Sunday, December 28, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Worst Holiday Song Ever? - Poll

A couple days ago, I mentioned on my Twitter feed that I thought "Grown Up Christmas List" was the worst holiday song out there. Since then, I've received some different opinions. We shall settle this with a vote!

Here are the nominations, with the poll to follow. If you'd like to nominate a different song, mention it in the comments.


Christmas Shoes

Dominick the Donkey

Grown Up Christmas List

Mary Did You Know?

Santa Baby

Wonderful Christmastime

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

On a night when the Mets lost another one and their NL East lead shrunk again, I'm here to share the stories of all the Mets games I've seen in person.

Unfortunately, my record while attending Mets games in person is not pretty. This has me feeling a little queasy holding tickets for the final game at Shea Stadium. That could be a pretty important game.

Anywho, on to the games...

Game #1
Sunday, August 4, 1991
Chicago Cubs
Shea Stadium
Cubs 8, Mets 3

My first look at Shea in person. I was thrilled to be there, but not too happy about the outcome.

Here's a shot of Greg Jefferies hitting a home run off of Greg Maddux.

Pretty good pitching matchup of David Cone against Maddux. Too bad Coney got lit up for 6 ERs in 2 IP.

Game #2
Wednesday, June 18, 1997
New York Yankees
Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Mets 2 (10)

My first of two trips to Yankee Stadium saw a pretty good game, even though it was another loss.

This was the final game of the first regular season Subway Series. David Cone started this game too, except he was a Yankee by now. He actually flirted with a no-hitter, not giving up his first hit until the 7th inning.

Game #3
Tuesday, August 26, 1997
San Francisco Giants
Shea Stadium
Giants 6, Mets 2

Wow, look at all those people!

Pretty good seats for this game too. I've had some nice seats at Shea in my few visits there.

Pretty uneventful game. One home run (JT Snow) & Rick Reed started this game as well for the Mets. (He also started the game against the Yankees.) At least I saw Barry Bonds play once.

Game #4
Wednesday, May 20, 1998
Cincinnati Reds
Shea Stadium
Reds 8, Mets 6

Another uneventful game, another Mets loss.

Pete Harnisch started for the Reds & Dave Mlicki for the Mets. Home runs from Brian McRae & Carlos Baerga and an appearance from the immortal Mel Rojas. Rick Wilkins was behind the plate for the Mets. Three nights later, that position would be occupied by Mike Piazza.

Game #5
Saturday, June 27, 1998
New York Yankees
Shea Stadium
Yankees 7, Mets 2

I'm not sure who those random people are, but I love the shot of the skyline above the scoreboard. Since that seems to be the one thing the Mets AREN'T selling, here's hoping it will find its way over to Citi Field.

Andy Pettite vs. Bobby L. Jones. A home run by Tino Martinez & my first time seeing Mike Piazza. Oh yeah. Jerry Seinfeld threw out the first pitch. Another loss.

Game #6
Saturday, July 15, 2000
Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park
Red Sox 6, Mets 4

Mike Hampton vs. Ramon Martinez (of course). The Mets rallied for two in the ninth off of El Guapo (a Piazza homer being the highlight), but Derek Lowe (arrrgh) shut the door on the comeback.

The highlight of this game was ex-Met Carl Everett freaking out on umpire Ron Kulpa.

Game #7
Monday, March 31, 2003
Chicago Cubs
Shea Stadium
Cubs 15, Mets 2

Ugh. Very cool to be in Shea for Opening Day. Not cool to be sitting near Tommie Agee's home run landing & freezing. Not cool to see Tom Glavine's auspicious Mets debut. (Not quite as bad as his Mets finale, but pretty close.)

Corey Patterson hit two home runs, the Mets managed 4 hits & the Mets were on their way to a 66 win season.

Game #8
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Colorado Rockies
Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Rockies4

Finally!! A victory!

This was the night the Mets honored the 1986 World Champions. Of course it rained, but at least they won!!

Unfortunately, my camera broke that night. I have the memory card with the pictures on it somewhere, but it's currently missing. Oddly enough, my next camera would break upon my next visit to Shea, a rainout in June of 2008.

David Williams (??) started for the Mets & aside from the '86 throwback jerseys, it was a pretty uneventful game. Oh yeah. THEY WON!!

Game #9
Saturday, July 26, 2008
St. Louis Cardinals
Shea Stadium
Cardinals 10, Mets 8 (14)

This was a wild one. Albert Pujols won it in the 14th, but by this time, I was on the 7 train, hoping to catch the last Metro North train out of Grand Central (we made it).

Game #10
Sunday, July 27, 2008
St. Louis Cardinals
Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Cardinals 1

As you can see, we had much better seats for this game.

Johan Santana started & pitched great. However, the highlight of the game was an amazin' catch by Carlos Beltran.

Video here:
Beltran's Catch

I could watch that over & over.

So, for the record, the Mets are 2-8 when I'm in attendance. However, they've won two of their last three in which I've been there. Lets hope they make it three out of four on September 28.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Top 20 Songs - 1990

Yup. It's back. I know you've all been anxiously awaiting the completion of this project.

Some quick thoughts...

- My main association with 1990 is the beginning of my senior year of high school & playing football for the first time.

- Which ten year span featured the most change for me, 1980-1989 or 1990-1999?

- Picking songs for 1990 was MUCH harder than 1980. I've said it before & I'll say it again. The 90's are VERY underrated in terms of music. This point gets pounded home every time I listen to the 90's on 9, which is often.

On with the list...

HONORABLE MENTION: Just A Friend: Biz Markie, Fly High Michelle: Enuff Z'Nuff, The Humpty Dance: Digital Underground, Up All Night: Slaughter, Mentirosa: Mellow Man Ace, Ice Ice Baby: Vanilla Ice, No Myth: Michael Penn, Love And Emotion: Stevie B., Everybody Everybody: Black Box, So Close: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Blaze of Glory: Jon Bon Jovi, What It Takes: Aerosmith

All Around The World, Lisa Stanfield

"I did too much lyin', wasted too much time,
Now I'm here a'cryin', I, I, I"

Escapade, Janet Jackson

"Come on, baby, let's get away.
Let's save our troubles for another day.
Come go with me. We've got it made.
Let me take you on an escapade.
Let's go!"

Feels Good, Tony! Toni! Tone!

"If the rhythm feels good to you baby
Let me hear you sing
If the rhythm feels good to you baby
Let us take you away"

Dangerous, Roxette

"Hey, where’s your work?
What’s your game?
I know your business
but I don’t know your name..."

Black Velvet, Alannah Myles

"Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell
Jimmy Rogers on the Victrola up high
Mama's dancin' with baby on her shoulder
The sun is settin' like molasses in the sky
The boy could sing, knew how to move, everything
Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for"

Ready Or Not, After 7

"I'd climb the highest hill
Cross the widest sea
Nothing could discourage me
And I pray that you will be
Always there for me
Forever more"

Sending All My Love, Linear

"Girl I close my eyes
and then I start to cry for you
You´re the reason why
I have to say goodbye to you
This pain I have inside
just makes me want to die for you
All these lonely nights
they just don´t feel so right for you"

Whip Appeal, Babyface

"When we go to work
How the day seems so long
The only thing I think about
Can't wait 'til we get home
'Cause we got a way of talking
And it's better than words
It's the strangest kind of relationship
Oh, but with us it always works"

Cherry Pie, Warrant

"She's my cherry pie
Cool drink of water
Such a sweet suprise
Tastes so good
Make a grown man cry
Sweet cherry pie"

Cradle Of Love, Billy Idol

"This love starts my rollin train
You can't stop it
It ain't in vain
I ain't nobody's fool
Come on shake it up
Whatever you do"

The Ballad of Jayne, L.A. Guns

"Now shes breakin hearts in heaven
Shinin bright in the sky
I still hear of us in the wind
I still think of you in the night, oh yeah
Well I guess youll never know
How much I need her so"

Miracle, Jon Bon Jovi

"I'm just one man, that's all I'll ever be
I never can be everything you wanted from me
I've got plans so big
That any blind man could see
I'm standing in the river
Now I'm drowning in the sea"

U Can't Touch This, MC Hammer

"My-my-my-my music hits me so hard makes me say oh my Lord
Thank you for blessing me with a mind to rhyme and two hyped feet
It feels good when you know you're down
A superdope homeboy from the Oaktown
And I'm known as such
And this is a beat uh u can't touch"

Epic, Faith No More

"It's so cool, it's so hip, it's alright
It's so groovy, it's outta sight
You can touch it, smell it, taste it so sweet
But it makes no difference cuz it knocks you off your feet"

I Remember You, Skid Row

"We spend the summer with the top rolled down
Wished ever after would be like this
You said I love you babe, without a sound
I said I'd give my life for just one kiss
I'd live for your smile and die for your kiss"

Rub You The Right Way, Johnny Gill

"Can you feel the magic in my hands
When I touch and rub you the right way
Stroke applied with tenderness
When I hold and rub you the right way"

The Power, Snap!

"Quality I possess something I'm fresh
When my voice goes through the rest
Of the microphone that I am holdin'
Copywritten lyrics so they can't be stolen
If they are snap
Don't need the police to try to save them
Your voice will sink so please stay off my back
Or I will attack and you don't want that"

Poison, Bell Biv DeVoe

"She's so fly, she'll drive you right out of your mind
Steal your heart when you're blind
Beware she's schemin', she'll make you think you're dreamin'
You'll fall in love and you'll be screamin' dreamin'"

(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection
, Nelson

"So I wait, here for an answer
And wonder if tomorrow will be like yesterday
I'll keep holding on
Can't go on living this way, baby"

Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away), Motley Crue

"My friends called today
Down from L.A.
They were shooting pool all night
Sleeping half the day
They said I could crash
If I could find my own way
I told them you were leaving
On a bus to go away"

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Before I purchased my new car, I had toyed with the idea of keeping track of my gas mileage. That lasted about two fill-ups, as I forgot to record something (mileage, gallons pumped, whatever.)

Now, I shouldn't have that problem, thanks to Fuelly. Well, in theory. I just have to remember to enter the info into my phone as I pump gas.

Here's the link to my car.

It will look a lot more interesting once I have more data entered. You can look around to see other cars to get a taste of what's tracked.

This will be a nice record keeper for my car as I missed only a few fill-ups. Eventually, there may be a place to keep track of all maintenance records for your car.

If you sign up, make sure you add me as a friend!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Selling Out

I have a bunch of stuff in the hopper to throw up on the blog, but don't have the motivation currently to actually do it.

In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite commercials that are currently running.

1. Bacardi Mojito

The song is quite catchy, but I think the real reason I like it is this:

2. Rosetta Stone

3. Procede

This commercial plays roughly 50 times per Mets game on SNY. I'm sure it airs on other networks as well, so I'm sure you're familiar with it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Before & After

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Magnificent Seven

I can't believe my little angel turned 7 years old today. Wow.

Lots of good stuff happened over these past 12 months. Teeth lost, sports played, reading levels leaped, a few tears here & there, but mostly smiles, laughs & kisses.

I love you sweetness!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Token Monthly Post

Wow, I've been slacking here. Apparently one post per month is the norm around here. Not that anyone seems to mind.

I don't have much to say anyways. Work is busy (I'm almost at my sales goal for the year & there's a lot of selling left to do), I'm still trying (& failing) to finish GTA IV, at least the missions, Payton's room is completed, her birthday is quickly approaching, went to a rained-out Mets game, which resulted in another broken camera, played golf on Fishers, bought some new tunes from old bands thanks to iTunes gift cards for my birthday and that's about it.

I plan on expounding on some of these tales in the future, if I ever feel like writing.

See you in July.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

I'm quite happy I don't have to work today!

We spent a perfect day with Payton on Sunday. The weather was fantastic & we did lots of easy stuff. Went to the parade, then the playground, grabbed some ice cream, played some Wiffle Ball & dodge ball, watched two episodes of Phineas & Ferb, had a great dinner and dabbled with Wii Fit. I'm exhausted, so I'm sure she is as well.

Here are two of my favorite pictures, both taken today.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I'm disgusted that the Mets lost 1-0.

I'm disgusted that Pelfrey's finest outing was wasted.

I'm disgusted we're still lacking that initial no-hitter

I'm disgusted that Reyes attempted to go first to third on a bunt.

I'm disgusted Reyes has devolved from shortstop gone wild to a showy Dick Schofield.

I'm disgusted Beltran was doubled off third.

I'm disgusted that Delgado is in a two-year slump and couldn't pause it long enough to rekindle the magic of the inaugural CW 11 Weather Education Day with Mr. G and Linda Church.

I'm disgusted that Willie Harris isn't turned back at the players entrance by security.

I'm disgusted that a last-place team just won three of four from our alleged contender.

I'm disgusted that in games started by Odalis Perez, Tim Redding and Jason Bergmann, the Mets scored all of seven runs.

I'm disgusted that Billy Wagner publicly sniped at several of his teammates afterwards.

I'm disgusted that several of his teammates absolutely earned Wagner's wrath by apparently hiding from the press.

I'm disgusted that Willie Randolph manages like an NFL coach staring at one of those go-for-two/don't-go-for-two cards.

I'm disgusted at the four years handed Luis Castillo and the deterioration of Aaron Heilman and everything else that disgusts us all.

I'm not made of cotton candy, for crissake. But I can't stay disgusted for the last year of Shea Stadium, for my fortieth year of being a Mets fan. I like being a Mets fan too much.

Faith & Fear In Flushing, May 15, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

CPTV, You Suck!

Brace yourselves. I created a video entry. Ugh.

I hate how I sound on video, not to mention how I look. But I figured why not try out this fancy computer & see what I could whip up.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

What Year Is It Again?

What an auspicious debut for the Mets. They show little heart in falling to the Phillies (AGAIN), ruining the final opening day at Shea Stadium.

Even though they were 2-3 after the debacle in Atlanta over the weekend, I still had no worries. The Mets started 2-3 in 1969, 1986 & 2000, all pretty good years. In '86, they even beat the same Phillies to improve to 3-3. Well, that obviously didn't happen.

I understand it's a tad too early to be jumping off the bridge. However, the signs aren't too promising. This team (& more specifically, the bullpen) look too much like last year's house of cards team. Yikes.


In other news, it was great to see Red Sox fans give Bill Buckner a fantastic ovation today, as he threw out the first pitch at Fenway.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Yay, Opening Day!

The Mets continued their winning ways on Opening Day yesterday, defeating the Marlins at the home of the only undefeated NFL team ever.

Hopefully it was a good omen that as soon as I turned on the radio after leaving work yesterday, I heard the call of the double that drove in the first Mets run of the year.

Also, this year is the first year that I've received SNY. Every game, home & away, in HD. Oooo baby!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Joy of March

Sure, UConn lost. (I'll post more on that in the coming days.) But the sting of their early loss (& AJ Price's injury) was more than made up for yesterday with West Virginia taking out Duke. Buh-bye.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's "The Wire" Wednesday!

"From start to finish, The Wire has been one of the best series ever produced for American television, one in which the commitment to honesty and authenticity has never wavered. Despite that quality, its subject matter — nothing less than the failure of the world's most powerful nation to solve the fundamental problems of its urban centers — was never likely to pull in a mass, casual audience."

Too few were plugged in, but HBO's 'The Wire' was electric, USA Today

Also, here's two good podcasts to check out.

- Interview with David Simon

- Bill Simmons (ugh) & Jason Whitlock (yes) talk about "The Wire" for 55 minutes.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tuesday With "The Wire"

Or, "sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!"

It was something my uncle used to do all the time. Growing up, he would do it five six seven times a day. You'd go, "Did you sleep well?" and he'd go, "Ah, sheeet, my head was on the pillow." I would every now and then just do it in conversations.

The Wire: The secret origin of Clay's catchphrase

Monday, March 03, 2008

Monday's "The Wire" Stuff

TV Guide interview with Tristan Wilds (Michael Lee): Why doesn't The Wire get its due?
Wilds: The show is real enough to strike a chord in [everybody], and most of the time people don't want to see realness like that. Or maybe they think that it's fake TV and we're just being violent for no reason. What you see on the show is really happening, and not just in Baltimore. It's happening in a neighborhood two blocks down from where you live. People don't want to open their eyes to the truth. What makes The Wire different from other cop shows?
Wilds: I don't want to say it's a cop show. What makes The Wire a beautiful story is how true to life it is. In other shows, you have a good guy and a bad guy. In The Wire, bad guys are trying to be good, good guys are doing bad. You have real life. The people who do bad get bad things done to them.

San Diego Union Tribune:

It was a harsh night on"The Wire" this week, and a beautiful one, too. Beautiful because it was so true and so human that it hurt. And when a television show can make you care the way "The Wire" makes us care, it is worth its weight in tears.

Slate Magazine:

Like the rest of you, I've been watching this story slowly crack open for several years now. It's been 59 hours of TV time; there's one more hour to go, and I can't wait for it. But for now, this hour, this episode, felt like a coming together. It was simply breathtaking -- the logical, perfect conclusion to all those hours, those years' of stories, at once exhilarating and devastating, just like you knew it would be.

I watched this on Tuesday, and it's haunted me in lonely moments ever since. I'm still a bit hopped up on it, so please forgive my sounding overwrought. The thing is, it wasn't just the plot developments that got me, though these were obviously huge: Marlo! Snoop! Namond! Kima! McNulty! Bubbs!

But there was also something more complex here, something more intricately beautiful. In describing "The Wire" to friends, we've all remarked upon on its novelistic properties. This episode felt like the climax of that novel. Every scene hangs on the subtext of years' of accumulated storylines; the story, now, is not just the script but also all that we've learned of these people's motivations, their impulses, their relationships, the constraints in which they operate. The story is the system, and now, finally, we're seeing the system in full.

Wow, Wow, Wow

Once again, wow, wow, wow.

We're now less than a week away from the season & series finale for The Wire.

Once again, this show has exceeded expectations. Tonight's episode was, like Alan said, the ultimate roller coaster ride. (Speaking of Alan, I'm glad there's no shortage of TV writers who actually know what they're doing out there.)

This show not only rewards you for paying attention early in the season, it calls back stuff that happened way back in Season 1.

There's no way I can write anything to give this show justice. There are plenty of people who can articulate their thoughts far better than I can heaping praise on The Wire out there. This week, I'll try & link to as many of those stories as possible.

These past two episodes have been unreal. First, dealing with the whole Omar thing. Tonight, there was far too much to even touch on here.

Thank goodness for DVDs, because this is something I will be re-watching many times.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

One Reason Why I Hate Halo 3

The following represents one reason why I hate playing Halo 3.

This example seems to showcase how I'm always on the short end of random happenings in the game.

I'm very much aware of the fact that the main reason why stuff like this happens is my severe lack of skill. I'm horrible at this game. I could seriously challenge for worst player in the Halo 3 universe. I used to be decent, but now I can't even sniff a 1/1 kill/death ration. I don't know how Eric & Chang put up with me, as I severely hinder any chances of them winning a match. (I think they're mathematically challenged since they argue with me when I explain to them how I only have a negative impact on our team.)

I know you're wondering why I bother playing if I hate it so much. I play because I like playing with Chang & Eric. All my other cronies have moved on to Call of Duty 4, but I will play Halo 3 occasionally out of loyalty to my friends. I used to get extremely aggravated by my horrid play, but I've changed my mindset to make it tolerable. Now I don't care about my kill to death ratio. In fact, I'm trying to lower it as much as possible. I might as well be the best, worst player, right?

Anyway, onto tonight's little issue:

This is me sneaking up on an unsuspecting opponent. Usually, a melee attack from behind results in an instant kill, which Halo 3 calls an assassination. The difference this time is that this guy doesn't die.

As you can see by the flames (I have no idea why there are flames), I made contact.

Not only does he not die, he apparently can levitate, hanging over the edge, before coming back to attack me.

See that electricity on my body, a la the Emperor? That's me taking damage. Notice that the shots coming from his gun aren't even close to hitting me.

Yup. That's me. Dead. "Respawn in 4...3...2...1..."

By the way, here's a link to my stats from the game where this took place. I went 6-22. Not bad!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Whole Lot of Nothin

Lots of stuff I want to throw up here, so here we go.

- Watching UConn host Depaul as I compose this. The Huskies are on a nice roll ever since the Dyson/Wiggins suspensions. Things will be quite interesting when Dyson returns next week. (By the way, how sweet are Depaul's unis? I would love to get my hands on a pair of those shorts.)

- If saying a prayer is your sort of thing, please do me a favor and say one for my cat Cosmo. Tomorrow he goes to the vet to have half of his tail amputated. He had been biting the tip of it pretty bad, saw the vet who covered it up & gave him some antibiotics (which he had a horrible reaction to) but it didn't heal properly and they want to amputate just in case there's cancer involved. He's my boy and I'll be a little on edge Wednesday thinking about him. :(

- Mary's away again, this time in Australia. At least this trip is only two weeks instead of three.

- Before she left, we went to NYC last Saturday to catch Lower Ninth, a play about two guys stranded on a roof in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The draw for me was two of the three actors in it. Gbenga Akinnagbe (Chris Partlow from The Wire) & Gaius Charles (Smash Williams from Friday Night Lights). (The 3rd was James McDaniel from NYPD Blue.) All three actors were amazing and the location, the Flea Theater, was unique, to say the least. It seats about 50 people and you have to walk across the stage to get to your seats. It made for a great time. Those guys are pretty damn talented.


Yup, you read that right. My Dell laptop, which has served me well for almost five years now, is on its last legs. It's been continuously locking up & giving me the BSOD several times. I'm in the process of moving all my files to my external hard drive and just waiting for the next trip to the Apple Store. I've done a lot of research and have decided that the 20" iMac is everything I'll need. I'm looking forward to playing around with iLife and doing some cool things with photos and videos.

- Thanks to this story in the Hartford Courant yesterday, I discovered The Caldor Rainbow, a fantastic blog that documents the current fate of Caldor, Bradlees, Ames and other long forgotten retail giants of the Northeast. There's a ton of fascinating information buried there. I just wish there were some tags or some other form of organization. Great stuff though. Be prepared to waste some time there.

- Another interesting item I discovered yesterday was the story of Centralia, Pennsylvania. In short, it's a town that is basically deserted due to a fire underground that has been burning since the 1960's. There are a ton of eerie photos from this town.

- The Wire is down to it's final three episodes and I'm a little sad. There's talk of a prequel movie, which would be outstanding. To any of my friends who have not watched the show, my DVDs are making the rounds & I will be happy to let you borrow them to experience this masterpiece.

- Finally, Happy Birthday Dad!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Go Rudy!

Looks like I'm going to have to watch the dunk contest this year.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Top 20 Nintendo Entertainment System Games

Ah, the NES. This little 8-bit machine of wonder re-awakened my love of video games for good.

I first was introduced to the NES during the summer of 1987. My cousin Andrew had one at his cottage on Fishers Island. There must've been a bunch of rainy days that summer, since there's no way our parents would've let us stay inside all day playing video games. But play we did. Up in the attic, endless games of Baseball & Super Mario Brothers filled the air. It was fantastic.

That same November, my Dad & I spent Thanksgiving with the Burr's in New Jersey. Again, more Nintendo. This time Pro Wrestling worked it's way into the rotation. A month later, I received my own NES for Christmas.

I can still remember the games I received with it. Along with Super Mario Brothers & Duck Hunt, Rad Racer & 10-Yard Fight were under the tree. Soon after, Double Dribble joined the group. Over the next four years, many, many games were either borrowed, rented, bought or played with friends. I have fond memories of them all, but I'm especially fond of these 20.

The NES lives on strong today. Emulation (I can play NES games on my Sega Dreamcast), working original consoles (I have two), and the Virtual Console on the Wii (hopefully I'll have one of those soon) all allow a new generation of gamers to discover this classic. You can even play these games online. Just head to VirtualNES & jump right in!

On with the list. (Once again, these are my favorites, not a reflection on the best games ever)

HONORABLE MENTION: Super Mario Brothers 3, Rambo, Castlevania, Kung Fu, NES Play Action Football, Rad Racer, Rampage, 10-Yard Fight, Rygar, Super Dodge Ball, Rush'n Attack, RBI Baseball

(Click on the title for Youtube links. Great for remembering the fantastic sound effects & music.)


RC Pro Am


Top Gun

Landing that plane is still difficult to this day.

Major League Baseball

The appeal of this game was all MLB rosters. Unfortunately, there wasn't any player names, just numbers. Still, I swear #50 for the Mets was just as fat as Sid Fernandez.

Bases Loaded

Joe Cuff & I had some great battles in this game. In fact, we videotaped one of our greatest games, which included a bench-clearing brawl & the ump calling me "a bum".

Ice Hockey

Blades of Steel

Racket Attack

Legend of Kage


Jerry loves this game & always kicked my butt.

Tecmo Bowl/Super Tecmo Bowl

Ikari Warriors

Pro Wrestling


Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, start.

Double Dribbe

Ah, the Boston Frogs.


Please tell me I wasn't the only one to play this game so much that I started seeing Tetris pieces in real life and trying to figure out how they'll fit together.

Legend of Zelda

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out

007-373-9563. I've never forgotten the code to fight Mike Tyson.

Super Mario Brothers

As much as I played this game, I was only able to rescue the Princess once. I still never made it to the Minus Worlds.

Top 20 Songs of the 80's

Compiled in one location for your convenience!


Monday, February 04, 2008

Perfect Timing

Sure, they only lost one game, but it was a big one. Great season nonetheless. If I had to pick a game for them to lose during the season, this would be the one.

I'm not going to revel in the outcome of the game out of respect to my friends. My friends were pretty classy throughout the year, but there were others I run into who weren't. For them, I will be wearing this several times this summer.

I'm still thrilled that the season is over. The only bad thing about this game is more airtime for Mercury Morris. Can someone please shut him up?

Saturday, February 02, 2008

This, That & The Other

Just a few quick hits before going to bed & reading "The Corner".

- Yay. Tomorrow's the Super Bowl. Color me excited. I don't think I need to explain to everyone that I'll be rooting for the Giants. Unfortunately, I realize this is a futile effort. The Patriots are going to destroy them. As much as I'd like to envision the Giants pulling off a great upset (similar to the Pats over the Rams), it's just not going to happen.

The only Patriot I really can't stand is Rodney Harrison. He's a cheap-shot HGHer, who just rubs me the wrong way. Other than that, no one really bothers me. I like Wes Welker & Randy Moss and Tom Brady seems like a good guy. Belichick is a jerk, but whatever.

I'll be happy for my friends the Pats fans. Mike, Eric, Dean, Bryan. Those guys have been fans forever, so they were there when the Patriots were horrible. I can't say the same for the countless front-runners I encounter on a daily basis. They're the ones who ratchet up my hatred for all things Patriots. They wouldn't know Vincent Brisby from Vincent Price, Hugh Millen from Hugh Grant or Stanley Morgan from Morgan Stanley.

Here's hoping the recent news regarding the Patriots spying on other teams becomes a major headache for them & the NFL (Good job Roger Goddell destroying all those tapes!). Just as a disclaimer, the whole Spygate thing earlier this season didn't mean much to me. It's not like they weren't going to beat the Jets anyways & I never once thought an asterisk should be placed on this season. The arrogance from the organization bothered me more, but I didn't expect anything less. This news however is a little different. Videotaping your Super Bowl opponent's final practice before the game is pretty serious. Pats fans, this is where you respond with a) "everyone else does it, we just got caught", b) jealousy, c) witch hunt. :)

So congrats Mike & Bryan. The Patriots roll over the Giants, 55-10. It could be worse than that. Hopefully, we'll at least get to see a falling-over drunk Robert Kraft swear on TV as he receives the Lombardi Trophy.

- Here's a little bit of comedy for you. I apologize for the horrible quality, but Youtube blew the clip up too much. It looks better on a smaller size, but you'll get the general idea.

Two years ago, this guy used to sit in front of the seats I would sit in at UConn games. He would go nuts for the stupid free t-shirts, making wild hand gestures & yelling. I didn't see him at all last year, but today he sat right next to us. Good times!!! Here's a clip from 2006:

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Top 20 Songs - 1989

So this ends my rankings of songs from the 1980s. What a decade. In 1980, I turned 7 & was in first grade. (Just like Payton!) By 1989, I was 16 and was a sophomore in high school. Those 10 years seemed like forever then. Nowadays, 10 years goes by in a blink of an eye. (Foxwoods will turn 16 next month!!!)

Onto the list...

HONORABLE MENTION: Cryin': Vixen, Girl You Know It's True: Milli Vanilli, Seventeen: Winger, Close My Eyes Forever: Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne, Patience: Guns N' Roses, Electric Youth: Debbie Gibson, I Drove All Night: Cyndi Lauper, Toy Soldiers: Martika, On Our Own: Bobby Brown, Forget Me Not: Bad English, You're My One & Only (True Love): Seduction, Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty

Cherish, Madonna
"I was never satisfied with casual encounters
I can't hide my need for two hearts that bleed with burning love
That's the way it's got to be
Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet
So don't underestimate my point of view"

Angelia, Richard Marx
Where you running to now
Got to make you turn around"

The Look, Roxette
"She's got the look.
She's got the look.
What in the world can make a brown-eyed girl turn blue.
When everything I'll ever do I'll do for you and I go:
la la la la la she's got the look."

Rock Wit'cha, Bobby Brown
"I wanna rock wit'cha, baby
All night long
I wanna roll wit'cha, lady
Feelin's so strong
I wanna rock wit'cha, baby
All night long
Rock and roll, and roll and rock
Make your sweet love, don't ya ever stop"

Second Chance, .38 Special
"Since you been gone
I feel my life slipping away
I look to the sky
And everything is turnin' grey
All I made was one mistake
How much more will I have to pay
Why can't you think it over
Why can't you forget about the past"

Baby Don't Forget My Number, Milli Vanilli
"Ba ba ba ba baby
Don't forget my number
Baby love is stronger than thunder
Ba ba ba ba baby
Don't forget my number
Love will see you through"

A Girl Like You, The Smithereens
"Now if I seem a little wild, there's no holding back
I'm trying to get a message to you
I won't take anything from anyone
I won't walk and I won't run, I believe in you
London, Washington, anywhere you are I'll run
Together we'll be
Inside, outside, got my pride
I won't let him take you from me"

Higher Ground, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Keep on teachin'
Keep on preachin'
Keep on turnin'
'Cause it won't be too long
Oh no"

Fire Woman, The Cult
"Shake shake shake shake it. yeah...
Wound up, can't sleep, can't do anything right, little honey,
Oh, since I set my eyes on you.
I tell ya the truth.
Twistin' like a flame in a slow dance, baby,
You're driving me crazy.
Come on, little honey, come on now!"

I Remember You, Skid Row
"I paint a picture of the days gone by
When love went blind and you would make me see
I'd stare a lifetime into your eyes
So that I knew you were there for me
Time after time you were there for me"

Bust A Move, Young MC
"New movie's showin', so you're goin',
could care less about the five you're blowin'.
Theatre gets dark just to start the show,
then you spot a fine woman sittin' in your row.
She's dressed in yellow, she says hello,
come sit next to me ya fine fellow.
You run over there without a second to lose,
and what comes next, hey, bust a move."

Just Between You And Me, Lou Gramm
"Staring at each other with accusing eyes
Keep our voices low, don't act surprised
If the word gets out, yeah, that's alright"

Poison, Alice Cooper
"I want to love you but I better not
touch (Don't touch)
I want to hold you but my senses
tell me to stop
I want to kiss you but I want it too
much (Too much)
I want to taste you but your lips
are venomous poison"

Every Little Step, Bobby Brown
"Don't matter what your friends try to tell you
We will even fall in love
And we will be together in any kind of weather
Just like that, just like that"

New Thing, Enuff Znuff
"Worry worry is your answer
If you like your wrinkles faster
Nursing old things make em last
The way we did it in the past
Everybody telling you
You ain't got no respect"

One, Metallica
"Back in the womb it's much too real
In pumps life that I must feel
But can't look forward to reveal
Look to the time when I'll live
Fed through the tube that sticks in me
Just like a wartime novelty
Tied to machines that make me be
Cut this life off from me"

Cult of Personality, Living Colour
"Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Cult of Personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be
I'm the Cult of Personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the Cult of Personality"

Paradise City, Guns N' Roses
"Just a' urchin
livin' under the street
I'm a hard case
that's tough to beat
I'm your charity case
So buy me somethin' to eat
I'll pay you at another time
Take it to the end of the line"

18 And Life, Skid Row
"Tequila in his heartbeat, His veins burned gasoline.
It kept his motor running but it never kept him clean.
They say he loved adventure, "Ricky's the wild one."
He married trouble and had a courtship with a gun.
Bang Bang Shoot 'em up, The party never ends.
You can't think of dying when the bottle's your best friend"

Headed For A Heartbreak, Winger
"Darling don't wait up for me, tonight I won't be home
You've become a stranger, I just got to be alone
Don't need nobody on my side to dull the blade I'm on
So don't be waiting for love, 'cause I'll be waiting to ramble on"

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Race Point

I found this on Flickr tonight. I need to dig around some more there.

I'm not sure if I'll be adding many photos there, as I use PicasaWeb already. Then again, I don't have many photos up there either.

Regardless, this is a nice shot of the M/V Race Point passing Ledge Light on the way to Fishers. I like this one a lot because it's headed the right way, to Fishers.

(BTW, this is a test. If this doesn't look right, drop me a comment.)