Monday, April 30, 2007

Legal Silliness

I don't generally bash lawyers unless I have a really good reason to, but then nearly every day I see a news story that give me a reason.


From today's stupid lawyer tricks file comes this story.  Apparently Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., a $7 billion goliath in the gardening industry is so threatened by Trenton, NJ-based TerraCycle Inc., that it has sued the tiny worm poop purveyor from NJ.


Apparently Scotts Miracle-Gro feels it owns the right to use the colors yellw and green on gardening advertising.  At least that's what they say in their lawsuit.


I've attached images of the products below, courtesy of the website suedbyscotts.com.  It appears that website is related to the TerraCycle folks in some way.  But you have eyes.  You can see that there's a pretty substaMccomparison780413ntial difference between the products.  Am I wrong here?


I think the real issue here is that the Miracle-Gro people aren't satified with 59% market share and are willing ot use their lawyers and the legal system to bully a small environmental fertilizer startup. 


I use Miracle-Gro and Scotts products a good bit.  I'd never heard of the worm poop guys before today, but I can tell you my next lawn fertilizer application will be with the little company that could's product.  The big guys should be ashamed of themselves.


Home Sick

Backyard_football_compressed I'm home getting a bit of extra time with the kids this morning.  John slept in and then complained of a stomach ache.  I pretty much ignored him, assuming he just was not into school on a Monday.  He of course promptly threw up everywhere immediately after breakfast.  *SIGH*  Emma is making the most of her extra time with daddy by cooking me eggs for breakfast on her mini-kitchen.


We had a great weekend and managed to get a lot done around the house while also visiting with the grandparents.  We had a nice brunch over there for Sunday morning, all of the grandkids and kids were present.  Uncle Matt was very active as a football coach in the backyard.  Andrew appears to be a lefty, as he was able to really zing the ball from the southpaw side.


Lots of pictures are up here on my Flickr site.  I encourage you to join and comment.  It's fun and a great way to stay in touch!


Sunday, April 29, 2007

Michael Nutter for Mayor

Philly_005A few months back, after meeting Michael Nutter at a social event, my girlfriend asked me what I thought of him.  I told her that I thought he was great and would make a near-perfect mayor, but that he couldn't win.  Today I am forced to consider the possibility that I was wrong. 


Not in that Nutter is great.  He is.  But in thinking he couldn't win, i was apparently selling him short.  And seriously overestimating Chaka Fattah.


Today Nutter is surging in the polls, in a statistical dead heat with the free-falling Tom Knox.  He picked up two endorsements today, including the only one that counts, The Inquirer.  He's looking like the horse to bet on.  Yeah, Knox could still spend his way into office and Brady still has the ward leaders which could help him slime his way to victory, but for once it seems like smart and hard-working might just be enough to make a Philadelphia mayor. 


It's not like anyone can be worse than the current clown.


Friday, April 27, 2007

The Best TV Shows Ever

Every Friday at work we do a 'Friday Fantastic Four List.'  Basically, you list the four best of something, the four favorite of something, the four most memorable of something, etc.


This week the topic is the best TV shows of all time.  Shout out to Chris Morse, fill in at the counter and all around good guy for this week's topic.


Here's my list:


1. The  Rockford Files


2. SportsCenter


3. NYPD Blue


4. The West Wing




Honorable mentions:


  • The Waltons

  • Star Blazers!!!!!

  • MASH

  • News Radio

  • Buffy

  • Fraggle Rock

  • Cheers

  • The Muppet Show

  • Letterman

  • The Daily Show

  • WKRP In Cincinnati   

  • The Simpsons

  • SportsNight

  • Dennis Miller Live

  • 30 Minute Meals

  • Scooby Doo

  • ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

It should be noted that I have never seen the Sopranos.  I am not a 24 fan.  I hate reality Tv.  So let's hear it.  What's your list?




































Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Walking to Work

Img_5503Just about every day on the walk to work I run into something at screams out to me to take a picture.


I love working in the city.  Nearly every day on the way to work I see something that screams to have a picture taken.  I took a few shots today that indicate to me how much of a crossroads this city is at right now.


We have old and new construction, high prices and low prices, new residents and the homeless all in very close proximity.  In addition, there are the pressures of business and commerce on the infrastructure,  crime problems in the neighborhoods and the never ending problems with the school system.


Yet it's one of the most vibrant and interesting places I have ever been.  I am very lucky to be able to come to work here every day.


In breaking news, Lynn Abraham has just figured out that John Street is a terrible mayor.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

New Photos

Hey - Just a quick hello to say that there are new photos up at my Flickr site from my trip with the GF to the Phils game last night.  There was a terrible hot dog throwing incident resulting in an ejection.  I was not involved.


Also It hit 90 degrees here yesterday. Crazy, huh?


And I officially work in the Gayborhood!


Have a good one!


Saturday, April 21, 2007

Technorati

Just letting the folks at Technorati know that I moved!


<a href="http://technorati.com/claim/2tqdcutmed" rel="me">Technorati Profile</a>


Hope some new folks stop by!


C


Morning Mini Post

Img_5006In case you have not checked In lately, I have lots of new photos up on my Flickr page.  Some, like the shot to the right are from John's recent T-ball games and practices.  He's having a great time and enjoys the game as well as his teammates.


Others are from the recent flooding that hit the Philadelphia region and specifically Burlington County very hard.  I drove through Lumberton and Mount Laurel on Monday and took some pictures of the devastation.


I also have a new set up of The Gardens section of Mount Holly.  Built as a public housing project of one and two story attached homes, the area was plagued by the ravages of drugs and crime over the last few decades.  The area has been controversially designated for redevelopment and is largely abandoned.  A few families are holding out, either because they have nowhere to go or because they simply refuse to give in and leave.


Continuing my urban decay theme, there are many pictures from a series I am doing on Camden and the wonderful buildings I found a long the Broadway corridor which are a window into a gloried past that is so far from Camden's current reality.


Finally, there are many new shots of the family up as well, including some of my little angel Emma (right).Img_5024


Today is supposed to be the best weather of the year and I am planning to head outside and do some yardwork and see what 78 degrees and sunny will feel like after weeks of a chilly, nasty spring.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Uncle Charlie is Feeling The Heat

In a John Chaneyesque moment last night, Phillies manager Charlie "Cleaning My Office Out" Manuel LOST IT in the post game press conference following the Phils' latest loss and challenged 610 WIP weasel Howard Eskin to a fight.


Here's the video.


Now we're all frustrated with the Phils so far this season.  And Eskin is a jerk on a million levels, but this is pretty much over the top.  I mean how can he have any credibility with anyone when he's losing his temper like this?  Well.  Ok.  Maybe the credibility boat has already sailed and he's just looking for a lifeboat off the Titanic at this point.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Mah-Na-Ma-Nah

Been wondering where the latest Saturn Aura jingle came from?


Here ya go:


http://www.youtube.com/v/dkK7SMopjXk


Oh.  And The Phillies BLOW!


Only the Names an Numbers Change

Virginia_tech_logo1I'm home today and have the opportunity to catch a lot of the media related to the tragic shooting of 32 innocent college students at Virgina Tech yesterday. I work at an urban university here in the northeast, and I can't imagine the impact such a tragedy will have on the VT community. My thoughts are with the dozens of parents who will have to come to the Blacksburg, VA campus to bring their children home for burial.

They won't have the joy of a commencement or even the difficulty of a transfer. All they will have is the outpouring of support from a nation that is shaken yet again by a gun rampage whose origins we can't understand. I wish there was more for them. I wish they had something more.

There are a million thoughts in my mind at this time. I won't say that any college I have ever worked for would have done better, but gosh it seems like the two hours after the initial shooting should have given Virginia Tech Police time to find this guy and do something.

NPR interviewed a Lucinda Roy, a professor of the gunman today. She discussed her attempts to inform campus authorities about her concerns about the 23 year old South Korean murderer. Her concerns went unheeded.

Liviu Librescu survived the Holocost, endured Communisim in Romania and was a well-thought-of professor at VT. He saved several students yesterday, heroically putting his body between them and the gunman. He died in his classroom. he was 76.

I'll be interested to talk to my brother, who just this minute is touching down on a return flight from London. I want to know how this horrible event was reported abroad and how his feelings differ from those of us who saw it unfolding live here in the US.

About the headline ... it just seems like these incidents keep happening in the US. I can't help but think that if guns were harder to come by, that many of the hundreds who have died since 1999 would be alive.

Only the Names and Numbers Change

Virginia_tech_logo1I'm home today and have the opportunity to catch a lot of the media related to the tragic shooting of 32 innocent college students at Virgina Tech yesterday.  I work at an urban university here in the northeast, and I can't imagine the impact such a tragedy will have on the VT community.  My thoughts are with the dozens of parents who will have to come to the Blacksburg, VA campus to bring their children home for burial.


They won't have the joy of a commencement or even the difficulty of a transfer.  All they will have is the outpouring of support from a nation that is shaken yet again by a gun rampage whose origins we can't understand.  I wish there was more for them.  I wish they had something more.


There are a million thoughts in my mind at this time.  I won't say that any college I have ever worked for would have done better, but gosh it seems like the two hours after the initial shooting should have given Virginia Tech Police time to find this guy and do something.


NPR interviewed a Lucinda Roy, a professor of the gunman today.  She discussed her attempts to inform campus authorities about her concerns about the 23 year old South Korean murderer.  Her concerns went unheeded.


Liviu Librescu survived the Holocost, endured Communisim in Romania and was a well-thought-of professor at VT.  He saved several students yesterday, heroically putting his body between them and the gunman.  He died in his classroom.  he was 76.


I'll be interested to talk to my brother, who just this minute is touching down on a return flight from London.  I want to know how this horrible event was reported abroad and how his feelings differ from those of us who saw it unfolding live here in the US.


About the headline ... it just seems like these incidents keep happening in the US.  I can't help but think that if guns were harder to come by, that many of the hundreds who have died since 1999 would be alive.


Just a quick text message

Just a quick text message to try out Typepad's mobile features. I hope this works!


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Changes

As i promised a few weeks back, things may look a bit messy around here for a while. I am converting this blog to a TypePad blog which will allow more flexibility. Stop by to see the changes. I think. If it doesn't we'll be back here. I will update both for a while, but you will always find the latest blog by going to http://www.cavalier92.com. Have a good one!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

We Got To See A Win

We had a great time at Citizens Bank Park today and we got to see a Phils win, homers by Utley and Rollins, a fan ejection, and 7, count 'em 7 clutch RBIs. Lots of photos up on my Flickr site. It was a fun day for us all and a great Phils win. Maybe this was the game that turns the corner. I'll e back in the house on Monday, courtesy of a free ticket from Flickr friend Podolux. Have a great night! The kids are fast asleep and We had a great day!

We Got To See A Win

We had a great time at Citizens Bank Park today and we got to see a Phils win, homers by Utley and Rollins, a fan ejection, and 7, count 'em 7 clutch RBIs. Lots of photos up on my Flickr site.

It was a fun day for us all and a great Phils win. Maybe this was the game that turns the corner. I'll e back in the house on Monday, courtesy of a free ticket from Flickr friend Podolux.


Have a great night! The kids are fast asleep and We had a great day!

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Phils won!

Phils winning 7-5

Phils won!

Phils won!

Phils winning 7-5

Phils winning 7-5

We are here!

At the park!

We are here!

At the park!

TAA Opening Day

Today was Opening Day for TAA Baseball! John enjoyed seeing all his friends but really wanted to play a game. He's on the Marlins this year and I am helping Coaches Chad and Pete out this year. We are all looking forward to our first game against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Let's hope the weather clears up by then. I put a bunch of pictures up at my Flickr site from Opening Day. Enjoy them! We're getting ready to head down to the Phillies Kids Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park. Hopefully the Phils do a bit better than they did last night, as they gave up a 3 run lead on Roy Oswalt to lose in spectacular fashion, 9-6. We'll probably post more photos from the Phils game later tonight! Check back!

TAA Opening Day

Today was Opening Day for TAA Baseball! John enjoyed seeing all his friends but really wanted to play a game. He's on the Marlins this year and I am helping Coaches Chad and Pete out this year. We are all looking forward to our first game against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Let's hope the weather clears up by then. I put a bunch of pictures up at my Flickr site from Opening Day. Enjoy them!

We're getting ready to head down to the Phillies Kids Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park. Hopefully the Phils do a bit better than they did last night, as they gave up a 3 run lead on Roy Oswalt to lose in spectacular fashion, 9-6.


We'll probably post more photos from the Phils game later tonight! Check back!

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

These Things are Cool!

You never know what you will see walking through Center City on the way to work. Today, running late in the rain I just HAD to stop to take a picture of the SmartCar that was parked at Broad and Spruce at the Kimmell Center. I first saw one in Maine last year, where the neighbors from Canada had one. I don't know much about them, but they look cool and I can't figure out why city dwellers with no kids aren't demanding them. The website says that they won't be available until 2008 in the US, but this one had a license plate and everything! NO real info on pricing yet, but these babies are HOT!

These Things are Cool!

You never know what you will see walking through Center City on the way to work. Today, running late in the rain I just HAD to stop to take a picture of the SmartCar that was parked at Broad and Spruce at the Kimmell Center.

I first saw one in Maine last year, where the neighbors from Canada had one. I don't know much about them, but they look cool and I can't figure out why city dwellers with no kids aren't demanding them. The website says that they won't be available until 2008 in the US, but this one had a license plate and everything! NO real info on pricing yet, but these babies are HOT!

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Thursday Musings

It's Thursday, the Phils are 2-6 and it's monsooning here in South Jersey. I had a good dinner with Carlo for his birthday last night at the High Street Grill in Mount Holly. I had not been there in a few years and the Ostrich Burger was very good and paired with an Old Thumper on tap, made for a nice evening. We sat in the bar and watched the Phils hold on to a 5-2 win behind strong pitching from Adam Eaton and the pen, even if they were still 1-7 with runners in scoring position. The bartender was a nice guy from Boston and they had the Sawx on the other TV. Dice K's gyro ball looked good, but not good enough as Felix Hernandez and the Mariners blanked the Boys from Beantown 3-0. Other Thoughts on the News of the Week
  • Kurt Vonnegut died last night. I can't say I ever understood his work, but the New York Times calls him a 'literary idol.' I'd link to it, but you need a subscription, and I hate that, so here's the quote:
"Mr. Vonnegut wrote plays, essays and short fiction. But it was his novels that became classics of the American counterculture, making him a literary idol, particularly to students in the 1960s and ’70s. Dog-eared paperback copies of his books could be found in the back pockets of blue jeans and in dorm rooms on campuses throughout the United States."

Thursday Musings

It's Thursday, the Phils are 2-6 and it's monsooning here in South Jersey. I had a good dinner with Carlo for his birthday last night at the High Street Grill in Mount Holly. I had not been there in a few years and the Ostrich Burger was very good and paired with an Old Thumper on tap, made for a nice evening. We sat in the bar and watched the Phils hold on to a 5-2 win behind strong pitching from Adam Eaton and the pen, even if they were still 1-7 with runners in scoring position. The bartender was a nice guy from Boston and they had the Sawx on the other TV. Dice K's gyro ball looked good, but not good enough as Felix Hernandez and the Mariners blanked the Boys from Beantown 3-0.

Other Thoughts on the News of the Week

  • Kurt Vonnegut died last night. I can't say I ever understood his work, but the New York Times calls him a 'literary idol.' I'd link to it, but you need a subscription, and I hate that, so here's the quote:
"Mr. Vonnegut wrote plays, essays and short fiction. But it was his novels that became classics of the American counterculture, making him a literary idol, particularly to students in the 1960s and ’70s. Dog-eared paperback copies of his books could be found in the back pockets of blue jeans and in dorm rooms on campuses throughout the United States."

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter

Good day everyone! We're pretty busy today, but everybody here at Another Delco Guy In South Jersey wants to wish everyone a Happy Easter, a Special Passover and/or an excellent Final Round of the Masters Day. We've got two Egg Hunts, two basket exchanges and a big family dinner today, but we'll be back tomorrow with all the photos and some more news from around the region and world. Enjoy!

Happy Easter

Good day everyone! We're pretty busy today, but everybody here at Another Delco Guy In South Jersey wants to wish everyone a Happy Easter, a Special Passover and/or an excellent Final Round of the Masters Day.

We've got two Egg Hunts, two basket exchanges and a big family dinner today, but we'll be back tomorrow with all the photos and some more news from around the region and world.


Enjoy!

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

And This Guy Is The Governor

I was wandering around the interWeb today and found this NOT SAFE FOR WORK gem: Arnold Schwarzenegger in all his glory fondling half nude women at Carnival in Rio circa 1983. No wonder there were protests when he ran for governor. I can't believe he got elected, let alone re-elected. Well. I have that opinion about somebody else too. Happy Easter! C

And This Guy Is The Governor

I was wandering around the interWeb today and found this NOT SAFE FOR WORK gem:


Arnold Schwarzenegger in all his glory fondling half nude women at Carnival in Rio circa 1983.


No wonder there were protests when he ran for governor. I can't believe he got elected, let alone re-elected. Well. I have that opinion about somebody else too.


Happy Easter!


C

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Masters

It's corny. It's racist. It's sexist. It's old-fashioned. It's too quiet. It's too self-important. It's traditional. It's ever-evolving. It's hushed. It's beautiful. It's the best golf anywhere. Amazing shots of blooming dogwood and azalea at Amen Corner. Audio overlay of birds chirping The Masters. Pause. On CBS. Pause. A tradition unlike any other. Fade to shot of Phil putting a kelly green sports jacket on Tiger in Butler Cabin. Just Kidding! It's all of the things I said and yet it's still great golf and wonderful television. Hootie and his Bubbas have figured out a formula that get people to tune in for the second weekend in April every year. I know I'll be watching. Probably so will you. Ken Ferry, Aaron Oberholser and Angel Cabrera are all tied at -1 in early play. Tiger and Phil tee off later. Thanks to flickr user kimberly for the photo.

The Masters

It's corny. It's racist. It's sexist. It's old-fashioned. It's too quiet. It's too self-important.

It's traditional. It's ever-evolving. It's hushed. It's beautiful.


It's the best golf anywhere.


Amazing shots of blooming dogwood and azalea at Amen Corner. Audio overlay of birds chirping


The Masters. Pause. On CBS. Pause. A tradition unlike any other.


Fade to shot of Phil putting a kelly green sports jacket on Tiger in Butler Cabin. Just Kidding!


It's all of the things I said and yet it's still great golf and wonderful television. Hootie and his Bubbas have figured out a formula that get people to tune in for the second weekend in April every year.


I know I'll be watching. Probably so will you.


Ken Ferry, Aaron Oberholser and Angel Cabrera are all tied at -1 in early play. Tiger and Phil tee off later.


Thanks to flickr user kimberly for the photo.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Photos from the Game

I'm not going to say much except that Opening Day was a blast. My brother and I enjoyed ourselves. Hanging out with Carlo was great, and Mr. Greengenes made us all feel better after Uncle Charlie proved he will never win manager of the year. Photos are up at my Flickr site. The Phils try to put one in the win column tonight.

Photos from the Game

I'm not going to say much except that Opening Day was a blast. My brother and I enjoyed ourselves. Hanging out with Carlo was great, and Mr. Greengenes made us all feel better after Uncle Charlie proved he will never win manager of the year.

Photos are up at my Flickr site.

The Phils
try to put one in the win column tonight.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Phils Lost

But the post game party at McFadden's featuring Mr. Greengenes old school acoustic was a WINNER.

Phils Lost

But the post game party at McFadden's featuring Mr. Greengenes old school acoustic was a WINNER.

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Mister Greengenes in the house

Bryen and Harry trying to make it all better for Phils fans.

Mister Greengenes in the house

Bryen and Harry trying to make it all better for Phils fans.

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Tied in the eighth

Moved out to the bleachers in left center.

We Are WINNING!!!

Walking the Alley with the sun on my pasty face, sipping a HopDevil.

Tied in the eighth

Moved out to the bleachers in left center.

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We Are WINNING!!!

Walking the Alley with the sun on my pasty face, sipping a HopDevil.

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Live at Opening Day

Seats aren't bad!

Live at Opening Day

Seats aren't bad!

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Tailgating

We're here at the park. We will be live photo blogging all day. Enjoy!

Tailgating

We're here at the park. We will be live photo blogging all day. Enjoy!

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Baseball Will Be Played Today

It's currently 45 degrees with dense fog. The weather people assure me that by noon it will be a wonderful day for baseball. Regardless of the weather, Brett Myers will be on the mound, Harry Kalas will be doing the game, my brother, his crew and Enrico will be in the house. As well as a few people who have called in sick from work. Some who are teachers. Check out this great Brett Myers interview with Jim Salisbury today where he thanks the fans for a second chance. Sounds like this guy has put it all back together. Also, please take a second to read this great blog by friend Pat Coleman at NBCSports.com. One of the voices of his childhood passed this weekend and he is feeling a bit nostalgic. Great read! We're going to try live blogging with the Ipaq today, but if that does not work, check back for updates and photos tonight. Go Phils!

Baseball Will Be Played Today

It's currently 45 degrees with dense fog. The weather people assure me that by noon it will be a wonderful day for baseball.

Regardless of the weather, Brett Myers will be on the mound, Harry Kalas will be doing the game, my brother, his crew and Enrico will be in the house. As well as a few people who have called in sick from work. Some who are teachers.


Check out this great Brett Myers interview with Jim Salisbury today where he thanks the fans for a second chance. Sounds like this guy has put it all back together.


Also, please take a second to read this great blog by friend Pat Coleman at NBCSports.com. One of the voices of his childhood passed this weekend and he is feeling a bit nostalgic. Great read!


We're going to try live blogging with the Ipaq today, but if that does not work, check back for updates and photos tonight.


Go Phils!

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Hottest Celebritity Nude Photos

Are you looking for naked pictures of Madonna, Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsey Lohan, Meredith Marakovits and other HOT women? Well they aren't here!!! April Fools! Seriously though. If you're really desperate, this link might help. Have a good day! C

Hottest Celebritity Nude Photos

Are you looking for naked pictures of Madonna, Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsey Lohan, Meredith Marakovits and other HOT women? Well they aren't here!!!

April Fools!


Seriously though. If you're really desperate, this link might help.


Have a good day!


C

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