Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Outlaw Music Festival 2024 to Feature Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson

 


The Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour is scheduled to resume on March 1 in Fort Lauderdale and stop in Austin Texas on April 6.  It was reported today in Rolling Stone Magazine that Bob Dylan will be joining Willie Nelson and others at the Outlaw Music Festival from June 21 - September 17.  The good news for me is that the tour will stop at the Jones Beach Theater on June 29.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

St. John's 80 Creighton 66 at Madison Square Garden


Since prices for basketball tickets are so high, we decided to take in a college basketball game at Madison Square Garden.  After all the student-athletes don't command multi-million dollar contracts.

Daniss Jenkins scored 27 points and dished out six assists to lead the St. John's men's basketball team in a Big East matchup. As a team, the Red Storm shot 47.2 percent from the field and hit 32 of its 34 made field goals inside the 3-point arc. St. John's also shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Defensively, the Johnnies allowed Creighton to shoot just 23.1 percent (6-26 3FG) from 3-point territory while forcing 13 turnovers.

St. John's is now 16-12 overall and 8-9 in the Big East Conference.  The men's basketball team has always been popular in the New York metropolitan area but has yet to be nationally ranked since Lou Carnesecca retired in the early 1990s.

Most customers got a free T-shirt.




 

Friday, February 23, 2024

First Bad News of 2024 for the New York Mets


The number one starter Kodai Senga was diagnosed with a moderate posterior capsule strain in his throwing shoulder  Senga is being shut down until his symptoms subside. He’s out indefinitely and will open the year on the injured list.  Teams spend millions of dollars in salaries for players who are injured. Hopefully, Senga can return early in the season.  The Mets shouldn't rush him back since that could aggravate his injury.

The pitchers most likely to replace Senga in the rotation are:

  • Tylor Megill
  • Joey Lucchesi
  • José Butto
  • Max Kranick
David Peterson will also start the season on the injury list.


 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

I Participated in the SABR Baseball Memories Project


Since 2015, members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) have been developing and delivering baseball reminiscence programs in partnership with chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, Veterans Administration facilities, and local senior/memory care organizations. This will hopefully improve the quality of living for people with dementia who like to reminisce about baseball.

Today I went to an organization in Manhattan with local SABR members called Caring Kind which provides services to adults at different stages of dementia.  We talked about the early New York Mets, Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York Giants, ticket prices, and salaries.  It was a rewarding experience.


 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

I am Saddened by Political Polarization Today

 



I remember the polarization between Hawks and Doves during the Vietnam War era.  The rift between Democrats and Republicans or Liberals and Conservatives is much worse today.  People either love Donald Trump or hate him.  I just cannot understand why people would a man indicted 91 times as their president.  Joe Biden is old but is not a criminal.

Here are a few examples of how polarization has hurt the country:
  • In 2016 President Obama nominated Merrick Garland for Supreme Court Justice.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow Garland to be evaluated saying that the next president should make the appointment.  Sadly, Trump appointed three conservative justices confirmed by a Republican majority in the Senate.
  • Speaking of Mitch McConnell, I read in a biography of Nina Totenberg, a close friend of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that McConnell would not allow Justice Ginsburg to lie in state in the Senate Chamber.  She did lie in state in the House chamber.  McConnell did not have the decency to pay respects to her.  He is 82 years old and hopefully will retire soon.
  • George Santos should have been expelled from the House as soon as it was revealed that he lied about his credentials to the voters.  The Republicans would not expel him for nearly a year.
I could go on and on about political polarization, but i will close here.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Big Man in Town by the Four Seasons - My Favorite Big Song

 


Ten days ago I stated that Little Children by Billy J. Kramer was my favorite "Little" song.  Let me go in the other direction and choose Big Man in Town by the Four Seasons as my favorite "Big" song.

Friday, February 16, 2024

The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand - Song for a Sad Anniversary

 

Memories
Like the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were

Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we, would we,
Could we, could we?

Memories
May be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we, would we,
Could we, could we?

Memories
May be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were

The way we were
I miss you baby
The way we were
The way we were
I miss you so much baby
I miss the way we were
 
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