Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Years Eve

UGA football helmet history, by a guy tweeting out the history of every college team's helmets. This guy, who works for Top Golf in Texas, has a garage full of these mini helmets. He adds more and more each year, every time a team adds a new helmet.
He's going to have to add a new helmet for Auburn. Tomorrow they're wearing special helmets in memory of Pat Sullivan, with grey facemasks and his number seven on one side.
Ceil is volunteering down at the Passion Conference at Mercedes Benz Stadium. its a sellout, with 65000 in attendance. 
Is this picture out of focus?
Might be trading in my new pair on Ons
for these Hoka running shoes.
I don't go to Walmart or Target that much. Even more rare but sometimes I check out their shoes. and the older I get the more I think that they're not really that bad. I knew at some point in my old age I would become that guy. Not the old guy wearing cool sneakers, like I've been in my mind so far in my life. Well now I have become the old guy wearing Walmart sneakers. And I knew it when I bought them for six bucks at Goodwill. Looked them up on line to steal a good photo (and this is the best one I could find). These guys are on sale for $13.99. Funny thing is that the shoe got some negative reviews. What did these buyers expect?

Monday, December 30, 2019

Buckeyes Blow It

My Saturday: slept late. ESPN College GameDay. Cleaned out the gutters front and back. Up and down the ladder. Good exercise but tiring. Also did some laundry and helped with the dishes. C and M cooked Mexican for supper.
Watched a little Penn State / Memphis. Biggest games in Memphis history and they wear all grey uniforms.
UGA has 20 players out for the Sugar Bowl, including their top two RB's, three offensive linemen, and their all-American safety.

This Fiesta Bowl was a barnburner. Both teams getting breaks. Could've been any variation of 24-24 at halftime but it was 17-14. A couple of times the Ohio State coaches made Clemson look bad. Loved the call when Fields took the quick snap while the entire Clemson defense was looking over at the sideline.
Clemson defense made Buckeye QB Justin Fields beat them with his arm. Blitzing some but laying back covering receivers. Two dropped interceptions before finally grabbing an INT. Both of Ohio State's TD's came off long running plays. Then the second interception sealed the game.

Glad to see Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence bounce back from getting knocked out of the game after being hit by the Buckeye leading with his helmet. Amazing 67 yard TD run, even if you don't like Dabo. Lawrence is a strong Christian who sometimes attends Passion City Church when he is in town.  

On Monday Buckeye fans were still complaining about the incomplete pass replay ruling. Goodness gracious its the rule. It was reviewed. If it was a bad call well those happen in every game against every team. What about all the missed Ohio State opportunities? No TDs in three trips to the red zone. Roughing the kicker penalty. Targeting. Buckeyes dug their own grave. They had their chance.
Sunday: JFBC. Got ready for Christian to return from Kansas but it was after midnight before he arrived. Anna ate supper with us: burgers and fries. M worked late as well taking physical inventory.
Monday: over 16000 steps 8 miles including a 4 mile walk/run this AM in just over an hour. Later C went to a movie with friends (Little Women). I went out in search of a clear plastic purse / bag / backpack for her to take to Passion Conference tomorrow. Up and down aisles in ten stores. Found some cheap roller skates in nice clear backpack like containers. Decided to go to two other stores nearby then returned to buy the skates just for the bag. All the skates were gone. I walked all over the store to see if a shopper had them in their cart. I was going to buy the skates for them but they were long gone.
In the meantime I bought a soft drink, shampoo, detergent, toothpaste, a Masters golf shirt, Under Armour golf shirt, adidas half zip pullover warmup, and blue suede adidas Samba sneakers. Also shopped for a new pair of running shoes. Passed on two pairs of Nikes. But no clear bag.
Got home and took Ceil out shopping. Found a bag at Dick's Sporting Goods. Then drove her to Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square. Checked out the Pink Pig. Then to Around Lenox. Then Moxie Burger for a chicken sandwich and fries.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Bowl Picks Part Two

Well my part one picks weren't the best. Hopefully these will fare better.

12.30 First Responder Western Kentucky 8-4 (79) vs Western Michigan 7-5 (80). A toss up. I probably picked wrong.
12.30 Music City Bowl Louisville 7-5 (58) vs Mississippi State 6-6 (38). Cardinals struggled in the ACC. Bulldogs SEC experience will win the day.
12.30 Redbox Bowl Cal 7-5 (45) vs Illinois 6-6 (77).  
12.30 Orange Florida 10-2 (12) vs Virginia 9-4 (30). Could be a blowout.
12.31 Belk Bowl Virginia Tech 8-4 (43) vs Kentucky 7-5 (35). Wildcats good at beating average teams.
12.31 Sun Florida State 6-6 (46) vs Arizona State 7-5 (40). Sun Devils will be motivated. Noles had fired their coach.
12.31 Liberty Navy 10-2 (29) vs Kansas State 8-4 (24). Jaguars are good, but hard to beat the Midshipmen and their option game.
12.31 Arizona Georgia State 7-5 (111) vs Wyoming 7-5 (72). Too tough an opponent for the Panthers.
12.31 Alamo Utah 11-2 (14) vs Texas 7-5 (20). Longhorns on the opposite end of the spectrum in this bowl: coming off a rough year, in a bowl against a team wanting to make a statement.   
1.01 Citrus Alabama 10-2 (4) vs Michigan 9-3 (9). Crimson Tide is tired of losing, and will take it out on Harbaugh.
1.01 Outback Minnesota 10-2 (26) vs Auburn 9-3 (10). The War Eagles continue to roll.
1.01 Rose Oregon 11-2 (8) vs Wisconsin 10-3 (7). Farm boys roll the pretty boys.
1.01 Sugar Georgia 11-2 (6) vs Baylor 11-2 (15). Bears will come in motivated, but their lack of experienced quarterback play will be exposed by the tenacious Dawg D. Despite the wounded receiving core, Fromm and Zeus will lead a resurgient offense. Rodrigo returns to form. Note: five days before the game and eight Dawg starters are out. Like a fool, I'll stick with my pick.  
1.02 Birmingham Cincinnati 10-3 (32) vs Boston College 6-6 (59). BC is usually tough in games like this, but the Bearcats will be too much.
1.02 Gator Indiana 8-4 (39) vs Tennessee 7-5 (36). Vols started slow but are much improved. Expect this to continue.
1.03 Potato Bowl Nevada 7-5 (109) vs Ohio 6-6 (84). Check out Ohio’s wonderful striped uniforms – they all match.
1.04 Armed Forces Southern Miss 7-5 (94) vs Tulane 6-6 (62).
1.06 LendingTree Louisiana 10-3 (44) vs Miami of Ohio 8-5 (93).
1.13 National Championship LSU beats Clemson. Bayou Bengals and QB Joe Burrow complete the dream season. Could be a close game though.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

LSU Edges Oklahoma

Will and Mary-Clayton attended today's playoff semifinal with her dad and brother. They go to the Peach Bowl every year.

With the final score LSU 63 Oklahoma 28, the Dawgs 37-10 loss with eleven players knocked out of the game doesn't look so bad any more.
This graph plots the goals and assists of every hockey player in pro history. Note the dot at the top right: Wayne Gretzky. Most ever goals and most ever assists. Take away all his goals and he's still the all-time leading scorer. And some don't think he's the greatest ever.
Sammy Baugh was named one of ten QBs on the NFL's 150th Anniversary Team. Slingin' Sammy revolutionized the passing game in the NFL. Yet lots of youngsters, ignorant of history, thought Drew Brees more worthy. Poor Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls and didn't make the cut.
 Anna got a chess set for Christmas.
What Piedmont Hospital looks like these days.
Note old red brick hospital in the back.

Next time you need a $100,000.00 medi-vac helicopter ride,
instead call Prestige.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Bowl Blunders

Picking bowl games just doesn't work out for me. Liberty beat Georgia Southern. BYU failed to show up against Hawaii. Once again Miami failed to generate any offense, playing all three QBs - hoping one would catch fire. No wonder the Canes are firing their offensive coordinator. At first all the breaks are going Eastern Michigan's way.

UGA has lost an offensive lineman for the Sugar Bowl due to academic difficulties. Not looking good for them. 
Interesting top 50 college players of all time, a first team and second team. QB Roger Staubach with RB Herschel and Jim Brown lead the first team. Specialists PK Sebastian Janakowski won two Groza Awards with Ray Guy as the top punter. UGA's Kevin Butler was the second team kicker..

Good article that cuts through all the "fans" jumping to conclusions about Fromm's abilities. The experts aren't fooled.
Got a pair of running shoes for Christmas. Not sure they're the best for me. May try on other brands before deciding. Today I also shopped for a new briefcase satchel to carry my laptop in. Some guys use backpacks but I'm not sure I want to go there.

The other night we watched a few of the Peyton Manning clips were he interviews important historical figures for the NFL's 100th anniversary. Never knew manning had the highest ever fantasy football season score in 2013, when he threw 55 TD passes. made me wonder where Herschel ranked in his best season, when he led the NFL in total yards.

2013 442 Peyton Manning
2006 426 Ladanian Tomlinson
2003 344 Ladanian Tomlinson
1973 342 OJ Simpson
1988 273 Herschel Walker

Lots to do but I'd like to research Christmas Day temperatures over the years. Quite often there's a warm spell in late December. Every time people act surprised. They're not remembering history - even the past five or ten years. Fact: since 2009 the temperature has hit at least 70 degrees in late December every year.

Munched on leftovers all day. Gassed up two different cars. Went to CVS. Could've stopped for fast food but wasn't hungry. Ceil boiled peanuts.

A TV show was talking about a limited edition run of Nike Air Max - with holy water from the Sea of Galilee blessed by a priest infused in the sole. S3,000.00 and they sold out in minutes. Comes with a crucifix.

Tired. Stayed up til midnight. Wild end to the bowl in Detroit. With ten seconds left and after the third down play was stopped, the Eastern Michigan QB punched two Pitt defenders, knocking a ref down in the process. Each punch equaled one unnecessary roughness penalty. Two roughness penalties get you thrown out of the game. The backup QB had to come in for the 4th down play, needing to score a 60 yard TD or they'd lose. They lost.

Friday: up before 8 am. Had to run out for gas, medicine, and Taco Bell breakfast burrito. Left just after ten. Moes for lunch. Bought a pair of brown sneakers. Atlanta traffic. Leftovers for sup. Drove C to the mall tonight.

Anna had a job interview today, for a graphic design firm in Brookhaven. She goes in for a second interview next week.

This afternoon Ceil's brother had to take Cei's mother to the ER. Weak with a cough.

For the fan who has everything:

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christianity Today: Right or Wrong?

Writing helps me sort out how I think / feel / should think about an issue. The great thing about writing/typing for me is I can catch myself (sometimes) before I say something I shouldn't. What follows is my side of an email conversation, poorly edited into a blog post.

Is Christianity Today right to denounce the President? Did they even give a reason why he should be removed from office? (spoiler: they did not). According to Dennison, over 200 theologians disagreed. The following rebuttal says CT provided no reasons why Trump should be removed from office. The media stopped bashing Christianity long enough to enjoy watching the Billy Graham-founded magazine bashing the president that they so enjoy bashing.
Sure President Trump way too often opens his mouth and makes comments he shouldn't Way too often he fails to act Presidential. Not very likeable a good deal of the time. I do know there are Bible verses describing how God appoints and uses leaders of nations. If God didn't want Trump to be president, Trump wouldn't be president. When Trump became the nominee I thought his big mouth would cost him the election. Guess God had other plans.
Who is Christianity Today to cast the first stone? While in a perfect world the President would be above reproach, when did the presidency become a Christian position? With a few exceptions past presidents have been just as unchristian as the current one. Some paid lip service to the church, but how many presidents were truly devoted to Jesus as Lord? Truman and Carter and perhaps George W Bush, but did their Christianity make them better presidents? 
When you look close, many of the presidents during my lifetime did unchristian things in office. Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Clinton, and Obama for starters. In his time, Billy Graham followed scripture by praying for (and with) whatever president was in office. Now Christianity Today has crossed that line and judged who should and should not be president. Do they speak for all Christians? Of course not.

These two articles I link do a much better job expressing what I'm trying to say. Highly recommended reading.

I look around the past and present political landscape and see a dearth of candidates worthy of the position. Liars, power-hungry, more interested in tearing down than building up. Who is talking about governing, of taking care of American citizens?  Who wears an American flag pin any more? Candidates speak of climate change and a green new deal and universal healthcare, but no plan to pay for them - except to raise taxes to excessive levels. I don't hear candidates talking about upholding the Constitution or enforcing current laws, or punishing those who break the law. Remember that stuff? 
I haven't been the best student of politics, but have read how in the 80's Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O'Neal and Republican President Ronald Reagan repeatedly cast aside their differences to meet together to lead the country into a time of prosperity, helping the economy to soar after the recessions of the 1970's, while also helping to bring down Communism around the world (thanks in part by economic policies initiated by Regan's Democratic predecessor Jimmy Carter). These days I don't see politicians interested in governing, or working on foreign policy in a world suffering in the Middle East, Europe, and in the Far East. I do see a booming US economy and decreased unemployment.
One politician today does appear to be above reproach: Vice President Pence. Yet many in the media tear him down for his stand on certain issues, and bully his wife for the rules of the Christian school she taught at. The attack on Christianity continues. Sad that attacks sometimes comes from within.
I certainly took it with a huge grain of salt when Trump said he was a Christian. He'll have to deal with God about that. Certainly doesn't makes Christianity look good.

Dems getting more liberal and Republicans going the other way. Not sure what the Republicans are doing. I really just see headlines, and skip over to the sports section.

Not sure about the numbers, if indeed it was the Christian vote that put Trump over the top. Others say that as well. Bryant Wright couldn't vote for Trump (or Hillary). Instead voted for a third party candidate. So did other Christians. If I was basing my vote solely as a Christian (as opposed to as an American) would I have voted on one issue (abortion)? In 2016 I figured the winner would be either Hillary or Trump. Would be a waste to vote for anyone else. I thought Hillary would win because Trump kept saying dumb things before the election. I thought his best chance to win was to keep his mouth shut. To vote for HRC or DT because one was more Christian than the other wasn't an option to me. The linked article "Feeding the Christians to the Lions" addresses this decision.

We live in a fallen world. God lets us have free will. We can chose God or make wrong choices. Bad things happen not because of God. Many pull away from God because they think God causes / allows bad things to happen. But in the end God is sovereign. God's overall plan for the world can use whoever is elected to office.  Romans 13 says there is no authority except which God has established.

Trump is a bully. I really don't like bullies. Makes a mockery of the presidency. Un-presidential. A Washington outsider. Not the first. Trump is not the first president I haven't liked. Likewise there are athletes I like and others I don't Some athletes are good and others not so much. Sometimes bad, disliked ballplayers gets hits. But Trump added some good justices. He's done some good, all the while being a bully and saying some dumb things. His actions are the most Christian for any President since Reagan.

Wednesday a Democratic presidential candidate tweeted "Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee. No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas." Decent tweet for a presidential candidate, I suppose. I really shouldn't be picky BUT (a) why not mention Jesus by name (b) Jesus was not a refugee (3) really wasn't in poverty (4) dislike using Jesus to fit a political narrative. Will Christianity Today deem him unfit for office?

In reading Romans 13, I think of people I know who were scared when Trump was elected because they thought Trump would do them harm. Interesting the verses below saying the only people who need to worry are those rebelling against what God has instituted.

Romans 13:1-7  Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 

Its great we live in a country where we can agree to disagree. Unfortunately so many these days have been led to believe that those who don't agree with you are evil, an enemy who needs to be defeated by any means possible.

NOTE: guaranteed that even among my tiny readership, this post will be taken out of context. 

ME: the busyness continues. Christmas was just okay. Not the greatest ever.

Monday: was worn out after returning from Augusta. Did some stuff around the house. Not too much on TV, but I stumbled across Parenthood, a NBC TV series that ran from 2010-2016. produced by Hollywood elite: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Started binge-watching the first season while playing on my laptop. Had things to do on the laptop and wound up staying up until 1 am.

Tuesday: slept late. Did stuff upstairs for awhile then plenty to do downstairs. Dishes, straightening, laundry, folding, clearing off tables, taking out trash. Make a run to get a present and also cheese from Trader Joes. MC was bringing Okie by the house, so I spent the afternoon doing more cleaning. Never once did I sit on the couch. Only sat to eat breakfast, and later lunch. By the evening I was exhausted. Had Parenthood playing all day and finished season one.

Showered and packed and went out to get gas. M came home from work around 630. Anna arrived at seven. Anna and I left at 7:15. Traffic wasn't bad but finding at a Taco Bell with a moving drive thru line was a chore. Customer service so bad. Added 30 minutes to our trip. Arrived at 1230 am.

Wednesday: did get to sleep until nine. Ham biscuits for breakfast. Had 22 for lunch. Ham, turkey, roast beef, chicken salad, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach dip, cherry delight, tossed salad, coconut cream pie, Bavarian dessert, pecan pie, sugar cookies, and more. Without Will, Mary-Clayton, Matthew, Hillary, and Grant, we had to get some fill-ins to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas. I did get some emails deleted.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christ is Born

Our family would like to wish you the merriest of Christmases, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This was a year of celebration and new horizons for our family. Here’s a quick update:
In January Matthew enrolled at Georgia State University and dove right into his classes, making straight A’s during the summer semester. He still works at Whole Foods, and cares for his cat Pluto. He volunteered at a farm in Westside Atlanta, digging in the dirt. Matthew still attends many concerts and shows near downtown.
Anna graduated from the University of Georgia in May. She immediately set out on a three week cross country road trip to California with roommates, passing through Austin and camping in several national parks along the way. Anna moved home to start work but often heads back to Athens to see friends. Her last spring break was with roommates in Boca Raton. Later she moved in with Will and Mary-Clayton.
Will and Mary-Clayton bought their first house, not far from downtown Atlanta in historic Mozley Park. We all spent a little time helping get the house ready for the move. They’re close to their church in West End, and the new Atlanta Beltline runs right behind their backyard – so they bought a bicycle built for two. There’s room for Okie to roam. Will started work as a Physician’s Assistant at a Fulton County hospital, and Mary-Clayton continues her work at a small firm near Cumberland.
Ceil continues to teach art in north Roswell. She makes numerous trips to Jefferson to see her mother. This year Ceil volunteered at a women’s ministry in Marietta, and spent time in a women’s small group Bible Study. Ceil also spent a weekend in Columbia SC with three friends from high school. For New Years she’s holding doors at the Passion Conference at Mercedes Benz Stadium.  
Dave had a busy year at work. He’s also in a men’s small group, and made his way over to several Braves games throughout the season – a couple with Will (they also attended some Super Bowl events). Dave tried to visit his parents in Macon more often, even attending a ball game there with his dad. He ran another Peachtree Road Race, this year with both Will and Anna. More doctor visits this year as well.
While Anna traveled many miles in 2019, Dave and Ceil stuck closer to home. In January we traveled to Greensboro North Carolina for a friend’s birthday party, and in November spent a weekend in Richmond for a lovely wedding, stopping in Durham on the way home. Though spread out, we were able to get the whole family together on a regular basis, including Thanksgiving in South Carolina.

Poor Barney is getting along in years, and in November tore his ACL while jumping up on our bed. He still follows Ceil into the kitchen hoping for scraps, but doesn’t bark at squirrels or the TV as much.
We pray your family has a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and a great 2020. Thanks to Anna for designing this year's Christmas card.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve

Another Christmas song rewritten for the Nokona contest: 

1.     It's beginning to look a lot like baseball
Everywhere you go
Take a look at the runner on first, it's pickoff time once again
With baseball bats and hundred mile per hour heaters that glow

It's beginning to look a lot like baseball
Balls in every mitt
But the prettiest sight to see is the catches that will be
caught with Nokona gloves 

A pair of slick-fielding pickers and a long-stretching first sacker
Is the wish of the Rangers and the ‘Stros
Pitchers that don’t balk and don’t give up walks
Is the hope of Yankee and Fen(way)
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for baseball to start again

It's beginning to look a lot like baseball
Everywhere you go
There's a diamond at the school, one at the park as well
It's got astroturf that doesn't mind the snow

It's beginning to look a lot like baseball
Soon the games will start
And the thing that will make 'em sing is the line drives that will fling
Right into your glove

It's beginning to look a lot like baseball
Nokonas in every store
But the prettiest sight to see is the catches that will be
caught by the Nokona glove.

Staying on the go. Sunday school and worship. Watched the Falcons while doing laundry. Leftover for lunch. Nap. Kroger. 

Sunday night party with our old small group. Six Murphys, four Halls, five Earharts, five Watkins. Ham, turkey, ham sandwiches, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, salad, rolls, desserts.

Left at nine and drove to Augusta in the rain. Arrived just before midnight. Went straight bed but didn’t sleep well. Had been guzzling diet Mountain Dew to stay awake.
Up and out just after six. Bought the crew Chickfila biscuits, hash browns and coffee. Bacon egg and cheese for me. Got an earlier than usual start to physical inventory and knocked it out. Was pretty much finished by 1030. Usually we don’t finish until after 1 pm. Stopped for gas and CookOut lunch.
On the road west by noon. Traffic heavy. Heavier traffic in Atlanta. GPS got confused. Was almost 3 pm when I pulled into the driveway. Cleaned and mailed some letters and took a nap. Been binge-watching an old TV show I’d never watched before: Parenthood with Craig T Nelson and Lauren Graham: two brothers, two sisters, their families and their parents.
Today: cleaning, resting. A and M and W are working.

Another Nokona song, sung to the tune of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch":
1.     You're the best mitt, Nokona
Your gloves even have a heel
You're as soft as a baby
Not as oily as an eel
You're a monster, Nokona!
Your webbing tightly fastened
Your pocket full of leather
You've got baseball in your soul
Wearing you, a shortstop
4.     has more range than a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!
You're slick fielding, Nokona!
You’re where hits - will go - to die
You have tender suppleness
unlike a seasick crocodile

Given the choice between the two of you
I'll hit against the seasick crocodile!
You catch foul balls, Nokona!
You're a nasty, fielding ace!
Your feet may be wearing unwashed socks
but your opponents don’t reach base
The three words that best describe you
Are as follows, and I quote
"Great, greater, greatest!"
You catch line drives, Nokona!
You make your opponents cry!
Your padding softens the hard ones
No grounders can get by

Monday, December 23, 2019

Jerseys Caps Sneakers

This year I attended 31 different sports-related events. Tried to wear something different and sports-related every time: caps, jerseys or other tops, and sneakers (which I counted) as well as sports-related socks. I’ll try to count those next year.   
19 different caps
26 different jerseys / tops
24 different shoes
Will be hard to top wearing 24 different pairs of shoes next year (but still possible) since I’ve liquidated half my sneaker collection. Already building it back though.
Went to 15 games: 13 at SunTrust Park, one in Gwinnett (its so far over there), and one down in Macon. More Braves games than usual, fewer Stripers. Zero football and basketball games.  Decided to dress in baseball for my winter Hot Stove meetings. Also a few other events.
1.09 Hot Stove: Browns cap (1), Hawaiian shirt (1), Nike golf shoes (1)
1.19 Chop Fest: Gwinnett cap (2), navy pullover (2), royal Hyperfuse (2)
1.29 Super Bowl Experience: Favre jersey (3) black Jordans (3)
1.30 Super Bowl Experience: Bengals jersey (4) black Hauraches (4)
2.03 Super Bowl party: Farve jersey, black Jordans
2.06 Hot Stove: Stripers cap (3), grey half zip (5), black Roches (5)
2.12 Crackers Lecture: grey Boston cap (4) blue Nikes (6)
2.13 Negro League Lecture: blue Nicklaus shirt (6) black loafers (7)
2.23 Macon Bacon: ugly baseball print shirt (7) red Sauconys (8)
3.06 Hot Stove: Braves quarter zip, black loafers
3.25 Reds tomahawk cap (5), red pullover (8), black Jordans
3.26 Reds: tomahawk cap, navy Braves pullover (9) grey All Birds (9)
4.27: TopGolf: black Colombia PFG shirt (10) kaikis, red adidas (10)
5.02 Padres: navy road cap (6), navy Heyward jersey (11), blue Nikes
5.16 Cards 72 cap (7) Channel 17 jersey (12) white Nikes (11) feather socks

5.25 Gwinnett: feather trucker cap (8), Channel 17 jersey, red Nike high-tops (12)
5.29 Nats: 2019 trucker cap (9), Braves Operations polo (13) feather socks, blue Jordans (13)
6.11 Pirates: camo cap (10), green Acuna jersey (14), white shelltoes (14)
6.18 Mets: home cap (11), new blue Braves A polo (15), kaikis, brown fashion sneakers (15)
6.29 Uni Watch Party: Greenville cap (12), Hawks jersey (16), red Braves Country tee (17), striped socks, white Nikes
7.04 Peachtree Road Race: navy Braves Country tee (18) grey UA shorts, feather socks, Hoka sneakers (16)
7.21 Nats: navy Boston cap (13) cream Uecker jersey (19), KD7s (17)
7.23 Royals: royal 82 cap(14) royal feather jersey (20) white Pumas (18)
7.26 Macon Bacon cap (15) grey Firefly shirt (21) red Pumas (19)
8.14 Mets: no cap, red Murphy jersey (22) royal socks, black FootJoy sneakers (20)
9.02 Jays: feather cap, grey Turner jersey (23), royal socks, Jordan RCVRs
9.17 Phils: black cap (16), 69 pinstripe (24), Jack Purcells (21)
9.18 Nats: red Chop On cap (17), grey Turner jersey, Hokas
11.03 Play Day royal 82 cap, navy LS pullover, black Nikes (22)
11.13 Hot Stove: navy Ebbets Field Flannels cap (18), Grizzlies half zip (25), Cole Hahns (23)
12.11 Hot Stove new cap (19), old blue Braves polo (26), Salomons (24)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

2019 Reading List

Not long ago I realized I've read 34 books this year, a record for me. Not sure how. In past years I might not have been as consistent, taking breaks to listen to the radio. More trips to Macon helped as well.  

I haven't published a reading list since late February, so below are all 34 books I've read this year - including the one I just started.
1. Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks
2. Red War (Mitch Rapp #17) by Kyle Mills
3. Sisters First: Stories from our Wild and Wonderful Life, by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush  
4. The Bishop's Pawn (Cotton Malone #13) by Steve Berry
5. In Pieces, by Sally Field
6. The Yankee Years, by Joe Torre
7. Tom Clancy: Under Fire (Jack Ryan Universe #19) by Grant Blackwood
8. Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter, by Barbara Leaming
9. The Garner Files: A Memoir
10. The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher
11. Untied a Memoir of Family Fame and Floundering by Meredith Baxter
12. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
13. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
14. Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp #9), by Vince Flynn
15. Enemy of the State (Mitch Rapp #16), by Kyle Mills
16. Keep Moving & Other Truths About Living Well Longer Dick Van Dyke
17. The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth, by Leigh Montville
18. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, by Steve Sheinkin
19. Miracle on the 17th Green: A Novel about Life, Love, Family, Miracles...and Golf (Travis McKinley #1), by James Patterson
20. Sundays at Tiffany's, by James Patterson 
21. Miracle at St. Andrews (Travis McKinley #3), by James Patterson
22. The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
23. The Charlemagne Pursuit (Cotton Malone #4), by Steve Berry
24. Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf, by Rick Reilly
25. The Malta Exchange (Cotton Malone #14), by Steve Berry
26. Grateful American: A Journey From Self to Service, by Gary Sinise
27. Hitler's Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's Most Notorious Dictator, by Bill O'Reilly
28. The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris
29. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan, by Bill O'Reilly
30. I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever, by Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster
31. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, by Jon Krakauer
32. Range Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World David Epstein
33. I'll Be Right Back After This: My Memoir, by Pat O'Brien
34. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile