Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Separated at Birth?

I was headed out the door after a long day of decision making at work today when my old pal Gary walked into the room.  I had just closed my office door and was headed towards the elevators, and Gary made a comment about how I looked.  He said, "Wow, you look just like that guy on the show BLUE BLOODS."  I said, "You mean Tom Selleck?"  He said that was who he meant.  I asked him if he was sure.  I mean, Tom Selleck was one of the sex symbols of the 80s, a tall, ruggedly handsome star of TV and movies, from MAGNUM PI to QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER.  From 3 MEN AND A BABY to MR. BASEBALL.  From JESSE STONE to Monica's much older boyfriend on FRIENDS.  The guy with more hair in his mustache than I had on my entire body when I was a teen.  The modern day John Wayne.  Women idolize this guy.  And he's still "got" it, right?  And I was being compared to HIM?  Gary said, "Yeah, you've even got his mannerisms down."  I immediately stopped slouching, straightened my tie, and brushed the hair out of my face.  My OA (office administrator), Miss K, who witnessed the exchange, laughed at me.  However, the damage was done.  I had a jolt of confidence that has been absent for longer than I care to admit.  I was feeling pretty cool.  I had a bounce in my step all the way to my car.

When I got home and changed out of my work clothes, I looked in the bathroom mirror and reality came crashing in on me.  If I really resemble Tom Selleck, then he's in pretty sad shape.  Oh, well.  It was nice for a little while.  Maybe I need to go out and get a shiny red Ferrari.  And color my mustache.  And find some hot 20-something girlfriend.... And then maybe forget the whole thing.

Tom Selleck?  Sheesh...

Separated at birth?

I am so excited about baseball season.  My Pittsburgh Pirates, a playoff team for the past two years, look to at least be as strong this season as last, and for the second straight off season, I'm feeling really good about their chances for success.  I love their rotation, the fact that they brought back AJ Burnett (that he actually WANTED to come back to the Bucs!), and resigned Francisco Liriano, and Gerrit Cole settling in as the Ace of the staff.  I love the pick up of Korean star Jung Ho Kang, a slugger who is making his American debut.  I love the formidable starting outfielders, Starling Marte, youngster Gregory Polanco, and MVP-contender Andrew McCutchen.  I can't wait to see what the exciting Josh Harrison can do over a full season as a starter.  I'm hoping Pedro Alvarez can transition over to first base and return to the power-hitting home run champ he was in 2013.  And I just love watching the hometown Pittsburgh Kid, Neil Walker.  This team is for real, and will contend once again.  How can you not get excited about that?  I'm so glad football season is over.  Bring on March Madness, then let's get some Baseball Fever!

Raise The Jolly Roger!
Have a great evening, everyone!

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