Thursday, November 13, 2014
From the Toronto Star: If you’re a Canadian citizen with a passport and an itch to explore the world, you may be eligible for a free trip around the world. Just one condition: your legal name has to be Elizabeth Gallagher. Jordan Axani, a 28-year-old real estate development manager with some spare plane tickets, is willing to fund your airfare for a two-week trip around the world, provided that you’re willing to leave a few days before Christmas. The Cabbagetown resident posted a notice on Reddit looking for a travel companion late Sunday night. He writes that the offer resulted from a break-up with his girlfriend with whom he had been planning to take the trip since March. His search for another woman who has the same name as his ex began when he discovered what a hassle it can be to make changes to plane tickets. “Anyone familiar with the archaic system that is modern air travel will know that a name change on a ticket is damn near impossible,” he writes on Reddit. “Moreover, the flights were purchased during a massive blow-up on Priceline and were frankly so cheap and on so many different airlines that they’re not worth the headache or money to cancel.”
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
"I'm Your Puppet" - James and Bobby Purify Major quandary here deciding which version to use. James and Bobby Purify did the original so I wanted to give them credit, but I actually prefer a cover version by the great Marvin and Tammi. But I decided to go with the original just to point out that the original "Bobby Purify" was actually Robert Dickey. And he was eventually replaced by Ben Moore.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
"I'm here, and I'm there. I'm Big Bank Hank and I'm everywhere." One of the originators of hip-hop, Big Bank Hank from the Sugar Hill Gang died today at the age of 57, which means he was only 22 when he revolutionized music with Rapper's Delight. And don't forget Apache (SOTW, 8/22/07) And the worst part is, now he will literally be rolling over in his grave when he sees what has become of rap music.
The Mets will never learn. Mike Cuddyer is the latest old (36), injured (48 games last year), overpaid ($21M over two years) veteran the Mets hope will finally hit for them. Cuddyer is coming to them from the Rockies where his stats were obviously inflated by the ballpark. And like all the others he will surely suffer in CitiField. And even if he were to hit pretty well, he is an absolute butcher defensively, perhaps a worse outfielder than Lucas Duda was. I grant you that the Mets didn't have many better options to play left field, but my my concern is that he won't be much better than a Nieuwenhuis/den Decker combo would be (including defense and baserunning) and his arrival will result in fewer at bats (and defensive chances) for Juan Lagares -- because Terry Collins is a moron who thinks you need to keep guys fresh (and he has a crush on Eric Young Jr). Once again the Mets have turned to free agency to improve the problems with their team because they think that is what they are supposed to do and they think that showing the fan base you're committed to winning is important even when doing so actually makes it less likely that you will win. So Cuddyer is old, unlikely to be healthy for two years, terrible on defense and likely to see a significant decrease in offensive production based solely on home parks. The Mets will never learn.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Another -1. DETROIT -2 1/2 miami I think I am just have trouble adjusting to teams I thought were bad or good, suddenly changing and staying that way for weeks. The Dolphins may actually be good. But I like Detroit anyway. pittsburgh -3 1/2 NEW YORK JETS Last week I picked against the Steelers because they were coming off a monumental performance. I picked the Jets because they had just turned in a monumentally bad performance. Now let's try something different. atlanta -3 TAMPA BAY I cannot believe how awful the Falcons have turned out to be. denver -12 OAKLAND A huge road spread for the Broncos but they got smoked last week and the Raiders hung in against the Seahawks. BEST BET carolina +6 1/2 PHILADELPHIA Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback for the Eagles. Last week: 0-5 (-1 points) Season: 18-27 (15 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (3-6) Home Favorites: 0-2 (3-12) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (2-1) Road Favorites: 0-0 (6-5) Road Underdogs: 0-3 (7-9)