Monday, June 1, 2009

"There's no crying in baseball"

My life? That's a completely different story.

There's been a notable uptick in crying lately. Men, women. At work, at home. Lately, I am like a magnet for weeping.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. I have no problem with crying - it is a natural thing. A normal part of living. And I am not a conventional, emotionally-repressed American male* - I will shed tears without embarrassment at the drop of a hat (OK, maybe a tiny bit of embarrassment if there are a lot of people around).

All I'm saying is: it would be cool if the crying could be spread out a little better.

Of course, life isn't like that. People die when it is time for them to die - not when it would be convenient. People don't make plans to get confused and upset - it happens when it happens.

And I'm on top of things. I've got the situation covered. But the crying doesn't make things easy.

In fact, it's times like these when I'm most grateful for being such a contrary person. I'd like to think that it's just to "bring balance to the Force" - but it's probably just being a contrary jerk. When everyone else is nervous, I choose to remain calm. When those around me are confident, I try to point out where there confidence may be unfounded. When lots of tears are flowing - I don't cry.

I assume that's one of the reasons I'm such a weeping magnet - people expect me to hold firm in such circumstances. And I'm - if not happy - at least willing to oblige.

On the grander Good News - Bad News front, it's a roller coaster ride as well:

Good news - The Wings are up 2 games - 0 in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Bad news - GM declared bankruptcy this morning

So there's likely to be a lot more crying around here soon enough.
But let's hope this won't go on for much longer. It's a drag.

Take care.

The Stanley Cup Finals - Detroit vs. Pittsburgh

The Wings defeated the Penguins Sunday night by a score of 3-1.
Detroit leads best of seven series, 2 games to 0

* If you apply any of those terms to me individually, I would probably have to plead guilty - but not in that combination


gathering dust said...

The Peguins, Uncle J? I expect more out of you :-)

Also, I am excellent at crying at the drop of a hat. Or on demand. Which may help explain my lack of speeding tickets....

historymike said...

I cried more when I still drank.

I meant that statement as both an accurate representation of the inhibition-reducing powers of alcohol and as recognition that my life was a helluva lot more drama-drenched when my drinking started spinning out of "control" (ahem) about a decade ago.

Anyways, even as a sober person I have been one to repress emotions in public, or (worse) to revert to humor to avoid public pain.

I save my dark spleen-venting for privacy. I do not recommend this, nor am I proud of it, but it is difficult to change the genetic and environmental factors that turned me into the sob-avoiding SOB that I am.

Jim Styro said...

Andie: Penguins? What are you talking about? (Heh heh heh...)

I don't think your ticket avoidance technique would work for a guy - but thanks for sharing.

Mikey: Well, I am at least glad that you can once again experience your emotions with some purity - rather than through the haze of alcohol. I think drugs can be somewhat useful for showing a person what is inside them when the inhibitions drop away (you would think you'd know - but sometimes you really don't).

The problem is: the intake rarely stops at that point.

I hope that made sense. It actually may be worth posting on at some point in the future - since I am well acquainted with the lure of addiction.

Captain Dumbass said...

I can cry at the drop of a hat as well, but only when I'm alone. Kinda like this morning when I found out my country will be running in the red for the first time in nearly a decade all so we can own a chunk of GM. I'm afraid I don't have a lot of sympathy for the North American car industry. Build a product that doesn't depreciate by half the minute you leave the lot because it's put together so poorly and see how quickly your finances turn around.

Middle Aged Woman said...

I guess I need to see that movie.

Jim Styro said...

Cap'n: I am gratified to know that Canada will be doing its part in the desperate attempt to keep the vast (but getting less vast by the second) vessel that is GM afloat.

MAW: You've never seen "A League Of Their Own"? I blame myself...