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Monday, November 21, 2005

Queens of the Stoneage and Nine Inch Nails

Saturday night my wife and I went to the Oakland Arena to see Queens of the Stoneage and Nine Inch Nails. It was a rock show and it was good. The names of the bands even sound pretty rock. We parked the same place we always park to go to A's games. There were a few people there with A's stuff on, but a lot more of them looked goth. Lots of piercings and tatoos, which is cool.

I wondered if any A's players or even management were there? Probably someone with ties to the A's was there, but I didn't see them. I was trying to figure out who would be the likeliest player to be there, and I came up with Eric Byrnes, who isn't an A's player anymore, though in my mind and maybe in his, he'll always be an A.

In the arena, they have the retired players names up on flags which you could see when they turned the lights on between bands. Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry are among them. I couldn't help but think, Bill King used to work in this arena. His name oughta be up there too. And I sort of fell back into that hole I have been in for a month now. I am 39, with luck maybe I'll make it to double that, 78, which is how long Bill King made it to. And if I am lucky, my mind will still work reasonably well and I'll still be able to work, just like Bill did. He had a good life, he'd probably want me to get over it and get on with it. Maybe thinking about baseball and mortality in November at the Nine Inch Nails show is unnecessary. It WAS a great show.

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