Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ma Belle Amie by the Tee Set - Random Oldie of the Day

Cousin Brucie just played it on tonight's show.  An old Dan Ingram joke was "What did the actor Ralph Bellamy call his mother?"  A ten-year old just requested Strawberry Fields Forever on the Cuz's show.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Just Got a Tecsun PL-880 Short Wave Radio

I guess I need a new high tech toy.  I have been a radio enthuisast for many years, but my interests have been most in AM/FM and recently internet radio.  I have been more involved in following trends in music radio formats.  Some years ago I bought an inexpensive short wave radio and dabbled with it for a few years  This time I am going to try to be more serious about it.  The reviews I read about this Tecsun PL-880 radio were very positive, so I will have to take time to learn how to use it and find broadcasts from all over the world.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Wrong Weather Forecast Messed Up My Plans for Today

When we turned on the news radio this morning the forecast called for a possibility of showers in the evening, but nothing for the afternoon.  We wanted to go to a CD and Record Fair at West 57th Street and 9th Avenue.  Several times over this past month we took umbrellas when the forecast was for showers, but they never happened.  Since there was no forecast of rain for this afternoon, we did not take umbrellas.

Our plan was to take the N Train to 57th Street and then walk to 9th Avenue.  When we arrived at train station we saw that it was poring.  We waited for over 35 minutes, but the rain did not stop or let up.  At that point we went back to subway and went home.

While we were on the 7 train we saw that the rain stopped, but started again when we arrived in Flushing. We were able to run and wait in the lobby of Citibank until the Q20A bus game.

The only thing that we lost was the subway fare going both ways.  I would have liked to peruse records and CDs, but I believe this organization comes to the same location every month.

Oh, well.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Commissioner Rob Manfred is Considering Changes to Baseball Rules

The photo of a fan sleeping at a game seen above is somewhat an exaggeration but in my opinion changes must be made to speed up games.  Some of these changes proposed by Rob Manfred are outlined in this article in USA Today.

I just hate it when pitchers are brought in to face just one batter.  I remember one recent game when Joe Girardi took a pitcher out after one batter when the Yankees had a 4 run lead in the 9th inning.  That is really overmanaging.  Years ago teams would only carry 10 pitchers and a reliever would go 2 or 3 innings to get a save.  It is very uncommon today for a reliever to pitch more than 1 inning.  I think a solution may be to limit a team to 11 pitchers on the active roster.  Another possibility would be to require a pitcher to stay for at least 2 batters.

We'll just have to wait and see as a new basic agreement must be signed soon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Random Comments of the Day

It is unusual when both the Yankees and the Mets are home or away at the same time.  Last weekend both teams were home as the Mets played the San Diego Padres while the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays.  This coming weekend both will be away on the west coast with the Mets playing the SF Giants and the Yankees playing at Anaheim.  There will be no games on TV until 10 PM.

Best of luck to NJIT alumnae Lisa Kardos who is expecting her second child (girl) in February.  She also taught as an adjunt in the chemical engineering department.

On Friday we will have a retirement luncheon for Maria Denaro and Yacie Enos at Luigi's in Newark.  The NJIT Library will not be the same without them.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Original New York Met Choo Choo Coleman Passes Away at 80

I can honestly say that I saw Clarence "Choo Choo" Coleman play for the original New York Mets.  According to Baseball Reference he played for the Amazins in 1963, 63, and 66.  Today the New York Post reported that he passed away at age 80.  My condolences to his family.  He certainly was an integral part of the original Mets.

An interview with Choo Choo may be found at

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mets Beat Padres in 11 Innings Followed by a Styx Concert

Last night I joined Bob Radil and Mary Ellen Brown for their annual trip from the beautiful Connecticut countryside to Citifield in Flushing.  It was a very hot and humid evening with a very boring game.  The Mets were just able to scratch out two runs in 9 innings, but Jeurys Familia blew a save opportunity with two outs in the 9th inning as he gave up a home run to Wil Myers.  Wilmer Flores drove in the winning run when Ryan Schimpf made a wild throw home in the 11th inning.  Gabriel Ynoa who was just brought up from Las Vegas got the victory.

Game recap

At 11 PM we were treated to a one hour concert by Styx,

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