New Shoes in the Rain

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's been more than 40 days, right?

Friends, the weather just keeps on throwing us curve balls here in central Kentucky.  Monday and yesterday we enjoyed what the TV weather people have taken to calling "abundant sunshine" and temps in the 60s and 70s.  Today, however, is a different story, as it's raining buckets, is in the high 50s as I write this and due to fall all the way into the 30s by late afternoon.  As the saying goes, if you don't like the weather, wait a minute and it will surely change.

On a very serious note, I cannot imagine what may have happened to that Malaysian airliner that seems to have disappeared in flight five days ago.  Television reports have shown some of the press conferences that Malaysian officials have held and some frustrated family members have pelted these officials with bottles and other objects, clearly because they just don't know what happened.  I fly somewhat frequently for my work, but not over open water, so I'm grateful that I've never faced anything like this as either a passenger or as a concerned loved one.

Back to lighter topics....the Kentucky basketball team, which has often played like anything but a team during the regular season, will try to retool itself in the Southeastern Conference tournament later this week.  Coach John Calipari says that he and his coaches have made a small "tweak" to the offense that should pay dividends, something that should have been done a month ago.  Bottom line, if these kids don't elect to play for each other, they won't advance.  But as a fan, I hope that they do.

The Cincinnati Reds are slogging through spring training in Arizona.  And "slogging" has less to do with weather and more to do with the fact that they have lost far more games than they've won.  To be fair, these games don't count, and managers are playing just about everyone to see how they perform. But at some point, as the Reds get closer to the team they'll have for the regular season, this would become a source of concern.  And I just read that a number of pitchers are experiencing "dead arm" syndrome, which makes sense, since they don't throw nearly so much during the off-season as otherwise.

I've been using a week off from work to accomplish a few things here at home.  Cleaned out the garage, some yard work, fixed a couple of things, etc.  Also have had time to prepare a couple of decent meals, which is a good thing!  Nice to have some spare time for a change!

About the only downside to this is that we finally had our repair guys come and take a look at our washer.  After plunking down some money about a month ago for a new drain pump, we now find that the washer needs a new motor.  Seven years old, and it's already beginning to disintegrate before our eyes.  And what's worse, there are still more moving parts that could require replacement.  So we're in that grey area--do we fix it or buy another?  Hate it when that happens.

Hope the weather isn't treating you too badly this week!


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