Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sleeping and the old mind

Now that was a night for sleeping! The cool breezes began to blow out the remnants of humidity and the temperatures were turning cooler when bedtime had arrived. And all that fresh, cool air made the bedroom perfect for getting a good night’s sleep. It did, however, have one downer: I slept. Many times at night I toss and turn a little with my swirling mind trying to do little things like reliving events of the day or planning what will come the next.

Like writing this. I slept last night so I didn’t get a lot of time to think about today’s topic. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining. That sleep was wonderful. So let’s see what happens here this morning.

The Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, is now out of the pool round. The sixteen teams are down to eight, four each from the American series and the World group. The semi-finals are today and tomorrow with the divisional championship games Saturday followed by the Little League World Championship day Sunday. Friday is a day off for the kids, officially a weather make-up day.

A funny thing happened at the LL game last night. Maryland tied Louisiana for a pool berth in the semis. The Mid Atlantic team beat the Southwest champs and both ended up 2-1 in the pool. But because of the tie breaker, and I’m not sure how it works as it’s based on defense, not offense, Maryland had to score 12 runs to win the spot. They had scored six by the 5th inning of the six inning game. LL has a 10 run rule…leading by 10 after 4, game over.

Coach called the players around him and said they wanted to score only three runs in that inning because if they got to 10, the game would be over and they couldn’t get to 12. He said they’d work on the other three in the 6th.

“Ahhh, Coach,” interrupted a young player, “if we don’t score all 12 won’t the game be over after the top of the sixth anyway because we’ll be ahead and won’t get to play our half of the inning?”

“Oh, great point,” exclaimed the coach. “Let’s get out there and score those runs.” They didn’t, but they did win the game.

The Democrat National Convention gets underway next week. It is expected that Sen. Barack Obama will be nominated as that party’s Presidential candidate. There’ll be lots of pomp during the convention and party leaders will be trying to rally their troops to elect a lot of Democrats in November. There’ll be lots of speeches which will give lots of promises that will never be fulfilled. I’d say there’s at least a good chance I won’t be watching it.

Then comes the Republican National Convention. The only changes I’d made from the above paragraph would be to substitute Sen. John McCain for Obama and Republican for Democrat throughout. The rest of it is pretty accurate from my way of thinking.

In less than two weeks, what I consider to be the real beginning of the campaigns for November elections arrives. I still date Labor Day as that beginning, even though the campaigns for national offices have been going on for a couple of years. It is on Labor Day when local candidates will begin to come to the forefront, even though we have seen some lawn signs out already. Remember when the day was for workers to gather for celebration? Politicians used that opportunity to begin making their pitches.

One of my big questions is: Will Tom Allen and the other Democrats finally realize that Pres. Bush isn’t running for anything? I guess it’s nice to have a lame duck President to bash since they apparently have no real plans or ideas of their own to solve the perceived problems of the United States. Another question I have, and unfortunately I believe I know the answer, is will Mainers realize just how bad the current administration has made the state’s economy and costs of living and make changes?

I’ve been watching the morning news this morning and another question just popped into my head. Will the national news media be able to survive after the elections when it just might have to find something else to report?

See? Sleep is a wondrous thing and does an old body a great service. But it also deprives the old mind of serious thinking time.


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