PRODUCERS NOTE: We could spend a whole lot of time speculating about the SCOTUS pick by President Trump, but since this show is listened to by many people who are operating in “ketchup later” mode, it doesn’t make much sense to do so. We’ll wait until tomorrow when we actually have the pick in hand.
Sometimes taking a few days off seems like it is longer than taking a month off! So much happens. So many things I want to talk about. So little time when I get back in front of the microphone. On Independence Day, I found myself feeling a bit down. Why? Because Ben was finally doing things that I was pretty sure he’d never do on his own. And I realized that when he graduates from High School, I will be 64 years old, the same age at which Ed Shultz passed away last week. I was really having a hard time dealing with that until I read an article about Johnny Bench. Yes, THAT Johnny Bench. One of the men who inspired me to play behind the plate in baseball all those years ago.
Mexico has a new President who is shaking things up by doing some…. well… strange things already…
In Japan last week, six people were very quietly executed by hanging. Most people have no recollection of the terrorist attack that occurred more than a generation ago that finally lead to the executions. Now, on the one hand, it is interesting because there has been virtually no outcry for mercy or commutation of the death sentence in a very civilized country. On the other hand, the attack is another data point in the idea that most terrorist activity is driven more by religious fervor than political ideology.
Is Hillary Clinton planning to run again in 2020? The idea seems… crazy. At least on the surface. But what if…?
In the immortal words of Tony DeSare, I’ve really got s lot to sy about yesterday’s adventure.
On the downside, Ben had been sick since we went to Tacoma a couple of weeks ago. He’s had a cough that is now getting worse and an eye infection, possibly pink eye – that isn’t responding to the eye drops.
When I got home late last night, he was still awake. I walked into the bedroom and he saw me – yes, he was still awake – and I wish that I had the right words to describe the smile that slowly spread across his face. His eye meeting mine, it was the kind of moment that makes being a Dad so incredible.
“Dad, you were gone all day,” he said, not whining, but just happy to see me.
I was. It was a “Dave Day.” The first one I’ve had in years, and I enjoyed myself very much. I laughed, I saw things I’d not seen before and I spent time with my cousin. I’ve told you many times that I am closer to him than most any of the rest of my family, so it was good day. We closed the day catching a Comedy show in Modesto, and my sides still hurt from laughter.
None of that compares to that smile Ben had when I got home.
I will have a lot to say about what we saw and did and why. But Ben is sick today, his eyes hurting and his throat sore. Even his ears seem to bother him. So we’re off again to see his pediatrician and hopefully get this knocked out for good.
As soon as I get a quiet moment, I’ll be in the studio and ready to talk.
Because I’ve really got a lot to say!