Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Calendar Daze

Between the holidays and my experiments, I haven't really had much time to post additional things lately. I just spent about three hours running around New York City buying some last minute Christmas items, an event that's becoming all the more regular with every passing year.

Last week though, Fumiko, one of my fellow labmates, and I decided to purchase some new calendars for the lab off Calendars.com. Okay fine, you say. But what prompted this spontaneous purchase is kind of amusing.

Fumiko grew up in Japan as a Tokyo Giants fan so, the first few years she was in the states, she really didn't have a huge rooting interest in either NY baseball team. However, Godzilla's arrival in the Bronx prompted a Yankee love fest the likes of which have never been seen before (although Shannon's LJ comes fairly close).

She has a Yankee desktop, Yankee screen saver (that does rotate with Lord of the Rings, fortunately), Yankee keychains, even a Yankee neckstrap for her ID cards. *shudder*

So last week Fumiko casually mentioned how nice it would be to have a Derek Jeter calendar for the coming year.

Which would be hung on the wall.

Near her desk.

Which is right next to MY desk.

All year long.

The camel's back had been broken. Decisive action was needed!

So I agreed to order a calendar for her online provided we could come to a mutually acceptable selection. She pored over a number of different calendars including some generic baseball, anime (Inuyasha in particular), and the Lord of the Rings selections from this year (unacceptable without at least one month of Orlando Bloom), until we settled on this:


It's still better than looking at Jeter's smug mug all year long.

As for myself, I reluctantly bought the NY Mets 2005 calendar for over my desk. Why reluctantly? Here's the month-by-month lineup:

  • Mike Piazza
  • Jason Phillips
  • Cliff Floyd
  • Richard Hidalgo
  • Tom Glavine
  • Mike Cameron
  • Kazuo Matsui
  • Steve Trachsel
  • Ty Wigginton
  • Al Leiter
  • Jose Reyes
  • Braden Looper
Regardless of the guys who have been lost this offseason (and before), where the heck is David Wright? Obviously this calendar was made early in the season, before Wright had a chance to show his Major League magic, so he wasn't included. You think they could at least wait until the trading deadline before they put freaking next year's calendar together? Sheesh.

Ah well, the bottom line was that I dodged a horrifying pinstriped bullet.

I think.

Happy Holidays everyone!


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