I went into my Harford Road 7-11 tonight at around 9:30 to fill up on caffeine before going out to Bally's to complete my second workout of the day - this one primarily running. I filled up my coffee cup, sauntered around drinking it for a while, then filled it up again - my coffee trick that no one seems to mind over there since I'm one of their best customers.
Then I go up to the register. Shit, I don't have my wallet. Then I realize I only have 76 cents in my pocket; refills cost 94 cents. So I head out to my car, but it's the rental and I don't have my usual ashtray full of change. Nothing is on the ground under the seats. So I walk around 7-11 for a little while, looking on the ground for a quarter or something. I got nothing.
So I embarrassedly bring my coffee up to Muhammad, who works 20-hour days sometimes, and it looked like he was towards the end of one of those days, and explain my situation. He asks how much I have, then lets me have the coffee for that 76 cents. I offered to run home and get the money for him, but I knew he wouldn't hear of it. I'll get him tomorrow.
I guess I could think to myself that he really didn't have a choice, other than dumping out the coffee and not letting me have it. At least he got something for it by letting me have it. But I prefer to think that he was just being a good person.
Just like with Bush tonight choosing John Roberts as the Supreme Court nominee. I could think that he's choosing the more controversial candidate (more than the rumored Edith Clement, who I was a little excited about, or the earlier rumored Gonzales) so that the confirmation hearings will help deflect attention from the Karl Rove mess (and, by the way, it's really amusing to listen to right wing radio right now, proclaiming that Rove did nothing illegal. Hello? Aren't some things about right and wrong? Isn't revealing the identity of a CIA agent morally wrong, even in the unlikely event that it's not considered illegal? And bad for the country, no matter how you slice it and what technicality you try to get off with? ). I could think that. Part of me definitely does. But I prefer to acknowledge that there could have been a heck of a lot worse candidates than this guy, and even though he's anti-choice, he seems to have some respect for maintaining the precedent that's been set (and Roe v. Wade was 6-3 anyway, so now it would just be 5-4). At first glance, he seems like he'll follow the law and the consititution, and while he's real religious so I know how he'll vote on gay rights and abortion and capital punishment, hopefully he'll be someone who, like O'Connor did, listens to both sides of an issue and isn't a Clarence Thomas-like tool of the right.
It's a bit shocking to me that the Supreme Court now has just one woman, though. I would never want anyone chosen just for gender or race, but when you step back and look at the big picture, it's not very inspiring to see 7 white guys, a black guy who is hook-line-and-sinker with a party that less than 10% of black people vote for, and one woman (and she's old and has had cancer in recent years). There's just something wrong with that picture, much like the recent Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time that contained all of 48 albums by female artists. I wrote a letter about that. I don't know what my options are here, except hope that Ginsberg can stay kicking for a few more years and maybe the next nominee will be more moderate and more female.
So, I now officially have Orioles fever. Tonight, for the first time ever, I turned off the Tigers game to listen to the Orioles. Of course, the Tigers were winning 7-1 against the hated White Sox, and the Orioles were involved in a close one against the Twins (another team I hate, a hatred stemming from their 1987 victory against the Tigers in the playoffs). It was a heartbreaking loss tonight. I hope this AJ Burnett trade happens because something needs to jolt this team back to first place. The new news is that the Orioles don't want Lowell and that Pittsburgh will be involved in the trade, and that the Orioles might get Daryle Ward instead of Lowell. This probably would be alright, but I have mixed feelings about Ward, who used to be a Tigers prospect. He's never lived up to his hype, and has always been out of shape. I don't see how he could play a corner outfield position effectively. He can hit, for the most part, but not enough to be a corner outfielder or a first baseman, and he hasn't hit very well this year. We'll see. If we get Burnett, all the offensive player has to do is replace the mediocre bat of Larry Bigbie, so I think we'll be alright. I just think Lowell, despite his struggles this year, is more likely to bust out than Ward.
Also, don't look now but Sammy Sosa is 7-18 (.389) with a home run and two doubles in his last 4 games. He's back, I tell you.
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