Archive for November, 2008

Who you rootin’ for?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

So, last night I braved the cold weather and shivered on over to the Map Room where I catch the Tigers take on UMass on ESPN “Up All Night”. Really, what was up with that tip off time? 11:00pm?!? I guess they were hoping to grab some of the Monday Night Football viewership, but I could have easily done with a earlier time on ESPN 2. Of course, few bars in my neighborhood would have shown anything other than the football game, so I suppose I should be thankful I got to catch my Tigers at all.

So, what do I think of the post Dream Team team? Well, I have to say we sure look sloppy. To be fair, even the Dream Team looked sloppy at times but still… Last night, there were way too many turnovers, failed layups, and poor three point shooting. I know, it’s early. But if it hadn’t been for those 24 turnovers allowed by UMass we might have been unnecessarily biting our nails. OK, so what about the positives?

We look good as a team (though I have a feeling we’re really going to miss having big man Dorsey dominating the inside). We play well together. No selfish play here. It sure was nice seeing Dozier and Anderson back on the court as well as seeing more playing time from Kemp and Taggart. And, my goodness, Henderson-Niles is a tank! I looked it up, he’s 310 pounds! Of course, the asset most worthy of praise is #12. Evans will be a joy to watch this season! Sure, he might not be Derrick Rose, but who is? As good as Evans is, I’m hoping he’s more CDR good, meaning he’ll stay longer than a season.

And, let’s not forget the most meaningful thing about last night’s win. At 221 wins, Coach Cal is now the all-time leader of victories in Tigers’ history, surpassing the legendary Larry Finch! Congratulations Coach!

Should be another fun season!

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P.S. Anyone else see this great photo?

WEVL’s Fall Pledge Drive

Monday, November 17th, 2008

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We’ve made our pledge. Have you?

It’s time again for WEVL’s Fall Pledge Drive which continues through November 22. Please help Memphis’ favorite radio station reach its goal of $65,000 by making a pledge today. To make a pledge by phone call 901-528-1990. Or pledge online.

Lisa, Steph, and Adam Visit: 2008

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

In the middle of October, my sisters and brother-in-law visited us for a long weekend. Unfortunately, we had a bit of a cold spell while they were here. However, they weren’t deterred because they had brought their coats, hats, gloves, and a long list of things that they wanted to do.

Lisa, Adam, and Steph wait on the train

Lisa, Adam, and Steph pose on the Damen train platform, ready to head downtown.

Steph, Adam, Lisa, and Apryl after Trick-or-Treat Trot

Steph and Adam have gotten into doing 5Ks, so Lisa and I joined them (albeit at a slower pace) for the 21st annual Trick-or-Treat Trot. Notice that I am the only one of us who attempted any sort of costume.

Steph, Adam, Lisa, and Apryl in front of Giordano’s

Since we did the race and walked around so much downtown during their visit, we made sure to reward ourselves—not once, but twice—with some Giordano’s.

For more photos, go here. Thanks to Hayden for taking photos when he wasn’t working. I think that he was actually in some that Lisa and Steph took with their cameras.

Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

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A Sort of Muppet Show Tonight

Monday, November 10th, 2008

On Saturday night, Hayden and I laughed nearly non-stop for two hours, so much so that my cheeks literally hurt. The cause of our merriment was “Muppets 101,” which featured clips from early (1950s–1970s) Muppet appearances that were introduced by David Rudman, a Muppets puppeteer. The event kicked off the Gene Siskel Film Center’s month-long retrospective “Muppets, Music, & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy.”

Here are some of the things we saw:

  • Sam and Friends, a 5-minute show that aired daily in Washington D.C. after the news and featured a primitive non-frog Kermit and other Muppets
  • Commercials for products like sausage and coffee, all of which involved a Muppet being hit over the head or blown up
  • Muppets hamming it up with people on television shows including The Jimmy Dean Show and Saturday Night Live
  • Pitches made by Muppets for Sesame Street and The Muppet Show

Although many of these segments are available on YouTube, there were definitely benefits of watching these clips in a theater instead of at home. We got to laugh along with a hundred other people reliving their childhoods. We got to see some things that you can’t find online (like Fozzie Bear wearing a finger puppet made of a tiny Gonzo head). And most importantly, we got to see live performances by and meet two of David Rudman’s characters: Baby Bear from Sesame Street and the amazing monster below.

Apryl

Jealous much, Jennifer F, Caroline, and Steph? Seriously, I so wish that you could have been there!

Hayden, Apryl, and Pie

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

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Our official photo (taken as we turned our pie over for judging) at last month’s Bucktown Apple Pie Contest.

He did it.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

No matter what your political views are (mine usually lean towards the apolitical), there is no denying that last night’s election was historical. And Chicago was right in the center of it all.

I was actually driving around on the South Side around the time Obama was declared the next President of the United States. Young people were honking their car horns and screaming out “Obama” to anyone within earshot. I even saw a young black woman pull her car over to the side of the road, get out of her car, and proceed to jump up and down with excitement. When I got back home, there were fireworks going off near our neighborhood.

Speaking of our neighborhood, here are a few photos of Obama ads that I took around our apartment:

Latinos for Obama

Hispanics for Obama

Obama Halloween 1

Obama Halloween 2

Election Day

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Polling Place

Was your polling place inside a men’s locker room? Oddly, ours was…

`Tis the hauntin’ season…

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Here is a selection of horror flicks I consumed during the haunting holiday season:

Halloween College