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10.31.2006

babblingdweeb

Happy Halloween!

“It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.”
– John Steinbeck

[mean devil]

What the hell #40

10.31.2006

babblingdweeb

Have a joke

An extremely modest man was in the hospital for a series of tests, the last of which had left his bodily systems extremely upset. Upon making several false alarm trips to the bathroom, he decided the latest episode was another and stayed put. He suddenly filled his bed with diarrhea and was embarrassed beyond his ability to remain rational. In a complete loss of composure he jumped out of bed, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the hospital window.

A drunk was walking by the hospital when the sheets landed on him. He started yelling, cursing, and swinging his arms violently trying to get the unknown things off, and ended up with the soiled sheets in a tangled pile at his feet.

As the drunk stood there, unsteady on his feet, staring down at the sheets, a hospital security guard, (barely containing his laughter), and who had watched the whole incident, walked up and asked, “What the heck is going on here?”

The drunk, still staring down replied: “I think I just beat the shit out of a ghost.”

Confession Wednesday #45

10.25.2006

babblingdweeb

I’m not a sports buff

Actually, I’m not even a good bandwagon sports fan. I had little interest in major sports teams growing up -mostly due to a misunderstanding at a young age. No, my misunderstanding wasn’t me wanting to play with dolls vs. footballs…it was a strike. It was the summer of 1981 when the strike happened, I was 3 (3 and 3/4s!!) and an budding collector of baseball cards.

In the 80’s I would sit on the floor with a very small collection of cards with my dad asking what ERA meant and why it was so hard to get a .300 batting average. I would remember the ERA explanation for a week and have to ask again. He could always explain, because he was once a little league coach for my older brother -and like most people, my dad taught me how to play catch. I remember my first Tigers game, I remember the program I had where I tried to keep score -I kept it for years.

In 1984 the Detroit Tigers won the World Series…but I was only partially excited. I remember the team jumping on the field for one game and me asking if they one the series and being told “no not yet they have more games to play.” I was disinterested in the game: I hated baseball. I hated baseball players. Why? Because I could never understand the strike and why they needed more money. I hated them for wanting more money.

Between the years of 1981-1984 with the strike and it becoming common talk with the public, the value of baseball cards decreased and public interest in all collectibles has never recovered from the baseball strike of 1981 -or any strike by any major sports discipline since. Additionally the interest in sports cards (and comic books/comic book character cards) has also decreased…thanks to the numerous strikes in professional sports, recession, 9/11 and a million other things.

I’m sure a few people would like to disagree, but the truth is that in general kids do not trade baseball cards -the play Pokemon or some other game that trades cards. Sports memorabilia trading is mostly for big boys (and girls) with the money to spend on pieces of painted cardboard that will sit behind plastic, never to be touched. They’ll be appreciated, but they won’t be carried around in the back pockets of kids who want to talk stats with their other friends.

After years of waiting for the market to bounce back, I am throwing in the towel. I am selling all of my baseball cards, basketball cards, comic books, comic cards and a few other collectibles. It’s time to invest my money into something profitable…or something yummy like candy. :)

What the hell #39

10.23.2006

babblingdweeb

Thanks for crapping in my hat

If you don’t watch sports on TV, you might not know that the Detroit Tigers are in the World Series…the last time they won was 1984. Needless to say the city is hopping with people and fans of all ages.

If you don’t know, I spend a lot of my free time in Detroit working with various groups to try and help out the city and save some of it’s history. One thing Detroit needs is people…foot traffic, so that the city itself can bounce back. There has been so much revitalization in the city over the years it’s beginning to all pay off. Now with another sports team doing well I can see more people coming down for games next season.

Today I’ve feeling positive, etc etc…then I read this clown’s comments. I’d like to say what I really think of him, but I’m sure if he were to respond he would just say I was being “true Detroit”.

“The situation in Detroit won’t magically remedy itself no matter how well the Tigers play next week. But since every one’s been playing badminton with the word ‘miracle’ lately, why not let the miracles rain? Let the 2006 Tigers, with their shiny new downtown ballpark, resuscitate the failing heart of Motown. And let Detroit have its fun while it lasts, and from our high perch over here in the rest of the country, we can look on, beaming.”
Can the Detroit Tigers’ success uplift a downtrodden city? – By Nate Cavalieri @ Slate Magazine

Daily Horoscope

10.23.2006

babblingdweeb

Scorpio – InfoSpace

Wow this sounds like a great idea, and a perfect cure. Oh yeah, that’s right…it’s RAINING and has been for days…and it’s supposed to snow this week. I don’t mind grey skies, rain or snow -but it’s kinda hard to follow some advice about seeking sunlight right now.

“For optimum emotional and physical health, seek out some fresh air and sunlight today. The sights and sounds of nature are the best cure for whatever ails you, so try to get outside and enjoy the fall foliage … take in the crisper air and breathe in the scent of autumn. Being away from your usual indoor environment will rejuvenate you, and give you the dose of contemplation you really need right now. Even a short walk at lunchtime will make a big difference.”
Daily Horoscope: Scorpio – InfoSpace

Photo moment #68

10.17.2006

babblingdweeb

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.”
– Elizabeth Stone

[Ally]