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Lions +Tigers = Loss of Motivation

October 11, 2011 - Steve Schulwitz
I may have dropped the ball.

I have been so consumed with the Tigers playoff run and the excitement of the Lions starting the season undefeated that I haven't really taken the chance to enjoy the unseasonable weather that has entrenched the region for the last week. It is not an exaggeration to suggest the only time I was outside was when I was going to and from our van to leave to and from work. Now that the warm weather is about to abate, regret is beginning to set in.

Besides missing out on several fishing trips and a bonfire at camp, I also failed to accomplish several household chores I pledged to tackle while the sun was out and the air was warm. Epic fail. The lawn is still thick, the camper isn't winterized, and the Halloween decorations are still comfortably packed away in bins in the basement. These are tasks I will still have to complete, but they will be done in much cooler temperatures and with much less enjoyment.

The culprit for my laziness is Detroit sports. Namely the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings, who have, for the most part, been dominating the sports headlines in recent weeks. I have been an avid follower of the three Michigan teams since I was a young boy, and my passion for them runs deep. Apparently to a fault.

To my wife's credit, she said very little to me about me being a couch potato and continued on with her own personal list of work which needed to be done, and of course every item on her list has been crossed off. I think it would be in my best interest not to whine or complain when I finally get to work to ready our home and yard for winter, or a big "I told you so" will be thrown my way. Deservedly so, I guess.

There is still a small window of opportunity for me to complete my work in 70-degree temperatures. It looks like Wednesday will be my final shot as forecasters predict an above average day weather-wise before cooler weather moves on Thursday.

What does my schedule look like for Wednesday? Early day at the paper, band practice, and then the Tigers.

Oh Oh.


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