Baseball, Blues, and Bluegrass – Do Christmas Gifts Get Any Better?

In the midst of a strong recession, everyone expected downsizing in holiday gift giving.  But the generosity of family and friends showed me that downsizing can still result in gifts that touch the heart.

Phillies World ChampsMy colleague Dolores shares my passion for baseball, so her gift of Obsessed with Baseball was perfect.   This is Jeopardy for the baseball set…2500 questions that the electronic widget embedded in the book asks you to answer.  For instance – to take a random example – Question 54:  Who led the majors in RBIs in 2006?  A.  David Ortiz, B. Albert Pujols,  C. Ryan Howard, or D. Lance Berkman.  If you typed in “C” for Ryan Howard, the widget tells you “correct” and you are 1 for 1 or 100% correct.  It is easy to spend all day answering questions about Heavy Hitters, Hall of Fame, The Playoffs, and more.

Want to try another one?  Question 1505:  Name the future big-league manager who hit 30 or more home runs 11 times in his 21 season playing career.  A.  Gil Hodges, B. Frank Robinson, C. Bill Terry, or D. Ted Williams.  I hope you selected “B” for former Nationals manager Frank Robinson. 

I’ll try not to bore you with my knowledge of baseball trivia in the weeks ahead.  🙂

My Mississippi-born assistant Amelia knows how I enjoy reading and music, so her choice of Blues Poems  hit two of my loves with one choice.  This “Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets” Blues Poems selection is a great package of poetry from Langston Hughes to Ma Rainey and W.C. Handy.  2008 was a good year to get the blues, so you can have your choice of Woke Up Crying the Blues, Inflation Blues, Hard Luck Resume, or one of my favorites Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues.  Just remember:

When a woman gets the blues she hangs her head and cries
But when a man gets the blues he hops a freight train and rides.

Watch your man if he’s gettin’ the blues…

Finally, Candice knows how much I love to play acoustic guitar, and how I’ve been working to build playing time into my life.  So she gave me some incentive with a wonderful Homespun Tapes  DVD lesson by Bryan Sutton, one of my favorite guitar players on the scene today.  I’ve seen him play live solo, in duets, and in all-star jams, and he’s simply one of the most versatile and musical acoustic guitarist playing today.  If you don’t believe it, check out the video of Texas Gales below. 

Baseball, Blues, and Bluegrass…do Christmas gifts get any better? 

More to come…

DJB

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