Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Out of touch

29 years ago, for those you that are at or near my age, you may remember a duo that was very popular at the time.  Daryl Hall and John Oates were nearing the end of a decade long run that saw the duo at the top of the pop charts with several hits, including the title of this post Out of Touch.

A brief conversation I had on twitter today with Greg over at the Plaschke, thy Sweater is Argyle blog made me think of the song.  I hadn't taken the time to post the last couple of days, let alone sit in front of a computer at all. 

Greg had inquired about a card that he had sent me, just wanting to make sure it had arrived safely.  I replied that the card did indeed arrive at the old homestead, and this is my apology for not letting him know timely.  My last tweet was of course my usual self-deprecating humor, which contained the following...

"I tend to forget that twitter is a means of communication..LOL"
I use twitter for so much information gathering (sports, sports cards, etc.), that I forget sometimes that I can actually use it to communicate directly with someone, even if it is for something as simple as confirming that I received a package.  Out of touch would be appropriate here as well.

In case you were wondering what Greg graciously sent my way, wait no further.

2012 Blue Jays 1st round draft pick Marcus Stroman is featured on this card from the Leaf Valiant set.  A very nice card, and naturally it made me do a little research.  What popped at me right away?  The fact that there are no 2013 stats.  Why you ask?  Marcus is serving a 50 game suspension for taking a banned substance. 

I have kind of felt out of touch with the blog lately, trying to figure out what I want to do, and how I want to do it.  Missing all of last week, and then the past two evenings, didn't bother me as much as it would have in the past, and that has me a bit worried.  I would say that it's not collecting that has me puzzled (tomorrow's post is evidence of that), it's writing about collecting that hasn't excited me over the past couple of weeks (or maybe months). 

It may be that I'm in an extended funk, which I'm sure one or two people out there may know something about.  Maybe the life span of the blog is winding down, which would coincide with the life span of other interests that I've had over the past 10-15 years.  I'm hoping that the former is true rather than the latter.

Whatever it is, Out of Touch is a very appropriate sentiment for how I've felt lately, and hopefully I'll be able to snap out of it and return to my self-deprecating hobby loving ways.  Believe me, I'm going to try...

Greg, thank you for the card, it is very much appreciated. I hope you're enjoying the Getzlaf!!

So you all don't have to go running off to find the Out of Touch video, I included it for you here, just in case.  Sorry about the leopard suit and cowboy boots....hey, it was the 80's!!

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. Hope it's an extended funk as well, if I have to hope for things like that ... seems like several bloggers are in one lately.

    Just went on a Hall&Oates run on itunes a few weeks ago. But it was early stuff. Didn't like them by the time Big Bam Boom was out.

  2. Being one of the sports card bloggers that inspired me to give it a go myself (Night Owl being another), I do hope your simply in a renegotiation phase, rather than in a phasing out (if that makes any sense). Night Owl said it much more eloquently, naturally, but my sentiment remains hopeful.

    Look, put that Hall and Oates on and let it ride! Post when you want, collect *only* if you want. As another blogger wrote to me as I entered into a month-off phase (yeah, already), "we'll be here when you get back."

    Great looking card!

    At this point, my impression of Mr. Plaschke is that he drives a Bentley, misplaces "MT-NRMT" Mickey Mantle rookie cards all the time (ok, ok, not that he's collecting a Yank) and could be so busy admiring his PSA 10 Honus Wagner he'll never even see this comment. do you guys maintain such phenomenal auto - relic - rookie - vintage collections, any way? Yeesh.


    1. Had to put down my pair of Honus Wagners to get a better feel for the situation.

    2. Hahaha!!!

      Right on, Greg. I knew it! ; )

      Go, Argyle!

    3. I had three but one had a dinged corner so I tossed it.

      Also, time to update the sidebar amigo! We've now traded 8 times!

  3. Hope you can snap out of the "funk", Robert! Yours is always one of my favorite blogs to read.

  4. Thanks again for the trade Robert, and I am enjoying the Getz!

    Also, keep blogging.

  5. Maybe it's the horrific start the Jays have had that is getting us bloggers down. Jose Reyes' ankle exploding plus the Topps monopoly has had me rather disenchanted of late.