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Pulling myself up by the bootstraps

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 11:59 AM

My good buddy, David Lewis, said to me, "So, the world's coming to an end, huh?"

After that, he more or less grabbed me by the throat, told me to get over it, and pull myself up by my bootstraps.

You wouldn't expect that from a guy with heart issues, but David can surprise the best of us.

David explained to me the Christian philosophy on history.

The Platonic and Eastern philosophy is that history is cyclical.

The Christian philosophy is that history moves from alpha to omega; that everything is a progression toward the end of creation, rejoining our creator, and that God is in control having a reason for all things.

I am basically good with that. Of course, we have freewill.

We don't have to harm ourselves. Nobody made the Jews tick off the Romans until they drove them all out leaving them to wander for 2,000 years.

No one made the Russians throw out the White Russians (the first post Czar group) and install Lenin.

No one makes us spend just more than one trillion dollars more than we have every year.

OK, this isn't the Civil War (yet).

It isn't the Great Depression (yet).

The vast majority of invaders speak Spanish and primarily are just looking for work (so far).

We have survived more than a few scoundrels in the White House.

So, let's see ...

The weather lately has been exceptional for sleeping and last Wednesday was gorgeous.

My beagles, Maggy and Sherman, are still cute and excellent to cuddle with.

She Who Must Be Obeyed still must be obeyed. (Consistency is a good thing).

It's football season. More importantly, Andrew Luck seems to be doing pretty well.

It is also playoff time in baseball.

When it comes to baseball, I have to defer to my 10-year-old nephew in Cincinnati, Ethan Hear.

This is what Ethan has to say about the MLB postseason:

"The Major League Postseason," by Ethan Hear, age 10.

National League:

I think that in the NLCS, it will be the Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals. I really hope that it will be the Washington Nationals rather than the St. Louis Cardinals because I don't want to see the Cardinals in the World Series. Besides, the Washington Nationals are the best team in the National League, so I think they will beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

In the other part of the NLCS, I think the Reds will win because the Reds have a good chance to beat the San Francisco Giants. Besides, I'm a big Reds fan. But the Cincinnati Reds have a top notch pitching and offense. If the Reds don't win, it will be a really big shock because the Reds are 97-65 on the season. The National are 98-64 during their regular season.

American League:

I think that in the ALCS will be the Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles. I think that the Oakland Athletics will win because of their amazing defense and offense. The Detroit Tigers will be really tough and this one really could go either way. But my hunch is on Oakland.

I think that Baltimore Orioles will be the New York Yankees because the Orioles will get their revenge on their rivals from the regular season. I'm not a Yankee fan but honestly I like the Yankees offense. Overall the Yanks have a really good team. But I think not good enough this year. The Orioles record in the regular season was 93-69 and the Athletics was 94-68.

World Series:

I think it will be the Cincinnati Reds vs. Baltimore Orioles. The Cincinnati Reds are a good team. They have been successful playing the NL East and the Reds have also done well against American League teams. The Baltimore Orioles will probably lose to the Reds because the Reds offense is the best in the National League, and their bullpen is one of the best in the majors. The Cincinnati Reds' only problem losing the home crowd when they play away games.

World Series Winner: Cincinnati Reds

Who can argue with analysis like that?

It promises to be an exciting postseason.

Perhaps life isn't so bad after all.

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Dear Readers,

I am certain that Ethan will be watching for any feedback. Depending on how it goes, I may invite Ethan to write again.

Just perhapse, Carey Fox should keep an eye on his six. In a few years, Ethan just may be gunning for his job!


-- Posted by Charles Hear on Tue, Oct 9, 2012, at 12:48 PM

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