Start spreadin’ the news…

I’m heading to NYC for a couple of days to take in some baseball action with my dad.  We’re gonna check out the Mets/Cardinals at Shea Stadium and A’s/Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Also, I’m on vacation for this week, so regular reports start up next week.  See you in the funny papers!

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The elegance of vinyl

I wasn’t going to post today.  Not the least of which because I’ve got stuff to do, but I was over in the library just now and they had a pile of records which they’re giving away.  Now, I just love the thought of records, albums, LPs, 33s & 45s, vinyl, whatever you want to call them.  To me, it’s like going into an old library or an antiquarian bookstore and just breathing in decades of history.  Vinyl records conjure up yesteryear; they create an ambiance which soothes the soul.  Hearing the smooth rushing Album coverhiss of a needle as it glides on to the record is like turning the pages of an ancient atlas and discovering old worlds that you never knew.

Of course, since the library is giving this stuff away, it’s probably not anything you’d want to hear anyway.  But here’s a sampling of what I picked up today:

  • Mediterranean Cruise – Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
  • Antal Dorati and the London Symphony Orchestra playing Respighi’s Birds: Brazilian Impressions
  • It’s A Big Wide Wonderful World – Roger Williams
  • Gaité Parisienne and Les Patineurs under the direction of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra

The selections  were heavy on the Boston Pops, so I got several of those.  But one of the big things I noticed was the album covers.  Beautiful women lounging on sofas with their assumed husbands or boyfriends holding martinis and turning on the hi-fi in their suits and skinny ties.  I miss the days of heavy Impact fonts and full color photos of an evening at home scene.  These days you get some weird art or a photo of the band where nobody’s looking at the camera.  Not that it doesn’t work, it’s just not elegant.  That’s what I miss…the elegance of vinyl.

There are probably hundreds of links to vinyl album covers out there…but here are a few:

Enjoy, check out a once again updated movie page, and I’ll see you in the funny papers!

Paris Hilton buys jail, turns cells into studio lofts

Okay, the above title has nothing whatsoever to do with this post.  If I ever blog about Paris Hilton, I sincerely hope someone will slap me.  I just couldn’t think of a catchy title.

BASEBALL: First off, I want to express my disappointment with the recent slide of the Boston Red Sox and the oddly coincidental rise of the Yank-Mes.  We’ve lost seven games of our lead and surprisingly I don’t think it’s the pitching.  Our sluggers are not batting as well as they have in past years.  That’s unfortunate, but we still have the best record in baseball and the Yankees would not make the playoffs if the season were to end today.  Secondly, I want to offer my sincere congratulations and best wishes to the Cardinals who face Rice U today in Omaha to open the College World Series.  Give ’em hell Cardinals!

Check out the Movies page…updated for last week, FIVE movies.  We’re movie watchin’ fools!

And now…the FRIDAY FIVE (not for vegetarians, unless you’re newly converted to the veggie-lifestyle)

  1. What’s your favorite part (to eat) of a chicken? I love chicken legs.  I have always enjoyed the drumstick and it will probably always be my favorite part.  The wing offers very little meat, and the breast can be too dry.  Thighs are good, but the drumstick is where it’s at.
  2. What’s your favorite cut of beef? I love a nice juicy sirloin.  Something about a medium steak that has just the right flavor.  I don’t care for T-bones or ribeyes, I’m not even a huge filet mignon person (although that would have to be my second choice).
  3. What’s your favorite cut of pork? Oh, now this is so easy.  I don’t know what “cut” bacon comes from, but that’s my favorite.  I love bacon like Bush likes faith-based initiatives.  Bacon is the best choice of any meat there is.  But Bistro 301 has a fabulous pork chop stuffed with chorizo that is to die for.  If it was topped with bacon, it would be ambrosia.
  4. What’s your favorite part of a Snickers bar? What is there not to like about a Snickers bar?  Snickers is practically the perfect candy bar.  If they made Snickers with toffee, I would buy stock in the company.
  5. What’s your favorite part of a pizza? I think it depends on what’s on the pizza.  But I like the toppings the best.  The crust I can take or leave…even if it’s stuffed or covered or whatever, the toppings are what makes the pizza delicious.

CARDS WIN!!!

How about that folks?!  In a best-of-three series, the Cards smoked/walloped/crushed/enter your own devastating verb here the Cowboys of Oklahoma State to earn their first trip to the College World Series.  A 9-0 pounding in the first game on Friday set the tone.  A late uncharacteristic falter in the second game with the Cards dropping the game 3-2 left the series tied at 1-1.  But today, the Louisville nine absolutely obliterated the boys of OSU with a score of 20-2.  Yes, that’s not a typo.  TWENTY to TWO!  Absolutely amazing.  I haven’t been this proud of a hometown team since the Valley Sports kids won the Little League World Series.  It was a stunning victory to take the series and now it’s on to Omaha.

What’s so SUPER about Super Regionals?

We’re in ’em…that’s what! Congratulations to the Louisville Cardinals baseball team on advancing to today’s start of the Super Regionals against Oklahoma State. Oddly enough, I don’t know much about college baseball…but I do know that 2 wins this weekend puts us in the College World Series for the first time. And that, my friends, is the big time.

In other baseball news, how about that Curt Schilling for my BoSox? He pitched 8.2 innings of no-hitter baseball and finished with a one-hit shutout. Damn you, Shannon Stewart! Of course, that’ll teach Curt not to shake off his catcher. My boy ‘Tek knows how to call ’em.

For those of you who could give a flying flitter about baseball…try this on for size:

  1. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Well, okay this is just coincidence. Baseball. I really like hiking, running, and cycling as well. I guess cycling would be my favorite outdoor activity that I actually participate in.
  2. Are you outdoors not often enough, too often, or just often enough? It seems like not often enough. If I could I would spend all my time outdoors. There are times I like to just veg out on the couch though. But there’s nothing like sharing some ice cream out on the porch with friends. So…if you’re my friend, call me and we’ll go get some ice cream and hang out on the porch. Just not this weekend…I’m too damn busy.
  3. When was the last time you slept in a tent? The last time I slept in a tent was in 1993 or so when a group of us went on a camping trip to Red River Gorge. It was ice cold that next morning and I had to pee twice before I even woke up. But it was a good trip and the fog on the lake was a beautiful sight on that morning.
  4. Where is your favorite beach? My favorite beach is on Hilton Head Island. North Forest Beach near Coligny Circle. That’s where C and I spend our vacations and it’s so very relaxing. But don’t go in May…go in August!
  5. In what social, academic, or professional group are you on the outer fringes of? In what social, academic, or professional group are you right in the middle of? I would say that currently I’m on the fringes of Voces Novae (socially and professionally), the Geography Club (academically) and the American Association of Geographers (professionally). I don’t know that I’m in the middle of anything…save for the Geography department (academically). That’s really about it.

So…enjoy your weekend. I’ll see you in the funny papers!

It’s the law

To the lady (and I use that term loosely) in the red Cavalier, KY License 512-CDC:

  1. Do not honk at a cyclist to get their attention.  left hand turn cycling signalIt makes us nervous and could cause a serious accident.
  2. I assume by your pointing and hollering that you wanted me to get on the sidewalk and were not just confused about which finger to use to signal frustration.  To that end, local regulations (specifically Title VII: Traffic Code 74.01) state that “no person over 11 years old shall operate a bicycle on any sidewalk in Louisville Metro, and nobody of any age shall ride on the sidewalk downtown.”  As I personally have passed the age of 11 some two decades ago and I was operating my bicycle within the city limits, I was perfectly within my right to to be in the turning lane in front of you.
  3. Was the extra 4 seconds it took to go around me too much for you?  Especially since I saw you had to stop at the next red light as well?!  I hope you arrived wherever you needed to go without too much delay.

OHHHH SNAP!  Yes, I did just “lay down the law” on some ignorant fool who thinks that just because their vehicle takes up more space that they are entitled to make up their own rules.  And, if by chance you know this person…feel free to set them straight.  They may have been the first to have been publicly called out, but they won’t be the last I’m sure.

Now then…proceed with caution…and I’ll see you in the funny papers!