Apr 18, 2011

I'll Miss You


Grandpa passed away in his home earlier today.  He was 74 years old.

My Grandpa is the greatest man I have ever known or will ever know.  Anything good in me is a direct result of having such a wonderful, loving and positive influence as he was in my life.

Thank you for being my Grandpa.  I miss you.

Apr 15, 2011

The Ramones at The Tropicana Motel


It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since Joey Ramone died.

Apr 4, 2011

The Aces


Sports Illustrated
April 4, 2011
Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Joe Blanton - potentially one of the greatest pitching rotations of all time.  This is going to be an interesting season.

Apr 3, 2011

Memories Of The Blue Comet


Blue Comet Diner menu
Hazleton, PA
I have a lot of happy memories at the Blue Comet Diner.  When I was growing up, my grandparents and I had dinner here every Saturday evening after church.  My clearest memory of the place was the smell.  I would bet that there was enough second hand smoke that breathing the air at your table during dinner would be equivalent to smoking at least one cigarette.  It may sound like I'm talking bad about the place, but not at all.  The 80's were a very different time.  Almost every adult I knew when I was a kid smoked, so it wasn't an uncommon smell anywhere in town.  For some reason though, I associate it strongly with the diner.  When I think of it, I can call up a memory of the way that it smelled without even trying.

The food there was always good.  My favorite things to order were chicken fingers and breaded shrimp.  They used to have one of those pie and cake glass cases that had stacks of desserts that rotated.  Everything looked delicious, but I don't remember ever trying anything other than rice pudding and a big piece of coconut cream pie.  It was delicious!

They used to have video poker machines and a Ms. Pac-Man cabinet in the entrance way.  I played at least one game of Ms. Pac-Man every time we ate there while Grandma, Grandpa and Nana took turns playing video poker.  Even though they were labeled "for entertainment only", the machines paid off.  I'm not sure exactly how many points you had to score to get a payoff, but I remember that when one of my family members won, they'd go into the restaurant to get the cashier to come out and verify the score.  They'd go back to the counter and pay cash out of the register.  When I was a kid, I had no idea that this was illegal gambling.  No one made any attempt at all to hide it.  That was Hazleton in the 20th century.

When I was a teenager, the 24 hour diner became a late night hang out where friends and I would drink coffee and talk about music, or where I'd grab a burger and fries with my girlfriend after a movie.  This menu is from those days - either the late 90's or early 2000's.

I have more happy memories over the years here than any other restaurant.  I've been here hundreds of times with family and friends, and I'm sure I'm not the only person who has so many fond memories of the place.  It's been there since 1932 and has been an iconic part of Hazleton for generations.  Sadly, that came to an end as the Blue Comet closed its doors for the last time today.  It will be missed.

Apr 2, 2011

Braaaaains!


Studying for my lab practical exam in Behavioral Neuroscience.

Apr 1, 2011

The Moore You Know


Forty years ago today, Texas House of Representatives member Tom Moore introduced a resolution to honor Albert DeSalvo for "his noted activities and unconventional techniques involving population control and applied psychology" and for "his outstanding career of public service".

This piece of legislation passed unanimously on April 1st, 1971 before Mr. Moore withdrew his resolution.  He explained to his colleagues that this was an April Fools joke, and that they had just voted to have the state of Texas officially honor the Boston Strangler.