Life in Hollywood, below-the-line

Life in Hollywood, below-the-line
Work gloves at the end of the 2006/2007 television season (photo by Richard Blair)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Brief Hiatus

                       Photo courtesy of Monterey Bay Partisan

It's that time of year again: the major league baseball playoffs.  Some people like to watch the brain-crushing, body-rending meat grinder of football, the syncopated, arhythmic gymnastics of basketball, or the endless running, kicking, and chasing the ball of soccer -- and many sports fans like all three.

Me, I like baseball, which makes this a very special time of year as the playoff elimination rounds build towards the World Series. It's baseball's time to shine in the spotlight.

So what does this have to do with the film and television industry, or life below-the-line?

Nothing, other than the unfortunate reality that work will prevent me from watching many of the more compelling playoff games. That's the trouble with toiling in the salt mines of television, where the season is going full steam by the time the baseball playoffs arrive.* So when at work, I'll be working -- and at home, I'll be glued to the TV or tuned to internet radio following the games… which won't leave much time for posting here. I might throw together an occasional JFTHOI post, but that's about it. Besides, it's been too fucking hot here in LA lately, and I can't work up much enthusiasm for sitting at this keyboard with sweat running down my face. 

So I won't.  

Given that my team is out of it this year, I'm pulling for the perennial-loser Chicago Cubs to finally get to -- and win -- the World Series. History weighs against this actually happening, of course, but carving out the future baseball history is what the playoffs are all about.

I'll be back in November once the issue has been decided, and a new team stands atop the baseball world -- and maybe by then we'll be done melting under high-90's temperatures here in LA.  

Meanwhile, go Cubs!  

* Next year at this time -- inshallah -- I'll be watching the 2016 playoffs back on the Home Planet, uninterrupted by the demands of work, my time in Hollywood just a memory...


JD said...

Just how many breaks from blogging are allowed under current union contract?

Michael Taylor said...


It's one of those cable sidebar deals -- which means as many breaks as I need...

Ed (sloweddi) said...

My "hiatus" was 5 days in Portland to attend a wedding, where all the women half my age said, "Oh... You're Ed." some in a happy voice and some in a "warn the village" voice.

They had this moisture that fell from the sky that I could not identify since I live north of the bay.

So catch up time in reading blogs :)