April

Well, it was quite a month. Let’s recap:

April 1st was Opening Day – Yankees vs. Red Sox. It was a long and cold winter, but Opening Day marked the return of baseball and the return of spring.

On April 4th, Roger Ebert died. I meant to write about him at the time – he was always one of my favorite writers. His blog was a must-read. I bought his autobiography last year and never got around to reading it, which I now regret. I’ll pick it up again soon.

In 2011, Ebert wrote this on death:

What I expect to happen is that my body will fail, my mind will cease to function and that will be that. My genes will not live on, because I have had no children. I am comforted by Richard Dawkins’ theory of memes. Those are mental units: thoughts, ideas, gestures, notions, songs, beliefs, rhymes, ideals, teachings, sayings, phrases, clichés that move from mind to mind as genes move from body to body. After a lifetime of writing, teaching, broadcasting and telling too many jokes, I will leave behind more memes than many. They will all also eventually die, but so it goes.

On April 8th, I turned 22.

On April 9th, I finalized my apartment for next year.

On April 15th, I ran the first 25.7 miles of the marathon before the city of Boston was forever changed. When I think about the big moments, those most important moments of my life, that will forever be up there.

On April 18th, I turned in my thesis, a 55-page behemoth that discusses the concept of lineup protection in baseball. I don’t think I have ever worked so hard on a single project before. But I was happy to do so because, well, it’s baseball.

On April 19th, the city of Boston went into lockdown mode as one of the most intense manhunts of all time developed in the town of Watertown. I awoke to the sounds of military helicopters flying over campus, and for a few hours we didn’t know what was going to happen. Then it ended, and we tried to forget about it.

On April 29th, I broadcasted the BC/Harvard Beanpot game from Fenway Park. I’ll have some more thoughts on my time as a WZBC sports broadcaster (probably on Friday), but yeah … it was pretty awesome.

April was one of those months that don’t come around too often – a month filled with major life decisions and moments. We’ll see what May brings.

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