Saturday, May 01, 2004
For the better part of seven years, I was a newspaper TV critic at a suburban newspaper in Seattle. I reviewed shows, wrote about trends and met some great stars. Ones I loved? Richard Crenna, Patty Duke, Mark Harmon, Charles Haid (Renko from Hill Street Blues) Larry King (he wasn't a TV star then), Joe Piscopo. Can't think of ones I hated, but without question Chuck Barris was the most memorable. One of the perks was that I owned the first VCR on the market--some $1,200 RCA job. I recorded every SCTV episode and played them till the tapes disintegrated. Luckily, the DVDs of SCTV come out in June.
So to the point of the blog--shows I love(d): Hill Street Blues, Seinfeld, Lucky (shame on FX for canceling), SCTV, All in the Family, the first year of Happy Days (on film, not video), The Rockford Files, West Wing, Good Eats.... Shows I hate? Too many to mention. The thing that has always been puzzling to those who know I was a TV critic is the fact that I have never seen a single episode of either Star Trek or Lucy (in any of her incarnations). I hate Lucy.
So, enjoy sweeps while it lasts. In the future, you will watch what you want when you want.
Game two was the following Monday: opening day at Wrigley Field. My buddy Mike and I were guests of the team owner (long story) and we sat three rows from the Cubs bullpen. Bill Murray warmed up 45 minutes before the game. He was cordial and gracious, flinging balls into the seats and signing tons of autographs. Greg Maddox, the starting pitcher for the Cubs, warmed up after Murray. I turned to Mike and commented that Maddox "had nothing." After all, it was 35 degrees and he barely could feel his hands. Maddox lasted a few innings. He had nothing.
Right--the bathrooms. First, I can't understand how the fans drank so much beer when it was so cold. Second, there are something like two bathrooms in the entire lower level of Wrigley. I kid you not. It's why I hate old stadiums. The only place worse than the venerable Wrigley is Fenway Park.
As a technology analyst for a large firm, I will avoid issues of intellectual property by writing about things outside the realm of digital media. I at least will try.
This leads me to why I am writing this blog: for one thing, I was discussing with my wife the topic of the top things in life that make me happy. I also was mentioning my newly found goal in life: to visit each and every new baseball stadium the year it opens. That roster for 2004 includes San Diego’s Petco Park, Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia as well as two new AA stadiums, one in Alabama and one in New Hampshire. I was at opening day at Petco Park and have tickets to CBP in July. The others…. not sure.
This leads me to wonder, why does Petco Park’s vista not face the water? It is one of the joyous things about SBC Park (nee Pac Bell). Even if the game stinks, the view is awesome.