I think one time I watched a football game on television all the way through, and then it was only because I was a guest at somebody’s house and that’s what was on. I’ve been to a couple of minor league baseball games when I lived in Tucson years ago, and when I was in high school I went to a couple of hockey games, though I couldn’t tell you who was playing or who won.
I spent part of my Army time as an enlisted man at West Point, but I never went to an Army football game at Michie Stadium, even though I could get in for free. I had a brother-in-law who had been a scout for the Dodgers and he always thought I was some kind of oddball because I didn’t care for team sports of any kind, but I’ve been thought to be an oddball for a lot of reasons besides that, so I didn’t care.
I do occasionally enjoy watching a boxing match, just because I like to see other people get knocked on their butt now and then. I’ve been in that position myself a time or three over the years. Golf? Boring! NASCAR? The closest I’ve ever come to a NASCAR race is driving by the Daytona International Speedway a few miles from here. Except for some spectacular crashes now and then, basically it’s just watching rednecks driving fast and turning left.
But all that being said, I do like the Indianapolis 500, the 100th running of which will be today. Not enough to be glued to the television all day, but I’m sure I’ll tune it in and have it in the background while the race is going on. I think I like the pomp and circumstance and all of the traditions that go along with the race as much as anything else. Well, that and the crashes.
I wrote in yesterday’s blog that I hoped to finish my new book, Return to Dog’s Run, this weekend. Yesterday I parked myself at the computer and started typing (well actually, dictating into Dragon NaturallySpeaking), and 6,500 or so words later I was finished. I gave it a once over and then printed it out and gave it to Miss Terry to start the editing and proofing process. If all goes well it should be live on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and other online venues in just a few days.
I had set a goal for myself of writing 1,000 words a day in my books, not counting the Gypsy Journal and my 500+ word a day blog. Yesterday was the 149th day of the year and with the completion of this new book I’m at 146K words. Not too bad for a lazy guy like me.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Sneak Thief, the fourth book in my friend Carol Ann Newsome’s excellent Dog Park mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented or… I forgot where I was going with this.