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6. When I was a kid, I played a lot of sports. I played tetherball and dodge ball. I played baseball, football, and basketball. I played ping‐pong, tennis, and golf. I was also a swimmer, and I ran the 440. I was average at all these sports. In high school, I gradually stopped playing most of these sports. In college, I only played golf and ran. After graduating, I watched a lot of sports—a whole lot—on TV. But as the years went by, I gradually stopped watching sports.

Looking back now, I can't believe all the time I wasted watching sports on TV. I also can't believe I actually enjoyed wasting all that time. Nowadays, I watch golf occasionally. That's it. I don't even watch sports finals, like the Super Bowl, World Series, or World Cup. I have no idea why they no longer interest me, when in the past I so looked forward to watching them. One of life's mysteries, I guess.

As a kid, I used to know many baseball players' stats. Today, if you told me a baseball player's name, I couldn't even tell you the team he plays on, much less his batting average or ERA. It's funny how some of our interests change as we age. When I was younger, I would've bet a pretty penny that I would never stop watching baseball. 4.5, 231


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