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Friday, November 02, 2001
My brother Ron and I have been "chatting" using AOL Instant Messenger. He and I have gone from relatively little contact with one another, to daily contact with one another.

A quick hello, a quick comment, or a "have a good night" are all that we typically share. We're logged in at work, so we can't carry on full blown conversations. But it's fun having Ron on-line to share things with.

A unique form of closeness, courtesy of the Internet.

Thursday, November 01, 2001
Halloween came and went. Is it me, or is there something silly about children knocking on doors and asking for 'treats'? Still, Jenn and I dutifully prepared our pumpkin head of goodies: Reese's Peanut-Butter Cups and Twix. Baby Mia did not go out next year, but our neighbor suggested that next year we might all be walking together. Next year! It's hard to think that far ahead with Mia.

Tonight, I took in Game 4 of the World Series on television, with the ESPN Radio announcers on my stereo. Then I went upstairs and took in the game using ESPN Gamecast on the Internet. As soon as Tino Martinez hit his game tying home run (to my chagrin and utter astonishment), I went back downstairs and flicked on the TV, with plenty of time to watch Derek Jeter hit his game winning homer.

It's a three-game series now: best two-out-of-three.

Sunday, October 28, 2001
The Arizona Diamondbacks now holds a two game lead over the vaunted New York Yankees. Yes, I'm rooting for the Diamondbacks.

It was odd watching game one because my Dad was here, and he was sporting a New York Yankees cap (with a very small and tasteful firefighter's pin). So while I he lamented at how badly the Yanks played on Saturday, I was secretly enjoying myself.

Tonight, in complete privacy, I relished the Matt Williams three-run homer that put the game out of reach for the struggling Yanks.