The Sun's Shadow

Stumbling to find a light switch in the dark

Happy Halloween

My posts have been way down… since starting the new job. I really need to make more time and get back to my section of commentary. Its been crazy and I too have strong thoughts on the election but I doubt I will be posting regularly again before the election. hopefully I can provide some good post election commentary. For now I will just be happy that Halloween is on a Friday!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Personal | | Leave a comment

The End is Here

The end for Yankee stadium, for us Yankee fans its time to say good-bye to the home we grew up in.  I recall my first Yankee stadium memory as sitting along the right field line back in 1987. I went to the game with my neighbor and his son who was my childhood best friend, it was the Yankees vs the Tigers. I remember to over whelming feeling I felt as this mass of humanity pushed towards the gates of the stadium. The first bite of the hot dog, and breaking peanuts out of their shells and since that first game I have been to the stadium dozens of times and its the same wonderful experience every time… well maybe not so wonderful when the Yanks lose… but every time I go regardless of the record its exciting to be there to feel the energy of a place where a huge part of baseball history resides.

      The Yanks will finish this season in a not so illustrious way the biggest payroll in baseball history and sadly this season there will be no post season held in our baseball home, not party in october, so today we say good bye and thank you.

Yankee Stadium Fun Facts

Opened: April 18, 1923
Closed: September 30, 1973
Reopened: April 15, 1976
First night game: May 28, 1946
Surface: Merion Bluegrass

Total # of Yankee home games: 6,581

World Series Won at Yankee Stadium: 16 Total 9 of which were Won by the Yankees 1927, 1938, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1977, 1996, 1999

Championship Boxing Bouts: 30

Football : Yankee stadium was home to the New York Football Giants from 1956 to 1973 and hosted what has been called the greatest game ever played.

A ball hitting the foul pole in the 1930s was in play, not a homer.

“Death Valley” in left-center.

Green curtain in center is sometimes raised and lowered like a window shade to force visiting batters to face a background of white-shirted bleacher fans while allowing Yankees hitters to face a dark green background. Sometimes removed in World Series play to sell more seats.

 

 

The sunsets over Yankees Stadium

The sunsets over Yankees Stadium

September 21, 2008 Posted by | History, New York, Opinion, Personal, Sports | , , | Leave a comment

Working Man

It feels good to be a working man again, now having been through my first week on the Job and started the second it is a good feeling to be up and out and about during the day. working on projects and getting things done once more. This has caused a drop off in my blogging at a critical time with so much going on in weather, science, and oh yeah the election. I do need to set aside some time and get back to the basic on my blog which begins with reading more and posting my thoughts on it.  For now though to be working and distracted is a good thing. It makes me appreciate why I started blogging and how much I enjoy m reading and the time I had this summer to enjoy to myself.

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Personal | , | Leave a comment

Back to Work

Today I went back to work after having lost my job and enjoyingtwo months of sweet summer time freedom.  I am back in the hustle and bustle of the morning rush hour fighting the subways feeling the sweltering heat only to get to my job by 9 am sharp! The only problem is I should have been there by 8 oops… I should have asked or they should have mentioned, now we are past that and my first day is done the conclusion is working is the worst thing ever when compared to the sweet freedom of summer. Ah well it was so much fun while it lasted but now I am back!

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Personal | , , | Leave a comment

Sarah Palin’s 17 yr old Daughter Pregnant News Released as Hurricane Pounds Gulf Coast

News broke today that Sarah Palin the Republican Nominee for Vice President 17 year old Daughter Bristol is 5 months pregnant, she is to wed the baby’s father at time still to be determined in the future.

There are a couple interesting things in this story, one is that they are releasing this information to correct a rumor. That rumor was that Sarah Palin’s youngest child (the one with Down Syndrome) is actually Bristol’s (17 yr old Daughter) and Sarah Palin faked the pregnancy. This is not true according to the Palin Family, and I would accept them at their word on that.

There is another interesting aspect to this story.

Republican presidential candidate McCain was aware of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose her mother for his running mate, the aide said.

“Senator McCain knew this and felt in no way did it disqualify her from being vice president,” said the aide. “Families have difficulties sometimes, and lucky for her she has a supportive family.”

They have known about this pregnancy and choose to release the information as Hurricane Gustav is pounding the gulf coast. Fox news was the first to break this story at approximately noon today, followed by the other news outlets.

Is it a coincidence this information is released at the same time a massive hurricane dominates all news? We certainly can consider that it’s just a coincidence, but it’s just not sitting well with me that the campaign knew this information and choose today during the height of the storm to release the information. It just smells of an attempt to bury the headline. On this one I think I have to call shenanigans on the McCain Campaign.

Your thoughts?

September 1, 2008 Posted by | Nature, Opinion, Personal, politics, TV, United States | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Job Quest Ends

I have previously written about how I had been laid off and my quest to find new employment. That quest has now ended I have accepted a Job offer and I am very excited for multiple reasons,  I had a very relaxing summer and really enjoyed not having to do anything but enjoy any day as I saw fit. My summer also doesn’t end as I will not start my new position until after labor day! This is just great news! I could not be more happy to know I have a job again and I will be back in the work force soon enough but now I can even more enjoy my final few weeks of summer relaxing and enjoying what time I have left knowing I have a job.

I am also excited to join my new office, I met with the president of a company and one of Project Managers I would be working with and I found the interview conversation very easy as folks I could get along with and have a soild working relationship. I look forward to starting in this new office meeting all the new people and the challenges a new job will bring.

There are a couple things I do hope to carry forward from my time off… less worrying about anything… I am or should I say was prone to be a bit of a worry wort about work, no more! I spent this summer not worrying that I have no job I just got my resume out there worked at it day after day and then sooner than I could have expected boom I have another job and I am back in the game. However I made time to do what I wanted as well if was sit in the park and read, play a video game, go for a walk, a mid afternoon movie, lunch with friends… it just been great! I am also very fortunate I have the support of my wonderful and lovely beautiful girlfriend as well as the total support of my family and friends in general it has just been super.

Cheers to the remaining days of summer!

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Personal | , , | Leave a comment

Neil Diamond ROCKS MSG!

He then proceeds to blow the roof off the dump, last night night I caught the Neil Diamond concert at Madison Square Garden. He is currently on tour in support of his new album Home Before Dark, which is great. It is a collaboration with producer Rick Ruben who previously worked with Johnny Cash on his final albums which also were great. Home Before Dark is Neil Diamond showing his chops as a song writer with a simple style and melody, the album can be infectious. 

    I bought the tickets a few months back as a present for my mom and dad, but I am also a big Neil Diamond fan so it was something I could share with them and I have also gotten my girlfriend in to Neil as well. We all had a great time, there was no opening act it was just straight Neil Diamond who appears on stage in all black suit with some sequins playing his awesome hits for two and half hours! The people went nuts dancing in the aisles and screaming for more. So what does Neil Diamond play for his concert you ask? Glad you did here is the set list

Holly Holy
Beautiful Noise
Street Life
Love on the Rocks
Play Me
Cherry Cherry
Thank God for the night time
Home Before Dark
Don’t Go There
Pretty Amazing Grace
Done Too Soon
Brooklyn Roads
I am… I said
Solitary Man
Kentucky Woman
Forever in Blue Jeans
Sweet Caroline (This was played 3X!!!!)
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
Song sung Blue
I’m A believer
Man of God
Longfellow Serenade
ENCORES
Cracklin Rosie
America
Brother Loves Traveling Salvation Show

It was a great show, I highly recommend it to anyone who can go and see it and enjoy! Also just for any one who is going to any type of event at MSG, there is a Steak House Nick and Stef’s it actually in MSG with a private entrance to the garden the food is excellent and its a real hoot to use the private entrance.

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Music, Opinion, Personal | , , | 1 Comment

Time or Moment

Tonight we have been watching the Olympics live from Beijing and had an interesting little thought experiment. Beijing is 12 hour ahead of New York. That lead us to a weird conversation where by it is possible to be in two different places at the same time but not the same moment.

For example you could be in Beijing at 8:00 AM 8/12/08 and you could also be in New York at 8:00 AM 8/12/08, you can be in both places at the same time.  You just cannot be in both places at the same moment…

August 12, 2008 Posted by | Personal | , , | Leave a comment

Reflections on Boston

View from the hotel in Back Bay MIT is across the Charles

View from the hotel in Back Bay MIT is across the Charles

       This past weekend I returned to Boston for the first time since I left to come back home to NY 4 years ago. I went to college in Boston and lived in the Hub for 8 years… it was a great time in my life, when I was there I met many amazing people and I grew in to my independence as a person. I was so excited to return mostly due to the happy occasion of good college friends who were getting married… that fact alone fills me with so much happiness but also to return to this city which was once my home was an awesome bonus.
        I returned to Boston much like when I first returned to my childhood home… everything was as I remembered it but seemed smaller. It was all there but somehow I thought it must have been bigger. I spent the day with my girlfriend who also lived in Boston, we met in Boston, we began out love in Boston. It is a very special city to both of us. 
       We began our trip down memory lane on Mass Ave at the top of Newbury, where the Tower Records use to be, its now a Best Buy… but other than that most of Newbury is how I remember it… it only been a few years but all the old favorites were there, JP licks, Newbury Comics, Condom World, Charlies Saloon… on and on.  What did surprise us is how we use to view this as a major street and it so small and narrow…I recalled thinking how I use to feel I walked far if I walked the length of Newbury… it takes 15 minutes to walk to the whole street it not long at all…
       From the shops of Newbury were entered the serenity of the Boston Public Garden… and we did something we never did as a couple in Boston we took a swan boat ride, after we did we made our way through the garden to the Boston Common and rested up on the hill, then cooling our heels in the frog pond.
       We realized at this point how small Boston had become and how quickly you can cover ground in the city… we we’re already at park st… so we decided to head down to Scolley square on the way we stopped in to the Kings Cross Grave Yard of early colonists and patriots and I realized something. If you look at the head stones I think due to the limited space that most of the people buried here are not laying down they are likely standing. There is just not enough room for all the head stones to be laying down.
      In to Quincy Market… this is all as I remembered it and its still mostly a tourist trap, but then we found what was really different in the city… the whole time I lived in Boston they were working on the Big Dig, it is now complete… so where the was a raised highway and massive holes in the ground there are now parks and quiet streets… You can clearly see the the north end and how nice it is. We sat and enjoyed this new area of Boston for a while, sitting on the water in the harbor. This was a new experience in Boston and was one I enjoyed very much. To complete our tour of the city we made our way in to the north end… 
     There is this little bakery that makes the BEST Italian sub in the city and possibly ever… its Bovas Bakery on Salem Street. If I recommend anything in Boston I recommend this! It Huge and its Delicious! This was the end of our walking tour in Boston… we had to head back to our hotel and get ready for an amazing night with old friends in celebration.
To be fair all and all our trip was great but also clearly reminded me of why we ultimately left Boston, there was a nonsense instance over at the bar the TAM on Tremont St. This is a bar I had hung out in dozens of times. On Friday night we met up with many of our old friends and decided to go to the TAM… from which I was refused entry… they only accept Passports and driver licences… total nonsense… never mind that there is no difference from a state ID card and a Drivers License and never mind that I am well overthe drinking age… the problem is in how stupid these bars are… The bouncers denied me entry to the bar, with my vaild ID while letting in a girl in our party who had no ID! Then the balls to say we have a policy… it is a joke… now rather than make a huge scene about as I was incensed to do… we pulled the 30 people in the bar out and brought them next door.  However for being lame the TAM should be ashamed, the bouncers they employe are everything that is wrong with Boston and hold the city down.
Going to Boston was an overall wonderful experience and made me really appreciate the time I spent there and fun of going back. It also made me realize how much I love living in NY and how much I appreciate living in the Mega City that NY is and the freedom that comes with it!

August 11, 2008 Posted by | Nonsense, Personal, United States | | Leave a comment

Brett Favre is a JET

I could not be happier about this, to have Brett Farve as the QB for the JETS this season is really going to make for a better season for the JETS and give them a legitimate chance at making a playoff run. Chad Pennington was our boy for years and he was a great guy… but the truth is Farve is better and Pennington was on his way out anyway… he was in competition at training camp for the QB job.

The only issue now is the JETS online store is down, I assume due to the massive amount of JETS fans who like myself are trying to order their Farve Jersey!

Also go over to ESPN when was the last time all anyone talked about was the JETS!

Welcome Brett…

Favre Jerseys Now Available!!!!!

UPDATE: I was totally right about the jersey sales… Hell Yeah!

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Personal, Sports, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment