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HokieUmp last won the day on December 3 2016

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About HokieUmp

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  1. Batter's Box

    Coach: Is that batter in the box? Me: Yes. [scene]
  2. Obstruction?

    I am who I am. And I always carry a pen.
  3. Obstruction?

    I thought that was the ONLY rule. Or at least rule 0.
  4. My turn now?

    Just one last update. I'm not trying to turn this part of the Forum into a "ribbon site" - I don't know what colour ribbon is used for lymphoma - but I thought I would do one more. Didn't get those games last week, since it just rained like hell in Virginia for about 8-10 days. Sunday itself was SPECTACULAR, but the fields were evidently swamped. We were cancelled the day before, it had gotten so bad. The real reason for the post is that I had my first session of chemo today. Lucky me - the recipe they use for my particular version has four different chemicals given by IV, and although two of them take maybe 15 minutes to do, the other two take something like four hours combined. And the first hour or two is the prepping, and a bunch of other chemicals - all aimed at mitigating the effects. (I think I got twice as many non-chemo meds as the chemo meds.) At the risk of messing with the luck - like the conference trophy in hockey (GO CAPS!) - I'm feeling pretty good. No barfing. And because it's still early in the process, I still have my hair!!! For now. Anyway, last update. If you care, or are curious about the process, want a laugh or two, or are just looking to use up your data for the month, I'm writing about it at shaunandthecancer.blogspot.com. Thanks again for the support. (Oh, and since I just Googled it - lymphoma's ribbon colour is lime green. Still trying to get used to that.)
  5. My turn now?

    On the upside, I've managed to set myself up for a few more games before The Treatment. I'm still on my house-hunting trip (got a house under contract here AND have managed to get the Williamsburg house under contract as well!). I've already ended up regular association schedule, but it turns out a local in Williamsburg I work for occasionally needed guys on Sunday for some 12U action. Since next week won't start to suck until Monday, I grabbed 'em. Delaying the Reaper by a few more days. (I forgot to mention that, although a sense of humour IS needed to fight disease, mine tends to run towards "gallows." It's not a great match.) Thanks for the well-wishes, fellas.
  6. Feel free to use the following: "Well, good for you, sport. When you're umpiring, you do you. But tonight, you're a coach, so stick to that." if he's the AC, and not the HC, feel free to add: "And if you want to argue a call, either let your head coach do it, or plan on a short night." And then walk away.
  7. My turn now?

    So I see that Typhoon is coming back on the field. Well, since the universe as a way of balancing out, I'm off the field for an unknown period of time. To be fair, some of it is a move from Virginia to Texas that's causing it - I'm in the middle of a house-hunting trip to San Antonio, where I'll be for the next three years, roughly. And when I get back from the trip, I've only got about a month left in Virginia, and there's all the disruption caused by that. But the other thing is, I recently received a lymphoma diagnosis. When I get back from house-hunting, I get to have a PET scan, a port surgically installed in my chest, and then my first round of chemo. All in about five days. Yeah, me? My current oncologist has a strangely calming influence, so even despite my move to Texas, he's not all that concerned, so I'm not freaking out or anything. (Other than the potential for losing hair, that is - for some reason, that bothers me the most right now. It's vain, but I am what I am.) According to him, there are six treatments, so we're talking well into the summer, it would appear. So, while I'm personally not a religious guy, I will not turn down well wishes, good thoughts, and any prayers you want to offer. My last games were the day before I got on the plane to San Antonio, so we'll see where it takes me. I'll try to keep up here, but we'll see. Keep working hard, fellas!
  8. Cricket umpiring scenario

    Usually, it would depend on the kind of match. One-day matches can be all daytime, or day/night, while Tests are usually daytime. (Having said that, the second Ashes Test in Adelaide was a day/night Test.) (You spend six years in Australia, you learn a few things about the game. By no means am I an expert, but I picked up stuff.) For the question: I wouldn't grant the extra time - take tea early. The retired batsman hasn't lost his wicket, and could return, so it's not a situation where you'd be extending play to take the final wicket. (I know - it's LIKE I'm speaking English, but it's like I'm not, too!)
  9. Anyone in San Antonio?

    It isn't official, and it wouldn't happen until after the 2018 high school season, but I'm in a line to be making a position change, and moving to San Antonio. I'm looking forward to it, and in between Zillow sessions, I would like to also maybe start making connections with an association or associations in that area. It's early days, sure - and I don't even know where we're going to live, and are still months away from that, but I just want to get started. While I realize I can always check the Google machine - and I already have done that, thanks very much - I was curious if there was any of the membership in that area, and if so, they would like to provide any feedback about their group or groups. It can be either here in this thread, or PM, however you wish and are most comfortable. My initial question is the TASO chapter thing - are those just for HS/scholastic games only, or are they for different groups? For example, I belong to two different associations here in Virginia. One does just scholastic games, and one Triple Crown weekend tournament, so is only operating March -June. My main group also does Pony, LL, travel teams, showcase, adult, a little Legion, and some college-age summer ball, and we're going into November. Anyway, thanks for any and all information folks can provide!
  10. Kneeling for National Anthem

    But, then - where are you going to get your facts from, if not "the media?" So you watch a source, you know its biases and adjust appropriately. If you see a person making news actually making their statements on video, at least those aspects of a story are pretty set, with no prism filtering them. This will probably catch me more grief, but what about .......... NPR or PBS as your media source, then? //Runs for cover
  11. Kneeling for National Anthem

    (Emphasis added.) And in response, I can only say "And many have not." (A variation of "nuh-uh.") As you might guess, I'm one of those who does not feel that disrespect to the flag or the military, or even the anthem, was shown. Does everyone bow their heads if/when a prayer is offered? Nope, because I know I don't. Does that mean I'm showing disrespect to that person's prayer? Nope. (If I were to raise a ruckus of some sort, different story.) Which is sort of the point I was trying to make about the enforceability of the Code you have quoted. It's a VERY subjective matter, and opinions vary widely, even more so than other parts of the criminal code. So how are you going to enforce disrespect, when, like obscenity, there's not a universal opinion on it? As guidelines for handling the flag go, the Flag Code is fine; as law, it doesn't make for great law. As to the actual point of this - the kneel itself - I'll just tell you the exchange between my wife and myself just the other day, lest anyone think there are universally held feelings on this. [CNN is on. Discussion about Pres v NFL, claims of disrespect, etc.] Me: "So..... what do YOU think of this protest thing, as a retiree?" Her: [no kidding, tears come to her eyes] "Well, isn't that the reason I spent 21 years, so people would have the right to do that? That's the point!" As to NFL salaries: yes, my bad. I barely watch any length of The Shield on TV, and don't know game-related stats, never mind salary details. I know not everything is guaranteed in the NFL, and honestly don't pay attention to contract numbers. I know that even minimum salary dogs my paycheck in a big way, so it's a matter of scale after that. So yes, Kaep is set.
  12. Kneeling for National Anthem

    So, there's a set of rules when one can protest what they see as an injustice? Wouldn't a millionaire be in a better spot to protest, if he's set? (And since NFL contracts aren't completely guaranteed, Kaep is probably doing okay, but might not be set for his WHOLE life.)
  13. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Thanks for the credit; does the assumption I'm an idiot come at no extra charge? It is a fact, actually, that Fox News - and most of the rest of the conservative media - has led the charge in turning this from "hey, maybe cops shouldn't shoot unarmed black people in the early 21st century United States" to "we spit on the flag and the military that serve it." And I know it was the former, as the persons who first knelt explicitly said what their protest was about; anyone whose emotional reaction to it turns it to the latter is, well, incorrect. To your Cliff notes: @lawump, being the actual lawyer, can tell you that "should" and "shall" have very different legal meanings. Should is a recommendation word; shall makes something "required." So this isn't a legally enforceable set of instructions, bluntly. And any attempt to enforce something like this - aside from making us look like Berlin in about 1936 - wouldn't survive the legal challenge, in my opinion. Not least of which because of all the regularly occurring violations already mentioned. More to my point: my question wasn't "what's the legal aspects of this?" It was "HOW is this disrespectful." No one answers this. And that makes it a FURTHER challenge to be enforceable, since that Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8 part says "No disrespect should be shown" - without a definition of what "disrespectful" is. There has to be something to violate. So. Tell me how it's disrespectful. [To me, any a LOT of other people, quietly kneeling during the anthem isn't showing disrespect to either the anthem or the flag. Raising hell, or trying to play another song over it, or something like, would go a lot farther towards a definition of disrespect.] (And since it seems that people often have to show their "bonafides" on this subject, I'm a 32+ year federal employee, 29 with the DoD, married to a 21-year USAF retiree. I have skin in the game. But I'm a HUGE fan of the Bill of Rights, and always a little suspicious of both overly pious behaviour AND over-the-top patriotism. Don't get me started on that Lee Greenwood song.) And @lawump - no charge for the "Perpetual Outrage Machine"
  14. Kneeling for National Anthem

    This seems demonstrably false. I give you the following: I'm sure there are other examples, but to me, this doesn't sound a lot like a "celebration." I asked this elsewhere, but I'll throw it out here: other than the Perpetual Outrage Machine that is Fox News, can someone tell me how the taking of a knee in that situation disrespects the flag? And more importantly, how it disrespects the military? The best argument for that I've heard is essentially "well, it just does!" I think people are conflating what the protest is actually addressing, versus what they're TELLING themselves it's about. Either that, or they're getting emotionally wrapped around the axle. Kaep protested the treatment of black Americans; this past weekend was not only that, but a attempt to remind DJT that he's not a dictator, and the Constitution is still in effect. And, for him to stop being such a damn bully.