Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Thinking ahead to baseball season

Although I am a big Mets fan, I like to go to a few Yankee games each season.  Today the Yankees put single game tickets on sale.  We bought tickets for May 27th against the LA Angels of Anaheim and for August 4th against the Kansas City Royals.  The tickets were in the upper deck down the right field line.  The Yankees sold over 4 million tickets last season so I knew it would be hard to get good seats.  Likely, the better seats for weekend games are sold through packages.  We already bought a 7 pack of tickets for Mets games.  More about baseball later.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Catch and Release (Movie)

I went to the BBC2 radio site today but Sounds of the Sixties was not listed.  Apparently they didn't archive this week's show.  Anyway, I am listening to Gary Jackson's My Generation Show which features obscure British oldies from the 60s.  We didn't do all much today.  We went to the local multiplex and saw the movie Catch and Release starring Jennifer Garner.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Ben's Deli and College Basketball (Again)

If you read my blog entry of December 30th, you can see that we ate dinner at Ben's Deli on West 38th Street and from there to Madison Square Garden to see a college basketball  doubleheader.  Today we went to CW Post in Brookville, LI and saw Bridgeport beat CW Post 80 -75.  Bridgeport had a 25 point lead early in the second half which almost eroded but they held on to win.  From there we went to the Ben's Deli at the intersection of Northern Blvd and Glen Cove Road in Greenvale for dinner.  We finished at about 6:45 and listened to Saturday Night Oldies in the car.  When we got home I listened to Mark Simone interview Jerry Mathers of Leave it to Beaver fame.  I think all kids who grew up in the late 50s and early 60s watched the Beaver.  Those were the days.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Hofstra Basketball Today

Today we drove out to Hempstead to see Hofstra's basketball team beat William and Mary 77 - 69.  We usually see a couple of games over there each season.  You can see Division I basketball for $8/ticket.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Nets beat Knicks 101-100

We didn't go to the game but we watched it on TV.  The Knicks scored 11 straight points to take a one point lead, but with 2.8 seconds left the Nets scored the winning basket.  The same thing happened Wednesday night when the Knicks lost to the Washington Wizards by a basket in the last 2.2 seconds.  Din, I guess this makes you very happy.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Planning for another Baseball Tour This Summer

Lat summer we went on a baseball tour of the midwest seeing games in Chicago (Wrigley Field and US Cellular), Milwaukee, and St, Louis.  You can see my blog entries at the end of August 2006 for the details.  We had such a good time, that we will be going on another tour in June (  This time we will see Wrigley Field, Miller Field in Milwaukee, Comerica Park in Detroit, Jacobs Field in Cleveland, PNC Park in Pittsburgh and The Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  We sent out the deposit today for the trip at the end of June.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Knicks Won for us today

For the third year in a row the family saw the Knicks play at Madison Square Garden on Martin Luther King Day.  This time the Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings 102-97 in a game that was close all the way.  Stephon Marbury lead the Knicks with 25 points.  For more details on the game please see .  Alan B, a regularly reader of this blog was also at the game and stopped by to chat a couple of times.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Queen (Movie)/Queens College Basketball

It was a dreary day today, but I just can not stay home.  I had already seen most of the decent movies at the multiplex so I decided to see The Queen playing at the Kew Gardens theater which shows only independent films.  That movie theater is a dinosaur since it is in a neighborhood not a mall.  It has 5 screens but most of the patrons were senior citizens.  As I have discussed on this blog before most of the movies these days appeal to people under 35.  Middle aged people like myself and older people should have movies released for us.  The film was a fictionalized account of how the royal family reacted to the tragic death of Princess Diana.  When we got home we listened to the latest Theme Time Radio which was about hair.  Bob even played some songs about bald men.  I see enough bald men during the week :)  Even though Saturday night oldies was a full four hours tonight, the Slutsky family does not sit home.  We left about 6:45 to see Queens College play Adelphi.  Queens lost 64-50.  I know that several people record Saturday night oldies so I'll download the 2 hours that I missed tomorrow.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Big Sale at Virgin Records

Today, I went to a professional meeting in the Union Square area of Manhattan.  I could not resist the temptation to stop into the Virgin Music Store.  There are so few music stores now :(.  Anyway, they had many CDs on sale for $10.  Many Beatles CDs as well as Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan.  The problem was that I already had the songs on those CDs on vinyl.  I never discarded any of the records that I collected over the years.  Instead of paying for music that I alread own, I bought a 2 CD set of the Kinks for $10.  I don't have any of their music in my collection in any format.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Mets Tickets for 2007

I got a letter about a week ago from the Mets saying that 7 packs were going on sale starting today.  For the last two seasons my package tickets were right behind home plate in the upper deck.  When I bought the tickets tonight the best available were in section 27 just past first base.  Obviously since the team did so well last season, there is a higher demand for tickets. It will be worse in 2009 when the new stadium opens.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Elvis Presley's Birthday

Here I go again listening to the Beatles and writing a blog entry about Elvis Presley.  This morning we were listening to WFUV when Claudia Marshall mentioned that today was David Bowie's birthday.  I mentioned to Lee that tonight we should play a David Bowie.  Lee had to remind me that today was Elvis' birthday.  The king would have been 72 had he lived.  I remember back in 1977 I was vacationing in Cape Cod when I heard the news that the King had died.  A few years ago, we visited Graceland.  Most of the people visiting were not yet born in 1977.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

10 Greatest Game Show Hosts

The Game Show Network is one of the most popular channels in the Slutsky household.  Karen likes game shows based on words while yours truly is an expert on trivia shows.  Child is Father to the Man and Woman when Lee is enthusiastic about both.  Tonight the Game Show Network announced the 10 greatest hosts:

1. Bob Barker

2. Gene Rayburn

3. Alex Trebek

4. Monty Hall

5. Richard Dawson

6. Regis Philbin

7. Bill Cullen

8. Chuck Woolery

9. Pat Sajak

10. Bob Eubanks

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Feeling Better today

I felt well enough to get out of the apartment.  Staying at home is one of the bad things about being ill.  We were thinkig of going to the Hofstra men's basketball game at 4 PM.  Since I was still not completely up to par we went to St. Johns which is a lot closer to home to see Women's basketball.  Yes Din, I know the quality of play isn't that good in Womens basketball.  St. Johns lost to Georgetown 53-45.  It takes a good week to get rid of a cold.  Tomorrow will be better.

Monday, January 1, 2007

End of Vacation

I saw 4 movies this vacation:

Rocky Balboa

We Are Marshall


Night at the Museum

Saw a basketball doubleheader:

St. Josephs vs Boston University

Hofstra vs St. Johns

It is back to work tomorrow.  Back to the miserable commute with 4 trains and one bus to get to the land of lunacy, hyprocrisy, mediocrity and the prejudice of the boss who will not let me spread my wings.

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