Yesterday upon the stair
I saw a man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
I wish to heck he'd go away
-- Unknown (traditional)
Last week I was sick, a valid excuse for not writing. This week, unfortunately, I've just run out ideas - of course that's never stopped me in the past.
Go West Young Man: It appears that everyone, except me, has made an appearance at the Fall Instructional League in Arizona - Jamey Newberg, DMN's Evan Grant and the Startlegram's Jeff Wilson. I really liked Jason Parks' write up on the MVN site about his trip to Surprise.
Pick 'em: The ALCS - while I'd absolutely love it if the Rays won (just to prove that big payrolls aren't the only way into the WS) . I think the Red Sox are the AL team in the World Series and I hope the Rays make them work hard for it. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are this year's "Cinderella/Rockies" - they weren't that good of a team during majority of the season, but they are on a roll now - that will take them to the World Series.
Anything Else?: Hmmmm, let me think about it.... saw "Ghost Town" - will recommend it for one reason only - Ricky Gervais - and I was not a fan of the British version of "The Office"... forget Sarah Palin - if you want to read about some women who really made a difference in American political history please read "Founding Mothers" and "Ladies of Liberty" by Cokie Roberts, the venerable NPR and ABC News congressional correspondent...speaking of Palin- Conan O'Brien had the best line of the week about her: "In a recent speech, Sarah Palin referred to Afghanistan as `our neighboring country.' Then she promised to find Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Toronto"... did anyone cringe like I did when I read about these two birthdays being celebrated this week: Jackson Browne turned 60 and Chevy Chase is 65 and you're not (a joke only people of a certain era will understand).
Finally: I grew up in home with, shall we say, diverse muscial influences. Everything from polka music, to rock 'n roll and yes, even some folk music. I read that Nick Reynolds - an original member of the Kingston Trio passed away last week - and yes, I immediately remembered a few of their songs from my childhood. I don't know how my buddy Lisa feels about folk music, but this week's list is:
3. Tom Dooley
4. Oh Sail Away
5. The Bay of Mexico
6. A Worried Man
7. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm
8. The Gypsy Rover
Yes, I know the opening ryhme has nothing to do with baseball - I had to think of something to write! -- Marla Hooch