Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blog #2: Self-Censorship

As soon as I started this, I immediately remembered why I stopped doing it back in high school. Sharing something personal from each day is bound to upset someone you love eventually. I quit blogging in high school when it happened too many times in one day. This had the unfortunate side effect of killing a lot of my friends blogs as well (I guess I was the momentum for them to keep writing? Funny how that happens).

I've talked with other people about this. I've talked to Jenn and to Sara about how hard it was to write and then not upset people. My other friend Todd told me a story about how he started a blog and wrote a fictional story about how a real person he knew died and then got a phone call from a monastery on the other side of the world wondering why he had written that. Deciding what to write and what not to write can be the hardest part of continually producing content. I think that's why most blogs end up sounding narcissistic. You can't upset yourself by writing about yourself. You can upset your wife by writing about her even if you had the best intentions.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blog #1: Empty Ballpark

Did you hear that Baltimore and Chicago played a baseball game in an empty stadium? I watched part of it today. I was supposed to be working on my sermon but I went to Facebook, saw that it was happening, and started looking for a stream. Every day MLB streams one game online for free (all you have to do is sign up) so I started watching while I folded laundry.

It was weird. Baltimore scored six runs in the first inning and no one was there to cheer. The pitcher stared down at the catcher and sized him up and while there would normally be a whole lot of murmuring and visual noise in the background, here there was silence.

I read something about Daniel Alfredsson a while ago. Someone was asking him what he thought about crowd noise at games. Ottawa has always had interesting dynamics around the crowd they attract. The reporter wanted to know if that affected him at all. He said something to the effect of "you don't pay attention to that stuff after a while". He must be right. You can't play 82 games of hockey in front of packed stadiums a year and not have it get old after a while.

I guess baseball players are probably the same. They acknowledge the crowd, but I bet they don't even notice that they're there. Now I got the opportunity to see what they see when they play baseball. It was weird. I am not cut out for professional athletics.

Lest you think I'm treating the Baltimore situation lightly, let me say this. I understand why people are pissed. The precipitating situation with Freddie Gray is messed up and stories continue to trickle out from people like Desmond Cole about the experiences of black people (and other people). From all the stats I've seen, there are serious issues in Baltimore. I'm glad there's some rage around that. Not indiscriminate rage though. This kind of stuff gives me hope.