Sunday, April 17, 2005

Fever Pitch

Yesterday was wonderful. I slept in and then finished a great book (Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood) before getting getting out of bed. I puttered around the house before watching the Amazin's pull off another last minute victory (first coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the 8th, then blowing the lead in the top of the 9th before winning 4-3 with two down in the bottom of the 9th). Shea was packed and some of that energy leaked out of our TV. Then Allie, my wife, and I enjoyed a movie & dinner evening. This is the way I envision retirement, doing what you want to do at your own pace, schedules be damned. I always hear about people returning to part-time work upon retiring, saying they don't know what to do with themselves with all of that free time. I find that very confusing. Have they read all the great books and seen all the great movies? Have they satisfied all their curiosities and answered all the big questions? Don't they have a team to follow? Given the means, I'd spend every day like I did yesterday. My wife enjoyed the day, too. At dinner, we talked about the movie, Fever Pitch, which we both liked. I thought it was a good, though not great, combination of a Nick Hornsby premise and Farrelly Brothers delivery. I wish we'd seen more of the kids because Hornsby writes great kid characters and I wish we'd seen more of the Farrelly's gags because they heighten jokes like no one else (at one point we debated what the Farrelly's second best movie is. We agreed that Something About Mary is the best, but Allie gave the silver to Dumber and Dumber while I went for Kingpin), but Fever Pitch is still worthy of a thumbs up. Jimmy Fallon and Drew Berrymore were likeable and believable, especially during the first 2/3 of the movie (there's a plot turn at that point that seemed inconsistent). And who doesn't like a cinematic world where hating the Yankees is a given? As we walked to the car, Allie said, and I've doublechecked this quote, "It got me thinking we should go to more Mets games."

Bring on the golden years and, while we're at it, let's bring that winning streak up to seven.

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