I suffer from seasonal allergies. And, three years ago, I found a local allergist who was able to help me out. Actually, we have a pretty good deal. I see him once in February and he gives me prescriptions for Flonase and Astelin with enough refills to last me through October. So, in the end, I only need to see him once a year – every February.
The first time that I went to see him, in February 2006, I brought a book about Tris Speaker with me to kill the time in his waiting room – as well as the examination room before he got to me. When he saw the book, he asked me if I was a baseball fan. And, that led to a nice conversation where I told him about the book that I wrote back in April 2005 and he shared with me that he was a Yankees fan going way back…having grown up close to the Stadium, etc.
Now, keep in mind, since that first meeting in February 2006, our only other meetings were in February 2007 and February 2008. And, during those visits, our time together was brief and our conversation was limited to how the Flonase and Astelin was working, etc., and that we were going to use that treatment again that coming season, yadda-yadda.
Well, it’s February 2009 and today was the day to go see the allergist again (this morning). In total, this was the fourth time that I’ve seen him in the three years since my first visit in February 2006.
As in my last two visits, we started off talking about using the same prescriptions again this year, and, then, he paused, looked at me, and said “Hey, wait a minute, you’re the ‘baseball’ guy, right?”
I laughed and said “yes.” And, then, he asked me “So, are you going to read Joe Torre’s book?”
I laughed again and said “I already pre-ordered it on Amazon and hope that it shows up today.”
Just goes to show, no matter where you go in the next 12 hours or so, expect the topic to be Joe Torre’s book – because, with his appearances scheduled in New York and New Jersey today, February 3rd (2009) is going to be “Joe Torre Book Day” in Yankeeland, no doubt…