President's Message

March 2024

Chaos Theory

the qualities of the point at which stability moves to instability or order moves to disorder

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Two fallacies -

If you really go through these scenarios during a game, YOU ARE THINKING TOO MUCH, GET ALL THOUGHTS OUT OF YOUR HEAD!!! RELAX; LET MUSCLE MEMORY DO THE WORK.

When it comes to statistics remember these two axioms:

Finally, a short math quip - Two cows were grazing in the field. One cow turned to the other and said, “You know, when it comes to measuring a circle, pi is written with a 5 digit fraction, when in fact, pi is infinity.” The second cow turned to its partner and responded, “Moo”.


In a previous monthly message when I was feeling a bit “froggy”, I mentioned that we should pursue a plan for an OTOW commitment to a second ball field. I would feel disingenuous if I did nothing. Soooo, this is what I did:


11 January 2024

Mr. Colen:

I am the President of the OTOW Softball Club. Our club has been in existence since 2008. We serve all residents regardless of skill levels who want to play on either recreational or competitive teams. All of the residents who play softball are impacted by the crowded conditions for using the only softball field in OTOW. There has been a recent population explosion for this sport. Consider that just three years ago in 2020, we had 63 players in our club, the only club at that time. By 2023, we had over 200 players in three clubs plus two groups of Co-Ed and the women-only Diamond Divas. We are continually approached by several communities to play challenge matches at our field.

Every week we see new residents coming to the field asking to join one of the clubs and groups. In addition to scheduled league games of up to four games per day, players who want to schedule informal light practices or pickup games must reserve the field for times that are assigned by the OTOW Recreation Center or select open times on a first come first serve basis. Because we have reached full capacity for field availability, which has reached a 98% saturation point, we are faced with having to place new residents on a wait list.

We, the collective voices of softball players, request that OTOW form a committee to conduct a feasibility study to determine the need for building a second field, the design, location, and timeframe of which we leave to the committee to decide what is best. The final product of that study should be incorporated in your strategic plans for the future. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

You may say I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one

I hope someday you'll join us

And the world will be as one

- John Lennon


The response I expect to receive looks like this...



The tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements

I was never a fan of poetry, but I do have a favorite poet and a favorite poem. John Keats was an early 19th century English poet who died when he was only 26 years old. He was madly in love with a woman, but the love was unrequited. In his darkest moments and not long before his death, he penned this beautiful poem called Ode on a Grecian Urn. In his imagination, Keats described a Grecian Urn having young lovers in pursuit painted on the side of the Urn. The lovers were about to kiss but they never did; instead, they were frozen for all eternity in tableau. The poet’s message was that the anticipation of a kiss is far greater than the kiss itself.

Here is where I pivot to a related message about softball. To do that I must convince you to stop thinking about kissing and think more about anticipation. It’s hard, I know, and a little troubling; but we must focus on Keats lamenting about his longing for permanence in a world of change. He makes the point that the lovers are better off never consummating their desire. We have seen nothing but change in our club. It was arguably inevitable given our growth rate. Had Keats been on our Board of Directors, he would not have been happy. But we must remind ourselves that the game doesn’t change. The game binds us for all eternity to the field we play on, the chatter among team mates, the strategy of turning a double play, the constant pursuit of a perfect game performance, the anticipation of all that before every game. And on my Urn after I pass, I’d like to be painted in a pose depicting a swing and a miss, strike three. Game over.

Tom Laccone



A state of random disorder over time.

This is true for any system left untouched. Think of a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. You must occasionally stir it to mix the solution; otherwise, it will separate into its ingredients. It is the second law of thermodynamics: all order tends toward entropy.

Boiled Frog Parable

How not to boil a frog.

Fill a deep pot at least half way with water. Bring it to a boil. Add a live frog. Immediately, the frog jumps out.

How to boil a frog.

Fill a deep pot at least half way with room temperature water. Add a live frog. 

Slowly and gradually raise the temperature. The frog falls asleep. Voila, boiled frog!

This has been a most unusual season for our club. Off the field we’ve been boiling frogs the wrong way. No wonder we frogs are jumping out of the pot!  The good news is that on the field we are slow to introduce change to how the game is played.

There is one thing we frogs can all agree on; we need a second field. Whenever it comes up, our answer is always the same - OTOW will never give us that field. What haunts me is that we will never get that field if we don’t try. Maybe we could start by putting a plan on paper. And maybe five years from now our future members will think back to the time we had a plan and tried to make it happen. I only wish someone would come to clean up all the sleeping frogs!

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