Baseball Toaster Cub Town
2005-06-03 09:04
by Alex Ciepley

I was born in the seventies. I was born on the seventh day of the seventh month, and I like to pretend that I was born at 8:17 am. Which of course, could also be written as 7:77.

When I was seven, all I cared about were art supplies and Legos. My dad was an artist, so there were plenty of paints and chalks around the house, and my older brothers had passed on their Lego collections to me. I was in seventh heaven.

I don't know about you, but there are seven days in my week. There are seven seas in my ocean, seven continents on my earth, and seven heavenly bodies visible to my naked eye (Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and the Sun). There are seven colors in my rainbows, give or take a few hues.

I've indulged in the seven deadly sins throughout my life, but I've also witnessed the seven blessings of a Jewish wedding.

I like Sprite, but I also like 7-up.

If I have a son, he will not be named "seven", but I do have an aunt that is named Nona, which means "ninth" in Latin.

I've seen exactly zero of the seven wonders of the ancient world, zero of the seven natural wonders of the world, but I have seen three of the seven wonders of the modern world.

I recently updated my profile. Under "things I like", I included, "Greg Maddux's changeup, Mark Prior's fastball, and seven-game win streaks." I published this update exactly seven days ago.

There is no number better than seven.

Except eight.

2005-06-03 10:46:30
1.   Ken Arneson
Ha! Nice ending.

Charlie Brown once had a neighbor named 5.

5: Hi there, puppy dog. My name is 5... I'm new in the neighborhood.
Snoopy: I never get names straight. Did he say V or 5?

Lucy: 5? Your name is 5? What sort of a name is that?
5: My dad is disturbed by all of the numbers being put on us these days so he changed our names to numbers...
Lucy: This is his way of protesting, huh?
5: No. This is his way of giving in!

5: Hi Charlie Brown, Hi Linus...
Linus: If we all had numbers instead of names, what number do you think you'd like to have?
Charlie Brown: How about 3.1416?
Linus: I don't know... I have a feeling that every Tom, Dick and Harry would be called 3.1416!

If I had to name myself after a number, I think I might choose 90 times the square root of 2. Perhaps I'd throw in a Vonnegut-Slapstick middle name of Acorn-9.

90(sqrt(2)) Acorn-9 Arneson. I dig it.

2005-06-03 11:49:39
2.   Bob Timmermann
The square root of 2? Don't get all irrational on us Ken.
2005-06-03 12:39:02
3.   Ken Arneson
I just skip first base and go straight to second, that's all.
2005-06-03 15:07:23
4.   rynox
Things that could actually happen that wouldn't suprise your average Cubs fan:

1. Derrek Lee bats > .900 in June and gets out-voted in All Star votes by Jeff Bagwell.

2. Sergio Mitre pitches 4.0 perfect innings tonight, but during the 5th he trips on the powder bag thingie on the mound and breaks a leg.

3. Nomar Garciaparra gets more All Star votes than Neifi Perez (this one still puzzles me).

4. Latroy Hawkins finishes the year with a < 1.00 ERA.

Go Cubbies!


2005-06-03 16:34:19
5.   graciebarn
Ken's irrational numbers seem perfectly fine to me, considering all the irrational and complex numbers out there. And transcendental...
2005-06-03 21:54:13
6.   Cubdom Byron
Looks like you did in the winning streak Alex...
2005-06-06 16:19:00
7.   Rich Lederer
Nicely done, Cieps. Surprised you didn't mention that Ciepley was seven letters. Or Chicago. Or New York. Or Indiana. Or Cub Town. Or Richard. Or Lederer.


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