Monday, January 14, 2008

Don't want to drive all the non-knitters away with my insane obsession with Norwegian mittens, so I'm offering up some winter sports content. It's hoops season around here.

Gus is on the Pacers, and they had their first game last week. They looked like a crazy disorganized mess during practice, but they came together like a well-oiled machine for the game and beat the Rockets 18-14. Gus's favorite sport is still baseball, but I think because he has lower expectations for basketball and because it's not a sport that focuses so intensely on individual performance, he relaxed and had a great time. He had an assist, a steal, some boards, and led cheers for the team when he was off the court.

I didn't bring my camera so I didn't get my usual 10,000 pictures, but I'll bring it the next time.

I made myself kick my Georgette Heyer habit for the nonce and am reading "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen. I wouldn't say it's exactly enjoyable reading because the characters are not particularly likable, but they are compellingly-written, in a car-crash kind of way. And because part of it is set in Chestnut Hill, there is much that is verrrrry familiar. Has anyone read this book? I remember there was a bunch of kerfluffle over it when it came out because Oprah picked it for her book club and then Jonathan Franzen said he didn't want it to be picked. I can't remember what the outcome was. My copy has a "Oprah's Book Club!" sticker on it, but I bought it for 50 cents at the library so that doesn't help me.

Anyway, I feel like a grown-up for reading a "real" book, even if I'm seven years late to the party.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad he's enjoying basketball. I love that he leads cheers - excellent! I really enjoyed basketball when I played it in jr high and high school, even though I wasn't/we weren't that good. There's a lot of comraderie to be enjoyed.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basketball is not a bad way to pass the time between baseball seasons, and I'm glad that Gus has taken to it. As he plays more games, I know he'll be able to get into the flow of the game, score some points, pick off a few rebounds, and make himself a valuable member of his team.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about the double entry of my comment. As you know, the computer is still a somewhat alien entity sitting on my desk, and I do not always have control of what it is doing. It might be the "word verification" required, for what purpose I do not know.

10:26 PM  
Blogger diana said...

cg - yeah, he definitely leads the team in team spirit! you know how he is!

gg - I deleted the 2nd entry for you. the word verification is so that automated spammers don't run rampant in your comments area. they're related to the alien entity on your desk.

7:08 AM  
Blogger purlewe said...

Tell the kid that basketball made it possible to survive the midwest winters :) haha

re: corrections. I've read it. I loved it.. simply b'c that family was more screwed up than my own, and when I was done I could put the book down and they couldn't come visit. I liked it b'c it was set in philly too. Personally I enjoyed it, but I know that not many folks did.

9:48 AM  
Blogger diana said...

Anj - thank you for the interesting perspective about "the corrections"! i'm about 3/4 through the book, and am still ambivalent....will i love it? will i hate it? i will keep you all posted!

4:50 PM  

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