Painful Playoff Baseball — Oct. 5, 2021

I’ve been a Yankees fan since I was a small boy. Some of my best memories were born in the old Yankee Stadium. It’s in my DNA to not like the Red Sox. I can think of no good reason to despise the Sawx or their fans, but I still am repulsed by their logo, their stadium, their accents and anything that goes along with Boston except Sam Adams beer. A Yankees-Red Sox game is something I survive. A Yankees-Red Sox playoff game causes irreversible damage. A Yankees-Red Sox one-game playoff at the end of a trying season is unbearable.


Under Contract

I work with a really talented and hard-working bunch of real estate people. The Judester (my mother-in-law, for you newbies) had some property to sell that FIL had bought in 1982. My team helped her get 33% above asking price. Closing is set for Oct. 26. If you’re looking for a Realtor, hit me up at john@allenbrake.com.


The ‘Don’t Blame Me, I Didn’t Say It’ of the Day

‘The company intentionally hides vital information from the public, from the U.S. government, and from governments around the world.’

Frances Haugen, former data scientist at Facebook, during congressional testimony today

An Unwanted Text

As the Yankee game started, my phone dinged with a text from St. Louis-area number that wasn’t in my contacts. “Glad to see the Yankees and Red Sox are finally getting some national coverage,” the text joked. I “Ha-ha”‘d it, even though I didn’t know at whose witty banter I was laughing. “Hey man. Hope you’re well,” the faceless text responded. “I know it’s been a long time, but tonight’s game made me think of you so I had to reach out.”

Turns out it was Dave, a co-worker from the job that ended with The Thing That Shall Not Be Named Because I Signed A Document That Doesn’t Technically Exist. There was a reason his number was no longer in my contacts. Dave was the same guy who ghosted me at the end of my battle against what I perceived to be some pretty disgusting and immoral behavior, despite previously professing his support. He wasn’t alone in doing so, but he and his cohort Carrie are at the top of the lists of …

Sometimes the past needs to stay in the past. Everything about that entire place is one of them.


Today’s Reasons to Keep Living.

  1. The Cardinals play in the NL Wild Card playoff tomorrow. A win would make Wifey Poo happy. Happy wife, happy life.
  2. I’m going on a solo writer’s retreat to the Ozarks this weekend, and the peace, solitude and creativity will do my soul well.
  3. Work is going really, really well.

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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Detached 💭Intentions for a New Year 📆Red is Deadly 😷 Today sucked. The problem is, I don’t really know what the hell happened. I woke up just after 6, later than I have been recently, and I felt so significantly off that I truly don’t remember much of the first 45Continue reading “Off — Dec. 6, 2021”

Boy The Singer, Nov. 23, 2021

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Big Buck — Nov. 14, 2021

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Sloth Talk — Nov. 8, 2021

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Punk! — Nov. 5, 2021

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Wrasslin’ 🤼‍♂️Wifey Poo 🦶Costco 🛒 Boy The Younger and I found ourselves this evening in the most difficult-to-spell-without-looking-it-up building in the Midwest, Chaifetz Arena, home of the Midwest’s most-weirdly named college basketball team, the St. Louis University Billikens. But we weren’t there for hoops. We were there to watch the oddContinue reading “Punk! — Nov. 5, 2021”

Work Drinkin’ – Sept. 3, 2021

I’ll Drink to That Since my departure from newspapers in 2009, I’ve worked for very conservative not-for-profit organizations. An electric cooperative. A Lutheran benefits provider. A pediatric orthopedic hospital. None ever encouraged me to post photos on our social media of employees drinking during the workday. But that happened to me today following our champagne-tastingContinue reading “Work Drinkin’ – Sept. 3, 2021”

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