Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Can't Become Boy in the Bubble

The Games have Stopped.
The Season is over.
What's softball done is softball done.
Next Year will soon be this year.

With the game gone for now, real world reality hits, and I am reminded on how fragile life is. I thought I had it all figured out when I was a kid, I swore I did, by 42 I thought I would be a millionaire, a successful pompous shit don't stink business man. Thankfully that didn't didn't happen as I grew up, but now without the distraction of softball, problems are piling all at once and everything that bothers me, I got it bottled up, I think I'm bottoming out as I've been drinking alone lately
thinking about what the fuck do I have to do to get on solid ground.
When looking for a new team in softball, it's important you hook up with a guy running the team that is honest as you don't want to waste your time. This person (manger, captain, sponsor, teammate, etc) should let you know off the bat what your role is. For example:
  • Competition is open - earn your spot
  • Your a forfeit avoider no matter what
  • You play/pitch/dh one game no matter what
  • You pay you play
  • I just want you to play so I can get a ride
If the guy running the team is not in sync with your goals forget it. Same thing in the real world when it comes to job recruiters. I understand recruiters only get paid if they can place you, but most of them are low life liars and bullies. Unfortunately, when conducting a job search they usually are a necessary evil. I deal with them every single day and because the market is so bad many of them flex and power trip on job seekers every single chance they get. Assholes

I'm not about to give up, I don't wanna quit, but shit, I feel like when I deal with these people this is fucking sick. This is not a game, this is real life and they don't give a fuck I've sacrificed everything I have to get to the professional level that I am at, so I have have to swallow my pride and hold my tongue every time they snap even though I know this is so fucking whack.

In dealing with these people I reminded of the old John Travolta Movie "Boy in the Plastic Bubble"
as I'm trapped. I'm forced to remember how fragile economic  things are right now and I am forced to acquiesce to their demands.  I try and give them everything wand and more,  even tough I can't stand their fucking ass. I feel like a hypocrite, but I know I have to keep a level head intact and adapt.

All good players adapt in softball and life, its crucial to survival. You can't do the same thing all the time otherwise the bubble will burst. Play the game


  1. Keep The Faith Ricky. You're too good of a person not to reach your goals. Sometimes it just takes longer than we want.


  2. Oh, Ricky. I know the wave that's crashing in on you right now. And I know more than a few people (myself included) feeling trapped by the times we are living through. Bad economy and a political environment that seems intent on making it worse. Then winter comes and no more ballgames and since the game is what some of us have to make the harshness of life recede for a bit, hopelessness can start to overwhelm. Don't despair, my friend. There is always something you can do without having to ask anyone's permission.

    I've decided to use the next three months to acquire some new skills that might make a difference in my economic situation by the time spring arrives. In the meantime, I'm taking every scrap of a job I can dig up and working for less money than I have had to take for 20 years. But right now, it's better than nothing. And by the time I've taken a few classes, spring will be here. And with it, renewal of the game and who knows, lots of other possibilities.

    As JIM SAYS ABOVE, KEEP THE FAITH, Ricky. Better days are coming and you are not alone.


  3. they know.....they know.....they know......

  4. "cuz when you on the team fuck them other guys...i'll even give you a chance to reply...."

    they know....they know...they know....they know

  5. I don't know Thomas but from reading his post addressing your concerns he sounds like someone who is going to achieve great success in the business world. He is a realist, a go getter and an individual that will do what it takes to get ahead in spite of the obstacles ahead. He has a spirit that is positive and contagious. Good luck to you both.

    Jim Bitros

  6. Remember Ricky, you're never too old to learn new things away from the business world. At 49 I learned to play guitar and now I play every day as I work from home. There are probably many things you're not involving yourself with that you could because of the stresses you speak of. Take a deep breath and step back. Things come easier that way. Find other things until the right thing comes along in the business world. You're a great guy. trelax. It'll come when you stop looking so hard. Distract yourself.

    jack s.

  7. I hear you Ricky. As it's been said before, every one of us has our own struggles. Don't feel sorry for yourself. Get some rest. Clear your mind. Remind yourself what it is you want, and then do the things you think you need to do to get there. It can be done.


  8. Ric, learn to play drums, , get Jimmy on the bass and Jeff Marcus on the piano and start a garage band with jack. Call yourselves "The Central Park Misfits."

  9. Times are hard Ricky right now and you are not alone. Take some time to reflect on what makes you happy in life. My suggestion would be if you can get away for a few days and relax, maybe a different setting is what you need. Also if you have time volunteer at your local hospital, or community center;sometimes just keeping busy can help you focus. Good luck and remember have faith.