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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
150 years ago today:
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Thoughts about the Red Sox in 2011
I just read this family conversation from October 2011. Pretty interesting to review it all in hindsight, especially the sheer rage everyone was feeling at Lackey at that time. I had forgotten just how intense it was and now that I remember, I'm amazed that he managed to redeem himself.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Sunday, November 03, 2013
...wants ta know: Who were the two players standing side-by-side in the iconic photograph from 2004 that showed their backs with the numbers 19-18, and which two players from the 2013 team would you need to reproduce it?
He'll buy a new car for whoever gets the right answer first.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Red Sox Playoff Trivia
Win Probability Added (WPA) measures a baseball player's contribution to the probability that his team wins a given game. So it's a situational stat that takes into account only the context and the result. If you strike out in the first inning, you might decrease your team's chance of winning by 2 percentage points, and therefore get a WPA of -0.02 for that event. If you come up to bat in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, behind by 1 run, and hit a 2-run walkoff HR, you might increase your team's chances of winning from, say, 30% to 100%, and you'd get a WPA of 0.70 for that event. Similarly, if the pitcher strikes you out to end the game in that plate appearance, he would get a WPA of 0.30.
So here's the trivia question: What 2 Red Sox players led the team in WPA in games 4 and 5, respectively, of the 2004 ALCS?
Your only hint: The answer is NOT David Ortiz, for either game. In each game, Ortiz finished 2nd on the Red Sox in WPA.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
The Red Sox are in the playoffs for the first time in 4 years! It's time to get excited. If you need help doing so, I suggest watching this video:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Taking out the trash.
As usual, videos are in much better quality on Youtube.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Monday, September 02, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
The youngest cousin, Olivia, who turned three on August 4:
And then, a week later, the Bonneville Salt Flats:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Friday, August 09, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Just a taste
. . . of fireworks at the Reservoir. I wish it were possible to video the whole shoreline all at once, with bonfires ringing the lake and so many fireworks shooting off from every cottage that no matter where you look, you're missing something, and the bangs and hisses and booms and sounds of happy people hooting in delight and applauding one another echoing over the water for hours. Plan now to make it to CNY next July 3rd. Not to be missed.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Look at these pictures of what's been going on in our old home.
These tracks are just north of East Main Street in the Village of Earlville, on the way to Eve Ann and Harmon's.
Gilligan's really is an island. (Enlarge to read the sign!)
These pictures are from last night and the water has mostly receded now, but the flood warning is still up for a possibility of more tonight. And then there's Norwich!
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Bigfoot Goes South
Grandma Frey's cat Bigfoot has finally found a home with a retired veterinary technician in Florida who has a lot of land and a bunch of animals (rather like Grandma) and has always wanted an ocicat. We tried a couple of ideas for getting him there, such as meeting by car someplace in between, and finally ended up deciding to fly him down there. It turns out that Delta has a pet shipping division that does this all the time, using climate control all the way, and not as horrendously expensive as one might think. I made his reservation the other day and took him to Syracuse this morning in a fancy enormous cat carrier that Dad kindly adapted to comply with Delta's safety requirements: metal hardware holding it together rather than the plastic that came with the crate, feeding bowl and water bottle clamped to the door. It had to be enormous because Delta requires a certain amount of space all around the animal, and the required vet check beforehand revealed that Bigfoot weighs twenty-one pounds! (I was guessing sixteen to eighteen. Shows what I know.)
Bigfoot is now mid-air on his way to Tallahassee. Maybe it's just as well that I didn't take a picture when I left him in the air cargo warehouse peering anxiously through the metal bars on the door of his great big cage. While I'm very glad he finally has a good home, it was a little sad to say goodbye to the last of the many, many, many animals that were part of Grandma's life for so many years.
Here's how he looks right this minute: