So then. I've forgotten to post for almost a week. I'm going to go ahead and rectify that.
We're not the only ones this happens to, it being a somewhat outmoded and not entirely representative system of elections leads to confusion over who actually won a vote, this time in Germany. But now, that was just the party election. They've moved on to the actual election between Schroeder and Merkel. It's funny to me that Reuters explains the abbreviations behind Merkel's CDU (Christlich-Demokratische Union) and its sister party in Bavaria (Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern e. V.), but not that behind Schroeder's SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands), because (and I'm stretching) "socialism" is a dirty word in any language.
It's surprising Schroeder's this close, considering that there was an (albeit failed) vote of confidence on July 1. Merkel, on the other hand, is most famous for both being able to mark the "female" box on mall surveys and supporting the Flat Tax by associating with Paul Paul "The Crushinator" Kirchhof", which Slate covers here.
You don't care about German politics and economics, do you.
Well, then, to sum up.
The Pirates finally won a series that this blog covered more extensively than I could hope to now against the Reds. Unfortunately, it was a series that also included Zach Duke's first loss and which is marred by the occasional appearance of Jose Mesa. I'm not going to try to go into why I'm not the biggest Mesa fan (coughrunproducerforouropponentscough), so scour Pat's blog for that. No one in Pittsburgh actually cares, as a team that actually won some things that's playing in Pittsburgh. Personally? Whatever. I'm not the biggest football fan. I'm currently weighing the pros and cons of spending $20 on a ticket to watch the Cubs play the Pirates next week at Wrigley. The biggest con is that I haven't been paid yet and need to scrounge up the money for books, which are, just as I left them, incredibly expensive.
Let's go ahead and take another five day break.