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Gimme a break!

July 8, 2009 - Jim Bartholow
Never dreamed I'd use a SENIOR discount, but now that I'm old enough (for most places that give such a break) I kind of like it. It's a nice perk. No one will ever get rich on the money saved but, hey, every penny helps. The hardest part was in my mind, realizing that I was old enough to be eligible for the senior perk. Seems like it wasn't that long ago that I used to joke about needing my ID to make certain purchases. Those days have passed. Now, I'm lucky to remember certain basic things, like calling my sister on her birthday and not realizing it until six weeks after the fact. Guess I sometimes get too wrapped up in my own world.

More on Front Street A few weeks ago I wrote about how I liked the new look on Front Street. Over the weekend I discovered that the pedestrian crossing signs light up at night when a pedestrian wants to cross. They would be really difficult to miss. If you haven't seen them in action yet, when you see them you'll know what I mean.

Vandalized I hope whoever dropped the 3-foot long highway pylon on our car in the 1000 block of Fourth Street at 10:30 p.m. June 28 had fun. It left a big dent in the hood, but just missed the windshield, not to mention scaring a few years of life out of me. It was dropped from about 20 feet above from one of the new parking lots. Thanks to our insurance and our agent the damage is getting fixed. I wish the same could be said for my attitude. I won't drive that way again at night even though it's the easiest way home for me.

What has happened to the Indians? The season's over at the midway point for the Tribe; 51 losses are too many. The pitching is a complete disaster. When a starter does well, the bullpen gives up the lead in the sixth or seventh inning. When they get a lead to the eighth or ninth inning the bullpen "hammers" screw it up. No lead is safe, 5, 6, 7, 8, runs; it's never enough. They've tried new faces; familiar faces in new roles; then some more new faces; then injured hurlers who are on the mend. Nothing works. The offense hasn't been consistent. Injuries to Sizemore, Hafner, and Cabrera haven't helped. But players counted on to produce because they did well during last year's second-half surge are performing below expectations. Maybe last season's tryouts were just guys playing well during "garbage time" when nothing's at stake. Hold on, this could get ugly the rest of the way for manager Eric Wedge, potential free agents Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez, and underperformers such as Jhonny Peralta, Ben Francisco, Kelly Shoppach, Josh Barfield, Rafael Betancourt, ... I could go on, but you get the idea. This season has really been disheartening.

On a positive note This is National Ice Cream Month. Hmmm! I celebrate ice cream every day. Mmmmmm!


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