Shower Screams, Baseball Dreams and Disgraced Teams

Justin March 4, 2012 0

Lather, rinse, repeat, scream like a crazy person.

Does my shower routine differ from yours?

I tend to be a pretty chill guy during the day. Things happen, but I usually let them roll off my back. To the untrained eye, it may seem like I’m at peace. Maybe I’ve found my Zen. But you, dear reader, know better. You know I’m a bundle of nerves who’s constantly on the edge of a freakout. So, how do I do it? Easy.  I have pre-fights.

As I said earlier, it happens in the morning, usually while I’m showering. I think about the day ahead. What errands do I need to run? What am I going to have for lunch? What about dinner? What’s on the agenda for work? And, most importantly, who will I be interacting with?

I take it on a person by person basis. I know individual A will be involved in activity B. So, I think ahead. What will individual A do or say that makes it harder for me to complete my task. Perhaps they will not understand what I’m talking about when I try to give them directions. Perhaps they will whine about what I ask them to do. Maybe they’ll tell me they don’t agree with what I’m trying to accomplish.

And so, right there in the shower, I yell at them. I have the fight by myself. It starts in my head, but, by the end, I’m usually so angry that I scream out loud. And I say terrible things to them. Horrible, vile invective spews from my freshly washed face. My fists clench, My lip quivers, My face turns red and I yell. Then, I get out of the shower, get dressed and start my day.

Later, people do stupid things. They make asinine statements. They espouse beliefs based on gross misperceptions. They display a horrifying lack of intellectual curiosity.  And I let it go. There’s no reason to say anything.

I’ve already had that fight.

Sports Illustrated: March 5th, 2012

Ozzie  Guillen, Baseball, Miami Marlins




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