Thursday, January 29, 2015

Little Red Rooster Sam Cooke and Rolling Stones Versions

Here are two versions of Little Red Rooster.  They are so different, but both of them are so good.  Give them both a listen




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Meteorology is Not an Exact Science


It didn't turn out to be the blizzard of the century as Queens got about 10 inches of snow which is still significant.  Eastern Long Island and Connecticut got the brunt of the storm. This shows that meterology is never an exact science.  Even today's sophisticated computers can only make predictions.  It is always better to prepare for the worst but hope for the best.  I think this time our public officials did the right thing by closing roads and public transportation at 11 PM last night.  There were open early this morning.

It is back to work tomorrow as service on New Jersey Transit was also restored this morning.  It may take a day or so for things to get back to normal.  It will be cold over the next few days so the snow won't melt quickly.  I just hate dirty snow, but what can I do.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Taking the Blizzard of 2015 One Day at a Time


As I wrote in my previous post I decided to lose a vacation day to avoid the aggravation of commuting in bad weather.  After my morning session on the internet, I got some reading done for a while.  I then looked at my collection of DVDs and viewed the Bob Dylan surrealistic biopic I'm Not There.  At 12 noon there was a break in the snow so I walked over to Dunkin' Donuts for some lunch.  Then it was back to reading from my Amazon Kindle until 2 PM when I turned on Channel 7.  Luckily there was a break in the storm coverage and I was able to watch my second favorite quiz show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire".  Att that time the snowfall began to intensify.  The forecast is still up to an accumulation of 24 inches.

It turns out that classes after 4 PM were cancelled at NJIT as the library and other administrative offices closed simultaneously.  The Vice President in an email announced that everything  would be closed tomorrow, but open on Wednesday.  However, New Jersey Transit announced tht rail service  would be suspended until Thursday.  If NJIT opens on Wednesday, I'll have to decide if I should try to get in via PATH.  I'll have to take this situation one day at a time.

I Decided Not to Go To Work Today Due to the Blizzard

The weather forecast calls for 18-24 inches of snow, but it could be even higher.  The worst of the snow is supposed to come tonight, but you never know it could come earlier.  Governor Cuomo even said that public transportation could be shut down before the evening rush hour.  After what I have gone through with commuting over the years, I don't want to risk a nightmarish commute going home or even possibly being stranded.  Thus, I decided not to come to work today.  I have plenty of vacation time in my bank so I don't mind losing a vacation day.

Many of my earlier bad commutes were discussed in Bruce's Journal, but I have an alternative blog discussing commuting issues.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Trickle Trickle by The Videos


Why should I watch the TV news stories about the forthcoming blizzard in the Northeast?  What is the sense of watching the NFL Pro Bowl which is a meaningless game.  There is Cool Bobby B's Doo Wop Stop of SiriusXM 50s on 5.  Tonight Bobby played my request Trickle Tricke by the Videos from 1958.  Just call 1-866-DOOWOPP and make a request.  If you do not subscribe to SiriusXM, you can hear Bobby Tuesday nights at 9:00 on WLNG.com


Saturday, January 24, 2015

NYC Casey Stengel Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research Meeting Today


Some months ago I joined the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).  I heard much about this organization, but I thought that as I approach retirement, I should get involved.  Today the local Casey Stengel Chapter had their annual meeting at the Mid-Manhattan Library.  Casey Stengel is a good name for the chapter as the mighty Casey was a player or manager withthe Giants, Dodgers, Mets and Yankess in New York City.

I noticed that about 90% of the people in the audience were middle aged or elderly men.  Hopefully more younger people will join to sustain the organization.

The first event was a panel discussion  about Frank Robinson by Peter Keating (senior writer at ESPN) and William Weinbaum (former producer for MLB Productions)  This event commemorated the 40th anniversary of Frank's becoming the first Black manager in Major League Baseball.  Many anecdotes about Frank's playing and managerial days were discussed by the panelists and  audience members.

At lunchtime I decided to walk over to Ben's Deli at 7th Avenue and 38th Street.  This is the location of our annual oldies meet and greets.  I just love their pastrami sandwiches.

After lunch MLB offical scorers Billy Altman and Jordan Sprechman the art and science of that job in New York City.

Michael Gibbons, Executive Director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace in Baltimore,  was the final speaker.  We visited that museum in July 2011.  He related several anecdotes about Babe's baseball careeer.

Below is a link to a video of Babe Ruth playing at Yankee Stadium in 1925

http://mirc.sc.edu/islandora/object/usc%3A20955

I was quite impressed by the enthusiasm shown by the speakers and the members of the organization in the audience.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I Lost on Jeopardy - Weird Al Yankovic

I guess this is "Game Show Week" on Bruce's Journal so here is I Lost on Jeopardy by Weird Al Yankovic:


 
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