I Need a Date

Jeff SummersCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2012

I will be the last to admit it but I am a procrastinator. I usually wear that badge with pride. While I may be the last one to finally get started doing things, I like to think that gives me an opportunity to evaluate the environment and learn from others mistakes rather than make them on my own. I briefly considered making it one of my New Year’s resolutions to stop procrastinating but after careful consideration I decided that would be a subject best left for next year.

My wife continually reprimands me for putting things off. You would think that constant reminding would motivate me to change but I always think that tomorrow looks much better to start the change than today. Despite my lackadaisical philosophy of life it hasn’t gotten me into too many problems.

Like an outfielder that gets a late jump on a ball I normally have the speed and the range to make a diving shoestring catch at the last moment, which is always spectacular. And be honest, when was the last time you tuned into the MLB Network or ESPN to watch highlights of a routine catch?

This time though my procrastination may have cost me. Normally between Christmas and New Years I’ll go out and pick up a new calendar for the new year. Not just any calendar though, an Arizona Diamondbacks box calendar. You know, the kind that has a page for every day of the year and besides the date has some kind of Diamondbacks or MLB trivia.

Normally picking up a Diamondbacks calendar is relatively simple and cost effective since most places put their calendars on sale for up to 50 percent after Christmas. So as 2011 began winding down I grabbed my keys and headed to the mall to get my calendar.

The first place I went was the calendar kiosk that shows up in the middle of the mall every November. I walked to the sports section only to find that they only had New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs calendars. Well that’s odd, normally they have plenty of Diamondbacks calendars. Oh well, there are other places.

My next destination was Barnes and Noble who likewise always have Diamondbacks calendars but this year they had none. This was strange, was there something I didn’t know? I quickly went to Target, Staples, Office Max, and Wal-Mart only to find that they too were out of Diamondbacks box calendars.

Now I was beginning to panic. Would I be forced to have to stare at a blank calendar for all of 2012 or worse would next year find me tearing pages off a Yankees calendar? The thought of that makes me shudder in horror.

Over the next week I must have visited over 20 stores and at least that many online web stores and I have yet to find a Diamondbacks desk calendar. Obviously I had underestimated the popularity of this calendar. Somewhere there is a guy with a smile on his face as he peels each day away revealing a new Diamondbacks day on his calendar but for the first time in several years that guy won’t be me.

Maybe my wife is right, maybe I should quit procrastinating things. I’ll put that down on my list of things to-do; tomorrow of course. Problem is, I don’t have a calendar to remind me to do that.