Archive for April 2009

My Life in Song

I’ve seen this musical meme making the rounds on Facebook and thought I’d give it a go. Using only song titles from one band, answer the following questions:

My band: The Beatles

1. Are you a male or female: She’s A Woman 

2. Describe yourself: I’m Only Sleeping 

3. How do you feel about yourself: I Feel Fine 

4. Describe your ex boyfriend/girlfriend: The Fool on the Hill 

5. Describe your current boy/girl situation: Two of Us

6. Describe your current location: It’s Only a Northern Song 

7. Describe where you want to be: Across the Universe 

8. Your best friend is: This Boy 

9. Your favorite color is: Yellow Submarine  

10. You know that: Tomorrow Never Knows 

11. What’s the weather like: Here Comes the Sun 

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called: You Never Give Me Your Money 

13. What is life to you: The Long and Winding Road 

14. What is the best advice you have to give: Think For Yourself 

15. If you could change your name what would you change it to: Dear Prudence 


Sunday Snapshot


I’m starting to suspect that the trees of Rochester will remain grey-brown twigs forever. 



Rest in Peace, Harry the K

Harry KalasSwing and a long drive … watch … this … baby! … OUTTA HERE!” 

Harry Kalas started calling Philadelphia Phillies’ games in 1971, the year that I was born. Today he died in the broadcast booth, a couple hours before the game against the Washington Nationals. 

Back in the days before cable TV, most home games weren’t televised. (OK, if that first sentence didn’t make me old, that last one did.) I grew up listening to games on the radio. I still do today, only now the radio travels over the Internet as opposed to the literal airwaves. 

Kalas had a way — especially clear on the radio — of speaking more slowly and deliberately the more exciting the action got on the field. He was a low-key guy who was a master of building drama. 

Everyone over the age of nine in Philadelphia can do an impression of Harry Kalas. And everyone from age nine to 99 will miss The Voice. 


Harry Kalas leads the crowd in singing High Hopes, a Phillies and Kalas tradition.


Sunday Snapshot

My only tradition for Easter Sunday is to make a rogan josh, and this year I found this particularly tasty recipe. 

Happy Curry Day!


Overheard in Rochester

You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning!

Guy at the bar at the Tap and Mallet. 


Three Haisku: Opening Day

No one has lost yet.
The Red Sox and Mariners 
Are tied: for one day

Runs, hits, men on base
Steals, walks, triples, double plays
A poem in stats  

And a favorite from last year:

April’s still chilled air
Is the prefect medium
For a hanging curve. 

The World Champion Philadelphia Phillies opened baseball’s 2009 season yesterday. They lost, 4-1, against the Braves. To quote Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, “It’s Game 1. Geez, we’ve got 161 left.”