Sunday, December 31, 2006

As If We Needed More Proof

The People who Govern Us Are Morons While describing himself as a 'loyal Democrat,' Pennsylvania Rep. Thomas Caltagirone of Reading has decided to abandon his party and the people of the Commonwealth and vote with the Republican minority to re-elect Republican John Perzel as the PA Speaker of the House next month. Philly.com's Mario Cattabiani files this dispatch from the sate Capitol. It's really no surprise. Only the Iraqi Parliament is less organized than Pennsylvania Democrats. Perzel has been hinting to the media for weeks that he had some Dems willing to vote with him. Luckily, according to The Fly Under the Dome, Perzel's efforts to retain the post he has held since 2003 will fall short as severl incoming Republicans plan to vote 'present' in the leadership election. Caltagirone doesn't get it. The people of Pennsylvania clearly were looking for a change in the House. Why in the world would he side with the losers and want to re-elect the Northeast Philly guy? My guess is that Perzel offered him a deal. Too bad Perzel won't be in a position to make good since his own party is ready to move him aside. Which seems fitting since under his leadership the Republicans lost a near-insurmountable majority. Some other good blogs on the subject are dragonaballyee (also a great photographer), and Dan U-A.

As If We Needed More Proof

The People who Govern Us Are Morons

While describing himself as a 'loyal Democrat,' Pennsylvania Rep. Thomas Caltagirone of Reading has decided to abandon his party and the people of the Commonwealth and vote with the Republican minority to re-elect Republican John Perzel as the PA Speaker of the House next month.


Philly.com's Mario Cattabiani files this dispatch from the sate Capitol. It's really no surprise. Only the Iraqi Parliament is less organized than Pennsylvania Democrats. Perzel has been hinting to the media for weeks that he had some Dems willing to vote with him.


Luckily, according to The Fly Under the Dome, Perzel's efforts to retain the post he has held since 2003 will fall short as severl incoming Republicans plan to vote 'present' in the leadership election.


Caltagirone doesn't get it. The people of Pennsylvania clearly were looking for a change in the House. Why in the world would he side with the losers and want to re-elect the Northeast Philly guy? My guess is that Perzel offered him a deal.


Too bad Perzel won't be in a position to make good since his own party is ready to move him aside. Which seems fitting since under his leadership the Republicans lost a near-insurmountable majority.


Some other good blogs on the subject are dragonaballyee (also a great photographer), and Dan U-A.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Comcast Sucks

As of this morning, much of the Internet is inaccessible to Comcast users in the Philadelphia region. This post on DSLReports.com shows the extent of the 'issue.' It seems to be a problem in the local DNS servers that direct traffic to the proper places when you type in an address in your web browser. I called tech support. They have 'escalated the issue,' but have no idea what a DNS server is. Who knows is they can find their ass with both hands and a flashlight. C

Comcast Sucks

As of this morning, much of the Internet is inaccessible to Comcast users in the Philadelphia region.

This post on DSLReports.com shows the extent of the 'issue.' It seems to be a problem in the local DNS servers that direct traffic to the proper places when you type in an address in your web browser.


I called tech support. They have 'escalated the issue,' but have no idea what a DNS server is. Who knows is they can find their ass with both hands and a flashlight.


C

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas Pictures

New Pictures Are Up! The photos from our Christmas Eve gathering and Christmas Morning are up on my Flickr site. I hope you are all enjoying your holidays. Cheers! C

Christmas Pictures

New Pictures Are Up!

The photos from our Christmas Eve gathering and Christmas Morning are up on my Flickr site.


I hope you are all enjoying your holidays.


Cheers!


C

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas to All!

Well the angels have awakened and we are about to go downstairs and see what Santa has left for good boys and girls. Last night we had a great Christmase Eve with family an friends gathered for a good time. We had a blend of the 7 fishes and some more traditional fare. John got a digital camera from my parents which he has already filled with images. Emma is having a great time playing with her baby doll furniture. Everyone have a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter and great memories. Best, Chris

Merry Christmas to All!

Well the angels have awakened and we are about to go downstairs and see what Santa has left for good boys and girls.

Last night we had a great Christmase Eve with family an friends gathered for a good time. We had a blend of the 7 fishes and some more traditional fare. John got a digital camera from my parents which he has already filled with images.


Emma is having a great time playing with her baby doll furniture.


Everyone have a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter and great memories.


Best,


Chris

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Tragedy Averted

Since I know you were all worried, I will let you know that Mayor Street's efforts to keep Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic in Philadelphia have been successful. In a nearly unprecedented fit of focus, Street led an effort to raise the $68 million needed to keep the giant 1876 painting in the city. The big donors were, predictably, Leonore Annenberg (rich lady), Joe Neubauer (Aramark), Gerry Lenfest (Suburban Cable) and the Pew Foundation. They were apparently horrified that the Eakins 'masterwork' was going to be boxed up and shipped off to Arkansas after being sold to those nasty Wal-Mart people. It's good to know where all the exorbitant stadium food money and cable fees are going. It should be noted that the painting has been gathering dust in a Thomas Jefferson University dorm for about 40 years, basically unnoticed by darn near everyone. In this Inquirer article, Mayor Street announced that he was sending legislation to City Council that will register all important art in the city so that this kind of thing can't happen again. Hopefully they do a better job registering and tracking the art than they do the kids under the supervision of the Department of Human Services. Wouldn't it be nice if the mayor and all these rich folks were as worried about crime and education in the city? Other News The Flyers lost again. Poor Tim Panaccio had to go to Montreal to watch. Santa is readying his sleigh. Only 3 shopping days left! Still some great items left on my Amazon List. C

Tragedy Averted

Since I know you were all worried, I will let you know that Mayor Street's efforts to keep Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic in Philadelphia have been successful. In a nearly unprecedented fit of focus, Street led an effort to raise the $68 million needed to keep the giant 1876 painting in the city.

The big donors were, predictably, Leonore Annenberg (rich lady), Joe Neubauer (Aramark), Gerry Lenfest (Suburban Cable) and the Pew Foundation. They were apparently horrified that the Eakins 'masterwork' was going to be boxed up and shipped off to Arkansas after being sold to those nasty Wal-Mart people. It's good to know where all the exorbitant stadium food money and cable fees are going.


It should be noted that the painting has been gathering dust in a Thomas Jefferson University dorm for about 40 years, basically unnoticed by darn near everyone. In this Inquirer article, Mayor Street announced that he was sending legislation to City Council that will register all important art in the city so that this kind of thing can't happen again. Hopefully they do a better job registering and tracking the art than they do the kids under the supervision of the Department of Human Services.

Wouldn't it be nice if the mayor and all these rich folks were as worried about crime and education in the city?

Other News


The Flyers lost again. Poor Tim Panaccio had to go to Montreal to watch.


Santa is readying his sleigh. Only 3 shopping days left! Still some great items left on my Amazon List.


C

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Chris Was Right!!!

Shocking As I noted in yesterday's post, in a shocking turn of events, POLITICS and MONEY played a role in the selection of casino sites in Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania. Sandra Shea does a nice job in her column today noting all of the connections the winners have with the power elite in Pennsylvania politics. Typical Complaining In her usual 'Oh everything about change in Philadelphia is terrible' tone, in her column today, Inga Saffron makes the same points she has been making for two years about the casino projects. I don't disagree with her points at all. The projects are too close to the neighborhoods. Traffic is going to be a mess. Casinos are inherently giant, ugly box structures and need a lot of jazzing up to contribute to the street scape. But they have to go somewhere. The Delaware is the logical place for these buildings, but these designs are the most boring of group. Saffron notes that they have fewer amenities, especially for families. I am not sure that anyone really expects these slots parlors to be family destinations, but there is still time to make the architecture more interesting and incorporate it into the Penn Praxis planning study. Just Checked - The Sixers Still suck Down four players, (Joe Smith and Andre Miller stuck in the snow Chris Webber taking December off and Steven Hunter injured), the Sixers staggered through another ugly loss to the Pacers last night. Not much more to say here. Enrico has the links to AI's final philly-oriented interview with Stephen A. Hoffman Fantasizes Rich Hoffman, usually a good columnist, actually writes a column today discussing the possibility of Larry Brown returning to coach the 76ers. While it's true that Larry Brown and Billy King are still close and that King and Brown talked a lot in the recent weeks about what kind of deal could be done to move Iverson, I don't think that helps bring Brown back. While his relationship with "Mr. Snider" isn't as bad as it is with Knicks owner James Dolan, Mr. Ed ain't hiring Brown again. This story has some legs, as the AP story here shows. My guess is that local AP flacks are making a bit more of this than there is. Brown doesn't like working with younger players and this team will be REALLY young next year with 3 or 4 rookies on the team plus the young guys back from this squad. I think Coach Brown is a basketball genius, but the time to bring him back is past. He was the right choice over Mo Cheeks and Billy King couldn't get that deal past Mr. Snider, so why would you bring him back to this circus?

Chris Was Right!!!

Shocking

As I noted in yesterday's post, in a shocking turn of events, POLITICS and MONEY played a role in the selection of casino sites in Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania. Sandra Shea does a nice job in her column today noting all of the connections the winners have with the power elite in Pennsylvania politics.

Typical Complaining


In her usual 'Oh everything about change in Philadelphia is terrible' tone, in her column today, Inga Saffron makes the same points she has been making for two years about the casino projects. I don't disagree with her points at all. The projects are too close to the neighborhoods. Traffic is going to be a mess. Casinos are inherently giant, ugly box structures and need a lot of jazzing up to contribute to the street scape. But they have to go somewhere.


The Delaware is the logical place for these buildings, but these designs are the most boring of group. Saffron notes that they have fewer amenities, especially for families. I am not sure that anyone really expects these slots parlors to be family destinations, but there is still time to make the architecture more interesting and incorporate it into the Penn Praxis planning study.


Just Checked - The Sixers Still suck


Down four players, (Joe Smith and Andre Miller stuck in the snow Chris Webber taking December off and Steven Hunter injured), the Sixers staggered through another ugly loss to the Pacers last night. Not much more to say here. Enrico has the links to AI's final philly-oriented interview with Stephen A.

Hoffman Fantasizes


Rich Hoffman, usually a good columnist, actually writes a column today discussing the possibility of Larry Brown returning to coach the 76ers.


While it's true that Larry Brown and Billy King are still close and that King and Brown talked a lot in the recent weeks about what kind of deal could be done to move Iverson, I don't think that helps bring Brown back. While his relationship with "Mr. Snider" isn't as bad as it is with Knicks owner James Dolan, Mr. Ed ain't hiring Brown again.


This story has some legs, as the AP story here shows. My guess is that local AP flacks are making a bit more of this than there is. Brown doesn't like working with younger players and this team will be REALLY young next year with 3 or 4 rookies on the team plus the young guys back from this squad. I think Coach Brown is a basketball genius, but the time to bring him back is past. He was the right choice over Mo Cheeks and Billy King couldn't get that deal past Mr. Snider, so why would you bring him back to this circus?

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Wednesday Musings

Here Come the Slots Well after about 43 years of deliberations and untold millions in bribes and graft, the slots parlor sites in Philadelphia have finally been named. Philly.com has the story, but the bottom line is that both sites are on the Delaware River, one on traffic-clogged Columbus Blvd. between Tasker and Reed. Ed Snider, Billy King and Quincy Jones are investors in this Foxwoods development. Sugarhouse is in Fishtown and has some traffic issues as well, but mega-lawyer Richard Sprague and super builder Neil Keating are the local investors in this Delaware Avenue site. No political connections for any of those guys, huh? Somehow Donald Trump got locked out. Maybe because his site was almost totally inaccessible to the world. Sands is opening a casino on the former Bethlehem Steel site in Bethlehem. Barring legal challenges, these places should open in mid-2008. So more like 2015. Home From Atlanta We're home from Atlanta and the final photos are up on my Flickr site. It was a good trip. John and Emma enjoyed the Aquarium the most. John and I also loved visiting Turner Field. Spending time with everyone down there was a wonderful thing. John especially enjoyed meeting Kayla again, and Emma just ADORES Aunt Elaine. AI Trade I won't go into too much detail here but it's a good deal. Here's why: It moves an unhappy player It gets us 2 more 1st round picks in a deep draft It gets us a pretty good player in Andre Miller It breaks AI's salary into 2 pieces so that it's easier to make some deals under the NBA Salary Cap Now the reason this trade was needed is that Billy King is a pathetic excuse for a GM. He failed to put a team around Iverson that could hope to compete. He seems completely impatient with coaches and he just makes some terrible deals. Eagles What more is there to day except Eagles-Cowboys, Christmas night, in Dallas, for the NFC East? Well lots apparently. Check out the 53,000 or so posts at Wingheads, an Eagles fan forum. Or drop by my friend Enrico's site, The700Level. Enjoy the Holidays! Have a great rest of the week and I hope to see you this Holiday Break! C

Wednesday Musings

Here Come the Slots

Well after about 43 years of deliberations and untold millions in bribes and graft, the slots parlor sites in Philadelphia have finally been named.


Philly.com has the story, but the bottom line is that both sites are on the Delaware River, one on traffic-clogged Columbus Blvd. between Tasker and Reed. Ed Snider, Billy King and Quincy Jones are investors in this Foxwoods development.


Sugarhouse is in Fishtown and has some traffic issues as well, but mega-lawyer Richard Sprague and super builder Neil Keating are the local investors in this Delaware Avenue site.


No political connections for any of those guys, huh? Somehow Donald Trump got locked out. Maybe because his site was almost totally inaccessible to the world.


Sands is opening a casino on the former Bethlehem Steel site in Bethlehem.


Barring legal challenges, these places should open in mid-2008. So more like 2015.


Home From Atlanta


We're home from Atlanta and the final photos are up on my Flickr site. It was a good trip. John and Emma enjoyed the Aquarium the most. John and I also loved visiting Turner Field. Spending time with everyone down there was a wonderful thing. John especially enjoyed meeting Kayla again, and Emma just ADORES Aunt Elaine.


AI Trade


I won't go into too much detail here but it's a good deal. Here's why:


It moves an unhappy player
It gets us 2 more 1st round picks in a deep draft
It gets us a pretty good player in Andre Miller
It breaks AI's salary into 2 pieces so that it's easier to make some deals under the NBA Salary Cap


Now the reason this trade was needed is that Billy King is a pathetic excuse for a GM. He failed to put a team around Iverson that could hope to compete. He seems completely impatient with coaches and he just makes some terrible deals.


Eagles


What more is there to day except Eagles-Cowboys, Christmas night, in Dallas, for the NFC East?


Well lots apparently. Check out the 53,000 or so posts at Wingheads, an Eagles fan forum. Or drop by my friend Enrico's site, The700Level.


Enjoy the Holidays!


Have a great rest of the week and I hope to see you this Holiday Break!


C

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Hanging out in Atlanta

Thanks to the amazing holiday vacation policy at UArts, I am currently on vacation for a few days. The kids and I are visiting the relatives down here, dropping in on Coach Dzik up at Piedmont, and doing some sight seeing. Last night we saw an amazing Christmas light display at the Islands of Lake Lanier, which is about 10 miles but 45 minutes from our hotel. Yesterday morning we went to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. It's the largets aquarium in the world and features Beluga Whales among a million or so other fish. It was a really fun time for all of us. Special thanks to my cousin Zak for keeping me updated on the Eagles victory last night. It was fun tlaking sports with an Eagles fan so far from home! Photos are up on my Flickr.com site. We'll be home in time for the holidays. See you all soon! C

Hanging out in Atlanta

Thanks to the amazing holiday vacation policy at UArts, I am currently on vacation for a few days. The kids and I are visiting the relatives down here, dropping in on Coach Dzik up at Piedmont, and doing some sight seeing.

Last night we saw an amazing Christmas light display at the Islands of Lake Lanier, which is about 10 miles but 45 minutes from our hotel. Yesterday morning we went to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. It's the largets aquarium in the world and features Beluga Whales among a million or so other fish. It was a really fun time for all of us.


Special thanks to my cousin Zak for keeping me updated on the Eagles victory last night. It was fun tlaking sports with an Eagles fan so far from home!


Photos are up on my Flickr.com site. We'll be home in time for the holidays. See you all soon!


C

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Leaving Las Vegas

Sitting here in McCarran International Airport, enjoying free wireless while waiting on yet another delayed USAirways flight, I guess it's time to update the world on where I have been for the week. Las Vegas is an interesting place, but I have to say I am glad to be headed out of this rather odd place. I stayed at the Paris, a French-themed hotel-casino on The Strip. It wasn't anything really special, a huge room with lots of people playing slots, a couple of bars, a shoppoing area proporting to be France-like and of course a half-sized Eiffel Tower out front. The food was pretty good, the rooms were basic, the bathrooms were very nice as was the health club. But people can smoke everywhere, there is no natural light and it's just too frigging weird to have faux-French everywhere 24/7. Plus, there are something like 54 major construction projects along the Strip right now and there is dust everywhere. My eyes are killing me. The conference was pretty structured, but I did bag a few sessions I had seen before and took the Payless Car Rental PT Cruiser out of the lights and noise of the city to get to Hoover Dam and the Mojave National Preserve. My Flickr site has all the pictures that are worth showing. My camera is a piece of junk and I really need to replace it, but I did the best I could to give some sense of the scale of the landscape out here. If you have never been West, there is no real way to explain just how HUGE things are in this area. People routinely drive 90 miles an hour on the highway because there is just so much distance to cover. Just for the record the PT Cruiser does NOT go 90 miles an hour. No matter how hard you try. Phillies Adam Eaton is a good signing, but no better than a #4 pitcher in all liklihood. They didn't sign a #1 pitcher, they didn't sign an everyday thirdbaseman, they have not improved the outfield or catching situations. Where are they going to spend the Abreau savings? The bullpen? I am going to be monumentally pissed off if they sit on the cash. Gasoline It's cheap back home, folks. I paid $2.95 a gallon yesterday in Davis, California and $2.49 a gallon today on The Strip. Looks like it's about $2.19 back home. And for this 2886 Americans have died in Iraq. Have a great Weekend! C

Leaving Las Vegas

Sitting here in McCarran International Airport, enjoying free wireless while waiting on yet another delayed USAirways flight, I guess it's time to update the world on where I have been for the week.

Las Vegas is an interesting place, but I have to say I am glad to be headed out of this rather odd place. I stayed at the Paris, a French-themed hotel-casino on The Strip. It wasn't anything really special, a huge room with lots of people playing slots, a couple of bars, a shoppoing area proporting to be France-like and of course a half-sized Eiffel Tower out front. The food was pretty good, the rooms were basic, the bathrooms were very nice as was the health club.


But people can smoke everywhere, there is no natural light and it's just too frigging weird to have faux-French everywhere 24/7. Plus, there are something like 54 major construction projects along the Strip right now and there is dust everywhere. My eyes are killing me.


The conference was pretty structured, but I did bag a few sessions I had seen before and took the Payless Car Rental PT Cruiser out of the lights and noise of the city to get to Hoover Dam and the Mojave National Preserve.


My Flickr site has all the pictures that are worth showing. My camera is a piece of junk and I really need to replace it, but I did the best I could to give some sense of the scale of the landscape out here. If you have never been West, there is no real way to explain just how HUGE things are in this area. People routinely drive 90 miles an hour on the highway because there is just so much distance to cover. Just for the record the PT Cruiser does NOT go 90 miles an hour. No matter how hard you try.


Phillies


Adam Eaton is a good signing, but no better than a #4 pitcher in all liklihood. They didn't sign a #1 pitcher, they didn't sign an everyday thirdbaseman, they have not improved the outfield or catching situations. Where are they going to spend the Abreau savings? The bullpen? I am going to be monumentally pissed off if they sit on the cash.


Gasoline


It's cheap back home, folks. I paid $2.95 a gallon yesterday in Davis, California and $2.49 a gallon today on The Strip. Looks like it's about $2.19 back home. And for this 2886 Americans have died in Iraq.


Have a great Weekend!


C

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

A Time to be Thankful

Looking back at the last year and how much my life has changed, I'll take today as a moment to pause and be thankful.

In August, I thanked my friends and family for all of their support as I stepped into this new phase of my life. They've been there for me, given great advice (some of which I even took), and I appreciate all that they have given. As I noted then, I would not be here today with out them, but today my thoughts are a little bigger.

I 'borrowed' Norman Rockwell's "Freedom From Want" because we take it all for granted here in the US. As a middle class American, I have been able to get an education, have two kids, eat when and where I want, travel, own nice stuff, get a decent job and so much more. What have I had to give up for it? Not too darn much. I have to work hard, but I am fairly paid for it. I have given up a few things here and there to be able to live as I wanted, but that was mostly a result of my own bad choices. One can argue things aren't perfect here, with $2 gas and a war in the Middle East, a moron in the White House, personal freedoms under attack and medical costs skyrocketing, but honestly, where else would you want to live. My buddy Dan is a conservative. I'm a liberal. We can talk and argue freely. I can call the Vice President a puppet master without worrying about imprisonment (yet). We can travel freely, marry easily (too easily), have as many kids as we want, create personal wealth, or art, worship freely if we wish to. This is truly amazing if you look at the rest of the world. The 102 men, women and children who braved two months of hellish conditions on the stormy North Atlantic to become the first to permanently settle here were remarkable in their fortitude and passion. Their ideals still form the foundation for much of the American psyche. They simply wanted to be free and they were willing to risk everything for it.

We have become so much more complacent about the freedoms we enjoy. I hope we each spend some time today remembering all the people who have sacrificed so that we can gather freely today and choose to pray if we want to, eat heartily, laugh deeply and enjoy all that we have.

Last night, as I read The First Thanksgiving to my children, I realized again how lucky I was to have been able to be complacent. And, as I do nearly every year, I promised I would be less so in the coming year. We’ll see.

A Time to be Thankful

Looking back at the last year and how much my life has changed, I'll take today as a moment to pause and be thankful.

In August, I thanked my friends and family for all of their support as I stepped into this new phase of my life. They've been there for me, given great advice (some of which I even took), and I appreciate all that they have given. As I noted then, I would not be here today with out them, but today my thoughts are a little bigger.

I 'borrowed' Norman Rockwell's "Freedom From Want" because we take it all for granted here in the US. As a middle class American, I have been able to get an education, have two kids, eat when and where I want, travel, own nice stuff, get a decent job and so much more.

What have I had to give up for it? Not too darn much. I have to work hard, but I am fairly paid for it. I have given up a few things here and there to be able to live as I wanted, but that was mostly a result of my own bad choices.


One can argue things aren't perfect here, with $2 gas and a war in the Middle East, a moron in the White House, personal freedoms under attack and medical costs skyrocketing, but honestly, where else would you want to live.


My buddy Dan is a conservative. I'm a liberal. We can talk and argue freely. I can call the Vice President a puppet master without worrying about imprisonment (yet). We can travel freely, marry easily (too easily), have as many kids as we want, create personal wealth, or art, worship freely if we wish to. This is truly amazing if you look at the rest of the world.


The 102 men, women and children who braved two months of hellish conditions on the stormy North Atlantic to become the first to permanently settle here were remarkable in their fortitude and passion. Their ideals still form the foundation for much of the American psyche. They simply wanted to be free and they were willing to risk everything for it.


We have become so much more complacent about the freedoms we enjoy. I hope we each spend some time today remembering all the people who have sacrificed so that we can gather freely today and choose to pray if we want to, eat heartily, laugh deeply and enjoy all that we have.

Last night, as I read The First Thanksgiving to my children, I realized again how lucky I was to have been able to be complacent. And, as I do nearly every year, I promised I would be less so in the coming year. We’ll see.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Ellie Newsome is Born!!!!

Just a quick post to congratulate my sister, Carin and her husband Kevin on the birth of their daughter, Ellis Elizabeth Newsome. Ellie was born at 7:57 on Friday, November 17th, 2006. She weighs in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measures 18 1/2 inches. She is quite pink, and has a bunch of dark brown hair. In the few hours I visited her at Lankenau Hospital today, Ellie only opened her eyes for a few split seconds. She seemed very content to sleep on my chest, her mother's chest and her father's chest. She's really cute and I enjoyed meeting my first neice very much. Congratulations to Carin, Kevin AND big brother Andrew!

Ellie Newsome is Born!!!!

Just a quick post to congratulate my sister, Carin and her husband Kevin on the birth of their daughter, Ellis Elizabeth Newsome.

Ellie was born at 7:57 on Friday, November 17th, 2006. She weighs in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measures 18 1/2 inches. She is quite pink, and has a bunch of dark brown hair.


In the few hours I visited her at Lankenau Hospital today, Ellie only opened her eyes for a few split seconds. She seemed very content to sleep on my chest, her mother's chest and her father's chest.


She's really cute and I enjoyed meeting my first neice very much. Congratulations to Carin, Kevin AND big brother Andrew!

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Stuff For Friday

Flyers Sorry Matt, this is going to be a long season for the men on skates. It's all been said before, but after last night's 3-1 loss to the Islanders was pretty ugly. As is noted in Tim Panaccio's article today, the Fly Guys were booed on their home ice as it became apparent that they are basically unable to play major league hockey. Eagles Ok we have been talking about the last loss for 2 weeks now. It's time to see if these guys are made of anything. Yeah I know it's a tough run through the last half of the schedule, but this is going to be a brutal town if the Eagles aren't in this thing. At least we know they can't find any more painful way to lose than this. Rutgers I feel really good for these guys. But the win last night over #3 Louisville basically cements my position that the Big East is a sham this year. Are these guys BCS contenders? Give me a break! Did anyone catch Erin Andrews on the sideline of the game last night? She ain't Suzy Kolber, but she ain't bad either! Winter Beer Great article in the Inquirer yesterday signalling the opening of the winter beer season. They mention one of my local favorites, the Troegs Mad Elf. If you want to have the best in the nation, you will have to call Matt at The Beer Yard soon. It always sells out. The Wheels Are Starting to Come Off First Bush fires Don Rumsfeld, apparently after misleading reporters about whether Rumsfeld would serve out the second term. Then Bill Mahr outs RNC National Chair Ken Mehlman on CNN's Larry King. (Holy Shit Batman! There ARE gay Republicans!!!). Now Lincoln Chafee (Lame Duck R-RI) has said that he intends to block John Bolton's permanent appointment as US Ambassador to the UN. What's next? Laura Bush shooting Dick Cheney? Weekend Plans Finally, I just want to say how much I am looking forward to the weekend! A quiet night this evening. Packing for Phoenix tomorrow. The UArts 130th Anniversary Gala tomorrow night. A room at the Ritz Carlton. Then off to Phoenix for the AACRAO SEM Conference! Should be a great weekend and a fun week! See you all on the other side.

Stuff For Friday

Flyers

Sorry Matt, this is going to be a long season for the men on skates. It's all been said before, but after last night's 3-1 loss to the Islanders was pretty ugly. As is noted in Tim Panaccio's article today, the Fly Guys were booed on their home ice as it became apparent that they are basically unable to play major league hockey.


Eagles


Ok we have been talking about the last loss for 2 weeks now. It's time to see if these guys are made of anything. Yeah I know it's a tough run through the last half of the schedule, but this is going to be a brutal town if the Eagles aren't in this thing. At least we know they can't find any more painful way to lose than this.

Rutgers


I feel really good for these guys. But the win last night over #3 Louisville basically cements my position that the Big East is a sham this year. Are these guys BCS contenders? Give me a break! Did anyone catch Erin Andrews on the sideline of the game last night? She ain't Suzy Kolber, but she ain't bad either!


Winter Beer


Great article in the Inquirer yesterday signalling the opening of the winter beer season. They mention one of my local favorites, the Troegs Mad Elf. If you want to have the best in the nation, you will have to call Matt at The Beer Yard soon. It always sells out.

The Wheels Are Starting to Come Off


First Bush fires Don Rumsfeld, apparently after misleading reporters about whether Rumsfeld would serve out the second term.


Then Bill Mahr outs RNC National Chair Ken Mehlman on CNN's Larry King. (Holy Shit Batman! There ARE gay Republicans!!!).


Now Lincoln Chafee (Lame Duck R-RI) has said that he intends to block John Bolton's permanent appointment as US Ambassador to the UN.


What's next? Laura Bush shooting Dick Cheney?


Weekend Plans


Finally, I just want to say how much I am looking forward to the weekend!


A quiet night this evening. Packing for Phoenix tomorrow. The UArts 130th Anniversary Gala tomorrow night. A room at the Ritz Carlton. Then off to Phoenix for the AACRAO SEM Conference! Should be a great weekend and a fun week!


See you all on the other side.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Potpourri

Gooden Released From Jail

In case you were still keeping track of the four time Cy Young Award winner, Dwight Gooden was released from prison today.

And here I thought he was dead.

Remember that Gooden had to serve this jail sentence after repeatedly violating his parole on drug and drunk driving charges. He took a 1 year jail term rather than a probation, which had he violated it would have reverted to 5 years in the pokey. Even he didn’t think he was enough of a stand-up guy to do it.

Sixers Lose Second

Ok. Even I will admit I thought that they had a chance to be better after the first 3 games, but perhaps the planets are lined up against them. The Raptors’ CENTER Chris Bosh launched a bomb that effectively killed any chance the 76ers had of topping the Raptors last night. Gotta wonder what else the 76ers could have done to win this game. They were darn near perfect then this guy launches one from about 40 feet and the feeling is suddenly a whole lot worse about the hoops team in Philly.

The Voters Come Through

After several years of collective insanity, the voters of Pennsylvania regained their senses Tuesday and sent Rick Santorum home to play with his kids and have sex in the missionary position with his wife, Karen Garver Santorum. People love to say not nice things about this guy. I am restraining myself not to kick the guy when he is down. Good job Pennsylvania!

Potpourri

Gooden Released From Jail

In case you were still keeping track of the four time Cy Young Award winner, Dwight Gooden was released from prison today.

And here I thought he was dead.

Remember that Gooden had to serve this jail sentence after repeatedly violating his parole on drug and drunk driving charges. He took a 1 year jail term rather than a probation, which had he violated it would have reverted to 5 years in the pokey. Even he didn’t think he was enough of a stand-up guy to do it.

Sixers Lose Second

Ok. Even I will admit I thought that they had a chance to be better after the first 3 games, but perhaps the planets are lined up against them. The Raptors’ CENTER Chris Bosh launched a bomb that effectively killed any chance the 76ers had of topping the Raptors last night. Gotta wonder what else the 76ers could have done to win this game. They were darn near perfect then this guy launches one from about 40 feet and the feeling is suddenly a whole lot worse about the hoops team in Philly.

The Voters Come Through

After several years of collective insanity, the voters of Pennsylvania regained their senses Tuesday and sent Rick Santorum home to play with his kids and have sex in the missionary position with his wife, Karen Garver Santorum. People love to say not nice things about this guy. I am restraining myself not to kick the guy when he is down. Good job Pennsylvania!

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Emma Turns Three!!!!

Emma turned three yesterday and I can’t really believe it. She is my little princess and I am amazed at what a sweet little girl she is. While there is no doubt that she has a stubborn streak a mile wide, she is still the most wonderful, joyful girl I know.

She had her struggles early on, spending almost two months in Virtua Voorhees’ NICU until she was able to breathe and eat on her own. I still have dreams about the big scary room that she lived in for her first week, before moving onto the smaller, less intense rooms. I am in awe of the nurses that work in those rooms and how much caring and empathy they were able to give me and my daughter. Don’t get me started on the doctors or LaLeche freak.

Eventually she came home and got to spend some time with her brother. They are very close and Every time John gets frustrated with her, I just remind him that Emma wants to play with him because she loves him so much. They are wonderful kids.

Emma was tiny and she fought hard and I am so proud of all that she went through to be the funny, happy, tiny bundle of energy she is at three years old. Today she runs and jumps (only about an inch off the ground for all her efforts), plays with her brother, has tea parties for her baby and bunnies, and lights up my heart every time she smiles. She tells jokes she doesn’t understand and tries to pitch in her thoughts in every conversation.

Her love of the color pink and drawing are constants. She loves to read but virtually ignores TV, preferring to make a million pages of crayon work to spread through the house. Picking up after her is a non-stop job, but I do it willingly given the fun she has. Recently she has begun cleaning up her own messes and I think it’s hilarious to watch her pick up a room one item at a time.

I will admit I spoil her rotten, but who couldn’t. I let her climb into my bed on cold mornings and she gets a few too many cookies. I’m not the only one who spoils her though, as she has more shoes than her brother and I combined.

I hope I always remember her asking me hoist her up to the mirror to show her the shampoo I give her in the bath tub and the shrieks of joy that the soapy mess brings her. I know that her “Lock the door!” and “John ILLiam” shouts from the backseat are forever in my memory.

This time last year, Emma and I were able to spend an entire month together before I started at UArts. It was an important month for both of us, as it reconnected me with her and brought back many of the intense feeling I had from her first two months. It’s hard not to see her every day, but when I am missing her most I think back to that special month. I am looking forward to the same kind of experience this December for a shorter, but hopefully as fun time.

Happy Third Birthday Princess!

Love,

Daddy

Emma Turns Three!!!!

Emma turned three yesterday and I can’t really believe it. She is my little princess and I am amazed at what a sweet little girl she is. While there is no doubt that she has a stubborn streak a mile wide, she is still the most wonderful, joyful girl I know.

She had her struggles early on, spending almost two months in Virtua Voorhees’ NICU until she was able to breathe and eat on her own. I still have dreams about the big scary room that she lived in for her first week, before moving onto the smaller, less intense rooms. I am in awe of the nurses that work in those rooms and how much caring and empathy they were able to give me and my daughter. Don’t get me started on the doctors or LaLeche freak.

Eventually she came home and got to spend some time with her brother. They are very close and Every time John gets frustrated with her, I just remind him that Emma wants to play with him because she loves him so much. They are wonderful kids.

Emma was tiny and she fought hard and I am so proud of all that she went through to be the funny, happy, tiny bundle of energy she is at three years old. Today she runs and jumps (only about an inch off the ground for all her efforts), plays with her brother, has tea parties for her baby and bunnies, and lights up my heart every time she smiles. She tells jokes she doesn’t understand and tries to pitch in her thoughts in every conversation.

Her love of the color pink and drawing are constants. She loves to read but virtually ignores TV, preferring to make a million pages of crayon work to spread through the house. Picking up after her is a non-stop job, but I do it willingly given the fun she has. Recently she has begun cleaning up her own messes and I think it’s hilarious to watch her pick up a room one item at a time.

I will admit I spoil her rotten, but who couldn’t. I let her climb into my bed on cold mornings and she gets a few too many cookies. I’m not the only one who spoils her though, as she has more shoes than her brother and I combined.

I hope I always remember her asking me hoist her up to the mirror to show her the shampoo I give her in the bath tub and the shrieks of joy that the soapy mess brings her. I know that her “Lock the door!” and “John ILLiam” shouts from the backseat are forever in my memory.

This time last year, Emma and I were able to spend an entire month together before I started at UArts. It was an important month for both of us, as it reconnected me with her and brought back many of the intense feeling I had from her first two months. It’s hard not to see her every day, but when I am missing her most I think back to that special month. I am looking forward to the same kind of experience this December for a shorter, but hopefully as fun time.

Happy Third Birthday Princess!

Love,

Daddy

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Monday, October 23, 2006

%&*$ING Blogger

1 hour 3 topics 13 paragraphs links video push publish *ZOTZ* Gone!!!!! It's depressing. Well not as bad as Clarkie on Sunday, but pretty bad. I'll see if I can get my thoughts back togther later and post.

%&*$ING Blogger

1 hour

3 topics


13 paragraphs


links


video


push publish *ZOTZ*


Gone!!!!!


It's depressing. Well not as bad as Clarkie on Sunday, but pretty bad.


I'll see if I can get my thoughts back togther later and post.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

So this is What October Baseball Looks Like

Watching the World Series previews, I have to restrain myself from throwing things at the television. When I look at how simply average the St. Louis Cardinals are, I am forced to realize that had it not been for a game here or there, this was the Phils' year to get to the Fall Classic. Let's face it, the Phillies didn't do what they needed to do to make it into the playoffs. But they were certainly hotter down the stretch than EITHER of the teams playing this w eekend. Two things doomed this Phillies team in 2006. April and Charlie Manuel. Conversely, April and the managers are why the Tigers and Cards are still playing and everyone else is playing golf. Except Cory Lidle of course. The Cardinals are starting a guy in Game One who wouldn't even start for the Phillies and who had an ERA over 5! Their thirdbaseman hasn't driven a guy in since my birthday. The Tigers staggered into the playoffs and have not played in a week. It's the old rest or rust question. Detroit was red-hot a week ago, but will the week off give the Cards an edge? I would say yes if the opening games were in St. Louis. However, since the schedule starts in Detroit's Comerica Park, I think that Detroit will be able to shake off the rust and prevail. It won't be as easy as everyone thinks though, as the Cards will take 2 at home and force the Tigers to come back to Detroit to pick up the trophy. Random thoughts: Valanni has the best food in the city right now. But Mercato isn't as good as the reviews. Seems like the Birds will be more healthy this weekend, and they'll need it. 20-17 Birds. I thought we had a major league hockey team in this town. This is a trainwreck. Can Clarke survive? YouTube is history. Have a good weekend!