A fine ending to a fine day
"A world of disorderly notions, picked out of his books, crowded into his imagination; and now his head was full of nothing but enchantments, quarrels, battles, challenges, wounds, complaints, amours, torments, and abundance of stuff and impossibilities." (Cervantes, Don Quixote)
As we all know, Monday will be the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I will probably have more to say later about the milestone, but meanwhile, this column by Peggy Noonan, which appeared in Thursday's edition of The Wall Street Journal, is well worth reading. We often lose sight of what really matters in life, but for the thousands who perished that day, it became crystal-clear to them in their final moments, before the planes hit or the towers came crashing down.
I am what you might call a lapsed baseball fan -- or, to express it another way, an inactive member of what Susan Sarandon referred to, in that memorable line from "Bull Durham," as the Church of Baseball. I followed the game passionately until we moved away from Ohio in 1997, but have paid very little attention to it since then. There are many reasons for the lapse, including the steroid scandals in general, Barry Bonds in particular, the addition of a new level of playoffs, and interleague play, among others. But mostly it has nothing to do with baseball itself, but rather with the fact that family and personal issues, by now very familiar to the people closest to me, are well-nigh consuming me at this point in my life, with no end to them anywhere in sight. Apart from baseball, I have gradually been losing interest in other things that used to be important to me, such as my Spanish, in which I have hardly read anything since I left court interpreting a couple of years ago. As for baseball, my wife has expressed concern about why I almost never watch the games anymore, and I don't really know what to tell her. I suppose my life has pretty much ceased to be fun, its burdens by now far outweighing its joys, and I really don't expect that to change much in the future.