Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It Takes Balls

Mrs. Curmudgeon has rounded up a number of stray soccer balls in our house to donate to a group that gives them to poor kids around the world. She collected about 20, and that still leaves us with AT LEAST 10 more that we couldn't part with for various reasons.

That got us looking around, and we realized that our house is just full of balls of various types. It would be an interesting contest to guess just how many we have--my guess is around 350, maybe as many as 500.

In addition to the soccer balls, we have various basketballs, mini-basketballs, mini-soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, footballs (are footballs really balls?), super balls and rubber balls. Then there's Mrs. Curmudgeon's collection of tennis balls, which somehow find their way all over the house, and my collection of old, used and discarded golf balls, which occupy two bins in a corner of the basement.
You've heard of yard sales, garage sales, rummage sales, etc. We're going to have a ball sale.


Anonymous said...

I will be dropping off my large duffel fall of golf balls at your house this evening.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of all things curmudgeonly, Arlington County's auxiliary police program gets the curmudgeon of the week award and is presently the subject of two Americans With Disabilities Act complaints. The complaints arise from the case of an auxiliary (volunteer) officer who
suffered a concussion while participating in a police fundraising event and was terminated due to his concussion. One case is being handled by the county manager's office, while the other is being handled by the US Department of Justice.

The complaints allege that Arlington County ignored the officer'srequest for reasonable accommodation and his offer to provide medical documentation of fitness for duty, but instead terminated him solely because of a statement from the officer that, according to his neurologist, effects from a concussion could occur as much as 18 months following an injury. According to the complaints, Arlington
County neither asked for, nor received, details regarding the officer's individual diagnosis or prognosis. Additionally, the police department did not offer leave or other accommodations short of termination.

Details of the complaints are available at