Wednesday I decided to head to the final game in the Twins-Orioles series at Target Field. It was a great game (the Twins won!) and the weather was perfect for baseball. There was only one problem. On the way to Minneapolis, I reminded myself a couple of times that I had sunscreen in my car door and I needed to put some on when I got into the parking ramp before walking to the game. Well, life happened.

Not unexpectedly, traffic downtown was kind of crazy, so I was late getting into the parking ramp. In a rush to get to the game as soon as I could, I grabbed my hat, sunglasses, tickets, and totally forgot about the sunscreen part. As soon as I sat down in my seat, it dawned on me. Dangit.

Plenty of passing clouds during the first couple of innings gave me some comfort. I thought, "Maybe I'll be alright. If it just stays like this, I won't have a problem." Well, the passing clouds continued to pass and gave way to the warm July sun. By the 6th inning, I started doing weird things with my arms to try to protect them. I'd put my arms behind my seat. I'd rotate putting one arm on top of the other. I did everything I could think of short of buying a coat or sweatshirt (which would have been too warm and ridiculously overpriced).

I walked into the local pharmacy, and an employee greeted me. As he was getting ready to ask if I needed help finding anything, he caught a glimpse of my arms and stopped himself in his tracks; simply saying "follow me" instead.

When I got back into town last night, I knew I needed to stop and get some aloe vera for my bright red arms. I walked into the local pharmacy, and an employee greeted me. As he was getting ready to ask if I needed help finding anything, he caught a glimpse of my arms and stopped himself in his tracks; simply saying "follow me" instead.

Today, hours into my workday, I discovered I had a patriotic theme going on. Totally unplanned, I managed to make the red arms, white shirt, and blue jeans thing happen - just to add insult to sunburn injury. So, there you go kids. Don't forget your sunscreen this summer!

Ian Redmond - TSM Duluth