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After last week’s column I certainly have “pie on my face.”

In school (I know you can remember way back when that was) did you have problems with a spelling or a phrase that you never could get right?

My trouble words were dessert and desert. I know the difference but I stumble when I try to decide the spelling of the word I want to use. No fancy spell checker can help you there. Invariably if I don’t pause to look it up, I select the wrong one. Last week I wanted “desert” - you know … a very dry place. Instead I selected “dessert” which can be a pie or a cake.

So my apologies.

Thanks again for the comments on last week’s column.

Thinking about desert/dessert my mind wandered back to school days. I had a really great seventh grade English teacher named Mrs. Rita Hackworth. I loved English back then. She had us so ready for high school, but then in high school English changed. It became Shakespeare and English literature and we suddenly stopped congregating verbs.

In college I believe that hurt my studies early on, but soon I was using those skills again in my major course of study.

I wish I could say the same for my math skills. Math was not my cup of tea. It’s a good thing my wife has those math skills so she could pass them off to our children.

So switching gears again …

It looks like the Cincinnati Reds are going to have a decent day to open the season with. You had to wonder after snow fell a couple days this past week.

So how will the Reds do?

I didn’t make my sojourn to Arizona this year and really haven’t kept track like I have in past years.

I know they have had a lot of injuries this past spring. Ryan Ludwick appears to be healthy again and will be a key component to the Reds’ offense. Ludwick has fans in Georgetown because both his mother and father lived here. I know the White family cheers for him each season.

I tried to get Ludwick to talk about it last spring but he really feels no attraction to Georgetown. He’s never lived here. He did take his mother around town two years ago and he commented a little about that. His father was in the military so they moved around a little bit.

Ludwick was in the television booth last summer while he was hurt. He was really good at announcing. I suspect there might be a career there when his playing days are over. However, that does not make him an easy interview. I don’t think he does many interviews judging by the way he ran me around that day.

If Reds’ manager Bryan Price plays Billy Hamilton, the Reds could be a dominant force again. But if Hamilton falters or gets hurt, the Reds still have major problems manufacturing runs (playing small ball). The pitching is fine, even with the injuries.

Regardless, the Reds have a good team and should be in contention this year.

Steve Triplett is the content manager for this newspaper.

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