Friday, October 03, 2014
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Chase and Julian have the same parents. They have grown up in the same house with the same rules. Yet somehow nature and nurture have turned them into two completely different kids. Chase is shier, eager to please and sensitive. Julian is a bull who doesn't give a fuck. Chase is quiet, Julian is loud. Chase has brown hair and brown eyes. Julian is blonde with blue eyes. Chase is small (though this is a more recent development), Julian is a giant among 4-year olds. When Chase falls down (such as on the way to the school dance) he cries for a long time (30 minutes in the school dance incident). When Julian falls down, he says "I'm ok" before he even hits the ground. Once he said "I'm ok" before assessing the situation, and after a few seconds of silence he realized that he wasn't ok, and he started to cry. Mrs. Poop gave them pennies to throw into a fountain. Later they told us what they wished for. Chase wished for a modest $28 toy. Julian wished that there would be no more rules. In one incident Julian got his finger stuck under the booster seat attached to his chair. He very calmly told me his finger was stuck. Too calmly. I didn't act with necessary urgency. When I got his finger unstuck and he saw it was cut and red, he cried hysterically. Chase gave him a toy to make him feel better. My favorite story about Chase's easy-going nature is from Tali's birthday party several years ago. A man was giving the kids temporary tattoos. Each time he warned the children that the water would be very cold. Chase replied "I love cold water." Now, I'm not saying Juju would have decked the guy, but he certainly wouldn't have been as accepting of freezing cold water on his arm. I could go on forever about the differences between them (which in general are great, I am glad they are unique and distinct individuals) but I think I will leave it here. This is a picture of Chase being scared on a roller-coaster.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
It just so happens that in Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium he hit a walkoff single to give the Yankees a 6-5 win. In an even further coincidence, the Yankees had a 5-2 lead entering the 9th and somehow David Robertson gave up 2 home runs to knot the game at 5-5 entering the 9th, with Jeter due up third. Evan Meek gave up a single, Brett Gardner bunted the runner to second, and then Jeter came through. In the annals of faux achievements, this has to rank third. First, Nykesha Sales limping out on the court on crutches to make one basket and set UConn's all-time points record. Then comes Michael Strahan's sack record, when Brett Favre took a dive for his buddy. Then comes this. The game meant nothing to either team, but I can't be sure the Orioles were in on it. Maybe the Yankees just decided to allow 3 runs to give Jeter a chance at something. I'm not sure, but I know there is no way all these things could have "just happened" not even for someone with as many "intangibles" as Jeter.
AL Wild Card: Oakland over Kansas City Division Series: Los Angeles Angels over Oakland, Detroit over Baltimore Championship Series: Los Angeles Angels over Detroit NL Wild Card: San Francisco over Pittsburgh Division Series: Washington over San Francisco, Los Angeles Dodgers over St. Louis Championship Series: Washington over Los Angeles Dodgers World Series: Los Angeles Angels over Washington