But first...is it just me or has the Boston sports fan been getting jobbed the past few weeks when it comes to our teams sporting events on TV. First there was the 1st inning blackout of game 6 of the ALCS due to some "router problem in Atlanta". The entire first inning was missed and instead we got an episode of the Steve Harvey show. Great job TBS. No scrolling text on the screen alerting us to the problem or even a black screen. Nope, we got what seemed to be a regular episode of some has-been sitcom and Nicky C calling me on the phone freaking out that he couldn't find the game. The best part was when the broadcast finally did get sorted out, and BJ Upton had already smacked a solo shot for the Devil Dogs, we were told by the crack TBS play-by-play guys that "you didn't miss much". Excuse me?
Then, this past Sunday during the first quarter of the Patriots game FOX's signal was all jacked up and we had to try and follow through the garbled image and intermittent audio. At first I thought it was just the High Def broadcast, but after consulting with E-Dog over the phone she confirmed that even the regular Def was all screwy too. Green-Ellis rumbled into the end-zone for the Pats first TD but with the image so scratchy I couldn't even tell who it was, or if he really did score. Thankfully FOX got the issue sorted out, but again, not even a mention of apology or simple explanation as to what went wrong. Where's the customer service folks?
Continuing on that customer service theme, let's talk about MLB, specifically the past few nights down in Philadelphia. [how's that for a segway?] [for those non-sports fans, MLB is Major League Baseball] [I would imagine though that very few non-sports fans have gotten this far in the post] What a joke...is anyone running the show over there? I'll start with Saturday night, game 3 of the World Series, when a rain delay forced them to push the start until 10:15p. Now MLB claims they start the games so late, 8:37p regularly, in order to accommodate TV and amass the largest audience possible, but waiting until 10:15p that night had exactly the opposite result. Instead they got the lowest rated World Series game in the history of World Series games on TV. Why not just postpone the game? I just don't get it. No one wants to stay up until 2am the next morning to watch a baseball game, not even the fans of Philadelphia or St. Petersburg who actually have a vested interest in the outcome! Push it back a night...in the grand scheme of things is it really a big deal?
That leads us to last nights debacle with the weather. Bud Selig ranks about 2 steps lower than my fantasy football commish, AC Delco, and he stinks. Bad! That being said, whoever Selig is getting his weather information from should have been fired immediately after the game last night. Selig claimed that they were only supposed to get 1/10" of rain all night...yet instead they got about twice that amount per hour! It wasn't pretty out there. The infield looked like cold oatmeal and the wind was howling at practically hurricane force. This is a game that never should have been started. Period. Someone with a level head on his/her shoulders should have looked at the doppler and realized it just didn't make sense. Again I go back to the fans. These people paid some decent money to get World Series tickets and they shouldn't have to watch a game in conditions like that. Call the game at 6p so people don't even make the trek into the ballpark and reschedule for the next clear, cool October night. It seems so simple to me. I can't imagine the fiasco the Phillies are going to have on their hands come tomorrow night when people are trying to get back into game 5 with soggy ticket stubs that are barely recognizable and people who claimed they lost it. Good luck Mr. Ticket-taker!
Now...after saying all that, both teams should have been immediately disqualified for leaving the dugouts wearing those foolish cap/earmuff thingamabobs they had on their heads. Those can't be part of the official uniform can they?
Image courtesy of Philly.com
Time to run...I've got to watch the Celts hoist banner #17 to the rafters!
Okay...it may not be the coolest place on Earth, but the New England Demolition and Salvage Company warehouse in New Bedford, MA is pretty darn close then. I had heard this place was featured on Chronicle one night last week and after checking out their website I knew that Kel and I needed to stop in for a look-see since we were going to be in the area over the weekend. Imagine an enormous warehouse filled with used building products that are just waiting to find a new home...that's exactly what this place is. And on two floors! They have everything. Doors, sinks, tubs, radiators, old prison cell doors, columns, dentist chairs, fire place mantels, old cast iron spiral stairs, even entire hand made wood bars [the drinking kind] that have been salvaged. The bar in the photo below where I'm manning the taps had just been sold. Windows, doors, sinks, radiators and tubs are the big sellers and they literally have thousands of them. All the tubs and sinks can easily be re-glazed and will eventually find a new home.
This company is doing the right thing and I'm glad they're doing it. Instead of all this "waste" ending up in a landfill somewhere it's getting the chance to be recycled. They're helping the environment and helping our wallets at the same time. You could save a boat load of coin by using some of these products instead of buying new. Once Kel and I finally do buy a place of our own this is the type of store that we'll be stopping at first...forget Home Depot!
I usually don't post this many photos, but this place is worth you all having an in-depth look...and if you do get down to the "southcoast region" at some point do yourself a favor and stop in for an hour, you'll be glad you did. I apologize for the blurry-ness of some images. The lighting was very, very low in there and I didn't have a tripod with me, nor would I have broken one out if I did. Enjoy.
Just wanted to catch you all up on a few items...in no particular order.
1. Check out these new socks I got. They're by Nike and I've been getting this type for quite some time now but they've decided to make the foot specific now, marking each pair with an R and an L on each respective sock. Makes it much easier to match them up out of the dryer, but I'm not sure what to do once I eventually lose one!
2. A few times over the pastyear I've mentioned our good friend Timothy O'Donnell who was trying to make the 08 Olympic team for the men's triathlon. Unfortunately he fell just sort of making the squad but he's now redoubled his efforts and will try again in 2012 for London. USA Triathlon has a big story this week on him and his transition from the Navy into civilian life and his goals for the next 4 years. He's currently looking for some big sponsors to help foot the bill so if you know of anyone that can help him out there's a link on his website called "sponsorship inquiries". Check it out.
3. Take a look at this photo I took from inside the car looking up through the sunroof one morning. It sorta looks fake, doesn't it? I think I may make this my new "background" on my desktop.
4. This past Thursday night Kel and I went over to the Sox souvenir store on Yawkey Way for a 50% off night for all AAA members. You had to RSVP a few weeks ago and anyone who did was able to get half off any merchandise in the place. Talk about some awesome deals, and they even had the Rem-dog there signing autographs. Certainly got me fired up for the ALCS!
After stocking up on gear we made our way over to the relatively new Bleacher Bar for some dinner and a few drinks. The photo above that looks like I'm standing on the warning track at Fenway is actually taken from inside the restaurant. Pretty cool ha? You can actually eat there during a game and take in all the sights of the game! This is hard to visualize, but in the men's room they have a small window above the urinals and while you're standing there taking a wiz you can actually look out onto the field through this window shown above. How great is that...you can take a bathroom break and not even miss a second of the action!
5. One of Kel's favorite plants/flowers is the hydrangea so for our anniversary last week I got her a few at our local farm stand. How great do they look?
6. Speaking of our anniversary...on Saturday night Kel and I had an amazing dinner at a place downtown called Excelsior. You enter the restaurant on street level and then take a glass elevator through a 3 store wine tower. It's pretty amazing, but at the same time it's extremely overwhelming when the plop down a 45 page wine list book in front of you and expect a decision in some sort of timely manner! They had bottles in there from 50 bucks to 5000 bucks and from all over the world. After we selected soem wine we put in for a few apps that were out of this world. Kel got the jumbo lump crabcake / sambal aioli and I went with the wild white shrip cocktail. If the appetizers were this good we knew the meal was going to be on point as well. Kel got the Wolfe Neck Filet / Sweet potato gratin / leaf spinach and I ordered the George's Bank Day Boat Cod / Grilled Peppers / Corn / Chorizo. I'm not really good at describing food in words so I'll just say that everything was amazing. One of the best dinners I've had in a long while. Of course we had to get dessert and that was just as good as the meal. I took a gamble and went with the port poached sekal pear on top of an ice-cream sandwhich. Jackpot! This this was awesome, so much so that I decided to snap a little pic of it. See below...I wish you could have tasted this. Kel got the cocoa meringe / dark rum creme, cocoa nib puree.
Once dinner was over we walked over to a bar called Jer-Ne in the Ritz by the Common. We got a few drinks and watched some of the Sox game before calling it a night. The past few years we've gone away for our anniversary but it was a nice change to say local this year and just do a nice dinner.
...well not really. Not at our house anyway. It may only be like 35 degrees outside in the morning but our apartment is still around 65 inside without any heat on. With the price of oil and natural gas right now [we use natural gas to heat and cook] we're going to try and hold out til around Nov. 1 before we turn the heat on. Seems a bit far off, and it'll surely be nippy by then, but that's what sweatshirts and blankets were invented for, right? I still need to switch out all the summer screens and put back in the storm windows, then seal them all up with the plastic and hairdryer thing they sell at home depot. I don't know what you call those but you know what I'm talking about. After that we'll be snug as a bug in a rug.
I came across this great articleon Boston.com the other day talking all about how long people will go before turning on the heat at their house/apt. What a coincidence. Some of the comments folks have written at the end of the story are downright hilarious...check them out. One lady equates keeping the heat off for as long as possible to an Olypmic event!
Be sure to post a comment here at kn.com letting us know how long you plan on holding out before turning up the thermostat.
Hard to believe it's been 3 years now...but sure enough, it has. Hurricanes and tropical storms have come and gone in that time but Tropical Storm Tammy [read in the voice of that old curmudgeon of a weather-man down there in NJ] will always be near and dear to Kelly and my heart. So glad that we can all look back on the torrential rain we got that October 8th of 2005 and have a good laugh over it. You can laugh about it now Kel, right?
I'm sure that weekend brings back a bunch of memories for you all as well. It really was a great time and we were glad that so many of you could be there with us. It's always worth clicking on the "wedding album" over on the right for a quick trip down memory lane. All sorts of great shots in there.
In a sense this year is a bit sad since it was only this past April when our great friend Fr. Clyde passed away. Having him preside at our wedding was perhaps one of the best memories we have of the day and I know we'll always think about him around our anniversary every year.
So, another year older. Another year wiser. Another great year together with Kelly. 3 years down and a whole bunch more to go...
I have this photo hanging over my dresser in the bedroom and there's something about it that I just love. I took this photo one summer night as I was out shooting different areas of the Boston skyline. This one is on the Mass. Ave bridge with the Pru in the background. The motion of the cars and the people really adds to the image. July 16, 2006
As I mentioned in my brief post yesterday...this weekend was a great fall weekend indeed. The weather has certainly turned brisk here and it made for a perfect annual trip to the Chasm and apple picking. I also got in several solid work-outs both on the bike and on my two feet. I knocked out a great 4 mile run on Friday night after work. It was one of those efforts after a long week where you have so much pent-up energy that you just go, and go fast. Saturday was a bit of a cold to start to the day so I decided to wait until after lunch to head out on a quick 25 mile ride. I hadn't been on the bike in about 2 weeks so it felt good to be in the saddle again. Not to many opportunities to be on the bike with the temps dropping and the available daylight slipping away more and more each day.
Below are a number of shots from the hiking, caving and apple picking adventure.
I even got to use my "new" headlamp that Erin got me for Christmas last year. Thing was very helpful down in the caves!
After we got home Margy and Bob-dog joined us to watch the Patriots game and some of the Sox game. We had some of Kel's famous stromboli and a great apple crumble that was made with apples we picked off the tree earlier in the day. You can't beat that. I need to make a few pies later this week!
Hopefully the Sox can close out the Angels tonight and avoid a trip back to LA for game 5.