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Thursday, September 16, 2004

I got a compliment tonight. D.J. told me I was the best chaser. That's pretty nice to hear, considering that I spent most of the night trying to get out of chasing him. Beaten down by a week of hard work, no sleep and sticky heat, I didn't want to do anything but sit and cool off.

A five-year-old generally knows a sucker when he sees one. He shouted at me from the front window as soon as I drove up, and the first thing he said was, "Do you want to come out in the back yard and chase me?" I had to choose my answer carefully. "In a little while" usually works. For a little while.

To tell the truth, I don't think I'm a very good chaser at all. I'm too slow and I don't have the lateral mobility I once had. (In fact, I never did.) I think the thing that makes me a good chaser is that I'm willing to do it. I let myself get talked into it again tonight, for about fifteen minutes. That seemed to satisfy him.

I even caught him a few times. I didn't want to overdo it, because I couldn't quite figure out what I was supposed to do with him when I did catch him. Let him go so I could chase him again, I guess. That seemed to satisfy him.

16 September 2004

Tammy and Aiden.

The family got together for Survivor tonight. After the long, sleep-deprived week I've had, it was probably just what I needed. Mostly I just sat, which is what I would have done if I'd stayed home. The chasing was a bonus. All in all, it worked out for the best.

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Barry Bonds got his batting stroke back in today's game in Milwaukee. That doesn't mean he hit a home run, though. He had two singles and a double, and left the homers to his teammates. That's what's been keeping the Giants going, the fact that they are getting contributions all through the lineup. Today they also got seven shutout innings from rookies starter Brad Hennessey, giving them a 4-0 win that brought them to within two and a half games of the first-place Dodgers. Plus, Bonds can now hit number 700 into the cove against the Padres this weekend.

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