August 10th, 2009

wombat

it's the heat

So the plan for today, which is forecast to be appallingly hot as most Augusts here normally are, but so far haven't been (thank God for global warming ahahahahaha) is to hunker down in the apartment and wait for my bandages to get here. Once they are, I'm getting into the compression sleeves for an hour and then slipping on some "support stockings" so I can go float around in the pool for a while and let the chlorine whale on any bacteria that may be hanging around my wounds. Some thrashing around in the water may also happen, which will also be good for the legs.

Aside from that brief burst of activity, I'm not leaving this apartment unless the police come for me.

UPDATE: Bandages arrived ~1730, while I was getting stuck into dinner, so I never made it to the pool. Heat was dissipated by a mother-huge monsoon rainstorm that hit about 2200, even though I had to run out and shut the windows on the Sportage. Forget a remote engine starter; I need a remote window closer. :)
baseball

holy sh!t 5th place

This won't last, but it's no accident that my Dukes are finally doing better now that the pitchers aren't going out to the mound with a can of gasoline every night. As much as I love knuckleball pitchers, though, I may have to dump R.A. Dickey over the side, since he's doing about as well as flutterball pitchers usually do in relief, which is to say he's awful.

The Nationals have been on a real tear lately, running up an 8-game winning streak as they smite all who enter the Muggy Confines, most recently the Snakes. After breaking even with the Pirates, the Nats came home to sweep the Marlins (the Marlins!), who had totally pwnz0r3d them to date, and then proceeded to whip on the Snakes in a fashion not seen since St. Brendan played exterminator for the Irish. A big part of that has been the defense, which interim manager Jim Riggleman has emphasized and new CF Nyjer Morgan is a major part of. I swear, just about every game I've listened to, Morgan nails 4-5 fly balls that would have been hits, which is a shot in the arm to the pitchers. The pitching has been better because of this, of course, and the offense has caught fire as well. I don't expect the 8-game streak to last long enough to get us past the floundering Mets, but I can dream. And if the improvements keep us from a 100-loss season, well, that'll be good too.
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