Things to avoid:
:: Current music
:: Special treats
:: Frowning, or smiling, without a really good reason
:: Being outside in Chicago (apparently a third-degree personage got hit in the face with a piece of pipe then beat up, then robbed by a gang of teenagers somewhere over on cottage grove. the catch: he was riding his bike when someone threw the pipe at him. the next thing is clearly going to be like getting robbed while sitting in a cop car)
ask me sometime about the nerdiest two people in the world and how i have to listen to their confabulations twice a week. i can’t go into it now.
i’ve been doing some scientific observation on the not-new phenomenon of scowling at strangers. i have actually curtailed my scowling, which only seems to provoke scowling in others. it’s the unchecked aggression therapy, i guess. if you want someone to be scowling, for whatever reason, the best way to provoke that behavior is to scowl at everyone. including babies.
i have nothing to add, other than, andy marte: you are not white, which i thought you were. this has no impact on your ability to be a good third baseman for the next trillion years post 2006.