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  1. Betty Davis: They Say I'm Different
  2. Now reading...

    An interesting article on the "hot" investment app Robinhood
  3. 2020-21 MLB Hot Stove Discussion

    Dick Allen has passed away. Remember his swing so well RIP
  4. Now reading...

    Collected Poems of W. H. Auden. Very good, a first time reading of Auden for me. Auden has been referenced in so many articles I've read recently that I had to see what the fuss was about.
  5. What Are You Watching

    MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge. Don't know why, but I find this show dumb and hilarious.
  6. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    Sending goods thoughts out about your father. May all be well.
  7. Learn something new about this crazy world every day.... Money, the real aphrodisiac.....
  8. The Mother of Musical Movies. It seems just as fresh now as in 1933. I won't bother you with my love of the cast either, but I love, love, love, love, everyone who appeared in and everything about 42nd. Street.
  9. 2020-21 MLB Hot Stove Discussion

    To my mind, if it's part of ownership that Theo wants, rule out the big teams like Philly, L.A. or N.Y. as destinations. I could see Cleveland or a Tampa Bay being willing to sell to a group Theo leads. Cleveland might be the better option with a well established fan base, and he won't have to either get a new stadium, or a new city, (one or the other for Tampa Bay) both of which might hinder the baseball side of things. The normal course for team thinking of selling is to gut the team and then have the new group rebuild. All in all, it seems as if Cleveland is the place that would be number one on my list, a lot of upside to that situation. It's amazing to think, the guy is only 46, so ownership is probably his preferred mode in terms of the future, where he's overseeing everything. Don't know if Cleveland is for sale or not, Tampa Bay is always for sale, but money still runs the show.
  10. what are you drinking right now?

    Last night I had Pliny The Elder Beer made by the Russian River Brewing Company. It was a great beer, highly recommended if you like IPA's
  11. Explosions in the Sky: The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
  12. Building a Website?

    I've been looking around for the non-profit I work for, and if you're willing to spend $500.00, you will be able to get a someone (there's a lot of independent contractors out there for this) to develop a solid site, and maintain it at a decent price (would suggest for your site an hourly pay scale, not monthly), or if you're capable, you can track it for yourself. As for free, I hate to say it, but Google's free website seems to work well. Word Press also. Link to article for website building.
  13. I don't think I've ever seen a Waffle House, are they in California? I mean, out here, there's not even 7-11's across from each other.
  14. R.I.P. Alex Trebek

    If Drew Carry can do it, how hard can it be?
  15. R.I.P. Alex Trebek

    I wonder if Mankiewicz's high profile political opinions can hinder any prospect for the Jeopardy gig. Though, to give him credit, he's very professional in keeping the politics away from the TCM job, and I respect that in him.
  16. 2020-21 MLB Hot Stove Discussion

    Not a good situation with La Russa. I'm sure a lot of us have lived with / know an alcoholic, and this behavior can't be allowed to be swept under the rug. I looked up his first DUI in 2007, and found this paragraph: La Russa said he had decided to plead guilty to the misdemeanor because it was in the best interest of all concerned. “I accept full responsibility for my conduct, and assure everyone that I have learned a very valuable lesson and that this will never occur again,” La Russa said in a statement released by his attorney, David Roth. La Russa did not appear in court to plead guilty. As part of his plea agreement, La Russa will serve at least six months’ probation, pay a $678.50 fine, complete DUI school and any recommended treatment and complete 50 hours of community service, according to state prosecutors. (source) I'm sure all the usual formulas will be said again, lesson learned, isolated instance, etc., but this is a man with a serious problem, and needs to be addressed by the White Sox and MLB. My confidence that it will is not too strong though.
  17. This week I've been listening to The Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions 1956 - 61, and it has reminded me how truly great Hodges was as a player. I've come to the realization that this is the best Mosaic ever. Every other song, my jaw drops to the floor, and I say to myself in amazement: "Did you just hear what the Rabbit played!!! " There is no substandard Hodges solo here, (I don't think he ever recorded one) and the sidemen are in top form. No musical revolutions here, just music played with the highest skill possible. All I can say is that if you ever considered buying this set, do yourself a huge favor -- do it. Just had to get this off my chest.
  18. Now reading...

    One Soul At A Time: The Story of Billy Graham by Grant Wacker.
  19. 2020-21 MLB Hot Stove Discussion

    Still not sure about the LaRussa hire, it might be a disaster.
  20. That's what makes The Big Sleep such a great film, the acting and dialogue are so great, that you don't care you never find out how Owen died, they asked Chandler, and he had no idea either!
  21. Best track you heard all week

    I'd buy those in a second.
  22. 2020-21 MLB Hot Stove Discussion

    It will be interesting to see if LaRussa's brand of baseball will still be relevant in today's baseball - for one thing, his "two for one" rule on hit batters won't fly. Still, if he has a good staff, I can see it succeeding, LaRussa is no fool about baseball. However if Covid-19 is still very active, I'd be concerned about him catching that illness, baseball's record on Covid is not that great. My big hope is that we don't begin to hear about "The White Sox Way", had more than I could take about The Cardinal Way under LaRussa tenure there.