It's been a couple of years since I posted a podcast on why kids think adults are boring (they think we don't play enough). I've taken the advice of then ten or 11 year old Sophie and Annika seriously and now make a concerted effort to play, play, play. It's been some time since Lewinsohn at U. of Oregon demonstrated that mood is directly related to frequency of pleasant activities and what better time to focus on increasing pleasant activities than in the summertime (well, at least it's summer for us college profs).
This past weekend's whiffle ball season opener was incredible, as reported from reporter Mick The Quick who was on the scene in Guilford, Vermont for this year's season opener:
PUMILIA'S WALK OFF HR HIGHLIGHTS '09 OPENER
Guilford,VT(AP)- Joe "The Toe" Pumilia, better known for his pre-game fireworks display than his offensive firepower, launched a 2 run walk-off home run to give the New Hampshire Chihuahuas a split of their doubleheader with their arch rivals Keets Brook All Stars in the opening games of the 2009 wiffleball season at Bowie Wragtail Memorial Field. The All Stars won the opener, 1-0, on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth in a pitcher's duel aided by a stiff west wind and some rare fielding gems.
Stars' Mick "The Quick" Durante, playing on one leg in an heroic effort after being mauled by a bear last summer, served up Pumilia's dramatic blast. He lay stunned on the field after the game and paramedics worked nearly half an hour to revive him.
Chihuahuas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Keets Brook 0 0 0 0 0 1 x- 1
Keets Brook 0 2 0 0 2 - 4
Chihuahuas 0 1 2 0 2 - 5
Home Runs- KB- J. Hoffman(1); C- J. Pumilia(1)
Annika (age 13) caught a slice of the game on tape: