Mar 31, 2014

A Win Is A Win

Opening Day 2014
Philadelphia Phillies @ Texas Rangers
That was an interesting start to the season.  Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz walked in the top of the 2nd and Code Asche doubled with two outs to put the Phillies on the board.  Tony Gwynn Jr came up to bat next and drew a walk to load the bases, followed by a Ben Revere RBI single to put the Phillies up 2-0.  This brought Jimmy Rollins to the plate who hit a grand slam to give the Phillies what should have been a comfortable 6-0 lead for Cliff Lee to cruise to an easy victory.

Well, Cliff Lee did get the win, but it was anything but an easy cruise.  He got knocked around by his former team, giving up 8 earned runs on 11 hits and just one strikeout in five innings of work.  The slugfest continued for both teams, but the Phillies came out on top, scoring 14 runs on 17 hits to defeat the Rangers 14-10.

Unfortunately, one player that I had been rooting for this Spring did not make the flight to Arlington with the team.

Philadelphia Daily News  (March 27, 2014)
Philadelphia Daily News  (March 28, 2014)

Bobby Abreu didn't make the Phillies 40 man roster out of Spring Training.  He was pretty solid at the plate, batting .244 with a .404 OBP, but he was pretty terrible in the field and the team was looking for more defensive versatility off of the bench.  He signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets today, so my dream of seeing him close out his career in Philadelphia is officially dead in the water.  

Oh well... at least he was in a Phillies uniform long enough to be included in this year's postcard team set, and we got the win on Opening Day.  It was bowling shoe ugly, but hey, a win is a win.

Mar 30, 2014

A Door Is A Jar

When I was a teenager, I drove a black 1986 Chrysler LeBaron.  It had pretty much every option that was available in the late 80's: leather seats, digital dash, AM/FM Cassette, etc…  The damn thing even talked!  If you opened the door while the car was still running, a very robotic female voice would exclaim “A door is ajar”, to which I would always respond “No it’s not.  It’s a door” (yes, I had a running joke with an inanimate object).

The car was over ten years old when I got it, but it was only $1,000 and it ran beautifully.  Unfortunately, I only had it for a few years.  Someone broke into it while I was at a concert and ripped it apart and the cost to repair it was more than the car was worth.  I don't think that I have any pictures of the interior of the car, but this image that I saw on Tumblr is pretty close to how I remember it.

Mar 29, 2014

Paradise By The Deli Case Lights

Homestyle Meatloaf
Wegmans - Wilkes-Barre, PA
Don't sleep on the Homestyle Meatloaf from the Meals To Go counter at Wegmans.  It's outstanding!

Mar 28, 2014

Movin' On Up

I've been promoted to Consumer Experience Specialist at work.  This is basically the quality coach for our team, so my new role will be to monitor phone calls, email, chat, postal mail, and social media correspondence and to provide feedback.

Mar 27, 2014

Monkey Muscle For Breakfast

Donkey Kong Junior Cereal
Ralston (1984)
I wish I would have had the opportunity to try this cereal, but I was 3 years old when it first hit store shelves.  Bummer.

Mar 22, 2014

A Memento From A Lost Season

Philadelphia Phillies mini jersey
Kellogg's Canada (1994)
To the best of my knowledge, this promotion didn't cross the border into the United States, but if you bought a specially-marked box of Kellogg's Cereal in Canada back in 1994, you would receive a free mini MLB team jersey.

This promotion was part of the celebration of the 125th season of MLB.  Unfortunately, the season ended on August 12th with the start of the player's strike that resulted in the cancellation of the World Series.

Mar 21, 2014

Veterans (Stadium) Day

Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia, PA
The Vet was imploded ten years ago today.  It was home to the Phillies for over three decades, and it was the site of the franchise first World Series Championship in 1980.  Fun fact: The Vet was also home to the 1986 Great American Bash in which the main event saw Ric Flair defeat Ricky Morton in a steel cage match to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Mar 20, 2014

Things That Bounce In Wilkes-Barre

Don't tell me there's nothing to do in the Wyoming Valley.

Mar 18, 2014

Couch Potato Regrets

Couch Potato
Coleco (1987)
I stared at this thing at Black Diamond for an uncomfortable amount of time while deciding whether or not I should bring it home.  I didn't end up buying it, but if I had noticed the Lanco price tag, it probably would have tipped the scales.

Mar 17, 2014


Bally World Cup Soccer
Bally Manufacturing (1968)
If I had the spare cash or the space in my house, this would have come home from Schuylkill Mall with me.  It's an electro-mechanical arcade game that was manufactured by Bally's in the late 60's.  I've never come across this in an arcade, and it wasn't set up to play at Black Diamond Antiques, but it looks like a lot of fun.

Mar 16, 2014

Mar 13, 2014

Cameron And The Uncola

These photos of Cameron Diaz have been shared on a lot of different websites and social media pages recently, but I couldn't find one of them that included the source.  There doesn't even seem to be an agreement on the year, with dates ranging from 1991 to 1995.  Whatever the source is, they're pretty cool photos of one of the most talented actresses in the world standing in front of a row of vintage 7-Up and Pepsi machines while snacking on some Cheetos.

Mar 12, 2014

An Unidentified Flying Pickle Bumps Into You

Kids Menu #9: Space Game
Denny's (1980)
The menu that was given to children at Denny's restaurants in the late 70's and early 80's came with an activity printed on the back.  The ninth one in the series included a space-themed board game on the back, which features an dangerous intergalactic pickle.

Mar 3, 2014

A Record Breaking Selfie

This selfie taken by actor Bradley Cooper at the 86th Academy Awards was posted to Ellen DeGeneres' Twitter account.  Within 24 hours, it has set the record for the most retweets in the history of Twitter.

Mar 2, 2014

Burned Into Our Memory

Pac Man
Namco/Midway (1980)
This is what happens to the screen in a Pac Man arcade machine after many years of service [source: Dewshan on Imgur].

Mar 1, 2014

The Art And Culture Of Moosylvania

Moosylvania: A Group Art Show Tribute To Jay Ward
Van Eaton Galleries (2014)
An art exhibition that is inspired by the works of Jay Ward is having its opening reception tonight in Sherman Oaks, California.  One hundred artists, designers and illustrators have each created a single piece that was inspired by the legendary creator of Rocky & Bullwinkle.  All of these will be on display at Van Eaton Galleries.