Tuesday, September 29, 2015

One Hundred and Five

It's been 105 days since I posted on the blog.


I almost can't believe it, except I can.

In no particular order, I've been distracted by the following:

My wife's car accident over a year ago.  Which finally led to back surgery a few months ago.  Which led to another procedure last month.  Which has done exactly nothing to make her better.  She's not paralyzed and she wasn't killed, but thanks to a 17 year old girl who was most likely texting, my wife will never be the same.  Pain.  All the time.  I hope the text was a great one.

My now just over a year as supervisor of the group I used to be a part of.  I love the job, but I really have to work now and quite honestly do not know how you guys find the time to blog at all.

My, and I know Judson will make fun of this, season long obsession with NPF.  That's National Pro FastPitch softball.  It started out when I heard that Cat Osterman was going to be pitching for the USSSA Pride against the Dallas Charge on June 6th.  I went to the game and met Cat and the other players and got autos from a bunch of them.  My obsession for Team USA stuff led me to the game to meet Cat and I ended up going to three (I think) other games.  I will be writing up a post on all of that in the near future.

I really got into the TTM thing during Spring Training and beyond and once a few baseball cards started rolling in, I started sending stuff out to Team USA members and I've gotten some amazing stuff back.  Again, a post for the future.  Sooner rather than later.

Bunt.  As in Topps Bunt.  I got sucked in and I'm actually looking forward to the season being over so I can write about it.  Not that anyone wants to hear it, but I'm going to write it anyway.

I sorta stopped buying cards.  Just a little burnout.  I sent Jon from Community Gum $20 to buy me some Senators at the National.  I bought a few blasters and my mother-in-law bought me a couple of blasters of "football" cards.  If you follow me on Twitter (@patpdude), you might know what I'm talking about.

That's it in a nutshell.

Oh yea, and I signed up for Gint-A-Cuffs and just didn't get around to getting a box to open.  So, I guess I'm out by default.

I hope to see you all back here very soon.


  1. Sorry to hear about the negative reasons you've been unable to write. I'm looking forward to the upcoming posts you're talking about!

  2. Oh man. I'm sorry to hear about your wife. Texting and driving has been a big issue in my town recently as well. Very frustrating.

    Hope she finds some relief soon for her back trouble.

  3. I hope things get back on track for you, and I'm very sorry to hear about your wife. Texting while driving is illegal here, but it's nearly impossible to police it if people can still talk on cell phones while driving. Neither texting nor talking while driving is safe, and both should be made illegal.

    Hopefully, you'll find the time to get back to a little bit of blogging here and there. We'll be here to read it when you do.

  4. Life happens. I am sorry to hear about your wife's accident. I hope something brings relief

  5. I have a few things to say, in no particular order
    1. Glad you're still around
    2. Hope your wife gets better.
    3. You've still managed to post more than me this year
    4. I too was all excited about Allen and Ginter this year and then wasn't
    5. I've been wanting to get back into TTMing just haven't found the time, I even joined a few TTM facebook groups.
    6. and did I mention I'm glad your still around?

  6. hey pal,
    looking forward to reading your writing.
    maybe I'll even do a post or two. it'll be like old times.

  7. Thanks for the update.

    For the life of me I cannot figure out how we as a society have regressed in intelligence level so much so that some of us think it's perfectly logical to type while driving. Baffling. Forever.

    I hope things are improving, even if it's incrementally.

    P.S.: Topps Bunt kills blogging.

  8. Texting and driving is one of my biggest pet peeves. As for cards... I'm starting to think that I'm getting burnt out too. Even if I take a break... I'll still read blogs though. Looking forward to reading your posts.

  9. Am also glad you're back! You've managed to post more than I have! HAH!

    In no particular order:

    1) Hope your wife gets better!

    2) Hopefully working takes up less time in the future!

    3) I happen to know a subject in Ginter personally and if you shoot me an e-mail at rmkalmoeATgmailDOTcom with your address, I'll see what I can do about sending a SASE with her base card to have her auto it and then mail it back to you. So I guess it won't be a SASE, but rather a NSASE (Not-Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope).

  10. Sorry to hear about your wife's back pain, I pretty much destroyed my back over a decade ago now and have lived in severe pain every single day since.

  11. Hang in there! Card collecting and blogging doesn't need to be more pressure. Even if you post once in a while that's ok. Will look out for your Bunt post (I'm looking for anyone who wants to trade).

  12. Glad to see a post up. Hope your wife is well.