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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

More rambling

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Daaaaaamn


Lots to talk about. I'll stick to the three big topics that have stuck out in my mind.


Big win for the Mets. Beautiful. Record breaking.You know what the best part is? It wasn't some over rated t-ball team like Tampa Bay.

Personally, I think the Devil Rays were brought into the league to break the Yankee early season losing streaks. Ever notice how the Yankees play the Devil Rays after West Coast swings or when they take on the Red Sox or the Twins? Pretty damned convenient.


We got a new Pope. They elected the guy who was recruited into the Hitler Youth and worked a AAA battery during WW2. Thats not going to help with the image problems. I understand about the circumstances in Germany at the time and I don't blame a drafted soldier for working a defense weapon. I'm just saying that there are image issues to consider. It just doesn't look good. Especially when regarding a man nicknamed The Vatican Enforcer. The first German Pope in nearly a millenium. I guess the Vatican is starting to get over that whole Martin Luther incident.



I was in Target today on some bussiness and it reminded me of something thats bothered me for a long time. When I worked in retail, this trend really took off. Its the one where the people who work there are called "team members". I hated that. I was not a team member, I was an employee. I didn't see that as making me less of a person, its just where I ranked on the totem pole. No biggie. My boss was not my teammate, s/he was my employer. They could call me "sales associate" because that was the title of my job usually. When they crossed the line and called me "team member", I went out of my way to correct them. In a polite way, of course (usually).Some tell me this is the sign of a bad attitude. I don't see how. I did my job to the best of my ability. I was polite as possible with customers and coworkers. I didn't go about like I hated the job (although I did most of the time). I did everything I could to be a positive influence on the place.

I just found it so damned patronizing. They told me it was meant to be empowering. I told them talking to me like a child was not empowering.

The same thing with calling customers "guests". I am there to give you an agreed upon amount of currency in exchange for a good or service. Thats the extent of our relationship. I am not there to have a cold beer and discuss whats been happening in our lives lately.

Its this damn feel good, no hurt feelings virus that is infecting our society. Its OK to not be my best friend. I am perfectly fine with our "consumer/merchant" relationship. Please don't make it out like its anything else.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Help me.....please

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Snoopy finally got the bastard.




My neices and nephews are running around driving me nuts. They have found me and my brother's old baseball card collection and are proceding to root through it. I'm just glad that its all from the 1990s when the industry went to hell and that all the decent ones are already tucked away somewhere safe.

What really aggrivates me is when they start breaking all my old GI Joes. Watching my childhood smashed before my eyes is not pleasent. At least they were already pretty messed up from wear and tear and over 10 years buried in my parents' basement.

I have to be at work at 6 AM tomorrow and I kow that I'm not getting to bed before midnight. I'll be cleaning up after they leave until at least then.



Looks like the Mets winning streak is over. You can't win them all. I just hope they win the majority of them. Hell, all this means is that they now have a chance to start a new winning streak.



Its nice to see that we Americans aren't the only ones with self esteem issues. Apparently the English will also do stupid things to look good. Atleast, what the magazines say look good. Of course, we have always been able to make our asses bigger without using surgery.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Now we're rolling

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Why can't it be summer now?



Oh, its just so pretty. 6-5. The pitching has been great and they are winning with small ball.

If you told me two days ago that Aaron Heilman would throw a one hit, 9 inning shut out to out duel Josh Beckett, I would have thought you crazy. But, he brought his A-game against one of the best pitchers in the game. Can't ask for much more. Well, maybe some consitency.

Kaz Ishii pitched a hell of a game versus Roger Clemens Thrusday night. More of the late inning heroics.

Today, Pedro held the Marlins off long enough for the Mets to come back and win it in the ninth inning. Piazza seems to have finally found his stroke.

The only thing that bothers me is the bullpen can still be euphemistically described as "pourous".

I also have to admit that Reyes seems to be a bit of a free swinger. He needs to be a little patient at the plate.

But, its all good. The starters are putting in innings. The defense is awesome (even off the bench). They are also manufacturing runs, instead of hoping Piazza or someone goes yard. Hopefully, Randolph can keep them focused enough to keep this going.



I found a gereat site for stats on the Mets. MetsGeek is a great resource and there are some cool articles and discussions there.


Here is a shocker. A Red Sox fan being a douchebag. Ya, never seen that before.

And it is just as pathetic hearing Yankee fans acting all indignant. As if there wasn't a battery thrown at Albert Belle. Or that Bat Day was canceled. Or that you can't buy beer in certain sections of the bleechers anymore.

The best thing you can say about either group is that atleast they don't bring road flares. Yet.

Atleast not all the players are scumbags. A-Rod apparently saved a kid from an oncoming truck. However, it was suggested on ESPN Radio that the driver was actually aiming for Rodriguez and the kid just happened to be in the way.


While I'm being mean and hateful, I have something to get off my chest. The English language can feel pain. And many people on the internet in general and blogs specifically are causing this pain.

I understand that typos happen. Some words are hard to spell. Even I rush my entries and make a few mistakes. However, no one has ever needed a fucking Rosetta Stone to figure out what I am saying.

I am not asking for some kind of English literature doctaral thesis. I just want to be able to read what people are writting. Most of us should have learned grammar and punctuation by the fourth grade. When you type like a 3 year old, its just laziness. If English is your first language, there really isn't and excuse.

On second thought, some people seem to be going out of their way to create some new form of bastard English. Tolkien, they are not.

And before anyone gets on my ass for misspelling anything, or bad grammar; I can still get my point across without causing headaches. Slang and profanities aren't the problem.

Just had to get that off my chest.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

A little rambling

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Relax, I'm just kidding

That little diddy was a product of this site. You can guess some of the other messed up stuff I've been reading.

Well, my job situation has improved dramatically. So, I'm happy.

The Mets seem to have found their rhythmn, so I'm happy. Unfortunatly, I didn't get to go to the game because my job situation changed.



I think I won't be going to any Italian soccer games anytime soon.

What gets me is it wasn't just one guy or a few idiots getting drunk in the parking lot and deciding on this. This was a few hundred people in an organized effort.

Seeing as to how many of these games breaks out in to violence, aren't there security guards doing pat downs on people coming in? And if so, what was the reasonable explination for the road flares? "We thought we were going to have a flat in the food court."

We go apeshit here if people throw beer onto the court. I can't imagine the response here if people tried to light the field on fire.



I was down town by Washington Square Park yesterday when a protest was going on. I guess Supreme Court Justice Scalia was making some sort of appearance at NYU and people wanted to let him know they didn't care too much for him.

I don't want this to be about politics. I really don't. I'm not trying to insult or put down the protestors. I respect and encourage their excersising their First Ammednment rights. There is just one thing that baffles me.

They would do their chants for a minute or so and then start cheering wildly like they just won something. I thought some celebrity had shown up to join them. Or maybe Scalia had come out and admitted he was wrong and that he now saw things their way. They were apparently just really happy they successfully accomplished their slogans.

I just don't get why this was worth cheering.

Being an independant with conservative leanings, I didn't join them. Since I was down there bar hopping, I wasn't in any shape to join them if I wanted to anyway. I just found it amusing.



Thats it for now. I think I'll just sit back and revel in my new lucrative job-ful-ness and watch some old movies.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

0-4

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OK, that takes the edge off the week a little.


Had a rough few days. The Mets' season isn't off to a flying start. Job issues, home issues, awful poker hands.....

But nobody wants to hear me bitch.

I am not going to panick too much about the slow start for the Mets. I've seen worse starts with happy endings. My friend invited me to go to the home opener and I still think I'll go. I don't see a point in taking a defeatist attitude just yet.

The players themselves seem to be taking it well. No frustration. No one seems to angry just yet. They give the appearance that they are just catching bad breaks. Thats also the opinion of most of the sports vultures (reporters, columnists etc etc). I will remain optomistic for a little while longer.

I can handle a 2-4 home opener.



Went to the Natural History Museum this week. My cousin is visiting from Ireland so I took hik sight seeing.

Haven't been there for a few years. I did enjoy it. The displays about the people and animals of the continents were nice, but thats not what people go for.

We went to the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The Space Show was pretty cool. We saw the one narrated by Tom Hanks.

Of course we checked out the dinosaurs. The T-Rex display is the crown jewel, along side the Barosaurus. My grip is there was only a small skull of a velociraptor. And it was tucked away in a corner.

Its too bad I forgot my camera or I would have had pictures to post.

I'll remeber it for Monday and have some pictures then.

OK, this is just plain wrong. Whats next, James Bond saving himself for marriage?

Monday, April 04, 2005

RIP JP2

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Karol Wojtyla 1920-2005



Don't know what I can say that hasn't been said before and better. He was a great Pope and an extrodinary human being. People of all races, creeds and religions feel the loss the world suffered this weekend.

But, rather than mourn his death, I think we're better off celebrating his life and remembering what he stood for.

He made it clear in no uncertain terms about his value for human life. He opposed abortion, capitol punishment, war, and euthenasia. He called on the wealthy and powerul to help the downtrodden and unfortunate. Whether or not you agreed with him, you had to acknowledge and admire his consitency and strength.

I also hear he had a great sense of humor

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

The most wonderful time of the year

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Shea Stadium, where I hope to spend many a summer evenings this year.



Ahhhh, Opening Day. The start of a new baseball season.

Everybody has a clean slate. Everyone is a playoff contender and a threat to win the World Series (in theory, anyway). If you root for a team, as I write this, they are undefeated.

What do I predict for my team? 85 wins and if Philly does what they do (underperform down the stretch) and Houston can't recover from their horrible postseason, I dare a say a Wild Card birth. I know, I'm nuts.



The summer movie season is rolling now. Sin City debuted this weekend. I've been avoiding all reviews and spoilers.

Thats one of a couple movies I'm hoping to see. Batman Begins, Episode 3, HitchHikers's Guide to the Galaxy( I just read the first two books)are also on the list.

I'm fairly luke warm about the Fantastic 4 movie. I'll probably see it just to see Jessica Alba. She better not be invisible throughout the whole damned movie.



I also want to give a big shout to the New York City MTA. Thanks for holding up my train yesterday for an hour while I watched the express line whizz past me four or five times. Even though my train actually began a few stops from the station I was in, it was somehow possible for trains originating on the other side of Brooklyn to fly by me four times.

I just know that $600 million you got from the Jets (for a property valued over $1 billion)will go straight to making the trains better, and not some retarded ad campaign or olympic bid or new fucking luxury cars for your executives. I am also eagerly anticipating this summer's fair hikes. They just seem so worth it.

With that out of the way, I would just like to mention I would have had NY AutoShow pictures up here today, but my friends all bailed on me at the last second. Today is the last day, so I just may go myself and do something.



I'll end today with a link to this site. Someone showed it to me and this guy is great. His St Patrick's Day post is witty, insightful, and Biblically accurate. Makes me want to get back to actually writting stuff.