March ended on a damp and cool note, but 60 degrees and a shot of rain, while not exactly a Lamb, wasn't a Lion either...meanwhile April, with the newest computer virus alert/scare, begins with sunshine and another 60 degree day. April Fools Day is upon, or as I choose to rename it in honor of our lame brained Marxist Prez...I proclaim thee "April Obama Day" , for there are no bigger fools than those that worship this President and his Euro-Style policies.
Garry, my umpiring partner, and I had a varsity game at Wayne Trace last night....WT is located a mile or so from where my Great-Grandparents, Nelson and Mary Ann Houseworth, settled with their dozen kids back in 1870 or there abouts. My brother Mike went to Blue Creek School, which eventually changed it's name to Wayne Trace, back in the early 1950s....dad and most of the family are buried in the Scott and Blue Creek Township Cemeteries nearby. Anyway, the game was highlighted by a barrage of runs by visiting Defiance...the Bulldogs finished off the Raiders in a 5 inning run rule, by a count of 22-1. WT didn't win a game last year(0-21) but despite the way things went yesterday, things are looking up...the Raiders won their opener 9-0 over Continental, and should be vastly improved over 2008...meanwhile the Bulldogs, always a perennial power, just keep reloading and will make their usual run in the Western Buckeye League and the tournaments.
Sam was scheduled to umpire a Wayne Trace JV game tonight, but OSU-Lima picked up a double header at home, and he will participate there instead. So with a rare night off, I will instead take his game at Haviland...tomorrow Varsity at Antwerp vs Hilltop, then Spencerville hosting another WBL power, Lima Shawnee, on Friday.
State Umpire Selections
Each year the OHSAA(Ohio High School Association) selects a collection of umpires they deem eligible for tournament work. The voting came out yesterday, and for the first time in my 9 years back wearing blue, I was selected for both Regional and State Tournament eligibility. Sam and Garry both were selected for Regionals....in total out of our Van Wert Association, 3 of us were picked State and Regional game eligible, and 3 more OKed for Regional work. This doesn't mean we will get games, but it's always an ego booster to know you are considered among the top umps in the state.
Mesick Mushroom Logo
My buddy Rick always makes the annual late May Mushroom Hunt near Mesick, Michigan, a light hearted and heavy beer drinking(at least for us old guys) event....along with his wife Toni, they make sweatshirts and Rick comes up with a logo for the annual event....I told him this year's has a striking resemblance to Rosie O'Donut....what do you think? May 22nd through May 25 will be this year's event dates...keeping fingers crossed for weather like last year.
Have you noticed the air around the USA seems a little sweeter today? You don't think it's because The Obamanation and 500+ of his and Queen Michelle's lackeys are in Europe do you? Nope, that couldn't be, could it?
Too nice to sit on the computer today...think I'll go fire up the lawn mower to see if it's ready for the upcoming mowing season...which by the looks of the lawn, will start this weekend.
photos-top left..Rick's new Mushroom Hunt Logo for 2009/The State Umpire Selection page/and Rick, Clint, and me, show off our 2008 Sweatshirts with Logos during last years Mesick Mushroom trip.