If you can learn one new thing in a day, I say you’ve had a pretty good day. By that standard, I’ve had a doubly good day.
The first thing I learned was that when installing a window air conditioning unit, don’t let go. That nugget of wisdom came to me at the precise time that my co-worker Jan’s air conditioner — the one which just seconds before I had been “installing” — landed in what I believe to be a juniper bush approximately eight feet beneath her window. The good news is that the juniper bush saved the unit from being completely wrecked, and a half-hour later Jan and I were plugging it in to learn that — Yes! — it works. The bad news is that the minute we turned it on, about half that juniper bush sprayed from the vents and into Jan’s office.
A handyman, I’m not.
The second thing I learned was that listening to a Red Sox-Yankees game and shooting free throws do not mix. I tried tonight, but even with it being just the third game of the season, listening to extra innings will tend to compromise the concentration. So those first couple hundred were pretty slow, and the next 800 only a little better. It was just short of an hour and a half when No. 1,000 fell through. Worse, the Sox lost, 3-1.
Live and learn: Shoot, then listen. Or listen, then shoot. But never the twain should meet … or something like that.
We’re now at 208,107 down, 791,893 to go to 1 million made foul shots.