December 13th, 2005

Moose & Son

The Important Things in Life

Today in Baseball Prospectus (link and quote gakked from ishaa):

A while back, I was moving into an apartment in Jersey City. The landlord noticed the copious amounts of books I had and asked, in broken English, if I was "a professor."

This amused me, of course. I was working in book publishing at the time and had developed an animosity towards those who didn't read. My logic was that, if more people read, my job wouldn't pay so blessedly little.

"Imagine being so disconnected from books," I said to my friends, "that one assumes that anyone who has them must be some sort of college instructor." This was invariably followed by a snide laugh.

Then I got to thinking on it. This man was born in another country and not only owned the house I lived in, but at least a dozen more. It was I who gave him money every month--not the other way around. Who was the one who should be condescending? So, I stopped telling my little story.

You might be thinking that at that point, I abandoned the publishing industry and began buying property. No! That's the lesson a smarter person would have taken from the incident. Instead, I'm still renting--probably from somebody who reads at a tenth-grade level--and still carrying around a boxcar's worth of books.

I can only imagine how much better off financially I would be if I hadn't accumulated all the books, CDs, Phillies memorabilia, and DVDs that I now have. However, my life certainly wouldn't be anywhere near as fulfilling as I've found it thus far. :-)
Moose With Mug

The LJ Year in Review

Here's my edition of the LJ Year In Review meme, where you post the first line of your first entry (not including quizzes and memes, quotes and lyrics, etc.) for each month this year. January through July are from the old LJ page:

January: Have today off from work.

February: Just like this time last year, Apple iTunes and Pepsi are teaming up again for a free iTunes song promotion.

March: I'm facing a bit of a conundrum when it comes to the job hunt: what exactly am I looking for?

April: Boy, those lawmakers in North Dakota really must have nothing constructive to do.

May: We got some bad news over the weekend.

June: Looking back at entries for the past couple years, I'm developing a pattern of going into LJ hibernation at this time of year.

July: Thursday night I played a couple more games for Alphabet Accounting & Consulting's (AAC) men's softball team.

August: You have to love it when a senior fellow at the Cato Institute writes an article stating that Bush is no conservative and that he should apologize for all the mistakes in the war in Iraq.

September: In honor of President Bush's advice after the 9/11 attacks, which while tragic, shocking and heart-wrenching did not have even one-quarter the potential to wreck havoc on the national economy the way Katrina has (or kill as many people, I'm willing to bet), may I be the first to suggest that everybody go shopping.

October: Two things in particular to discuss from this weekend; first up, the Phillies yesterday.

November: Sometimes, I really believe that the world that many conservatives inhabit is so far divorced from reality, reason and sanity that they must be living on an alternate Earth that somehow exists in the same material plane as the one I inhabit.

December: I'm a little surprised, given that I only made to the gym twice this past week.
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