Monday, April 30, 2007

Mike The Painter

Ok, I am not that kind of painter, ( Remember this guy from PBS???? ) but I did have a semi fro back in the day.

This weekend the weather was great, and I had a opportunity to get some much needed house improvements done. ( Hey, I am not just the talented writer and very entertaining guy that lures you here for stunning entertainment!) please laugh at that last statement!

I was able to ( with the handy help of my Wife) paint our faded front door and finish the majority of our weathered deck.

Its funny how these little projects make me feel "valuable". I am not one of those guys that you will see constantly building stuff. I can hold my own when it comes to fixing the usual stuff....but you wont see me building a 5 room treehouse for the kids to roam in. ( geez I can only imagine the carnage that would result from my handiwork!). It makes me feel good to improve my house feel like king caveman and sit back and enjoy the result.

I just love this time of the year. I feel like the dark cloud of winter ( Have I told you that I dont like winter!) is finally gone, and the sun is shining again in my little part of the universe.

Ps. Dropped cable tv over the weekend. I am now a Dish Network guy. More HD channels and DVR ( digital recording! more commonly known as TIVO) and cheaper than my cable bill. Love it so far....will write more about it soon!

Pss......I promise Maggie that I will post more often ( I have been spotty lately in my posts) I dont want you to stoop to American Idol websites for your entertainment!

Psss- Gopman....Will Kyle Petty ever finish in the top 20???? comeon maaaan....I am actually watching NASCAR and kinda rooting for the guy for ya! It brutal when he never close to the pack! ( but I am sure you get enough of this from others!) . Also....Moss traded to the Pats for a 4th rounder!!! Told ya he would break your heart! :-)

Pssss- That is all!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Its spring....its baseball!

I need to oil that door, because its creaking from the opening of the closet with the skeletons. I am about to share with you loyal readers one of my most geeky passions ( besides this blog thing). I like to play simulation baseball games. Ok I have admitted it to the public, its a good first step. The following paragraphs will expose the story behind the nerdyness ( is that a word?).
I have always loved baseball and the history behind the game. The statistical history going back to the late 1800's is fascinating to me. To compare a Ty Cobb with a Rickey Henderson, a Babe Ruth with a Hank Aaron, a Walter "Big Train" Johnson with a Tom Seaver, or even a Scooty Babbitt with a Mario Mendoza, occupied many a afternoon for me. One of the first gifts I received that was related to this passion was the 1977 Baseball Almanac. Yes, keeeeds this was pre-internet and you actually had to have reference books around to get this kind of info. I loved this book and wore the pages out thumbing through the long history of the game.
My first step into simulation baseball began with Strat-o-matic baseball when I was about 14. It was a game that had a card for each player in a certain season ( my first season was 1977) a board that had 3 dice and a stack of split cards. You would roll the dice, look at the white die for the collumn, and add the 2 red dice together to get your result on the card. If your result required a split card ( ie 1-15 hr 16-20 2b) you would draw a card. ARE YOU STILL WITH ME???
I loved this game. I spent hours and hours with pencil and paper and calculator keeping my own stats and running a solo league. It was great fun for me and made me a expert on players from that era of baseball. I played strat for about 8 years and used to mark my calendar for when each new season of cards would come out! It was geek heaven!
As the years passed and technology has evolved, I migrated to computer simulation baseball. Gone were the pencil and paper and the board and cards. Now there was stats kept on your hard drive and even the ability to run the financial part of baseball. Much more involved of a process. Its amazing how in depth these games have become, it has got to the point that I have to turn off some of the features because it gets so involved and intricate, that I dont have the time to do 45 adjustments to just play a game. That doesnt mean that I dont love the depth....but hey...I have a job to do and a kid to raise!!!
If you look at the link will get a taste for what baseball sims have become....I love it...but I do miss the days spent waiting for the mail to get my geeky x-mas present of Strat cards!

Friday, April 06, 2007

New features, movie reviews, and old pics!

The above pics are of the 22 inch snow storm we recieved a couple of weeks ago. The creative measuring stick pic shows the 15 inches we recieved the first 6 hours of the storm.....and the other pic shows what my driveway looked like when I opened the garage door. ( I got to snow blow!!!! very fun !)

Blades of glory was very funny! Didnt let me down in the least! Check it out!

If you look to your will see a new feature! A video bar! The videos are random....but the artists are not....I have chosen the artists! Hit refresh and be entertained or repulsed!!! :-)