Today’s Random Observations

Posted by: on Feb 27, 2012 | No Comments

Went out for a walk to the bank today. I like to say you get your best material simply by observing the world around you and here’s what I came up with today.

First, the weather is completely screwed up.  It’s the end of February and it’s got to be close to 60 degrees outside. Not that I miss it but I’ve only had to shovel twice and one of those was after the freak October snowstorm. As for the snowblower, haven’t touched it. In the past week, I’ve actually seen a few moths starting to fly about. Can’t wait to see the size of the bugs that come out this spring.

Let’s move on to some really bad shit and by shit, I mean goose shit. A block from my office is Taylor Park. Today was so nice I took a slight detour on my walk back from the bank and went through the park. Oh gross! The softball field and other areas are covered with goose shit. In another couple of weeks, children of all ages will be running around on those fields and than they will be covered in goose shit. Someone needs to figure out a way to keep the geese off the fields so that they don’t become one big turd. We have enough of those in New Jersey as it is.

Going back to an all too familiar IraSez rant but cell phone usage while driving a car isn’t going away any time soon. As a matter of fact, I think it’s reaching epidemic proportions. If the town and the state want to make easy money, all they have to do is up the ante on cell phone restrictions and enforce the law. Have the cops stand on the corner of Millburn and Main, point at the offenders and you’d catch them by the dozens. Has to be easier than chasing them down on the highways. Think of all the gas we’d be saving and than I wouldn’t have to worry so much about getting caught when I’m driving too fast on the highways, which is pretty much all the time (and yes, I see the hypocrisy in that argument).  And mom, please don’t tell dad I wrote that.

And today’s final observation is brought to by those spandex clad females of Millburn & Short Hills who have taken up residence at Fly Wheel, the new spinning class center in town. I must admit seeing all those sweaty woman in spandex every morning always makes me giggle and I know there’s a really good blog post in there somewhere. I just need to figure out a way to protect the names of the innocent (including my spandex biking short clad rabbi which was oh so weird seeing that one). Today on Millburn Avenue, one of the spandex clad spinning set came walking out of Fly Wheel and lit up her cigarette. Reminded me of the scene in Annie Hall where Woody is visiting his doctor who is smoking a cigarette during the examination. I guess everyone has their compromises and rationales, for which I’m very thankful. Gives me something to make fun of them for.

What Happened to 2012?

Posted by: on Feb 21, 2012 | No Comments

I’m watching TV last night when a car commercial comes on for the 2013 piss me off automobile. We are now in the 8th week of 2012 and automobile companies are already saying that a new car is the “2013 model.” Isn’t that rushing things a bit? I mean we are only 20% through 2012, many people are still writing 2011 on their checks and the automotive industry has already decided this year is going to suck so bad that they want to skip right over it. Talk about your downer attitudes.

I never understood the logic as to why car companies pull this shit but I’ve come up with a few theories as to why they think it might be a good idea:

  1. Automotive marketing executives think all car buyers are idiots who don’t know what day it is, let alone what year.
  2. The car companies think there new car design is so radically different than anything else the car buying public has ever seen that they won’t notice they’ve skipped a whole year.
  3. It’s actually a psychology quiz to see if you are actually paying any attention. If you go in and ask for the 2012 model they will actually sell you the new 2013 model at this year’s price (or maybe they will sell you the 2011 model at next year’s price).
  4. It’s a conspiracy and they are doing it just to piss me off because I think that’s the way the world should work.
  5. And finally the “This Is Spinal Tap” theory…you know “this one goes to 11.” Think about it but if you need any help:

Well, I’m glad I got that off my chest. Time to get back to surfing ebay. I hear the new 2013 model golf clubs are coming out and I need to get a job on next year’s golf game.

The Orange Home Away From The Dome

Posted by: on Feb 4, 2012 | One Comment

This morning started off bright and Orange. Honestly think that half the riders on this morning’s NJ Transit midtown direct train from Millburn were SU fans on their way to the game. If I had started a “let’s go Orange” cheer, pretty sure I would have gotten a good response.

Now let’s talk about the crowd in the Garden today. Holy moly, was it ever Orange. I have been going to SU games in MSG for 3o years and have never seen a crowd like this one.  You hope for 60/40 but today it looked and sounded more like 80/20, and it was pretty much a sell-out thanks to the sea of Orange supporters. Heard rumors of $30 tickets selling online for over $150. That’s crazy but the crowd was totally awesome.

Not only was it a huge Orange crowd but they were actually selling SU clothing in the gift shops.  And it wasn’t just one item. There were several SU items on sell. You gotta think the “home team” wasn’t too happy about that but credit the folks at The Garden for knowing who the real audience was.

As for the game, another impressive victory and certainly a total team effort, with more than 1/2 our points coming from the best 2nd team in college basketball. Fab is back, MCW picked the big spotlight for his best game to date and an oh my god a monster dunk for the ages, Dion was finally Dion again with a great spinmve and another oh my god monster dunk (which came right after MCWs), and the professor moved into a tie for 3rd all time with his 879th win. All in all, it was a good day to be Orange.

On the downside of things, our pending move to the ACC will take away our regular season visits to our home from the dome. Pretty sure we will figure out some way to get into the garden during the early part of the season but an annual game in the garden would be nice. Say against a former Big East rival. So, Dr. Gross, if you are listening, as I suggested to you in a previous conversation, how about call your friend at that school in Washington DC and tell him you think The Garden is the perfect “neutral site” venue to continue our rivalry. As for what The Garden really is, I promise not to tell if you won’t.