72 Hours in Savannah Part 1 (A Quick Mystery)

72 Hours in Savannah Part 1 (A Quick Mystery)

From the Quick Baseball Mysteries (Short Stories Collection) 

I’m going to give you the moral of this story up front: if you get a funny feeling when the phone is ringing that something bad is about to happen, don’t answer the damn thing!

That may seem strange for a lot of reasons. First, your high school English teacher probably told you to let the moral or lesson unfold as you write. Well, I’m not a writer; I’m a baseball artifacts dealer.

Secondly, you might be one of those people that can’t fathom not answering a ringing phone —more power to you. I, on the other hand, have the power to let it go to voicemail and then delete without listening. However, I didn’t always have this power and that’s why I’m telling you this story.

The Real Madness Comes in April

The Real Madness Comes in April

Last year, Americans spent $9 Billion betting on March Madness. (NOTE: The NCAA has informed this blog that we can’t use the phrase “March Madness” (darn, we did it again) unless we purchase a sponsorship for more money than we make in a decade. So, we’re not going to say March Madness again. We promise.)

A lot of people think that American’s waste a lot of money on sports. They think that sports are pointless. Could a lot of that money be used on things like education or research? Sure, but are you certain that research can’t be pointless? Well, if the government is involved it may very well be. Consider that last year your government took the money you sent them in April and wisely invested it in:

  • $387,000 to study the effects robot-provided Swedish massage has on the physical recovery of rabbits after exercise.
  • $856,000 to train three mountain lions to run on a treadmill in order to measure the energy consumption of the cats’ hunting techniques.
  • $171,000 to teach monkeys to gamble in order to determine if monkeys, like humans, believe in the concept of a “hot hand.”
  • $1.97 million in grants to create a new communication network for “fossil enthusiasts and professionals.”

Are you going to tell me that any of those uses of your money are any less ridiculous than picking Villanova to beat Kentucky in the National Championship? Of course not. Especially if your second bracket had Kentucky beating Duke. My point is, left to their own devices, most American’s can do better with their own money than government. Want proof? Last year American’s gave over $300 Billion to charity.

Carry on, Citizens!

The 2015 Baseball Book Festival

The 2015 Baseball Book Festival

Save this date on your calendar: February 28th, 2015. The Baseball Book Festival is in Indianapolis this year at the Rathskeller. There will be an author panel, keynote speaker, and book fair. Some great authors will be there and if you love baseball, this will get you ready for Spring Training. Check out the website here. 

Tickets are $30 and 100% of the proceeds go to support Play Ball Indiana and the RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities). Can’t make it on the 28th? You can join the Virtual Baseball Book Festival. For a $30 subscription, you get free downloads from today’s top baseball authors for an entire year!

Carry on, Citizens!

Beavers On A Plane

Beavers On A Plane

Several years ago, my friend convinced me to go see Snakes On A Plane. He still owes me my money back. Of course, this Samuel L. Jackson flick was far-fetched and horrible. Hopefully, Hollywood will do better when it makes Beavers On A Plane. Why would Beavers On A Plane be better than Snakes On A Plane? For one very simple reason: It’s a true story!

Beavers On A Plane takes place in (or over) Idaho. Of course, you would have to travel to Idaho to encounter such wackiness. It seems that the state had problems controlling the beaver populations so they flew 76 of them to the backcountry and tossed them out with parachutes. Check out this link from the website Gizmodo for the full story.

It makes me happy to know I live in a country where we have the pluck to relocate beavers via parachute and the technical skill to see that 75 out of 76 survived. There is hope for our nation.

Carry on, Citizens!
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