Curses! Foiled again! -- 10/17/03

Yes, I know I said last week that I didn't pay much attention to professional sports, but the baseball playoffs between the Yankees and the Red Sox seems to have captured most of the population of New England. Nancy had tuned in from the beginning and I joined her around the third inning and stayed with it until the game ended past midnight. It was an absorbing drama, two innings of overtime -- but, alas, the Curse of the Bambino struck again. [Note to British and Australian, etc. readers who may be more familiar with cricket than baseball: Babe Ruth (perhaps the greatest player ever in the entire history of the game) was originally a Boston Red Sox player but the evil owners traded him to the New York Yankees and the Red Sox have not won a World Series ever since... and last night they lost the American League championship to the Yankees, which means the Yankees will go on to battle the National League champion Marlins in the World Series.]

This morning's Providence Journal headline: CURSES AGAIN.

Got an email from a nephew saying that he had put pictures from last Sunday's wedding on his web site... so I snagged three of them to post here (after slightly reducing them in size so as to not slow things down too much for those of you who connect via copper wire).

Nancy and me at West Point. The bride and groom dancing.
And here's Jill dancing with one of her uncles.
[Note: the above three photographs were trimmed down from the originals which were taken by Liz McCabe, a very talented artist and photographer and web designer.]
And a picture from a little 35mm camera Nancy had brought...

Jeremy, Gillian, Nancy and me.

(No, Jeremy is not that extremely tall, we are standing on a slanted lawn; he and I are about the same height.)

Friday Five
1. Name five things in your refrigerator.
Milk, orange juice, grapefruit juice, beer (Harp lager), low-fat mayonaise.
2. Name five things in your freezer.
Ice cubes, coffee beans, frozen french fries, package of vegetarian "hamburgers" (Gardenburgers "veggie medley"), 1 pint container of Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Truffle ice cream.
3. Name five things under your sink.
Cascade dishwasher detergent, Windex glass cleaner, Comet cleanser, S.O.S. steel wool pads, Lysol kitchen cleaner.
4. Name five things around your computer.
Olympus digital camera, electric pencil sharpener, coffee mug filled with pens and pencils, a shoe box filled with CDs in plastic cases, a coffee mug (with London Underground logo on it) about half filled with black coffee (which may have cooled off too much while I've been typing)
5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet.
We don't have a medicine cabinet in our bathroom (Jill & Jeremy have one in their bathroom, but the question was about my medicine cabinet). The closest equivalent would be the drawers in the cabinet under the sink in our bathroom. My drawer (the one on the right) has a tube of toothpaste, a package of refill brushes for my electric toothbrush, dental floss, Vicks Sinex nasal spray, and a package of blades for my razor.

Working from home today, typing this during my lunch break. Have a crew of carpenters banging away outside, doing various repairs -- rebuilding a front porch column, replacing a rotting window sill, replacing some broken shingles, etc.

Baseball trivia: although some people claim that the first World Series was played in 1903 (won by Boston Red Sox), this was actually almost two decades after the first such contest. In 1884 the Providence Greys (of the National League) defeated the New York Metropolitans (of the American Association) in what was billed as a World Championship Series.

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