Monthly Archives: November 2012

Let’s go to the library

I’m happy to report that Maisa’s appetite for books has come back in full force.

There were a few months recently in which Maisa preferred puzzles, coloring and other activities over reading.

The last couple of weeks, though, she’s all books all the time.

In fact, we’re about to make our second trip of the week to the library. 🙂

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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


Gil and Walt

I’m reading “Campy,” a biography of Dodger Hall of Famer Roy Campanella.

It’s a heck of a good book. I’ve learned so much about Roy and Jackie and all of the great Dodgers of the 1950s.

One of the book’s best anecdotes was a quote from shortstop Pee Wee Reese.

Pee Wee was talking about a near-fight between Jackie Robinson and manager Walter Alston. Pee Wee said Jackie was very brave to get in Alston’s face, because everyone felt that the two toughest guys on the team were first baseman Gil Hodges and Alston.

I’ve heard many stories over the years about how physically powerful Gil Hodges was. His hands possessed superhuman strength, and he was built like a rock. Hodges’ demeanor, meanwhile, was very gentle and kind. A devout Catholic, Hodges attended Sunday Mass every week. He was the guy who broke up fights.

But I had no idea that Alston ranked right up there with Hodges in terms of strength. Alston must have been a really tough guy.

Clockwise from top left — Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges and Walter Alston celebrate the 1955 World Series title.

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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


Excited for the show to start

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Maisa poses for a photo at Wells Fargo Arena while waiting for “Disney on Ice” to begin Sunday night.


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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized



Jill, Maisa and I attended “Disney on Ice” last night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. We all had a blast, especially Little Miss.

Thanks to Santa’s elf Max for bringing us the tickets, and to Mommy for buying dinner afterwards.

I’ll post some photos later in the week.


Kids say the darnedest things. Here’s a gem that Maisa unloaded on me today:

“Daddy, remember when I sat on Santa’s lap last year?”

“Yes, I remember. Are you gonna be shy again this year when you see him.”


“Why? You’re not shy when you sit on Uncle Hub’s lap.”

“That’s because I like Hub better than Santa.”


Another gem from Maisa this morning:

“Daddy, what would you do if there was a big, big … BIG … HUGE spider in the house?”

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


The greatest character in television history

I was about 19 years old when I first watched an episode of “Dallas.” I was back at my folks’ house during summer break, just flipping the channels when I stumbled upon the murder trial of Jenna Wade (i.e. Bobby Ewing’s old flame).

“Dallas” sucked me in that day, and never let go. I’ve been a huge fan of the show for more than 15 years now, as all of my friends and co-workers can attest. My best buddy Al started watching the show when we lived together in 2003-04 — and he’s still hooked.

So naturally I was very sad to hear about the passing of Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing — the TV character everyone loved to hate. Hagman was masterful in his portrayal of the lying, cheating, greedy Texas oil tycoon.

Rest in peace, Mr. Hagman. You were one of the real icons in television history.

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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


You know, we’re only about four months from Opening Day

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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


How ’bout some Endless Summer on a warm November day?

Maisa loves this song. I do, too.

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized