I have come to that time of life--or maybe it's a passing phase--where I really like the apparent extra hour of sleep you get when you turn the clocks back in the autumn. Those sixty extra minutes in bed seem like forever, the luxury coming when you finally climb out of the sack and it's still kind of early (or at least not noon). The business of turning the clock ahead and "losing" that time--gee, whoever said the forty-seven-hour weekend was a good idea. Yeah, I know it all balances out, and that an hour is an hour, and that the seasonal turning of clocks ahead and back doesn't add a single minute to our time on Earth, and it doesn't take a single minute away. (The foregoing rumination is probably triggered by the feeling that, man, do I have a hard time getting the prescribed x number of hours of sleep that researchers say I need to be a healthy, happy, organism.)
Here's another sign of the turning of the seasons: baseball. Last year, we got kind of involved with the A's again after years of distance born partly the team's indifferent performance on the field and partly from disgust with an owner who seemed to be doing everything possible to alienate the team's fans in advance of moving the team to somewhere else. But last year was really fun. The team dragged along below .500 for the first couple of months of the season, and then with a bunch of rookie pitchers and an unbelievable run of clutching hitting, they started winning and didn't stop until they ran into the Tigers in the playoffs.
Our enthusiasm was such that we sprung for partial season tickets this year. The team sent them this week. When you buy tickets that way, you generally get a specially printed batch that features pictures of the team's stars. We got those this year, packaged in a little bit of extra swag--a very cool A's lunch box. We're ready for opening day.