I decided to do some power-washing this morning. And, as usual, once I started, I ended up doing it for longer than I expected.
Power-washing is always too tempting. The plan might be to do just one thing – like today, when it was the north side of the house – and then you decide that you want to do more while you’re at it (and you have everything out and hooked up). So, after doing the house siding, the garage door, two cars, and my entire driveway blacktop, it was just about game time for the Yankees and O’s.
But, I had to run some errands first with the family. And, once those were done it was then around 3:30 pm (ET). Further, we were in need of a little snack by then – and decided to stop at the local Ralph’s Italian Ices. (I grew up less than 500 feet from the original Ralph’s – and after eating there everyday in the summer for about a decade as a small kid I’ve become addicted to their orange ice.)
When we got to Ralph’s, there were two (I want to say eighteen year-old) boys in line behind us. I’m going to call them Vanilla Ice Jr. and Marshall Mathers II since that’s what they looked and sounded like – no kidding.
To be candid, up until this point, I sort of forgot about the Yankees game. I was tired. We had stopped at several stores. The kids wanted a snack. The orange ice was calling to me. There were too many other things on my mind.
But, then, one of the tweeners behind me asked the other tweener “Are the Yankees playing today?” And, just then, I thought “Shoot, the game, I never checked for a score.” Just as suddenly, Mathers II said to Vanilla Jr. “Man, da Orioles are killin’ ‘em, it’s like ten-nuthin’ in da 6th inning.”
I refused to believe it. My logic: “If this kid is stupid enough to walk around dressed like that and acting like that, then maybe he screwed up the score.” But, I knew that I would have to check the game the minute that I got into the house.
When we got home, I had my answer.
I know that the Yankees don’t have many options these days, but, it’s time to return Aaron Small to Columbus. He’s now allowed nine homers in 22.3 innings this season. He’s not fooling anyone – and it’s not like he has this wonderful and robust resume to fall back on. It’s over for him. Last year was great – but that was last year. It was a fluke. We get it now.
Still, in all, considering all the injuries of late, the fact that the Yankees have won five of their last seven is cool.
Bring on the Red Sox.
But, before then, can someone help an old-timer out with a “Are we going to hell in a handbasket” question (related to my tweener-sighting today)?
What’s with the kids/hoods today with wearing New Era caps and leaving the gold round label on the bill of the cap as they wear it around town? I see it all the time now. Is it a hip-hop thing or just a badge-type thing to signify to the rest of the world that you’re an idiot?