Dec 11, 2003

A Burger And A Hat Trick


Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins vs Hershey Bears
Wachovia Arena - December 10, 2003
Grandpa and I went to the game last night and saw prospect Michel Ouellet scored three times in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins victory over the Hershey Bears, 6-4.  After the game, we stopped at Mark II for a late dinner.


The dinner special for the day was the Black Angus Chop Steak, which they also served as a cheeseburger.  Grandpa is pretty notorious for mispronouncing things, so he ordered a "Black Agnes" burger.

Nov 30, 2003

Let's Shake Some Dust


Carnivàle
HBO (2003)
This is the most brilliant television show I've seen since Twin Peaks.  In fact, one of its stars is Michael J. Anderson who was The Man From Another Place in the Twin Peaks series.

"Before the beginning, after the great war between heaven and hell, God created the Earth and gave dominion over it to the crafty ape he called man… and to each generation was born a Creature of Light and a Creature of Darkness… and great armies clashed by night in the ancient war between good and evil. There was magic then. Nobility. And unimaginable cruelty. And so it was until the day that a false sun exploded over Trinity, and man forever traded away wonder for reason."
- Samson

Sep 29, 2003

An Evening At The Vet


Saturday, April 20, 1996
St. Louis Cardinals @ Philadelphia Phillies
Veterans Stadium - Philadelphia, PA

Pitching: Alan Benes vs. Sid Fernandez
Results: Cardinals defeated Phillies, 1-0

I've only ever been to one game at Veterans Stadium, but it was memorable.  My friend, Cyrus, invited me to come with his family to a game when I was 15.  Even better - we had luxury box tickets (his father worked for a company that had them for the season).

The game was a pitchers duel between the Phillies 1996 Opening Day starter Sid Fernandez and Cardinals rookie Alan Benes.  Sid struck out 11 and had a no-hitter going through 7 innings, but he gave up three singles in the top of the 8th inning to Pat Borders, Willie McGee and Brian Jordan.  Jordan's RBI single put the Cardinals up 1-0.  Unfortunately for Hawaii 5-0, Benes shut down the Phillies offense, giving up only two singles in eight innings: a 5th inning single to Mark Whiten and an 8th inning single to Mickey MorandiniDennis Eckersley shut the door in the 9th for his fifth save of the season.

The 1996 Phillies still had quite a few members of the '93 NL Championship team.  Four of them appeared in this game: Morandini, Kevin StockerJim Eisenreich, and Lenny Dykstra in what would be the final season of his career.  The bench that night included Pete Incaviglia, who returned to the team after a year in Japan, and Darren Daulton in his last full season as a member of the Phillies.  Additionally, pitcher Terry Mullholland rejoined the team that winter, but the Phillies traded him to the Mariners at the deadline.  We also still had David West and Curt Schilling in the rotation.

Daulton was a left fielder in '96 to make room for one of our big free agent acquisitions, catcher Benito Santiago.  The other big signing for the start of the '96 season was third baseman Todd Zeile.  Gregg Jefferies was also a member of the '96 Phillies, but he didn't appear in this game.

The Cardinals lineup included the man who broke up the no-hitter, catcher Pat Borders.  He was on the '93 Toronto Blue Jays team that defeated the Phillies in the World Series.  Their lineup also included Ron Gant in left field.  The Cardinals traded Gant to the Phillies before the 1999 season in a multi-player deal that sent closer Ricky Bottalico to St. Louis.

Sep 28, 2003

Goodbye To The Vet


Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia, PA
The Phillies played their last game at Veteran's Stadium earlier today.  Greg Maddux outdueled Kevin Millwood to give the Braves the victory.  The Phillies end the season ten games over .500 and in third place behind the Braves and Marlins.  We will open next season at Citizens Bank Park.  You can see the early stages of construction in the bottom right hand corner of the photo above.

Sep 19, 2003

How Would You Rule The World


Nation States
Max Barry (2003)
The author of Jennifer Government has created an awesome online text game in which you get to create your own country and govern it through your answers to a series of situation-based questions.  The game sometimes leads you to make tough decisions in which there doesn't seem to be a good choice, but   Based on your choices, the country can turn into a paradise or a dystopian nightmare.

Sep 18, 2003

Gendo


This is our cat, Gendo.  For some reason, he likes to lay down on money.

Sep 17, 2003

My Family in the Living Room


Even at a distance, Grandma is giving me the evil eye.

Sep 16, 2003

Sep 15, 2003

A Tasty Contest


I didn't win the tickets or $20 dollars.  However, I work at a gas station and the delivery guy gives them to us when they go past their best buy date, so I've eaten at least 20 of 'em this season.

Jul 7, 2003

The Colors Of The City


Times Square
New York City, NY
I bought this off of a guy on the streets in Times Square, mostly because it has a Matrix Reloaded billboard.

May 10, 2003

WWE Unleashed


WWE Unleashed (Raw house show)
First Union Arena - Wilkes-Barre PA
This is the first WWF/E show that I've been to since my 11th birthday when I saw WWF Champion Hulk Hogan defeat the evil Iraq sympathizer, Sgt. Slaughter in a "Desert Storm Match" in the main event. 

So much has changed in professional wrestling in the 12 year span between the first and second WWF/E shows that I've been in attendance for.  Although we didn't know it back in 1991, we were in the final years of Hulkamania running wild in the WWFHulk Hogan would go on to lead the nWo in World Championship Wrestling, which is almost solely responsible for the ratings battle between WCW and the WWF from 1995 to 2001.  Today, Hogan is once again working for Vince McMahon.  These days, he's wearing a mask and calling himself Mr. America as he feuds with his old nemesis from my childhood, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

The main event at last night's show was a championship match between Triple H and Kevin Nash.  Back in '91, Nash was working a Wizard Of Oz gimmick in WCW, and Triple H was just beginning to train to become a professional wrestler.  The two would meet in the WWF in the mid 90's where their friendship with Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman would become immortalized as The Kliq.

Here is the full card from last night in Wilkes-Barre:


This card featured a little bit of everything.  The show included ECW alumni Tommy Dreamer, Lance Storm, Stevie Richards, Jazz, Rodney Mack and The Dudley Boys.  There were champions of the golden era of WCW, including Booker T, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner and Shane Helms (The Hurricane), and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt, which is now just being called the "World Heavyweight Championship".  The WWF Attitude Era was represented by Triple H, Kane, Val Venis (Chief Morley), Trish Stratus, Christian and Test.  There were also younger stars, including Tough Enough graduates Maven and Christopher Nowinski, former WXW stars Matt E. Smalls (Rosey) and Eddie Fatu (Jamal), and WWF developed talent La Résistance.

Results

Tag Team MatchThe Hurricane and Maven defeated Lance Storm and Sean Morley

Singles MatchChristopher Nowinski defeated Tommy Dreamer

WWE Women's
Championship
Triple Threat Match
Jazz defeated Trish Stratus and Victoria

Singles MatchKane defeated Christian

Six Man Tag Team
Tables Match
The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley and Spike Dudley) defeated Three Minute Warning (Rosey and Jamal) and Rico Costantino
Tag Team MatchLa Résistance (René Duprée and Sylvain Grenier) defeated Scott Steiner and Test

Singles MatchBooker T defeated Rodney Mack

World Heavyweight Championship MatchTriple H defeated Kevin Nash

Apr 20, 2003

Cat's Cradled


Most cats don't like to be held or cradled like this, but Gendo is no ordinary cat. He fell asleep in this position once when I was on the recliner in the living room.

Apr 1, 2003

More Crystal Pepsi Coupons


Crystal Pepsi newspaper ad
April 1, 1993
This Crystal Pepsi coupon came out in the Spring of 1993 when the see-through cola was still the hottest thing in the grocery store.

Feb 27, 2003

Hockey Night


Binghamton Senators @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
First Union Arena - February 26, 2003
My company has season tickets to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, so I get tickets to the game once in a while from my boss.  I'm more into baseball than hockey, but it's a fun night out.  The Penguins blew the Senators away, 6-3.

Feb 20, 2003

The Official Snack Food Of Pennsylvania


The best part of working for Sunoco is the free coffee and Tastykake Pies.  I can't get enough of 'em.

Jan 26, 2003

Football and Crystal Pepsi


Crystal Pepsi newspaper ad
January 26, 1993
This ad was put out five days before Super Bowl XXVII so that fans could save money chugging Crystal Pepsi during the big game between the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills.