Monthly Archives: October 2012

Maisa kicked butt last night during ‘Trick or Treat’

Maisa went trick or treating last night in Ankeny. We went all the way around our block and harvested a big sack of goodies.

Or, in Maisa’s words: “We went everywhere and everyone ate the candy, except they didn’t eat the candy all gone.” (She asked me to type that)

Then it was off to a couple friends’ houses here in Ankeny to grab some of the candy they were handing out. Then we had a late dinner at The Leaning Tower of Pizza, one of our favorite restaurants here in town.


I thoroughly enjoyed watching the new-look Lakers during the first half of their season opener last night. Their offense was crisp and baskets came easy.

Apparently I did the smart thing by turning off the TV at halftime (I was sleepy). Dallas won 99-91. Grrrrrr.


I’m excited about George Strait’s new song. I think it’s one of the best singles he’s made in the last few years. Enjoy.

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


This is a big deal

I was really glad to see that Dodgers ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named the 2012 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award. It’s a tremendous honor given annually to baseball’s top humanitarian.

Here is the Dodgers’ press release…

Dodger pitcher and 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw was named the recipient of the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award on Sunday. The award recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field.

Kershaw and wife Ellen founded Kershaw’s Challenge, a charitable organization that gives back to at-risk children and communities in need and provides assistance to organizations like “Arise Africa” where the Kershaws built and sustain an orphanage in Zambia.

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Maisa’s Halloween costume

Maisa wanted a Candyland costume this year, and Jill was able to find one on the internet. Here is a video and photo of Maisa at the Ankeny Halloween party last week.

The Sugar Plum Fairy

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


Random thoughts in the wake of the World Series

The Giants have won two of the last three World Series. One would assume that means they are the model franchise in Major League Baseball, the dominant franchise.

Yet those who follow baseball closely would say that couldn’t be further from the case. The Giants have a big, obvious flaw — namely, an offense that often fails to produce for weeks at a time. They rode their great starting pitching, deep bullpen and timely hitting to a pair of world titles since 2010.

I wasn’t around in the mid-1960s, but I bet baseball fans thought about the Dodgers then the same way fans think of the Giants now.

The Dodgers won the 1963 World Series and the 1965 World Series, and they lost in the 1966 Series. Dominant team, right? Not really — those Dodger teams struggled offensively, too, but rode the electrifying arms of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale to championships.


I read yesterday that the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson “was the meanest pitcher of his era” due to his willingness to routinely throw at batters.

Something about that statement didn’t seem right, so I dug out my baseball record books. Sure enough, the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale blew Gibson out of the water in terms of meanness. Drysdale had 152 hit-batsmen in 3,400 innings. Gibson had 100 hit-batsmen in 3,800 innings.

“Big D” set the standard for toughness on the mound. A heck of a nice guy off the field, though, with a Hollywood smile.


The worst thing about San Francisco’s championship is that it pushes the Dodgers to third place in the mythical “all-time best National League teams.”

For most of my life, I took great pride in the Dodgers being the best National League team of all time. Twenty-two NL championships, 18 World Series appearances, six World Series championships.

In recent years, though, St. Louis has caught and surpassed us. The Cardinals also have 22 NL pennants now, just like my Dodgers. And St. Louis has 11 World Series titles, including two in the last six years or so.

This year, the Giants won their 22nd NL championship — so there’s a three-way tie at the top. And, sadly, the Giants won their seventh World Series title — one more than my beloved Bums.

Moral of the story: My Dodgers need to get rolling and win a few World Series in the next decade or so. 🙂


My Dad always kinda liked the Detroit Tigers, so for that reason alone I was rooting for the Tigers to take the World Series. Not to mention I hated to see the Giants win.

Dad was a fan of Hank Greenberg, Hal Newhouser and Al Kaline, among others. The Tigers have been a pretty likable franchise over the decades, when you think about it. Aside from Ty Cobb, of course.

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


The green fields of the mind

As we put another baseball season to bed, it’s perfectly fitting to listen to Bart Giamatti’s classic baseball poem…

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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


A little George Strait to get your Saturday started

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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Uncategorized



Marco Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval and Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants have suddenly and unexpectedly become unstoppable baseball players.

On an unrelated topic, the Giants have a long-standing reputation of being a bunch of steroid-using cheaters. (i.e. Barry Bonds, Melky Cabrera, Guillermo Mota, et al)

No connection whatsoever, of course.

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized