Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Judge Calls Burlco Republicans "Despicable"

After republicans running for various offices tried to slur a democratic opponent as soft on terrorism, a federal district judge in the Fort Dix Six case has called the republican tactics "despicable."

I would have stopped at "desperate," but the judge is probably right.

Tracey Riley is running for Assembly as a democrat and her husband's law firm is defending one for the terrorists accused of plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix.  Somehow the two attorneys and the other guy running on the republican ticket have jumped to the conclusion that because her husband is providing a constitutionally-protected defense to an accused ciminal, that somehow she is a terrorist.

It's bottom-feeding politics, but not unexpected from this group, who are clearly running scared this fall as the dirty deeds of the last few decades seems poised to catch up with the elepantine party of burlington County.


Been Feeling Burned Out

This isn't very much like me, but I have been feeling a bit burned out and not much into realizing how good things are.

Then a friend sent me the little story below.  Normally I hate things like this, but it hit me especially well this morning.  I hope you understand ...

The Mayonnaise Jar and the Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar... and the coffee...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very Large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things. Your fa mily, your children, Your faith, your health, your friends, and your favourite passions. Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter. Your job, your house, and your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the House and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."


Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday Fantastic Four

I try not to do whiny, complaining posts, but i watched the World Series last night and it totally ticked me off.


In that vein -

What four things most piss you off about TV?

  1. 4 guys calling a simple game

  2. Oprah

  3. Current players acting as commentators

  4. That I have 174 channels and nothing is ever on

On the positive side, it was an amazingly well-played game and I can't wait to see if the Phils can make a real play to bring Schill back here for his last season.  Mike Lowell would look nice in red and white at 3B as well.

And I am never buying another Taco Bell product again.

have a great weekend!!!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Fantastic Four

I'm headed out on the road for a few days tomorrow, so in honor of that we have a travel-related list!

What four things do you do everywhere you travel?

  1. Check out local beers and brewpubs

  2. Buy a Christmas ornament

  3. Compare the quality and quantity of bath products in the room

  4. Take photos!

have a great weekend and I will talk to you from the road!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Uncle Matt!!!!

  Uncle Matt Is Loved!!! 
  Originally uploaded by Cavalier92

Just a quick post to wish my dear brother Matt Happy Birthday!

You've come a long way from the little guy who used to wake me up every night rocking in your sleep.

Have a great day!

A Rite of Fall

  Emma Selects 
  Originally uploaded by Cavalier92

On Sunday, as the Eagles were downing the Jets coming off the bye week, the family and I headed over to Johnson's Farm in Medford to pick out our pumpkins.  We, of course, took some photos.

It's a virtually required rite of fall for suburban families to trek to some local pseudo-farm with rides and face painting and fresh-baked pies to find the fall decor.  We joined approximately all of South Jersey on Sunday in a giant field/parking lot and surveyed the situation with dismay. 

Two different lines of over an hour before you got to get on the hayride out to where you could actually PICK pumpkins. 

People EVERYWHERE.  Tired children.  Swirling dust.

I punted.

We decided to select from the pallets of pre-picked pumpkins available for weenies like me.  The children chose $32 worth of pumpkins to decorate the front steps and house with.  That's over 46 pounds worth.

They enjoyed it immensely.    They also loved the side trip to Maggie Moo's on the way back home, though John would have preferred Coldstone.  When we finally staggered home, we put up the Halloween lights out front and the various orange and black decorations throughout the house.  Yes.  I said Halloween lights.

It's just amazing to me that Halloween and "harvest" have become such a holiday.  I can remember a few decorations as a kid and a trip to Linvilla for a pumpkin.  But I sure don't remember 2 hour lines and swarms of people at Target fighting over who gets the last set of faux tombstones.

When did this explosion happen?  I've heard the theory that hallmark is responsible for the geometric expansion of the Valentine's Day to the juggernaut of spending it is today?  Who is behind the Halloween/Harvest?  Pumpkin farmers?  Hay bale salesmen?

I went along  and all ... but I don't get it!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Friday Fantastic Four

Ok - here we go.   I have a cold, so I have tried a few things to shake the bug to no avail so far.  In that theme - here is this week's Friday Fantastic Four:

What are your four favorite cold remedies?  Commercial, homeopathic, homemade, off-the-wall, whatever.  What works for you?

  1. Dayquil LiquiCaps - for general colds

  2. Nyquil - gotta sleep

  3. Chicken soup - my grandfather used to call it "Jewish Penicillin"

  4. Jack Daniels - for coughs

Busy weekend coming up, Matt's Bday, pumpkin picking fall decorating, etc.

Get out and enjoy the new cool temperatures.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


It's 70 degrees now with bright blue skies.  Not unusual weather at all for Philadelphia in the fall.  But given that 4 of the last 6 days have featured high temperatures of 85 or higher, it's unusual for this year.  I guess we've seen the last of the REALLY warm weather for the year, but I am still not ready for winter. 

We never really had a chill, so it's not like you could even call the last few weeks "Indian Summer," since summer basically just stretched on into mid-October unabated.  I have not had the heat on this year and even as late as 2 nights ago, the AC was necessary to sleep comfortably.

And then there was this weird wet stuff falling from the sky last night just after dark.  I can't remember the last time it rained.  According Weather or Not we had .16 of an inch of rain in the last 6 weeks, but I must have slept though that.  The cold front that came through last night with thunder and lightning knocked out the power for a few ours and also knocked out the humidity.  It's really comfortable  outside for the first time in what seems like weeks.

For the weekend it looks like we'll have to fire up the oil burner for the first time as temps will drop into the 40s for the first time since may.  I love fall and I have missed the cool mornings, so I guess I am ready.  No snow yet please though!!!!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Thanks Guys!

446110667_9c55bb2977_mIt's hard to believe that the sweet feeling the Phils brought us last Sunday is now tinged with the bitter edge of the sweep.

Back in April, Jody Mac warned me that the best I could hope for was a pennant race that went down to the wire.  Jody was dead on.  This team scrapped and slugged and even at times, pitched its way into the Division lead with only hours to spare.

It was a wild, wonderful ride.

At the end of 162 games, I was darn near spent and I just watched the games.  From all appearances over the last week, the Phils were spent too.   I went down to the games in South Philly and watched last night as Jamie Moyer, who personifies the phrase "Crafty Lefty," gave them just one more chance.  I had High Hopes.

But it wasn't too be.  These Phils were too young, had spent too much energy, and just did not have enough against a team that  matches up against them very well.  So they will stack the bats, fold the uniforms and break out the golf clubs for another winter.

At least the off-season was a week shorter this year.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Friday Fantastic Four

Well the Phils game did not go as planned yesterday, but I have an upbeat list for today to get karma rolling again in the right direction.

What are your four favorite childhood memories?

  1. Walking to the pier in Cape Porpoise on our first-ever vacation to Maine in 1977.

  2. Listening to the Phillies on the radio on my grandfather's back porch.

  3. Building cities of sand in the big sandbox in Greg Feld's back yard.

  4. Exploring the creek and woods near Walden when I was doing 'nature study.'

Let's hope all the good thoughts get the Phils back on a winning streak!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Rough one yesterday for the Phightins, but all will be better down at The Bank today.

Photos from yesterday's madness are up at my Flickr site.  i'm on the run and will have more for ya later!

See ya all down at the park!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

It's On

Phillies_logo1 Fourteen years ago this month, Bryen O'Boyle and I watched Curt Schilling and the Phils shut down the Toronto Blow Jays 2-0 at Veterans' Stadium in South Philadelphia.  It was to be the high water mark of the Phillies franchise for the 27 years since the magical month of October 1980. 

Today, I will be back in South Philly as Bryen and Mr. Greengenes get the crowd pumped up prior to the biggest game in a LONG LONG time here in Philly.  Then I'll be back in the office watching the game online with the rest of the Phils Phaithphul.

I'm hoping Hamels has a Schillingesque day and the Phils take the lead in the series.

I'll have photos and a wrap later today!


Monday, October 01, 2007

2007 NL East Champs!

  2007 NL East Champs! 
  Originally uploaded by The700Level

As a father, yesterday was pretty tough for me. 

My son is a Yankees fan in a major way.  Last spring, we had decided that there was a good chance yesterday would be an important game and that we should be in Baltimore to watch the Yankees clinch the AL East.

It never entered my mind that the Phillies would be back home in Philly clinching the NL East while I watched the scoreboard at Oriole Park.

I wore full Phillies regalia including a bight red shirt and cap.  I got a good number of friendly "Go Phils!" comments and even saw 2 other guys in "P" hats.  The scoreboard operator kept us updated, and between the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings showed video highlights of the Phils scoring. 

In the 8th, they showed the video of the Phils rushing the field and put "Philadelphia Phillies 2007 NL East Champions" up on the big board. 

While I was overjoyed, the major feeling was RELIEF!  We had finally made it.  The long up and down ride of the season was over and we are ready to take care of business.

We clapped and cheered and high-fived and accepted the congratulations of the Yankee fans.  While I wasn't in South Philly, I was happy yo be in a ballpark among the baseball faithful.  I'm meeting some Hummer driving real estate sales man Yankee fan from Westchester county in the Bronx for the World Series in three weeks.  I don't know his name, but we sat in Section 27- yesterday.  I'm sure he'll remember the crazy Phillies fan.  At least I think he will.  He drank a few beers.

I'll see you in Center City at Noon for Mr. Greengenes and the Phils for a rally at City Hall!!!!