On Opening Day Monday

As a holiday weekend for many, I hope you had an enjoyable one in whatever you did. How did you spend your weekend? We had  wide variety of things as an evening on the ballroom floor, working in the yard, playing handbells, and hosting my in-laws.

Meanwhile, although Saturday was sunny and warm, cool temperatures have come to Cincinnati for Monday’s Opening Day. This is always been a special day for Reds fans, so the weather will not dampen spirits.

To celebrate Opening Day in the spirit of Monday Morning Entertainment, here are four of my favorite short pitching videos.  Even though the longest is only 90 seconds, (three are less than a minute), I’ve included a short description to help guide your choices 0 but watch as many as you want. Enjoy and have a great week!

On Opening Day 2010 in Cincinnati, the mayor delivered the worst “throwing out the first ball” ever.

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Enjoy this crazy pitch of a ceremonial first pitch.

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This one from a Japanese League is awesome. The umpire called it a strike probably for the effort.

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Movie buffs may remember this scene from Bull Durham.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 175

On Politics
Elected officials in Washington continue to favor politics over policy … and that’s why nothing is getting done.

I heard this one not long ago: Politicians are like cockroaches. When the lights are on, they scatter not to be found – but when the lights are off, they thrive on the feast.

I enjoy when a respected Congressman rips Congress.

Many people are like politicians. For instance, as many complain about media bias, why are the viewership numbers for FOX News and MSNBC rising? I explain media bias in this past post.

I recently called my Board of Elections to see how I can undeclared a party. Unfortunately, I have to wait until the 2014 primary.

With 2016 talk already happening, here’s a campaign-theme idea for a future Republican candidate: Repeal ObamaCare, repeal Social Security, repeal Medicare, repeal Medicaid, repeal prescription drug plan for seniors, repeal unemployment payments, repeal disability payments, repeal food stamps, repeal subsidized housing, eliminate the departments of Education and Energy along with the Environmental Protection Agency, stop all funding to Planned Parenthood, PBS, public education, …. after all, I want to see how far you get!

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Epic saga of employee’s ineptitude passed down through generations of coworkers
  • Congressman says the time is now for effectively meaningless gun laws
  • Divorced father buys string cheese to make coming to his place fun
  • Coworker running NCAA office pool relishing his temporary significance
  • Man has trouble growing beard of bees
  • Area woman thinks all her friends should be comedians

Interesting Reads
Ethnic intolerance in Hungary
Math and the speeding ticket
Kathleen Parker, Mariska Hargitay, and Rape Victims
David Brooks on the Gun Control Debate
About Calvin Coolidge
Obamacare and Two Americas

On Potpourri
A special thanks to Georgette for this great post – one that she says I helped inspire.

Dancing with the Stars is off and running. Sorry to Dorothy Hamill have to leave the show due to an injury.

Baseball’s Opening Day Cincinnati Style is Monday – and the weather isn’t looking good – but as we know, that’s subject to change.

For those counting on a Saturday Morning Classic Cartoons post, sorry … none this weekend … but hopefully returning next Saturday morning. For those needing a cartoon fix, here’s a nugget to hold you over.

Because our handbell choir plays this weekend, I send you into the weekend with the joys of the two tunes we’re playing: a recording of Te Deum Laudamus (a not-so-easy, fast paced tune with a favorite of techniques) and a video of Easter Joy played by very large choir of several hundred ringers!

To the Jews, Happy Passover. To the Christians, Happy Easter. To all, have a good weekend! For those traveling, be safe. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Shadows

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. ― Charles Dickens

A dark figure cast upon a surface by something intercepting the rays from a source of light

A partial darkness or obscurity

An imperfect and faint representation

An imitation or copy

A shaded or darker portion of a picture

The darkness following sunset

A state of obscurity

Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow… ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

A pervasive and dominant influence or presence

A remnant, an insignificant amount, an inferior focus

An area near an object

A darkened area of skin under the eye

An incipient growth of beard that makes the skin look darker

An inseparable companion or follower

A nearby or adjoining region

A reflected image

A source of gloom or unhappiness

A shelter for protection

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. ― Walt Whitman

Related words: phantom, dusk, umbra, shade, shadiness, blackness, dimness, gloom, murkiness, obscurity, somberness, cloudiness

Enjoy for a day journey with the shadows of Italy. Which are your favorites? Ciao!

Monterosso for a Late Lunch

Monterosso al Mare for a Late Lunch

Shining Church in Vernozza

Shining Church in Vernozza

Peeking through the shadows in Florence

Peeking through the shadows in Florence

A Sunny Day in San Gimignano

A Sunny Day in San Gimignano

Falling Shadows in San Gimignano

Falling Shadows in San Gimignano

In the Shadows of San Gimignano

In the Shadows of San Gimignano

Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano

Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano

A University Building in Pisa

A University Building in Pisa

Pisa at Dusk

Pisa at Dusk

Night falls in Lucca

Night Falls in Lucca on the Bascilica of San Frediano

On Satire Bits: Vol. 48

Snow flurries have been in the air for the past two days. Fortunately, the temperature is warm enough that nothing sticks. On the bright side, temps are due to move upward into the weekend.

For your midweek dose of satire, let’s continue the creative challenge (for those desiring) by taking the information in the headlines (and only in the headlines) to make a new headline. Any ideas?

Otherwise, any favorites in the list? Enjoy, and have a good rest of the week!

Investigation finds appalling conditions in Cosmopolitan magazine Male-Pressure Lab

Applebee’s to offer divorced father and child specials every other weekend

Report: Small businesses fail in first 6 hours of being on fire

Internet users demand less interactivity

Unicycling bear’s agent has long list of demands

Clothing catalog creates unrealistic expectations for shirts

Cocky attempt to operate ATM in Spanish backfires

Farm subsidy blown on farming

Naked woman biting pearls near curtain likes perfume

Photo of crying woman on cover of national newspaper

Man who willingly rented Wrath of the Titans feels his intelligence has been insulted

Impossible to tell if frazzled women in Walgreen’s uniform going to or coming from work

My combination: Investigation finds cocky naked woman unicyling at Applebees

On Emergency Calls

In the US and Canada, 9-1-1 is an emergency response number. Similar system also occur throughout the world, such as 000 (Australia), 100 (India, Israel), 112 (European Union, Hong Kong, and some non-EU countries), 113 (Norway), 117 (Philippines), 133 (Chile), 155 (Turkey), 999 (UK), and there are others.

In the US, calls to the 9-1-1 center are part of the public record – therefore, recorded calls may become part of a news report. Whether on a large cable/satellite network, a national network, or the local news, I’ve never thought much about these calls beyond hearing the initial account …. well, not until last month.

What you are about to read is simply the basic facts about the event – and by no means will I go into more details about the incident – thus keep in mind, my point in this post is regarding emergency calls being part of a news story.

A friend of mine was sitting in a chair one evening. His wife was sleeping, my wife received a Facebook comment from him, and within an hour, shots from outside his house killed him. His wife found him in the chair, thus called 9-1-1.

The next day, the local news included that emergency call as an update to their story. Hearing a person’s voice that I know well describing her discovery troubled me. Yes, this was my first encounter of knowing the people involved in a 9-1-1 call that made the news. Throughout my 60 years, I’ve had people close to me die of a wide range of ages – some unexpectedly, some from prolonged illness. – from heart attacks, cancer, accidents, and others – but never murder.

Nonetheless, hearing her voice made me think about 9-1-1 calls. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a wonderful service – but should emergency call center recordings remain private for a designated number of days as 30 or 60? What’s your opinion?

On Supposes Monday

Baseball Opening Day in Cincinnati is a week away, meanwhile, winter is having a difficult time loosening its grip on the Ohio Valley. We are due to get some white stuff tonight, but I’ve got the feeling that our house will avoid the most significant amounts.

How was your weekend? We started the weekend with ballroom dance, then drove to my sister-in-law’s family for a delayed Christmas gathering. We had a great visit, and returned home ahead of the lousy weather.

To jump-start your week, it’s time to complete a trilogy. With so many readers enjoying two recent clips from Singin’ in the Rain, I close this trio of hits with Guapo’s favorite: Moses Supposes. Enjoy and have a great week.

On a Martian

“One who was quiet and soft-spoken, but whose actions were incredibly destructive and legitimately dangerous” (Chuck Jones’ description)

“A bowling ball wearing a spittoon” (Bugs Bunny’s description)

Home: Mars

Mission: To blow up the Earth because it blocks his view of Venus

Trying for more than two millennia

Wears a Roman soldier’s uniform, with old-fashioned basketball shoes

Created by Chuck Jones

Debuted July 24, 1948 in Haredevil Hare

Spacecraft: The Martian Maggot

Favorite Weapons: Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator and the ACME Disintegration Pistol

Commanding Officer: General E.M.C. Squared

Often accompanied by his dog “K-9”

Other Accomplices: Instant Martians (activated by adding drops of water) and his niece Marcia

Unnamed in the original, but called Commander of Flying Saucer X-2 in The Hasty Hair (1952)

According to Don Markstein’s Toonopedia, Marvin got his name in The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)

First voiced by Mel Blanc, who gave him a nasal-like voice, but later adopted an accent

Notable Quotes
Where’s the kaboom?
There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!”
Isn’t that lovely?
This makes me very angry, very angry indeed
Click for sounds quotes by Marvin

Consistently foiled by Bugs Bunny, but also battled Daffy Duck in Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (trailer below)

Also appeared in Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniascs, Space Jam, Futurama, Drawn Together, Looney Tunes Back in Action, A Looney Tunes Christmas, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, South Park, The Simpsons, Weird Science, ABC Evening News, MetLife commercial, video games (Mega Drive/Genesis, Super Nintendo, and PlayStation), and on the launch patch for the Spirit Mars Rover.

Enjoy Hasty Hare (1952)