Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017



The new battle to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act has some unusual quotes: “Burn the ships,” one Republican shouted to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), invoking the command that Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador, gave his men upon landing in Mexico in 1519.

The phrase and pictures of burning ships has become a meme for coaches and salespeople. No retreat, conquer !

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017



My old bag has too many rips in it. This one looks cool. It collapses into a ball when not filled.



Getting old has some benefits: half-price train rides.

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017



Spring Equinox at 6:28 a.m.



At Machu Picchu this rock is called the “hitching post of the sun”—Intihuatana, to the ancient Incas, who celebrated the equinox at this site. Some bright mind among them determined that this day was a special one, and so he—or she—carved the 26-inch-tall stone so that it faces at a very particular northward angle—about 13 degrees, the latitude of Machu Picchu. The effect is that at noon on both the spring and fall equinoxes, for just an instant, the stone’s shadow disappears. The sun, so it seemed to the ancients, was at those moments “hitched” to the end of the stone.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19, 2017



Chuck Berry R.I.P. :

Hail, hail rock and roll
Deliver me from the days of old
Long live rock and roll
The beat of the drums, loud and bold
Rock, rock, rock and roll
The feelin' is there, body and soul.



Just realized I had none of his songs on my I-Pod, just added 30. Above is his Cadillac El Dorado at The National Museum of African American History and Culture.



TCM on demand, Gene Hackman in a 1975 noir. I recently watched The Drowning Pool which had in a similar role.

The title reminds me of a favorite Bob Seger song:

I awoke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny how the night moves
When you just don't seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves
With autumn closing in



Down, ambiguous ending, floating aimlessly in a boat named "Point of View."

"Penn has several times said that the mood of the film was a consequence of the Kennedy assassinations in 1963 and 1968 (he worked for both John and Robert) and the killing of the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics (which he witnessed) . “This was a period,” he said in 1994, “when we’d had all those assassinations in America. It was a terrible period, and I felt we were wandering around in a kind of blindness unaware of what we were doing to ourselves. It was a crazy period, and I thought we should tell this detective story in a way that could only be understood by what we see, not by what we are told. That’s the way the film ends. We learn who has been doing these things at the exact same moment Harry Moseby learns it: by looking through the glass–bottomed boat.”
Loose Ends in Night Moves.



Movie features Twilight Zone vet

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 18, 2017



From yesterday.



My main bracket is at 86%. The ones I didn't pick look to lose their next games, looking good unless a big upset throws things off. **** Update, My 97% bracket with Villanova winning is now dead. Villanover, Nova no longer a lox.



Sometimes I don't pay attention to things because they work, although not up to standards. I pay extra for faster internet and I only started seeing if I get what am paying for, like running a speed-test. Yikes, 10mbps download, 5mbps upload. I did a spectrum chat and the technician on the other end did some jiggling to my modem off-site and then I was 50mbps download and 25mbps upload, better but not what I am paying for monthly. I was told to connect via ethernet which for some reason I had not, probably due to my move two years ago.I did have a technician doing the install, but no ethernet connection. Don't know how I missed it. I was more interested in connecting the apartment via WiFi.Everything was off of WiFi. Now 95 mbps and 23mbps.



Big Apple BBQ is back in Madison Square Park: June 10 - 11, 2017.

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017



Early morning Irish coffee with soda bread and cheese. Sl√°inte !



A friend is taking a Panama Canal cruise. So this is a bon voyage gift.



BUILLE 'Dog a l'Orange'



Irish channels are: 27,28,30,33 and 41.




Today's Google Doodle is Skellig Michael, a World Heritage–listed remote island off the Irish coast near County Kerry. Also, where Rey meets Luke at end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017



Again the forecasts were way off. The NY Post has a story that the final forecast was held back. I took the train into work and it was a ghost town. Those who were there were making waffles.



Perfect score !

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017



Winter Storm Stella, a Nor'easter, approaches. NY1 is usually accurate but they say NYC will get 10" - 20." They apologized, saying mix of rain may lower estimates, but it will depend on different factors that could change. New model out at 2 pm today.



Made my picks. One picks Villanova, the other Duke.



St. Pat's prep.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 11, 2017



Tried Queens Blvd IPA. Good and very hoppy. Queens Brewery data: Session IPA, aggressively hopped with Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria, and Topaz.



Had this one recently. Also, very hoppy.



That time of year, conference playoffs, then NCAAs. Basketball watching heaven. Duke / North Carolina game last night was great. I don't favor either team, just like watching good, hard-nosed B-Ball.



A great A-10 game, with Jack Gibbs taking over in crunch time. #9 Davidson beats #1 seed Dayton. Steph Curry did the same. Will Davidson make a run ? Update: Davidson just got crushed by Rhode Island, they won't make the NCAAs.



Kindle free book as well as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.



One of my favorites Jim Harrison. Writing about food and Wine.

“Sometimes the only answer to death is lunch.”

"How feebly the arts compete with the idea of what we are going to eat next."

"Any fool knows that red wine is the best energy drink if you keep it within two bottles."



$10 win.



Getting rid of Preet Bharara was wrong.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March 8, 2017



Looking ahead, lose an hour this weekend.



Looking ahead, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year.

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017



Ventured out to Staten Island to see Twelfth Night

Sir Toby:
Art any more than a steward? Dost thou think because thou
art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?




SIR TOBY BELCH: Approach, Sir Andrew: not to be abed after
midnight is to be up betimes; and 'diluculo
surgere,' thou know'st,--

SIR ANDREW: Nay, my troth, I know not: but I know, to be up
late is to be up late.

SIR TOBY BELCH: A false conclusion: I hate it as an unfilled can.
To be up after midnight and to go to bed then, is
early: so that to go to bed after midnight is to go
to bed betimes. Does not our life consist of the
four elements?

SIR ANDREW: Faith, so they say; but I think it rather consists
of eating and drinking.

SIR TOBY BELCH: Thou'rt a scholar; let us therefore eat and drink.
Marian, I say! a stoup of wine!



Of course, a side trip to Denino's was in order for a Sausage/Mushroom Pie and side orders of Shrimp.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 5, 2017



Listening to the Laura Nyro Live at Carnegie Hall CD. Really taken with When I was a Freeport and You were the Main Drag. Does it refer to the Freeport Speedway and drag racing ? Or is it a free port and a highway ? Speedway to her heart ? Or is drag a boring or tiresome person ? That song and a terrific Sweet Blindness make the album a special one.

You took my heart, misery
You taught me blues
Well I got a lot of patience baby
That's a lot of patience to lose
I'm crying, I'm mad at my country
Now I've been treated bad
When I was a freeport and you were the main drag.

Broken blues, I just don't know
Little bird, flying by my window
Take me where you go
I'm crying - I'm looking at these times
And It's bound to drive me mad
When I was a freeport and you were the main drag



St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year, right in the middle of Lent. Problem ? No worry, Bishops throughout America granting dispensations for Corned Beef eaters. I prefer Pastrami myself. I will have Irish Coffee and pass on the beef.



$25 win !



Ordered this stein from Amazon.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March 4, 2017



Had this on tap the other night. Quite tasty.



Down to 212 lbs., looking to hit 200. Lent with no desserts should get me there.



Wine Me Up - and watch me go. I became used to large wine glasses from Steak Houses. Red wine especially benefits from "room to breathe." Saw this glass in CVS for $6.99. 27 oz., now I can say I only have one glass a day.



I'm with the Oak Man: "I'm a supportive guy. I'll probably have a drink and watch it at a sports bar. They say I'm an alcoholic so I'm gonna have to start drinking some wine since wine isn't alcohol."



Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 2, 2017



Fun NYT crossword today, it's Thursday so look for something unusual. The answer for 29D confused me: Footwear with lozenges : ARGYLESOCK. Aha ! Lozenges are the diamond pattern, not the throat soothers which use a diamond shape.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017



Ash Wednesday is a good reminder of how we live and what is truly meaningful. I will be giving up all sweets and snacks for Lent. St. Patrick's Day exempted.