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"The Big Apple"
16 July 2005 @ 10:56 pm
Last night nannygirl and her mom were out picking up her sister from the airport, and thanks to the turbulent weather were gone most of the evening due to flight delays and the subsequent airline luggage shuffle. After putting Tank to bed, I took the time to re-watch Dawn of the Dead as I wrote most of the review a couple months after watching it. Boy, am I glad I did so. I didn't catch any real whoppers of mistakes in my review, but I caught a couple that needed revision nonetheless.

Tonight I finally finished reading Robert Charles Wilson's Spin. Unfortunately, because of the War of the Worlds project, I didn't finish it in time for review in the soon-to-be current issue of SF. I'd still like to review it, but I didn't take notes while reading--something I really prefer to do when reviewing books--which means I'm uncomfortable reviewing it as such. I'm leaning toward rereading the whole thing, especially in light of my DotD review.

Finally, on the way home this evening, I stopped by the rental store and found a straight-to-video version of the WotD starring C. Thomas Howell that was recently released. I'm hoping for a high cheese factor on this one, but I swear I will watch it with an open mind.

Oh, I'm saying this just once: I am waiting for the trade paperback of HP6, which probably makes me the only sf fan in the US who is planning on waiting that long before picking it up.
"The Big Apple"
15 July 2005 @ 04:25 pm
Well, I have the hitting groove back for certain. However there was one thing last night I wish I could've done better on. Throughout both games I kept getting on base by hitting line drives just over the infield. By my last at bat, the leftfielder was playing me about as shallow as one normally plays against women in co-ed games. I tried to power-up and knock it over his head, but alas all I did was ground one just past the shortstop. It would've been really nice to see the ball roll to the fence. Oh, well. Stats for the night: 4 for 6, 1 SF and 1 RBI.

For the season: 21 for 39, 1 2B, 9 R, 3 BB, 8 RBI, 1 GIDP, 1 SF.
"The Big Apple"
15 July 2005 @ 09:40 am
From today's Philadelphia Inquirer:

Many members of the 1980 Phillies team - the only one to win a World Series in the franchise's 122-year history - will sign autographs at a sports memorabilia show at Atlantic City's Trump Marina on Oct. 15.

The Phillies will not have an official 25th anniversary reunion. Most of the members of the 1980 team returned to Veterans Stadium for the park's closing ceremonies in 2003, Phils spokesman Larry Shenk said.

About 20 members of the 1980 team will gather at the 1 p.m. casino affair, including Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose. Dallas Green, the manager of that club, Greg Luzinski and Bob Boone will also be among the attendees, event organizers said.

No prices have been set, but autographs are expected to cost $10 to $99, said Scott Widelitz, the vice president of Mounted Memories, a Florida company that is helping to sponsor the event.

Some of the proceeds will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation, which aids brain cancer research.

There will be no charge for admission, but visitors must obtain a ticket at Trump Marina "wild card" booths.

As much as I'd love to go, I don't know how many autographs I can afford. Thankfully, with the exception of Rose and Maddox, nearly all of the key players on the team have already done autograph cards for the trading card companies, so if I can go, I will be there for the lesser names/scrubs: Keith Moreland, Kevin Saucier, Bob Walk, Marty Bystrom, Del Unser, Greg Gross, Ramon Aviles, Dick Ruthven, Randy Lerch, Larry Christenson, Warren Brusstar and Ron Reed.

We shall see.
"The Big Apple"
15 July 2005 @ 09:27 am
Please, dear God, if the following is true and the Phillies are about to embark on a fire sale, please... please make sure that the Phillies fire Ed Wade first:

The Phillies, who once believed that power-hitting first baseman Jim Thome would lead them to the promised land, now want to dump him, and maybe everyone else, too.

The Phillies, according to two National League clubs who were asked by the Phillies to not publicly convey their intentions, have been trying to trade Thome, who still is owed $54 million through 2008. If they can find someone to take Thome, they'll keep rookie first baseman Ryan Howard, who was hitting .371 with 16 homers and 54 RBI at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. There are four teams who have made offers for Howard, but the Phillies first are exploring trades for Thome.

Thome, who's on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis, could become the first high-priced commodity to move in the Phillies' fire sale. The Phillies told one NL executive that virtually everyone is available, which could lead to a massive bidding war for closer Billy Wagner.

The Phillies aren't making their intentions public, but they realize they're not going anywhere.

If you're going to rebuild a team, you first need to get rid of the architect who constructed the dud you now have on your hands. Don't let him do any more damage than he's already done.
"The Big Apple"
14 July 2005 @ 01:40 pm
Last night nannygirl came home from her trip and was understandably flustered given her experiences there. I'll let her go into more detail on her page, but suffice it to say there are a lot of idiots running the libraries down there. I know that it was "only" four days, but that doesn't change how wonderful it was to finally see her again. Unfortunately, she has to go on another such trip the week of the 25th.

I have two more games tonight with the firm's men's softball team tonight. They're early games which means I need to pick up Tank on the way to the fields and Nannygirl will just meet us there and take him home so he can go to bed on time. I'm amused by the fact that I'm not a regular on any particular team, but I have played multiple games with three different ones. In fact, there's a chance I'll be needed by my old team on Saturday, which means I could play for all three teams in six days.

One of the promised reviews finally arrived and another is supposed to arrive tonight. Therefore, 32 pages looks like a lock, and the target date for going online with the issue is still a go. All my own writing is done, so it's now down to layout and edit. Earlier today I started making the necessary updates to the Some Fantastic website so that the new issue is fully integrated when I post it.
"The Big Apple"
13 July 2005 @ 10:57 am
I now have a 28-page layout completed for Issue #5. However, I have been assured by a couple reviewers that I will get their reviews by the end of Thursday, so a 32-page issue is still a very real possibility. If I can get a third reviewer to get something to me by Friday morning, I can write another review to bring it up to 36 pages, but I'm viewing that as somewhat unrealistic -- even though it would be great to put out the biggest issue yet.

Anyway, final decision on the size of the issue comes on Friday afternoon as I want to make sure it's properly edited and laid out in time for posting on Tuesday.
"The Big Apple"
12 July 2005 @ 11:05 am
Light blogging this week as I edit, layout, cross my fingers for one more article and finish up my own writing for Some Fantastic so I can get it online on the 19th. In the meantime, a few tidbits from the past few days:

  • Thanks to nannygirl's mom and some last second schedule juggling, I got to go to Philly this weekend. Caught both day games at CBP and went to the Sunday game with dhpdesign, whom I hadn't seen in a decade and had a great time catching up with. It was quite nice to see the Phils take a couple one-run games from the Nationals in their last at bat.
  • While in Philly I also spent some time with keith89 and took in War of the Worlds with him and his girlfriend on Saturday night. I'm saving my comments for SF, so let me just say for now that the movie is an interesting mess, but I'm glad I saw it.
  • Nannygirl left for Florida on a business trip on Saturday morning, and I'm missing her horribly. This is the longest stretch we've ever been physically apart since the wedding, and I cannot wait for her return.
  • I got my groove back on the softball field last night, going 2 for 5, 1 RBI and 1 R, along with making two nice catches in right. I could've easily gone 4 for 5, but the fielders on the other team had some mad defensive skills.
  • When I returned home from playing softball last night, Tank was waiting for me in the living room. It was really great seeing him after going over two days without him. Of course, the Wiggles were on and it was 9:30, so his responsive was understandably a little more muted than I would've liked.
  • This morning was my first day of "single parenting" Tank. Let's just say that Tank doesn't like it when his normal routine is interrupted, but unfortunately due to my need to be at work at 8:00 I couldn't take him into daycare at his normal time.
  • I was nonetheless late for work anyway.
  • Looking ahead to the Fall issue of SF, this summer has turned into a crappy one for DVDs. Last check of the new releases lists gives me a grand total of three I'd like to see reviewed: Constantine, Code 46 and Resident Evil-Apocalypse. Hopefully I can make up for that by getting a couple more book reviews than I am usually able to pin down.
"The Big Apple"
08 July 2005 @ 10:16 am
It seemed frivolous to post about it yesterday, so I held off till today to write about Wednesday night's games. Unfortunately, we had to forfeit the first game because we didn't have enough women, but we did play game number two. My recent hitting woes continued, with my going 0 for 3 for 1 BB and an RBI resulting from the walk. Again, no balls hit out of the infield, although I was robbed of a hit by a great diving catch from the other team's shortstop. Stat line so far this season:

15 for 28, 1 2B, 8 R, 3 BB, 6 RBI, 1 GIDP
"The Big Apple"
07 July 2005 @ 01:39 pm
There's no way for me to currently express the overwhelming sadness over what happened in London earlier today. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the terrorist explosions.
"The Big Apple"
06 July 2005 @ 12:53 pm
I now have enough material to begin layout of the next issue of Some Fantastic. Unfortunately, a few people who I've relied upon in the past won't be able to get me their reviews in time for the planned pub date. I honestly can't complain as I know at times I was less than reliable when writing for NYRSF -- I'll just have to hope that it means that Fall issue will be that much bigger. I'll go with what I have, but I do have my fingers crossed that a couple more reviews will come arrive in the next week or so.

There's going to be a couple slight modifications to the layout -- all for the better I believe. Also, it looks like I will be able to produce saddle-bound copies for all contributors within a few days of posting the issue online.