I am in the midst of a dilemma.
One of my friends recommended a CD to me. Generally, he has pretty good taste in music, so that’s not the problem. The problem is that the CD in question is Let It Be by The Replacements.
You’re probably wondering why that is the cause of a dilemma. The thing is this. Up until today, when I added this particular album to my iTunes library, I had over 150 albums and 2,000 songs, which could be arranged chronologically (admittedly, with some selective endpoints) in this manner.
1960 – 1969 – 5 albums
1970 – 1979 – 10 albums
1980 – 1988 – 0 albums, 0 songs
1989 – 1999 – 61 albums (can you guess when I started getting into music?)
2000 – present – 65 albums
That’s right, I had zero songs from albums released after 1979 (Pink Floyd – The Wall and Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps) and before 1989 (Nirvana – Bleach, The Cure – Disintegration, and Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine). I had always kind of thought of this as an interesting quirk of my music collection, but I had never gone out of my way to preserve it. But now that I’m faced with ruining that perfect gap in my collection (Let It Be was released in 1984), I find myself a little reluctant to do so.
I won’t fight it though, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Who knows? Maybe this will be the start of a string of albums from the ’80s for me. Any thoughts on what I am missing out on from that decade?
Yesterday was the deadline to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players. The Twins offered contracts to everyone on the roster who fit that description. That’s not as impressive as it sounds, because it means only Jason Kubel and Matt Guerrier were offered contracts. No word on whether Bill Smith called Liriano’s agent to gently remind him that his client didn’t quite qualify for arbitration yet, but he was that close.
Anyway, due to a clerical error (my own), I was under the impression that Scott Baker would be eligible this off-season. He’s not, but I got sucked into messing about over at Cot’s Contracts, looking at all the incentives and options and such that go into big league contracts. That led to a strange discovery I have decided I will now share with you in the form of a trivia question.
Can you name the two players currently on the Twins payroll with bonuses in place for winning a Silver Slugger award? (my answer is according to Cot’s Contracts, but no peeking!)
This one is about stories. It started as a weird reversal of my own story-telling style, but then veered off in this direction. So I’m not quite sure what to make of it, I’m not even sure if it’s complete right now, I may have to revisit this.
Teller of Terrible Tales (@ Scrawlers)
She’s wearing this hooded thing, almost a wrap. With a little more daring it could be a superhero-length cape waving nobly in the breeze. Instead it’s a short red cloak with a drawstring tied under her chin.
There was something odd in the way the string was tied. It was tangled in an intricate knot that would require hours to correctly navigate the twists and turns necessary to recreate the same snarl.
She made some excuse (sick grandmother) when I offered my company. I’m not her type; turns out she goes for the big, bad boy types.