So…after that last post, I owe you what is known, in the blogging industry Aside: sort of, I don’t know, maybe you’ve never heard of this, but you’re going to now! as a unicorn chaser.  A unicorn chaser is usually a picture of a sparkly rainbow-flavored unicorn that follows something particularly nasty or depressing on the web.  So, in fairness to you, I bring you the following unicorn chasers:

Unicorn ChaserAnd…for those of you who don’t find that the least bit amusing…or maybe even a little more terrifying than the last post, I present to you this gem:

Yes, the rain is back, but somehow, even through my tired eyes on this Friday, life is just a little better.  Nothing has changed really, but sometimes you just have to believe that everything is going to be fine.  I’d also like to congratulate the Angels on staving off the Yankees last night, but how Fuentes managed to save 48 games this season, I’ll never know.  Here’s to a hopeful Angels/Phillies series!

See you in the funny papers!

Music for your morning

Good MORNING!  Yes, good morning.  How’s it going?  Did you get enough sleep?  Good, I’m glad.  Have you had your morning beverage, whatever that might be.  Good…good.  Okay, so let’s get to it.  Here in Ye Olde Hometowne we have a magnificent radio station supported by the public.  They call it “public radio”, heavens knows where they get these titles.  Anyway…at little old WFPK they play the best music and it’s the only radio station that C. and I listen to on a regular basis.  That said, our friend, Kyle Meredith has a short program on WFPK called The Daily Feed which promotes the latest and greatest music found on the Intertubes and the other day he had this little gem:

Warm Heart of Africa (Alan Wilkis Remix) by The Very Best

Now, if this particular tune doesn’t have you jamming throughout the day, then you need to reexamine your life and focus on your inner happiness.  Aside: I know, I know…inner happiness coming from me, Mr. Cynical Bastard. Also, I’m listening to these other items which I’m sure can be found at your local iTunes or other purveyor of fine musical gems:

Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant

Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon

Resurrection Mary by Vandaveer

That about does it for today, except to say that I’m man enough to admit that the Red Sox stole the game from the Angels last night with a little help from the blue boys.  Nick Green swung at that ball and then he got another ball on an obvious strike.  The Angels have every right to be upset.  But, let me say this, I don’t really care because my boys in Boston won another one to put themselves up 6.5 games over Texas for the wild card.  It was awesome!

See you in the funny papers!

Fall classics

I have a love/hate relationship with the California Angels Aside: I digress for a moment, I refuse to call them the Disney Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim State near Burbank by the Walmart* off the turnpike or whatever their name is now. Anyway, the Angels are nearly a perfect foil for my beloved Red Sox. They have lost eleven straight in the postseason in a variety of ways. It has been a joy to watch as Boston continues another juggernaut season, hopefully ending in another championship. However, I dislike the fact that the West Coast games are on so late. I was up until 2 a.m. on Wednesday night (Thursday morning) and was up until 1:30 a.m. last night watching the ending of the game. It’s beginning to wear me out, and I’m glad that the next game is in Boston on Sunday.

Now, there are those of you, my wife included, who will say that I don’t really need to stay up that late. However, those of you who are baseball fans know that failure to watch your team play can result in significant disastrous results. You need to be cognizant of every pitch as your team sustains a drive in the postseason. You need to be “in tune” with your team, regardless of the time zone. And so, I stave off sleep in the hopes of rooting my team on to another victory. But that doesn’t mean I enjoy it any the next day.

See you in the funny papers!

True happiness

The early autumn cool chills the last of the summer wine as the leaves dress in their golden gowns for a long winter sleep.  The frost of morning glazes the grassy field as the snowbirds pack their songs for another trip south.  I pulled the extra blanket tighter down around my shoulders and breathed in the morning as the golden glint of sun burns colder through the trees.

I really, really love autumn.  I know it means the onset of winter, but in my mind, there’s nothing like crisp, cool mornings to really make your heart alive.  I wrote the above in my head this morning while waking up.  Plus, I have all sorts of things to be happy about this morning:

  • My beloved Red Sox slapped down the Angels (AGAIN) last night in their quest to repeat as the World Series champions.  Of course, it’s on the west coast and I didn’t get to sleep until 2, but hey…that’s why there’s coffee.
  • A situation at work regarding some missing passports miraculously cleared itself up yesterday and I can’t begin to explain how happy that makes me.
  • My running program has ramped up a little in this second month and I’m now doing 2:20 walk/1:00 run intervals.  The first one went really well.  I just have to focus on the program and not how much faster I really want to be running.  I’m still getting 2.5 miles in at a 30 minute clip, which is pretty quick for an old man.
  • Also, I’m looking to interview with a company here in town about some GIS possibilities.  Wish me luck on that, because I’d really like to find a job in my field.
  • And, finally, I’m psyched about my trip to Philadelphia.  In recent years I’ve become very interested in history and the founding fathers and what not, so this should really be perfect.  Also, we’re now booked to go to Arizona for Thanksgiving and I believe I’ll be able to summit Humphrey’s Peak while I’m there which will be a huge thrill.

Finally…I’m going to be attempting a lot more politics and baseball in this blog for this month.  I know…some of you are saying that other than running, that’s all I talk about.  But it’s important…for a lot of reasons.  I encourage you to watch the VP debate this evening and if you’re not registered to vote, you have until Monday I believe…so go register now!