Saturday, March 24, 2012

What's this "we" business, paleface?

—just to jump ahead to the punch-line.

I have been struggling for some time with what I want to say here, how the blog can be satisfying to me. It's something Melvin and I have discussed several times on the phone and by e-mail, as well as at the bleary-eyed Long Island City "staff meeting."  I have started numerous posts that ended up in the metaphorical trash basket.

So, when Melvin writes, "Our plan is to post less often but at greater length and even perhaps with more insight—long-form journalism," he may be right ... or he may just be expressing what he believes to be the solution to my vexation.  I sense there may be posts that are exactly the opposite, a series of photographs with little text, like the conclusion of my (long-form, I admit) post on Lightning Field.

Or maybe I have already left the reservation.  In my line of work—"I'm a tumbler; I'm a government man."—it's inadvisable to let people see indecisiveness, to make public the thought process (unless one is breaking the rule manipulatively).

On the other hand, I am perplexed by blogs that peter out or abruptly end.  What happened after that last post?  Was the author killed in a car crash?  Or did s/he just lose interest, over time or suddenly, without ever writing about it?  Not as esoterically as I might have—those are some of the drafts I deleted—but I've now written about it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On the Road Again

At last! Some clue about where the Byways will take us this year. Our plan is to post less often but at greater length and even perhaps with more insight—long-form journalism is the new new thing, dontcha know. Here's what we have lined up so far:

Tuesday, 4/17: Fresno Grizzlies
Wednesday, 4/18: Visalia Rawhide
Thursday, 4/19: Bakersfield Blaze
Friday, 4/20: High Desert Mavericks
Saturday, 4/21: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Monday, 4/23: Los Angeles Dodgers

Some of you may notice that this route will take us right past the Lancaster Jethawks and the Inland Empire 66ers. We had to save something for a later Anaheim/San Diego/Lake Elsinore itinerary....

A second trip in the summer will take us up and down either side of the Mississippi, and then some:

Wednesday, 6/27: Chicago Cubs
Thursday, 6/28: Indianapolis Indians
Friday, 6/29: Bowling Green Hot Rods
Saturday, 6/30: Nashville Sounds
Sunday, 7/1: Jackson Generals
Monday, 7/2: Memphis Redbirds
Tuesday, 7/3: Arkansas Travelers
Wednesday, 7/4: Springfield Cardinals
Thursday, 7/5: Tulsa Drillers
Friday, 7/6: Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Saturday, 7/7: St. Louis Cardinals

There will be a smattering of Cubs and Mets games, too, plus Rob may well file a report from the debut season of the Miami Marlins and their insane home-run display. Play ball already!