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The summer of no baseball

This year, for the first time since 1970, I won’t be attending a game at Dodger Stadium. At least I assume I won’t in September or October. 

I’ve been doing my best to follow the team, but the cable carriage dispute between DirecTV and Time Warner, was something that I could never get past. The daily rhythm of following the Dodgers was disrupted. 

And there were other things on TV to watch. I could watch the World Cup (and I watched a lot of it.) The English Premier League has started up again and that will keep me happy for a good chunk of the time. The Kings run in the Stanley Cup playoffs kept me occupied and happy.

Also, circumstances in life have just made it hard for me to go to a game by myself. When I was a single guy, I liked going to Dodgers games by myself because they were fun. Now that I’m married, well, going by yourself isn’t all that much fun.

There have been times when I can see the Dodgers propaganda channel. I’m not sure why I would be wanting to watch it outside of the time when a game was on. But the whole situation has made following the Dodgers not a matter of liking the team, but liking a pay TV carrier.

Overall, following a sports team is a mostly pointless endeavor. But it seems twice as pointless when you have to pledge allegiance to a cable company as well.

But I’ve complained and whined about this a lot here. And I should stop. Things will probably be back to normal in a year or two. But this whole matter has made me dislike the Dodgers organization far more than any labor action ever did.

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newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Farley Katz: http://nyr.kr/1l3LIq0

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smithsonianlibraries:

detroitlib:

#ThrowBackThursday

We wanted to share this charming label found in many of our books for #TBT.  It dates to a time when the library was known as the Public Library of the City of Detroit (before 1865).. We love the wording, but love the five cent fine for grease spots even more.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Wow, they were pretty hard core about fines - 5 cents for dog-earring a page!

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retrocampaigns:

Aww, it’s First Lady Betty Ford and President Gerald Ford on the re-election campaign trail in Tampa, Florida, in 1976.

Via State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Photographer: Donn Dughi

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allthingsepl:

Leicester 2-2 Everton

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perfectparticiples:

Arthur was an extremely sassy fellow. Get your dates right RFK.

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allthingsepl:

Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City