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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

Quick bursts, sure hands and short takes on the week gone by...

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Cleaning up the "Cold Filtered" desk this cold, rainy Saturday morning:


--The mom of that little crying boy at the Rangers/Yankees game this week, the one sitting next to the clueless couple that snagged a discarded baseball, now says that the man and woman in question DID offer the child the ball, only to be told "no thanks" by the parents who said they're trying to teach their son that he can't always have what he wants.   I respect that--not enough parents think that way--but I don't think this was the place to draw the line in the sand.   In a grocery store where junior is demanding every candy bar in sight?   At Target, where a child demands every toy in reach?   When playing with others and yanking a doll away from another child?   You bet.   Getting a baseball at a game is a once-in-a-lifetime thing--I've gone to games forever and have yet to make a clean snag of one, and I'm in my mid 50's.   The couple with the ball should've INSISTED the boy take it, and the parents, well-intentioned and polite as they may seem--should've let the kid keep it.   Everyone would've been happy.  Instead, we've got "Today" show fodder.

--We may be stuck in perennial election season in Wisconsin, but at least this recall stuff will be blissfully short with the whole thing playing out by the first Tuesday in June.   Sure, that's a lot of Super PAC spots we're going to have to suffer through but the quick timetable makes me think we should do ALL elections on the fast-track: how many debates and misleading commercials do we need before we go to the ballot box?   Doesn't it feel like the presidential campaign has been going on for, what, three years?   Oh, wait.  That's right.  It HAS.

--The NFL Draft is can't-miss for a lot of fans but to me it seems like much ado about something that takes years to judge.   All the Mel Kuiper/Herm Edwards bluster about which team did best means squadoosh right now and it won't for quite awhile.   And the anonymous scouts quoted the morning after in the Journal/Sentinel, the ones who assess each Packers choice--are they looking at the same guys?   It's amazing how one puts a "can't miss" label on the same guy who another wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.   It proves how inexact this science is, and how utterly useless all the pre and post blather is.   But, it sells a lot of Coors Light.

--Got to go down Bernie's Miller Park slide Friday night before the TimberRattlers/Dayton minor league game.  I had the presence of mind to roll video on my cell camera but wasn't cool enough to remember to keep my fingers away from the lens on the ride down.   All you see is the slide, parts of my hands clutching the phone and my shoes hitting the carpet at the bottom.   That, and Bernie giving me a 5 (out of 5) for quality of effort.   It's faster than you may think (they gave us burlap carpets to ride, and they also used Pledge to grease things up--on the slide, I mean.   Good fun.   One more thing off the bucket list.

--Less than two months til my daughter's wedding.   Dads who have been through this before, I'd love to hear from you...what to expect, what went wrong, what went right, how did you handle the unexpected?  I've already got the smile-as-you-keep-writing-big-checks thing down cold.    The walking-down-the-aisle-without-blubbering thing?   It remains a work in progress.   As one father told me the other day, "I just LOOK at the spot at the altar where I know she'll be standing some day and I start to cry."  



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