My approach toward my avocations can be a blessing and a curse. I’m probably more proactive among my avocations than the average bear, but some of that proactivity is more of a compulsion than an effective habit.

I ate lunch today by myself, telling myself it’s time to embrace summer because I have everything managed for fall sports already.

The end of the scholastic sports year compels me to set up my fall and winter sports and business calendar each year so I can plan travel and meetings, but this year I should just embrace summer.

My next “event work” date is the Tiger football scrimmage Friday August 12. There are 72 days between this morning and the scrimmage date.

Nine full weekends including this one.

I’m eager to see if I can enjoy those upcoming weekends and get some things around the house done without being compelled to have any more advanced planning communication with the Times-Union, or with the Warsaw athletic department.

I think I’m alright, though, because I thought about all the things I know, and what I’ve already prepared for fall.

I know the football schedule (all levels), I have a fairly good idea what the girls’ soccer schedule is based on its year-over-year patterns, and I prepared my announcing scripts for each home game between the two sports.

Good enough.

I’ll channel my energy into numerous tasks I want to improve or modify within my vocation as well as how to stay one step ahead of the effects of imminent stagflation personally and professionally.

I’m also going to relax. Truly relax. If you witness me not relaxing, go ahead and call me out on it.

I already discussed (last week) my sports movie binge watching plans. I have two kayaks I need to use much more frequently this summer than I sued them last summer, and more frequent trips to the trails in the Winona Lake area will be great for my health.

August 12 will tap me on the shoulder if I just go about my full dance card at work and take time to truly relax at home.

I’m already enjoying the NBA Finals. None of the final scores look close, but when you watch the games in their entirety, you get a better appreciation of the quality because each team - the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors - have weapons allowing them to break open a big run in a tight game regardless of the quality of opposition.

The series (Friday’s game four is not in the books) has been a showcase of many other things making professional basketball fun to watch.

While there are elite players like Golden State’s Steph Curry and Klay Thompson putting on clinics in long-range shooting and ball-handling, and Boston’s Jason Tatum showing viewers why he belongs among the elite as well, there is some great team basketball in this series.

There have been games where one team has had four players with at least four assists, and some shifts among the in-game heat checks. If the top players see an opportunity to exploit the opponent for a big run on offense or a stifling stop on defense, they’re seizing the opportunity.

It’s fun to see two of the association’s charter teams battling for the trophy in the diamond anniversary of the NBA. The Warriors originally started in Philadelphia before moving to San Francisco in the early 1960s.

There are additional milestones for each team. The Warriors could clinch their seventh team title breaking the tie they currently have with the Chicago Bulls for team titles. The Celtics are tied with the Lakers with 17 team titles, so a series win for the Celts returns them to the top of the heap for team titles.

The Lakers, since 2000, caught up by hoisting the O’Brien trophy in a champagne bath six times (2000-2002, 2009, 2010, and 2020) compared to Boston’s lone title in 2008.

Both teams developed most of their top-tier talent through the draft and acquisitions from the G-league instead of trying to build some kind of super trio like Miami’s “Heat-les” with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.

I’m experiencing schadenfreude for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, two superstars who are currently Brooklyn Nets teammates. In the same manner Shelly Long inexplicably left Cheers and Kirstie Alley made many viewers forget about Long immediately in her first season (1987), their former teams (Durant’s Warriors, and Irving’s Celtics) have triggered fans to ask, “what were these two guys thinking?”

Notice I did not ask if Durant or Irving were asking themselves this obvious question. Each player, while abundant in talent, is scarce in self-awareness.

If the Warriors-Celtics series reaches a seventh game, it ends on Father’s Day. This gives me seven more weekends to do whatever I want and let the upcoming scholastic sports calendar wait for me to get there instead of compulsively chasing it as I have in years past.