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  • Birthday 10/29/1966

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  1. MLB Season 2020

    Tribe pitching needed to be at its typical high level. Little margin for underperformance given the especially anemic offense. And that just didn't happen. Brad Hand always makes me uneasy. While that game 2 was a bit of a roller coaster, it was not fun to watch. Way too many walks on both sides. I've always liked Urshela and was sad to see him not be retained in CLE. Wish the Indians could afford a few peak-of-career free agents that could contribute offensively, but looks like a return to farm team status, despite having awesome starting pitching depth/talent, and Francisco Lindor. Tough post-season for some former Indian starters: Mike Clevinger does not make the Padre post-season rotation due to injury, Trevor Bauer gets stuck with a no decision (and team loss) despite 7.2IP, 2H, 0ER, 12K.
  2. RIP Stanley Crouch

    Stanley Crouch was a 2019 NEA Jazz Master honoree. I attended the associated Kennedy Center celebration primarily to fete honorees Maria Schneider and Abdullah Ibrahim. The late Bob Dorough was also honored. Great music performed to celebrate Ibrahim (ensemble that included Jason Moran, Terence Blanchard, Terri Lyne Carrington) and Schneider (ensemble that included Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson, Jay Anderson w Renee Fleming for great "Walking by Flashlight"). Interesting intergenerational ensemble for Dorough (that included Sheila Jordan, Kurt Elling, and Grace Kelly) that was fun ("I'm Hip"!). I wondered how one would celebrate Crouch's art. Would it by reading his written word in some dramatic fashion? Perhaps two booming orators trading 'graphs? Fortunately it was a group led by Charles McPherson and David Murray with Blanchard, Christian McBride and others. And if I recall correctly, not too many of Stanley's words were actually read during that celebration. More recollections of his general (combative) style by Wynton, McBride, and a few others.
  3. RIP Ira Sullivan

    Me too at Jazz Showcase, just as I was getting more into the music at college in the late 80’s. For some reason, I’m recalling a version of Infant Eyes. RIP
  4. Lou Brock Steals Home

    Nice reminiscence of Brock and Seaver by Thomas Boswell in a recent Washington Post chat.
  5. End of Summer COVID 19 Poll

    Fortunate (like Rooster's spouse) to have a solid federal job (just passed 25 years of service). Teleworking from home, and I don't anticipate ever going back regularly. More like office visits when my government-furnished laptop has issues, or I need a book from my office. Mother (who just turned 88!) flunked a test in mid-July with fairly minor symptoms, did 2 week quarantine, and then tested negative. [Not sure if I've previously shared this.] A few weeks later, fell down, hit head, went back to hospital and flunked covid test. Got shuffled around at physical therapy places and tested negative 3 days later (so believe first test was false positive, but at this point who the hell really knows). Scary given her age and underlying conditions. Fortunately no severe symptoms (at least so far). Frustrating about the lack of communication within/across medical system. Haven't gotten a test myself. Vacationed with another couple for a week around July 4. Just four of us in a large farmhouse. Mostly outdoor activities (bikes, grill). Have met another couple in their backyard, with social distancing kept in mind. My wife just flew cross country (on fairly full American flights) to visit/help her parents in smoky California.
  6. Issues with Paypal

    For what it’s worth, Discover currently offering 5% cash back on purchases at restaurants and PayPal for those that sign up. Good through September.
  7. Lou Brock Steals Home

    Tom Seaver and Lou Brock were each other’s most common opponent.
  8. MLB Season 2020

    RIP. Greatest Met of all time. Who is second?
  9. Shorty Rogers Mosaic At Last!

    Another Shorty Rogers CD set, which I believe failed to receive any action with opening bid around $70 on eBay, has been relisted and current high bid (6 days out) is $25.50. I don't know (or care to know) anything about the seller.
  10. Twins Jazz, the last (?) "full-service" jazz club on the U street corridor has permanently closed due to covid. capital bop article I remember my first visit there, long ago, was to enjoy a hardworking organ trio called Organissimo.
  11. Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords

    Do you mean Days of Wine and Roses?
  12. Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords

    I have been enjoying it as well.
  13. Stone cold classic tracks post-Coltrane

    Does Weather Report “Birdland” make the list?
  14. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    I thought this was supposed to be about a coronavirus, and not about politics.
  15. Bandcamp waiving fees on Friday

    Thanks jcam! Need to scroll back through discussion here, try some samples, and start filling a cart. Anyone have thoughts on any of the Nicole Mitchell titles?