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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Duke Ellington: Ellington Uptown
  2. Best track you heard all week

    Blood Count. There are times when I'm jolted out of my complacency about Ellington, one of those occasions was when I listened to this yesterday.
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Inspired by Mr & Mrs. Duckworth: Duke Ellington ... And His Mother Called Him Bill
  4. Now reading...

    The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball by Frank Deford
  5. Off Topic: I always hated Tom Landry for starting the practice of having the coach call the plays...
  6. Agree on Kapler, hardly anyone here in the Bay Area is okay with the hire -- his lack of response to the sexual harassment stuff as a Dodger, plus his being the puppet for the GM Zaidi, has pissed off the fans to no end. Bochy was probably the last Old School manager, he wasn't too keen on analytics and he didn't like the front office interference. Given that, it was time for Bochy to move on, it's a different game now.
  7. Just my opinion: I've never been impressed with the Mets managerial choices, they seem to be on the weaker side for a premier franchise.
  8. Still trying to process all the information that is coming out, one thing that seems universal is that Houston is now a despised organization and that Jim Crane is escaping with total lack of respect inside baseball but also with a World Series championship. The GM, Jeff Luhnow seems to be a real jerk, blaming everyone but himself. Does this stop electronic cheating though? I doubt it. Whats to stop a team from having someone off-site watching the game and just relaying the call in real time through some kind of communication system? Don't see how Beltran stays, but hey, it the Mets we're talking about! If I'm Alex Cora, I'm planning a vacation for at least a year, if not more.
  9. Dusty In Memphis: Dusty Springfield
  10. Best track you heard all week

    I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore -- Dusty Springfield
  11. State Farm commercials

    I feel that way about most of the commercials I see, don't understand them, don't know who the famous people are.....
  12. what are you drinking right now?

    Nickel & Nickel C. C. Ranch 2015
  13. Eli and the Thirteenth Confession: Laura Nryo. A great gap in my musical listening... I've never listened to a Nryo album in my life, but hearing so many people here praise her, I finally listened to Eli, and it's wonderful! What a great voice. I'm going have to listen to the rest of her albums.
  14. Now reading...

    At Play in the Lions' Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan by Jim Forest. Just happened to be re-reading this book, and with the current events, it's more timely than ever. Berrigan's life was totally committed to peace & justice, never allowing institutions to control him, but always striving to live a free and encouraging life.
  15. what are you drinking right now?

    Nickel & Nickel 2015 Bear Flat Merlot
  16. The Passion of Joan of Arc. I'm surprised at how intense and moving the film is, a must watch again movie.
  17. This Empty Northern Hemisphere: Gregory Alan Isakov
  18. Now reading...

    Last of the Old Guard by Louis Auchincloss. Nice novel by Auchincloss, a writer that I discovered this year. Never thought I would like his writing as much as I do, with his concern for wealthy, old families of the upper class New York, reeking of Boarding Schools, law firms and loveless marriages of convenience, all written in that "New Yorker" style that most East Cost writers seemed to have from that era. However, he turns out to be much better writer than I imagined and I'm enjoying the novels and short stories that I've read so far.
  19. Valetudinarian: Someone who is unduly anxious about their health. I never knew of the word until this morning.