Bloggers can need make-up calls too. It's not as common, but it becomes necessary when one blogger highlights a particular item that they sent to you as part of a trade and you either forget, misplace it, or otherwise space out and don't mention it in your trade post.
Some might call it eating crow, apologizing, or what have you, a make-up post becomes necessary.
A minor musical digression introduces this post: So. Central Rain, by R.E.M.:
Back when R.E.M. had their edgy fastball in the 1980s, that song -- with Michael Stipe's plaintive cry of "I'm Sorry" as the chorus -- was the first single off Reckoning. I liked R.E.M. a bunch in the 1980s and early 1990s, but then once I spent three years of my life in Athens, Georgia, for law school, I gained a new appreciation for their earlier songs.
Anyway, all that is a typically long introduction for a mea culpa: I owe Keith at The Home Run Apple an apology. If you read his trade post about the trade we worked out, at the end of the post is a reference to hoping that I liked "the Braun Coin card." If you look at my trade post, you'll see that there is no Braun coin card.
That's because I missed it.
In the middle of two eBay envelopes showing up with a couple of small team-set purchases, I mistook the Braun coin card for being from eBay.
Then I compounded my mistake. I asked Keith about it. He could not find it, and both of us were scratching our heads.
Last night, though, I went to my bookshelf to grab my uniforms book to fact-check myself on when the Brewers got rid of their wonderful powder-blue away uniforms, I looked and saw...the Braun coin card....
...there, in all of its glory -- even in an eTopps sticker-closed protective case.
That was truly a lesson to me. I learned that it is a bad idea to open envelopes at the kitchen table before going to my card room. I learned that it is a bad idea to have two or three gin-and-tonics before scanning things in to show them off. And, I learned that it is a bad idea not to look around your own room before asking someone else to do the same.
Keith, thanks again for the great trade. And, my humblest apologies.