Got back late on Saturday night from Destin, Florida, which I'd highly recommend to anyone doing any vacation planning:
It's funny, I'd never heard of the place until earlier this year when my wife's family decided on it as a destination, but now I wouldn't mind going back frequently in the future. Gorgeous place, and it's somehow not a complete tourist trap. It's touristy, but it doesn't cross the line at all. If you've ever been to Gatlinburg then you've got a pretty good idea by what I mean when I say crossing the line into too touristy.
It was odd not having a real internet connection all week, and not living and dying with every Reds pitch. Doing this site is a strange experience as a fan in a lot of ways. I'm immersed in the team a lot more now than in the past, and probably moreso than any sane person oughta be. Part of that is simply the emergence of the internet (when I was a kid I read about the Reds once a day in the Enquirer, and that was all the Reds info out there), but most of it is from running this site. It was kind of refreshing to miss a bunch of games, only able to check the ESPN crawler at night to see how they did. There's something to be said for the "average fan" experience at times. It's a lot less stressful. I saw that the Reds lost 2-1 to the Cardinals on Thursday in the ninth, and I was annoyed for a minute and that was it. If I'd been working as opposed to on vacation that annoyance probably would have lasted an entire afternoon.
So I guess my point is that the last week has made me step back a bit and ponder all of this, and my conclusion is that I really need to consider the Reds from a big picture view more often. This doesn't mean I'm going to be a wide eyed optimist who thinks every move made by Wayne Krivsky is manna from heaven, but I am going to try not to let the lows get too low ... or the highs too high for that matter. Both mistakes are pretty dangerous when you're talking about a season that lasts six months and 162 games.