Sunday, March 26, 2017

Holy Cow! The Baseball Season Is Just One Week Away!

Yes - it is true.  One week from today the major league baseball season begins.  In honor of this, I am featuring the photograph I took of legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray at Comiskey Park back in 1980, when he was the announcer for the Southside Chicago White Sox.  As everyone knows, he later moved to the Northside Chicago Cubs and developed a nationwide following.  Here in Denver, the Rockies have a new manager, Bud Black, and a few new players, but have already been hit by a series of injuries.  It looks like another long season for them, and the season is still a week away.  In other words, the same old story.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Madness

These days when I go to the break room at the local grocery store where I work, the television screen on the wall is tuned to basketball.  It is March Madness, after all, and everyone here in Denver is really into these games.  Woe to anyone who tries to change the program to Rick Steve's' Europe (I did survive, however).   In any case, last week Northwestern was playing Gonzaga, and I was able to watch the end of the game.  I am not interested in basketball, but my father Nelson graduated from the Northwestern Dental School and always rooted for their teams, and so I always have, too.  An old joke revolving around Northwestern's reputation for losing goes "Interstate 94, Northwestern nothing, a play on the interstate that goes near that Evanston, Illinois campus.  But I must say, Northwestern held it's own against Gonzaga, the top rated college baslketball team in the country, and lost by only a few points.  Wait until next year, boys.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Watching Nottingham Forest Versus Derby County With Mark

No - this was not a Robin Hood movie, but a soccer match between fierce rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County.  I brought over a pizza and watched the game at Mark's house, which he shares with his twin brother Mike.  I haven't seen Mike in a while, and last night I noticed an astounding thing - they look exactly alike! Amazing.  In any case, Mark (seen in the photo above) and I caught up on all the University of Denver gossip as we watched the game (Mark works at DU's Anderson Academic Commons - i.e. the library).  It was a pretty good soccer match, as soccer matches go, and Nottingham Forest tied the game 2 - 2 at the last minute.  And I have to add that Robin Hood and his Merry Men did make an appearance - to the cheers of thousands - during half-time.  They must be pretty damn old by now, but seemed very spry nonetheless.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

On The (Part-Time) Job

I worked this past Sunday at my part-time job at a local Denver grocery store picking groceries ordered via the internet, and took a brief moment to take the above "action" photo.  Early afternoon I push a trolley around the store grabbing the items ordered, spend late afternoon taking the groceries to the customers when they arrive at the parking lot, bag groceries after that, and from 9:00 until midnight do stock work.   In other words, I am a "jack of all trades" at the store. It is fun out on the floor on busy days - a great people watching opportunity - but at the end of the day, just standing there waiting for the final customers to arrive, it is probably the most boring experience ever.  But hey, after all, I'm not paying them.  For that you have to go to Disney World.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Seventh Plague

I picked up a copy of the Seventh Plague by James Rollins a few weeks ago, after being on a waiting list at the Denver Public Library for several months, but was in the middle of a Daniel Silva novel and couldn't start reading it right away.  When I finally did start reading it, I didn't have much time left, and it is now overdue. Back in medieval times, if you borrowed a book and didn't return it on time, the penalty was eternal damnation.  At the Denver Public library it is just a small monetary amount, which I think is a better system. In any case, the Seventh plague is a fairly decent adventure novel / mystery.  If you have read James Rollins before, the story line is much like his previous books, and you will enjoy it.  It involves an ancient plague that returns to the world and the search for a cure, leading the "Sigma Team" to England, Africa, and the Arctic Circle.  One thing I did learn - it is chilly up there.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Jungle Queen

It has been almost two years since I have posted the photograph on the left on this Blog (I think), and so I am betting nobody will remember it and I can use it again.  It shows my sister Susan, myself, and my mother Mary boarding The Jungle Queen, which leaves from the Bahia Mar Marina in Fort Lauderdale and cruises up the New River, past huge mansions, large yachts, the Riverwalk area of Fort Lauderdale, and into what remains of wilderness in that city to a kitchie tourist island.  I recommended to my friends Jake and Valarie, who are planning to visit Stuart, Florida and environs, to make sure they take that cruise.  As an added bonus, Bahia Mar Marina, as all you John D. McDonald mystery fans know, was the location of literary hero Travis McGee's houseboat, the Busted Flush.  They even have a plaque there marking the spot where it was supposedly moored.  I have a photograph of myself standing in front of it.  I might even share it on this blog someday.  Until then, you'll just have to be  patient.  Deal with it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Valarie And Jake Visit Stuart!

My friends Valarie and Jake will soon be visiting Stuart, Florida, to check out what my father used to refer to as Camelot.  That might be a bit of an exaggeration, of course, but I do hope that Valarie and Jake like the place.  I had dinner with them last week, and gave them maps and sightseeing tips, but I'll be damned if I didn't forget to take a photograph of them for the Blog (I guess I was too wrapped up in the subject) and so decided to Photoshop their faces onto to a photograph of Stuart's House of Refuge Museum, built in 1876 as a lifesaving station.  Valarie and Jake were originally going to stay in my sister and my condo in Stuart, but since I rented the place March 1st, they made reservations at a bed and breakfast not too far away.  I don't think the fellow I rented the condo to would have been crazy about letting them stay in the spare bedroom. Hope you have a great time, guys!