Saturday, September 25, 2004
Over the past 24 hour, I spent about seven of those hours in synagogue; the remainder was spent sleeping. I did watch the dramatic conclusion of today’s Giants-Dodgers game. I saw my man “Happy Pedro” (Pedro Feliz) hit the grand slam to win the game. In 2002, Pedro signed my glove in Spring Training. I knew it would bring him good luck—eventually.
The lasting memories of the holiday include:
A lot of time thinking about my sister. I have not seen her in more than two years and have not spoken to her in months. She and her husband are estranged and the situation is ugly (from what I gather from my niece)
A lot of time thinking about Yom Kippur 1992. I sat in synagogue staring at a picture of an infant waiting for us to pick her up. The Arizona caseworker was dragging her heels, mostly because she did not like me. I kid you not. She asked me some personal questions (which I will not go into) and when she didn’t believe my answers, she did everything she could to slow down our process. However, the logjam broke right after Yom Kippur; she told us the holiday made her feel guilty she had not concluded our paperwork. A few months later, we had our baby in our hands.
I thought a lot about my family and work and the year ahead. The year ahead includes our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah—that will be interesting.
I also thought about a special prayer “Aton Atokef” and how it related to the horrors of 911.
A few sidebar notes: there was a man in synagogue who looked like Crusty the Clown. A woman in front of me was a dead ringer for my mother in law. And, lastly, this bozo behind me (the grandfather of one of my daughter’s friends) kept boinking me in the head with his prayer book (actually the loose pages inside the book were boinking me).
I am beat and my feet hurt. There was a lot of standing. I feel refreshed, but tired. I look forward to a happy and healthy (and successful) year ahead.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Yahoo! News - Give Thanks: "Seinfeld" Returns
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Tonight marks Kol Nidre, the start of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Not sure if Shawn Green will be part of the holiest day of the year or if he’ll be playing first base for the Dodgers. Since he’s playing in San Francisco, I could recommend some houses of worship for him to attend. So far, he has not asked.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Oprah's car giveaway not totally 'free'
"media foraging centers" where people can go to download movies, music, news, etc... Wait and see!
Yahoo! News - NYC Plans to Get Rid of Old Newsstands
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
JERRY: I haven't seen four women like this together outside of a Russ Meyer film.
Yahoo! News - Pioneer Adult Filmmaker Russ Meyer Dies
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
I hear the voice of my first editor--a wonderful man named Ray Conageski (who played college football at USF on the team for which Pete Rozelle was student manager)--telling me to fix those headlines.
Best—“Kumars at No. 42” on BBC America (recorded on my PVR). Hilarious. I can’t understand a lot of what they’re saying, and I have to look up some of the British slang, but what I do understand I find clever and original. Sadly, there are no Region One (U.S.) DVDs.
Worst—“Listen Up!” the new show based on the life of Tony Kornheiser. Jason Alexander is harnessed with the stigma of forever being ‘George.” As Tony would have said on his old radio program—“this show stinks!”
Yahoo! News - Woman Endures 32 Days With Scorpions
Monday, September 20, 2004
I have had delays, missed connections, flight bumps, oversold situations, weather diversions and so on… Today, I had a first.
A few minutes before boarding my plane to Seattle, my colleague in Seattle who was bringing me to town call me on my cell and informed me that our big meeting was cancelled. Well, I took my ticket (which had been upgraded to First Class) and went to the counter where they got my suitcase off the plane. Next, to the ticket counter, where they wrote my ticket number on the boarding pass so I could use the fare toward a future Alaska Airlines flight. Walking to get my suitcase, I called the hotel to cancel my reservation, but they informed me I was passed the deadline. I was then passed to a customer service rep who then called the hotel to see if they’d waive the fee. A few minutes later, a call back to say I was granted the exception.
Sidebar: I use a great car service here in Phoenix—Airport Limousine. For the first time in years, we had our signals crossed and he had the wrong pick-up info. That necessitated me driving to the airport, which turned out to be a blessing as my car was right by the terminal allowing me to get home easily.
With that in mind, today, I leave for a quick trip to Seattle. I opted to fly Alaska Airlines as it flies non-stop as opposed to United, which flies through SFO. That gives me an extra chance at delays. I am a MVP on Alaska, so that should secure me an extra bag of peanuts.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
I love finding typos in the newspaper, especially in The Arizona Republic.
Check this one out: In yesterday’s sports section, they have the wrong teams in the NL Central. Instead, they listed in the teams in the AL East. Wonder if anyone else caught this.
Yesterday, we were without Internet service in our home nearly the entire day. The light on my cable modem was out and I tried resetting the little bugger and even calling our Internet Service Provider. Nada.
Before going to bed, my wife noticed one of the power outlets in the bathroom was not working. Duh. This has happened before. When the bathroom circuit clicks off, it does something to the router at the other end of the house. I never thought to look.
Needless to say, one resetting of a circuit later, we’re back online.