A little bit of an exaggeration. (No! Really?) But is there anything worse than reading along and realizing there's no end parenthesis? And when it starts your day, that brings a lot of unresolved tension to the table that just sticks with you. XKCD* covered this not too long back. And it's true. Bothers me on a deeply personal level. Don't abuse parentheses, people! And that includes you, baseball trivia calendar! Here is what I was greeted with when I was helpfully informed today is May 6.
*I'm never sure whether to capitalize that or not. I usually err towards big letters, though. I guess it makes me feel less hipster that way.
Can You Believe It?
On August 25, 1922, the Cubs beat the Phillies in the highest-scoring game in major league history. For how many runs did the two teams combine?
A. 41 (21-20)
B. 46 (27-19
C. 52 (28-24)
D. 49 (26-23)*
WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME, CALENDAR PEOPLE! I took a pen** and fixed option B.
*D is the correct answer, for those of you playing along at home.
**I just realized I don't have the slightest clue where the pen I just used came from. The pen I thought I used is sitting harmlessly on my desk, cap on it. The mystery pen is missing its cap, sitting closer to the calender. Wait, I have a camera on my phone. Look! This is officially a freaky Friday. I'll let you know if Jodie Foster or Jamie Lee Curtis drops by. You know, depending on if you prefer the original or the remake.
Now that that's off my chest, let me put in a little plug here. If you're in the Dayton area, you need to go out to Wiley's Comedy Club and support Luke Robbins in the World Series of Comedy. I'm wasn't best friends with Luke or anything, but I had some classes with him and watched just about every play he was in. The dude is funny, and anything to help him get to Vegas for the finals is good with me. Comedy is harder than it looks, my brief foray into roasting Jesse James.* Page four of that article will tell you why there was a roast of Jesse, and since he lived across the hall from me and I liked ragging on him, I seemed like a good choice. Problem is, I decided to wing it and I'm not a very good comedian. I learned a lot that day, and didn't get many laughs in the process. So, yeah, I have a lot of respect for Luke and wish him all the best.
*Yes, that's his given name. And he has a penchant for sweater vests.
As far as actual sports are concerned, I'm predicting both Boston and San Jose move on tonight. A pretty boring second round of the NHL playoffs after such a great opening round. The Conference finales promise to be better.