The Captain Took A Month Off

So yeah, about September…

As you hopefully noticed, I didn’t post anything here last month. Much like last September, I have been extremely busy for the last 30 days. Doing what, you might ask? Funny you should mention it, because that’s the topic for a back-from-hiatus Friday 5.

Top 5 Things That Kept Me From Posting In September

1. My Job
As much as I love posting here at the Captains Quarters, I love my job a great deal more. My job sticks to a specific yearly timeline, and the busiest time on the office calendar is from mid August through the beginning of October. September will be crunch time at work for me in the foreseeable future, so expect a lite month of posts next year as well.

2. Computer Crap
At the end of August my home PC finally died. It had been on its last leg for several months, so I was prepared for the eventual collapse. Most of my files were already on a backup hard drive, so I didn’t really lose anything when I transitioned to my brand new HP. But transferring files and setting up all my programs takes quite a bit of time. Spending all day on my work computer and all evening on my home computer didn’t really motivate me to sit down and type in my spare time.

Also not motivating me was the impending closing of Blog-City. Some of my neighbors have already jumped ship, and I’ve been doing what prep work I can to start my transition. It’s hard to post here knowing that I will just have to transfer it soon anyways. But I’ve decided to keep posting here until the move is mostly over. But yeah, I haven’t been really happy with computers over the last month. To quote Kenny Powers, “I don’t own a printer and I hate computers, all kinds.”

3. Captain Mike moved to town

My college roommate Captain Mike is finally here! It’s been 10 years since Captain Mike and I have lived in the same town! The Captain and his lovely wife Irene moved to Shiloh, Illinois1 at the end of August to the delight of many.

Since then I’ve seen them pretty much every time the opportunity presented itself. What can I say; the only thing better than new friends is new-old friends! Welcome to town, Captain!

4. Baseball

September is all about baseball. The playoff hunt goes into overdrive and I’m usually glued to the coverage. Unfortunately for me, right before September came the Cardinals forgot how to win baseball games. I hung in and watched them lose a pathetically large number of games up until last week, when I finally threw in the towel. The 2010 Cardinals were fun to watch when they were firing on all cylinders, but that wasn’t most of the time. Even though I knew the Cardinals were bound to miss the postseason, I still had a great time going to home games in September. I had an all day baseball event for my birthday again this year

And I went with the Tuesday Nite Right Field Heckling Club to my last game of the year earlier this week.

And while the Cardinals gave up, my other favorite team really stepped up their game. Congrats to the Phillies for winning the NL East for a third year in a row! And speaking of winning, a late surge on my part took me all the way to 7-of-12 in my fantasy baseball league. I’m #7! I’m #7! Actually, I was pretty happy with my finish considering that this same team finished 12-of-12 in 2009.

5. A ton of really fun stuff

It would be a travesty if I didn’t take the time to at least mention the many wonderful things I did in September. Meg and I finally had our housewarming party, and only ten months late! Sunday of Labor Day weekend was a solid ten hours of good times and great people.

And I only managed to piss off one person!

I spent a lot of time drinking with good friends at super cool places. My buddy Timmy put together an all day wine and beer fest in Wildwood call The Amazing Taste that managed to draw several hundred people. Very impressive. And I spent several nites at my favorite local watering hole, The Waiting Room. Here I am with the classiest bartender this side of Lindbergh.

Scottie and I both turned 32 in September, so cheers to us! And of course I have to mention the best concert I’ve seen this year – the Flaming Lips at the Pageant!!!

Here’s a great review of this unbelievable show that I will remember forever.

And while all of these fun things made for a memorable month, some of the best times I had were lying around the house with Meg and the dogs. Meg and I both had a really busy September, and it was incredibly reassuring to know that we are always there for each other. Thanks baby, I couldn’t have made it through my jam-packed month without you.


The Captain

1. Mike and Irene didn’t actually move to St. Louis; they moved to St. Louis’ bastard stepchild, metro-east Illinois. Mike is a Captain in the Air Force and decided to stay close to the base where he is now stationed. So they live about 45 minutes from us, which isn’t too bad considering they used to live four hours away.

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