I slept through the night like a baby. No dreams, no restlessness, not a single disturbance. When I woke this morning, the clock said 5:58. I beat the alarm by 3 minutes! I victoriously turned it off before it could beep, and hopped out of bed feeling relieved and rested.
I drank a cup of coffee, ate some cereal, and met my friend Burns at 6:45. We spent the next six hours at Dodger Stadium, standing in line for opening day tickets.
“The race for third place has already begun! Be part of the excitement at Dodger Stadium!”

The Dodgers communications director, who is the worst public speaker I’ve ever seen, tried and failed to keep pump up the crowd, shouting things like, “When I say ‘What do you miss?!’ You say, ‘Baseball!’ Ready?! What do you miss?!”
One guy next to me shouted, “The Playoffs!” Another shouted, “My tickets!”
And so it went for several hours. He even tried to get us all to sing “Take me out to the ballgame.” I felt physical pain in my gut for this poor guy.
Burns’s wristband was 500 higher than mine, so while he bought our tickets, I walked back to the car and finished reading a wonderful book titled ” Mister Posterior And The Genius Child,” by Emily Jenkins. I was sad to see it end, and I highly recommend it.
When I was done with my book, I took a nap. Burns returned about an hour later with our tickets — they are the best kind: inside the park for opening day.
When I arrived home, there was a package sitting on my dining room table, containing my Homestarrunner T-shirts! Ryan got a Strongbad, Nolan got a Homestar, and I got a Strongbad and The Cheat. Plus we got bonus tatoos.

39 thoughts on “Treefingers”

  1. longtime reader, first time poster. I enjoy your site alot wil! Glad you’re doing better!

  2. 6 hours for baseball tickets? You must be a *real* dedicated fan. I lost what little interest I had in baseball and just about any other professional sport because of the baseball strike back in the 90s.
    Jeez i sound like “the 90’s” were ages ago.
    Anyway I’m glad you were able to get a good night’s rest. There is nothing like that feeling you get when you wake up just minutes before the alarm. That triumphant, “Ha! Beat ya” feeling. hehe

  3. glad you got some well deserved sleep wil…
    and loved the ‘race for third place’ line…laughed out loud when i saw that…

  4. I feel that your good night sleep may have been the cause for my restless sleep. Why would you send me your sleepless night vibes? That’s just bad karma. Don’t be like Fhqwhgads. He’s full of bad Karma.

  5. I like this format for comments much better. The old way, a box opened up and displayed comments in a font that was too small for me to read comfortably. I couldn’t adjust the font or the size of the box. (Maybe my screen resolution of 1280×1024 had something to do with it. Running Win Me.)

  6. I’m glad to hear that you got a good night’s sleep. Sounds like you needed it!
    Thanks for the book recommendation. It sounds like something I’ll have to check out. I’m a voracious reader and go through books almost faster than I can afford them.

  7. Well i doubt you will read this, bu i read your blog most days, its great to see you are still doing well, i am just watching TNG, good work.
    I think is cool u did the site ur self.

  8. I was unaware that there were people who could beat the alarm and who even woke up refreshed.
    Oh well, congrats on the sleeping, I hope you keep feeling better.

  9. Today is not a school day so I slept in till 8, which I never do b/c I usually can’t sleep past 6
    Yeah I know that is weird. And I’m a teenager.
    Go figure!
    :) FiSHY:)

  10. I don’t think I could get up at 6 in the morning for anything short of the Second Coming.
    Or delivery of a brand new convertible.

  11. There’s a 5:58 in the MORNING now??
    I’m torn between a Trogdor or Strong Bad shirt, myself. One is the Burninator, one created the Burninator. It’s rough.

  12. Wil!
    Once I had a five month stretch where I dreamt of chasing myself through the streets of Venice. Every day I would wake up exactly 6 minutes before my alarm went off. Then one day, I didn’t set my alarm, and that morning I woke up at the exact time my alarm was to go off, well rested and dream free.
    Funny how the human brain operates.

  13. Congrats on the tickets, Wil!
    You ever do much with Fantasy Baseball? Seems to be right up your alley.

  14. Yeah, well I just got a cheat hoodie! *sticks his tounge out at you in a very childish manner*
    Seriously, though, I’m glad you slept well. :) And yay for beating your alarm clock! I hate it when mine wakes me up-so jarring.
    I hope you enjoy the baseball!

  15. My roommate and I were torn about the shirts…we’re ending up with a Trogdor and a Stinko Man.
    Too many shirts, too little disposable income.

  16. And if you are lucky, Sandy Koufax will throw out the first pitch and hit Rupert right between the eyes.

  17. I’m glad the nightmares have stopped. And hopefully the rest are happy and wet ones. Okay only happy ones. I also hope you had fun at Dodger Stadium with your buddy, and you got all the tickets you were wanting. Good luck with the book.

  18. P.S.
    Looks like you got some cool stuff to, that probably made it a great Saturday for you. Have a great rest of the weekend.

  19. Wil, you’re so damn lucky you live on the West Coast. Waiting in line for tickets is nothing compared to us East Coast residents who had to brave 12 degree weather a few weeks ago for Mets tickets. Why bother getting tickets when the Dodgers have NO chance of winning the West? They don’t have enough pitching! Even San Francisco has a better starting rotation….

  20. Glad you are feeling better, Wil. Unrelated subject: I just looked at the posted content for a future “Nemesis” DVD and it looks that they are not including any “Wesley” deleted scenes. They are saying it can change, but still. How do I contact Rick Berman to let him know that I want “Wesley deleted scenes”? perhaps we can have some influence.

  21. Bullshit Wil,
    at 11:27 pst you were commenting on my Fark article.
    – Nothing But Net
    By the way that was my 19th Fark post. You have 18. Slacker!

  22. glad you got some sleep, some days its rewarding to wake up refreshed before your alarm goes off… other days, it can just be flat out annoying! :-) hope you’re having a great weekend!

  23. 03-08-03 01:27:18 AM
    “Modern Day Paul Bunyan?!”
    I bet you a dollar he doesn’t even have an ox, much less a big blue one, the slacker
    Heh. I think the times are Eastern, man. We’ll call it a draw. 😉

  24. Wow, you stood in line for five hours for baseball tickets??
    Man, that’s dedication. I only go to baseball games when the tickets are free. Of course, up here in Toronto, hockey’s the thing.
    Alright, all together now: OWEN NOLAN RULES!
    hehe, sorry.
    Good job on the whole night’s sleep!

  25. Bad move Wil. You abandoned the good old fashioned nightmares of being chased by the boogie man…. only to buy tickets for one of the finest baseball franchises ever to be purchased by the boogie man! Long live Vin Scully, memories of Kirk Gibson circa 1988, and a slow painful death to Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.’s ownership of the Dodgers.

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