Springtime, when a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of Massachusetts Street

Random thoughts while pondering whether Roy Williams will be a national champion by the time the newspaper hits your doorstep Tuesday morning...¢ It's a proven, scientific fact that people are 30 percent more beautiful during the spring. You can look it up somewhere, I'm sure.The bulky layers of winter clothing come off, and men and women strut down Massachusetts Street like they own the world -- in their heads, I think, they believe that if the weather is so gorgeous, then they must be gorgeous as well.And why not? There's hundreds of other people on the sidewalks, sitting in front of restaurants and cafes, some of them playing guitars or djembes, most of them just watching the world go by.There are many reasons to love Lawrence, so many reasons to revel in this town, and I've certainly done my best to count them all. But for me, spring tops the list.Downtown slumbers for no season, except for the very worst ice storms of winter. But it takes on an added vibrancy -- electricity, even -- during the first warm days of the year. Everybody, it seems, wants to be outside and everybody, it seems, would love to do a little window-shopping or iced tea drinking or a little strolling along the way.There's few places like it.¢ Speaking of spring, it's time for baseball season to begin.I kind of gave up on baseball after the 1995 work stoppage, but the last two postseasons have brought me back to fold. The Yankees-Red Sox and Cubs-Marlins league championship series in 2003, followed by last year's Red Sox World Series were just too compelling to ignore.It's worth noting that this is the 20th anniversary of the Kansas City Royals' championship season -- the last time, in fact, that they ever made it into the postseason.That means I was 12 last time the Royals were in the playoffs. There's a whole generation of college students who weren't even alive last time the team played in October. Who even remembers Buddy Biancalana now? I started last season with a lot of faith, listening to games on the radio on the road. (Denny Matthews is oh so comforting.) But it's not worth the pain to hitch yourself to a team for 100 losses. That's 100 easily avoided bad feelings every year!Given baseball's the-rich-get-richer economic structure, I might not ever see the Royals win a World Series again. I'll settle for them not being awful.¢ Whatever your thoughts about the Journal-World, at least you generally get the news in it.The death announcement of Pope John Paul II hit the world about 2:30 p.m. Central time on Saturday - about 3:30 p.m. on the East Coast.When I bought my New York Times on Sunday, however, the front page was about the pope's "illness." Apparently, the print edition of the Times was none-to-nimble with the breaking news; if you relied on The Paper of Record, you wouldn't know that the pope was dead until Monday morning.That's why we have the Internet.

Comments

leslie 17 years, 4 months ago

of course everyone is beautiful--it's ruttin' season!

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

That's why this is the most informative blog in show biz, folks....

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

I know, I know. Trust me I've heard it all before. But they do consistently play better than the Royals.

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

oh, 'scuse me! guess i'm not as hot as i thought i was. and i didn't say creepy, i said random stranger. : Ã

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

I saw Robots on Sunday. It was just okay. Robin Williams played the same character in it as he did in Alladin. In fact, Genie was all I could think of the whole time. And "the Creators of Ice Age" tried too hard to insert grown-up jokes. Don't get me wrong, the WORLD the robots live in is AWESOME! The story and the characters are the problem. (and who's idea was it to name one of the robots "Fender"? I kept thinking of Bender the whole time)

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

Well, PK: I'm guessing there's probably a few babies about nine months after St. Paddy's Day, as well.

Mike: Don't hate on the ugly people. We like the sun, too.

Liz: With trendy sunglasses, actually, you'd be at least 40 percent hotter.

liz 17 years, 4 months ago

I count April through December as 9 months - but my babies came in late December, and two weeks early, so what do I know? How about rutting in the spring a winter labor doth bring?

Joel, I figure the trendy sunglasses take attention away from the spare tire I acquire every winter.

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

I agree, robots was basically fun entertainment. Nice to look at. Same old story. I did enjoy it, but didn't try to look to deep at it ;)

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

And don't forget the New Years-September babies!

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

Jill: If you had no idea about my Mennonite background, well, you've been paying no attention to me. Which hurts my feelings.

Which, in grand Mennonite passive-aggressive tradition spanning centuries, gives me cause to try and give you a guilt trip pretty much in perpetuity.

alm77 17 years, 4 months ago

My mother tells me I was a 4th of July baby, but my birthday is in April...

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

Where is everybody? Have I become that boring?

Anyhoo, it's opening day, the Royals are already down 5-0 to the Tigers after three innings. ... WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!

CafeSiren 17 years, 4 months ago

You? Boring? Never, Joel, m'dear. We're just all out enjoying that lovely spring that you talked about.

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

9 months from ice storms seems to be the norm around here. Or from one of my friends B-day parties. Someone always seems to get prego when he has one of those....

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

CafeSiren: Is it nice in Southern California? Never mind ... I think that question more or less answers itself.

Jilla: I'm Mennonite. Different. People sometimes get it confused.

And there's no way I'm discussing the top secret undergarments of my religion with an outsider like you....

Aufbrezeln Eschaton 17 years, 4 months ago

I personally have a Smackdown! women's match to thank. I mean, come on, folks, who really wants to watch women's wresting? There are MUCH more entertaining things to do with that ten minutes. . . .

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

Misty, speaking as a man, I think I can speculate with a reasonable degree of certainty that it wasn't BOREDOM with women's wrestling that led to your existence.

Fowler 17 years, 4 months ago

You probably meant to say the Sunday New York Times you purchased "somewhere in Lawrence" mentioned the Pope's illness. If you had purchased it in New York City on the same day, it would have been a different story. The provincial edition of the Times is notorious for being light on the latest pope dope.

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

Yes yes, underwear. It's all very interesting. Get back to baseball. OPENING DAY AT WRIGLEY IS TODAY!!! Cubs vs. Diamondbacks @ 4:10 CDT. Zambrano is starting, and its a beautiful day! I just put my name on the "go-home-early" list.

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

PK: Have a hot dog for me. Royals are down 9-1 right now in the bottom of the seventh... jeebus.

Fowler: Yup, bought in Lawrence at (gasp!) Starbucks. I hope the NY edition of the NYTimes print edition was a lil' more up to date.

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

Dear Vince, We just want to thank you for all the wonderful entertainment over the years. We are faithful fans of the WWE. We also want to say that if it weren't for Thursday night Smackdown women's wrestling we wouldn't have our beautiful daughter. (see enclosed picture) Since she's been born, she has watched with us. Thanks for everything! Love, Your Devoted Fans

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

Beating the Royals is like beating up a first grader. No wait, I'm sorry. They used to be worse.

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

I have to agree that spring makes me feel prettier. I've been walking around like I own the place, and the extra confidence shows. I've been hit on more in these last two days than all winter. Hmmm. Perhaps it is more than the weather and the sunshine...

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

Well, dude, at least the Royals have won a World Series in the last century or so. What's the Cubs' excuse? They're not even a small-market team.

(Pauses.)

I'm sorry. That's just bitterness speaking.

Joel 17 years, 4 months ago

BTW: Leslie: When is it ever NOT rutting season in Lawrence? This town is half-fueled by hormones...

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

Wait. Are the hot dogs at Wrigley all beef? If not, I am afraid I will not be able to partake. (that sounds dirty... all beef. heh heh heh)

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

Confidence always helps for some reason. If you feel good it will show on the outside! Something like that ;)

Hit on more than when you came up to Lawrece PK? Wow

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

Well, if I was, it wasn't overtly done. I also have a reputation for being kinda oblivious to those kinds of things. But I mostly hung out with friends, and only once in a public place, so there really wasnt much of an oppurtunity. Unless you were that random stranger at the Pig...

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

oh, but you werent in lawrence that night...

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

Hmm,. Joel hasn't been subtle on here. Maybe I was some creepy guy in Lawrence, just didn't want to let it be known HOW creepy I am ;)

No, I was not in Lawrence that night, and who says I would be hitting on you!

I like Mennonites....

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

crap,.. okay. I guess I let out that I am creepy....PK is tricksey..

and maybe you are hot, who knows. Even Joel is 20-30% hotter in the spring.

"..but I'm just getting really... just kinda TO'd because... I mean she hasn't even sent me a full body shot yet."

Spewing out the movie fun today I am. Happy, I must be because of Sin City I am seeing again.... yyeeessss!

liz 17 years, 4 months ago

I've actually never heard the term "rutting" but it is my experience that too much rutting in the spring a December baby doth bring.

But yes, downtown was great this weekend. I bought myself a pair of trendy sunglasses, got a little sun on my face, and I now feel at least 30 percent hotter.

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

I think people want to get out right now just to get the Winter stink off of themselves. Opening up the house seems to be in the same tradition. Got to get rid of all that stale musty winter air!

Contrary to belief some people do not get hotter when they remove articles of clothing...... please... for the children,... put it back on.

Well at least this way the Royals won't give us hope...... I can't even listen anymore.....

Jill.. aren't you suppose to be on the West coast or something?

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

Well looks like hte rest of the week is shot for walking around Lawrence. Looks like I don't get to be any percent hotter. That and the Royals getting stomped just put a bad mood on this week ;)

PK if you make it back this way I will buy you a drink at said Pig, just look for the creepy guy !

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

And real busy day Joel, couldn't post until now. You know.. with the game and work and all... ;)

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

and you're going to see it AGAIN? was it good? well, obviously you think so. hmmm. have fun!

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

I liked it, but I like dark movies and anti-heroes. I love the fim noir qualities, the dialogue. The lack of color and the use of color to accentuate. I would see it again no matter what, but when we went the first time late at night, 20 minutes before the film, and had to sit way in the back and to the side of a huge theatre, I didn't get the effect I liked. So this time I would like to go and get a comfy seat in the middle so I can watch all the gory noir goodness. So much visual to like about the movie.

A good night to grab a beer, bite to eat then a movie! The weather is still on the OK side. Though storms loom on the horizon, then we all lose our attractive qualities....

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

Isn't nine months before Saint Patricks day? That sure explains a lot.

Melissa Lynch 17 years, 4 months ago

I heard a joke about it, and it didn't sound quite right to me. I just didn't take the time to count it out. And you would know a lot better than me, I have no children (yet). Someday, but not right away. Maybe. If I can build up enough courage. Oh yeah, I'll need a man for that, too, won't I?

Jill Ensley 17 years, 4 months ago

Joel, I had no idea you were Mennonite. I was just being slightly random. Thank your people for the furniture I bought from a garage sale recently.

Michael Austin 17 years, 4 months ago

I like the sun too, but 20-30% hotter still doesn't make me strip down to the leopard skin spandex and sleeveless shirt. Some things just don't need to be seen ;)

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