Friday, October 23, 2009

Baseball contest

Correct me if I'm wrong:

If the Angels pull out the ALCS, Caleb wins.

If the Phillies win the WS, Anna wins.

If the Yankees win the WS, Colin and Laura will use the tiebreaker. Unless both agree to share the Prize.


Hasn't the umpiring just been awful? Aside from the obvious plays at the bases, which have been many, the calling of balls and strikes has been horrendous. One pitcher two nights ago had the batter struck out according to Pitchtrax but the count was 3-0. I am now of the opinion that balls and strikes should be called electronically.

Amherst

It's the 60s gone bad.

Hugo Chavez: "We are not in times of jacuzzi!"

Yup.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The waterfall

Dad and I walked through the bright, crisp October afternoon to the falls today. In all these years, Dad had never been there before. We took a shortcut across Julio's land and through his woods rather than walking upstream from the River Road the way we have before. It's right there, just a short walk and a slither down a steep bank from the back of the field.







I didn't get a good picture of the whole ravine -- I'm having lots of trouble lately getting my camera to take non-blurry pictures. But here's how it looked in 1912:

There's much more water going over the top today than there is in the old picture, and a smooth surface of shale with one big boulder rather than all those broken rocks. It almost looks as if the falls were not as high then as they are now.

Looking upstream, the water has worn a hole right through the cliff wall on the north side of the stream. Again, I had trouble getting a non-blurry picture:


This is looking back toward the falls through the hole. Hey, who's that guy?


Above the big waterfall is a smaller waterfall, trying to catch up:

I had fun taking pictures of the water going over the falls.










We live in a beautiful place.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dale and Leilani Neumann Should Get Death Penalty by AIDS Infection

Or something like that. Seriously, let's figure out how to kill someone as slowly and painfully as possible, and then do it to Dale and Leilani Neumann. This couple let their 11-year old daughter Kara die of a very treatable form of diabetes without ever taking her to a doctor. Instead, they just sat there and prayed. How can this Judge have the nerve to sit there and say they are "very good people, raising their family who made a bad decision, a reckless decision." They are NOT good people. They are evil backward savages and they don't deserve to live. You can NOT grow up today in the United States and make a "mistake" like this out of pure stupidity. If you grew up in Saudi Arabia, one might be able to attribute something like this to pure ignorance, but NOT here. I don't care what they say, Dale and Leilani Neumann did NOT love their daughter.

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212260610.shtml

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/us/08sentence.html

And this is not Christianity "taken to an extreme." It's religion of any kind practiced correctly, plain and simple.

We need this here.

Socialized medicine.

Do You SHop at JCrew?

A Mao jacket is next.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

We have gone insane.

It's over and we lose. The insanity, from global warming hysteria to "health care reform" is now permanent. Your lives are being controlled by forces beyond your control. I hereby "give up." The weenies of the world win.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Standings

After the first round, Caleb is in the driver's seat with four points. Colin, Luke, Laura, Mom, Mary and Anna have three. The rest of us have two points.

Best I can tell, all of us with two points are eliminated. Luke and Mom look to be virtually eliminated, also. That leaves a field of Caleb, Colin, Laura, Mary, and Anna.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Oh, Dear.

Well, I was hoping for more exciting baseball this post season for us Red Sox fans. Things could not have turned out any worse. The game was won yesterday, but for Papelbon, who has been stalwart, but who also talks a little too much. And the MFYs swept the Twins and look invincible. Hats off to them.

Caleb looks to be in the lead in the contest, being three for three.

Anybody wants to make comments on the Red Sox collapse, I'd be interested in your take on it.

If You Haven't...

...watched the video of the Tchaikovsky concerto being played on the accordion(below), you should. It's phenomenal.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Tiebreakers

#1) Of those tied with the most points at the end, the winner(s) will be the ones who picked the winner of the World series.

If more tiebreaking is called for:

#2) The number of runs scored by the winning team in the World Series. You must pick this number before the start of the WS. The closest person wins.

Baseball Playoffs Contest

Pick the winner of each series. Two DS, two WCS, two LCS, and the WS. Make your picks before the start of the Red Sox game on Thursday. (((*****NEW DEADLINE-THURSDAY AT NOON!)))) Yes, that means you will have three games under your belt, but I want to leave enough time for entries. The prize, the only prize, is $50 of NYS instant scratch tickets, chosen by me. I will be entering, too. Tell your friends and relatives. Your entry should be made here in the comments and should look like this:

Yankees, Red Sox, Yankees

Phillies, dodgers, Phillies

Yankees

or something similar. just make it simple and easy to understand, please.

The UPS driver, my buddy and a Yankee fan was telling me about a bar he goes to where they have a football pool every Thursday for the first 100 players. Entry is $20. The winner(s) of the week get $1500 to split. No spread, just pick the winners. At the end of the season, there is enough money for the grand prize of $10,000.

Edit-Note the new deadline of Thursday at Noon.