2.08.2015

Weekend wrap

Random reflections and reads on this bright and sunny Sunday afternoon. ...

Almost all of the snow the covered our yard earlier this week is gone, and spring can never come soon enough for me. ...

Yesterday, Phoebe was begging to go outside. Given a choice of things to do, she wanted to ride her scooter. So she rode while I walked briskly behind her and we headed to the university campus -- where I realized there were several activities taking place that we could enjoy further. Given another choice of going to the basketball games or the show choir festival, she opted for the show choir festival. ...

It was like an episode of "Glee" exploded inside the performing arts center with girls overloaded with makeup and glittery costumes, guys in colorful tuxedos and duffel bags lining every wall of the building. Phoebe and I watched two schools perform -- they were several hours into the competition with a couple more to go -- before she said she was hungry and we headed to the student union for a snack; she had a bowl of ice cream, while I grabbed a slice of pizza and made a salad.

What started out as a simple walk in our neighborhood turned into a fun, quality afternoon with Phoebe. ...

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So Brian Williams has announced he's taking a leave from the anchor desk at NBC News after the stunning revelation last week that he had "conflated" a story of him riding a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq.

It's no small thing, for sure, for a journalist of his stature. But, geez, it's been a rough year for some of the public figures I most admire. Here's a good read from The New York Times' Maureen Dowd ...
Although there was much chatter about the “revered” anchor and the “moral authority” of the networks, does anyone really feel that way anymore? Frothy morning shows long ago became the more important anchoring real estate, garnering more revenue and subsidizing the news division.
Here's hoping Mr. Williams survives ... 

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Oh, Grey's Anatomy, I do miss you.

Kates and I have no idea what's happened on the show since our old TV blew up and our series of moves messed up our TV-watching routine. ... So I remember the good times and fond memories of when it was the darling of ABC and a Sunday night staple that jumpstarted our weeks. Which is why this story caught my eye during my morning reading: "I'm Still Not Over... George O'Malley's death on Grey's Anatomy."

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This video of a train plowing through snow is pretty amazing. ... 



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And finally, Jimmy Fallon pulled off a pretty awesome reunion this past week by getting together the "Saved by the Bell" cast. Watch below ... Plus, there's this about a lost pilot I didn't know existed.

1.27.2015

Winter fun

While the east coast is getting pummeled with a hurricane/snowstorm, we're enjoying sun and temperatures in the low 60s in The 'Ville. My kind of winter.

As a tribute to what we're missing, my friend John shared this today ... My favorite comes at the 1:50 mark ...

1.25.2015

An eternal Game 2 for Ernie

I had one of those time-pausing, heart-sinking moments Friday night when I saw one of the first tweets to break the news of Ernie Bank's death. ...

As a lifelong Cubs fan, I'm almost ashamed to admit he wasn't one of my childhood favorites, since he retired and was inducted into the Hall of Fame years before I was born -- as a kid, Ryne Sandberg was my guy on the Cubs. And I never read as much about him or watched old footage of him like I did of the other greats of his playing era. Like Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams or Hank Aaron. ... I didn't know he had played for the Kansas City Monarchs until I read his obituary.

I only saw him in person once or twice, from a distance, in all of my annual pilgrimages to Wrigley Field. But I was always aware of the aura of "Mr. Cub, and his "Let's play two" optimism. The New York Times' obit is an especially good read.

As a long-time Cubs fan, this cartoon is perfect ...

Mr. Cub Cartoon

Good reads ...