Thursday, March 19, 2015

Have You Seen Me Lately?

I've been absent. Really absent. I haven't posted nor read very many blogs in the past month. Like most of us out there, there are times in your life when there are other things that you want to take care of, and you simply run out of time to do other things (like posting to your blog). 

One of the things that I've been doing is trying to improve my health. Your may or may not know this, but I am a Type II diabetic and while it's for the most part, not that serious, if I don't start taking better care of myself, it will be. I've also battled knee problems for the past decade and according to my MRI, I have a ruptured cyst and a torn meniscus in my right knee. Plus I have a couple other things which would fall under the "too much information" category, so if you add up all of those doctor/therapy/nutritionist appointments, you will understand why I have designated 2015 as the "Year of the Co-Pay". 

I've also been helping my wife pursue her life-long dream of being a photographer. She used to do it for a bit before she met me, but she says she's never had anyone encourage her like I do. She wants to focus on nautical type photography, and living where we do, the opportunities are endless.

So what has happened in the past month?

1.) My blog had a birthday. I've been doing this for two years now, and since I missed celebrating the first anniversary, why not be consistent and miss the second one too!

2.) I had a birthday. One year closer to middle age...or so they say. However, since the average male in the United States lives to be about 75, technically I passed middle age about a decade ago.

3.) Snow, snow and MORE SNOW!

A lot of it has melted since these pictures were taken, but the snowbanks were so high, you could barely see street signs. 

4.) But most importantly, I'm almost done with my Topps 1979 set!

Has anyone ever seen an Ozzie Smith rookie that doesn't look something like this?
I've been slowly trying to complete the sets from when I was a kid. I've only completed 1980 and 1983 Topps from that time period, but now for my '79 set I only need fifteen cards!

A few of them are big ones, though.

650 - Pete Rose
610 - Mike Schmidt
369 - Bump Wills (Rangers)
358 - Alan Trammell
244 - Pittsburgh Pirates Team Card
212 - Carney Lansford
200 - Johnny Bench
165 - Frank Taveras
140 - Don Gullett
82 - New York Mets Team Card
60 - Mickey Rivers
55 - Willie Stargell
30 - Dave Winfield
24 - Paul Molitor
1 - 1978 Batting Leaders

So if anybody out there has dupes of these, I'm sure I could send something your way that is comparable.

See you next month!

(Just kidding....I hope.)


  1. You have better reasons for your lack of posts than I do (malaise and laziness).

  2. Glad to hear you are your health in check. Welcome back!

  3. The secret to good health: The more you post, the less time you have to eat.

    OK, that's just a selfish reason to get you to post more. Glad to hear you're taking care of yourself. I don't know if I have any of those '79s in dupe form. Maybe Carney; I'll have to check.

  4. Glad to see you're back up and around. See you can keep the snow too! :P

  5. Get yourself feeling better! I know I have the Bump Wills Rangers, but I've had it since 1979 and it looks like it. I can send you the cards I have, and then you can be on the lookout for condition upgrades...

  6. And I thought I had a lot of snow.

  7. I here you on the snow. We got wiped out down here south of Boston. Here's to good health