30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ignorance is Bliss

There's at least a little truth behind the saying, "ignorance is bliss".

When I was a kid, my family always read The Mercury News and watched the evening news.  These days, I don't have a newspaper subscription and the only time I watch the news is when I'm at my parent's house or I'm looking for a specific news event online.  The truth is... I'm tired of constantly hearing about police brutality, child abuse, rising crime rates, racism, and people arguing over whether Donald Trump is going to actually "make America great again".

Would I be better off knowing my current events?  Sure.  But at what expense?

No, I'd rather spend my free time doing other things like...

1.  Driving up to Pacifica and enjoying the beautiful scenery at Rockaway Beach.

Listening to the waves crash into the rocks is so soothing, it makes you forget the bumper to bumper traffic you're forced to sit in on the drive home.

2.  Catching up with friends over crab sandwiches at Nick's Seashore Restaurant.

3.  Coming home and opening up a generous care package from Dennis over at Too Many Verlanders.

He targeted several cards off of my set wantlists...

Sent me a new Matsui jersey card to my Japanese PC...

In addition to this relic, he also sent me a handful of other cards that will go towards a variety of other PC's...

Added a pair of 8x10's to my collection that will be hung up in my classroom...

I'll also be bringing in these Kenner SLU's and this cool Ben Grieve Pinnacle Inside can into my classroom as well...

He threw in two Jason Giambi autographs that I added to my IP/TTM autograph binder...

And finally... Dennis hooked me up with this Detroit Tigers ticket stub...

But this wasn't any run-of-the-mill ticket stub.  Kurt Suzuki launched a home run off of Daniel Norris in the top of the fourth inning.

Dennis... sorry to break the news to you (I told you the news sucks)... but Kurt hasn't hit #100 yet.  However it doesn't bother me one bit.  This ticket stub is still super cool and is displayed on my office desk.

Thank you so much for this super generous care package.  As always... you'll be receiving my Tigers, Wolverines, and Manninghams in the future.

Have a safe and entertaining New Year's Eve!  See you next year.  Happy Saturday and sayonara!


  1. Well, he did hit a home run that day, but it looks like it was the 82nd of his career.

  2. Trips to coast always recharge me as well, love the sounds of the ocean and the food when you're there...plus the family time is great!

    Hope you have a great 2017!

  3. I could have sworn it was a milestone of some sort but don't remember what! Anyway, I'll be showing off your latest envelope soon, thanks! Oh, and don't tell Bob Walk the Plank that I sent you that Murrell 😉

  4. Happy New Year, and here's to a great 2017 in the Hobby!

  5. Happy New Year, I am starting to miss the ocean. Beautiful picture! Great cards as well.

  6. I'm feeling drawn to the "ignorance is bliss" mentality myself these days.

  7. jason - yeah... thank goodness for baseball reference. it's amazing the amount of data on that site

    cardboard hogs - yeah, i'm already to go back.

    dennis - i forgot that murrell played for west virginia. i have actually owned the murrell at some point and either sent a copy to him or jbf (who probably passed it on to matthew)

    john & cardboard jones - thanks! right back at'cha

    arpsmith - i honestly don't get to go there enough. i really need to start taking advantage of where i live

    adam - lol. it totally works.