May 31, 2018
May 30, 2018
Kay-Bee Toys (1992)
This flyer is likely to be from late May or early June, 1992. Kid Chameleon was released on May 28th that year, and it's price suggests that it was a new title at the time that this was printed. Back then, I had a Sega Genesis, and I played Sonic The Hedgehog and Golden Axe II almost every morning before school. Years later, I would add used copies of Kid Chameleon, Quackshot and Streets Of Rage to my game library.
May 29, 2018
Phillies Dream Scene
Jamie Cooper (2009)
This beautiful oil painting is hangs in the Suite and Club Entrance Lobby at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Phillies Dream Scene shows a locker room of legendary Phillies across the 125 year history of the franchise. It measures 14 feet by 4 feet and was painted by former Australian Rules Football player Jamie Cooper.
From left to right in the back, the painting includes:
- Jimmy Rollins
- Lenny Dykstra
- Larry Bowa
- Darren Daulton
- Chase Utley
- Cole Hamels
- Steve Carlton
- Ryan Howard
- Chuck Klein
- Del Ennis
- Mike Schmidt
- Richie Allen
- Johnny Callison
- Jim Bunning
- Jim Konstanty
- Robin Roberts
- Grover Cleveland Alexander
- Tug McGraw
- Bob Boone
- Tony Taylor
- Garry Maddox
- Harry Kalas
- Richie Ashburn
Seated in the center of the painting, from left to right, are:
- Phillie Phanatic
- Paul Owens
- Charlie Manuel
- Dallas Green
Note: Pete Rose is not shown in the paining, but he is represented by a rose in the vase on the table behind Charlie Manuel and in front of Dallas Green.
May 28, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Toronto Blue Jays @ Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Pitching: J.A. Happ vs. Nick Pivetta
Results: Blue Jays defeated Phillies, 5-3
On July 29th, 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies traded J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar to the Houston Astros for Roy Oswalt. The Phillies had lost Jamie Moyer for the season to an injury, and the trade that brought Oswalt to join Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton was universally praised for creating one of the most talented pitching rotations in modern history.
Since leaving Philadelphia, Happ pitched for the Astros, Blue Jays, Mariners, Pirates, and finally back to the Blue Jays for the start of the 2016 season. He won 20 games that year and has come into his own as one of the best pitchers in baseball. He's faced the Phillies three times (2011, 2014 and 2016) and led his team to victory each time. Happ made it a perfect 4-0 against his former team yesterday with the Blue Jays 5-3 victory over the Phillies.
Aaron Altherr and Nick Williams put the Phillies on the board with back to back RBI singles in the 6th inning, and Carlos Santana (pictured above) had a nice game, going 2-4 and scoring a run, but it wasn't enough for the Phillies to get the win. On the strength of RBI doubles hit by Devon Travis in the 2nd and Dwight Smith in the 6th, the Blue Jays held the lead throughout the game. A home run by Curtis Granderson in the top of the 9th capped off the Blue Jays 5 - 3 victory.
May 27, 2018
Thai Seafood Curry
Diamond Club - Philadelphia, PA
Citizens Bank Park has got more to eat than cheesesteaks and hot dogs. This is especially true in the Diamond Club. It's not often that I'm able to get these seats, so I can't pass up the opportunity to eat a dinner of shrimp and mussels at the ballpark.
May 25, 2018
Return Of The Jedi poster
Illustration by Rick Sternbach (1983)
The final movie of the original Star Wars trilogy was released 35 years ago today. This poster was made available through the Official Star Wars Fan Club during the Episode VI theatrical run (source: StarWarsArchives.org).
May 22, 2018
Sands Bethlehem Event Center - May 21, 2018
It's not everyday that you get to see three separate legends come together to take the stage. The Hollywood Vampires formed three years ago when singer Alice Cooper, Aerosmith lead guitarist and backup vocalist Joe Perry, actor and musician Johnny Depp (yes, that Johnny Depp) and Warlock bass guitarist Tommy Henriksen.
This show is part of the second world tour for the supergroup, and the setlist mixed their original music with Alice Cooper classics, including an incredible encore performance of School's Out with the godfather of shock rock sending everyone home on a high. Johnny Depp took over on lead vocals for two songs: People Who Died from The Jim Carroll Band, and Heroes, which was done as a tribute its author and original artist, the late David Bowie.
May 21, 2018
May 20, 2018
My grandmother passed away six years ago. Today would have been her 80th birthday.
At some point from 1959 to 1961, she painted this picture of my father sleeping in his crib with a stuffed rabbit toy. There was a few other paintings in the attic when we cleaned out the house. I knew they were up there, but Grandma didn't really talk much about them, other than to say that she liked to paint when she was younger, but she lost interest in it.
Happy birthday, Grandma.
May 14, 2018
May 13, 2018
May 12, 2018
Bob Dylan (1963)
It was 55 years ago today that Bob Dylan walked out on The Ed Sullivan Show. Dylan was booked on the show and wanted to play Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues, a protest song against the dangerous radical group The John Birch Society. When he was told he couldn't play the song on CBS, Dylan essentially told them to go to hell and left the studio.
May 11, 2018
May 10, 2018
May 9, 2018
May 8, 2018
Kirby Center - May 8, 2018
I've listened to Simon & Garfunkel since I was four years old playing mom's records while I colored in my bedroom. They're one of my favorite groups and I've listened to them throughout my life. While I never got to see both of them perform together, I'm extremely happy and thankful to have had the opportunity to see Mr. Art Garfunkel sing in Wilkes-Barre.
He sang a lot of the classic Simon & Garfunkel hits and told stories and read from his poetry book between songs. My favorite moment was hearing him sing Bright Eyes, a song that I first heard in the cartoon adaptation of Watership Down.
It was a wonderful night and a great show. I hope to see him again.
May 7, 2018
WWE Live (house show)
PPL Center - Allentown, PA
-1- WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
The Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E)
-2- Big Cass defeated "The Perfect 10" Tye Dillinger
-3- Six Woman Tag Team Match
Asuka, Becky Lynch and Naomi defeated Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville and Lana
-4- MizTV segment with Daniel Bryan
-5- Triple Threat Match
WWE United States Championship Match
Jeff Hardy defeated Samoa Joe and Shelton Benjamin
-6- WWE Smackdown Women's Championship Match
Carmella defeated Charlotte Flair (after interference from The IIconics)
-7- Six Man Tag Team Match
The Bullet Club ("The Phenomenal" AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
defeated Shinsuke Nakamura and The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro)
May 6, 2018
May 5, 2018
The Empire Strikes Back cast photo (1980)
From left to right: Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).
May 4, 2018
May 3, 2018
Frito Lay (2018)
Alright, these things are tremendous! I really hope they consider making these a permanent addition to the flavor lineup. These would be great as an ingredient for a creative fusion street food I'm picturing Sushi Nachos made up of a layer of Wasabi Doritos topped with Spanish rice, shrimp or and drizzled with a soy, ginger or ponzu sauce; or maybe even a creamy chipotle sauce. You could even use clams or scallops in place of the shrimp. My mouth is watering just thinking about the possibilities!
May 2, 2018
May 1, 2018
Sriracha Chicken and Waffles
I was drawn in by the sheer creativity of this dish, but to call it unique doesn't do it justice. This may be the most delicious thing I've ever eaten from a food truck, and that's a pretty long list of lunches and dinners. Just look at the description from the menu - how could you possibly pass this up?