Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Today's happiness -- He's back! Anthony Rizzo was back at bat for the first time in ten days. He didn't actually play and I don't believe he's on the Yankees' active roster, but he's feeling well enough to send a ball sailing into the stands during batting practice between games of a double header.
He also told reporters he was "knocked out" by covid for seven days. He knew on Saturday, August 7, that he was sick because he was tired, had no appetite and couldn't smell or taste his food. After he was diagnosed, he got progressively sicker and was only able to start walking and stretching again on Sunday.
I've been so worried about my favorite-most ballplayer! And I'm so happy that he's going to be OK.
PS: This photo was snapped by a Yankee fan between games of today's double header. That's former Cub/now Red Sox Kyle Schwarber, in the truly hideous shorts, catching up with Rizz in black, not Cubby blue. Seeing these heroes of the magic championship season like this does not make me happy, but it does help me accept reality. The glory days are over. They'll each go on, and I suppose I will, too, but it will never be the same.
Today's happiness -- Agreeing to disagree. I shan't bother you with the details, but here's the gist: my boss and I don't agree about a sentence. It's the first sentence of an email blast, so it's kind of important. But it's still only one sentence.
He closed his input with, "Let me know if this makes sense or if you disagree."
OK, Bossman, I disagree. I explained why. His response was thoughtful and thorough (which amused me, since we're talking about a single sentence). Again, closing made me happy: "But I'll defer to you on the way forward. I may be overthinking it and I am wrong a lot."
I'm taking him up on that. I still think that his choice is wrong. But even as I dug in my heels, I promised him that if we did make the change, "I will present it to the client with conviction."
First of all, I loooove talking about marketing. At my current job, we don't do it often enough. We sometimes find ourselves more focused on deadlines and staffing than on the work. So this delights me.
Second, my boss knows how to give input. He is specific, he is detailed. I just personally think he's wrong, but that's not the point. I've had creative directors ask me to "give me more," without explaining what's wrong with I've already done. So this is helpful.
Last, he treats me as an equal. We're not equals, and if he wants to win this one, he will. But I appreciate his sensitivity and diplomacy. So I am happy.