I spent a lot of hours laying on the deck in a swimsuit, sweating away my summer vacation when I was a teen-ager. A deep, dark tropical tan in the 1980s was the teen-age currency that a cell phone with unlimited text messaging is today; you were a nobody without one.
That’s why everyone has skin cancer nowadays. That, and the ozone hole, I guess.
Anyway, I was reminded today of my days on the back-yard deck and my years as a life guard at an outdoor pool: I got a great tan today while I watched 5 hours of Little League baseball.
I was wearing sunscreen, so I hope instead of skin cancer (and wrinkles), I got a lot of Vitamin D. I got literally thousands of International Units of Vitamin D today to fight osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases.
Game 1 was pretty standard and unsurprising (click on the “Little League Latest” tab at the top of this page for details). Game 2 was easily one of the strangest baseball games I’ve ever witnessed (though I hear from my friend Stacy that Little League games for 4-year-olds can be pretty bizarre). The Hampshire Indians had only 8 players, so a player from the opposing team batted ninth and played right field for us. And we had only one umpire instead of two; after a 12-run bottom of the first inning, he announced he was expanding the strike zone and batters better start swinging.
The Indians were on their third pitcher when I left in the middle of the third inning.
I had had enough Vitamin D.