I Like Walking in the Rain

And the opportunity to do so was upon us at the latest Body Challenge, Spirit Challenge gathering. Overall group motivation for such a thing, however, was impressively low. So instead of taking the boat to Bull Island for a day of genuine wilderness wandering, the five of us, physical and spiritual juggernauts that we are, covenanted in other ways:


We went to a local cafe and had a second breakfast. We explored a canoe launch site for future use. We strolled around the Sewee Coastal Retreat Center grounds when the rain stopped around noon. We were eaten and chased back inside by hoardes of mosquitoes and sand gnats that emerged after the rain. We sat in an air-conditioned room and had great conversation for a few hours. We harrassed by telephone another of our members who was on his honeymoon in Arizona. We went to Barnes & Noble. We had an early supper of fantastic seafood. And we went to the home of one of our members to watch Game 5 of the ALCS (Boston beat Cleveland).

Although I was disappointed at first, it was a day of fine friendship that was much less stressful than the hours of life-sucking misery we would have endured after the rain stopped on an insect kingdom like Bull Island. It was a good day.


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  1. Good food, good conversation, and a trip to Barnes & Noble…that sounds like a pretty terrific day! ๐Ÿ™‚ Much better than being an entrรฉe for insects!

    Soooo, the only question that remains…who will you pull for…the Red Sox or the Rockies? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Took the question right outta my mouth Kimberlee! I guess he/she who blogs first, gets to ask the tough questions!

    Response from Steve:
    Bryan, and Kimberlee…
    Naturally I’m pulling for the Cincinnati Reds to win the World Series. But since they’re not actually in it, their chances of winning it are only slightly better than my chances of being the pitcher on the mound when it happens. Therefore, other considerations come into play.

    Boston is one of my top two AL teams (the other is Baltimore). I generally like the Red Sox and the whole anti-Yankee culture. They are an original (1901) AL team, and deserve respect right up to the limit of what is allowed a team of the American League. It has only been three years (Need-to-Win strength = 3) since they broke their 86-year drought of World Series wins, but if they win it again this soon, that will be okay.

    Colorado’s Need-to-Win year count is 14, that, in their case, also being the number of years they have been in the Major Leagues. As an expansion team, it’s okay if they don’t win it for a while. (Look at the three teams who joined the Majors in 1969 who are still waiting to win a WS: San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals (originally Montreal Expos), and Milwaukee Brewers (originally Seattle Pilots). Their Need-to-Win count is 38, each. They’re getting due for a win, but I’m not concerned about it. Not only that, but the two Texas teams have even higher Need-to-Win counts: Houston Astros at 45 years, and the Texas Rangers (who were the expansion Washington Senators of 1961) at 46 years. If they ever can make it to a WS, it might be hard to pull against them. Of course, a few years ago when the Astros were playing the Chicago White Sox, whose Need-to-Win strength was an embarassing 88, I was pulling hard for the Astros, not only because they are National League, but because the White Sox benefited from many bad umpire calls to even get to the WS. Had they won their way fairly to the series, I would have been glad for Chicago to win it.)

    By the way, why can’t Texas win? To hear Texans tell it, their state is the best thing since the Garden of Eden, only bigger. But they have a way of making postseason baseball look easy for everyone else.

    What was your question? Oh, yeah…

    I have no emotional connection to the Colorado Rockies, but they ARE a National League team, and that counts for a lot.

    One last consideration is this: The Boston Red Sox have six WS wins and four losses. The Cincinnati Reds have five WS wins and four losses. If Boston wins this year, that will put the Reds two WS wins behind the Red Sox, instead of one. I’d rather not see that happen. So, I think I’ll be a fan of the Rockies in this Fall Classic. On behalf of National League loyalists, and for the sake of the Reds’ relative historical strength, Go Rockies!

  3. Only you, Steve, could pull off a response/explanation like that. But, I have to say, I think you did it! I’m really glad to hear that you are pulling for the Rockies. I’ve felt inclined in that direction myself and I had a feeling that, if you felt otherwise, I might be in for a serious dose of re-education statistics. But, hey, what was I thinking? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Walking in the rain is fun. Glad to see that someone else thinks so. Sorry to hear you missed out on the rain walk but had a wonderful day with friends. This weekend I am taking my son tent camping so I will be gettig to walk in the rain and sleep in the rain and cook in the rain. Hopefully we can get a fire started. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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