August 25th, 2005

Calvinball

Sunny Days

It's another lovely day in Rhody, practically perfect weather. Yesterday was nice, as well, featuring some amazing looking cloud formations. If it stays nice, I will ride tonight.

I have a pot luck BBQ to attend on Sunday with the vball crew. I haven't seen most of them since around Christmas or before, so it should be nice. I'm planning on bringing potato salad, for which I sort of have the recipe we used in the deli I worked in between college and grad school. Great stuff. I say sort of because I mislaid the actual written recipe many years ago. I do remember the ingredients, and the procedure is simple enough. Boil and thinly slice the potatoes, dump them in a marinade for a day or two, then drain, and add some mayonnaisse and garnishes. It's the proportions that are the tricky part. I do vaguely recall them, but what I remember was also for a twenty or thirty pound batch. Experimentation will happen tonight. (I have made satisfactory batches of the stuff on occasion since I lost the original recipe. You'd think I'd have written a new one down at least once.)

In news from home, eldest nephew (the one who's going to college next year) wrecked his car the other night. He's shaken up, but otherwise okay. It seems he tried to take a turn too fast, and hit a tree instead. All I can think of is that I'm glad that I don't have to have that kind of conversation with my father anymore. (My first accident was a much more mundane thing. I backed my VW Bus into an MG Midget that I couldn't see out of my rear window. No damage to my car, $58 damage to MG, emotional damage to me after talks with my father (not too bad), and my grandfather (hoo boy)).

DJ Houlton threw the best game of his young career last night against the Rockies, seven shut-out innings and only three hits. Unfortunately, Byung-Hyun Kim (of all people) decided to throw his best game of the season, too, so the game was tied when both pitchers exited after seven. Schmoll and Yhency gave up two in relief, while the Rocks' bullpen only gave up one, and LA loses. Bother.

More bother, the patella tendon that Milton Bradley pulled the other night, forcing him out of the line up, turns out to be an 80% tear that will require surgery. He may be gone for the year, which would suck mightily. The one bright spot is that it may at least get the Kent-Bradley affair off the front burner. Bradley made another long ramble to the press the other day, so DePo and McCourt got involved, and there are rumors that some players are starting to side with Kent. Now it appears that perhaps Bradley's knee has been bothering him since he came off the DL. It's pretty clear he wasn't running as fast, although Bradley running at 80 or 90% of full speed is still faster than a lot of guys on the team. (Note to Jeff Kent: if Milton's knee hurt, he wasn't malingering, even if it would've been best that he told somebody that his knee hurt.) Some are saying Bradley has played his last game as a Dodger. I hope not. He's a good ballplayer, and despite what Kent says, he seems to throw his all into every game.