Stray thoughts for a beautiful autumn

Column by Michael Alcorn
Posted 10/7/21

Around the Horn. Which, of course is appropriate, since baseball season just ended. And it couldn’t have ended soon enough. The local, um, “major league” baseball team ended its season in much …

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Stray thoughts for a beautiful autumn

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Around the Horn.

Which, of course is appropriate, since baseball season just ended.

And it couldn’t have ended soon enough. The local, um, “major league” baseball team ended its season in much the same way the whole year played out: promising start for the offense, strong outing by the starter, offense goes to sleep in the middle innings, bullpen comes in and pours gasoline on the fire, capped off with the closer giving up a two-out home run to end the game. Just ... Ugh.

Apparently, I was imprecise with some of my language last week, and I would like to clear that up. In my column, I referred to “juvenile diabetes”; this term is typically used as short hand for Type I Diabetes. What I was referring to in my column was the doubling of Type 2 Diabetes in juveniles, which, more precisely, should have been called “pediatric diabetes.” Sorry for the confusion.

That said, in the process of learning about the vernacular, I did come across a couple of scary studies out of England and Italy suggesting that COVID has been linked to sudden onset Type I Diabetes in children. As if this stupid virus didn’t already have enough complications.

COVID-19 might not have the spectacular or gory elements of a Michael Crichton creation, but still, it seems customized to mess with us. Initial presentation mimics other things, random in who gets it and who doesn’t, but fairly specific in who it effects the most; rapidly evolving; highly transmissible; and causes an array of symptoms that seems to grow on a daily basis. And, oh yeah, even when vaccinated, it seems to still be able to do its thing.

Back to the Rockies for a second. As tough as they are to watch, I do have to give them credit: they ended the season about 13 games better than I thought they would. They won a lot of games by just hanging around and then doing something incredible at the last moment, and you can see the lineup for the next few years taking shape right in front of us. They play with a lot of character. And that’s a tribute to the leadership they have on that team, starting with Buddy Black.

It’s a real-world application to the saying: The character of the person defines the leader; the character of the leader defines the organization.

Which brings us to the hopeful dawn of the season for both the Avalanche and the Nuggets. Both have championship aspirations, and that’s a fun place to be in for a fan. What remains to be seen is if the character of those organizations is up to the challenge—they have the talent! Do they have the character…

I have to admit that I took an inordinate pleasure in seeing all of the kids dressed up and out “on the town” at my son’s school’s Homecoming Dance this past weekend. They’ve been deprived of so much that this felt like a good and necessary event for them.

By the way, the argument that it’s important for kids to “learn compassion” by being uncomfortable for the benefit of their elders? Doesn’t wash. Kids learn compassion by seeing the joys and pains of the peers…as written in their facial expressions!

Also, big “Hats Off” to my little corner of Arvada! Your Halloween spirit is showing strong already! It’s so festive already that we’ve even had a bear come visit our neck of the woods.

No, seriously — there’s been a bear spotted on the bike path. We love being in Colorado because nature is so close; sometimes, nature decides to get even closer.

Y’all be well this week, and keep your eyes up. You never know what new thing this beautiful autumn is going to show you.

Michael Alcorn is a former teacher and current writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His new novel, “Valkyrie’s Kiss,” a finalist in the ScreenCraft Book Competition, is available now at mjalcorn@comcast.net. His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.

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