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Publishers' Corner: 11/01/2014

Just a game, but still…

We apologize for any extra typos or nonsensical headlines in this issue. Our excuse? We’ve been in a fog following the Giants as they somehow navigated their way through the playoffs to actually, improbably, winning the World Series. Wow!

Watching these baseball games over the course of two or three weeks takes some planning. You have to figure out where you’re going to watch, what food to bring, what to wear, what worry beads or lucky charm to stick in your pocket. In our kitchen we built a little shrine with Giants paraphernalia. Willie Mays bobblehead – check. Mr. Potato Head in Giants gear – check. Orange Giants rally towel – check. We even had a Travis Ishikawa baseball card. The point is that there was a lot to do, and work really did get in the way of Giants fever. If it weren’t for Sarah Phelps, who inexplicably doesn’t care, we would not have gotten the last two issues out on time.

I don’t want to know what my blood pressure is as I’m watching these games. Food tastes different, I can’t get comfortable, it’s hard to talk, I spill things on myself, and I have to get up and pace a lot. It may sound silly. I accept that, and I really can’t explain why it is I want “my” team to win so badly. It’s not like these players are my friends or anything, and there’s plenty not to like about professional sports in general, like tickets prices, for one.

But since I grew up in San Francisco, it’s hard not to care. And sports is always a good excuse to see friends, stay in touch with your kids, and have something to talk about with complete strangers.

I think I can speak for a couple of dogs who are glad baseball season is over. We’d stop in for five minutes in the early evening to feed them before leaving in search of friends with a bigger television than ours. They would stare at us forlornly with tennis balls in their mouths as we drove away – a sad sight, indeed. I bet they were rooting for the Royals.

We want to welcome Shannon Lee as our new Glen Ellen columnist. Many of you know Shannon, since she seems to be involved in everything around here. We are fortunate to have her writing for the Kenwood Press and if you have any interesting news and events about Glen Ellen, make sure you drop her an email at Her column, Glen Ellen Telegram, can be found on page 18.

– Alec

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