Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My 1st Post in Nearly A Year...

Is simply a link to a favorite blog of mine, Bits & Pieces...
Who made the uniforms for the Washington Nationals?

Many people have wondered for years where the hapless Washington Nationals’ “O” went, but on Friday it was completely missing from the jerseys of Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn.

Early into the game the Nationals discovered the “Natinals” mistake and by the fourth inning Zimmerman and Dunn had changed into correctly spelled jerseys, according to The Associated Press.

The original post is here.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Welcome Back To The Big Hurt!

The Oakland A's resigned (& already played) Frank Thomas today after he was released by the BJ's a couple days ago. I wasn't too excited about this initially. Probably cause I'm always a bit skeptical when someone is let go... I mean, there must be a reason right?

But then, a strange thing happened. One of my roommies & an ex both sent me text messages about the events surrounding this acquisition. So I started thinking maybe this is something I should be excited about. I mean, just because Canada dropped him like a hot potato after only 16 games, doesn’t lessen the fact that he did do good things for the A’s. He was a great influence on the A’s club the last time around, so it must be some kind of karmic delight bringing good news right? Maybe rather than listen to the reports that he was livid at being benched by the Blue Jays more often than not, I should choose to believe that fate has a hand in this. I think he even got the award for the Comeback Player of the Year – but I have zero time to figure out where to look that up. What I did look up was that he had 39 dingers with the A’s. That pleases me, & makes me a tad bit more excited than I was initially.

So thanks boys for lighting a fire under me to think about baseball for a bit. It has brightened my day more than you can possibly realize. I cannot wait to spend some of my upcoming time off relaxing in the sun & watching our boys continue to kick ass. I keep you updated on all my A’s ogling adventures…

In other (Yankee Hating) news – this delighted me to no end!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hockey (Playoffs!) & A Bit About My A's!

I've been so very obsessed with my dog & my life lately that I haven't had much inspiration to write about my love of hockey & baseball as I intended when I started this blog. Sorry to my one fan who also loves hockey & to my other fan who loves baseball.

Here's the jist of how I'm feeling about my Ducks right now...

I found that over at one of my favorite hockey blogs - The Battle OF California

As for my A's - they've been great on the road (6 & 2) & they're coming back tonight to battle the Seamen at home. I can't hardly wait for them to win so I get to start bragging to my buddy Sofia up in Washington!

Friday, April 4, 2008

I'm Alive! But Busy Busy Busy!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately folks! I appreciate the emails of concern, chastising & worrying… But I am alive! I’ve just been busier than a one legged man in a butt-kicking contest! As many of you know, I’m part of a group of people set to be laid of sometime this month so I’ve been interviewing & testing & trying not to freak out too much about what I’m going to do next! Part of me wants to get back into dispatching full time & so those are the kind of jobs I’ve been testing for, but part of me wants to find a way to do something that requires little, if any, thought. And as of today I may just have found that!

I start a bartending job at a fancy golf & country club tomorrow.  Not that bartending doesn’t require any thinking; it’ll just be a different kind of thinking than I’m used to! I’ve spent much of my career focusing on people during their greatest time of need, & this will give me a chance to focus on people during their minor moments of want. I expect it will be a pleasant change in scenery. Not only that, but I lucked into a spot that has a great atmosphere, a great boss & and couple of great former co-workers from our previous lives to work with again, although much differently. It’s so close to my house that I can ride my bike every day too! I’m excited & I’ll keep you posted of how it all comes down! (Did I mention I won’t have to be to work before 10 a.m. very often either? Yay for sleeping in!)

So there’s my #1 excuse. My other excuses are sillier;
• I had to find a new roommate, which I did. Nikkie will be moving in sometime after the 15th of this month & she seems nice & fun & and overall good fit for the household. The sexes will be balanced once again – yes!
• I started a blog that will just be about King… Since he is such a huge part of my life, he needed more dedicated proof! There’s a link on the side to check his page out…
• I had to sell my car & buy a cheaper one. I did that 2 weekends ago now so that’s a huge relief. I brought a brand new car, which came with a cheaper payment, better gas mileage, a better engine & its much bigger inside for King! The backseats not only fold flat, but they fold up again for extra height storage & even come completely out it the car so he has plenty of room to roam around!
• King’s training – he’s 11 months old now & a registered Service Dog in Training! That’s taking much time too, but it’ll be completely worth it when he’s a certified Therapy Dog! (More on that soon at King’s place!)
• And… I hate to say this one. I have very little interest in sports right now. Hockey seems too involved to discuss & no one cares about it anymore; & baseball seems trite. Plus my A’s are in a scary ‘rebuilding’ cycle that’s utterly heartbreaking. And my fantasy teams are taking too much time too! I had to cut back somewhere, but hopefully, being at a golf course all day will pique my interest in all things sporty soon. I may even get to perfect my tan at work!

So – There’s my update – sorry it’s so long! Hope you’re all doing well too - & thank you again for all your concern & support!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Billy Crystal Struck Out

I find that kinda sad.

I'll try to keep everyone interested updated in this dream of his come true, just in case you all don't have access to MLBTV right now...

Found this here, a live blog from the game...

Billy Crystal’s at-bat:

First pitch: Fastball away, he took it.

Second pitch: Fastball, foul down the first-base line.

Third pitch: Fastball inside, took it for a ball.

Foruth pitch: Fastball up, took it for a ball.

Fifth pitch: Swung and missed at a fastball.

Sixth pitch: Swung and missed at a slider.

The crowd gave him a standing ovation and he waved on his way back to the dugout. Hey, he made the pitcher work.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Point Isabel: A Dog Heaven On Earth

This weekend King got to go to the ultimate dog park. Seriously - It's the best in North America! We took the hour drive over the bay to check out the place the Great Dane Meet Up Group will be visiting next weekend cause we wanted to see the place & how the little King would react to it. I had no idea what we were getting into! We could have spent the whole day there! It's very easy to get to & once you're out of the parking area, it's completely off leash. There were hundreds of dogs there, but it's on 23 acres so it wasn't crowded. The dogs can run free along a path, in tree lined grassy knolls, or even take a dip right in the bay! (That's where all the silly labs were even though it was pretty cold out!) Anyway, here's some pics of King having a grand time running around, making new bestest friends, & then eventually posing for some cute pics with Mommy.

Look for new pics next week after King meets up with about 30 Great Danes!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Let’s Make a Band:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
(you might have to click new random quotes at the bottom)

3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

You then take the pic and add your band name
and the album title to it, then post your pic.

Thanks Amy - thanks was kinda fun!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Pics of the puppy King...

My friend Sofia's dog Niobe is ill right now in Washington with Parvo. While keeping them in my prayers, here's some current pics of the (thankfully) healthy bouncy baby boy...

King already outgrowing his couch:

King playing with his toy (He LOVES stuffed animals, the bigger the better!):

King outside & dying for someone to come play ball with him:

King posing with Santa, who he kinda wanted to eat cause he's dressed in a fur suit (not unlike all his favorite toys!):

King under the Christmas tree lights:

My roommate Kenny getting King to do some tricks:

Alyssa taking King for a spin on her birthday:

More pics soon I promise - I'm getting the New Years Disneyland pics all sorted through...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Nick Swisher Traded to the White Sox... :-(

Yep it's true. For 3 Triple A-er's no less. At least one of the new kids sounds promising & is fairly cute too! Meet Ryan Sweeney folks...
Let's just pray they have game, & more importantly - heart!
The full article is here...

As you can imagine, I'm sorely disappointed. I think Swish is too:

Friday, December 28, 2007

Former Yankee Arrested For Vehicular Homicide

Jim Leyritz has been arrested in Broward County, Florida after a crash early his morning. Apparently his drunk ass was driving a Ford SUV & he hit another car, killing a girl inside (unclear still as to whether she was the driver or passenger.)

You probably remember him for his typical Yankeeness in the 90's & for breaking Braves Fans hearts in the '96 series with a dinger.

Check out ESPN for the details...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Graduation Day!

King graduated from intermediate Puppy School Saturday! It's the 2nd of 4 classes he'll hopefully be mastering & this one was much more intense than beginning puppy. But it also had an agility element to it too so he thought that was pretty fun! He loves going through the tunnel!

The hula hoop he's supposed to jump through was too small for him so they found a big tubey-tire thing for him instead:

Then there's a slalom type pole set up that he gets to step through. He does it fine, actually kinda of strangely. He steps over each pole on the ground like he's a horse going through a minefield! It looks so silly - but totally cute!

Here he is all ready for his graduation pics, & bored, bored, bored now that we wouldn't let him go play more!

So very proud!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Kissin' Cousins...

King's cousin Maggie is visiting with us for a few weeks & she couldn't possibly be any cuter without actually being King!

For the most part, King is oblivious of her...

...unless she moves at all-then it's play time for them both! They do get along fairly well though, except there seems to be some confusion as to who exactly the loveseat belongs to.

Oh & did I mention that Tigger is totally ticked off?

Decorating for Christmas has been rather interesting this year!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Amazing Christmas Light Displays...

I'm sure you've all seen the fantastic rendition of the Trans Siberian Orchestra's light show than began circling the world a couple of years ago. I did a quick search & found a few more that caught my eye so I'll post them here for your enjoyment. There's some amazing talent out there... Even a kind of interesting on set to the Grease Soundtrack all the way from Down Under!

The Original from Carson William's in Mason, Ohio:

Carson William's 3rd year:

An updated version from Texas:

Carol of the Bells in Tompkinsville, Kentucky:

The Grease one from Australia:

A cool one with The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Angels We Have Heard On High:

This one has an almost Disneyesque feel to it:

Monday, November 19, 2007

Hey - Where's The Sports Talk?

I know I've been slacking - life does that sometimes & I'm not getting paid as well as most major leaguers for producing at only 30% like they do. I'm not getting paid at all come to think of it, so stop with the nagging emails about how "so much is happening in the sports world & I haven't weighed in on anything" Jeez!

I still don't have time to address everything, but here's what I shot out earlier when an old baseball buddy mentioned in an email that "Barry Bonds is toast":

Barry is beyond toast. He's toast crumbs. If this case goes forward, he'll either be found guilty & go to jail for a long time, or a short time & either way, will be suspended forever by the league when that's over. He'll never play again (unless he makes a Longest Yard-The Baseball Version situation in the pen) which is fortunate, because I can only take so much hate in this sport I love, & I'm completely consumed with hating A-Fraud right now. Barry Bonds doesn't even exist to me.

Of course, if I'm honest, he never really did. I only tried to be a decent Giants fan for friends who liked them - but deep down, I always, always, always knew it would come to this extreme with Bonds. The G's are lucky to have cut their ties with him just in time. Makes me wonder if the Mitchell Report got leaked to them a bit early so they would have time to put some substantial space between them.

I think Frisco has a real chance to make something of themselves now & I truly hope this could be Barry Zito's banner year (although I'm fairly sure that won't come til 2009 at the earliest.) But think about it: What better way is there to flip Bonds the bird than to win it all & rub that ring right in his face?

Bitter? Moi? :-) Not too bad as far as these things go. I'm more upset about Super Marco getting traded from my A's more than anything else. Although our AAA mounds needed attention & this will open up a nice spot for Donnie Murphy.

I swear I can remember being at at least 15 games where Scutaro knocked out a walk-off game clincher, including 1 I wrote about here, but his stats show he only did it 9 times in his career here. I guess I'll have to wait & see how it all works out. I just have this nagging suspicion that Marco won't be as lauded in Canada. He barely makes Ingles words okay, how's he supposed to pull off French!?!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Very Tall Dog Meets Very Small Dog

Doggy news: The world's tallest pooch meets the smallest. (From J-Walk!)

Despite their radical difference in size, these two dogs have something in common - Gibson the Great Dane and Boo Boo the toy Chihuahua are both world record holders.

Measuring a whopping 107cm, gentle giant Gibson was named tallest dog back in 2004. Joining him in the hall of fame for 2007 is tiny Boo Boo who only measures 10.16cm tall and is smaller than Gibson's head.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New Mime(d) Song!

Perhaps you remember the mimed version of Torn?

He does this one even better! Enjoy!

In case you missed Torn - Enjoy that one on me too!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The coolest "online catalog" you've seen

· It takes a few moments to load

· It’s in a language that’s not English

· It’s worth the wait…..

Check it out… whatever it is.

Found at Bits & Pieces!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pics from Vacation!

Saw this on 101 on the way to Universal Studios & thought it was pretty fantastic:

Then this was way cool in the CityWalk (kinda of a Downtown Disney outdoor mall place):

This is looking over the lots inside Universal Studio:

Their tour includes some cool (& some dated) special effects demonstrations:

They were working on Ghost Whisperer & Desperate Housewives during the tour:

Playing with shadows:

They totally wanted to put me in a new show:

Had to say hiya to Wildwing:

I'll try to get some more up soon so be patient people! :-)