Well, that's more like it, as we're back to having a really nice morning out here in the deluxe environs of the Sweet Spot -- the pearl of central Fairfax County. The humidity is a bit too high, it's true, but the mercury sits at a refreshing 68 degrees, and we've got plenty of bright sunshine going on along with clear blue skies and those lovely gentle breezes. The cicadas do seem to have toned things down lately, but the crickets keep at it, and the tapping of the woodpeckers and cries of the jays keep our local hills alive with the sound of wildlife. Perfect morning really to go sit out on the back patio with a cup of freshly-brewed single-estate Kona, but I've got a couple of loads of laundry that need to be run instead. Gotta get that taken care of before Cash Cab comes on. Anyway, the forecast calls for wall-to-wall lovely over the next several days, so patio-time is not apt to be in short supply.
Just minimal deer traffic yesterday though (and none so far today), as just a single trip across the property by a doe and two fawns was noted. Late night Friday and up early Saturday, so did go take a nice 90-minute nap late in the afternoon. Perhaps a deer or two snuck by while I was snoozing. The beautiful wall of windows in the TV room should permit better deer trackage during Cash Cab today.
In other news, Austin Voth was certainly better than expected for the Nats against the Braves yesterday, departing with two outs in the sixth while holding a 1-0 lead. Wander Suero promptly gave up two hits that tied the score, and things only got worse from there, as Suero again, and then Rodney and Fedde gave up a shooting gallery total of nine runs across the next three frames, sealing another dreadful defeat, this time by a score of 10-1. To cap off a day of frustration and futility, Andrew Stephenson led off a meaningless bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit triple but was left stranded after three lame outs produced nothing but the final nails in the coffin. Speaking of which, we now have 81 wins, while the Cubs have 80 and the Brewers have 79. A Wild Card berth that seemed certain is now in jeopardy. So we'll try again to beat the Braves today, but while Anibel Sanchez has had some strong moments this year, the cards will not be stacked in his favor as he attempts to take down the 16-5 lefty, Max Fried. Fried did struggle against PHI in his last outing, but the Nats tame bats may be just what he needs to get back on track.
Unlikely ever to have been on track meanwhile are the dummies, ding-a-lings, and doughnut holes of Falls Church City. A bunch of empty calories if ever there were one, they've struggled to express themselves in any sort of coherent manner of late, but you never know, they might take another futile stab at it at some point today. Or maybe they'll be off doing some Sunday real estate shopping instead. Redfin reports that there are some great bargains waiting out there...
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