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Friday, March 29, 2002

Looking for good news is almost an empty exercise these days, with people killing each other and not listening to any sounds but their own voices. If they're not killing, they're issuing "threats" and "warnings." Unspeakable acts are being perpetrated on the most innocent. Drugs. Earthquakes. Free speech stifled. Politicians pointing fingers. Ugh. It's a grim old world so far this millennium.

We can't wait for the next millennium, so we probably should start trying to improve on this one. I'm doing my part. I made a point of smiling and nodding at everyone I met on the street this morning. I flirted with the checker at Rite Aid. When the Boss called, I put on my happy voice. He always says it makes him feel better to know that I'm having a good day.

And guess what? Baseball season starts this weekend. The first game is Sunday night, and until the last pitch of that game, every team is tied for first place. Almost every team has reason to hope, and even the ones who have no reason still have hope, because that's how it is on Opening Day.

It's the best thing about spring, that all the possibilities we can see ahead are good. We try not to scratch too deeply below the surface to find the less optimistic probabilities. We don't care that come October, only one team will be the champion, because for now we think that's our team we're talking about.

My favorite thing today was not that the Giants pounded the A's at Pacific Bell Park (in a meaningless practice game), but that this was my first chance since the end of last season to hear baseball's best broadcast team call a game. Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow take the game seriously but have fun with it. Kuiper's dry wit and Krukow's unabashed enthusiasm add a lot to the three hours of balls, strikes, hits and outs.

I can't say that I don't care how my team finishes the season, but I care more that every game they play has something riding on it. If they get through the long six months of the major league season and are always in the running, that makes it a great year. That's how last season went, and it hurt when they were eliminated with two games to go. But it also means that 160 of their 162 games were meaningful. If that percentage of my own days had some significance, I'd feel pretty successful.

turning green

The plum tree has lost its blossoms but is gaining leaves.

Sometimes I fall asleep in the middle of the day, but it doesn't usually happen when I'm sitting at the computer. It did today, though, so I did the sensible thing and took myself up to the loft to shut my eyes for ten minutes. Two hours later I stumbled back downstairs and went back to work. It felt really, really good.

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