Sunday, October 13, 2019

In the Mean Time and In Between Time ...

"In the meantime and in between time, that's it for another episode of Stampede Wrestling. Bye now."

That's how legendary pro wrestling announcer Ed Whalen used to close the Stampede Wrestling television broadcasts to alert viewers that it was the end of the program.

I thought it would be appropriate to dust off Ed's old catch-phrase and use it to alert everyone that as of this post, I'm officially on hiatus. 

I knew this was coming but I thought I could just get through Halloween but nope. Things change and life has gotten busy. Two main reasons, I'm going on hiatus now ...

1. For those not aware, my wife and I are expecting our third child come December and I'm having to focus more and more on getting everything prepared and also making sure that the other two kids are prepared as well since they'll probably have to spend a night or two with my mom.

2. I hesitate to call it "burn-out" but honestly, I've run out of things to write about. Sure, I could rip open and review a repack cube from Five Below that I have sitting around but I really don't have time to sit and scan, at least not right now. 

For those wondering, I won't be going away entirely. I'm going to try to keep active on Twitter (and possibly Facebook) although my overall patience for social media is very thin. I'm also a contributing writer to the SABR Baseball Cards blog, which is where any writing I might be doing will be posted at present. (PS: If you love cards and haven't joined SABR, you should!)

As for this blog, I might re-launch in the spring (or once things settle down with the baby) and get refocused. I may reserve this space more for trades and non-baseball cards more than anything and have my baseball related posts over on the SABR blog. I'm not sure yet but that's months away.

I want to close by saying that I appreciate everyone who I've interacted with over the past four years be it in trades, comments, Twitter exchanges, etc. I have a few PWEs I owe before I disappear into the ether and those will be going out at some point before the baby comes. My want list and the archives will remain here and if you want to send cards during my hiatus, that's fine. Just know that it may be a while down the line before I can send a return. 

Now, to close this out, I'd like to paraphrase old Ed Whalen I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

So, in the mean time and in between time, that's it for another post here at the Clubhouse.

Bye now.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Night Owl Sends Cards

I found an unexpected package in my mailbox the other day that arrived from the one and only Night Owl. Somehow, I find it very appropriate to get cards from someone with that title during the Halloween season. Let's dive right in and see what he included.

I'd say about half of the package was made up of Dodger cards, of which I would expect nothing less. I've mentioned in the past about how much I enjoy these Fleer Greats of the Game cards with their simplistic look and full career stats on the back and these six are excellent additions.

I think this may be the first card of Jim Gilliam I've had in my collection and maybe the same for Burleigh Grimes too. It's definitely not the first Harmon Killebrew card I've added though.

I didn't buy any Stadium Club when it came out but I've received some via trade and I really like it. Probably better than some previous years. Suarez had a monster year for the Reds this past season and finished just shy of 50 homers. I hope he gets some MVP consideration because of that.

Some Hall of Famers from Archives. I'm good with that. One of the many issues I had with Archives last year was that some of the pictures just seemed dark or had a dark feel (like the Pedro). There were also some cards where the signatures were completely hidden by the darkness of the picture.

Some nice new cards to add to my Reds binder. Tanner Roark falls into the quick stop/short term stop category pitching only half of the season with the Reds before being shipped off to Oakland. My guess is the Reds might go after him again as a free agent.

Finally, a couple new additions to my Pilots team collection, which were really unexpected and quite welcome as it feels like I've kind of stalled on that recently.

This was a really great package from Night Owl. I do have a small PWE I'm putting together that I'll have out soon in return.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Homecoming 2019

In my town, the arrival of fall is always signaled by the annual homecoming parade and football game at the local high school. Since the family and I moved back here five years ago, my oldest son and I have made it a tradition to attend the parade, especially since the route brings it pretty much right by our house.

The parade kicked off at the city park at 6:00 and by 6:20 had made it's way to the corner where we set up our lawn chairs. As always, the marching band and color guard led the parade playing a variety of up-tempo peppy songs.

The theme of this years parade was "50 years of TV". I'm not sure how that tied into the festivities themselves but the class floats this year ran the gamut of very good to just ok.

Of course, what's a parade without the local fire department being involved.

Here's the football team, mascot, and cheerleading squad. The opponents this year were the Harrison Wildcats from Cincinnati. By the end of the first quarter, we lead 10-0 thanks in large part to a 56-year touchdown run. However, the Wildcats scored 33 unanswered points to down us 33-10 when all was said and done.

This tractor was near the end of the parade but I just had to take a picture of it. It's not the best picture as the tractor is off-center but to me it just screams "americana". A tractor with a flag on the back of it in the middle of a homecoming parade in a rural town. After the parade, there was a staff and student pep rally complete with fireworks at the football field.

Along with the football game on Friday night, there was also the first annual city fall festival with hayrides, music, and other entertainment. The biggest thing though was the city springing to bring in The Kentucky Headhunters to headline the festival. I remembered them from my youth and songs like "Dumas Walker", "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine" and "Oh Lonesome Me" and I enjoyed their music as it was more towards the rock spectrum than the country spectrum.

Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to go as some other things came up (plus it we're in the middle of a heatwave out here), but according to the City they are planning on doing more events and concerts at the park with more "nationally known" acts. Maybe next time I'll get to go.