July 27, 2009

Today was as hot as I can ever remember it being around here. The thermometer on our patio showed 114, but the next door neighbor had it at 117, and the lady I was talking to at the supermarket had 119 in her backyard. Either way, once you get above 110 all you can really do is close the blinds and ride it out. Tomorrow looks like more of the same.

Apologies out out to my blogging bud Dave E – this new version of WordPress sometimes gets screwy when it comes to comments. Both Dave (and Jana as well) left comments a while back that should have sailed right through but I ended up having to approve them tonight, weeks after the fact. Kinda defeats the whole purpose of commenting, doesn’t it? Well hopefully that’s all taken care of now, and I’m glad to hear Dave’s mom was doing better last we heard.

BTW, Dave’s series on the Apollo moon landing 40 years ago was an informative and entertaining read. I wish I could say I remember a lot about a such a momentous occasion, but I don’t. I was 14 at the time and the only thing I cared about back in 1969 was baseball and music. I remember seeing the landing on TV but that’s really it. Pretty sad when you think about it, I think…

Come to think of it, I do remember a science project on the Apollo capsule and the LEM. I remember a collaboration with my classmate (and future Instamatic Vibration bandmate) Ken Sandler, but since science was never my forte, I think my contribution was covering the outside of our model LEM with tinfoil and letting Ken do the “heavy lifting” and the presentation.

Today at the pool supply place I heard one of those funky medley remixes combining The Doors’ “Riders On the Storm” and Blondie’s “Rapture”. Talk about a pair of odd ducks! It was pretty hideous. Just goes to show what technology will let you do nowadays. What’s next? Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”?

This doesn’t surprise me. Just another reason why Pope Benedict XVI is my man – he’s not afraid to taske action when he thinks it’s necessary.

Isn’t it about time Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame restore Pete Rose’s eligibility? I mean, compared to Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Manny Ramirez…

As much as I hate them, ya gotta admit the Yankess are H-O-T hot right now.

Let’s just say I believe Israel. Things are gonna get pretty interesting in the Middle East before the end of this year.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 22:52 | Comments (7)
  1. I’m with you on the Pete Rose eligibility thing, bro. Even though I hear that the old timers and many on that committee don’t see eye-to-eye with you and me.

    In addition, I also fully agree with Gerry Callahan’s opinion on the “juice boys” ability to get in.


    Comment by Dave Richard — July 28, 2009 @ 4:20 am

  2. It is going to be a chilly 87 degrees here on the creek and full of your beloved humidity. I suggest you get your pan fried beeee-hind outta that oven of a city and haul it on back here. The humidity is calling you and Tracey.

    We are on the verge of a record breaking month of not reaching 90 degrees for the entire month. Don’t ya miss livin’ here???

    Comment by Jana — July 28, 2009 @ 4:41 am

  3. It’s looking very likely that we will not see 90 degrees here in the Twin Cities this July. That’s not unprecedented, but usually we get about a week of 90+ weather this month.

    I’m glad you liked the Apollo stuff. I had fun compiling it. And thanks for keeping Mom in your thoughts, I’ve been waiting for the all clear to update. She’s back home and doing well, but the all clear hasn’t come. Nothing major or life threatening, but some things still haven’t come back 100%.

    So it wasn’t me going crazy when it came to those comments. That was the strangest thing. I left a comment and it appeared to have posted. I came back a couple of days later and it was gone, so I posted another. After that one posted I could see all of them again. Then, when I went back into the post from the main page, they were gone again. Sorry, I meant to shoot you an email on that.

    Comment by Dave E. — July 28, 2009 @ 6:21 am

  4. I think what Rose did was infinitely worse than what the alleged steroid users did. He’s where he belongs. Outside looking in. He bet on his own team on some days. Did he manage differently on those days than on other days? I think so, others think not. There will always be doubt. Gambling is prohibited. Everyone in MLB knows it. He has no excuse.

    Comment by Rob — July 28, 2009 @ 8:18 am

  5. Rob, my understanding on Pete Rose is that he never bet on games while he was a player, only a manager, and never bet on his team’s games. I might be wrong on that, but that is what I remember about his betting.

    Comment by Dave Richard — July 28, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  6. Maybe ESPN.com’s Buster Olney is right – put them in the Hall, but lay out on their plaque the good, the bad, and the ugly.


    Comment by The Great White Shank — July 28, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

  7. Rose’s original admission was that he never bet on his own team. When that was refuted, he said he only bet on his team to win.

    As for the steroid guys, if there’s admission or iron-clad proof in the form of a conviction, you take those things into consideration. Absent those two things, though, you shouldn’t. This “he said, she said” or “look how big he got” or “he hit 70 home runs but had never hit more than 50 previously” stuff is just speculation or plain old suspicion. It should not be considered. Have no fear, though. The Baseball Writers Association of America are made up the snobbiest baseball people on Earth. They’ll have no trouble basing their votes on rumors.

    Comment by Rob — July 29, 2009 @ 4:07 am

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