Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I figured I might get like, 11th grade, 12th grade level. I swear a lot, I talk about the Red Sox and god knows what else... Turns out I blog at a Genius level.
Nice work I'd say.
Check out your blog writing intelligence level
Monday, October 29, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Backed up with serious RBIs from Youk (7), Papi (4), Manny (10), Drew (6) (WTF I know right?), Pedroia (5), Tek (7), Lowell (8), Ellsbury (2), Lugo (3) Kielty (2) and just great defensive play all around, we managed to avoid the scalping the Cleveland Indians were ready to dole out.
What up World (Series)? See you in Boston!
In other news, Joe Torre... I can't believe the way Steinbrenner handled that. Oh wait, yes I can. I'm sure he'll find success elsewhere. Fresh young talent (something that Yankees haven't really had in a while) + Torres ability to manage a winning team = one lucky team somewhere else.
NY Yankees, continue to enjoy your downward spiral.
Joba Chamberlin, FU.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Sox open the series at home on Friday with Beckett facing Cleveland and CC Sabathia. Don't let Sabs physique fool you, he may be fatter than Shilling, but man can he throw heat. I think if we can wear him down early we might have a chance to hit off his relievers and win, because no one is hitting off Beckett.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I can't believe its already October. If I had to pick a favorite month I think this would be it. If you were fortunate enough to have your baseball team make the playoffs, then you have at least one more week of rooting for the good guys (3 weeks if you're lucky). October is usually fun for me sports wise. And with the season the Patriots are having so far it looks as though the following months will be pretty cool too.
October weather is top shelf. You finally start getting that hint of cool air in the mornings and evenings, but you can still catch a sunny 80 degree day without a problem. You wake up and toss a hoodie or a windbreaker on and in the afternoon yer good to go with sleeves rolled up. Makes for excellent cycling, cyclo-touring or walking.
October also houses one of the best holidays going, Halloween. Costumes + Candy + mischief + darkness + Misfits = awesome. I find myself listening to a lot of horror punk in October, and there is nothing wrong with that. Danzig, Misfits and Samhain are all perfect for the occasion. Its also good to put away your summertime jams (Saves The Day, Belle and Sebastian, Rites of Spring, etc) and concentrate on Kid Dynamite, The Misfits, and Kill Your Idols. These bands are perfect for the fall.
I look forward to night time BBQs too, we have this little fire pit in the back yard that provides eery light and a little heat if necessary. Perfection.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I must say that I've never really cared for Ecko wear or Marc Ecko up until this point. Now I am in full support. I like that he left it up to the people, the fans, to decide what happens to the ball. For those who don't know, the asterisk means that someone cheated during the time any record was recorded. Barry Bonds likes steriods. BARRY BONDS CHEATED. Tarnished records.
Hank Aaron FOREVER!
Full Article Here Its funny that they don't mention steroids once in that article.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Surely I haven't forgotten what its like to have my baseball heart broken year after year on bad calls, terrible trades and poor plays. Hell, my first year watching baseball was 1986. What does that tell you? (I also watched my first Superbowl that year... no wonder I never got into Hockey or Basketball) Theres no way that I've forgotten my Red Sox roots, the speculated highs and the reality of the lows.
So how exatly did we blow a 14.5 game lead on the Yanks? How did the Yankees make their way onto our radar screen? How did we go from hot to not? HOW DID WE GET SWEPT BY THE JAYS? (this makes me want to cry). Why does Francona hold onto pitchers who are struggling when he was a bullpen warmed up and ready to throw?
These questions can be summed up with one simple 3 word answer: Red Sox baseball.
With just 9 games to go, despite losing Manny (21 games), Youk (4 games), and Coco to the DL, the slipping Sox are still in 1st and are still contenders for the playoffs. Ortiz hasn't been as clutch as usual due to a torn something or other in his knee, but he is still playing and putting off surgery to finish out the season. My hero.
Now only if we could talk Manny out of his spot on the DL, I think we will not only salvage this season, but we might still have a chance at the AL and ending 2007 with our dignity.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
We are already 28 murders ahead of where we were last year on this date. The total for last year within the city limits was 406 murders.
Here is a map (link) of where the murders happened, as well as the names, age, date, time, weapon and race of the victims. This is current from Jan 1 to Jun 30 of 2007.
Here is a map (link) of the (reported) shootings in Philadelphia.
I wish this was only a movie.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0gci26 (All You Need Is Me)
http://www.sendspace.com/file/i549zc (Thats How People Grow Up)
Yeah, I'm having a hard time with this one.
Ok, so I like some Nike shoes, and I LOVE the Clash more than most things, but here are 2 great flavors that should probably never ever ever go together...
Here is a quote from a good friend (Rib Rock) who also enjoys Nikes, but would put the Clash over anything, anytime...
And "Ya Dudes" need to stop tresspassing in the sneaker scene too. Dear Frat Brosephina, put your Doc Martens back on and give me my Air Max's back. [editors note: I don't agree with the Dr. Martens comment, but its not my rant] We can tell you're a late to the game new jack. And plus, they don't go with your dirty white college hat and unfunny cookie cutter "vintage" Urban Outfitters t-shirt anyway. Go fish bro, go fish. Rant over."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
My hated for Apple runs deep. It all started with iPod #1 (that was out of date and discontinued within 2 months). (can you say color screens?)
And then my 2nd iPod, which was again outdated when the blah blah blah blah.
Then, there was the time I plugged my iPod into a Mac computer I lost 50% of my music (it just deleted the music, but left the track titles on the iPod). I brought the iPod to the "genius" bar and they told me "I must have dropped it". I honestly felt like punching the guy in the face. My iPod (read: Music) is my life you retard. I've never dropped it. You just can't admit that you didn't know what was wrong with it and wanted to take zero accountability for your company or its shit products.
I understand that a company has to stay on the cutting edge of technology, but come on. Not everyone can afford to replace these luxuries at such a rapid pace as your company would have us.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Here are the folks I don't like
1) Mike Barnicle » - Fitchburg, MA - I love this guys name (+1), I hate Fitchburg (-1), his answers were funny (+1), funny ≠ strong leadership (-1). Score: 0. If he would change his name to Barnacle Bill for the Nation, I would vote for him.
2) Annie Bresnahan » - New Hampshire - I followed you up until the whole "pink hat" rant. Honestly, lamest argument ever. If someone wants to wear a pink hat, who are you to say anything? Sorry, but what we certainly don't need is the Nu-Nazi Regime running things around here.
3) Cindy Brown » - Boston, MA - zzzzz
4) Greg Caliri » - Haverhill, MA - 1 word. DUMB. 1 more word. under-informed.
Quote: "The Red Sox Nation concept as a registered-member organization is fine, but its growth is restricted by the limits of the Boston market and through Internet advertising. I'd like to see it expand beyond the 'net and beyond New England. Putting together a team of individuals on the ground, here in the United States and around the world, could entrench the Red Sox not just as America's baseball team, but the "team of the world."
Dude, Red Sox Nation is World wide. Try again when you know what you're talking about.
5) William French » - New York - Wait, this dude hangs at the same country club as Joe Torre? If thats true, and all he did was yell some retarded GB deficit, this is not the man (boy? he's 18) who I want as Commander in Chief of RSN. You could have at least pissed in his shoes in the locker room, slacker. Oh, and nothing against a country club, but something tells me that one isn't going to fly with the "Bleacher Creatures" and the boys from Southie. This kid wins my vote for "person I'd most like to punch in the face". Congrats.
6) Frank Galasso » - Rhode Island - I'm into the charity ideas, but lets be honest, what kid is going to want to hang out with a senior citizen (who isn't their grandparent?). I think your idea to ditch inter league play is crazy. Don't you think that OTHER PEOPLE WHO BELONG TO RED SOX NATION, OR OTHER RED SOX FANS, OR OTHER PEOPLE WHO LIKE WATCHING THEIR TEAMS PLAY THE RED SOX would lose out? I also do not agree with the "Mandatory MINIMUM spent" rule you are suggesting. This would also mean there would be a cap. Just because you spend a certain amount of money, doesn't mean you are going to be competitive. Remember all those years the Sox weren't competitive? Remember how much the Yankees spent this year to lose? You are full of terrible ideas. Heres a good idea, eat barbed wire and Rot.
7) Peter Gammons » - Groton, MA - Like him up until answer #9. Nuf' 'Ced.
8) Doris Kearns Goodwin » - Concord, MA - Slight admission to being a fair weather fan. As much as I would like to cave in the skulls of both Bucky Dent and Billy Buckner, we can not deny or bury our past. Red Sox pride means pride, no matter what.
1) Cheryl Boyd » - Holliston, MA - Her answer to #2 says it all.
2) Luis Cosenza » - Pennsylvania - My #1 choice. Charity tickets all the way.
3) Rob Crawford » - Brookline, MA - Writes songs about RSN. Cool enough for me.
5) Sam Horn » - Rhode Island - Probably the most qualified for the job.
6) Patrick Kennedy » - Vermont - Love the foreign and domestic policies. Great approach at leadership. Will vote.
7) Steve Manganello » - Maine - Good points and ideas about expanding the Nation.
8) Lorraine Murawski » - Sturbridge, MA - I'm with you on all issues. The only thing I disagree on is Eric Gange. That fucker cost us a few games. I hope he proves me wrong, but until then, fugg em.
10) Masahiko Takinami » - Japan - Definitely into the idea of games being played in Japan. The talent we've seen come out of the country is staggering, and I think this would only increase interest and cause other players to take the game a bit more seriously.
on the fence
1) Terri Cronin » - Boston, MA - Good on steroid policy, bad on dress code.
2) Robert Feiner » - Texas - I dunno, good ideas, talks too much. Whittle it down a bit homey.
4) Hank Larsen » - Oklahoma - A little too structured for me. Lets keep this fun, right?
5) Rick Swanson » - Connecticut - Way into the idea of the Red Sox museum. Not sure what it has to do with RSN, but ok, whatever. Plus in his picture he looks a little bit like Larry David, so thats cool, but I don't know if I could take him seriously.
6) Antonio Rodriguez Morales »- Puerto Rico - Would be good to see RSN branch out far and wide. I think having a President who lives in a foreign country could be both good and bad.
In closing, a Red Sox Nation sing-along for the boys and girls...
I’m a member of Red Sox Nation, it’s a kind of a family
Wherever I roam, my Fenway home, that’s where I long to be
I’m a member of Red Sox Nation, it’s a kind of insanity
Yeah, I’ll live and die, with Red Sox pride, for eternity
I fake a smile, November until Opening Day
Suffering baseball withdrawal around the clock
When April comes, hey, meet me down on Yawkey Way
That’s when Red Sox Nation starts to rock
I sleepwalk through the days when there’s a West Coast swing
Married to the TV and the radio
For tickets in October I’d give anything
Still payin’ Red Sox debts from long ago
My mama told me bedtime tales ’bout number nine
My daddy taught me how Yastrzemski tracked down flies
Dirty Water, Tessie, and Sweet Caroline
Now I sing them to my kids as lullabies.
And the Dog: Big Pupi » - Check him out at www.bigpupi.com
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I must say I haven't looked forward to a weekend arrival as much as I did this past one. Not because I had awesome plans or anything (but I did), not that there weren't awesome weekends already this summer (there were), but I was just so tired and stressed from a project from work. I was just looking forward to sleeping in and not worrying about deadlines.
In no particular order...
The big event of the weekend was my friend Phil's wedding. Julia got a new dress and looked really good (lets see if she reads this...). It was a really nice ceremony, even though it was hot, and I was wearing a suit, and it was outside... But Phil and his Bride Ellen looked great and we had a really nice time at the reception. It was great to see old friends and catch up, and it was especially nice to sit down for dinner with Greg Pollard and his wife Becky. Its great to see Greg jazzed up on life; his 1 year old son, a new band, still Straight Edge and all that.
After dinner we hung out with old friends Alex Russin, Matt Hoodrack, Brian Cons and Lauren. I haven't seen Lauren since I lived in Manchester, as she used to live in MA. That was the random highlight of the night. It was nice to meet Matts GF Erica. She seems pretty cool. Matt also currently has a beard and was wearing Wallabees. It wasn't like a swamps of northern Florida beard, more like a well kempt short beard that you would expect someone who wears Wallabees to have. At least they weren't yellow (or this colorway). Ha.
Oh yeah, Brian Cons got a girls number and we watched the whole thing go down.
Double Oh yeah, I don't think the bartenders at that country club had ever made as many Shirley Temples as they did that night. We got made fun of for it.
Straight Edge drinks > Non-Straight Edge drinks. (In my eyes)
Friday was awesome. The Red Sox were in for a double header (they already had a 4 gamer against the White Sox (away) because Thursday was rained out. The Sox ended up ripping the, um, other Sox to shreds both games on Friday. This would set the precedent for the weekend (both Red Sox and otherwise).
The games looked like this
Game 1 - Red Sox 11 White Sox 3 (Beckett for the Win, Varitek- 1 HR)
Game 2 - Red Sox 10 White Sox 1 (Schilling for the Win, Papi - 2 HR, Youk - 1 HR)
Game 3 - Red Sox 14 White Sox 2 (Wakefield for the Win)
Game 4 - Red Sox 11 White Sox 1 (Tavarez for the Win, Drew, Papi, Kielty - 1 HR each)
:Totals: - Red Sox 46 White Sox 7
Yikes. Even Gagne couldn't ruin the run this weekend.
End results: 7.5 games ahead, 7-3 for the last 10 games. Things are starting to get back to normal. Newcomer Bobby Kielty was a big surprise with a few RBI's and a homer. Kinda softens the blow of the Pena trade. Manny had Sunday off, so coupled with Monday, he should be well rested and ready to take on the Crankees for Tues.
Continuation of Friday night... This was something of a sweet disaster. Knowing that I was about to see a band who were just about as good as The Clash play their final show in a disgusting basement to 3 interested people and 6 dirty punx was a bittersweet thing. This band was The Ratchets. On one hand, it was pretty cool to have a private show for me, Nick and Julie. On the other hand, it was just such a bummer that people weren't into this band. It was also a bummer that they were playing their hearts out in a filthy West Philadelphia punk squat basement instead of the filthy Hammersmith Palais. (Ok, I would settle for the First Unitarian too)
The band was incredible and I had fun hanging out (in a punk squat) with Nick and Julie.
Sunday was spent sleeping in, eating pancakes and going to the movies. I saw The Ten (awesome... full review coming this week) at The Ritz with Nick, Julia and Kara Bort. I ate popcorn and then we met up with Rita and went out to the Franklin Fountains for some ice cream.
Totally sweet weekend.
Less Dashboard, More Ringworm.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Check out todays Daily Candy for an article about P&P. And get used to hearing the name...
PS. I wore one this weekend to a wedding and got a few compliments on it. Boosh Nick. Boosh.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
- It has rained everyday so far
- Forgot I owned a rain coat until yesterday
- Tore a hole in a very expensive bicycle tire (and had to walk home in the rain w/no gear)
- Red Sox ended against the Angels with an L (2-2 for the series)
- I forgot my lunch in the refrigerator on Monday morning
- A big project that I've been doing at work was returned to me
- Red Sox lost last night (and the Yankees won) so we're still only 5 games ahead
- Eric Gange (you fucking suck, so much for fortifying the bullpen. Paps is all we need anyway)
- Missing out on BBQ/Tubing on the Delaware this weekend
- Not in Bethel NB Canada right now
My week (so far and beyond): (the good)
- The Ratchets are playing Phila on Friday
- Phil Leone's wedding on Saturday in Princeton
- Spending the early part of Saturday in Princeton
- Red Sox vs White Sox on TV Saturday
- Had a few good laughs with Jules this week
- Watched "This Is England"
- Whale bones (!)
- Went out for Ice Cream last night
- Saw a random girl wearing a Pagan Babies shirt at said ice cream parlor
- Cold water in my kitchen is fixed! (you don't know how much you take cold water for granted)
Light at the end of the stress tunnel? I hope so.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Um, so after a long weekend of awesomeness in Philadelphia, I came into work to a full in-box of (mostly) crap. Viagra and Cialis at amazing discounts (Google spell check recognizes Viagra but not Cialis? Someone's either a believer or getting paid off). Weight loss miracle pills! Online casino bonuses! A video from Alex of Mr. Belding singing some crappy 80's song. I also had a few people interested in record trades/sales (which I ignore until I need money for something)...
But finally! The light in the darkness! An email from old friend Jeff "The Doctor" Proctor (1)! I go way back with this dude. He is one of Litchs' greats. I grew up skating with this dude, causing trouble with this dude (can you say in school suspension for vandalism, lol) and just hanging the fugg out with this dude. So anyway, he lives out west now and designs stuff for some cool companies and it was nice to have an update from the ol' boy. His sister just got married so he was back in the Litch for a bit. Bummed out that I missed him, but theres always next time.
So, my weekend ruled. Philadelphia is a great place to live if you like seeing bands play live. I've been looking forward to this weekend for the past 4 months (there have been a ton of awesome shows in between that time, but I've had these tickets for a while).
Friday was set to be a great night. The Bouncing Souls playing Philadelphia, their old home away from home, and the recently reunited kings of Hardcore Pop, Lifetime, were playing with them. I was going with my best friends in the whole world and we were pumped. The only bummer about this show was that my boy Matt K(2) couldn't come along with us. He had to be responsible very early Saturday morning that that just didn't fit in with a late night of Hardcore Punk and hanging out.
My friend Matt K(2) is an awesome dude with a great heart. He grew up as a punk, and as every other punk out there knows, we HATE long hairs. (JK, love ya Roger.) It just comes with the territory I guess. But the thing is, last time I saw Matt, his hair was down to about his shoulders. I kinda scratched my head a bit and then asked him about it. He said he was growing his hair out for Locks Of Love, the non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
I wanted to throw up (in a good way). It gave me the stomach snakes (everyone else calls this feeling "butterflies") to know that this dude was willing to wake up earlier than normal everyday, spend $ on hair products, and live life with long hair just to help some poor little kid who he will never meet feel a little better about themselves. That is the most unselfish thing I've ever heard of. Not to mention some (read: uptight, conservative) people will always prejudge a dude with long hair. Not that he is one to care what others think of him, but you know what I'm saying.
Cheers to you Matt.
Saturday and Sunday were spent at This Is Hardcore Fest 2007. TIH is a great show, now in its 2nd year, put on by Philadelphia's own Joe Hardcore (3). This is a 4 day festival that showcases some of the best and newest bands playing Hardcore Punk today. I have to say I was really pleased with the whole thing. Joe runs a tight ship so there was no half hour+ band set up times, no lolly gagging, nothing like that. The time slots were set and that was that. Other people booking shows and/or fests could learn a lot from how Joe runs his.
People travel from all around the globe to bask in the glory of TIH. Hardcore music has given me the ability to travel the country and meet hundreds of people and make some awesome lasting friendships. A fest like this is where the long distance friendships all come together. So glad I got to see Big Joe from Chicago, Red Sox Jess, DFJ, Scace, Aaron from CA, now MA and soon to by NYC, Jeff Dot, JD, B-Roll, Bryan, Joe Harder, Chucky Edge, Mike, Scooter, Alex and Kristian from LI, Lord Dom (bearing funny stories about Fred from MTL), Black Ryan, Sean Bombs, Michelle WB, and countless other friends from Maine, Mass, Conn, etc. and of course my local peeps Phil L, Alex Russin, Dan Mills, Klint, Georgie, Mark, Vin, Brooke and Tussy. (sorry if I missed anyone, my lunch break is short today)
I heard some great new bands and got to see some bands that I love to death. Paint It Black, Shipwreck, RJ's, Cold World, Blacklisted and Crime In Stereo were my favs going into the show, but I left with a new found love for Ceremony, Ambitions, Cheap Tragedies, Said Radio (who I knew would be great). Also, my favorite HC band from my youth, MOUTHPIECE, did a small set during Triple Threats set on Saturday. I came out of mosh retirement for that one. (ok, I still mosh, just not as much)
So, to review, I was inspired by the following to start a blog and talk about stuff:
1) Jeff Proctor - For being my friend for all these years
2) Matt K - For being a solid dude
3) Joe Hardcore - For being the backbone of the Phila Hardcore Punk scene
If you hate it, take it out on them. Come back for another entry in a few days (week?). If its not there, wait longer.