Saturday, May 29, 2004  
Time vs. Curiosity, or, How I re-installed my OS and all software without ever knowing what was wrong

Last week my computer locked up and, after a fair amount of research, I determined that I needed to re-install my OS. The fun part was that I'm still not sure why I needed to do so; I know just enough about computers to know it had to be done but not enough to explain why.

Other time constraints made devoting a lot of time to this problem difficult, but last night at about 3:15 a.m. I restored the system to the state it was in before the mystery problem occurred. Now I'm back in action.

My first action in my return is to apologize for there being no Friday Five. All of the time I've been able to devote to this blog was eaten up by restoring my PC, so I wasn't able to coordinate with Joe. I usually try to slack off at work and devote some time to the site, but next week is our "Celebration of Achievement," which, when you're working at a grant-funded adult education center, is the only time of year that the students get acknowledged for their voluntary hard work, becomes pretty important.

My next, and much more important, action is to voice my anger about the last four games the Cubs have played. Getting swept in a doubleheader by the Sucs on the heels of a two-game sweep by the Laugh-stros made my shoulders sag.

It made me think about where we are in the season. This weekend I'm going to post an individual and team evaluation in order to see if 25-22 is what we can expect, or if the Cubs are playing above or below their ability level. Later in the week I'll get into the other teams in the division.

My gut feeling (and I'll see if the numbers bear this out this weekend) is that, despite the injuries, the Cubs' season has been disappointing considering how much money they're spending, but probably appropriate given their offensive philosophy.

One thing I'm worried about is that, given the last four games and the fact that about 40 percent of the roster is on the DL, under Jim Riggleman the Cubs would give up. Baker is supposed to be a guy who makes his bench believe they're very useful so they can contribute when needed, and he is supposed to be a guy who makes teams in general believe in their own abilities. It seems to me like the ultimate test of that reputation is how the team performs when a significant portion of the team is injured.

So far, Baker's boys have failed, due in no small part to the type of players Baker prefers -- guys with low secondary averages.

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