of escaping the clutches of Three-Year Oldness, and Alex is about the happiest baby imaginable.  I'm incredibly fortunate to have such good kids.  Alex's physical therapy seems to have done wonders for him.  He's already rolling over both ways and is almost able to sit up on his own at 5 months.
  • Clarity for Christy's job situation.  Negotiations over salary are getting increasingly annoying, and it's hard to accept the academic lifestyle choice and accompanying decrease in pay when you've got two kids in day care.  I'm hopeful it will resolve itself one way or the other soon.
  • That the hope and promise of a new presidential administration is fulfilled.  Even if in only a small amount, any bit of hope will be a good thing after 8 years of Bush and the fear and uncertainty of two active wars and a economy that seems to sink into a deeper hole every day.  Coincidentally, I am highly amused by the links between Oregon State University and the Obama administration: Michelle Obama's brother is the new head basketball coach at OSU and a reknowned OSU biology professor, Jane Lubchenco, was named as the head of NOAA.  As a strong conservationist and advocate of preventing climate change, she'll be a terrific asset.  Go Beavs!
I'm sure there's more, but that's what comes to mind right now.  To everyone on my friends list, and those handful of people who read this thing that aren't on LJ as well, I'm wishing the very best for you and those close to you for 2009.  May everyone be happy, healthy and full of hope as the new year dawns.

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Fujiya and Miyagi, "Transparent Things"

I Hate Winter Dec. 18th, 2008 @ 02:29 pm
I first said these words yesterday morning, when the pavement was clear and it was just cold and lightly snowing.

About 30 hours later, there's nearly 30 inches of snow in my backyard, it took me 4.5 hours to go from work to day care and home again (normally a 30-minute drive) and it's STILL SNOWING.  I work downtown, the kids' day care is up on the South Hill, and the car made it halfway up the hill before stalling out.  The police ended up closing off all but two roads headed up the hill, and required chains to get up there at all.  So instead of leaving work about 3:15 and zipping up to get the kids and get home early, I got home at 7:45.

This is insane.

Needless to say, it's a snow day in the Watson household.  We couldn't get out even if we wanted to -- not without a lot of shoveling -- our garage door won't open due to snow and the alley has snow nearly up to mid-thigh anyway.
Current Location: Buried in snow
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Current Music: You can be damn sure it's not 'Let It Snow'

Ugh Oct. 16th, 2008 @ 08:34 am
For all the breaks that went the Dodgers' way in the Division Series, they went the other way in the NLCS.

How many balls off Dodger bats got caught right at the wall?  15 feet to the left and a good 4 times, we've got at least two-run homers and the entire complexion of the game changes.

How many times would Rafael Furcal, normally a dependable defensive shortstop, commit three errors in a single inning?  A 5-0 game is very different than a 3-0 game.

Cory Wade, who's been lights out all season long, gives up a long ball to tie it in game 4.  Jonathan Broxton, who'd given up all of two home runs all season long, gives up a long ball to hand over the lead in game 4.

If you'd bet me that Chad Billingsley would only pitch a total of about 5 innings in two starts, I'd have thought you were nutso.

It's been a long time since the Dodgers were at all competitive in the postseason, so I'd forgotten what this empty feeling in my gut feels like.  With Manny, Furcal and Derek Lowe all potential free agents, next year's team could look very, very different.  I have hope that with all the talented young players the Dodgers have that this is just the beginning, but man... that's a lot of talent to lose.  Granted, two thirds of it was only with the team for about two months of the season, but still.  Yuck.
Other entries
» Just one thing about Game 3 of the NLCS...
Open letter to one Mr. Shane Victorino:

Dude, shut the hell up.  It's okay if your pitchers throw at Russell Martin's head, but when one goes sailing a foot or two over your head, it's time to start jawing?
» October
Here it is, another October, the impending end to the only season of the year that matters (baseball season, of course).  This October, despite all the ads that tell me there's only one October, feels different than any October I can recall with clarity.

Dodgers fan behind the cutCollapse )

» Birthday Wishes
A most happy birthday to jeditigger!  May it be as wonderful, generous and thoughtful as she is, for she is one of this world's truly wonderful, generous and thoughtful people and most deserving of happy-birthdayness!
» Home Again, Home Again...
The entire Watson clan, including its newest member, is finally all at home.  Alex got released from the NICU Hotel yesterday afternoon, and all is well.  Except Ben, who was sick yesterday but seems better today.  Thanks to those that have been sending their good wishes.

Also, you can take a peek at some NICU pictures (and others) at

Yes, I realize I need to consider a domain name switch now...
» LOLAlex

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