I just realized something pretty rare is about to begin.
Because for those of us, like me, who have one foot on each side of the 49th, a four day weekend is looming.
It's Bobby Gimby's Canada Day tomorrow, Friday July 1st.
And on Monday it's Ron Kovic's 4th of July.
Now, one of my favorite border straddlers is that old buzzard of a two-bit, tin-plated wordsmith who will sell his entire oeuvre of books from the trunk of his car if you let him, WP Kinsella.
Of course, one of Kinsella's favorite topics, amongst many other things including formerly weedy backlots in East Vancouver (see: The Alligator Report), is Baseball.
And not necessarily uncoincidentally it is also one of mine too (as is East Vancouver, because I live there now), although the stewman, Jerry Willard, and that carnival barker Stu Kehoe had a lot to do with it, what with their free tickets and endlessly inventive promotions in the late '80's back when I was still a starving gradual student.
Anyway, here's the kicker..... the here and now version of the Vancouver, almost professional, Canadians (ie. we are currently stuck with unbelievably craptacular, short-season, low 'A', barely-not-legion, junk baseball) are actually coming home from a road trip to kick-off a homestand with a 'Celebrate America' night on the 4th.
Guess I'll have to haul myself high into the bleachers atop Section 10 of Nat Bailey Stadium for that one.
Otherwise my (former) Editor will never forgive me.
But that's neither here nor there.
Guess what I'm really trying to say is......Regardless which side of the border you happen to be on at the moment......
And if you must talk politics around the barbeque, well, look for a little common ground before, rather than after, you try to turn your idiot brother-in-law around.**
*And if you happen to be down at Pt. Roberts you can be on any side of the line you want depending where you build your castle on the sandbar (or where you buy your ice cream cone).
**I can say that without getting in trouble because my brother-in-law is definitely not an idiot.
***And if you need material once you get rolling, go read this and this from sukabi and Sir Richard of Cranium of the AllSpinZone.
Update Sat am: That post from Sir Richard is getting a lot of plug and play, both because it is thought provoking and because Atrios fronted it this morning.