March 30th, 2004

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The more things change,

...the more they stay the same.

When I was a sophomore in high school, Jim Howie had long been the coach of its sophomore baseball team. 14 years later, he's still coaching it. He's still calling the double suicide squeeze. And it still scores runs. Rule #1 is still "Do Not Walk The Leadoff Hitter". And his pitchers still have trouble remembering that.

14 years later, Coach Howie still remembers exactly who I am and who I graduated with. Sophomore year was still the most fun year of baseball I ever had.

This is how we play baseball in the Midwest. Note all the long sleeves and chilled expressions. It was colder and windier than this morning, so people were less prepared than usual. I would've stayed longer, but my exposed ears were bright red and it felt like my skull was beginning to freeze from those points inwards.

In the third inning, North scored 2 runs to cut Prospect's lead to 5-2. One of those runs came on the double-sui.

I was so busy last Wednesday, I couldn't get to Comic Gallery before I left town. I nearly forgot to find a good store (the one in Northbrook carries very little, it's really more a collectible card and sports memorabilia outfit.) I passed Phoenix Comics (5920 Dempster St., Morton Grove) by chance, and their sign bearing the Superman logo caught my eye. The store feels like somebody's basement--cluttered and dark. He has so much material around you can barely find the cash register on the counter. But he had everything on my list, save Ultimate Fantastic Four #4 (which he'll have tomorrow) and the new Strange Killings series (not much demand from his customer base.)