There currently exist over 275,000,000 blogs, making it tough to keep up with all of them on a daily basis. Sarcasm aside, I fully realize that there are only so many hours in a day that someone will devote to perusing blogs. For that reason, on the days that I will not be posting, I have always 1) alerted readers there will not be a blog that day and 2) let it be known on which day readers can expect the next blog.
My readership has grown since I started back in mid-April of 2007. The blogs actually began right after the NCAA Final Four but, due to my lack of understanding technology and having to rely on someone else (who shall remain nameless – because of his incompetence), several of the original posts have been lost (I imagine they’re somewhere up in cyberspace). You’ll have to take my word for it – they were really good – but that’s another story for another time.
Without sounding too dramatic, I feel it’s a kind of honor that someone would take time out of their day to read my opinion on a topic, be it sports, politics, life in general, whatever. That’s the reason I explain to readers, especially the loyal followers, at the outset of a post when to check back (if it won’t be “tomorrow”).
Last Wednesday I gave my opinion on how sad it was that, when Supreme Court Justice Scalia died, that so many politicians’ initial reaction had to do with bickering about replacing him. Possibly because I found their behavior so offensive, I dove directly into the blog without first informing people I wasn’t going to post again until today. With so many blogs, it’s only a matter of courtesy to readers to give them a heads-up.
For those of you who are still reading this prolonged apology, here was my itinerary and reasons for the extensive time between posts. Many readers are aware I’ve had several major back surgeries and endure quite a bit of pain. This past Wednesday I had an epidural at Stanford Pain Management to attempt to ease some new discomfort I began experiencing. So far, results have been good.
Since my wife’s older sister was flying into Oakland on Thursday to attend our younger son’s last two home basketball games at Cal State Monterey Bay, I felt we might as well spend Wednesday night in the Bay Area rather than make the three-hour trip back to Fresno, only to have to drive back two-and-a-half hours to Oakland the following day. The plane arrived and, once again, we chose another day on the road instead of driving home, only to leave the following day for Monterey (the benefit of being retired and having saved some money while each of us worked for 40+ years).
Friday night the Otters soundly defeated Cal State LA (Alex had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal), followed by another wire-to-wire victory on Senior Night against Cal State Dominguez Hills (Alex pitching in with 19 points, another 5 boards, an assist and 2 steals). A final road game and the conference tournament are all that’s left of Alex’s four year college basketball career. Our older son, Andy (who just landed a sweet gig with Salesforce.com, a $49 billion company) turned 27 last month and Alex, 22, will be graduating from college at the end of May.
One of the most well-known cliches of all time is about watching your kids grow up. Believe me, it’s entirely too true:
“It all goes by so fast!”