Thursday, January 19, 2017

I Was A Winner on That Thing With Rich Appel

I listen to That Thing With Rich Appel on Sunday nights on Pop Gold Radio or  I believe it is now heard on over 70 radio stations.  Rich had a contest where he asked listeners to email to him the name of the first 45 RPM record that they bought.  For me, it was Bits and Pieces by the Dave Clark 5.  Winners would get a copy of Ranking the 60s a reference book that listed the top songs and recording artists in the decade.

I came home today and didn't remember ordering anything, but I opened up the package and there was the book.

Thanks Rich!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tonight's Meeting of the New York Giants Preservation Society

Last May I wrote a journal entry reminiscing about Lou Mintz of the New York Public Library.  Using the "magic" of social media his son Gary read my journal entry and want to talk to me.  We did speak over the phone about Lou and NYPL when I worked there from 1983-90.  Gary mentioned the New York Giants Preservation Society.  I never discussed baseball in general or the Giants specifically with Lou while we were both at NYPL.  Gary did put me on the mailing list for his group.

Tonight I went to the group's meeting at Bergino's Baseball Clubhouse on East 11th Street a few feet from the former home of the Metropolitan New York Library Council.  I passed by Bergino's many times but tonight was the first time I came in.  What a collection of memorabilia!  I wish I had big bucks to buy some of the stuff in the store.

Tonight's speaker was Dan Taylor (not of WCBS-FM fame) who is a big Giant fan, television sportscaster, and author of  "A Scout's Report: My 70 Years in Baseball".  This man is a walking encyclopedia of baseball scouting.  He wrote the book with "super scout" George Genovese.  I didn't realize how intricate it is to scout a ball player and predict his success in the major leagues.  I guess it is like any hiring process as you never know how an employee will work out until they actual are hired by the organization.

It was certainly a worthwhile evening.  After I complete writing this journal entry, I will watch Jeopardy which Lee recorded for me on the DVR.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Listening to Music on the Amazon Echo

We always play music when I arrive home from work about 6 PM until 7 PM when Jeopardy comes on.  Until recently we played something from my CD collection, but we now often ask Alexa to play music for us.  Since I am a Prime Member I can millions of songs, playlists, and stations.  If I joined Amazon Music Unlimited I would have access to even more music.  Since I already pay for SiriusXM, I just don't want to join any other subscription music service.

I am a little confused as to what I can get as a Prime Member.  Tonight, I said "Alexa, play the Moody Blues."  It played Nights in White Satin and then just stopped.  Likewise, I said "Alexa, play the Dave Clark 5 and it played Chiquita which was the B side of Bits and Pieces which I hadn't heard in 50 years.  But, it didn't play anymore from the group. When I did ask to hear Billy Joel there were several songs available.

Go figure.

Monday, January 16, 2017

2 Movies and 1 Basketball Game on MLK Weekeng

I reported on the college basketball game at MSG in my last posting, so it is not necessary to repeat it here.  The only thing to add was that subways and buses on weekends can be as jam-packed as they are during rush hours during the week.  There are fewer people on public transportation, but since there is less service, crowding results.

With that thought in mind, we decided to stay close to home on Sunday and Monday.  At least this weekend there were a few films that appeal to an older audience.  On Sunday we saw Patriot's Day which gave an accurate account of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.  What the hell were those two brothers trying to prove by killing and maiming innocent people?

Today we saw La La Land a romantic movie starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.  I highly recommend it.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

College Basketball Today

I used to go to Knick games a few times a season, but in recent years the ticket prices have gone through the roof.  The cheapest ticket for a game at Madison Square Garden is $85.  I guess someone has to pay for the multimillion dollar salaries of the players and the renovations made to the facility.  Several times a season we see college games where the ticket prices are more reasonable.went to

Today we went to the Garden to see St. Johns play Villanova who won the NCAA tournament last spring and are currently ranked #3 in the nation.  The Red Storm took an early lead, but the visitors from Philadelphia dominated most of the game and won 70-57.

Game summary

When I got home I turned on my computer and watched on ESPN3 the NJIT Highlanders play the North Florida Ospreys.  Senior guard Damon Lynn led the Highlanders with 6 three-point baskets and 33 total points as we won 84-78.  The visitors made a run late in the game, but NJIT won its first Atlantic Sun game of the season.  I just hate all the stoppages of play in the last two minutes with all the intentional fouls and timeouts.  But, all's well the ends well.

Game summary

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty - Random Classic Rock Hit of the Day

Right now I am listening to Tom Petty's Buried Treasure Show on SiriusXM.  So I picked this one as my random classic rock hit of the day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Grand Central Station vs Penn Station A World of Difference

 Today I visited TIAA at 3rd Avenue and 47th Street to get some financial guidance for my retirement at the end of this year.  On the way back I thought I's walk around Grand Central Station.  It is so much nicer than Penn Station which is a hole in the ground.  There were a few concourses with many impressive retail establishments.  There was a large food court on the ground floor with many fast food outlets.  Only Metro-North stops at Grand Central while NJ Transit, the LIRR and Amtrak services Penn Station which to say the least is overcrowded even in off-peak hours.

I also stopped at the New York City Transit Museum.  Much of the stuff for sale were items for children.  I did buy a refrigerator magnet for Karen.
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