The Calm Before The Storm

For much of the last three weeks, I’ve been fairly incognito. Most of the stuff that has appeared on this blog is pretty substandard. It’s not that I don’t care about quality, it’s just that I have not had the energy, passion or time to write anything meaningful. I tend to get like this in the week or two prior to the baseball season. In recent years, this has been compounded by the sensory overload I’m suffering due to all the studying done for fantasy baseball drafts. That said, this year has been slightly different as I’ve had a new variable to factor into the equation: My daughter.

You see, for about a week and a half ago my wife and I started putting our three-month-old daughter in her crib to sleep rather than a bassinet next to our bed. What does this have to do with anything? The crib is located in the office/nursery — where I used to spend the evenings writing about America’s favorite hobby. With the little one fast asleep, sensitive to even a single board on the hardwood floors squeaking, I’ve made a conscious effort to remain out of the office. Out of my comfort zone, I’ve chosen to plop my ass in front of the living room television, where I’ve found solace in the MLB Network.

My writing issues could be fixed with a laptop, which I do own, but we have troubles there, too. I dropped my laptop about a year ago while using it to cover a trial in San Francisco and one of the hinges on my screen busted.. Since then, the screen would not always stay upright. And when I pulled out the computer again this weekend to use it, the other hinge broke, and now the screen flops back and forth. So here I am in the dungeon (read: the garage) writing on a busted laptop, using a stereo speaker to prop up the screen. Creative, yes?

Anywho, with baseball season starting in about three days, I suspect the writing bug will return to me. I actually had a cool (read: lame) idea for a fun blog about a week ago, but the above stated circumstances have kind of nixed that idea. Let’s just say it would have been my version of the March Madness Bracket involving 64 cards from my collection. I’m not much of a college basketball guy, so this was my attempt to keep me busy during the tournament.

In other news, I find myself facing a dilemma as we head toward Opening Day. In the two previous seasons, I’d spent Opening Day running live blogs through the fantasy baseball Web site, thebaseballstars.com. But given the circumstances, I’m thinking about taking the day off blogging — I’ve already made plans to not be at work on that day, an annual tradition — and just enjoying the games as a regular fan.

And finally, as it pertains to baseball cards, I’m in a serious mental rut. I have not purchased a single pack of cards in two weeks — believe it or not, this is a good thing — and my passion for the hobby is at a low at the moment. This is not to say that I’ve quit collecting. This is to say I’m a bit burned out and need a vacation.

I did pick up the new copy of Beckett Baseball (I don’t care what the haters say, I still enjoy the product for entertainment and informational purposes) and I do intend to enter this contest for the signed 1989 Upper Deck buy back Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card being offered through the publication. The deadline is approaching, so if I intend to make a serious run at this spectacular card, I need to get back into a card collecting mind set.

In the meantime, hang with me. I’ve not given up on this hobby yet.

P.S. To those of you who sent me e-mails about my Topps Heritage needs, I’ll be getting back to you shortly. Believe it or not, there were a flurry of e-mails offering help. I just need to figure out whose offers to consider.  😛

One Response to “The Calm Before The Storm”

  1. Dude- we’re in the same boat, I have two 6 month old girls– I usually tell the wife I want to go to Target to pick them up some new clothes and pick myself up a blaster.

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