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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The New York Times > Magazine > The Multilevel Marketing of the President

The New York Times > Magazine > The Multilevel Marketing of the President

Was I the only one troubled by the free labor aspect of this? It is one thing to have volunteers and they give what they can, it is another thing to put these types of demands on them. I like that they compare what they are asking for to what union groups do, but they forget that those labor groups are part of PACs and some of the people get paid.

In the end I guess that I should be glad that I don't live in a battle ground state.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Ode to gefilte

Ode to gefilte

Ah, now this is a fish I can agree with. Not that their are many fishes that I don't agree with. I like my fish sweet and with horseradish. Currently I have been getting the frozen kind that you cook, much better than the jar. Though if one needs to get the jar, I like the jelly over the liquid. Just plop the jelly on some good challah, and eat. The liquid isn't so good as a soup. And if in a restaurant and they have the stuffed gefilte fish (the true meaning of the word in yiddish is stuffed.). White fish stuffed with chopped fish, now there is a meal.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Cubs's Win, but game was umped ugly

Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Box Score

C.B. Bucknor needs to be looked at by the head of the national league umpires. Wait, can some one knock the sense into the idiot who closed that office. I like inter-league play, but I can't stand inter-leauge umpires. The Cincinnati manager Dave Miley was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, and he was right. The pitch was a ball. Then in the 7th Dusty Baker was ejected for arguing lineup position after a double switch. How can an ump mess up a double switch?

I think both teams should have played the game under protest. This ump, needs to be looked at. If some catchers are having problems with pop-ups and the Hockey style masks, why are umps being allowed to wear them. They are fine for Hockey where you don't need to look up, but in baseball you need a much wider feel of view.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

The Joel Files - Mover Shaker International

The Joel Files - Mover Shaker International

They showed this documentary on WNET tonight in NYC. It is a very weird documentary, with sections that seem to have been cut that are part of the back-story of how it got made. It was very odd, but non the less a good documentary, it opened more questions that it had answers for. But what troubled me was the music that they chose to accompany it, mostly the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.

I have nothing against the symphonies of Mahler, I happen to be a large fan of them. But are they the right music to use when telling the story of the loss of a business by one family and the gain of it by another during World War II and how the respective families look back on it now.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004


Today it rained, and rained, and then rained some more. Some rain is good; hours of rain, not so good. Forecast for the rest of the week, rain till thursday. Hopefully the weekend will be nice. I need to be up on my bike and riding. It's not fair, baseball season has started and the weather is still not cooperating.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Baseball as Chess game.

The long and the short of it. 15 innings, the long of it. The short of it after 4 hours and 35 or so minutes, the cubs win 2 to 1. It was a lot of free baseball, and a hard fought pitchers duel.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

A second quote

Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia: "Here you can find your Trader Joe's grocery stores, where all the cashiers look as if they are on loan from Amnesty International and all the snack food is especially designed for kids who come home from school screaming, ''Mom, I want a snack that will prevent colorectal cancer!"

Need I say more?

Crunchy Suburbs

Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia: From the NYTimes Sunday Magazine.

"These are places with meat-free food co-ops, pottery galleries, sandal shops (because people with progressive politics have a strange penchant for toe exhibitionism)."

This line along with a couple of other in the story cracked me up. Now, I have a passionate hatred for suburban life, though maybe if I had grown up in a place with or near a crunchy suburb I wouldn't have such a hatred for suburbs. In the mean time though, I will just laugh.

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