Coming Out of Left Field

Friday, October 29, 2004

Weekend agenda

To-do list for this weekend:

1. Sleep.
2. Update my resumé.
3. Sleep.
4. See Kate Clinton.
5. Sleep.
6. Go trick-or-treating with in-laws' kids.
7. Sleep.

Did I mention I'm still really tired from the playoffs? It's a wonder I don't fall asleep at the key ... board ... zzzzzzzzzzzzz ...


Thursday, October 28, 2004

Sweet Series sweep!

Bye-bye, 1918. Hello, 2004!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

How many Bush administration officials ...

... does it take to change a light bulb?

None. There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb. There is no need to change anything. We made the right decision and nothing has happened to change our minds. People who criticize this light bulb now, just because it doesn’t work anymore, supported us when we first screwed it in, and when these flip-floppers insist on saying that it is burned out, they are merely giving aid and encouragement to the Forces of Darkness.

(Found on Aces Full of Links)

Btw, my online friend JP (who posted said joke) also runs, which has several great anti-Bush banners. Use them -- and help send Bush back to Texas!

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Wacky World Series

Three "OMG!" moments from last night:

"Ha ha ha ha ha!"
Pedro Martinez's first time at the plate, in which he didn't swing once. I read today that after Martinez got back to the dugout, Lowe inspected his bat to make sure there wasn't anything wrong.

"Oh no ..."
Pedro's second at-bat, with two men on and two out. My wife and I both agreed that of all the guys on the Sox roster, Pedro is the last one you'd want up in that situation.

Jeff Suppan, the opposing pitcher, getting caught between third and home. If he hadn't wavered, he would've scored easily, and the whole game could've gone to the Cards. Hmmmm, maybe Pedro had the right idea after all.

On to Game 4 tonight. Go Sox!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Lyrics for the day

From "Friends and Family" (Trik Turner)

I don't have time to envy those that got things I've never had
Cause the one thing most important is the one we take for granted
And until your life is on that line I think it's the way god had planned it
To open up your eyes and make you realize
That to some life is money
But what's money without life
Cause all's I need is the air that I breathe
And my friends and family to believe in me

As deep as the abyss where the waters run
As deep as the land of the rising sun
You know I'm down
And even when them odds are against us
It doesn't even matter
Nothing else matters

As deep as the abyss where the waters run
As deep as the land of the rising sun
You know I'm down
And even when them odds are against us
It doesn't even matter
Nothing else matters ...


Thursday, October 21, 2004


A World Series ticket

Success is sweet.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004


No, my sleepiness doesn't have anything to do with last night's game, which I unfortunately did not let myself see. It's due to my having to get up at the crack of dawn today for class; in order to see everyone's first projects, we started half an hour earlier than usual. So the TV stayed off all last night, though I did peek online once while I was sending an e-mail (to find out that it was the third inning already, woo-hoo!). And I'll say, the Sox win was a very nice thing to wake up to. :)

As for the screenings, they were pretty fun to watch. Given the limitations, people came up with interesting imagery, free of film-school cliches. Seeing my project made me wish, once again, that we'd been able to edit; knowing I could experiment might have helped me come up with a greater variety of shots. Still, I was happy that my first film was more than two minutes of black, and that it hadn't been confiscated by the City of Boston.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Oh. My. God.

Number of innings in last night's game: 14
Number of pitchers (total): 14
Number of pitches (total): 471
Time played: 5 hours, 49 minutes

Number of bleary-eyed, delirious Red Sox fans this morning: countless

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Monday, October 18, 2004

Seek, and you shall find ...

... ask, and you shall receive.

The dream stays alive

I'm not a religious person, but last night I came pretty close, and so did a lot of other people around the state (and probably elsewhere). Wonder if we can pull a similar trick on Nov. 2?

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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Please, oh please oh please oh please

As I write this, the Sox are leading Game 4, 3-2. This is only the second time they've been ahead all series.

As I write this, I (and many other folks, I suspect) are directing the below words to the Great Umpire in the Sky:

Please, oh please let Derek Lowe keep shutting them down. Please, oh please, let Hernandez et al. give up lots of walks and hits.

Please, oh please, let us beat the Yankees tonight. I don't ask for a four-game winning streak (not even divine intervention could deliver that). All I want right now is just one win, so we can have some self-respect going into the offseason.

And one final request: please, oh please, if the Yankees do advance, let the National League team give them the worst a**-kicking they've ever experienced. Amen!

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Friday, October 15, 2004

Reversing the curse -- and finding a cure

Speaking of the Red Sox, two fans are using this year's playoffs as a springboard to raise money for ALS research. At Reverse the Curse, Sox and Yankee fans alike can make donations to the cause; a "karma scoreboard" keeps track of the totals. Even if the site doesn't result in a Boston victory, it might help bring about a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease -- and, in the grand scheme of things, that's more important than any ballgame.

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Diamond diagnosis

So this is why I've been tired all week:

Red Sox fever? Check out these symptoms

Between that and the Kerry craze, it's a wonder I'm still standing!

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Weekend update

Last weekend the wife and I spent a couple of days in Pittsburgh, PA. Though short, it was a nice visit. Whenever we walked or drove around, we counted lawn signs and bumper stickers (making the appropriate sound effects). Out in the burbs there was a mix, but in the city itself, especially near the school, Kerry far outnumbered Bush. The folks we spent time with were also, by and large, not fans of our current president. Even my right-leaning brother won't vote Republican; he plans to write in Alexander Hamilton, who aside from his current state of existence seems to satisfy all the candidacy requirements, and would probably do a better job than Bush too.

We also went to the "national" aviary, home to, among others, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon. You can't really tell from the pictures, but these birds are huge -- they can be as big as turkeys. If there really was a pact between pigeons and humans, these birds would definitely have the upper wing.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Get out and register

~public service announcement~

If you're a Massachusetts resident, today is the last day you can register to vote in this year's presidential election. If you have not yet registered, here are instructions on registering in person. (It is too late to register by mail.)

~public service announcement~

Even if you don't think your vote for president matters (I'd say hell, yeah, it does), there are many state races where Democrats are up against Romney-supported candidates. So get yourself registered -- for your sake, and for mine!

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Sunday, October 10, 2004

Congrats, Pats!

New England 24, Miami 10

That makes 19 wins in a row, dating back to last season. Maybe now it's OK to say the s-word:

"Congratulations on the streak, great job. Now we've got to think about Seattle." - Bill Belichick, as quoted by safety Rodney Harrison

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Thursday, October 07, 2004


Filmed my first project for class yesterday. At first I had major jitters, both because of my aforementioned lack of technological competence (it took fifteen minutes and two other people's help to load the camera properly) and the anxiety that crops up whenever I'm telling someone else what to do. Eventually I relaxed, though. Unless the focus or sprocketing was messed up the whole time, the film should turn out OK.

There was only one heart-attack moment. A classmate and I were setting up a shot of a parking meter (she would be trying to jam a silver dollar into it). Next to the meter was a black SUV. I was checking the angle when I sensed someone approaching the car. I straightened up and looked right into the face of Tom Menino, the mayor of Boston.

By the time I started breathing again, he had joked to my classmate, "I hope there's nothing wrong with our meters!" He drove off without further incident, leaving me relieved that he hadn't come along during filming itself. I can hear the news promo now: "Film student arrested! News at 11."

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Tricky retiree

Another anti-Bush e-mail making the rounds:

Working people frequently ask us retired people what we do to make our days interesting. Here's one way.....

I went to the store the other day. I was only in there for about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, "Come on, buddy, don't be a jerk. How about giving a senior a break?"

He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a bad name. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a way worse name. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.

Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn't care. My car was parked around the corner and this one had a "Bush-Cheney" bumper sticker on it.

I try to have a little fun each day now that I'm retired!

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Monday, October 04, 2004

Ichiro has left the building ...

... and so has the rest of my fantasy baseball team, at least as far as stats are concerned. Like my hometown club, I came in second to the team from New York (darn it), but kept up a good show until the end.

Unfortunately the Yahoo game doesn't do keepers (probably a good thing, because otherwise it wouldn't be free). If they did, though, I'd try really hard to hang on to these six players:

Batters: Ichiro (OF), Ivan Rodriguez (C), Scott Rolen (3B)
Pitchers: Johan Santana (SP), Eric Gagne (RP), Jason Isringhausen (RP)

As usual, pitching -- or the lack thereof -- was my Achilles' heel. Starting next season, Derek Lowe, Bartolo Coón, and Arthur Rhodes are persona non grata.

Now on to fantasy football. Hut hut!

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Friday, October 01, 2004

Go, Kerry!

I only caught the last 20-odd minutes of the debate last night, but I saw enough to see that Kerry has finally pulled it together. Folks tell me the whole debate went Kerry's way -- he was calm, confident, always in command of himself and the facts. Bush, on the other hand, was unconvincing, bumbling and mumbling his way through some truly idiotic justifications for the Iraq war. (He doesn't seem to do very well when he doesn't have a script.)

Since public opinion is politics (or at least most of it), here are some ways to voice yours, no matter your party allegiance:

Polls/message boards
ABC News
CBS News
Fox News

And for Kerry supporters, here are some ways to reach the media:
MoveOn PAC's letters to the editor
John Kerry: Speak out

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