Monthly Archives: February 2009

Shaq weighs 400 pounds

If he’s not 400, he’s gotta be getting close.

Shaq-Fu sat during most of his Phoenix team’s blowout loss to the Lakers on Thursday in L.A. That was one of the easiest wins the Lake Show has had this season. Kobe barely played in the 2nd quarter, and he didn’t play at all in the 4th quarter.

The teams meet again Sunday in the desert. Hopefully for the Lakers, Phoenix point guard Steve Nash will again be unable to play. He’s out with a bum ankle.


As Manny’s world turns…

ManRam once again rejected the Dodgers’ latest contract proposal. I’m convinced that he’ll sign with L.A. unless the Yankees or Mets sustain a major injury to their outfield. But I don’t think he’ll sign until a week before Opening Day — at the earliest.

Can you really blame Manny for choosing to skip spring training? The whole thing is a joke — and far too long. Three weeks of spring training would be plenty. This year, it’s more like six.


I can’t stand the idea of not eating meat on Lenten Fridays. Catholics have long had this ridiculous tradition/superstition.

For one thing, it’s no sacrifice for me. I like fish better than pork/chicken/beef, anyway. So in a way, it’s the opposite of a sacrifice. What’s the point again?

Second, fish is more expensive than other kinds of meat. It smacks of being a regressive tax, in a way. The church should focus on helping people who are struggling financially, not hurting them.

Third, the whole tradition started back in the Middle Ages when the pope’s brother owned a fish market. The “no meat on Fridays” rule was created to help the brother make a few more bucks. (I can’t confirm this story, but my smart brother-in-law says he read about it somewhere).

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Posted by on February 27, 2009 in Uncategorized



I’ve become exceptionally good at holding on to my money in recent months/years.

I’ve had the same $20 bill in my billfold for about two weeks. How many people can say that?

Granted, many of the purchases we make in the United States these days are debit card transactions. Still, I think it’s something of an accomplishment that I haven’t used that Andrew Jackson yet.


There’s nothing better than the smile my little girl flashes at me when she sees me for the first time each morning.


The Bums started their spring training slate yesterday with a loss to the Cubs at Mesa, Ariz. Hopefully it’s not an omen. 🙂

Micah Hoffpauir hit a grand slam to sink the Dodgers. I feel bad for that guy, because he’s stuck behind Derrek Lee and can’t get significant playing time. Hoffpauir had a gigantic year at triple-A Iowa last year, so I think he could help a few big-league squads. Just needs to find the right fit.


It’s the Lakers vs. the Suns tonight on TNT. Tip-off at 9:30 p.m. CST.


It’s a bit lengthy (8 hours), but if you’re even slightly interested in the birth of this country, I suggest you watch the HBO miniseries “John Adams.”

I picked it up at the library for free, and found the time I invested well worth it. Each of the seven segments stands somewhat on its own, so it doesn’t feel like you’re watching an 8-hour movie.

A lot of my political science classes in college dealt with that time period, naturally. It was a good review of that material, and much more. But even those of you who don’t know much about that era will enjoy the HBO series and learn a lot.

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Posted by on February 26, 2009 in Uncategorized


OK, I’m ready for spring

So I read in today’s Register that Des Moines will see some snow this week. Can we just be done with that crap already?

Pitchers and catchers reported weeks ago, and spring training games start today. I think there should be a federal law banning snow in the U.S. once spring training games begin.

I’m ready to spend some time in our three-seasons room. So warm up already!


There were rumblings yesterday that the Dodgers were close to a deal with Manny Ramirez. So far, nothing doing.

I think ManRam simply wants to avoid spring training for as long as possible. Especially since spring training is longer than usual this year.

Frankly, I don’t want him risking injury in meaningless games at Glendale. I’d be perfectly happy seeing him sign with the Bums on March 20. It’s the uncertainty of WHO he’ll sign with that makes me uneasy.


The Lake Show mostly dominated Oklahoma City last night. The Thunder made it interesting for a brief period in the second half, but what would an NBA game be if the losing team didn’t put together a big run at some point?

Los Angeles continues to have the best record in the NBA. Home-court advantage is critical for the playoffs, so let’s hope Kobe and Co. FINISH with the league’s best mark.


Maisa returned to daycare yesterday. It was good to get her back in that routine a little bit. It’s good for her to be around other kids and adults once in a while.

Jill’s back pain continues to be a problem — especially during the night. It’s not as bad during the day, thank goodness.

Gramma and Grampa B. are returning today to stay with us for a few days. Clarence is going to help me with a project or two while he’s here.

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Posted by on February 25, 2009 in Uncategorized


Way to go, Lamar

Never thought I’d say this, but Lamar Odom is saving the Lakers’ season.

Since Andrew Bynum went down with a knee injury a few weeks ago, Odom has moved into the starting lineup and played superbly.

Odom has averaged about 15 rebounds per game over the last 6 or 7 games. He’s also scoring more than he normally does.

Sunday at Minnesota, Odom was the reason the Lakers escaped with a victory. 25 points, 14 rebounds and a huge tip-in in the final minute.

The undermanned Wolves damn near beat the best team in the West. Whew.

The Lakers play absolutely no defense, regardless of the opponent. Mercy!

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Posted by on February 22, 2009 in Uncategorized


Digital TV

I have several TVs in my house — one of which uses a rabbit ears antenna. I hooked up the analog-to-digital converter last week. The new digital picture is, I must admit, quite nice.

I wish I’d hooked up the converter sooner. The old analog picture often was fuzzy for some channels. Now I get more channels and they’re all crystal clear.

The picture is so good that I’m actually watching a NASCAR race. Well, actually, it just happens to be on that channel as I listen to the Lakers radio broadcast on my computer.


Last Sunday we ate at Macaroni Grill in West Des Moines. Love that place. A friend of our had given us a gift card, so it didn’t cost us but a few bucks.

This Sunday (today), we’ve had a couple visitors and we’re mostly having a quiet night. Trying to keep Maisa happy — I think she might be getting a tooth or two.


I haven’t watched many movies this year, but I’m always curious  about the Academy Awards. Not planning to watch the show this year, though.

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Posted by on February 22, 2009 in Uncategorized


The “O-Dog”

Somewhere in Sherman Oaks, Calif., Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully is a happy man tonight.

Vin loves Orlando Hudson. He called him “The O-Dog” at least 12 times whenever the Dodgers played Arizona the last few years.

Now Hudson is a Dodger, and Vin can say “O-Dog” 12 times every night.

Hudson will play second base for the Bums, and probably bat second. Hopefully L.A. will re-sign Manny Ramirez and ManRam will bat third.

Hudson is a three-time Gold Glove winner and a .300 hitter. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that his OBP the last few years has been around .360-.370.

There’s a good chance that the Dodger offense will be stronger than the Dodger starting pitching. That happens about once every 10 years.

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Posted by on February 21, 2009 in Uncategorized


Basketball fever

I’ve been watching more than my share of hoops lately. Almost all of UCLA’s games have been on TV the last three weeks, including last night’s exciting win over Washington at Pauley. The Pac-10 has a logjam among the leaders now, with the top four teams all having four losses.

Tonight the Lake Show is on ESPN at 9:30. Home game vs. N’awlins. It’s a good matchup for those of you looking for something to watch after the kids go to bed.


Anyone watch “Lost” this week? We watched it last night before retiring. I thought it might have been the best episode of the season. Which isn’t saying much because I think the season has more or less been dragging.


I borrowed the “John Adams” miniseries from the library today. The HBO production received a lot of critical acclaim when it came out a year or two ago. Seven chapters, 500 minutes — so I better get watching!


Off today, working Saturday, off Sunday. Looking forward to spending some quality time with my little girl. She loves to grab people’s faces now — that’s her new pastime.

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Posted by on February 20, 2009 in Uncategorized