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Bats L, Throws R

AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: R&B vs. soul vs. funk ... a brief look at my many music-category neuroses STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Music DATE: 03/02/2009 05:22:17 PM ----- BODY:

Continuing along on the iTunes genrefication (spellcheck wants that very badly to read "gentrification" or "glorification") -- I admit, I don't know the difference between R&B and soul, so I merged them into one iTunes category. I kept vacillating on where to put Al Green and that opened up a whole can of worms (what about funk? a subset of soul or R&B?).

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  1. in "A Very, Very Large Animal," isn't it odd that Piglet brings a ham and sausages to a picnic? Seems rather cannibalistic to me.
  2. In "No Rabbit's a Fortress," when Tigger is leading his friends through the obstacles (referred to as "booby traps") in Rabbit's garden, he says, "If there's one thing Tiggers are good at, it's trapping boobies." I am imaging the obvious double-entendre is unintended, but it should be changed.
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The other day I happened to overhear a song a colleague was listening to ... the lyrics were amazingly direct and somewhat crass (NSFW! NSFW!).

Evidently, the lead singer knows a young lady who he considers to be somewhat addle-brained ... perhaps even mentally unstable. He also called her an unkind word that the rappers enjoy (although according to Queen Latifah's U-N-I-T-Y, you probably shouldn't).

Anyway, ultimately, despite finding this young lady to be unstable and, well, disagreeable, he admits that he does, in fact, enjoy the act of connecting with her physically ... he would say "he doth know her and lay with her," if the song were written during the Old Testament.

The song wasn't really to my liking -- I don't go for that sort of post-grunge bland-rock or whatever it was, and well, I like my lyrics to be a little more challenging. But I was curious as to who sang the song, and immediately typed this phrase into Google:

"Crazy b*** f*** so good"

And learned it was "Crazy Bitch" by Buckcherry.

The third result, oddly enough, was this link to the song's entry on SongMeanings.net, a user-generated content site featuring lyrics and reader's interpretations of the lyrics. My first thought when I saw an entry for this song was, really? I mean, if check out the lyrics, I'm pretty sure there's never been a more obvious song written, ever (here's the chorus ... I'll try and clean it up so not to offend any of Harrison3's less prurient readers):

Hey
You're a crazy [disagreeable woman, perhaps unstable]
But you [lay with me and know me, in the Old Testament sense] so good, I'm on top of it
When I dream, I'm [
laying with you and knowing you, again, in the Old Testament sense] you all night
Scratches all down my back to keep me right on
[didn't think I had to clean that up-ed.]

Most of the comments had little to do with the song's meaning but were instead compliments on the song (to wit, "they rock, LOVE this song ") or really feeble attempts at finding greater meaning by stating the obvious ("She rocks his world and he cant (sic) stop thinking about how he want (sic) to bone her all the time").

Now, I've actually used the Songmeanings site a few times myself. I am terrible at interpreting lyrics -- I either mishear them badly or make very simplistic assumptions, so it's interesting to get other people's takes on the meaning of more difficult songs. For example, I have no idea what the hell Iron and Wine's "He Lays in the Reins" is about, but while I know it's sad and beautiful ... I still don't really know.

But I'm pretty sure I know what Buckcherry's song is about.

In fact, this got me to doing a little more searching on this song, because I assumed it had to be about more (it's not) -- Chuck Klosterman (a writer whom many seem to have turned against although I still find him very funny) wrote a great piece for Esquire about the song back when it came out, comparing "Crazy B***" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy":

As such, the difference between "Crazy" and "Crazy Bitch" creates an ideal litmus test for how you experience popular music (and how that experience is shaped by media). Download both songs. Play them three times each. If you find yourself preferring "Crazy Bitch," you have been sonically and culturally emancipated: You will never have to read another album review for the rest of your life. You don't need criticism, because the things you like don't require explanation. You're free. You're crazy, but you like the way it fucks you.

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At last count I had more than 24,000 songs on iTunes, the result of an obsessive need to collect that begain with an extensive CD collection that started in 1989 (helped there was an on-campus Tower Records at GW as well as numerous memberships in the BMG Music Club under various permutations of my name ... Ed Harrison ... Edward Harrison ... Ephraim Harrison ...) that has continued to this day (although the bulk of my purchases now are from Amazon's excellent MP3 store, eMusic or, now that the DRM is finally being lifted, Apple's iTunes).

While I enjoy having lots of music (and the iPod and "shuffle" as well as the excellent Sonos home music system have definitely changed the way I listen to it), I don't necessarily "enjoy" my library.

I'm constantly fiddling with it --trying to clean up tags, make certain that album titles and group names are consistent and multi-CD compilations are entered correctly. It's been a seven-year long work-in-progress since I first ripped my CD collection throughout the summer of 2002 (and then did it again when Juliet got me my first iPod, which wouldn't play any of the Windows-formatted songs).

So the latest project has been the "Music Genrefication Project." I'm not sure what iTunes uses to assign genres, and I'm guessing it will get better as they develop more personalization technology, but it's not very good or specific now. Thus, the bulk of my collection gets lumped into a very broad "alternative" genre (see James Reed's piece in the Boston Globe, "What's So Alternative About This Roster?", for a discussion of the misleading term "alternative").

I hadn't really thought much of music genres until my friend Ben was talking about the "folk-rock" mix he had put together using iTunes and genres. So at that point, I was determined to update my genres. And it's been stressing me out, and here's some reasons why:

  • Some artists can be multiple genres (for example, Bob Dylan: folk, folk rock, classic rock, gospel); do you make the cutoff on a per-album or per-song basis? If it's the latter, I will never, ever finish.
  • Some decisions have huge ramifications. If you call R.E.M. jangle pop, should you call Velvet Underground jangle pop, due to their obvious influence on the quartet from Athens, Ga.? But most of their songs, other than a few tracks on "Loaded," are hardly jangly, they're more heavy and experimental sounding. Help.
  • Ben's been getting a lot of panicky text messages from me: "Quick what genre r Velvet U'ground helpme." Thank God he's a patient friend and reminds me that there are ultimately no wrong answers (he suggested "art rock," by the way).
  • So I've tried to avoid the whole concept of "alternative" but I've found that I've replaced that generic catch-call with "indie rock" (think Von Bondies or other harder sounding indie stuff, but what is indie? And aren't the Von Bondies really "garage rock"? Aaargh, another rat-hole!) or "indie pop" (think catchy stuff like Apples in Stereo, but aren't they more "twee" or at times "experimental"? Maybe Vampire Weekend?).
  • My beolved Wilco has been a killer, as their sound has gone everywhere from alt. country and Americana (subtle difference, although I can't tell you why) to hard rock and so-called "experimental rock," the latter of which would lump them in with almost all of Sonic Youth and some of Yo La Tengo's more experimental stuff.
  • And Beck, hell, I have no idea what to call him. Odelay was truly "experimental" (in my mind) when it came out, but in the 13 years hence, his "food-processor mash-up of genres" sound has been oft-imitated, so is it really experimental? And what about some of his more straight-ahead stuff, like the sad Sea Change?
  • And are the Beatles British Invasion or Classic Rock? (In my mind, they evolved, starting with Sgt. Pepper).
  • Is it fair that I lump all rap music together in hip-hop? Should there be "old skool" and "dirty South" sub-genres? Am I prejudiced against hip-hop if I lump it all together yet spend hours splitting hairs as to whether to call Pavement indie rock, '90s alternative, mainstream alternative or experimental rock?

So I got through the As and the Bs and will probably take a break for awhile as merely typing out this entry is stressing me out. Obsessive music collectors obsess.

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Does Clarence Clemens feel sad when a new Springsteen song doesn't call for a sax? And does Bruce Springsteen feel immense pressure to have to include sax in all his songs?

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So based on the recent Consumer Reports article in which readers touted the "great taste for the price" of Eight O'Clock Coffee, I picked up a pound. I usually brew Peets at home, or pick up beans from Armeno's when I'm out in Northborough. I like to try new beans and I was intrigued by something that cost at least 40 percent less than what I normally brew.


So I have been drinking the Eight O'Clock French Roast all this week. And it's ... well, it's pretty meh. Maybe Consumer Reports' readers aren't as picky as I am. Or maybe I'm a snob. The first batch was weak. I tried making it stronger and made it too strong -- it could have taken the paint and barnacles off of a boat (my old boss once told me the coffee I made him tasted that way, and the visual has stuck; luckily I haven't had to make coffee for my bosses in awhile). So I give the coffee a C-minus. 

And I give Consumer Reports a stern finger-wagging for leading me astray. I'm going to stick to using Consumer Reports for researching dishwashers and house paints and for trying desperately to pimp out my clients' consumer-ish products.  


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A few rambling thoughts from my time in Central Florida:

  • The Magic Kingdom is not so magical for a constipated 5-year old.
  • I love my wife's cynicism; it's actually rather endearing and edgy. But it is much easier to suspend my sense of irony and disillusionment at a theme park when she's not there.
  • Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, the day of our return trip home, Jacob used the term "not fair" -- or something similar regarding the relative fairness of whatever activity (major or minor) I was prohibiting -- 17 times.
  • Did you know that "It's a Small World" was originally commissioned for the 1964 World's Fair in New York? Evidently, the world was too small then to include Jews or to delve into anything deeper than ethnic stereotypes (Hawaiians surf! Australian aborigines use boomerangs!). That said, it is a retro-quirky ride -- as is the Carousel of Progress, which we unfortunately missed, and the boys really liked it. And the song has been stuck in my head for 4 days.
  • According to the Frommer's guide I was reading, WDW's "Tomorrowland" went from futuristic to retro-futuristic in around 1994 or so. I'm a big fan of "the future that never was."
  • Evidently WDW has a exclusive deal with Coca Cola. I'm a bigger fan of the Pepsi family of products, and figured once I hit the Hess that was outside the boundaries of the Magic Kingdom on the parkway out to the Interstate, I'd be OK. No such luck.
  • If you're in a car with 3 adults, a 5-year old and a toddler, and if the car is a traditional 5-passenger car, and if the drive is > 1 hour, volunteer to drive. You won't have to entertain the kids if you're sitting in back, and you won't have to help the person sitting in back if you're sitting in the passenger seat. No charge for that tip.
  • Leading up to the trip, my greatest anxiety was the air travel with two kids (one squirmy one on my lap). The trip down was fine; Jacob watched TV (God bless JetBlue) and Colin slept and mostly looked at his brother looking at TV. Going home was more difficult--beginning with Colin's bloody nose at the airport, which happened when he fell off the ledge he was standing on when he was watching planes from the window at our gate (Honestly, I thought he had better balance). Then he basically squirmed and cried the bulk of our 3 hour trip home. Luckily, any into or out of Orlando will feature at least 50 percent families with children. I feel for any business travelers heading in or out of MCO. But I survived (Go! Walk out the door!), hey hey, I survived.
  • Other than pre-1994 (when the Starbucks chain expanded into Washington, D.C.) and perhaps the last year I went to Lake Oquaga without my espresso maker, this trip may have been my longest stint sans espresso-based drinks in 15 years (I did sneak off to a Starbucks on Thursday as I was making my trip to CVS for anti-constipation supplies for the boy).
  • I really enjoyed the ribs at Sonny's.
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I wish I had titled my previous post "Lap(top) Dance." I regret the error.

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Live from Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- There are three strip-clubs on the drive from my parents' condo to the Publix supermarket. Two of the three have significant differentiators (the third seems to be sort of a generically sleazy one, although it is located conveniently across from the local "Christian Living Center") -- one is called "Cheaters," so they are certainly appealing to a specific clientele; and the second offers free Wi-Fi. It's a good offer to get you in the door -- I mean, you really don't want to have to pay for your Wi-Fi when you're watching strippers.


It was a long day today. I'll write more later but let me just say, for a very constipated five-year old, the Magic Kingdom is anything but magic. 
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OK, I finally got tagged for the "25 things about me" meme on Facebook. Thank you, Rose Gaviglia Lyons.

And since I'm desperately trying to build up content on Harrison3, I am including it here for those of you not on Facebook or silly enough to click over here thinking you'd get new content. Sorry, suckers!

1. I have been hoping someone would tag me for this, because I love being random.
2. The night I met my wife, my roommates were actually trying to set me up with another girl with the same first name. How many Juliets are there, really? Not many, but I only needed one.
3. I am 6-6 but can't play basketball to save my life. When I do, I like to camp out by the 3-point line rather than go down low in the post. I last dunked a basketball in 1996, and I have witnesses.
4. I used to be somewhat skeptical of Macs and their users, but since I bought a Mac in 2006, I have become somewhat of a Mac snob.
5. I had no intention of going into high-tech PR. I answered a Globe want-ad in 1996 because the firm said I could wear jeans to work.
6. My first concert was The Stray Cats in 1984.
7. The first 45 I ever bought was John Sebastian's "Welcome Back" (the theme to "Welcome Back Kotter."
8. The first LP I ever bought was the soundtrack to Grease.
9. The first CD I ever bought was, regrettably, Howard Jones' "Human's Lib."
10. I have 24,320 songs on my iPod. That is a lot.
11. I collect baseball caps. Right now I am wearing a Boston Bruins cap.
12. We picked our youngest son's name (Colin) out of a hat after he was born. It came down to Colin (my choice) and Miles (Juliet's choice). It was very high stakes.
13. I lived in Troy, NY until I was almost 7, which is why I don't have a cool Masshole accent.
14. I attended George Washington University although I really wanted to go to Georgetown.
15. I was at Game 6 of the Celtics/Lakers series last year in which the Celtics clinched banner 17.
16. I fulfilled a lifelong dream of attending a World Series game with a woman when I took Juliet to Game 2 in 2004.
17. I have had Crohn's Disease since 1988. When I first was diagnosed, I thought it was a pretty cool malady since, given my inability to digest any food, I dropped around 70 lbs. (a hefty 240 to a gaunt 166 lbs.). Come to find out it's not really all that cool.
18. William Shatner once lived in the house in which my wife grew up (although sadly, not when she lived there).
19. Temple coach John Chaney told me a question I asked him in an interview was a "stupid question."
20. I once dressed as a giant Twinkie for a "sidewalk sale" at the supermarket which employed me in the late 1980s.
21. I worked for the USOC as a media attache at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta.
22. I am a huge fan of the band Wilco and have seen them close to 20 times.
23. Although I would like to have a daughter, I think we're done with two kids, thus I plan to spoil my new niece, Gracie.
24. "Manic Monday" is an excellent song.
25. I was a big John Edwards supporter early in the 2008 primary season. I still think he's a good man that cares about poor people, but has made some poor choices in his own life.

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Wow, major case of writer's block coupled with "who really gives a crap about my take on [fill in aborted post topic]." I've started like 6 or 7 posts and they're all in the drafts folder. Time to clear things out ... so here's a bulleted list of random ideas, sort of like those "clearing out the desk drawer of my mind" pieces that columnists do when they forget they had an impending deadline and have to slap something together.

Consider this the blog-entry equivalent of a colonic cleansing for the brain (although hopefully more pleasant for those who have to see the results of it):

  • Another Pink Panther movie with Steve Martin? Really?
  • I was talking with a friend the other day and we determined that while Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo isn't a bad sequel, the whole franchise really lost its way by Herbie Goes Bananas.
  • I've started and abandoned blog entries about 1) issues I have with youth sports; 2) my excessive love of social networking; 3) how awesome our President is; 4) how impatient I am that our new President hasn't fixed everything after 9 whole days in office; 5) how much I hate winter; 6) DuraFlame logs; 7) digital pens; 8) online consumer services; 9) how unethical it would be to post shills about clients or prospects, no matter how vague the references were;
  • Saturday Night Live has been getting some hip musical guests (Fleet Foxes!). Not that I watch any more. Actually, does anyone watch any more or do people just catch clips on the Hulu? Actually, in checking out the Hulu, I'd say Letterman wins the hip musical guest prize, with Vampire Weekend, Okkervil River and Ben Kweller.
  • Another music clip -- Feist on Conan doing "1,2,3,4" (which is a great song) backed by Grizzly Bear. Pretty cool. Is she Canadian? Man, I love Canada's indie rock scene.
  • Finally took Colin for his lead test today. The snow day was good for something and now our pediatrician won't be angry or figure out I'm lying when I say, "We totally took him, the lab must have lost the results" and I won't have to blame Juliet for not taking him.
  • Jacob watched his third full-length movie tonight, Cars. It's funny that he has around $9,000 in Lightning McQueen-related merchandise but has just seen the film tonight. It's also interesting that Disney is still pimping the hell out of merchandise related to a three-year old film. Then again, they do sell tons of Snow White stuff, don't they? I'm amazed they still don't productize some of their live-action films from the 1960s and 1970s like The Apple Dumpling Gang action figure or California Atoms jerseys from the eponymous film about the football-kicking mule, Gus (starring Ed Asner and potentially Don Knotts, I need to look it up).
  • Speaking of Ed Asner, are there any other television characters that made the spinoff transition from a sitcom to a drama, as did his Lou Grant (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to his character's eponymous drama (ding ding ding, my goal of two "eponymouses" has been reached without having to resort to a reference to the 1988 R.E.M. greatest hits package) where he played the same character, just that he moved from Minneapolis to LA and went from broadcast media producer to newspaper editor)? Maybe Trapper John M.D. (from M*A*S*H, as played by Wayne Rogers, to ... wait for it ... the eponymous program, where he was played by Pernell Roberts?
  • Lou Grant was recently referenced in a piece in the Columbia Journalism Review, which made me want to search out an episode or two. Not enough to actually do it, but to think about doing it. I think my grandmother used to watch it although I may be confusing that with Quincy.
  • I still can't believe today was a snow day.
  • Spring is going to eventually arrive, yes?

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41HuDBecHmL._SL500_AA280_ So, a few months back, I bought a Crosley MP3 turntable. It looks kind of like one of those record players you'd have in your elementary school classroom that would get taken out to provide the soundtrack to filmstrips. Yes, I am 144 years old. Mostly I've been using it down in my basement, to play some old 78s my parents gave me when they moved. But finally, I have hooked it up to the Mac and am going to digitize some old singles and perhaps some new things I pick up. Plus, I probably have a few dozen LPs I never replaced with CDs back when that was the thing to do (1989 or so).


1 With that, tonight, when Jacob and I visited the gargantuan Newbury Comics on the Automile in Norwood (it's pretty amazing), I bought my first vinyl in a few years -- The White Stripes "Conquest" on white vinyl, backed with a song called "Honey, We Can't Afford to Look This Cheap," which they recorded with Beck. I'll give you a full report as soon as I figure out this audio-importing software.

(Also, on a side note, every time I type "vinyl," I misspell it as "vynil." I can't help myself.)
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Shods spraypaint 


So I've been fairly successful at indoctrinating/tricking my children into enjoying the same music that I do. Most recently, that's included The Shods.the late, great band from Lowell, Mass. that was one of the Boston area's greatest live acts of the late-1990s. 

Due to work in pushing them to the boys, we're at the point now where even young Colin (age 18 months) will ask to hear their great "single" (if in fact they actually had any singles) "Eddie Cross" (off of 2000's "Thanks for Nuthin'") -- of course, when he asks to hear it, it kinda sounds like he wants "Eh Koss," but I figured it out. 

Anyway, the band's appeal is universal -- aging hipster-wannabees and 18-month-olds agree. Here's why The Shods rule (in bulleted form, as I am too lazy to compose complete paragraphs of thought on New Years Day, the laziest day of the year):
  • Lots of hand-claps
  • Lots of "yeah yeah yeah" harmonies
  • Increased presence of the Farfisa organ on later albums
  • Their occasional use of strings 
  • Lyrical richness with songs that range from the simple rocker ("Musta Been Drunk") to great stories ("Lucky") to the heartbreaking ("Jessebelle," "Don't Make Me Beg")
  • Lots of shout-outs to Lowell, Mass.
  • Lots of shout-outs to The Real Kids (even a cover)
  • No song more than 2:30
I had probably seen them live a dozen times between 1998-2001; I remember being stunned when, out of nowhere, the band broke up in early 2001. Lead singer/guitarist Kevin Stevenson had developed MS (Amy Finch wrote an excellent piece about his condition a number of years ago in the Boston Phoenix). Then, later in 2001, the band's outstanding "Stop Crying," which had been sitting in the vaults at Fort Apache for five years, after their distribution deal with MCA went south, finally was released, with a huge record-release gala at the Middle East Downstairs (as much of a gala as could happen at the dingy Middle East Downstairs).

It was amazing. They played the new album straight-through. Most of the crowd didn't know the album but I had lucked upon an advanced copy, so I had already listened to it at least a dozen times. That show, in the innocent final days of August 2001, still ranks as one of the best live music events I've ever seen. They played the new album, including a string quartet for the aforementioned "Jessebelle" (after the song finished, Stevenson had the quartet play their part again, unaccompanied by the band, as he felt the were lost in the loud mix) and then played an amazing, six-song encore of their concert favorites. It closed with a moment that still gives me chills -- as the last song ended, Stevenson said, "We were The Shods, thank you." Very sad.


They weren't done yet. They've reunited sporadically since then (I saw a very rough show at a now-defunct club in Somerville in early 200) but more recent shows, including a gig at last year's Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Hometown Throwdown" as an opener, have gotten solid reviews. They also played a show or two at TT's last year (I've embedded the video of "Jessebelle" here, and there's other stuff on the YouTube). I also hear there's a full-length documentary on the band in the works. 

So what's my point? I don't know, go buy their albums and if you ever hear that they're playing, let me know.


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Colin on Big Wheel
Originally uploaded by eharrison3

I got around to posting some photos from Christmas to my Flickr account. Click on the photo of Colin using his big brother's new Big Wheel to see some shots -- most are relatively mundane but cute and extremely special to me, thus making this entry just narcissistic enough to be blogworthy. My memories aren't real and valid until I share them via social media!

(Sorry, it's been a long day)

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Winner Winner

For the first time ever, and after a decade of unsuccessful participation, I have now won a fantasy sports league. My team, "There Will Be Blood" (the name of which is both a threat and the title of my favorite movie of 2007, coincidentally a film particularly disliked by the league's runner-up) pulled out a big win this past weekend. For the first time, I actually did smart things as a fantasy GM, meaning I'm smart, but only in fantasy. Maybe that means I'm fantastically smart, who knows. I know people who spend hours preparing for drafts ... hours on the phone and online setting lineups from vacation spots, national parks, etc.; spending hours on weekends at the expense of family, friends, religious and charitable organizations, managing multiple teams and playing for big money.

However, I love my family and I get distracted/overwhelmed easily, so that's not me. I limit myself to one team per sport (football, basketball and this year, for the first time, hockey) and spend maybe 8 minutes/week on the team. For the draft, I usually frantically buy a football magazine on the drive over to the big event. Typically I get bored by week 3 and have a "Fire Sale." I can also easily be duped in trades. I didn't check my NL-only baseball team for 4 months and finished 10th.

In fact, here's my previous football finishes across sports (thanks, Yahoo, for keeping track of this):

10th, 8th, 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 5th, 1st (all 10 teams/league)

This year, however, I was smart. So most of all, I want to thank the robot at Yahoo that autopicked my team for me.

Unfortunately, some disorganization at the league office means I won't be getting a big payout (very few paid into the pot and around Week 6, we were still dickering as to whether there'd be a cash prize or not) but whatever, I'm just glad to finally not come in 10th. And I do plan to work on overthrowing the commish, who is a bum.

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North Carolina Trip - 06
Originally uploaded by eharrison3

A few items as I unpack my brain from my recent trip to Raleigh-Durham ...

  • Chick-fil-a sandwiches taste better south of the Mason-Dixon line. Mr. Brian and I enjoyed a number of them at the UNC/Evansville game, and that number was 4.
  • From a strictly architectural point-of-view, the Dean Smith Center is nothing special. But put a full house in there, and look out. Those fans know basketball.
  • Tyler Hansbrough would be beloved as a Boston Celtic, if you know what I'm saying. And I think you do.
  • If you're going to be stuck in an airport for 7 hours, you could do worse than the new terminal at RDU.
  • The Chevy Impala I rented in NC is the reason why two of our major auto makers are bankrupt, and worse, highly irrelevant. There was nothing alluring or even competent about the car.
  • Brian Wilson can make a song festooned with sleigh bells sound like the saddest yet most beautiful thing in the world. Listen to "God Only Knows" ten times in a row like I did today while I was driving home, and I think you'll understand.
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I was going to sit down and write about my favorite pop Christmas songs, but evidently I did that last year. Oh well. I do have two additions:

Weezer's new Christmas album is outstanding. It's Christmas Standards meets the "blue album" or even "the green album." As long as it's any album but the crappy "Make Believe," it's fine.

The worst pop Christmas song of all time is "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney. Listen to the lazy synthesizers and what passes as lyrics:

The moon is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough
Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime
The party's on
The feeling's here
That only comes
This time of year

Seriously? He took *maybe* all of four minutes to write it. It's even worse than "novelty" songs like "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and "Dominic the Christmas Donkey," each of which makes me want to rip off my ears. Anyway, it sucks, and that's that.

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DCUMainBldg

A few notes from last night's Neil Young/Wilco/Everest show at the DCU Center (screw it, I refuse to call it by its slave name, particularly after reading this damning piece about the credit union's naming rights contract with the city of Worcester) Centrum in Worcester:

I met Wilco bassist John Stirratt at Brew City in Worcester, where we had decided to grab a bite prior to the show. Our companion Shona remarked, "You can really tell who's going to the show ... like that guy in the white sweater over there." She could not have been more right. I decided to take a chance and walk over and introduce myself. "You're ... (pause as I realize I don't know if his last name is pronounced "Stir-ATT" or "STEER-att") John from Wilco, right?" He acknowledged and seemed pleasant. "Hey, we're going to see you tonight, just wanted to come over and say hi and shake your hand." He was extremely gracious and let me know they'd be on at 7:45, and thanked me for attending. He also assured me I wasn't bothering him. I think he was lying but he couldn't have been nicer. He now bumps Celtics legend Jo Jo White down to #3 on the list of most famous people with whom I've spoken (#1 will always be Frank Perdue; did you know his name means "Frank Lost" in French? True story).

The Centrum in Worcester is a dump. There, I've said it and I can't take it back. They've done patchwork updates (including adding a third deck in an effort to bring in a pro indoor soccer team in the early 1990s) since Frank Sinatra christened it in 1982, but it is plagued by woefully inadequate bathrooms (come on, 3 urinals and 2 stalls is a bathroom at a major arena?) and a crowded, dark concourse. It pains me to judge so harshly a building wherein I saw my first auto show, my first rock concert with my Dad (Elton John, 1984), my first concert about which I'm kind of embarassed now (Culture Club, 1984, also with my Dad; man, he was a patient guy), NCAA men's basketball (1992), and Worcester's longest-lasting professional sports team, the Worcester Icecats (currently the Peoria Riverman; man, how much does your city suck if Peoria is stealing your franchises?).

First, the opener/opener: Everest put on a solid set of My Morning Jacket-esque (the less noodly stuff) folk-rock. They would have sounded better in a smaller venue, no doubt. But I liked what I heard and will have to check out some more of their catalog. Also, regarding the band members themselves, to quote Jack Donaghy in this week's "30 Rock," "If I wanted to lick a hippie, I would return Joan Baez' calls."

Wilco put on a strong, yeoman-like set of around 70 minutes. It did seem targeted more to the Neil Young fan-base ... more of their noisier, electric hits from the last two albums, although opening up with "Via Chicago" was a great choice.

Neil Young's set list included a few songs that even confounded the guy who posts set lists on his Web site within 24 hours (see songs with quotes). Neil was amazing last night -- and his band was quite, quite good, particularly ace Nashville session man Ben Keith, who played steel guitar on the "Harvest" album -- but I have to admit, the unknown songs slowed things down a bit. That said, his versions of "Cinnamon Girl," "Cortez the Killer" and "Rockin' in the Free World" sounded fresh and filled with passion and angry guitar work. Very cool to see him given that it had been almost 18 years. Come to think of it, last time I saw him, he also had very cool openers -- Social Distortion and Sonic Youth. Wow.

His pump-organ version of "Mother Earth" was very cool, although I had to wonder, do you think his crew is pissed they have to lug that thing around for just one song?

On the drive home, we were all trying to guess Neil's age ... we tended to guess on the high side. He's 63 years young.

Neil's Lincvolt project -- to make more eco-friendly his love of classic cars by equipping them with low-emissions, electric engines -- is very, very cool.

So a great show in Worcester last night. Sure, it was no Rolling Stones playing a surprise Worcester gig at a 200-person club in 1982, but it was pretty close.

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So, during the early 1990s recession (what's that, two recessions ago?), I worked at Disabled Sports USA as a program coordinator, making a robust $20k/year. Given that my rent on my not-so-luxurious 1BR apartment made a huge dent in my 1x/month paycheck, I often found myself short of dough ... by around the 7th of the month or so. Sure, there was money for nickel drafts night at Odds, but that was pretty much it.

So I had to find some additional employment. On election day 1992, I spent the night traversing the malls, applying for crappy retail jobs ... and got no call backs. Neither Sam Goody nor The Stupid Music Box Store nor anyone else outside of the food court (my one-month stint at the Westborough, Mass. Burger King turned me off to the world of food preparation) deemed me worthy of employment ...

That's when I received my calling. As a gangly 6-6 22 year old, it was my destiny to play ... Father Christmas. Well, my destiny, and my buddy Mike managed the Santa kiosk at a mall in Northern Virginia. In my mind, I wasn't Santa, exactly, since I had a long purple robe. I may totally be making that up but it sounds right ...

We had very little training except for the following:

1. Don't make promises you can't keep ("Oh, Billy, your daddy will definitely be home this Christmas"; "Mommy's cancer is in remission" etc.).
2. Upsell the photo packages.

If I recall, it was a relatively pleasant way to spend a few hours on the two shifts I worked ... certainly more challenging than the Easter Bunny I played the following spring (the Easter Bunny didn't talk). The most fun I had was freaking out my friend John by announcing from across the mall, as he walked by, "Johnny Maynard ... have you been a good boy?" Evidently my "deep" Father Christmas voice tricked him.

And I did make a whopping $6/hour for my trouble.

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Just like I always just miss making People Magazine's annual rank of the 50 Sexiest People, Harrison3 must have *just* missed boston.com's "Best of the (Local) Web," their selection of the 64 finest local Web sites. 


But you know which site didn't miss making the cut? Food on the Food. Congratulations Tammy (the mention is here)!
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Julios This day always makes me a bit melancholy.

For it was on this day in 1986, the day before Thanksgiving, while working the crowded afternoon and evening shift at Northborough's now-defunct Julio's Supermarket (although the liquor store in Westborough is doing quite well), I inadvertently ruined a pallet of store-brand frozen waffles by leaving them sitting on their pallet in the frozen food aisle (not the freezer) for three hours when I was called up front to bag groceries. I had been stocking the freezer and forgot about them; they, unfortunately perished.

Yes, it was a simpler time -- no choices between paper or plastic, no credit cards for groceries, baggers who would load groceries into your car, plenty of "This Lane Closed" signs featuring the iconic KOOL Menthols logo, paisley ties on the baggers and cashiers, double-coupon Wednesdays, $3.35/hr. wages, etc. -- but what does remain a constant is this: frozen waffles left sitting in an aisle for 180 minutes will melt. Which will cause certain tempers to heat up.

Mr. Colangelo, you were a very busy man, running a three-supermarket empire, yet you still managed the time to come to your smallest store that day.

Where you were met with a pallet of now soggy waffles.

If you are still alive, sir, I again empathize with your anger for the loss of inventory -- those delicious, melted squares never had a chance to absorb syrup or magically come back to life in a toaster. Although, we may have rushed them back to the cooler in the back of the store and re-frozen them. I forget, actually. Perhaps I've been carrying this burden for 22 years for no reason.

Nonetheless, that said, let us never forget. And please, if you love your waffles, keep them frozen. Until it's time to eat them. Then you should probably toast them.

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For around a year now I've been keeping a little notebook of words that I've looked up. I see an unfamiliar word, I jot it down and eventually write down the definition. Here's a few of the latest (with a tip of the hat to the WordNerd for stealing her idea re: posting on words I've looked up) ...

Quotidian: Commonplace

Oubliette: Had to look this one up as it was mentioned a number of times in Cat's Cradle. It means "a dungeon accessible only from a hatch in a high ceiling."

Oubliation: I believe this means the act of being imprisoned in an oubliette. I should hope to never find out.

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We are heading to the Big Apple for Thanksgiving (well, the greater tri-state area) and will be taking the boys to the Macy's parade on Thursday -- Juliet's dad lives a few blocks off of Central Park on the Upper West Side. It will be my time there since the ill-fated 1997 Thanksgiving Parade, when a rogue Cat in the Hat balloon knocked a NYC woman into a month-long coma. I remember being at that parade and wondering why John Tesh's float was stopped in front of us for twenty minutes -- he continued to lip sync his "song" while further downtown, the Cat created mayhem and organizers struggled to regain control.

After 20 minutes of Tesh, I'm pretty sure we would have all gladly switched places with the coma lady, head injury notwithstanding.

(Another Thanksgiving note: we will get to see Juliet's cousin Pablo, along with his lovely new wife Katie and son Colin, on Thanksgiving. Pablo is the biggest (and only) Detroit Lions fan I've ever met. I believe the squad is 6-7 since I've been spending the holiday with her family, which tells me: 1) Wow, I've been spending Thanksgiving with Juliet's family for awhile and 2) The Lions really won six games?)

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Hockey for Dummies

I have had a relatively passive relationship with our region's hockey team. Growing up, they were definitely 4/4 among the region's professional sports on my radar screen (4/5 when the New England Tea Men were here. The early-mid 1980s weren't a great time in the Hub of Hockey, Pete Peeters' amazing 1983 season notwithstanding. They'd get through the first round against Quebec, Buffalo or Hartford and then invariably lose to Montreal, Lucy once again pulling the football away from the B's Charlie Brown. That changed in 1988 when the Bruins finally vanquished the Habs after losing to them in 133 straight playoff series, an NHL record and a number which I just made up.

I admit. I joined the bandwagon in 1988 (after Jim Schoenfeld challenged Don Koharski to have another donut) and again in 1990 when the team went to the Stanley Cup Finals. In 1990, I was at GW and able to watch them demolish the Capitals -- and during the Stanley Cup Finals' Game 1 at Rich's house, we vowed to go and sleep on Ray Borque's lawn if they came through in Game 1 (I think we thought he lived somewhere in MetroWest). Stupid Petr Klima kept us from doing that, as well as the fact that we really had no idea where he lived.

Since then, I've tried to get into the B's ... I never played hockey (tall=high center of gravity=easily tipped on skates) ... and never really learned the rules of the game, although I've tried. I do know a lot of random stuff about former franchises:

  • The Oakland Seals begat the California Golden Seals who became the Cleveland Barons who ultimately merged with the Minnesota North Stars.
  • The Kansas City Scouts begat the Colorado Rockies which begat the afforementioned Devils. The Scouts were going to be the Mo-Hawks but the Chicago Blackhawks beleived that to be too similar of a name.
  • Sad Hartford Whalers fans are now Habs fans due to a hate of the Bruins (tip of the cap to the WordNerd). (Another fun fact about Hartford: the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis planned to move there post-merger, but the Celtics blocked it; of course, things have turned out pretty well for the Brothers Silna since then).

But a forecheck? Backcheck? Paycheck?

So I'm trying. I attended my first Bruins home game in 2005 (yeah, I know, that wasn't a long time ago) and then a bunch more, and they promptly lost the first five games I attended. I have some friends who are into hockey and fama PR may boast more hockey fans than any PR firm not based in Canada or Sweden, so simply by osmosis, I've gotten more interested. Part of it is not wanting to miss out. Part of it is, of course, my secret wish that I was Canadian.

And then the Bruins (oh, it's called Bruins) had been dreadful. Not any more. Things started to get exciting for the casual fan in the first round vs. the Habs last year, an exciting series for even a hockey moron like me ...  although I broke my streak of home openers attended at three, I did get to a big 6-1 Bruins win over the Habs on 11/13.

And now, the team is on a tear, and did I mention I'm a huge fan?

True story.

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Clearly, I've run out of ideas for original content and I don't feel like finishing a slide deck to defend myself from an angry client, so here goes.

  • From 1991-1996, the Special Olympics were my archrivals. Now I have a greater respect for them, but have a hard time totally forgiving them.
  • Reporters from the business press find my desperation funny.
  • I have a really hard time saying "reciprocity."
  • I once met Frank Perdue, while I was getting a haircut in Westborough (c. 1983).
  • I am only an inch shorter than 6-9 Chris Webber. Which means he's not 6-9.
  • Legendary Temple basketball coach John Chaney told me a question I asked him was stupid.
  • I could read when I started kindgergarten. My teacher had me read to the first grade class, which probably made them hate me.
  • The first two elementary schools I attended, PS 17 and St. Paul's (both in Troy, N.Y.) each closed at the end of the single year I attended them.
  • I once tried to break up a fight at Yankee Stadium.
  • My building superintendent in Washington wouldn't talk to me for a year because I called his mother an "old freak." (To be fair, 1) she was parked in a handicapped spot that my friend needed; 2) I had no idea she was his mother and 3) I had been drinking).
  • My iPod has more than 21,000 songs on it. Some of them probably suck, but most of them are pretty cool.
  • My first concert was the Stray Cats in 1982 at the E.M. Lowe's Theatre.
  • In college, I played both "The AP Style Drinking Game" and "The WordPerfect 5.1 Drinking Game," which explains why I never had a girlfriend.
  • I have seen Wilco live at least a dozen times, more than any other band.
  • I had a severe crush on the girl who played the daughter of Kate. Or Ali. I forget which one.
  • I was a church organist for 4 years, but couldn't really read music all that well.
  • I misused the word "belie" in a meeting today.
  • Lists like this illustrate the narcissism inherent in social networking.
  • I try to act like I understand Zippy the Pinhead but most of the time I don't get it.

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I liked the redheaded one, But I liked Susan St James even more.

----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Try playing "The Biggest Delta" -- good music, bad music, same artist STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Music DATE: 11/18/2008 11:07:10 PM ----- BODY:

Images And I don't mean Delta Burke circa 1988. Hey-oh!

This is a game that my good buddy Ben Schwartz and I invented at Lollapalooza back in August (and most recently played with Erin at last week's Bruins game), to answer this question:

Take the best work of a musician. And then take his worst work. Who has the largest delta between their zenith and their nadir?

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My answer: Paul McCartney. Now We never really established the rule as to how to count solo work vs. band membership -- I prefer a wide open game, where everything goes, but Juliet and others thought we needed to consider only the artist's work -- so the delta within McCartney's solo work, or the delta within the Beatles' work, but not McCartney's solo and the Beatles' work.

OK, so that said, even if you only count his solo work, there's a huge delta between the best Wings work, or even his 2006 comeback album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, which was very good, vs. the dreadful "No More Lonely Nights" from the soundtrack to the 1985 musical fantasy Give My Regards to Broad Street ("There's no justifying, let alone explaining, Macca's disastrous 1984 film Give My Regards to Broad Street -- a nearly impenetrable 'farce' involving stolen tapes, ghosts, and funny moustaches -- and the soundtrack, if anything, is even messier." -- AllMusicGuide)

Or "Ebony and Ivory," which vastly understated the challenges of bridging racial gaps. Or "Say Say Say." Or "The Girl Is Mine." Pure rubbish.

Now, compare that to his finest hour as a Beatle (which is debatable, given how many there are; but regardless of which one you pick, it's awesome), and forget about it.

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Other artists with great deltas:

  • Erin suggested R.E.M.: "Radio Free Europe" vs. "Shiny Happy People," which is pretty valid. I think that song is what caused Bill Berry's aneurism. I buy that, absolutely.
  • Doug offered up Elton John, anything in the early 1970s vs. "Sad Songs Say So Much." (Or "Nikita" -- ed.)

Please weigh in on this one ... I think it could also work for actors and authors, too. I'm hoping this could be this century's Charades, as far as parlor games go.



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Aerosmith. 1973 Aerosmith and Toys in the Attic vs. 1993 Get a Grip

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Ezra EMAIL: ezraball@gmail.com IP: 209.6.14.107 URL: http://realfake.org/blog DATE: 11/18/2008 11:46:56 PM

Also, trying to break away from the 60's artist goes 80's cheese (which is a rich, rich field to mine)... Billy Idol of White Wedding vs. Billy Idol of Jingle Bell Rock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_5R1UiaO0U

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Ezra EMAIL: ezraball@gmail.com IP: 209.6.14.107 URL: http://realfake.org/blog DATE: 11/18/2008 11:27:37 PM

If you admit a loose interpretation of "same artist", I gotta go with the delta between the Jefferson Airplane of "Somebody to Love" or "White Rabbit" to the Starship of "We Built This City" or even worse "Sarah". If you require a strict interpretation, well.... um, Grace Slick.

I also submit what I think is a useful concept to enhance game play: the suspected nadir. This is the distance between the known low point and the suspected low point; I think few have really heard the true low points of many great artists. So, say the high point of Dylan's career is "Highway 61" (or maybe "Blood on the Tracks"). Say the known nadir is his work with the Travelling Wilburys, because you actually have heard those songs. But you can suspect-- rather safely-- that the actual nadir is on Shot of Love (1981) or Saved (1980, when he became a born again Christian) or Empire Burlesque (1985).

Also, one man's nadir is another man's guilty pleasure. I kinda like "Sad Songs Say So Much". I'll spot you "Nikita".

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The only point I want to make about turning 38 is this: Artis Gilmore seemed absolutely ancient when he arrived to the Celtics in 1988 as a calcified backup center (backing up young whippersnapper Robert Parish, then a spry 35 or so). 

Gilmore was 39.

Ouch.
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I received this note from "attention@usa.gov" today ...

McCain Lawyer Impeach Obama!
McCain has reached an agreement with the Obama lawyers that makes Obama resignation effective November 11.
Barack Obama can lost President's Chair.
McCain video report 10 November:

(It then asked me to click on a link to learn more. I would probably learn how quickly my computer would be erased.)

Oh no! The voting shenanigans I feared!

I quickly searched the liberal mainstream media, and even the conservative angry media, and to my relief, there was no mention of the story. My goodness! It was spam!

Then I realized that someone had put some effort into the note. Perhaps a great deal, as I'm guessing their native tongue is not English. I admire the effort ... and hate to see it go for naught, even if the intention is nefarious.

So all that said, if the spammer actually had a true e-mail, I would respond to him or her as such:

Dear Spam Artist:

It was certainly a good effort on your part to be timely -- I certainly can appreciate a note that is "torn from today's headlines" such as yours! And yes, I do realize that this note is nothing more than a ploy to get me to download some horrible payload. I would re-write the note for you, but then what would you learn? I want to teach you to eat forever, not just fish today. That said, in order to increase your success rate, I'd suggest that you pay attention to the following:

1. I don't mean to offend, but your grammar isn't particularly good.
2. You can't impeach the president-elect, as far as I know.
3. Obama misplaced his chair?

You should really have someone read over your drafts -- maybe write an outline first?

Also, if you know the attractive blonde (sic) Osvaldo Wilder, "a (sic) atractive (sic) blonde, eager to meet an interesting man for some virtual chatting by email or Skype, or dates in reality!" who just e-mailed me, please tell him I am not interested in his offer at this time, although I am flattered.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: The Body (snippet of conversation with a conservative friend) STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 1 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 11/05/2008 11:20:44 AM ----- BODY:

Al Franken's likely loss (pending recount) in the Minnesota senate race reminds me of this actual conversation I had with a conservative friend, who shall remain nameless, last June:

Ed: So, what about Al Franken in Minnesota?

Friend: I think the people of Minnesota are smarter than to elect him.

Ed: Didn't the people of Minnesota elect an ex-wrestler as their governor?

Friend: That's different. I would have voted for him.

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I mentioned this to a few of you yesterday ... Jacob's preschool had an election yesterday to pick a class fish. It came down to goldfish and betta fish.

Well, I'll cut right to the chase: goldfish won in a squeaker, 7-6.

My gut told me goldfish would win in a landslide, based solely on name recognition, both as a fish and as a popular snack with the kids. Jacob told me he was voting goldfish because, "Henry (his friend) has one and goldfish are my favorite snack (not true, btw, but my hunch was correct).

Initially, the vote was tied 7-7, which is odd, given that there are 13 kids. A a quick recount was done (much more efficient than Florida's in 2000, I might add) before the lawyers could intervene. It was determined that Gil (Gil? Fish? Get it?) voted for both candidates. Gil, it should be noted, was not a confused, elderly Florida Jew, but rather, an overzealous 4-year old who couldn't make up his mind between fish.

Rather than having to determine voter intent through the examination of hanging chads, they simply asked Gil which fish he wanted, and he selected goldfish. Democracy had won.

Now the challenge begins for these pre-schoolers. There is a waiting period while the teacher researches fish and equipment -- and likely, Goldfish won't be installed until December. This allows for some time for preschooler-education; for example, Jacob believes "you can't feed a goldfish too much or it will get fat." No, it will likely explode. And die.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@gmail.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: http://www.foodonthefood.com DATE: 11/06/2008 09:45:05 AM Hah. McCain won in Max's kindergarten election. Max, himself, was firmly in the McCain camp because their names start with the same letter. He had many convincing arguments for why I should vote for McCain, too, but in the end, O is closer to T than M is. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Ghosts of Elections Past STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 1 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 11/04/2008 11:29:42 PM ----- BODY:

1976: One of the few kids in my first-grade class to vote for Carter. A history of supporting dubious candidates begins ... now.

1980: I help lead Ted Kennedy to victory in our fourth-grade primary. Bob Dole does surprisingly well. Learned that my suggestion that voters had to "write a sentence or two about why they voted for a candidate" on their ballots violated the Voting Rights Act.

1982: I lose a student council election. Badly. I lose again in 1984.

1987: I am elected secretary of my senior high school class. Realize within 10 minutes of taking job that I really don't want to be secretary, just wanted to give an election speech.

1988: Blubber in the corner at the GW College Democrats Election Night Funeral/Party as Mike Dukakis is pummeled. Do manage to eat a lot of free pizza and not pick up any girls.

1990: I can finally vote (I missed being able to vote in 1988 by 12 days) ... and I vote for a Republican for Mass. governor. Wow. In my defense, John Silber was bats**t crazy.

1992: I volunteer to work for the Jerry Brown campaign. Not sure what that was all about. I vote in my first presidential election: I'm now 1-0 picking winners.

1995: Vote for my second Republican, good ol' whatshername, the woman running against Marion Barry for Mayor of Washington, D.C. My ward is the only one not to support Barry. Not coincidentally, services such as trash pickup and snow removal suffer in my neighborhood.

1996: I'm now 2-0 picking presidential winners. High-water mark.

2000: I don't want to talk about it. Also, computers don't destroy the world and you can't make money selling pet food online.

2004: Why did I vote for Kucinich in the primary? Quirk factor? I still get emails from that crazy elf. Also, I back another loser in the election, record falls to 2-2.

2007: In my defense, John Edwards' wife was in remission.

2008: Let the gloating and redistribution begin!

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----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: "You know, I noticed something ... there are a lot of pumpkins here." STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Colin CATEGORY: Jacob CATEGORY: Quirky CATEGORY: Travel DATE: 10/27/2008 12:31:53 AM ----- BODY:

Colin and Pumpkin

The title to this entry? Stated by Jacob, 4 1/2, after around 2 hours at the Keene, N.H. Pumpkin Festival. He definitely has his old man's keen observational skills. Some observations:

Man, that was a lot of pumpkins. But it was more than 7,000 short of the event's world record, which led us to believe that the poor economy has people eating pumpkins, burning them for fuel or using them for shelter rather than decorating them and trekking to Keene, N.H.

Probably no need to get there at 11:15 a.m. if your goal, with two kids in tow, is to make it to the fireworks at 8:30 p.m. (We didn't make it.) Also, don't book a room 45 minutes away if it takes you 45 minutes further away from home the next morning. That said, the weather was amazing today and we took secondary roads for the trek home, which was really nice. And we got 30.3 MPG. Take that, Big Oil!
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We convinced a guy who was carving one of the signature huge pumpkins to make his into the iconic "Man on the Mountain" N.H. state logo. I thought it was cool although a lot of people couldn't tell what it was.

Keene's Turn It Up! record store is very cool. Picked up Lucinda Williams' newest album, even though I don't really buy CDs any more. I enjoyed the browsing process so much that it was worth the $3 or so surcharge over what iTunes would have cost. I miss record stores. *Sigh*.

The Colonial Theatre in Keene was showing free cartoons all day. Jacob freaked out and wouldn't go in with me but I got to see around 45 seconds of my third-favorite cartoon of all time, the wacky, surreal Duck Amuck. "This is a closeup?!?!"

I suck at seed spitting.

I posted photos to Facebook and to Flickr. Can't decide if I should just standardize on Facebook (which allows me to share with people both on and off of Facebook).

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OK, I have had a ton of caffeine and will not turn the game off, regardless. I'm still a little sensitive from the ribbing I took from everyone for leaving Fenway early, including Auddy 5000 for calling me a so-called "pink hat." To wit, this exchange on IM:

[16:18] (IM address redacted): becareful not to mix your pinks and your darks in the wash, the colors might run
[16:18] edfamapr: I'll kill you. I swear to God.

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Here's an FAQ I've created regarding my departure from last night's Red Sox playoff game. I also address some other lingering ALCS issues and the topic of schnitzel, which came up during a pre-game dinner.

Q: So, what the hell were you thinking?
A: Well, first let me say that I appreciate the opportunity you afford me today to speak directly, without the filter of the media, Facebook or my own girlish sobs of regret, regarding the Sox playoff game. I stand behind my poor decision to depart early from the greatest comeback in playoff history. I am not going to make excuses, except for the following: the Sox were down 7-0 and looked lifeless. I had a 7:30 a.m. dental appointment today. We had a babysitter that would have continued to cost us money if we were much later. I get tired easily. It was windy. I really wanted to see a few more frank TV commercials. I have trust issues.

Q: How cool was the Japanese drumming ensemble during the national anthem?
A: Very cool. It made me wish we'd sign a German player so we could get a cool oom-pah band to do a similar rendition of the Anthem. God, I hope we never sign a Jamaican-born pitcher. I really dilike reggae. Maybe if Canadian Jason Bay ever converts to pitching, Rush can sing the national anthem. Or Glass Tiger.

Q: What is schnitzel?
A: It's a thin slice of veal, breaded and then fried.

Q: Are there quick-serve schnitzel restaurants in Germany?
A: Yes, but dammit, the name escapes me.

Q: Did you score the game?
A: Until the seventh inning.

Q: Why did you stop then?
A: Because I left. Shut up, Q.

A: Did I mention that it was windy?
Q: Yes, you did. Let me ask the questions.

Q: What was your total hot dog/sausage count last night?
A: Two. OK, three.

Q: Which town does Jon Bon Jovi love?
A: This one.

Q: Can we get cool nicknames if we stay in a Holiday Inn Express?
A: You mean like Mrs. Ripken Jr., Bob or Snake-eyes?

Q: Besides erectile dysfunction, what distractions must one overcome in order for Viagra to work?
A: Remote control, women's magazines and a putter.

Q: Whom may I call with T-Mobile's new family package? Whom am I prevented from calling?
A: You may call Vivian, the woman you stare at at your son's soccer games and Skinny Pete. You may not call Derek with the mustache and Mustang.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Big Bri EMAIL: bridge@racsa.co.cr IP: 196.40.49.79 URL: DATE: 10/18/2008 12:39:58 AM You left in the 7th? I thought you lived in Boston, when did you move to L.A.? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Sean EMAIL: auddy5000@hotmail.com IP: 71.248.186.171 URL: DATE: 10/17/2008 12:51:16 PM But did you leave any food credit at the Bud seats table? Because that would be even worse....actually, nevermind, that couldn't be worse. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: ... won'tcha come out tonight (*pling*) (Crap! Where's the D? Start again) ... Buffalo Gal ... won'tcha (*pling*) ... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Guitar DATE: 10/15/2008 10:53:41 PM ----- BODY:

Nielsen5

So I had my third guitar lesson tonight, with the multi-talented, very patient Joe Weinberg. A few things I've learned about myself and the guitar:

  • Before a music lesson, I still have the same panic-y feeling I had before music lessons when I was a kid (hold yourself back, ladies: viola and organ, and I was very overweight) -- that I hadn't practiced enough and I was going to be seen as a failure. Luckily, pharmaceuticals and a few calming words from Juliet talk me off of that ledge.
  • I had to play "Buffalo Gal" tonight. I can kind of play it alone. I absolutely could not play it with Joe (at least the first 11 times). I love that song due to its inclusion in "It's a Wonderful Life." I hate that song since I can't play it. Yet. That song will be mine. I will own it.
  • My ring finger really likes smooshing two strings at a time rather than simply holding down the string at a fret. I'm thinking of amputating it. I tried taking off my wedding ring ("Hey, it comes right off!" I kid, Juliet) but it didn't help.
  • I'm getting some cool calluses on my fingers.
  • After discussing some cool power chords and '80s metal bands with Joe (who struck me as more of a jazz guy) there is a 100 percent chance I am downloading some Stryper tonight.

Its_a_wonderful_life_01 That said, I plan to get up at 5 tomorrow and practice. I am going to master that f***ing "Buffalo Gal" if it kills me and makes me hate my all-time favorite movie (and even that alluring harlot, Violet Palmer).

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We bought Jacob a book last week on ways that kids can help "be green." Based on his recent commentary, he often confuses "being green" with "being good/co-operative." To wit:

1. "Closing the refrigerator door is green." (Seems legit. He's getting this.)
2. "We walked to the store instead of driving. That's green." (Check. Even if we did go to Starbucks and then neglect to recycle our cups, I'll give us a mulligan on that.)
3. "Clean up your toys. That's green." (Unless they contain toxic sludge, no. Although it's good for him to clean up his toys and if we can somehow paint it with a green brush, all the better.)
4. "Driving to Redbones (round trip=21 miles) is green because we like going there." (Hmmm, unless you mean that by supporting a locally-owned business, and then it's only green if they use locally-grown meat and produce, which I'm not sure about ... and we drove 21 miles ... ok, he really has no idea but, like most consumer companies, is trying to pitch his audience on green angles, no matter how tenuous they are.)
5. "Being nice to your friends is green." (OK, I don't think he understands what green means. Unless he means Mother Earth.)

Oh well, it was a good effort.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@gmail.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: http://www.foodonthefood.com DATE: 10/13/2008 02:33:09 PM To be fair, do any of us really know what being green means? I'm confused everyday. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: $700B and 2,131 STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Politics CATEGORY: Sports DATE: 09/30/2008 09:15:49 AM ----- BODY:

I can't be the first person to notice the resemblance between Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson (particularly as seen on the cover of this week's Economist)

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and Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken ...

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After reading today's New York Times magazine article about TV's prolific creator, Paul Feig, I have decided it's time to put my three best ideas for movies/television out there. If someone can green light these for me, I'd appreciate it. I am more than willing to part with these gems in exchange for lots of cash.

1. [TITLE FORTHCOMING] -- Time-travel/sports comedy. Two "Massholes" somehow acquire a time machine and use it to go back to October 1986, wherein they travel to Shea Stadium and kidnap Bill Buckner prior to Game 6 of the World Series. Although the Red Sox are distraught that their teammate is missing (maybe they just injure him further and then send him back to the dugout, so he is incapacitated enough that there is no way he can play; oh, and they erase his memory so he doesn't know how it happens, still thinking that part over), they play on and win. (I've been noodling over this one for awhile, so the next part is different, given that the Sox have since won two World Series). I realize that this smacks too much of the horrendous "Celtic Pride," so here's the twist: the two Massholes, ideally played by Damon and Affleck, realize the passive nature of spectator sports when they learn that their lives don't really change much after the Sox win a World Series, and they must continue to deal with the crushing realities of their day-to-day lives. Not sure what their jobs are, or how this would work, but somehow they would be able to see their lives if the Sox hadn't won the Series (a la "Sliding Doors") and would realize they're pretty much the same, except that with the time machine, they crippled Bill Buckner.

2. "Yo Brethren!" (working title) -- sitcom I've been thinking about since 1991 or so. African-American family moves in next to an Amish family and hilarity ensues. I haven't figured out which family will be the fish out of water -- does the Amish family move into North Philly instead? I do know that there is love between two of the kids. And a barn-raising, and plenty of quilting bee/zipper/cameras-steal-your-soul jokes.

3. "The Concierge" -- so far, I've only come up with a title for this one.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rich EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 72.248.205.2 URL: DATE: 09/30/2008 04:31:39 PM I always thought a show or movie about Amish superheroes would be good. Maybe they are shunned for being different and therefore have to leave the Amish community for life in greater american society, where their "super" powers are woefully uninteresting to everyone else. The struggle would be to come up with appropriate superpowers. Barnraising and churning I guess to start. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Cisco Beach, Nantucket STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Mo' Blogging CATEGORY: Travel DATE: 09/27/2008 06:43:17 PM ----- BODY:

Cisco Beach, Nantucket

I just installed the TypePad app for the iPhone so this entry is more to just play with that. Enjoying a litle quiet time at the hotel now before dinner. Quite frankly, I am overwhelmed by all the possibilities that exist with this here free time so I'm blowing it on the iPhone. We rented bikes today and checked out the island a bit. Scooters looked more fun. But I am green. And I need to exercise. Miss the boys.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Bronx Cheer STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 1 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 09/21/2008 08:10:43 AM ----- BODY:

I have always had a relatively polite respect for Yankee Stadium (mostly because I was afraid of it), even though, to me, it seems more like a dated, 1970s relic than a true, classic ballpark ("Hey, where are the girders that block my view yet provide valuable, load-bearing support to the stadium?"). It would have been cool to go there pre-1976, but so be it. Oh yeah, it's also a horrible house of horrors for Sox fans.

All that said, here's a look at the games I attended at the House that Ruth built, which ends its run tonight ... (the invaluable -- that means really valuable, right? -- baseball-reference.com helped me verify my Rainman-like ability to remember approximate dates) ...

1993: My first Sox/Yankees game. My father-in-law told me not to wear my Sox cap (I think it was more dangerous then). Tim Wakefield, near the end of his stellar comeback season, was rocked; Strawberry hit a towering home run off of the facade in right.

1998: Sox/Yanks, notable for three reasons: 1) Mike Benjamin played third, which led me to say "It's all about the Benjamins," quoting the then-popular Diddy song (Wikipedia: "The song is about living rich and the importance of having money." Very insightful); 2) Right after the game, I was flying to New Orleans for a trade show with a French-Canadian client about whom I knew almost nothing (as did, come to find out, most reporters they briefed, even after briefing them); 3) I tried to break up a post-game fight in the upper deck between some huge frat boys and some stupid kids who had been pelting them with peanuts throughout the game. I did this with Juliet hanging off my leg, trying to keep me from getting involved. In my defense, even though they were annoying, the peanut-throwing kid was getting his ass kicked (leaned back against a chair, being pummeled in the face).

2002: Yanks/Giants. My father-in-law had brain surgery that day. It went well, he even made the joke asking if he would be able to play piano after the surgery.

2004: Game 2, ALCS; With "Who's Your Daddy" ringing loudly throughout the yard, Sox go down 2-0 in the ALCS, leaving everything up to the slender arm of one Bronson Arroyo in Game 3. Me (to guy in subway mocking me): "Arroyo's solid, we'll take game 3." Arroyo went 2 innings and gave up 6 runs as the Sox were pounded 19-8. Although I think we all know what happened after that. After Game 3, I went back to my brother- and sister-in-laws and ate all the leftover chicken in the 'fridge.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rick H EMAIL: rzod@yahoo.com IP: 76.90.110.60 URL: DATE: 10/02/2008 12:37:07 AM 3 games come to mind. 1, July 4th 1987 - Dave Winfield sends it to extras with the longest homer I ever saw hit in person but the Yanks lose. Consolation...fireworks and a Brian Wilson-less version of the Beach Boys 2. Game 1, ALDS 1996. Yanks drop the game to the Texas Rangers. Some dude in the upper deck gets so made he throws his brand new Yankees Hooded sweatshirt. It lands on my shoulders as I am walking out of the first deck along the third base side. BX was actually their with me as he was working for a nascent mlb.com. I take it as a sign from a higher power (like Yahweh or Ed Koch). Rest is history. 3. Game 6, World Series, 1996, Clinching game vs Atlanta. Down the whole game. Jimmy Key is money. Jeter scores the winning run. Charlie "Hit Man" Hayes records the final foul ball out. Wade Boggs on a horse. A Dynasty is reborn. Neve felt that way again at any sporting event since. I have never seen NYC like that again. Stangers hugging. Everyone smiling. Cats and Dogs living together. Another gift from BX who was in attendance. Hopefully the Phils can help him find the same happiness this year. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Ed at 37 speaks to Ed at 17 (with special guest star Ed at 21) STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 1 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 09/17/2008 10:40:21 PM ----- BODY:

(SCENE: The living room of my childhood home, a split-level in Northborough. It's furnished exactly as it was in 1988; which is odd, given that my parents haven't lived there in 15 years)

Me at 37: Hey, Ed. How's it going?

Me at 17: Wow, are you me? Man, you have some gray hair.

37: Hey, easy there, Chubby Checker. You still freelance organist at the Christian Science Church?

17: C'mon, you know they don't have me back after they figure out I can't read music. Whatever, I hated playing there. So, when do I lose this weight?

37: Hang tight. You're going to get sick in around six months and go from being chubby and awkward to skinny and awkward. Then eventually you'll spend the next 19 years putting most of it back on.

17: I have so many questions. Did you ever get a CD player? I really want one. Also, am I ever able to grow a decent goatee?

37: Oh yeah. I've owned probably around 6 CD players. They're pretty obsolete now, but for awhile, they came standard on car stereos. Which is funny, given that your Malibu's tape deck doesn't even have rewind. Hey, Ed at 21 is trying to grow a goatee.

21: (Passing through, with some sort of patchy growth on his chin) Hey Fat Ed. Hey Old Ed. Gotta go watch "Benson."

37: Hey, get to class! Man, I hate that lazy bastard.

17: Did you play in the NBA?

37: Seriously? You couldn't make the team in high school.

17: OK, OK. Did you ever dunk?

37: Yeah, one time, 1996 at a playground in Maryland.

17: Maryland? Oh, did you go to Georgetown? Cool.

37: (Mumbles) George Washington.

17: What?

37: George Washington. Trust me, people eventually stop confusing it with Georgetown and it becomes a Top 50 US News and World Report school. You didn't quite get into Georgetown. Or U-Va.

17: Hmmm. (Awkward silence). Gov. Dukakis wins the election this year, right?

37: Seriously? Wow. No, he had a nice bump after the convention but then stumbles badly on some questions regarding the rape and murder of his wife. Oh man, you're about to be horrified by a series of racist ads from Lee Atwater.

17: Oh no! How could they stoop so low?

37: No, it's cool. Eventually those ads will seem quaint. And Atwater gets cancer and dies in a few years.

21: (From the other room) At the George Washington University Hospital!

17: (Stares ahead blankly, looking sad)

37: Oh, it's not all bad. You've had sex with plenty of women.

17: Plenty?

37: Hmmm. (Awkward silence) OK, maybe not plenty.

17: Was [NAME REDACTED] one of them?

37: No.

17: How about [NAME REDACTED}?

37: No.

17: [NAME REDACTED], [NAME REDACTED] or [NAME REDACTED]?

37. OK, this is getting tedious. Hey, a black man and a white woman are on the major party tickets this year.

21: (From the other room, shouting over dialogue between Kraus and Benson) What about Jerry Brown?

37: Slacker Ed, you tell everyone you were a D.C. campaign coordinator for Gov. Browne, but you never even went to any of the meetings.

17: Hey, how many more championships do the Celtics win?

37: Well, they just won one. You got to go to all the Finals games in a loge seat. Pretty cool. Unfortunately, they've pretty much sucked for the last 20 years, and Reggie Lewis, who you know as a guy that KC Jones doesn't ever let off the bench, gets reallly good and then dies. But the Red Sox have won two championships, and you went to the Series, with a girl -- in fact, your wife -- in 2004.

17: Wow, are you someone important, getting tickets like that? A senator, like I wrote in the yearbook?

37: Hmmm (Awkward silence). Hey, is that WordPerfect you're using? Twenty years from now, you'll be touting its relevance to skeptical reporters.

17: Hmmm (Awkward silence). I really have to go practice the organ.

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I had a cup of coffee brewed with one of those new Clover machines at the Starbucks on Soldiers' Field Road. Wow. It's one of those micro-batches (from Tanzania, I think) and I have to say, it's pretty rich and bold. And impressive. And making me jumpy.

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So an historic first tonight for YMCA t-ball for four-year olds: a trade.

I was initially slated to coach the Mets, which included Jacob; the first two calls to the parents of players indicated that another father was meant to coach the Mets.


Not wanting to pull a Joe Kerrigan and manage where I wasn't really wanted, I was able to engineer a swap (I must have showcased myself well at the coaching clinic) ... Jacob and I were sent to the coach-less Astros for some kid named Zach, who I assume must be a clubhouse cancer or somethibg.

(And draft picks or cash or something else, I hope.)

We will get to exact our revenge as we face the Mets seven times in our seven game season (there are only 4 teams, although I don't understand why we don't play the other two).

Also, I guess I volunteered to coach soccer. That's the boring one with no scoring, right?


Sent from the BlackBerry

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From a discussion I had on Saturday with Jacob at the "Baseball as America" exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science:

Me: See that uniform? That belonged to Jackie Robinson. He was a very important man, the first man with brown skin to play baseball. Before that, only people who were white like us could play baseball. Now, people with skin of all different colors play baseball.

Jacob: ... (not sure if it's sinking in, or if he's even listening, so I try to further my point)

Me: People weren't very nice to him when he started playing. But he was very brave and played his hardest, and then other people with brown skin could play baseball.

Jacob: And then, after that, everyone in the world's skin was white!

Me: Right. (Pause) Wait, no! No, not at all. That's not true.

Jacob: Yes it is. It is true!

Me: Jacob, you know everyone's skin isn't white. What about your (African-American) friend James? What color is his skin?

Jacob: Well, the inside of his hands are white.

Me: Hey, let's go see the San Diego Chicken costume.


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We went to a show last night! Look at us!

We caught Liz Phair last night at Boston's Paradise as part of her tour to tout the re-issue of her seminal (almost literal -- man I am clever) Exile in Guyville (the link is from her recent Washington show; I haven't seen a review of Boston yet). Liz looked outstanding and sounded great. She played the album straight through, and then hit a few great numbers from her early and mid-stage career. It was as if her last two dreadful albums never happened, which is absolutely fine by me.

A few notes:

1. Did I mention she looked great?
2. Has anyone ever sat down and sequenced "Guyville" and Exile on Main Street to see if they match up, or was that purely a (brilliant) piece of PR to break through the rock-and-roll glass ceiling? I need to sit down and do that at some point. Of course, I have been saying that since 1993.
3. She was a bit playful with the crowd and asked if any of us had ever had relations to any of her albums. There was sort of a lukewarm response from the crowd so she promised she would eventually put forth her own "Marvin Gaye-esque masterpiece."
4. She played a new song that was very angry. I am glad it was not about me.
5. I thought her band sounded pretty solid.
6. Her voice really isn't that good. Which is what is so good about her voice.
7. She really did look great.

My favorite songs from the album are probably "Stratford-on-Guy" and "[Fiddlestick] and Run" -- with the overall favorite being the wonderfully horribly sad "Divorce Song." The album definitely stands up to the test of time, and I'm going to pick up the re-issue tomorrow on a little trip into the big city on the train with Jacob. I will not read the song titles to him.

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With Gawker's report re: Bloomberg's inadvertent push of Steve Jobs' obituary, it got me to wondering on one of my favorite journalism brain-teasers. What is the formula to determine if a celebrity's obit is written in advance and left on a server somewhere awaiting its owner's death in order to be released into the wild?

I see the factors as something along these lines, with a weighted average based on points assigned for each criterion ... at some point, I will build this out further:

Age as percentage of life expectancy
Health (morbid obesity, cancer, etc.)
Recklessness (Andy Dick, Courtney Love score big here)
Recognition/fame (A-listers are definite "yes," quirky where-are-they-now celebs also score points)

The other day in the car, Juliet and I were playing the "are they famous/infamous enough to have a pre-written obituary game." I believe we determined that celebrities have to pass the "Bookman" test -- anyone equal to or more famous than Johnny Brown, "Bookman," the building superintendent from Good Times, gets an obit with "MONTH XX YEAR" in the dateline.

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Oquaga 2008 - 37
Originally uploaded by eharrison3

I've finally posted some photos from our trek out to Lake Oquaga in Deposit/Sanford N.Y. last week. Click here for the entire set. Pictured here is Jacob, looking pretty sporty in shades and lifejacket.

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fama brain trust 2008
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We enjoyed the 3rd Annual fama PR Summer Outing and Boating Festival of Whimsy (with Alcohol) today. The Blue Moon, or Half Moon, she was a fine vessel, except I don't recall her name. OK, I am off on the vacation tomorrow, and likely offline (TypePad, Twitter, Facebook) for a week. Oh my Lord, what will I do with my overactive sense of self-worth and my limitless desire to share the minutia of my life with "friends" whom I never speak with or see in person?

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I now understand that Georgia is a sovereign nation with a free-market economy which the United States was pushing for NATO membership, and that Russia is wicked scary. Also, the United States hasn't done much to express its outrage at Russia because, most likely, we have some sort of secret handshake deal with Russia should we need their help controlling Iran. It's amazing what 30 seconds of reading on the Internets can actually do. I regret the ignorance.

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The Georgians (market-friendly economy, potential NATO member) are our friends. Right? I guess it depends on who "our" is. Dammit, someone just tell me who is good and who is bad, as I don't have time for reading or nuance.

"Recrudesence" means an outbreak after an abatement of period of inactivity. A great word which I just learned and planned to use early and often.

I do have time, though, for reading about the futuristic A-11 football offense, where everyone is an eligible receiver.

I think the successful implementation of the A-11 is a valuable lesson from which both the Russians and the Georgians could learn. I would much rather see widescale usage of the A-11 rather than a recrudescence of the bland Wishbone offense after its relative quiescence, just as I would rather see a quick resolution to the two nations' issues rather than a recrudescence of Soviet-era hostilities.

Bringing it all back home, indeed.

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N770259898_1108689_7700It's been a hectic week, so I'm only now getting to banging out a few thoughts from my attendance, as a 38-year old, at a music festival targeted to people born after the "Human League's Don't You Want Me Hits the Top 10" line of demarcation. Also, I covered it fairly extensively on Twitter, in nice, 160-character bits of minutia.


First, you can read the Greg Kot's (Chicago Tribune) excellent blog on the event. Because he's actually a good writer.

But here's a few thoughts, a week later:

Most pleasant surprise: The event was incredibly well-organized. Shows happened on or about when they were supposed to happen. Presentation was great. There was no effort to gouge attendees, a la Woodstock 1999: bottles of water were reasonably priced at $2; food vendors (all local eateries) offered up excellent meals for around $6. And the sound, particularly at the big stages, was amazing, blowing away even my most optimistic expectations for a huge outdoor show.

Best Performance: This is a tough one. Wilco's set on Saturday, underneath the hometown Chicago skyline, was a beautiful thing, particularly the beadazzled/Rhinestone-laden nudie suits the entire band wore. Radiohead's set on Friday, with the seemingly-coordinated but ultimately coincidental fireworks during "Fake Plastic Trees" was wonderful, and the crowd of 80,000 was enthralled. But I may have to go with Gogol Bordello, simply because: 1) They far exceeded my reasonable expectations, as I knew almost nothing about them other than they were The Pogues of Roma Rock and their lead singer was in Everything Is Illuminated and 2) they absolutely rocked and played with a passion that outshone pretty much everyone else that day. A close runner-up would be Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. She is the Queen of Funk, and that band is tight. Kudos also to the Black Lips.

Biggest Disappointment: Well, I should have known, but more sensitive (probably the wrong word, but I can't think of a better one) or quiet artists just don't work at a hot, outdoor festival (think the 1996 'FHStival, when Jewel's depressing Tracy Chapman cover inspired one of the denizens to chuck a frisbee at her head, thankfully causing her set to end early). So Cat Power, I need to see you at an intimate theatre at some point, because you kind of sucked outdoors.

Oddity: The Godfather of Lollapalooza, Perry Farrell, playing a set in the Kidzapalooza stage (with special guest slash) and making no real effort to play songs appropriate for kids. For example, introducing "Jane Says" (themes include prostitution and heroin addiction) by saying, "This is a song about a girl named Jane, who was confused." I'm thinking most of the 4-year olds in the front were, too.

N770259898_1108701_3430 Gracious Hosts: The City of Chicago, which is just an amazing city which I like more every time I visit (see the photo of me on the right, next to the iconic Marina City buildings featured on the cover of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot); Grant Park is a wonderful urban oasis. Admittedly, the weather on Friday and Sunday sucked -- 95 and very, very humid. But there was the occasional breeze off of Lake Michigan. And Wrigley Field was a kind host to this Red Sox fans, and the home team got into the act with a nice win over the Bucs. And it was great to see fellow USOC Media Attache Wendy Day (who has aged much better than I since we first met at the 1996 Paralympics) and her husband Matt Pensinger (fun fact: he was at one time a rock writer, which made me want to pepper him with 1990's alt-rock questions; still need to head over to Factiva and check out some of his work). 

Saddest Moment: At a t-shirt store in Wrigleyville, when talking about Pavement with the 20-something clerk, she said, "I don't like Pavement. They sound way too '90s." 
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I'm off tomorrow for Chicago sans the family to go to Lollapalooza and Cubs/Pirates on Saturday. I am probably too exited about this, so let the record show I do love my family very much.

Of all the many acts, I am most excited to see:

Radiohead
Raconteurs
Wilco (or Rage Against the Machine? They are on at the same time)
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
The Cool Kids
Cat Power
Gogol Bordello
Okkervil River
What Made Milwaukee Famous
The Weakerthans

Kinda bummed I'm going to miss Kanye West and Gnarls Barkley (both on Sunday after my flight leaves).

Look for action-packed, 160-character updates via Twitter throughout the weekend.

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My boys 07-26-08
Originally uploaded by eharrison3

Just wanted to post this photo and talk a bit about something less cute and less pressing: my LPs.


So, I got a new turntable this week. Sean had gotten me one when I turned 30, but it doesn't seem to work since our last move; so I picked up a new, retro-looking Crosley Traveler one that also allows me to hook it up to the laptop and create MP3s. I probably have around 300 LPs; when my parents moved, I got a bunch more from my Dad, including a whole box of old 78s (the old turntable wouldn't play them).

While I haven't tried making MP3s yet, I did play a number of cool albums, including many of the 78s that I believe to be my grandfather's. The sound on the turntable isn't great (if you are my age, think of those portable turntables they'd use in second grade when showing a filmstrip ... I am easily 130 years old) ... but the sound is familiar, a little scratchy, warmer than CDs. And I love the smell of albums inside their jackets -- it's a very familiar, very calming smell for me. 

Some of the songs Jacob and I have enjoyed include:

  • Vanilla Fudge's cover of "Ticket to Ride" (from Dad's collection, many of which became mine after my parents' recent move);
  • Al Jolson (!) doing "Mammy" -- I determined it's not horribly un-PC to listen to Mr. Jolson because, on record, you can't see that he's in blackface;
  • an old 78 kid's storybook/record featuring Gene Kelly (basically the sequence from Anchors Aweigh in which he dances with Jerry the mouse);
  • Bob Dylan and the Band playing "Ballad of a Thin Man" from Before the Flood; my goodness, that's an excellent cover of that song. I'm glad I never picked up that album on CD because it's been a treat to re-discover it. 
  • Tomorrow, I'm going to suggest a few of the Xavier Cugat 78s and maybe Kenny Rogers' first greatest hits collection (mostly to hear "Just Dropped In"). And maybe all of Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium.

 

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Colin is Walking!
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Evidently, one can post videos on Flickr now. Who knew? Colin is walking, and doing so confidently. Please check out the great video I shot today. You just can't beat a cherubic toddler (wow, he's toddling) clad only in a diaper, I defy you to try.

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... don't order 3 shots of espresso on ice at Murky Coffee. And you probably shouldn't leave a tip with an expletive on it, that's just not nice.

What a kerfuffle, as reported by the Washington Post and in blogs of the two involved parties (the customer and the coffee-shop owner) as well as BoingBoing and others.

Far be it from me to pass judgment, but:

1. Customer guy, maybe you should cut back your caffeine intake. I do respect that you acknowledge that you were being sort of a dick, although I could understand your anger. I love that you created your own iced espresso by ordering espresso and ice, separately.
2. Coffee shop owner guy, I respect that you love your craft. But wow.

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Check out the agility and grace here -- unfortunately, he's not playing goal and probably about to touch the ball with his hands. When will futbol-supporters learn that hands should be an important element of every sport, at least those played and beloved by Americans?

But hey, soccer is the "Sport of the Future" (slogan in public domain, originally (c) 1974 NASL) and we're trying to help the boy assimilate into suburban life. Next up? Although lacrosse is tempting, I don't think they offer it for 4-year olds, so probably more soccer in the fall, as well as a fall T-ball league.

Click on the photo to see others I've posted from that game. I didn't take these pictures -- they actually came out way too good to be shot by me. One of the other parents did and kindly sent them along.

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It appears as some sort of spambot is sending out German spam and making it appear to originate from harrison3.com (due to the significant uptick in e-mail I've been getting from spam-defense systems as well as "out of office" notes from people whom I do not know).

While I am in the process of preparing a full statement for the press regarding this scandalous occurrence, I can share the main talking points. (It's a good thing I'm in PR and have myself on retainer.)

1. I don't speak German.
2. I'm afraid I haven't seen a copy of the actual message that was purported to come from harrison3.com. That said, I am almost certain it did not come from me.
3. Since 2002, Harrison3.com has been a trusted, valued, perhaps even treasured, source for content of limited interest ... It is very rare that this content is commercial in nature, and even more rare that it is German, as I don't speak German, as stated in 1.
4. I have loyal readers available for comment (Hi Mom and Dad!) that can confirm that 1) I don't speak German; 2) As a child, I took part in almost no German-language chicanery .

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... and it is JP Licks' "White Coffee." Oh my goodness. It's basically sweet cream ice-cream that they let sit in espresso beans so the beans' oils infuse the ice cream. No coloring, no additional sweetness -- just hardcore, espresso-y goodness in every bite. Wow.

Speaking of the future of ice cream, I once got caught skimming The Onion during a day-long client-planning meeting (I had my laptop out for "taking notes") when I laughed out loud at this article:

Time Traveler: Everyone in the Future Eats Dippin' Dots


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Ed, Jacob and Spiderman
Originally uploaded by eharrison3
Wanted to post this shot of me and the boy after our big Spiderman victory. Taken with Juliet's iPhone, if anyone's curious. And wow, that stuffed Spiderman is jacked.
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As first questioned by me on Twitter two weeks ago, angst is actually a verb. Jan Freeman, thanks for helping me to realize that I owe WEEI's Butch Stearns an apology, which I begrudgingly bestow.

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Big day at the Newton 4th of July Carnival. Juliet, Jacob and I were walking (Colin was in the stroller, and thus, riding) through the relatively sad-appearing collection of rides and hoping we could get off relatively unscathed -- maybe a ride on the little cars or the like. Then we walked past the trailer hosting one of those squirtgun-target-races games, where the prize is ... Goddammit, Spiderman. Jacob's been on a huge Spiderman kick lately. Here's my internal and external dialogue, as I recall it some 24 hours later.

"Maybe if I distract him ... hey, look, Jacob, there's a dog over there. No luck, he saw the Spiderman. OK, how much is this going to cost me? $3 per gun? OK, we'll get two, one for me and Jacob and one for Juliet. Jacob, I realize this goes against everything we've said re: guns being bad and trying to avoid the Hollywood marketing machine and its merchandising tentacles. [Did I tentacles? I always confuse that and testicles (verbally, not written, or not actually in real life, either).] Can't win if you don't play. There's only 4 of us going, we have a good shot."

"OK, we're off. The kid running the game is jabbering on but being very nonspecific as to prizes, qualifications to win certain prizes, and the like. He hears us talking about Spiderman and hey, if he was a decent human being he'd tell us that it would take either beating a field of 12 or 3 wins vs. a field of 4 to win, right? So we're going and ohmyGodohmyGodohmyGod Jacob, we won! Jacob, Daddy has never won anything in his life! [Well, his Little League team won a championship in 1980, and Daddy contributed with a bases-clearing triple ... and his corporate basketball team would have won a championship if Daddy had boxed out those two deceptively-springy Asian players. Can't believe I allowed that putback at the buzzer.] This is great!"

"Sir, we will take that Spiderman!"

"What do you mean we'd have to win two more times? We don't want the teddy bear. Dear God. How much is this going to cost me ... right now ... he wants Spiderman ... no Jacob, we'll figure it out. You know, Jacob, life is filled with disappointments but they are incredible builders of character. FDR had polio, yet he was President! Really ... this is pretty small ... "

At this point, a woman, whose name I never learned, appeared as my deus ex machina. She had played in a bigger field and won some sort of huge dragon thing that her two-year old daughter found frightening. Amazingly, the dragon could be exchanged for a Spiderman ... and her daughter wanted ... the pink teddy bear.

Exchanges were made, and before I was able to profess my undying love for her ... she was gone.

But we did get the Spiderman. And Jacob carried it with him all day today. And for at least another 24 hours, I was his hero. Not his superhero, though.

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If I play my cards right, perhaps I can get the digits of the top-right Beth Orton fan in this Spin.com article.

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Wow, was the Bicentennial really 32 years ago? Good Lord. It seems so long ago, what with the oil crisis, disillusionment with our government and its leaders, high unemployment and stagflation. Thank God those things will never happen again!

I remember some elements of July 4, 1976 -- lots of products with a "Spirit of '76" theme slapped on. Swirly red-white-and-blue things, a patriotic pastiche with a touch of mid 70's trippines thrown in for good measure. The summer between kindergarten (PS 17, which closed that summer) and first grade (St. Paul's Parochial, which closed the next year). Enjoying a BBQ with my family in Troy, NY, topped off with a patriotic cake from the good folks at Freihofer's. I also insisted that if 1976 was the Bicentennial, 1977 was the Tricentennial. Come to find out, I was wrong.

(As an unrelated aside, the Adidas flip-flops with the "TPR massage footbed for comfort" which I am wearing today couldn't possibly be squeakier. Perhaps I will douse them in WD40.)

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Nice piece from the Washington Post's Eboo Patel re: the prejudice facing the (presumptive) Democratic candidate. It really irks me when conservative pundits include Sen. Obama's middle name when referring to him ... yes, I know, it's factual, but come on. We all know what you're doing.

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Although my name is nowhere to be found on it, and I mostly cobbled together existing materials, I *did* ghostwrite this piece and add the "I Love Lucy" references that add just the right amount of quirkiness to a piece on digital manufacturing:

Digital Manufacturing -- Bridging Imagination and Manufacturing

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We're a two hybrid family now as we replaced our guzzling Volvo XC90 with a Ford Escape Hybrid, which joins my 2007 Altima Hybrid. And by replaced, I mean I still need to find someone to buy the XC90. And by guzzling, if you're a prospective buyer, I mean ... ah, can't candy-coat that one. It guzzled. I must be doing something wrong with the Escape, though, as so far I'm only getting low 20s.

Speaking of hybrids, boston.com ran a great video detailing a competition between the Globe's hybrid owners -- who would get the best gas mileage driving from a Whole Foods in Cambridge to a local Hummer dealer? (It includes my favorite baseball beat reporter, the lovely and talented Amalie Benjamin.)

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For some reason, I just read something about the movie Beowulf, which reminds how f***ing much I hated having to read that book in 11th grade. I remember getting one sentence into it and basically 1) having no idea what the hell was happening and 2) couldn't really care less to figure it out:

LO, praise of the prowess of people-kings
of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped,
we have heard, and what honor the athelings won!

Rather than figuring out what the hell an atheling was, I probably watched Alf.

And thus I failed the one-question test we had on the book, which was as follows:

Q: What did Beowulf hang on his wall as a trophy?
A: I had no f***ing idea, as Ethan Zimmer wouldn't let me cheat off of him.

It was his paw. Are you happy, Miss Bell? I failed your quiz, but look at me now!

Good Lord, I hated Beowulf.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Erin EMAIL: emo331@yahoo.com IP: 96.233.49.249 URL: DATE: 06/29/2008 10:27:35 PM Thankfully, I never had to read Beowulf, but I have the same venom for Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge". What was so f%^@ing great about that book, I will never know (nor could Mrs. Caulkins explain to me in 10th grade). ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rick H EMAIL: rzod@yahoo.com IP: 67.93.47.66 URL: DATE: 06/26/2008 03:59:42 PM Sounds like a Rush album. No wonder you hated it. Do you have a link that might explain this whole twitter thing? Every time I see some tech geek talking about it I get really bored. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Lightning-Round Updates STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 1 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 06/24/2008 07:41:34 AM ----- BODY:

Twitter is sucking out my will to write full-length blog posts. I'm sure my many readers (Hi Dad!) are disappointed. So here goes:

Colin said "Daddy" for the first time last night. At least it sounded like "Daddy," or more like, "Da-deee." As it was tied for the most awesome thing ever (as a responsible parent, I must have it tie with something equally significant from his brother), I made him say it 300 times. He now calls Juliet "Da-deee" too.

Never ask a client to describe something "as if they were talking to their grandmother." Makes me think that either my clients never had grandmothers, or that their grandmothers were also in high-tech.

Apparently Shaquille O'Neal hates Kobe Bryant and is experiencing some "schadenfreude." I bet the Germans have a cool compound word for "slow, overweight, old center whose best years are behind him taking pleasure at the misfortune of an arrogant ball-hog me-first SOB whose teammates hate him and who got away with a serious crime in the state of Colorado."

I have tucked my shirt in two days in a row. A new modern-era record.

If you ask me, the best gifts are gift cards for iTunes or Newbury Comics. The former because I love the instant gratification of buying music, the latter because I still enjoy occasionally going and browsing.

With all the LPs I picked up from my parents' move, I need to get my turntable hooked up. Then I need to explain to Jacob how an LP works. And what an LP is. And what an album actually is. And why I can't listen to LPs on my iPod.

I love the word eponymous.

Less than one month to drop 20 lbs. and develop a stronger chin prior to my 20-year HS reunion.

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Yes, even Brian Scalabrine, who played as many minutes as me in the Finals, had a press conference. Brilliant!


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Rollingstone87 After seeing R.E.M. on Friday night at Great Woods (I refuse to call it whatever the corporate sponsor named it), I decided to complete a post I had been doodling during an interminable meeting a few weeks back, and hereby rank R.E.M.'s catalog, listed in order from best to worst. This is clearly a highly subjective exercise, but so be it.

 I'm not including the retrospective/greatest hits /odds-and-sods packages that IRS and Warner have thrown out over the past 20 years (except for Dead Letter Office; I realize that's inconsistent, but dammit, it's my list), nor the live album, as I never picked it up. I will also include a <10 word review for each album. This is a huge undertaking, but not nearly as huge as when WFNX played every R.E.M. song in alphabetical order back in 1995 (a feat which, in the pre-MP3/iPod world, proved rather daunting when my buddy Matt tried to replicate it using LPs and CDs) ... with no further ado:

Murmur: Recent listen proves it's still the best.
Automatic for the People: Evokes late-1992 cautious optimism like nothing else.
Document: Amazing that fans thought they sold out with this.
Life's Rich Pageant: Could've easily been #1.
Fables of the Reconstruction: Very dark and moody. My brother's favorite.
Dead Letter Office/Chronic Town: Second album of theirs I owned. Still love it.
Green: Like it more now than I did in 1989.
Reckoning: I never liked this as much as the other early ones.
New Adventures in Hi-Fi: Until Accelerate, the last great R.E.M. album imo.
Monster: Haven't listened to in its entirety since 1996 or so.
Out of Time: Death to "Shiny Happy People."
Reveal: The single was jangly and great. That's about it.
Up: I put this one away for a long time.
Around the Sun: Unlistenable. They mailed it in.

So where does Accelerate rank? I decided against adding that one because 1) I'm sure I'm caught up in the "R.E.M. is back!" buzz from most of the critics and for once don't want to be an absolute street-cred hungry lemming; and 2) I would probably overrank it. It's great, though, and easily their best since New Adventures in Hi-Fi.

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NBA Finals Game 1
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A nice shot of me and my fama PR pals from the Thursday-night action. From L-R: Matt, me, Brian and Keith.
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I went to Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, which pretty much ties Game 2 of the 2004 World Series as the coolest sporting event I've ever attended. And, on the way out, this Laker fan was kind enough to allow me to re-enact the famous Kevin McHale clothesline of the Lakers Kurt Rambis:


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He was a good sport given how long it took my camera to get started and given that his team had just lost. It's a pretty good likeness, in my opinion:

McHale
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781658 One of the bigger surprises from our trip to DC last week was the disappearance of the apartment complex in which I lived from 1992-1994. The Broadstone Apartments were a collection of relatively plain brick apartment buildings (to me, their best feature was the "no deposit" feature) in Gaithersburg, Md., a hamlet I would come to dislike, mostly because I was broke all the time I was there ("Hmmm, should I take the bus this month or eat? I guess I'll walk the 5 miles to work") and spending most of my time in DC at Juliet's apartment.


Well, as I was doing a little driving tour of Gay-burg on Saturday afternoon, I headed north on Route 355 to the intersection of West Deer Park Road. And all 20 or so units of the Broadstone (which was called Stratford Place when I lived there, clearly having shuttled through a few REITs before its demise) were gone. I mean, obliterated. No trace, just a huge, empty dirt lot where these buildings had once stood. Wow. 

To date, it is the only one of my former residences that no longer exists. That struck me as somewhat sad. Even though I didn't like living there that much, and didn't talk to my neighbors because I never saw them, in fact didn't do much but walk from my car to my apartment and back to my car (I did use the pool maybe 2 or 3 times), and even though my upstairs neighbors called police on me because my bass was up too high one night (my fault for putting speakers on shelves too close to the ceiling), and even though I called the police on my next door neighbor because he was beating the living daylights out of his girlfriend one night, and even though I called the police another time due to the gunshots I heard in the parking lot, and even though there was that one time that Juliet flipped off a driver who flipped me off for cutting him off by mistake and then we realized he lived next to us and we had to awkwardly walk into the building together ... 

Wait, there's no "even though." Wow, man, that place sucked. Screw being sad.

I guess the removal of the Broadstone had become a cause celebre in Montgomery County, since it was one of just a few apartment complexes made up entirely of "affordable" units. See these articles in the Montgomery Journal and Washington Post. Later, the Montgomery County SWAT team used the vacant apartments for training.

While the place had slipped somewhat even in the two years I lived there, I guess it fell even further, if these apartment-search comment boards are to be believed:

"I also have had a few issues with neighbors, including one instance that required police involvement. If you live here, LOCK YOUR DOORS even if you're home."

"Windows leak; Smelly hallways; people outside alot smoking and talking, laundry area not safe after dark-people take your clothes."

So I guess the police involvement was a constant, although I never had anyone take my clothes, as far as I remember.
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I had a hearing today at the Edward Brooke Courthouse to protest a cockamamie speeding ticket from March 27. I'll spare you the details of the actual pulling over, but let's just say my defense of "No I wasn't" probably wasn't sufficient. However, I maintained my dignity more than the gentleman in front of me who blamed his speeding ticket on a sneezing attack. Net result was a reduced fine (otherwise I'd have to go back for an appeal).

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Colin Hates Crabs so Much! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 1 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 06/02/2008 02:13:58 PM ----- BODY: Here's a shot of Colin enjoying crabs (or rather, the crab mallet) at Phillips' Crab House in Baltimore on Saturday. His saliva-soaked t-shirt confirms that the Hub is awash in Celtics fever.
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: I Do ... Want an Update on Game 6 STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Family CATEGORY: Sports CATEGORY: Travel DATE: 05/29/2008 10:23:22 AM ----- BODY: Was at the lively nail-biter of a Celtics game last night ... a big Game 5 win for the C's over the Pistons, with a trip to the Finals (first time since 1987) just one game away.

This coming weekend, I'm heading to Juliet's cousin Pablo's wedding in D.C. Despite growing up in greater DC, Pablo is a huge Detroit sports fan (he lived his formative years around the Motor City) ... in fact, given the Lions universally horrid play on Thanksgiving, most of the time when I see him (which tends to be Thanksgiving), he's pretty miserable -- he's gotten better as I think he understands that they will perpetually suck, but I admire his plucky dedication. (Check out the shot of him decked out in a Joey Harrington jersey from Thanksgiving 2005). It should be interesting given that Game 6 of the Celtics/Pistons will be during his wedding reception. Will the TV be on? Will Pablo be getting updates he can share with us?

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TheBattleofAlgiersI started watching The Battle of Algiers last night (admittedly, I've had it from Netflix for probably five weeks). I knew almost nothing about the Algerian War for Independence, or even the Casbah, other than the Clash rocking it. Despite its neo-realism (which feels stuck in 1966 but makes it a sterling example of the progressive films of the period ... also, I have no idea what I just typed), it has a very current feel to it (in fact, the Pentegon hosted a showing of the film in 2003). The Muslims appear to have hated the French long before they hated the Americans. Now, they hate us both. Well, at least Dunkin' Donuts is taking a stand against jihad.

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Come to find out, most of my friends are fairly homogenous -- I do need to audition some new friends (Eskimo, quadriplegic Vietnam vet) to balance things out.

 In politics, most of my friends are relatively lefty or center-left. Maybe they don't defend our senior senator's decades-old error in judgment like I do, but by and large, political discussions tend to be agreementfests/choir-preaching-tos. In fact, I've surrounded myself with like-thinkers -- certainly in Newton, and in both my family, my in-laws and many of my longtime friends -- except at work, where my colleagues/friends are primarily centrist/right-of-center.

The upside? It's helped me to appreciate the importance of political diversity and respecting different points-of-view. The downside? I am often a child and resort to simplistic taunts ("No blood for oil!") because true discourse is hard and often reduces me to tears.

With that backdrop in mind, I present the first in a series, "Conversations with My Unnamed Conservative Friend." Note: the UCF is actually an amalgam of a few people, because you can make stuff up on the Web.

Me: "Hey, it seems like Al Franken is making some serious headway in his run for the Senate."
Unnamed Conservative Friend: "I hope the people of Minnesota are smarter than that."
Me: "Um, they voted in Jesse Ventura as their governor."
Unnamed Conservative Friend: "Oh, I would have voted for him."
Me: "No blood for oil!"
Unnamed Conservative Friend: "Why do you hate America so much?"
Me: "I gave $50 to Dennis Kucinich's campaign."

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I received the e-mail message below -- this is it in its entirety. No effort to try and sell me anything or take me to a link. Just a quick note to be as hurtful as possible in as few words as possible.

From: Jill Daugherty [mailto:occupantyr411@fmbc.net]
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2008 1:22 PM
To: Ed Harrison
Subject: best

 

your life is crap

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Reppin' Davis Sq.
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A cute shot of Mr. Colin from our little Memorial Day get-together yesterday. It is just like the BBQs from the old days, except less passing out, fewer kegs and more sippy cups. About the same amount of crying though. Click on the picture to see more. ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: On the defensive STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Life Lessons I Should Have Learned By Now DATE: 05/25/2008 10:11:45 AM ----- BODY: The following are retractions/clarifications I've issued in the past few weeks: ----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: His nose is Store 24, I think ... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: wysiwyg ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Somerville DATE: 05/24/2008 08:59:22 PM ----- BODY:

Logo_darbi The Davis Square Area Resident-Business Initiatve (DARBI) has one of the coolest logos ever -- an anthropomorphized Davis Square (I believe his legs are Elm and Highland Streets),

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At one point Red Sox no-hitters were as rare as the Democrats re-electing a president (Sox went from 1965-2001 without a no-no; Dems went from electing Roosevelt a fourth time in 1944 through Clinton's re-election in 1996). Since Hideo Nomo broke The Curse of Bill Monboquette ((c) 2008 Ed Harrison, hands off, Shaughnessy!), we've had three of them, two of which I missed:

  • Derek Lowe, 2002: I was actually at this game. It was crazy. My enduring memories:
    • Imploring everyone around us in the bleachers to refer to the impending "no hitter" as "that situation which is developing which we shan't call by name." I love superstitions.
    • 58-year old Rickey Henderson, in his brief stint with the Sox, casually grabbing a dropping liner in CF in the 8th. Very, very casually.
    • The three girls in front of us who 1) talked on their cellphones the whole game; and then 2) got up with 2 outs in the 9th to leave. I said, "Where are you going? This is history." One responded that they wanted to get to the Cask and Flagon to get a seat before it got crowded. At that point, my rage was palpable. "So help me God, if Lowe gives up a hit now, I am holding you responsible." I really would have gone to the bar and yelled at them. In retrospect, their actions probably had little to do with Lowe's ability to get out a punchless Tampa Bay lineup. I am much less superstitious since 1) the Sox won in 2004 and 2) my kids have bumped sports to #2 on my list of priorities (OK, 1A).
  • Clay Buckholtz, 2007: Missed the game because I was watching a movie or something.
  • Jon Lester, last night: Missed the game as I purposefully turned of my BlackBerry to enjoy Game 7 of the Hornets/Spurs series. Of course, I was comfy on the couch and enjoyed about six minutes before falling blissfully into sleep.
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... Frankie Valli and the Four Seaons *and* an ice show?

Hmmm, I'd say pretty much everything.

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From Colin's party last week -- Tipper pummels a stubborn pinata. How do you make a tilde?

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  • The festival of Colin is fully, completely over, just 10 days after his birthday. We had a party on Saturday and the last of our out-of-town guests, loyal reader Al Kurchin, departed yesterday morning. Photos and videos are forthcoming.
  • Botheration (a word I first heard in the "Percy's Ghostly Trick" episode of Thomas the Tank Engine) is a word I would like to start using on a regular basis.
  • It only took seven weeks, but I finally got my car back today. Huzzah! I did notice a few quirks and items missed here and there, so it will likely be going back into the shop. And I guess it's a pain in the ass to get a Toyota hybrid technician to come and work on an Altima hybrid (Nissan licenses the technology from Toyota). Botheration! There, I did it.
  • If the Celtics win the NBA championship, it will probably require them to play the maximum of 28 games to do so. That's a lot of games for which I need to stay awake. Almost made it through the whole game last night.
  • Manly things I did last weekend (it's been a busy week):
    • Bought a circular saw. Didn't use it, but I bought it.
    • Held a pinata while children swung at it with a small, wooden bat. (I'll be posting video at some point).
    • Planted flowers.
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Fat_twins_2 So we took Colin in for his one-year appointment this week. He's a big, big boy, much larger than his older brother was at this point in his life.

However, my mom confirms that I was an even bigger big, big boy. Here's a tale of the tape:

Colin, age 1 (5/2008)
Weight: 25 1/2 lbs.
Length: 31 in.

Ed, age 1 (11/1971)
Weight: 32 lbs.
Length: 33 1/2 in.

Once again, Mom, I apologize for being 11 lbs. at birth, and pretty much tripling my weight in a year.

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Winzip_mothersday_placement_sunfl_2 ... like flowers and free file-compression software.

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May_2008_029Please enjoy this delightful photo of our big one-year old, Colin, who appears to have excessively enjoyed his first slice of cake yesterday at my parents' house and is now filled with remorse. Welcome to the world of shameful, secret eating, buddy!

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Celtics_hawks_game_7_bst... was over quite early. But Juliet and I did enjoy sitting with Keith and his buddy Craig at yesterday's Game 7 romp over the vastly inferior Atlanta Hawks. We got to experience a number of things, including:

Seeing the < 1 year old child in front of us absolutely horrified by the pyrotechnics during the starting lineups (and throughout the noisy game).

Rajon Rando almost being killed by Marvin Williams.

The Garden PA announcer cueing up Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia" in the closing minutes. Hurtful! Woo-woo!

A Glen "Big Baby" Davis dunk. I wasn't aware he could get all 380 pounds off the ground like that.

I did find myself agreeing with Dan Shaugnessy (wow, I hate typing that) that yes, it shouldn't have come to this, and that this Game 7 felt hollow. Oh well, onward and upward.

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Soccer First Game - 7
Originally uploaded by eharrison3
Now we are officially a suburban cliche, as Jacob had his first soccer game on Saturday. Click on the links to see more photos of the Lions first game in the Seattle-esque 44 degree drizzle.
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WaltonSo in order to get hyped up for tonight's big Game 5 of the Celtics (surprisingly difficult) first-round matchup with the Hawks, I started watching the NBA's 7-DVD set of the 1986 NBA Finals (featuring my all-time favorite team, the 1986 Celtics) [note: gratutious reference to me working out coming ... right about now] while on the eliptical this morning. Although I loved all the players (particularly scrubs like David Thirdkill and Greg Kite, perhaps my limited skills made me aspire to someday be bench fodder) I really loved Bill Walton -- he came to the team that year as a cagey veteran hungry for one more title in his injury-riddled career (I loved him, although not as much as the Boston fans; is it me or is there a tinge of racism when Walton gets such a huge hand when he replaces Robert Parish? And wait, that team had, what, 8 white players? Maybe that's why they were so beloved. Wow, now I feel guilty). I was 15 at the time and remember thinking that Walton was ancient.

Do you know how old he was?

Wait for it.

33.

I am currently almost 5 years older than him.

*Sigh*

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Well, looks like the market is doing just that. According to the RIAA, vinyl sales increased more than 46 percent last year, while CDs are down more than 11. I think I may take out the ol' turntable tonight and figure out where to set it up.

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Img_0139_2I posted some photos from our trip to Aruba (the cousins pictured on the left are Zachary, age 3; Pilar, age 3; and Jacob, age 4; not pictured, Colin, age 11/12). Click here to see them. And here are some random thoughts:

  • US Airways decided to give away Colin's seat for our very-much overbooked trip home. The one we bought, brought his car seat for and confirmed months ago. This didn't sit well with us; in our pre-determined roles as angry cop and angrier cop, I asked the ticketing agent to "solve the problem"; Juliet wondered (loudly and repeatedly) why no one could give us an answer as to whether we'd have seats. I can't blame her in the least for her frustration. The ticketing agent overreacted and called security. We skedaddled with our no-seat boarding passes before the got there.
  • At the Reina Beatrix Aeropuerto, you have to go through security not once, but twice. Odd.
  • Cricket makes absolutely no sense. Yes, baseball is complicated and quirky (why is bunting foul with two strikes an out, but swinging away and fouling with two strikes not?) ... but cricket, man, I just don't get it. I watched a good 30 minutes of it on ESPN International on Saturday morning (Colin got us up bright and early). My take-away was that the Sri Lankans are a machine, and matches go on for 78 hours.
  • It's not fun holding a squirmy, "big-boned" one-year old on your lap for a five-hour flight.
  • America runs on Dunkin'. So does Aruba. There were two Dunkin' Donuts near our hotel (the Hyatt Aruba, which was quite nice). It was like being in Revere. OK, no it wasn't.
  • I went to a new country, and saw maybe two acres of it -- the Hyatt, the Dunkin' Donuts and a restaurant or two within walking distance.  Other than the fact that it was a Dutch colony, I can tell you pretty much nothing about the country, its economy or its natives. I am an Ugly American.
  • The official languages are Dutch (which has funny looking words like "") and Papiamento, a Creole patois featuring elements of African languages, Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish.
  • I admit that I just looked up the previous fact.
  • Seems to me like everyone was speaking English (hotel guests) or Spanish (hotel employees, Juliet's cousin Pablo).
  • I don't handle "Caribbean Time" well. I think it was Erikah Badu who said in a recent interview, "Time is for white people." Damn right it is. I want my iced coffee now.
  • Going to the Caribbean always makes me feel sort of guilty. International tourism and hotel concerns occupy the country's prime real estate to offer up a completely artificial (and yes, awesome) experience that allows the well-to-do the chance to hobnob with other well-to-dos through a vacation experience built on the backs of locals (or, often, personnel brought in from other, poorer countries) who staff the service economy that is there to cater to my every need.
  • Whenever I get too caught up in the awkwardness, I reward myself with a pedicure, wherein a well-to-do individual pays a local to scrub the rough skin off the sole of his foot and trim his hideous cuticles.
  • All that said, damn, my toenails look amazing.
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Jacob_in_snorkeling_gear_2 We're back from Aruba. I will post more later (I had written a lengthy post in the hotel but it doesn't seem to have saved) as I'm sure that all my reader (sic) are interested. Anyhoo, enjoy this photo of Jacob in snorkeling gear ... more to come. I will tease this: hands up if your wife had security called on her by the US Airways ticket counter. (I'd type more but one of my hands is up.)

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339718370Whether it's not having time, the evolution of technology or just an evolving market for music, I don't go to record stores much any more. But I miss browsing and buying actual physical goods like CDs or ... dare I say, vinyl. So tomorrow I am going to check out Record Store Day, maybe even see a performance at one of the Newbury Comics (early leader: Ad Frank at Government Center, 3 p.m.). Unless anyone knows of another store/location I should check out?

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Wpfullscreentextmode_2 The launch of Corel's WordPerfect Office X4 and this great blog entry from Laptop on WPO X4's WordPerfect 5.1 "throwback" mode got me to remembering this: in college, lo those many years ago, my friends and I had a "WordPerfect Drinking Game" (even cooler than the "AP Style Drinking Game") built around the venerable WordPerfect 5.1 and its key-codes.

We'd take turns shouting out a function ("Print!") and you had to come up with the key-commands for that function ("SHIFT-F7!"). If you didn't, you had to drink. It got tricky once we got beyong things like spell-check ("CONTROL-F2!"), particularly if we didn't have one of those handy keyboard templates lying around.

Amazingly I didn’t have a girlfriend for much of college.

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Bruins Habs Playoff Game - 2
Originally uploaded by eharrison3
These Canadiens fans proved a good "Your Mom" joke works in any language.
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Attended last night's Bruins/Habs playoff game at the garden (my first NHL playoff game). I Twittered a bit during the game ... it was insane how many fans of Les Habitantes there were in the so-called Hub of Hockey. From today's report in the Montreal Gazette:

"Tim Thomas, who was celebrating his 34th birthday, said he heard the puck strike the crossbar and then heard the crowd roar. He thought the puck had deflected up, but then he realized there was a large Montreal contingent among the sellout crowd of 17,565."

Oops. A few things I noticed:

1. The one thing both Montreal and Boston fans can agree on is a dislike of Zdeno Chara.
2. As much I think I've learned about hockey since 2005, I really need to learn a lot more.
3. There were a few times last night when the Fox GlowPuck would have been handy.
4. I might actually hate Habs fans more than Yankee fans.

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Wpox4stdeng_leftIf you've been waiting for the newest version of WordPerfect, today, your wait is over!

Please try my product.

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... I completed my DC tax return on a counter at the Union Station Post Office at around 11:53 a.m. Evidently there was a shortage of DC tax forms that year, at least at the libraries and post offices in the white neighborhoods Ward 3 (shocking that Mayor Barry would allow that to happen), so I didn't track down a form until around 9 that night. It got confusing given that my employer was in Maryland and I had to pay taxes to the District and somehow get reimbursed from the State of Md. This year, I am much more prepared ... because someone else actually prepares the forms.

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It's somewhat of a throwback morning for me, hearkening to the pre-child days. I'm hung over at work, wearing the same clothes I wore last night. (I'm kidding -- not a throwback to those days. Although I had amazing resiliency the day after softball games. Where was I?)

Oh yeah, I actually got in the office at around 6:25 to get some things banged out ... which is pretty cool, seeing the sun rise over the Zakim bridge behind me, filled with enthusiasm and a venti 4-shot iced latte ...

... and our media database won't load. All right MediaSource, a Cision company, whose support line doesn't open until 7 a.m. EST, you have just made Ed's Enemy List.

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I realize I've been posting less lately. I'll try to post more, not because I think anyone gives a rat's ass, but because writing in longer form is somewhat therapeutic. Although the bite-sized 160-character tweets are much easier to bang out.

Here goes, a few items from the past week:

  • Is there no birthday transgression, like, say, going to dinner with a client, that 38 flowers can't fix? I don't know, someone tell me, otherwise I wasted some serious money.
  • Went to Auburn Hills, Mich. to visit a client Thursday. On the way out, took the scenic route through the tony Detroit suburbs. On the way back, went right through Detroit Rock City, 8 Mile and all. If you like burned-out abandoned buildings and don't have time to visit Flint, Detroit is the place for you. Wow.
  • Today could be the nicest day ever. Actually shot some hoops in the driveway during Jacob's nap. This is the first time I have shot by myself since we moved in. I usually shoot with Jacob, but let's face it, he's kind of a ballhog.
  • Went to IKEA today to buy shelving for the kids' toys, which have taken over and become somewhat unruly. These shelves supercede the Great Target Shelving Purchase of 2005, which at the time had been deemed the final word in toy shelving. Man, was that shortsighted. Additionally, I purchased three economy-sized packages of IKEA meatballs, which certainly have some sort of faux-Swedish name. Did give Juliet some time to herself (including appointments for eyebrowns and nails ... yes, I am pleading my case re: the birthday incident) as well.
  • Got word on my 20th high school reunion, which makes me officially incredibly, incredibly old.
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We're here about 45 minutes into The Year My Parents Went On Vacation and the show has stopped, as the film appears to have melted. This has never happened to me. This place smells like old people. From the BlackBerry

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I've been going back-and-forth a few annoying folks on the comment section regarding the "Exhibitionist" Dan Zanes/Diapergate thing on boston.com. (I'm WNewton Ed). I don't want to have to fight these people at the Dan Zanes concert tomorrow, but I will if I have to.

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Yes, I am taking Jacob (and Colin, since he's not old enough to stay home alone) to see Dan Zanes on Sunday. And yes, I had to buy Colin a ticket (even though he can sit on my lap on an airplane, which I'm guessing is less safe than doing so in a crowded theatre, particularly if no one yells fire). And yes, I'm kind of annoyed by that. boston.com's Geoff Edgers has a nice blog entry on this. I'm already annoyed enough that the lovely Barbara Brousal is no longer touring with Dan. Tell you what, if he plays an all-Del Fuegos encore, I'll call it even.

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Img_0066 Jacob dictated the following rules today re: Colin and his ability to crawl when Jacob is playing baseball on the back deck with Juliet or with me ... (note the final sentence seems to negate all of the other rules.)

At left, Jacob is sharing the rules with a politely-listening Colin.

(Man, these guys would have a field day trying to edit these for coherence)

BABIES CAN CRAWL WHEN THE PITCH COMES BUT NOT WHEN THE HIT COMES BECAUSE THEY MIGHT GET HIT ON THE HEAD AND HURT ON THE DECK.

BABIES CAN CRAWL WHEN IT'S SAFE FOR THE BALL TO COME. COLIN CAN'T CRAWL. WRITTEN DOWN BY JULIET AND JACOB HARRISON.

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Jacksonvilleteamen81 If you only have time to visit one blog devoted to Major League Soccer, look no further than that of Shrewsbury, Mass. native and GW Alum Grahame Fraser. This week, Grahame takes a look at the MLS' opening day ...

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It's tough being a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, I imagine. Besides an amazing ballpark, the team appears to have little to offer its dwindling base of fans (who have suffered through 16 straight losing seasons). On a day when supporters of every team can briefly dream that their small-market squad could potentially make an historic run, the Pirates are already in fifth place ...

Team    W    L    GB
Chicago     0    0    -
Cincinnati     0    0    -
Houston     0    0    -
Milwaukee     0    0    -
Pittsburgh     0    0    -
St. Louis     0    0    -

Stupid alphabet.

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Just came back from two days with the good, good folks of Corel. Plenty of laughs along with a great deal of work planning for 2008. The laughs were both good (laughing is good) and bad (I get punchy during long meetings, and it probably got us off track a few times).

Much of the humor revolved around the metric system:

  • Asking "How much is that in American" whenever anyone mentioned the temperature.
  • Remarking, "Are you cold? It's only 22 degrees on your side of the car."
  • Stating "I can't believe I'm going 70. You can barely feel it."

Additional items of whimsy:

  • My colleague Greg shaving down to a mustache for Day 2 of the meetings, in response to a proposed mustache battle royale between fama's d'Bri and Canadian Greg.
  • Mustache Greg became known as "Big Cake," due to this exchange regarding the predatory nature of the wedding industry: "Well, you really can't fight Big Cake."
  • My suggestion that, based on two anecdotes re: uses of Corel's digital imaging software (art therapy for kids with autism, and for creating slideshows at funerals), that Corel is going to absolutely OWN the autism and dead grandmother markets.
  • The suggestion that Ottawa add an "AMERICANS ONLY -- EXPRESS LANE" to the airport when we were stuck in traffic behind polite Canadians.
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Here's Juliet's take on this past weekend, which started with me wishing I was dead and ended with me being very thankful to be alive. As it's written chronologically, the lead is buried a bit:

-Ed and Colin had the flu on Saturday. Jacob and I got out of the house and while out got a bad flat tire.  We had to get road-side assistance but while I was talking to a nice gentleman trying to help us, Jacob stuck my AAA card in the CD player.  It took a while to get in touch with Ed but I finally got the member number and phone number to call.  Just three short hours after the tire was flat we were on our way.

-Ed felt better Sunday morning and Colin’s fever seemed to have abated so we ventured out to Shrewsbury for Easter brunch ... Colin’s fever returned to a whopping 103 and was inconsolable.

-Driving home last night on 495 we were rear-ended and pushed into the car in front of us which ended up in a 5-car accident and a trip for the 4 of us in an ambulance to UMass hospital in Worcester – me on a body-board and in a neck brace.  My kids are totally fine, I am fine, just sore, and Ed’s car is totaled.

-Colin still has the flu.  102 fever this morning.

-I am currently at the Volvo dealership because we are down to one car with a donut-sized spare tire, and a CD player going haywire because it has a AAA card stuck inside.

So yeah, we were involved in a very serious car accident on Sunday. The boys took it very well: Colin was very asleep when we were hit, and woke up immediately, screaming at the top of his lungs but eventually was fine. Jacob thought it was the biggest adventure ever (although he was freaked out when they put Juliet in the stretcher with the halo; I'm pretty glad I declined a medical check-up) and spent most of the 30-minute ambulance ride re-counting the accident for the EMT ("So ... the problem was this ... the car behind us didn't stop and hit my Daddy's car ... my Daddy's door is busted ...) and reminding me that "f***" is a bad word (the first word out of my mouth after the impact ... I was not being able to more cleverly articulate my shock and dismay than through the familiar comfort of the f-word).

I'd write some more but my neck is absolutely killing me and I think my brain is bruised. Come to find out, whiplash actually hurts. My poor, poor Altima is in very sad shape at a Wrecking Lot in Marlborough, with a bashed-in trunk holding many treasures: a soon-to-be rancid half-Easter ham, some Easter cupcakes, two Easter baskets and a bag full of Easter gifts for the boys (as well as my camera).

All that said, I'd like to thank the good folks at the Westborough Fire Department, the State Police and the pediatric unit at UMass-Worcester Medical Center. Top-notch work on what was, for them, an incident of minimal severity but for us, severe enough to make us very glad to be alive. To Mom and Dad, Sean and Wei, thanks for the late night, the bafflingly inconsistent instructions from me ("pick us up on 495" (ten minutes later)  "... OK, at Marlborough Hospital" (20 minutes later) "Make that UMass-Worcester") and the ride home. We and the boys are very lucky to have you.

I promise, more funny stuff (or at least less maudlin) next time. Sore and exhausted, I'm off to Ottawa tomorrow for a few days with our neighbors to the North.

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I have been as sick as I've been in years the last two days -- one of those achy, walking-dead flu bugs. Juliet's been kind enough to let me go to bed at like 7 the last two nights and I've alternately been freezing or sweating like crazy. Today, though, like Michael Jordan in the 1997 NBA Finals, I am willing myself to be better. This may be the Tylenol talking, but I don't feel like I'm going to die any more.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Brandon X EMAIL: laf837@yahoo.com IP: 24.149.194.234 URL: DATE: 03/29/2008 02:39:17 PM I am pretty sure MJ was faking it that night. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@gmail.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: http://www.foodonthefood.com DATE: 03/24/2008 02:58:11 PM Get well soon!! ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Hoya Paranoia STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: The Ed Harrison Forgiveness Tour DATE: 03/19/2008 04:57:14 PM ----- BODY:

Welcome to the "Ed Harrison Forgiveness Tour," the first in a series of entries which has me coming to terms and ceasing long-term grudges of which, in most cases, the target is unaware.

Today I am going to officially forgive the two schools which rejected me as an undergraduate -- Georgetown University and the University of Virginia (waitlisted, actually).

GU, UVa, everything is cool.

(This came up the other night when I was doing my NCAA brackets -- I dutifully started to pick against Georgetown, because, well, "I hate Georgetown." GU is to GW as BC is to BU. Lots of bad feelings between the non-denomintational urban school and the more selective Jesuit neighbor. In my case, I think it was purely because they rejected me. Anyway, I actually like some of the players on GU -- particularly Roy Hibbert -- as well as John Thompson III, and it is cool to watch the old Ewing tapes from the early 1980s. And if I hadn't gone to GW, I wouldn't have met my wife, wouldn't have my boys, etc. So hell, it was more than half my life ago. It's time to move on. I have GU going to the Final 4 and I'm OK with it.)

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One of the more quirky, dubious Masshole holidays is Evacuation Day (celebrated in Suffolk County, as well as in Cambridge and Somerville) which, coincidentally, gives county and city workers St. Patrick's Day as a paid holiday. In theory, it celebrates the evacuation of the British from their 11-month sieze of Boston. In practice, it gives county and city workers an opportunity to drink all day, and then evacuate the content of their stomachs. Wow, that was clever.

Question -- has dressing in green become akin to wearing Santa ties at Christmas, i.e. fun but dorky? I threw on a kelly-green hoodie this morning (yes, I am 37 years old) and it appears that I am the only person here at fama PR to wear green today.

This holiday was such a big deal when I was a kid in the Harrigan household (we're not sure why, but somewhere along the line the surname was changed, either to avoid anti-Irish persecution or the law) -- my mom loves the holiday and among my fondest childhood memories was that she used to make green oatmeal that morning (with food coloring, or at least I hope so), and we'd enjoy the music of the Irish Rovers and Tommy Makem, then have corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

Dammit, I will proudly continue to wear green, and I aim to pinch everyone who does not comply.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: SeeTipper EMAIL: ctipper@verizon.net IP: 155.52.36.122 URL: DATE: 03/17/2008 04:19:27 PM I always kind of felt it would be kinder to have the holiday on the 18th, thus allowing city workers (and Cambridge public school children) to sleep it off. A quick scan of the web reveals that the Stamp Act was repealed on March 18th, 1766, but was immediately replaced by the even worse Declaratory Act. There's a holiday in there somewhere. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Cmnctng in sht fm (Social Media Content Creation Overload Blues) STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Things that Riddle Me with Anxiety DATE: 03/16/2008 10:38:57 PM ----- BODY:

So basically I've decided to re-embrace Twitter, "a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (or 'tweets'; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) ... via short message service, instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific." The upside? You can hear about all sorts of minutia in my life AS IT HAPPENS. It also allows me to follow others' Twitters; no one else I know is really doing it religiously. (Perhaps I will do it religiously by Twittering from Easter Mass next Sunday, continuing a decades-long C/E attendance streak.)

The downside? It's tapping my desire to continue longer-form updates onto the Harrison3 blog; I also can't figure out who really cares about my thoughts in 140-character chunks (or longer ones, for that matter); Keith openly mocks me for Twittering; and finally, it's yet another Social Media site to which I am dumping content (this blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, etc.).

Facebook is good because it bundles a lot of these together; unfortunately, not all my friends are on Facebook. I'm also trying FriendFeed as a means to offer up a complete "Feed" of all the crap content I am loading onto various sites.

If you've read this far ... congratulations and Hi Dad! You can follow my Twittering on the Harrison3 blog (over to the upper right) ... and on Facebook. And you can even talk to me, although I rarely pick up the phone any more.

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I discovered Scrabulous this week. And I also discovered that I kind of suck at Scrabble. And that I plan to waste a lot of time trying to get better.

Final score, LovingLife 408, Eharrison33 182. (S)he really got me when (s)he used all his/her tiles for SEQUINS. You win this time, LovingLife!

(For anyone who is interested, I have the full play-by-play transcript which they send via e-mail; glad to forward it along.)

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Such an obvious one: "Mary Ann likes Mary Jane."

Gilligan Star Charged

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Looking for NFL Love in All the Wrong Places STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Sports DATE: 03/11/2008 01:32:11 AM ----- BODY: Millen Man, it sucks being a Patriots fan now.

It was a lot more fun to be a Patriots fan when they sucked.

OK, that's not entirely true. On the rare occasions when their games were actually on television when I lived in D.C. (1988-1996), there was little for which to cheer. There were no Patriot bars then, either. And I loathed Redskin fans, whom I saw as being a part of a culture of entitlement. So I read what I could re: my Patriots in the week-old Globes at the GW library (this was pre-Internet, kids). Victor Kiam. Hugh Millen running up the middle with no time-outs left. Lisa Olson. Ugh.

Hmm, OK, that really sucked too. They weren't lovable losers -- they were classless losers.

Well, fast forward more than a decade later. Five Super Bowl appearnces, three victories. I had Season Tickets from 2000-2004 (until Julie K's Uncle Billy absolutely screwed me over, curse him) including the last year in the old stadium, and by the time my tickets were unceremoniously taken back, the 9th row on a 20 yard-line. So I was a big part of what was probably the most exciting turnaround in any sports franchise's history.

But now they are not lovable winners, either -- they are classless winners. It's hard to root for their clearly genius, clearly mentally ill, Nixon-esque head coach; and any team with a "-gate" named after it, well, that can't be good. And I'm starting to really get annoyed by the Golden Boy QB. The dreamy one whom I wrote late last year "leads the NFL in awesome."

So, is it more important to be liked than to be successful?

Let me pose the question to my subconscious ...

According to my subconscious, there is nothing in the world more important than being liked.

Well, that explains the therapy bills and anti-anxiety drugs.

So it's time to pick a new team for which to root, until the Patriots are less vulgar and cunningly evil. Hopefully this will go better than my search for a D-1 football program for which I could root, which resulted in a seven-way tie between Washington, Washington State, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Cal and Tennessee. The criteria: 1. Team must be likable, have a likable fan base. Sorry New York Jets! 2. Fan base must be enthusiastic and willing to welcome aboard some unaffiliated fans. 3. My pick can't be perceived as a "bandwagon" pick. Like being a Cowboy fan in the 1970s or 1990s, a 49ers fan in the 1980s or a Bears fan in 1986. My choices, then, are:

1. The Buffalo Bills -- My second-favorite team in the early 1990s, when the Patriots sucked. Losers of 4 straight Super Bowls. Pros: Rabid fans who come alive in a bleak city for 8 Sundays/year. Cool throwback uniforms. Cons: May be moving to Toronto; hard to support a Pats division rival; Buffaloan Whitney from my office may accuse me of being a poseur.

2. The New Orleans Saints -- I hopped on this bandwagon big-time following Katrina, and the bonus was that they were quite good in 2006. And quite bad in 2007. Pros: Slakes my white-liberal thirst toward supporting all-things New Orleans, both to help a city badly and need and to deliver a giant F.U. to the Bush Administration. Also, I like Reggie Bush and Drew Brees. Cons: Bandwagon white-liberal guilt can look rather embarrassing in retrospect, like when I had that Malcolm X poster in my dorm room senior year.

3. The Arizona Cardinals -- Pros: Won't ever be called a bandwagon fan, since there is no bandwagon. Highly unique. Absolutely no one else, even people in Arizona, care about them. Cons: Their home stadium was the site of Super Bowl XLII. I still can't shake the bad memories, regardless. Also, they really, really suck.

4. The Green Bay Packers -- Pros: See fan base similarities to Buffalo Bills, except in a city 1/10th the side. Harder to be labeled a bandwagon fan after Farve Fahrvre Favre's retirement. Cons: See fears re: Buffalo and Whitney; replace Buffalo with Green Bay, Whitney with my cousin Michael.

5. The Cleveland Browns -- Pros: Buffalo-like fan base. Hey, maybe I have some sort of Rust Belt fetish. Can't possibly accuse me of being a bandwagon fan. My experience as a Red Sox fan equips me well for the inevitable heartbreak should they make the playoffs. Cons: Head Coach Romeo Crennel is a Belichick guy, so he's probably secretly recording my thoughts right now.

Other potential teams -- Tennessee Titans (I really like Music City, Nashville); Washington Redskins (only because I lived there for nearly 10 years); Seattle Seahawks (love the whole 12th-man concept, just happen to like Seattle a lot, too).

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Brandon X EMAIL: laf837@yahoo.com IP: 24.149.194.234 URL: DATE: 03/29/2008 02:50:17 PM I'm late to the party but no room in your life for those lovable losers in Philly? Just ignore the fan base, I do. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Uncle Billy EMAIL: julie_kerrigan@yahoo.com IP: 76.24.37.38 URL: DATE: 03/12/2008 08:14:00 PM Thanks for the shout out, man. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Pete Caroll EMAIL: ctipper@verizon.net IP: 155.52.36.122 URL: DATE: 03/12/2008 12:30:29 PM Shame on you for shopping around your loyalty! You stuck with me, didn't you? And, pray tell, what will you do with all of those T-shirts you've purchased for the boys? Still, I suppose for your conscience's sake it would be nice not to have to lie to your children anymore. May I suggest Cincinnati? Think barbecue, chili, racism, airport IN FACT in Kentucky, the endearing "Who Dey?" chant, and tiger-stripe tights for the boys. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Errata STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 03/06/2008 08:45:51 AM ----- BODY:

Previous should read "Swedish athlete," not "Swiss." I always confuse them, just like Heidi and Pippi Longstocking or Kate Winslet and Kate Beckinsdale. The author regrets the error.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Cate Blanchett EMAIL: shona.simkin@gmail.com IP: 63.116.123.68 URL: DATE: 03/11/2008 08:46:51 AM Kind sir, please do not add another K(C)ate to the mix. It is me, winsome Cate (of "Elizabeth" and "I'm Not There" fame) who you consistently confuse with Kate Winslet. Don't get it, myself, but still, I'm no Kate Beckinsale (no "d" in there I'm afraid). So sorry to call you out on two mistakes, but there you have it. best wishes, Cate ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: How Swede It Is! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 03/06/2008 08:41:35 AM ----- BODY:

That would be a great headline if, say, a Swiss athlete won Wimbledon. Also, some sort of pun around Czechs being bounced always works. I'm thinking about headlines as I have to write a release today on which I have procrastinated. Sometimes it's fun to go into a release with a word you just have to work in somehow. For example, this Tuesday's word was "slake," which I mentioned earlier. It was unceremonially removed by the client for the more conventional "quench." Sigh.

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Many of you know about my pathological fear of the voice of Edith Piaf. Not as unique as my friend Wendy's fear of Gerald McRainey (TV's Major Dad), but troubling nonethless.

Well, after watching the excellent La Vie En Rose last night, I came to the following conclusions:

  • Edith Piaf's voice is sadness. Perhaps I am just afraid of sadness rather than the 4-9 Piaf.
  • Piaf is the French Judy Garland, except for the association with Mickey Rooney and the film success.
  • I was inspired to download the Piaf collection The Voice of the Sparrow. "Non, Je Regrette Rien" is probably my favorite track.
  • I knew nothing of her association with the boxer Marcel Cerdan. In fact, I knew nothing of Cerdan; my father-in-law, with whom I watched the film, was very knowledgable about the boxing of that era.
  • Piaf's life was not particularly funny. In this case, tragedy plus time just feels more tragic.
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Daniel EMAIL: daniel.teachey@dataflux.com IP: 66.194.221.34 URL: http://www.sweetmonkeypie.com DATE: 03/06/2008 02:37:54 PM Your fear of Edith Piaf is well-founded. Weren't the guys in "Saving Private Ryan" listening to a Piaf tune before the final battle - when everybody except for Ed Burns and the weenie bought the farm? That's just bad hoodoo. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Phisher King STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Amusing Spam DATE: 03/04/2008 09:10:37 AM ----- BODY:

I am of the firm belief that spammers and phishers would be more successful if they partnered with copywriters or even fact-checkers.

For example, I received this notice today:

All MAX, Your Community Credit Union and Internet Banking will be closed on Saturday, March 8th and Monday, March 10th during  the Memorial Day Holiday weekend for a scheduled computer upgrade.
Your participation is required at this event ! We need you to confirm your personal data with our existing database.

Beyond the fact that I have never heard of this bank and don't hold any accounts there, I had a few edits to make this read better ... Were the author to implement these suggestions, I could see a significant response-rate increase:

  • Memorial Day is in May, not March. Right off the bat, this significant factual error erodes your credibility.
  • "All Max, Your Community Credit Union and Internet Banking" ... the capital letters are sloppy. Is this a tagline? Put it in italics or somehow set if off so I realize that.
  • Is the bank closed for the holiday, or for the computer upgrade? It's unclear.
  • "Your participation is required at this event!" I have to participate in your computer upgrade?
  • The bolding and exclamation point make the note appear amateurish.
  • I would shy away from the phrase "personal data." "Personal" raises all sorts of red flags, and "data" sounds too geeky. Maybe "customer infromation?"
  • Above all, the message needs to be more benefit-focused: "In order to better serve you, we need to confirm that we have your information correct." Make it seem like something the bank is doing to ultimately help me, rather than something I am required to do. I don't like to be bossed around, particularly by my bank, or even worse, scam artists.
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(Take two of this post, as IE decided it would crash as I finished take one)

On Saturday night, my friend Karen used the word "slake," a word with which I was not familiar. Of course, immediately I tried to use it (correctly or otherwise) as often as I could throughout the remainder of the evening, within or beyond the boundaries of context.

I then tried to impress the lexicographically-gifted Erin by dropping the word in an e-mail; she called me stupid for not knowing the word (at least that's what I heard, as I am a delicate flower) and said it wasn't particularly "highfalutin'."

Then ensued a very dorky discussion of the phrase's etymology -- no one ever says "high faluting," and while highfalutin' means highbrow, is it lowbrow to use the word "highfalutin'" in the first place? Is it thus highbrow to call something lowbrow "lowfalutin'"? And what is a falute in the first place?

According to the American Heritage Dictionary...

"H.L. Mencken, in his famous book The American Language, mentions highfalutin as an example of the many native U.S. words coined during the 19th-century period of vigorous growth. Although highfalutin is characteristic of American folk speech, it is not a true regionalism because it has always occurred in all regions of the country, with its use and popularity spurred by its appearance in print. The origin of highfalutin, like that of many folk expressions, is obscure. It has been suggested that the second element, –falutin, comes from the verb flute—hence high-fluting, a comical indictment of people who think too highly of themselves."

Anyway, that's the story of how I learned a new word.

And now, to slake my unquenchable thirst to use the word slake as often as possible, here's a few other random thoughts:

  • If this study is to be trusted, wow, my social life would be even worse without blogging.
  • Another lexicographer named Erin, the multitalented Erin McKean, wrote in yesterday's Globe about "PowerPoint Bingo." I really want to play, which probably explains my lame social life, blogging notwithstanding.
  • McKean also coined the very true McKean's Rule (amazingly!), which states, "Any correction of the speech or writing of others will contain at least one grammatical, spelling, or typographical error."
  • Jacob is on a big Beatles kick. He insists the words to "Get Back" are "Jojo was a man who thought he was a donut ..."
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I went to the Bruins game last night with my favorite Canadian clients. Things I gleaned:

    • Americans like watching fights much more than Canadians do.
    • The Bruins actually look pretty good as constructed.
    • The Penguins looked rather disinterested.
    • There are two places in a hockey game you shouldn't use a drop pass. Home and away.
    • Canadians are as bemused by our Congress' investigation of steroids in baseball as many Americans are.
    • Canadian forces are participating significantly in Afghanistan. Wisely, they are by and large leaving Iraq to us and the rest of the coalition of the willing.
    • Socialized medicine doesn't cover lasik surgery.
    • The Greatest Bar really isn't all that great.
    • Until you ask the right questions, you may never know if one of your colleagues is a competitive step dancer.

A very happy Bissextile Day to all!

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I really want a nickname, and it appears the only way I'll get one is if I bestow it upon myself.

Here are some rejected suggestions from some early noodling/focus groups:

  • The Apostle of Hustle
  • "Blood and Guts" Harrison
  • Ol' Lefty
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Been a while since I rapped at ya:

  • Through the largesse of our good friends the Audets, we were treated yesterday to the deliciousness that is Kane's Donut House. Wow. Tammy, you have to check out Kane's. You will be amazed.
  • So I gave Jacob a donut for breakfast this morning--he was to eat it in the car, it was a "reward" for him being "co-operative" in getting up and dressed (read: I woke him up too late to eat a balanced breakfast at home, so in order to get him moving, I offered him a sweet, delicious donut, no questions asked). Somehow, in eating the donut he was able to skirt the law of mass/matter conservation. I gave him one donut. Some of it went into his mouth. But there was somehow at least 6 donuts worth of crumbs and pieces on the floor of my car. I'm going to get him to make me one of those perpetual motion machines next.
  • Kellogg's used to tout that Frosted Flakes were "part of a complete breakfast," and then illustrate that their definition of a "complete breakfast" included eggs, toast, jam, pancakes, fruit and some sort of multi-vitamin, in addition to the Frosted Flakes.
  • Last night marked the first time since 1991 that I watched zero minutes of The Oscars. I tried.
  • Perhaps it was because this year I am afraid (for different reasons) of the best supporting actor and best actress. Javier Bardem scared the crap out of me in No Country For Old Men; and while I never saw La Vie En Rose, I do have an unnatural, pathalogic fear of Edith Piaf.
  • That Daniel Day-Lewis fella, he's a pretty solid actor, glad to see him win. Reviews for the film (which the New York Times compared to Chinatown and Citizen Kane) have been universally positive, except for one holdout. I wonder what Arch Danielson would say about it.
----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Erin EMAIL: emo331@yahoo.com IP: 140.247.24.32 URL: DATE: 02/27/2008 08:12:02 AM NORTH SHORE!!!!! Definitely worth the drive to beautiful Saugus. If you want to miss the traffic, I believe they open at an ungodly 3:30am. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@gmail.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: http://www.foodonthefood.com DATE: 02/26/2008 04:37:08 PM I have a mind to drive up to Saugus right now in the snow and rush hour traffic to get a honey-dipped doughnut, even though they probably ran out hours ago and are closed. Thanks for the tip. I hadn't heard of them (we South Shore kids don't consort with North Shore kids). ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: An idea way before its time STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Movies DATE: 02/22/2008 10:55:30 AM ----- BODY:

I wonder if I'll be given a writer's credit for Be Kind Rewind, which looks brilliant.

In 1989, a bunch of us rented Casablanca. I was pretentiously trying to appear cultured and snobbish, even at 18. But I was also a goofball so we ended up sort of commenting on the film throughout our viewing, and screwing around more than actually paying attention (I finally saw the film for real when I was 25 or so). Sort of a precursor to Mystery Science Theater 3000 (maybe I can get retroactive co-creator credit for that, too, because no one else ever did that). Amazing that no girls liked us then.

If I remember correctly, one of us inadvertently recorded over part of the film (which seems impossible, unless the Northborough video store was using a bootlegged copy, but I'll continue with the story) so we theorized about how we could reconstruct the one bit using sock puppets.

It never got out of the rambling idea phase ... and I never actually wrote the idea down or had it copyrighted ... but I am still contacting my attorney.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Ezra EMAIL: ezraball@gmail.com IP: 216.15.125.151 URL: http://realfake.org/blog DATE: 02/22/2008 10:44:40 PM My friend and frequent blog commentor Marco, a art director / director / film maker / civil servant by day in Austin TX art directed a Back to the Future swede some kind of Be Kind Rewind competition in Austin. See here: http://mr-noy.livejournal.com/73378.html ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tito Puente EMAIL: puente.tito@gmail.com IP: 204.9.220.36 URL: DATE: 02/22/2008 02:18:20 PM This movie is a knock off from Nickelodeon. WWTDD.com makes some good points in this post: http://www.wwtdd.com/post.phtml?pk=3566 ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Longer than Courtney Love's Obituary? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 02/20/2008 08:37:55 AM ----- BODY:

How long do you think the Boston Globe had their Castro "End of an Era" feature in the can? How frustrated was the reporter who first drafted Bob Hope's obit in like 1948? "I have to update it again? When is he going to die?!" I bet Hoipe outlived whoever wrote the first draft.

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Here he is covering "That's the Thanks I Get." Note the cool TinkerToy guitar he and Juliet made.

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Crud, my favorite bi-monthly look at Americana music is folding.

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Great post from Doug Haslam re: Dick Gregory and his 1968 Presidential Campaign. Added bonus, a comment from the wife of the late Pat Paulsen. Very cool. I read Gregory's Nigger in college. I remember feeling self-conscious when people of color saw it on my bookshelf.

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We've all been sick the past 36 hours. While Jacob and Juliet have had a traditional stomach flu, mine has been more of the intestinal variety -- one of the conditions of Crohn's Disease is that stomach flus tend to manifest themselves a bit further downtown.

So for the past month, I've tried the "no carbs" diet (lost 8 lbs. and promptly gained it all back) ... The "s*** your guts out repeatedly for 36 hours diet" appears to be much more effective.

Parenting through garden-variety flu illness is somewhat tricky. Thank God for our good friend TV. Jacob watched 5 hours of TV this morning while Juliet slept and I caught little 5-minute catnaps between Jacob asking me for further detail on the plot of the "Thomas" episode we were watching. Colin more or less was left to his own devices.

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In honor of Presidents' Day, here's David Shulman's sonnet, "Washington Crossing the Delaware," a 14-line sonnet in which each line is an anagram of the title. Woah. Taken from the great book I picked up over the weekend, Richard Lederer's Presidential Trivia.

A hard, howling, tossing water scene.
Strong tide was washing hero clean.
"How cold!" Weather stings as in anger.
O Silent night shows war ace danger!

The cold waters swashing on in rage.
Redcoats warn slow his hint engage.
When star general's action wish'd "Go!"
He saw his ragged continentals row.

Ah, he stands - sailor crew went going.
And so this general watches rowing.
He hastens - winter again grows cold.
A wet crew gain Hessian stronghold.

George can't lose war with's hand in;
He's astern - so go alight, crew, and win!

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Img_0012_edited1 I'm trying something a little new today, and publishing photos from our Florida trip on Facebook (the link is for the public photo album, if you're on Facebook you can find it on my site) rather than Flickr. I am so down with the kids and the social networking. Ezra, I was wrong, Facebook is cool and quite useful. I regret the error.

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So every Starbucks in the world is going to close on February 26 from 530-830 p.m. for a massive, staff-wide espresso education session. Actually, given Howard Schultz' efforts to re-invent the company, it makes sense. The breakfast sandwiches are already gone, for example, and there's talk of re-introducing manual espresso machines (perhaps the reason for this training?).

The opening of the press release announcing the re-education ("Launching the next phase of Starbucks SBUX ongoing efforts to transform the company," maybe just the "next phase" language) reminded me this Onion piece from a Few Years Back:

Starbucks to Begin Sinister "Phase Two" of Operation

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Pros:

  • Great weather.
  • Lots of time with family.
  • Jacob had a great time.
  • Colin seemed to appreciate what was happening around him.
  • I'm told the Reuben at the ESPN SportsZone at DIsney Boardwalk is quite excellent, and although I had the kobe burger, just by sight, it looked great. Tammy, I know you have a culinary degree and a highly-regarded food blog, but I don't care what you say, reubens are supposed to be stuffed with meat.
  • I drove a mini-van all week and still maintained a modicum of street cred. For example, "That Vampire Weekend album lives up to the hype!" I actually can say that and know what that means.
  • Got to watch the Space Shuttle launch. It was pretty cool to be part of thousands of people on a beach, not one of which was facing the water.


Cons:

  • Hello co-workers. Glad to be back. I'm not crying. I'm not high. I have double pinkeye.
  • That hummus and veggie sandwich at the ship-themed restaurant at WDW. Overpriced, meet soggy.
  • No one else wanted to go to the Hall of Presidents. For shame.
  • "Ah, it's good to be home. Should my house be 53 degrees? I should check the basement. [Very bad 12-letter word deleted]" Broken boiler valve+away for 5 days=no heat upon arrival home, flooded basement.
  • Jacob showed his grandparents that he is picking up my salty vocabulary. When we were unloading the van at their condo, he was telling some story about getting poked by a palm tree (never happened) which ended with him saying, "F***!" repeatedly, then explaining that "f***" wasn't a bad word; "It's OK, I didn't say 'f***ing.'" No amount of pleading on my part could get him to stop dropping f-bombs until we got inside.
  • No decent lattes or espressos in or around the Magic Kingdom. Iced Nescafe does not count.
  • $180 for admission and you're going to charge me $10 to park, Sea World? You're on the list.
  • Same to you, Magic Kingdom, except I stayed on property and thus didn't have to park. You got lucky.
  • Screwy_squirrelOn the return flight, Jacob enjoyed his first-ever Tom and Jerry cartoons on JetBlue's in-flight TV. When the choice is excessively violent cartoon or whining, cartoon wins, hands down. Although he hasn't yet hit me with a frying pan or a mallet, I think the over-the-top violence certainly confused him. For example, the scene in the Screwy Squirrel cartoon in which Mr. Squirrel hits a dog across the head with everything he can find in a trunk labeled "Assorted Swell Stuff to Hit Dog on Head."
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Came home to a burst boiler and floofed basement. Its 53 degrees upstairs. I've been using the wetdry vac for 45 mins now as I await the emergency furnace-repair guy, cursing out Walt Disney under my breath. From my BlackBerry

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OK, one of the drawbacks of sharing a hotel room with two small children is that it's nearly impossible to do anything involving light after they go to sleep. So I'm sitting in the bathroom here at the Swan Hotel (very nice, btw) at DisneyEPCOTMGMMagicKingdomAnimalCountry. Here's a quick recap, in no particular order ...

  • Theme parks bring out the worst in American families. It seems that in the quest for the perfect family day, parents get annoyed with children who are tired and overwhelmed by everything from the ubiquity of merchandising to the length of lines. Lots of arguing and threats of violence ... and that's just in my family. Hey oh!
  • Let me put this delicately. Much of America is very, very fat. I could stand to drop 10, but I look positively svelte here in Central Fla.
  • This smacks of northeast liberal pretentious snobbery, so I apologize. But I defy you to try and find a place filled with more aimless souls than a Super Wal-Mart on a Wednesday afternoon in Central Florida.
  • Spent the day at Sea World today, which was great, except for the ludicrous percentage of square footage within the park devoted to merchandise sales (I am terrified of what that will be like within the confines of Disney). Jacob, God bless him, made it through an entire day there, including a number of 20-minute waits for shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, otters and a kiler whale whose name escapes me. Kidding. I know it's Shazam the Killer Whale.
  • When did they start weaving so much narrative into dolphin shows? Didn't they used to just be flips, splashing and repeated declarations of their membership in the mammal family? I like my doplphin shows like I like my Internet porn -- kill the story line and get right to the good stuff. I don't give a rat's ass about character development, I want flips, splashes and hot, nontraditional action featuring odd numbers of participants.
  • Got to watch the Space Shuttle take off yesterday (my parents had rented a beautiful condo in Cape Canaveral and very graciously opened it up to me, Juliet and the boys). It was pretty awesome. I'm not sure why we still fund NASA but I do like earthshatering kabooms and big plumes of smoke. USA! USA! USA!
  • Oh, this is an important one. Never, ever take your kid for his four-year physical the day before going on a major trip. What the hell were we thinking? Jacob got 5 shots, each of which are helping him develop an immunity for some sort of nasty and/or long-dormant disease (measles, mumps, chicken pox, dropsy, dengue fever, water-on-the-knee, disco fever). Unfortunately, they have also made him sort of sick -- not so sick that he can't get out of bed but so sick that he will throw up luncheon meats in the pool at his grandparents' condo complex -- and rather irritable. I have alternately wanted to hug him and strangle him this week, which is probably the most appropriate definition of what life with a cranky 4-year old can be like.
  • No matter how many times you explain a plan to a four year old, they just don't retain the details. We spent Tues-Thur in Canaveral with my parents, trekked to Orlando today to hit Sea World, and my parents and brother and sister-in-law are joining us tomorrow to hit the MK. Despite having relayed the plan no less than 30 times, Jacob was disappointed today upon learning that Nanny and Papa weren't joining us today; that we weren't going back to their condo; that we weren't going to the MK today; that we weren't going swimming in the ocean at Nanny and Papa's condo today, etc. Perhaps my expectations are a bit too high.
  • Jacob adds a third syllable to Walt's surname: "Dis-en-ney." I dunno, I find that very cute.
  • I found myself laughing aloud at the Cartoon Network's new "George of the Jungle" show tonight (I have pretty much given up any pretense of actual parenting as this trip has worn on. TV? Sure.).

More to come. I'm sick of sitting on the commode to type.

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250pxwarren_g_harding Besides being a hot topic of conversation at Bruins games, the administration of Warren G. Harding apparently has significant relevance today. One could make a connection between the oil scandals and l'affaire Teapod Dome of his administration and the chicanery of Bush 43; or at least I assume so, as I have some reading to do. I am just starting Upton Sinclair's Oil, after having seen the masterful There Will Be Blood last week. Coming later today in the mail ... The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country.

"Warren G. Harding was a worthless piece of s***. F*** him. His presidency was a taint, not just in the sense of a 'stain on the office,' but literally a taint - the anatomical area between the anus and the testicles. I hate Warren G. Harding." --Stephen Colbert, America
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Associated_press_dewey_defeats_trumOK, now I know how fans of the 2001-2002 Rams, 1968-1969 Colts and Thomas Dewey felt. It was a disappointing Super Bowl, obviously; the Pats offense looked ragged and I don't understand going for it on 4th and 13 rather than trying a 49 yard field goal in a dome. And the New York Football Giants played an outstanding game, and Eli Manning, God love him, didn't "revert back to being Eli Manning," as I predicted he would throughout the game.

So while I'm disappointed, I'm not crushed ... in fact, there is a time in my life (and sad to say, not that long ago) where I would have felt absolutely, positively despondent now ... unable to function, cursing the gods, tearing up, etc.

I don't know if it's the wisdom that comes with age, having kids, or let's face it, and the sense of "been there, done that" with the unprecedented success of Boston sports teams over the past six years (I am both fat *and* lazy), but while it sucks, life will indeed go on tomorrow. I will still get up, take my kids to school and strive to provide excellence in PR services across numerous clients. And it's the first night of the Beanpot, which is always fun. All that said, I am kinda glad I didn't buy that "undefeated season" shirt now.

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Jacob's Bike
Originally uploaded by eharrison3
I can't believe the boy is 4. Actually, he is now nearly 48 1/2 months old (can I stop counting in months?) and has his first big-boy bike. Click to see some photos from our fete to him last week, including the coolest Tom Brady cake EVER.
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We were just driving by Nonantum Square, where the huge Santa statue is still up. So we started singing "Do they know it's not Christmas time any more" to the melody of the Band Aid classic, for the good people at the City of Newton's parks department.

Which got me to thinking ... That's a rather patronizing song, isn't it (the original, that is)? I mean, it assumes that starving people are stupid (or, for that matter, Christian). Then we tried to figure out who from the original 1984 version was still musically relevant. It appears to be just Bono (Juliet added that Phil Collins is still relevant, to the people waiting in a dentist's office crowd; that's my lady!). From my BlackBerry

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The new fama PR site is up -- and it's pretty snazzy. Kudos to Greg and Brian at at Yogirt in San Jose for making it happen. I highly, highly recommend them.

I was outvoted on our secondary tag-line: "Built on a foundation of common sense," so I think I may either use it here on Harrison3 or sell it to the higher bidder. Perhaps I can trademark it, like John Calipari did with "refuse to lose."

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So I'm lending my highly-influential endorsement to Sen. Barack Obama.

He may not want it. As far as I can recall, here's my voting track record (I'm including only president, governor and for kicks, mayor of Washington, D.C.; I'm not including U.S. senators or congressmen, mayors and aldermen of Somerville or school committe folks) as an indicator of a major candidate's overall sucess (hint: it's not great):

1990 Mass. Dem. Gubernatorial Primary: Francis X. Bellotti -- LOST
1990 Mass. Gubernatorial Election: Bill Weld (R) -- WON (more of a vote against John Silber; that'll learn him to yell at Natalie Jacobson)
1992 Mass. Dem. Primary: Jerry Brown -- LOST (what the hell was I thinking?)
1992 Presidential Election: Bill Clinton -- WON
1994 Washington, D.C. Mayoral Election: Carol Schwartz (R) -- LOST (to be fair, I was voting against Marion Barry)
1996 Presidential Election: Bill Clinton -- WON
1998 Mass. Gubernatorial Election -- Scott Harshbarger -- LOST
2000 Presidential Election: Al Gore -- LOST* (we all know why the asterisk is there)
2002 Mass. Dem. Gubernatorial Primary: Robert Reich -- LOST
2002 Mass. Gubernatorial Election: Shannon O'Brien -- LOST
2004 Mass. Dem. Primary: Dennis Kucinich -- LOST (purely an anti-war vote)
2004 Presidential Election: John Kerry -- LOST
2006 Mass. Dem. Gubernatorial Primary: Deval Patrick -- WON
2006 Mass. Gubernatorial Election: Deval Patrick -- WON

(There was a fairly brutal ten-year streak in there between Clinton and Patrick. You'll also note that both times I strayed to the Republican side of the ticket, it was to avoid a candidate that was either a certifiable nutjob (Silber) or crackhead (Barry).)

So, for those of you scoring at home, I'm 5-9; I probably would get fired after two years if I were an NFL coach.

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I already knew how they got their name, but here's Ira Kaplan to explain the source of Yo La Tengo's moniker.

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With John Edwards' departure from the race for the White House, Harrison3 will be announcing its Super-Duper Tuesday candidate endorsement at a gala news conference later today. Actually, it'll just be me banging out some sort of entry later on when I get time.

But in closing, here's the Esquire piece that strengthened my support for the former Senator who cares deeply about improving the lives of poor people.

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I never said, "I am cancelling our home's subscription to Us magazine."

I said, "I am not renewing Us as a birthday gift, as I don't feel good feeding the trash-culture machine."

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I fondly recall my days (1991-1996) as the public information manager for Disabled Sports USA before I sold out and went all tech and had my heart turn black.

I got a little misty this week being in Atlanta, site of the month-long zenith of my sense of professional competence; my feeling of making a difference; my ability to meet, talk and work with new people; and my respect for the good ol' triumph of the human spirit ... the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. (Also, I revisited the bar/burger joint we used to go each night after filing reports for the USOC newsletter, the Vortex. You can still smoke in bars in Atlanta.)

Anyway, it does my heart good to see the athletes with disabilities whom I used to (sometimes successfully, sometimes only to the sound of crickets chirping) promote now garner enough mainstream acceptance to be included in ESPN's X-Games.

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... that I have a huge stain on my shirt. Colin sneezed on me as I was getting him out of the car today.

... that I made the stain much, much worse by trying to use a Shout Wipe to sort of dab it into oblivion (or, as Mike Tyson would say, Bolivia).

... that I skipped the goatee-region of my face when shaving today in order to save 15 seconds.

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  • Sales people are very different creatures than you and me. At least I think so, after two days in a big room with a thousand of them.
  • Remember when Ronald Regan's campaign for re-election missed the point of "Born in the USA" and used it as their theme in 1984? Yesterday, on a smaller scale, something very similar happened. Two salesmen led off their presentation by doing a choreographed dance to Pink Floyd's “Another Brick in the Wall” to illustrate each salesperson's role as a small element part of a bigger team—missing the song's fairly obvious and rather cynical message about the bleakness and powerlessness of being such a brick. Plus, the "Hey, Teacher, leave us kids alone!" refrain was almost daring us to have an adverserial relationship with our two presenters.
  • You can get shot in Atlanta for ordering a Pepsi. Not really, but it is certainly hard to find one. And I am definitely part of the Pepsi Generation (particularly if there is no RC Cola around, which is pretty much everywhere).
  • While I find their claim that they have saved thousands of trees by offering insurance online to be somewhat specious (particularly since the third word in their "Quote. Buy. Print." is "print," ostensibly on paper, which is made of trees), I find the cartoon spokesperson in the ubiqutous eSurance ads to be attractive, in a shameful cartoony way. Clearly I need to get home.
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1. The man sitting next to me looks like John Turturro. 2. The presenter keeps saying "2D," but I keep thinking he is saying "Tootie." 3. 1970s sitcoms are also a great breaker of the ice. Last night we discussed Bookman, aka Buffalo Butt, at some length, as well as Shirl and Rerun from "What's Happenin'." Jive turkey.

This is sent from my BlackBerry.

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I am here in Atlanta at a client's global sales kickoff until tomorrow night. It is not nearly as warm as I had hoped, although to be fair I will likely only be leaving the Hyatt Regency Atlanta for my morning coffee (done) and dinner (not for 13 hours).

Last night, went out for dinner with a gaggle (14) of clients. Went to a very cool place called Two urban licks, an oddly-named eatery set in a nondescript, former industrial space, perhaps at one time a box factory, lead-paint manufacturer or the like.

The entrance actually appeared to be that of an abandoned warehouse and I was certain I was being taken there to be whacked. To my relief, no one tried to kill me.

In an effort to chat with those around me, and being not particularly creative or adept at the art of small talk, I turned to sports. I had the first-ever conversation with a woman who *hated* Tom Brady. Wow.

I am so used to the unversal adoration toward The Tom (as football player, hunky gossip magazine subject, object of forbidden mancrush) that it took me aback -- the only previous negative reaction I had ever heard in re: to Mr. Brady was related to his dealings with his ex, particularly the short period of time between ending that relationship and commencing to canoodle with that super model, whatshername, Elle McPherson or Twiggy or whatever, while his ex was carrying his love child.

But no, after some discussion and probing questions I learned that these women actually hated Brady due to their beloved Carolina Panthers' loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Further questions led me to the fact that they were actually more angry at Panthers kicker John Kasay for botching his late-4th quarter kickoff out-of-bounds, giving Tom Terrific the ball at the 40. (I had to piece a lot of this together by doing some reading, given that Jacob was around 9 days old at this point and not sleeping well.)

Today, I am going to work on getting these women to stop projecting their anger with Kasay toward Brady. Not because I care that much, but mostly because I need some other sort of project to keep myself from dozing during the upcoming 10 hours of meetings.

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  • I cranked Urge Overkill's "Positive Bleeding:" this morning. What a great song and one of my favorite of 1994.
  • We just got a Nespresso machine at work. I finally figured out how to make frothy milk and now can have a top-notch capuccino whenever I want it. I am not unlike 30 Rock's Ken getting addicted to caffiene when Tracy bought the studio an espresso machine. "It's like my heart's trying to hug my brain!"
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  • "XX Days Since an Employee Cried in My Office"
  • "XX Days Since I Misspelled a Client's Name in an Important Document"
  • "XX Days Since I Resisted Having a Maple Scone at Starbucks"
  • "XX Days Since I Stirred My Coffee with a Pen Since I Was Too Busy/Lazy to Get Up and Get a Spoon"
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  • I don't care what TS Eliot said. So far, January is the cruelest month.
  • I am eating a cup of Cream of Wheat, sitting at my desk after an early-morning call with our Chinese client. I haven't had Cream of Wheat in awhile, and now I remember why.
  • Off to NY this weekend for some time with the in-laws and Bernice's big birthday. I won't say which one it is, because a lady never tells. But it rhymes with "beventy" and is more than 69 and less than 71.Then observing MLK Day by working (and flying to Atlanta, which is apropos).
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Cm_magic_pebble
WordNerd's entry today re: looking up words pushed me to finally look up a word that had bedeviled me since the first time I read Sylvester and the Magic Pebble to Jacob -- "fetlock." At one point, using his magic pebble, Sylvester wishes a wart on his left hind fetlock would go away.

Jacob: "Daddy, what's a fetlock?"

Me: (Pretending I don't hear the question) "And then the wart disappeared."

Jacob: "Daddy, what's a fetlock?"

Me: (Turning it around on him with a long pause) "Well Jacob, what do you think a fetlock is?"

Contextually, I figured it had to be something on his rear left leg. Now, William Steig could have done me a huge favor if he had drawn a big ol' wart on Sylvester, but sadly, he didn't.

(If you're curious, and no doubt you are, it means "a projection on the lower part of the leg of a horse or related animal, above and behind the hoof.")

(Apropos of nothing, I, too love the word "canoodle".)

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I don't like Hanson, I just like their hit 1997 single, "Mmmmmbop." I mean, maybe I do, but since I bought "Middle of Nowhere" at a used CD store a few years back, I've only listened to that one song. So stop making assumptions like this one, as it may cost me any street cred I still have:

"We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated music by Hanson have also purchased Greatest Hits by Spice Girls. For this reason, you might like to know that Greatest Hits is now available.  You can order yours for just $12.98 by following the link below."

Unless you somehow know that I saw Spice World in the theatre back in 1997. In which case, well, you caught me.

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  • Gotta give a shout-out to the launch fama PR did for our trash-to-ethanol client, Coskata, re: their partnership with GM announced yesterday at the North American Auto Show. It was picked up by more than 300 outlets, including CBS Evening News (complete with "Back to the Future" reference), the Drudge Report and, now, Harrison3.com.
  • There is a fantasy lacrosse league. I kid you not. I'm taking Michael French and Waldemar Fries, if only for the obvious Burger King tie-in for a team featuring French and Fries.
  • The Newton Free Library has a pretty kickass and eclectic CD collection. On Saturday I was able to grab some albums from Jets to Brazil, Tortoise, Low, Hank Williams (Sr.) and the Jayhawks. If the RIAA is reading this, I did *not* load the songs onto my Mac and iPod.
  • Just learned that Juliet's cousin Dan imports those cool Dutch bicycles that Ezra commented on awhile back.
  • It snowed again today.
  • Next week I get to go to tha ATL. Dirty South. Of course, I'm going for a sales kickoff for a client, so there's limited street cred in that. I would like to try and visit the Little Five Points neighborhood when I'm there, among my favorite spots when I was there for the magical 3-weeks that was the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, when I covered track and field (cool!) and yachting (boring!).
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Billy Chasen had a coupon for a free Starbucks beverage. He wanted to get his money's worth ... check out his post re: his 13 shot venti soy hazelnut vanilla cinnamon white mocha with extra white mocha and caramel (wow, that'a a lot of adjectives). Reminiscent of the 6-shot iced latte I got with d'Bri a few years back (the barrista somehow confused our quad request to mean "4 extra shots"). Maybe this is why Howard Schultz took his old job back.

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I alluded to this kid last week -- he's on the team Jacob's Blue Sharks play every week (there are only two teams in the mini basketball league -- familiarity shall breed content). Check out how he throws it down here. More to come when I get a few minutes ...

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Although I have spent a total of 16 hours here, Seattle seems like a very livable city. Mind you, this is based on spending less than a day here, staying in a nice hotel and walking through a nice neighborhood. The same way I decided I could live in San Francisco and Chicago. I hope to come back out here and explore a bit more at some point. But the mountains are beautiful, the people friendly and the city is relatively clean. And they have a monorail. Monorail! Monorail!

Note: I'm drinking Starbucks and listening to SubPop band Band of Horses as I get myself ready for my meetings today. I am experiencing Seattle in a highly superficial way!

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rich EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 66.10.55.34 URL: DATE: 01/10/2008 09:52:13 AM Is this your first time in Seattle? When I went there in 1997 I had a great time hiking with friends in the Cascades (deathmarches), eating good food (working as slave labor at Bite of Seattle booth), and sleeping (except when excruciating cramps from the deathmarches jolted me awake). It was also shockingly sunny there for our visit. Great place to visit. I remember the booth guy yelling at us to wash our hands after prepping the skewers. "That's uncooked pork you know!" I don't remember as much from my visit in 1978. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: On a plane STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Travel DATE: 01/09/2008 08:25:06 AM ----- BODY:

We are off to Seattle via Detroit. It appears the Wheaton College Synchronized Swimming Team is flying with us. Haven't decided if that is god or bad.

This is sent from my BlackBerry. I do my best to correctly mash the keys.

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You, sir, have just made the Harrison3 enemies list. How dare you attack WordPerfect like that! 20 million users can't be wrong, Mr. Asay!

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XmanI will be spending some 33 hours in Seattle this coming Wednesday-Thursday. I would love to salute 1992 by wearing flannel and an X-Man jersey, listening to some Screaming Trees and searching for a Starbucks. But I think I'll have about 10 minutes free while I'm there after my meetings before heading back on the redeye Thursday night.

I look forward to the excruciating ear pain my ENT specialist promised on each of the three landings on the trip (we stop in Detroit on the way out, and take the redeye back to Boston, giving me enough time to land at 6:15, get in the car, come home and take the boys to school; I shouldn't complain, as two members of my traveling party have a 10 a.m. pitch that morning). My hearing is still pretty dulled in my right ear; in new developments, there is an odd effect now where, for some reason, music sounds out-of-tune, alternately a touch too high or too low. It's freaking me out.

All that said, it's not the worst trip involving a redeye flight in my 12 years of tech PR; that would have to be the two trips in which I've done layover redeyes -- one from San Francisco in 2001 and the "rancid pork burrito" trip to Scottsdale for DEMO in 2003, each involving a middle coach seat and a 5 a.m. stop at Chicago-Midway.

What about drinking a redeye (coffee with a shot of espresso) on the redeye? Woah.

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  Jacob's Blue Sharks Basketball - 7 
  Originally uploaded by eharrison3

... that is, our first foray into youth sports (if you don't count my fairly unremarkable 4-year stint coaching 8-year olds playing basketball in Rockville, Md. in the early 1990s). Jacob began playing "mini-basketball" with the Y today; his team, the Blue Sharks, played some sort of Green team in a game of four-on-four basketball with small balls and 6-foot hoops. I swear the green team had a kid who could dunk, but that's beside the point. More photos are here. A few notes:

  • Jacob's coach, Coach Ken, has the patience of a saint. He is aided and abetted by his son Aidan. I think I will try to help out at the next practice with my patented "yell at the kids when they ignore me" coaching system that worked so well in 1992.
  • Jacob got to see, firsthand, the basketball coaches' high expectations that come with height that I have dealt with my whole life. Jacob was pretty much the smallest kid there; at the end of practice, Coach K came up to me and said, "Is this your kid? Shouldn't he be the tallest kid here?" I pointed to Juliet and noted that, genetically, he draws as much from my 6-6 as her shade over 5-2. I also added that our height difference makes Juliet and I appear comical when dancing, but he didn't seem to care.
  • The kids didn't seem to understand defense all that well. The four of them stood right under the net with arms straight up; I guess you could call it a really, really packed-in zone.
  • Jacob asked for #12 for you-know-who; unfortunately, the numbers only went to 10, so he scored #1.
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I am not going to comment on the results of the Iowa caucus ... other blogs written by smarter folk do a far better job. But I am qualified to admit that I have no f***ing clue how the Iowa caucus process works ... and this Wikipedia article (of course, we all know Wikipedia doesn't lie) didn't do much to clear it up.

After 30 minutes, the electioneering is temporarily halted and the supporters for each candidate are counted. At this point, the caucus officials determine which candidates are "viable". Depending on the number of county delegates to be elected, the "viability threshold" can be anywhere from 15% to 25% of attendees. For a candidate to receive any delegates from a particular precinct, he or she must have the support of at least the percentage of participants required by the viability threshold ... When the voting is closed, a final head count is conducted, and each precinct apportions delegates to the county convention. These numbers are reported to the state party, which counts the total number of delegates for each candidate and reports the results to the media ... Delegates to each level of convention are initially bound to support their chosen candidate but can later switch in a process very similar to what goes on at the precinct level; however, as major shifts in delegate support are rare, the media declares the candidate with the most delegates on the precinct caucus night the winner, and relatively little attention is paid to the later caucuses.

The only thing I understand about all that is that Dennis Kucinich probably falls short of the "viability threshold," Joe Biden should start tussling with Bill Richardson for the Dem's VP slot (in the words of one man, Biden has the chops to be president), and "Viability Threshold" would be a really cool band name.

I fell short of the viability threshold in my 1984 run for ARHS student council. I showed those bastards in 1987 though. I was plenty viable. Take that, Christina Russo!

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I'm going to start a new series within harrison3.com, "Life Lessons I Should Have Learned by Now," basically to spotlight whenever I do something particularly particularly unseemly for a man of my years and/or experience.

Lesson #1: Think twice before sending (what I considered to be) a humorous e-mail response to a client, particularly a client you don't know all that well.

Lesson #2: Six pieces of pizza is too much pizza.

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As a way of saying goodbye to the 2007 Holiday Season (and hello to my annual January-March blues), please enjoy this video of Jacob belting out "Jingle Bells."

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Well, I have a perforated/burst eardrum, which would explain the extreme pain and ear-bleeding. Good stuff. Colin has a fever too (unrelated) so we're now not doing anything on New Year's Eve (we were going to have a few friends over). Oh well. Ouch. I should be fine to fly next week after a few days of antibiotics and a trip to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

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Evidently adults can get earaches too. I have one now and it hurts like a mother. The NP's advice today of Ibuprofin and Claritin ain't doing the trick (it feels like the time my eardrum burst on a flight from Ottawa-Boston, only 10x worse; she said I only have minimal fluid in my ear).  I will be going back tomorrow.

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There's a good chance I am going to inflict physical harm on the woman working the returns line here at GapKids. If any of you could be character witnesses that'd be great.

This is sent from my BlackBerry. It has small keys and my thumb/eye coordination is lacking.

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In this dream, I was doing PR for Major League Baseball. And I had a hot scoop that I wanted to share with an important reporter -- we were going to pre-brief everyone but were offering up the news to 1 or 2 key writers first. I insisted we go with Hall of Famer Peter Gammons, but my colleagues outvoted me. Then later I was walking down the hall at my office and I saw Peter Gammons, and he was royally pissed at me. I told him, "Mr. Gammons, it wasn't my idea, I swear. I am a huge fan," and he just looked at me and said, "How could you do this to me?" Those words have haunted me throughout the morning. Clearly some work-related anxiety, as I have a busy January ahead, as well as my attempt to deal with my unresolved feelings toward Mr. Gammons.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Greg EMAIL: gregwind@gmail.com IP: 24.60.239.142 URL: DATE: 12/28/2007 08:49:12 PM Gammons has for years been a below average reporter so in love with his access to insiders that he fails to see that he's more often than not just a puppet to influence negotiations, and he's a clear Sox homer. I agree with your collegues, unless of course it was Sox-related news. That make you feel better? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Greg EMAIL: gregwind@gmail.com IP: 24.60.239.142 URL: DATE: 12/28/2007 08:47:43 PM Gammons has for years been a below average reporter so in love with his access to insiders that he fails to see that he's more often than not just a puppet to influence negotiations, and he's a clear Sox homer. I agree with your collegues, unless of course it was Sox-related news. That make you feel better? ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Catching up on the day after Boxing Day: STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 12/27/2007 04:39:47 AM ----- BODY:

So, here's some Christmas odds and ends:

  • For those of you who haven't attended Catholic mass in awhile, here are some handy tips I gleaned from my visit to St. Luke's in Belmont on Christmas Eve:
    • Don't send text messages from your pew, even if mass hasn't started. My brother was busted by the usher, even though his intent (letting me know where he was sitting so Jacob and I could quickly find our spot) was relatively benign. The usher said, "Is your cell phone off?" Sean, typing away, replied, "Yes." The usher asked again, "Is your cellphone off?" Sean, having finished his message, replied, "Yes," and turned it off. He planned to attend confession at the close of the mass.
    • Even if you really want to, it is *not* OK to let out a "woo-hoo!" when the priest chooses the short form Eucharistic Prayer. Hooray for Prayer II.
    • Kids who are nearly 4 will likely be bored out of their skulls. "Daddy, why do we kneel now?" "I don't know why we kneel now. No one knows why we kneel now. We just do."
    • Apparently John Paul II is no longer Pope!
  • Had a great Christmas day with my family here. First time we've been able to host a holiday at our house, due to my brother's longstanding cat allergies. It was great -- just a nice day with family and food. And the boys had a blast. Jacob's favorite gift was probably the smash-up racetrack from Uncle Sean (or the basketball game from my parents). Colin's was the wrapping paper.
  • Juliet got me an acoustic guitar for Christmas, which will help me cross off a longstanding entry on the Ed Harrison Life List, assuming I learn how to play. I can already play a pretty kickass E-minor chord. By this time in 2008, look for me to either be a virtuoso or the guitar to be in the back of my closet.
  • Received a slew of great new books for Christmas, including Halbesteram's The Coldest War (on the Korean War, his final book, I believe), Bliss Broyard's One Drop, Mark J. Penn's Microtrends, Christopher Price's The Blueprint (on the creation of the Patriots dynasty), Tom Brokaw's Boom! and Ending Poverty in America, a collection edited by John Edwards. If anyone sees me in a book store any time in 2008, please stop me from buying anything until I've cleared out the queue here.
  • Sean got me some kickass hockey quirkiness, including a 1985 Campbell Conference NHL All-Star Shirt, a Nordiques shirt and a Toronto St. Pats hat.
  • I was messing around with the blog layout. Not sure I like where it stands now.
  • Saw No Country for Old Men yesterday afternoon (worked in the morning, took advantage of the boys being in day care in the afternoon). It was powerful and violent and Coen-Brothers-y in the best sense of the made-up word. I do know it troubled me, and that Tommy Lee Jones was awesome. And the Anton Chigurh character will haunt me for a long, long time. (Oh, and I dozed off for about 10 minutes during a key part of the film; not the movie's fault, Colin's been up a lot these past few nights. Hence, I am posting at 4:39 a.m. today.)
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As I listen to the dreadful Sesame Street Christmas special (on in the other room), featuring Elmo singing "Do You Hear What I Hear" with Alicia Keys (?), all I can say is, for f***s sake, will someone please teach Elmo the first-person singular pronoun "I"? For the love of God, the song is not "Do you hear what Elmo hears?"

By the way, this pales in comparison to the vastly superior 1978 special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.

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  • My buddy/client Daniel has more on our visit to Duke earlier this week.
  • Saw His Wonderful Life, the one-man version of the Capra classic film, at the Lyric Stage Company. Really enjoyed Neil A. Casey's exhausting work -- you trying reciting every line from a somewhat-complex movie in 90 minutes. I particularly enjoyed some of his commentary on the film -- for example, why does Mr. Gower actually have a huge jar marked "poison"? Do all pharmacists keep poison next to the medicine? How does a meager town of 1,000 afford an Olympic-sized pool underneath a gym floor? One he didn't point out (but thankfully, RealFake did earlier this year), oh, no, life-without-George-Mary's a librarian!
  • We had a delicious pork roast tonight.
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Spector20christimas Bob Ryan was right -- Phil Spector may be bat-shit crazyBatshit_crazy_2 , but his Christmas album (which my dad just ripped for me from the original LP) is a certifiable classic.

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RE: The birthday party we attended on Sunday, evidently the hostess found a way to make a relatively fun party significantly more fun. Kudos Tammy! Did you ever know you are my hero?

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Ualbany So, while here in the greater Raleigh-Durham area, we took in a game at Duke's historic Cameron Indoor Stadium. In a typical pre-Christmas non-conference tilt, Duke was heavily favored against the UAlbany (NY) Great Danes of the America East conference. Some observations from the 111-70 Duke win that wasn't as close as the score makes it sound:

  • It's an amazing little gym. The fans are right on top of the court.
  • Although Dukies have a reputation for being clever with their chants, I just found them obnoxious. It's one thing to harass teams that are your rivals and have half a chance, but taunting a clearly overmatched team seemed, well, just mean.
  • I'm guessing the smart kids were either studying for finals or already home, because none of the chants coming from the student section were all that clever. 
  • If you don't know player names (as is true for UAlbany even after the game ended) it's fun to give out nicknames based on obvious physical characteristics. "Get it to Floppy-Haired Whte Guy!" "Let Bud Bundy take it to the hole!" "Way to go ... uh, Chunky Guy with the Deceptively Smooth Delivery from the Foul Line!"
  • As a big guy with absolutely *no game*, I feel for Duke's Brian Zoubek. When a 7-1 guy is cheered for getting a defensive rebound over Chunky Guy (6-7 and duct-taped to the ground), well, it's not good.
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I am off to the RDU today -- a quick trip to Cary, NC and back tomorrow. Some highlights from the weekend:

More snow. More snowblowing. Helping the author of the soon-to-be-award-winning FoodontheFood shovel out some parking spaces for her eldest son's birthday party.

Finishing up Christmas shopping. Vowing to be smarter, earlier, better next year (19th year in a row).

Hearing "The Little Drummer Boy" by the Harry Simeone Chorale at least 50 times. (N.B. This was one of my favorite carols as a kid; evidently it's genetic, as it's one of Jacob's. Also, I received rave reviews for my portrayal of the eponymous drummer boy in the 1976 Christmas Pageant at St. Paul's School in Troy, NY; my costume featured tights. Later I slipped into a tan-ish junior leisure suit purchased from the now defunct Two Guys retailer to assume my place in the chorus)

Remembering that I am really crappy at wrapping gifts

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Q: Does insomnia suck, even though it allows you to be more productive between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.?
A: Yes, yes it does.

Q: Why has your youngest son eschewed sleep?
A: I'm guessing he's a vampire. Not the bloodsucking kind, but the walking undead kind. Maybe more of a zombie? I can't decide.

Q: Do snow-snarled roads that convert a 25-minute evening commute into a 4 hour, 3 minute marathon, suck?
A: Yes, yes they do.

Q: Are you frustrated now?
A: Shut up, Q. Leave me alone. I don't want to talk about it.

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Altima I did *not* see the "Democratic" part coming. They really should just replace "wealthy, active, educated and overwhelmingly Democratic" with "smug." I can say that.

New research report from Scarborough Research: Hybrid Vehicle Owners are Wealthy, Active, Educated and Overwhelmingly Democratic, According to Scarborough Research

Scarborough's next report will unveil that french fries, while tasting good, are actually quite bad for you.

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IAparo_stamp_250 f you don't receive a Christmas card from me, and you usually do, it's likely due to the fact that I mailed a huge batch of them yesterday with 39 cent stamps. No wonder I had such a huge roll of them in my desk. Will the USPS be spiteful enough to return them all to me for 2 cents? If they come back and I have to re-mail them, do I just need a 2-cent stamp, or a new 41-cent stamp?

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One of my fondest Christmas memories (other then getting a kickass "Star Spangler" Huffy bike decked out in the stars and stripes for Christmas 1976) is the Christmas adornment and, in particular, the Christmas-themed music that would fill our home from late November through the New Year. (Rumor has it that some years it would actually start on November 1, but I think that was a bit of hyperbole). My dad's record collection is vast -- and notable for an extensive holiday selection. He put together a number of cassette collections (I don't think we called them "mix tapes" yet) of Christmas 45s from the 1950s and 1960s ...

With that memory, some of my favorite Christmas pop hits include:

  • Santos and Johnny, "Twistin' Bells" -- Great twangy guitar instrumental take on "Jingle Bells;" probably my favorite on the list
  • Johnny Preston, "I Want a Rock and Roll Guitar" -- "I wanna be on TV, like a rock and roll star" ... so far, this one appears to be Jacob's favorite of the bunch
  • Anything from Johnny Mathis' "Merry Christmas" album (the original 1958 one)
  • Chuck Berry, "Run Rudolph Run" -- One of the first songs to refer to freeways. And it uses the same chord progression as "Johnny B. Goode." Trust me, you can always count on Wikipedia for accurate information.
  • Elvis Presley, "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me"
  • Beach Boys, "Santa's Beard"
  • James Brown, "Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto"
  • The Ramones, "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight)"
  • The Pogues, "Fairytale of New York"

Honorable mention goes to Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad," and John Lennon's "Happy XMas (War is Over)" due to its great Phil Spector/Wall of Sound production, which unfortuantely wasn't wall of sound-y enough to drown out Yoko's high-pitched warbling of "War is over, if you want it" (which, ironically, is the most fun part to sing if you are doing it at karaoke). 

Honorable mention does *not* go to that Waitresses song (Christmas Wrapping?) nor to Jeff, my temporary office mate (yeah, we're still in that God-awful 1973 Raytheon space), for getting the f***ing song stuck in my head the other day.

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Each day, when walking past the guy dressed as a giant salad outside of Sebastian's restaurant on Main Street in Kendall Square, saying "What up, Giant Salad?" to him, and having him respond, "Not too much."

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The_kuciniches The Washington Post has a great piece today on what, on the surface, appears to be a mismatched pair, Mr. and (the lovely) Mrs. Dennis Kucinich ...

"They were by the window. They were holding hands. Elizabeth Kucinich was looking lovely, as usual -- the red hair, the luminous skin, the green eyes, the fine cheekbones. Dennis was looking, as usual, like Dennis Kucinich."

Note: Elizabeth was the subject of a humorous Daily Show piece on FLILFs. And I voted for Dennis in the 2004 primary.

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I am heading to NYC for the day for a quick in, quick out meeting with a new client. When I arrived at Logan Central Parking, I was pretty geeked to find premium spots for hybrids and alternafuels cars. Luckily I had the Altima. This whole self-important reduced carbon footprint charade kicks ass!

This is sent from my BlackBerry. Please excuse typos as I have big fingers.

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  Thanksgiving 2007  - 3 
  Originally uploaded by eharrison3

I see a boy band in the future, except they will play their own instruments. I finally got around to posting some pictures from Thanksgiving. See more pictures here.

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3130074pIt's our first significant snowfall of the season, thus beginning the long, bleak time between now and spring thaw in May. It also is the right around the first time each season when I ask myself, why the f*** do I live in the northeast rather than, say, San Diego?

And don't give me the "well, then you'd have to live in San Diego" northeast elitist crap. I could deal with that if it were 80 and sunny every day. Easy access to fish tacos, the Pacific, a beautiful ballpark, and, well, Tijuana.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Daniel EMAIL: daniel.teachey@dataflux.com IP: 66.194.221.34 URL: DATE: 12/11/2007 03:31:50 PM Go south, young man! It's currently 77 and sunny in North Carolina today. By the time you get here next week? Mid-50s. The negatives? No pro sports to speak of (the Hurricanes don't count, unless your a bitter Whalers fan). ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: The Big Bri EMAIL: bridge@racsa.co.cr IP: 196.40.43.74 URL: DATE: 12/04/2007 09:55:09 PM Of course, there is always the Costa Rica option. Sure, we may not have a major league sports team (though La Seleccion has gone to the last two World Cups), but it does not snow here. In fact, the largest chunks of ice one finds here are floating in rum drinks. Enjoy your winter, Ed. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Northeast Greg EMAIL: greg@famapr.com IP: 24.60.239.142 URL: DATE: 12/04/2007 09:08:51 PM Yeah, aside from the occasional wildfire, mudslide or earthquake, San Diego's great. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Trying desperately to come up with a pun on "Crimson and Clover," but failing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Sports DATE: 12/02/2007 12:07:21 AM ----- BODY:

Amaker_2 Got to take the family to see the biggest win in Harvard Mens' Basketball Long and Storied (well, long) History tonight at a packed, sweltering Lavietes Pavilion -- 62-51 over Michigan. Coach Amaker's squad led most of the way, and withstood the expected Michigan comeback in the second half behind the scrappy play of point guard Drew Housman, some nice work down low against some much bigger, more gifted players from Pat Magnarelli and spark off the bench from pistol Dan McGeary (whom I referred to as "you know, the Irishman" when recapping the game earlier).

Here's a few reasons why this game was compelling and awesome:

1. Wow, Michigan alums (who filled up probably 60 percent of the seats and were obnoxiously loud) are self-important and annoying. Worst shirt worn by an alum? "Michigan, the Harvard of the midwest." Best sign: "Michigan, 2005 NIT Champs." Best line: "Well, this was bad, but not as bad as Appalachian State." 2. A packed, electric bandbox of a gym, the swelter belying the frigidity outside its ancient doors. Lavietes is actually the second-oldest NCAA gym still in use; the oldest is Rose Hill Gym at Fordham (which I've visited). Not a lot of history at Lavietes but you could certainly see the cage as providing a home-court advantage, particularly as Amaker shapes the program. Definitely a loud joint; Colin, sadly, cried hysterically the first few times the crowd made some noise.
3. "Wow, maybe I'll join the kids and storm the court if Harvard wins." (Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. And no one would hold Colin for me.)
4. Basically, I enjoy me a good upset. Also, I got to eat most of Jacob's hot dog.

After the game, it was off to watch the Zamboni between periods 1 and 2 at Harvard Men's Hockey tilt vs. Dartmouth. It seemed strangely anticlimactic, but Jacob does enjoy Zambonis. I told Erin that if they charged to watch the Zamboni drive around, they could fill the place with hundreds of preschoolers. At Jacob's insistence, we stayed for the second period and he was enthralled, much more so even than at the basketball game. And he had popcorn.

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Cronkite_w_bio1 ***EXCLUSIVE, MUST CREDIT HARRISON3.COM, ALTHOUGH I STOLE THIS FROM CNN BREAKING NEWS***

Subject: CNN Breaking News

-- Legendary motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel died Friday, according to evelknievel.com

Let's remember the happier times, like his work in Viva Knievel. But let's forget Gene Kelley's work in the same film.

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Img_0014 At the Celtics/Knicks game ... Wow, the Knicks suckity suck and trail 82-37. Rondo and Allen and Pierce look awesome. My chant of "Where's your intern?" whenever Marbury touches the ball fails to take off.

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Today is a day that makes me believe a lifelike latex body double would be an excellent investment. Not that having powerpoints read to me isn't awesome.

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Dare Tonight, the ol' alma mater, GW, takes on the gold standard of men's basketball programs, top-ranked UCLA, at

The last few times GW has played a top-ranked school, they have not fared well ...

2004: #2 Wake Forest 97, GW 76
2002: #2 Texas 100, GW 92 (this one actually went pretty well)
1996: #1 Kansas 85, GW 56 (I had just moved to Boston and didn't have cable; I think I made Rich watch it at his house)

There are likely others, but I can't think of them.

Of course, that other time in 1996 they fared very, very well, upending #1 UMass 86-76.

Let's see how they do tonight. UCLA is a 21 point favorite and GW is coming off a loss to UMBC. UMBC, like UCLA, has 4 letters. That's where the similarities end.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Dave Sullivan EMAIL: mlsgrad99@yahoo.com IP: 216.57.140.195 URL: DATE: 11/29/2007 11:55:56 AM Grahame Fraser and I went to the game. Rick bailed out because he conveniently had to be out of town for work. Alumni reception report: the usual nerds. Game report: they looked decent in the first half, mostly composed, tough on D, good shot selection. The way they blew it was disappointing. GW has the rep for being tenacious on D and then running a lot in transition but our guards got beat down the court repeatedly by their guys. Gave up way too many transition buckets. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: First Annual Harrison3 Holiday Gift Guide STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 11/27/2007 10:53:41 PM ----- BODY:

OK, it's the first annual Harrison3.com Holiday Gift Guide, wherein I act as if I am offering a real service to my reader(s) (Hi Dad!) but am, in fact, just plugging my friends (who are also said readers) or clients (whom I pray are not readers).

A note to potential advertisers: see the forthcoming 2008 Harrison3 Editorial Calendar for information on next year's Harrison3 Holiday Gift guide ... of course, there is no connection between editorial content and advertising, *cough* *wink*

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So back from the weekend's many journeys and we have moved into temporary office space here on the 3rd Floor of the Badger Building (while fama's offices are being repaired from the Great Indoor Flood of 2007) which used to house Raytheon in the early 1970s. Apparently, MIT (our landlord's landlord) has chosen to go with a museum-quality recreation of what offices for big, heartless defense contractors were like in 1973. Which is to say, not very nice.

In order to get into the spirit of '73 here in our nearly windowless, concrete bunker, I am:

Smoking in my office
Eschewing a necktie for an open-collar suit of leisure
Drinking TAB
Asking each of my female colleagues to "take a letter" for me
Planning a key party for the weekend
Volunteering for McGovern (he might surprise you!)
Having not one, not two, but three martinis at lunch
Enjoying Folger's Crystals (unless I'm jittery, then I switch to Sanka or Brim)

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I remember years ago when Wade Boggs pulled a muscle putting on his cowboy boots, I thought it sounded highly dubious. Well, I apologize, Chicken Man. Yesterday I felt something pop when I leaned down to tie my ice skates. Then last night my back completely went out ... I couldn't stand or sit, and had to lie flat on the floor a la Larry Bird circa 1991. Today I am doped up on Ibuprofen and feel a little better. Wow.

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We took the boys skating way out in the tip tip of Brooklyn at the former Floyd Bennett Field. I'm sure this is a shock to anyone who knows me, but I suck at skating. I am 7 feet tall in skates though. Jacob, it appears, has gotten his mother's sakiting genes, and that is a good thing.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Happy Thanksgiving. Now clean up them waffles! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 11/22/2007 12:13:27 AM ----- BODY:

A quick note that Wednesday marked the 21st anniversary of the time I left a pallet full of frozen waffles outside the freezer on the frozen food aisle at Julio's Market (pronounced Jew-lee-oh's) in Northborough, only to have said pallet (containing maybe 100 packages of Eggos?) discovered in a rather soggy state many hours later by the big boss, a frightening man whose name escapes me but who no doubt could have had my $3.35/hr. job taken from me like this (I am snapping my fingers as I type "this").

Thankfully, Mr. Colangelo (there's his name!) was merciful that day before Thanksgiving 1986, and was again merciful the time I underbaked around 50 loaves of Italian bread during my second stint working at his store in 1990.

In the interim, I worked at the Westborough Savings Bank, which, after holding out as an "indie" bank for decades, recently merged with the Hudson Savings Bank to form the SuperBank with the terrible moniker, "Avidia." I also went to college.

May all your Mr. Colangelos be merciful toward you over this Thanksgiving weekend, and if your old employers merge with other companies, may they chose names better than "Avidia." Or something like that.

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Coffeebong Last night, I got a very cool gift from my brother and sister-in-law for my birthday. The good doctors gave me the AeroPress, a coffee-making device from the folks who brought you the Aerobee flying disc. And I'll tell you what -- the coffee bong makes a pretty incredible cup of coffee. I am savoring a nice cup of Porto Rico's Jamaican Mountain premium now as I bang out a press release and head out for Thanksgiving.

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For the fifth year, I am in charge of coordinating the fama PR Non-Denominational Intra-Employee Gift Exchange and Cavalcade of Whimsy, aka "Secret Santos," named after the legendary voice of the Patriots, Gil Santos. Unfortunately, for the first year, I screwed up the names and somehow one person ended up not drawing a name, meaning one person won't get a gift. So one of the important tasks I've done this morning (other than a few calls and reading up on the films of Jean-Luc Godard) is trying to reconstruct the drawing to determine who was left out. The downside, which I hadn't realized, was that I forced the person who drew me to admit that she was, in fact, my Secret Santos. Oh well.

A few things I've learned in coordinating swaps:

  • Yankee Gift Swaps are nothing but trouble
  • You don't need an even number of people to do a swap (a common misconception!); it's not like, say, the NFL, wherein you need an even number of teams so there are no teams forced to have byes; sure, when Cleveland plays Seattle, Seattle plays Cleveland; but if there was, say, a leaguewide gift swap, Cleveland could pick Seattle, Seattle could pick Dallas, Dallas could pick New Orleans, etc. There's no need for a 1-1 connection between gift swappers that there is between opponents. Sadly, I spent about 2 hours back in 2003 trying to figure that out.
  • That story about the Yankee pitchers who swapped families in 1973 is pretty crazy.

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The Times has a piece today on a disturbing halftime ritual at Jets games.

Among the countless things the Kraft Family has done right with the Patriots is the way they've eliminated the lawlessness that pervaded Patriot home games (for example. the team didn't host a Prime Time game for probably 15 years due to the drunken, unruly fans that had created mayhem at a 1980 MNF game, wherein the police had to handcuff drunken fans to a chain-link fence, as they didn't have enough paddywagons; also, the team sucked for most of those 15 years). Something tells me they wouldn't stand for the sort of disgusting harassment that takes place at Gate D of the Meadowlands during Jet games.

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Our offices are a mess. It was a mad rush this morning though as our landlord neglected to have alternate space set up for us. Six people don't have workspaces; luckily, there are enough folks out sick and traveling that we've been able to squeeze everyone in. Beyond the fires and floods, today half the parking lot is inexplicably blocked off with police tape (perhaps they are expecting some other disaster and want to make certain no one's car gets crushed?).

Apropos of Nothing:

  • Lately, I find myself misusing the word "ironic" when I should be using "coincidentally," as in, "It was quite a coincidence that we met with our realtors the day that our office flooded." Ironic, as we all know, means something that is the opposite of what is expected; unless you're Alanis Morisette, in which case it means things that suck, like a black fly in your chardonnay.
  • The Boss was pretty damn boss last night.
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They are playing some Mooney Suzuki as we wait for Springsteen to come on. "I Woke Up This Morning," pretty cool. A very old crowd.

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Remember the time our office caught on fire in 2005 and 2007? And the big flood on Broadway in 2004? Today, a water tank on the roof burst and flooded most of the office. Mine is fine but there are about 6 offices that got absolutely clobbered. One Broadway, the former Badger Building, is not in a good way.

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Colin and sleep are not BFF. Last night/early this morning at our home:

7:45 p.m. -- Put Colin down.

7:46-9:14 p.m. -- We unsuccessfully try the Ferber method of "progressively increasing intervals," to no avail.

9:15 p.m. -- I pick up Colin and take him out of the crib. ("Dr. Ferber can go f*** himself" -- Ed Harrison, 9:15 p.m. on 11/13)

10:08 p.m. -- We finally calm him down and get him to sleep.

1:14 a.m. -- Colin wakes up again. We feed him a bottle. Juliet nurses him. He is wide awake and wants to play. We try to put him down again at around 2.

2:01 a.m.-2:45 a.m. -- Ferber, part Deux; then I pick him up and walk with him around the house. He comes downstairs with me to get laundry out of the dryer. He could not be more wide awake. For the second night in a row, we go for a drive.

2:45 a.m.-3:15 a.m. -- Drive the loop we've done two nights in a row -- into Waltham center, out past Brandeis and back Route 30 to our house. It seems to be just long enough to calm him down. Eventually, he should be able to drive himself. (Last night, when I got back at around 3:30 and put Colin down, Jacob informed me, "Daddy, I have to go potty. There's a little in the bed." His bed could not be more saturated. Tonight, he wore a diaper so he is still asleep.)

3:16 a.m. -- Put Colin down.

3:17 a.m. -- Realize I'm wide awake.

3:45 a.m.-4:15 a.m. -- Go onto the elliptical and watch replay of surprisingly close Ohio State/Columbia Pre-Season NIT game. Figure elliptical will make me sleepy.

4:20 a.m. -- Dude, 4:20! Yeah, I'm not sleepy at all. Do I go get 2 hours of crappy sleep or do I suck it up?

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: DFigs EMAIL: djfiglioli@yahoo.com IP: 24.218.217.73 URL: DATE: 11/16/2007 09:08:44 PM OMG I am crying laughing reading your post. We are currently sharing the exact same experience, minus the drive. Little eyes, wide awake, staring me down at 2am, 3am, 4am... Yeah, f--- Ferber. Hasn't done squat for us. If you happen to head east on 30 feel free to swing by for Ryan. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: KW EMAIL: karenewalsh@yahoo.com IP: 24.34.73.26 URL: DATE: 11/15/2007 07:33:02 PM Think of the extra points you earned from the elliptical! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@gmail.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: http://www.foodonthefood.com DATE: 11/14/2007 12:14:32 PM As I always say, crappy sleep is better than no sleep. Though neither of them is any match for sweet, relaxing death. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Huzzah, everything is going to be just fine. STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Current Affairs DATE: 11/13/2007 11:50:09 AM ----- BODY:

Masspin

The Massachusetts Miracle continues! Take that, immediate Pre WW2, most of the early-to-mid 1970s and 1988-1994! Oh, and 2001-present.

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I saw Arianna Huffington speak at the AD:Tech conference last week, and she had a great quote as to why subscription models for Web content (think the New York Times or Wall Street Journal's original online models) have failed:

"Subscription models don't work, unless it's porn, and it has to be weird porn."

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Bacon_mints Q: What's better than bacon?
A: More bacon.

Q: What's better than more bacon?
A: I'm inclined to say "bacon-flavored mints."

Thanks to Tammy for the heads-up on bacon-related products such as this ... check out her contest and see if you can be a big moron. Extra points if you are Mormon.

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Is it me, or did the Boston Celtics dancers skip over provocative and titillating and just go straight to slutty?  Good grief. It's a good thing Red is dead.

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Starting Weight Watchers today. Also starting to craft means to cheat today. Should go well.

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is there a word for the act of never having heard of something and then suddenly being bombarded by it? I just saw a girl wearing a Boys Like Girls t-shirt. Had no idea what it was, assumed it was a band. Then, walking into the Apple Store, someone was watching a Boys Like Girls video on YouTube. Woah!

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Colin just heard Stairway to Heaven for the first time. He liked the rockier bits.

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No joke, there are probably 1,500 people here at the Natick Mall to see Sox phenom Jacoby Ellsbury. I was here shopping already, honest. No lines for Eric Gagne though (unlike the lines to bat against him).

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Just a quick note to check the mobile capabilities of TypePad, my BlackBerry and harrison3. Sent from my blackberry

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Really nice piece in today's Globe today re: new Harvard men's basketball hoops coach Tommy Amaker. I really liked him at Seton Hall (and it appears he got a raw deal at Michigan) and the article answers the two big questions I had when he signed back in the spring ... 1) Harvard? 2) Really?

It's very exciting and it'd be nice to see another program break into BC's Boston college hoops hegemony (and, putting my money where my mouth is, I will be at the Harvard/Michigan tilt on December 1).

Here are my predictions, which you can take to the bank:*

  • Crimson will compete for an Ivy title this year (but probably lose to Penn or Princeton) and sneak into the NIT
  • Will win a conference title by 2009, and then lose in the first round to Kentucky/Kansas/UNC by 40

*Please don't take these to the bank. I really don't know what I'm talking about.

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  • Filmmaker and Baltimoron John Waters, signing books at a Borders
  • "Turd Blossom" Karl Rove, walking down 6th Avenue; may not have been him, may have been another pasty, flabby guy who made me want to punch him in the face; it was right near the Fox News headquarters
  • Gaston Legorburu (confirmed)
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  • Clearly the holidays have arrived, as Starbucks has switched over to the red cups.
  • Apropos of nothing, is it me or do these "CrazyFox" home Internet-based ads seem, well, sketchy? I don't know if I want to put my future in the hands of an overconfident animated fox. But that's just me.
  • Midtown Manhattan has both the NBA Store and the NHL Store. Wow,
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  1. Hey, why aren't your kids wearing their Colts jerseys today?
  2. I realize this is ultimately a vicarious experience, as I really had nothing to do with the victory of my favorite professional football team over yours, but wow, I am so proud of the Patriots and hope that their superiority allows me, too, to feel superior to you. You -- as well as the entire greater Indianapolis region and all communities of Indy expats like yourself -- must be ashamed of your favorite professional football team, and, by extension, the city of Indianapolis and, ultimately, yourselves.
  3. Can I use the parking stamp when you're done?
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Tom Brady leads the NFL in awesome.

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"What's the most complicated, confusing stroller you stock? ... Good, I'll take that one."

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  Colin and Jacob - 8 
  Originally uploaded by eharrison3

The Red Sox have won a World Championship each year we've had a child. If that trend continues, the Red Sox will never win another World Championship.

Click on the photo link to see some other shots we took yesterday of the boys.

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I read articles like this one from the AP, on Carl Bernstein rapping the media's infatuation with trash culture, and I feel that I fed the beast by purchasing Juliet a subscription to Us on a lark last birthday.

Bernstein, 63, said he believes an "idiot culture" is partly to blame for the dysfunction of political life in the United States.

"You can't separate the appetites and demands of the people themselves and what they are given," he said. "The blame simply can't all be put at the feet of those who present news."

Next year, she's getting The Columbia Journalism Review.

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I had this dream last night that I was packing up to return for my final year at GW. As I was sitting in my childhoom home putting together a duffel full of sheets and clothes, my brain started telling me, "Hey wait, you already did your senior year at GW, and that was in 1991. It's 2007, old man." Then my dream got kinda weird as it tried to align that fact with the story line it had planned. Perhaps it is all due to a desire to return to the fall of 1991, one of the best times of the second phase of my life (if my life were to be broken up into three phases; childhood, blossoming into manhood and being a crotchety grown-up trying desperately to be as hip as I believe I was in the blossoming phase).

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I made my debut as the lead (later, backup) church organist at St. Bernadette Parish in Northborough.

Amazingly, I did not have a girlfriend in high school.

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I posted some photos from last night's candyfest to the Flickr site; this photo is of Jacob with his buddy James, dressed as "The Credible Hulk," in Jacob's words. Evidently, James and the Hulk are quite credibile.

We hit most of the west end of Randlett Park last night -- as well as a quick stop to see Ladybug Bea and the Schwalshes -- and got to meet many more of our neighbors. Evidently there is another poker game tonight ... although Juliet is working late, and I have no idea how to play poker. That said, perhaps going as a so-called "pigeon" (see definition 2) would endear them to me.

Colin stayed home (in his banana suit) as he fell asleep as we were going out; he woke up to help Juliet distribute candy. By the end, the four of us were sitting on the stoop, enjoying the warm night and beckoning costumed kids (best costume: a mime with a two-sided sign: "Trick or Treat," "Thank You") to come meet us and eat candy. Jacob's sugar high had him absolutely wired, not unlike when Beavis would go into his "The Great Cornholio" alter ego. By the end, he was running around the house saying, at the top of his lungs, "I won the World Serious!!!! Blablablablablablablabla (supposed to sound like speaking in tongues)."

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Can someone please explain the difference between a parade and a rolling rally? I'm not complaining, as I actually enjoy hearing Mayor Manino say "rolling rally." That said, the whole thing seems a bit contrived to me. (Perhaps I am just bitter because I will be in Lowell (not Mike Lowell) during the rolling rally, and I doubt it will roll that far.)

Also, is it me, or does this quote make the Mayor sound as if he were treating Jonathan Papelbon like some sort of monkey? Dance, closer monkey, dance!

"He promised the people he would do the dance," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said today at a press conference at City Hall, "and he will do the dance."

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rich EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 66.10.55.34 URL: DATE: 10/31/2007 09:26:33 AM I went to the rally. I didn't go in 2004 so I felt compelled to go this year. Highlights: Being about 6 feet away from Hazel Mae's behind, and watching many, many idiot tree-climbers get arrested. Oh, and the 15 minutes of the players rolling by, which was awesome to behold. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: brandon x EMAIL: laf837@yahoo.com IP: 38.118.19.246 URL: DATE: 10/30/2007 12:49:09 PM Hope you get to see the parade! Lowell the player and the place is nice, but seriously ARod is much better. Enjoy him next year. Oh, and more pictures of the first women of fama, please. hubba, hubba. sincerely, old, out-of-touch old man ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Always, always overthink Taco Bell commercials STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 10/29/2007 09:52:56 PM ----- BODY:

Given that I have spent most of the last month watching the baseball playoffs, I have seen many commercials repeatedly.

In particular, I find that I have been obsessing about the complete and utter lack of logic (not to mention humor) involved in a certain Taco Bell commercial, wherein a presumptive protagonist shares, unsolicited, his "rules" for life with his younger brother (and, presumably, us):

  • Real men don't have lap dogs.
  • Never date a woman with some sort of tattoo (thankfully, the specific escapes me).
  • Always, always get chili on your nachos.

The obvious punchline comes forth when we learn that this man is living a lie -- he has a lap dog and he is dating a heavily-tattooed woman.

Beyond the fact that the writers must have sunk all of 4 minutes into the writing the spot, not only is this not entertaining or funny, it's completely illogical.

  • Why, then, Taco Bell COO Rob Savage, should we trust this man's rule as to how we are to eat our nachos? His credibility is shot by the end of the 60-second piece. Does he *want* to get caught? Because clearly he knows the first two rules are nothing but lies meant to cover up his sham existence--and, in fact, his girlfriend and dog are in the house as the "rules" are introduced!
  • Why does he think so little of his brother, and, one presumes, of potential customers, that he sees no need to be honest with him and us?
  • How are we to believe his third rule, in re: to the nachos, if the first two are simply lies?
  • Does Mr. Savage feel the same about us too?
  • Are we meant to ignore what we see and believe what we hear? Perhaps we are -- these nachos sound much better than they look.
  • Are you trying to convince customers to order the nachos sans chili?
  • Are you using all the chili as part of tomorrow's free taco giveaway (2-5 p.m. EST)?
  • Are you hoping to appeal to men who are living lives rife with hollow lies?
  • Was Devo involved? Was Royce Clayton involved?

Answer me, Taco Bell COO Rob Savage!

[Actually, I did send an e-mail to their corporate communications team; more than anything, I really am curious as to whether anyone actually read the commercial's script before it was shot; perhaps it was improvised?]

[Amazingly, I am not alone in my obsessing. Which either makes me feel much better or incredibly sad, I can't decide.]

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Ezra EMAIL: ezraball@gmail.com IP: 207.190.248.154 URL: http://realfake.org/blog DATE: 10/30/2007 09:45:06 AM PS: I would LOVE to see the numbers on how many 18-25 year old men get one free taco and one order of Chili Nachos Bellegrande today. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Ezra EMAIL: ezraball@gmail.com IP: 207.190.248.154 URL: http://realfake.org/blog DATE: 10/30/2007 09:37:27 AM I have thought about this deeply as well, I am half-ashamed to admit. But I mean, come on, they only ran ONE SPOT, over and over again. Even with Tivo, I saw it at least three dozen times. My interpretation is that the message is far more ambiguous and far more manipulative. Notice that the "punchline" happens in the middle of the spot, not the end. If it were at the very end, it would absolutely undercut the meaning of the entire spot: rules 1 and 2 are invalid, and 3, the "sell" on chili nachos, should be questioned. But it happens in the middle: as soon as dragon-tatooed girlfriend hands Big Brother the lapdog, he makes a grimace, and we cut to a shot of steaming chili nachos with all their chili-cheesy goodness. Surely, our eyes are not lying, Big Brother must be right about at least rule 3, because look at how delicious those nachos look. So in a world where we no longer can rely on our heroes, we don't have to give up our faith in the chili-cheesy goodness of Nachos Bellegrande. Taco Bell is our new Big Brother. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: 1986 Redux -- Boston is TitleTown (except we actually win the Titles now) STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Sports DATE: 10/29/2007 09:40:44 AM ----- BODY:

In 2004, I was pissed at my lifelong buddy Rich because he called me during Game 7 of the ALCS; I angrily picked up the phone and said, "You can't call me during Game 7 because you didn't call me during Game 6!" and then slammed down the receiver (even though Johnny Damon had just hit a grand slam to put the game out of reach). Rich, again, I owe you an apology for that.

Three years of therapy, anti-anxiety meds and a World Series have definitely paid off ... In 2004, I would have slapped myself for sending this e-mail during the 8th inning of the potential clincher:

From: Ed Harrison
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2007 11:13 PM
To: Doug; Sean
Subject: Luckily I don't believe in jinxes any more

Ellsbury or Lowell for MVP?

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rich EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: DATE: 10/29/2007 08:25:30 PM Ed, I forgive you. In fact, I deserved it in 2004 because I should have known better. The gods of jinxes were not looking because I got away with a major breach of superstition protocol that night. Sign Mike Lowell !!!!!! ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Add the extra "f" for "fasvings" STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Quirky DATE: 10/26/2007 10:15:12 AM ----- BODY:

If you were bothered by the name Jhonny Peralta, may I please introduce Kimani Ffriend, recently waived by the Los Angeles Clippers.

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I am monitoring a conference call in which one gentleman, who shall remain nameless, has used the word "synergy" 13 times in 52 minutes (neatly works out to once every 4 minutes).

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Or I am extremely lazy. Things I enjoyed reading in the past day or so:

Word picks for the savvy verbal investor, October 2007

Slice of Life, 1997
(RealFake is on an absolute tear)

Terry Francona Sends Eric Gagne Down to Made-Up Triple A Team

More Indie Rock Shirts That Wouldn't Sell

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So this morning at around 5:30, as I was throwing in an early-morning load of laundry, I thought I smelled gas in our basement near our gas dryer. After quietly freaking out for a moment and alerting my family,
I called Keyspan, our gas company.

Me: "Hi, I think I smell gas in my basement."

Keyspan: "OK, give me your name and address."

Me: "OK. Wait, shouldn't I leave the house immediately or something?"

Keyspan: "Sir, I need your name and address."

Me: (I give the address)

Keyspan: "Hmmmm ... we don't have that name at that address."

Me: (Growing exasperated) "Well, you send me a bill every month. Listen, can we worry about billing later? Do I need to leave or not?"

Keyspan: "Is the smell of gas strong or very strong?"

Me: "I don't know! Very strong? Kind of strong? How do you measure that?"

Keyspan: "OK, we'll send someone over to check it out in the next hour. Let me transfer you over to billing to get your name updated on the account."

Me: "Wait, you still haven't told me ... do I need to leave now or not?"

Keyspan: "I'm sorry, sir, we're not allowed to counsel you on that. I can't really say. If you want to leave, you should leave."

Me: (Growing increasingly exasperated, sure that the mere fact of speaking into the phone will create a shock that will spark a conflagration rivaling the great San Francisco fire of 1906) "Wait ... you can't tell me? If anyone should be able to tell me, it should be the gas company, right? So ... I should leave because it's dangerous?"

Keyspan: "I'm sorry, I can't really say either way. Someone needs to stay to let our technician in, though. I wouldn't light any matches or cigarettes until then."

So, I decided not to enjoy a Kool Menthol while waiting for the Keyspan guy.

[Come to find out, it wasn't gas, it was a horrid, gas-like smell coming from the burnt-out engine of our relatively new Frigidaire freezer. If anyone wants to come over and enjoy some rapidly-defrosting salisbury steak dinners, let me know.]

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07play104 Good chance that, while down at Fenway Park today (thought maybe someone might be giving away Game 1 tickets; amazingly, they weren't), I picked up a 2007 World Series "Dueling Logo" hat.

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Wow, I'm actually following through on my earlier post re: Bandwagonesque. Here's a look at Track 1, "The Concept."

It opens with a blast of feedback that quickly cleans itself up into a seemingly oxymoronic stew of fuzz-laden guitar, gentle singing and strings. The contrast is the perfect means to communicate the song's "ethereal yearning" (OK, I ripped that off from a review I read somewhere) happening throughout.

Anyway, I just checked out the lyrics and they seem pretty slight. There is also a certain slyness, though -- "she won't be forced against her will, says she don't do drugs but she does the pill." Who is she?

Meanwhile, there are strings and some beautiful harmonies that stand in stark contrast to the heavy, fuzzy guitar. We were at the brink of grunge's explosion, but I think this album sparked (or attempted to spark) a power-pop resurgence while still sounding (then) contemporary. And this song is proxy for all of that. Yes, it's an unabashed homage to Big Star, but frankly, I see nothing wrong with that. Its pop leanings also became the blueprint for the band's more-Byrdsian jangle pop of their subsequent works.

The song ends with a repeated, "I didn't want to hurt you, oh yeah," riddled with sadness (I assume it's genuine, perhaps I'm missing out on the joke) ... and then goes into a long instrumental bridge with a pretty killer wistful guitar solo with strings. (When they performed this live on Saturday Night Live in 2/92, a fact I still find amazing, they cut out the bridge and went right into track #2, "Satan," which sounded cool but much less wistful, obviously).

So, in short, fuzzy guitars, sly lyrics, wistful theme, power-pop harmonies with a great hook -- pretty much everything I like in a song, and perfect fodder for a song I always insist on playing on those computerized bar jukeboxes that can download songs.

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So, at last week's Bruins game, the topic of conversation with Erin and Doug turned, as it always does, to William Jennings Bryant's "Cross of Gold" speech. George Mason University has a link to a 1921 recording WJB did of the speech on the Gannett Records label -- for history buffs, it's worth a listen; I imagine it lacks some of the punch that the live delivery of the 1896 Democratic Convention. But man, that dude hated the gold standard (and rightfully so, I might add).


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Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque is a stellar album. Longer, overly sentimental essay about how the album is a proxy for the inherent complexities of life, love, loss, lost love, death, and jangle-pop to follow, if I ever get around to it.

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The ol' alma mater, GW, became the first school to crack the $50k/year barrier. Wow.

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Friday I headed down to Providence for another new-business meeting. It was a discussion rife with presentations on some really heavy mathematical and computational technology that, as far as I could tell, could crate really cool dioramas of cars smashing into walls.

On the drive home with colleague Jeff, I turned to my new Garmin GPS receiver (its ad, a tale of unrequited love set to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," is the only commercial during the playoffs that has made me want to buy the product or service being advertised; you'll note I haven't bought a Chevy, Nacholes BelGrande or Dane Cook yet) to help us avoid I-93, which was horribly backed up as it is wont to be on a rainy Friday afternoon.

So Garmin had me leave at Exit 2 and go through Milton. Then it had me take Blue Hill Avenue up through Mattapan and then criss-cross through Roxbury until crossing over the river at Mass. Ave.

A few things:

  • These neighborhoods form the nexus of Boston's African-American and Haitian-American communities. That said, I can't believe I've lived here for 10 years and have driven through Mattapan maybe once. Does that happen in other cities? Or is Boston really that racially stratified?
  • I didn't feel uncomfortable. I certainly felt out of my element (not even sure what my element is, but that wasn't it) but not uncomfortable or scared. Of course, it was daytime.
  • There were many wig shops, independent food stands and groceries, and liquor stores -- in particular, a place called ODB Liquors II. Is that named after the late Old Dirty Bastard? Was it a sequel to a previous store?
  • There were a glaring lack of chain stores -- is that a good thing or a bad thing? Nary a Starbucks or major grocery chain to be had. If there were adequate independent businesses supporting the neighborhoods, I'm guessing it's a good thing; it appeared there were not, and instead, these chains had just systematically avoided the neighborhood's main thoroughfare. It does stand in stark contrast to 125th Street in New York, though.
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The other night, watching the ALCS following the Bruins game at the Garden, one of my favorite topics of discussion came into play ... the "Top 5 Albums of All Time" list. Actually, while I love this question (mostly to hear other people's list) it causes me some consternation ... Can I really only name 5? Am I going to name albums for their rock snob street cred quotient, or because I like them? Can I even tell the difference any more?

So, to be fair, I stand behind The Beatles "Rubber Soul," Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People" (although I could have just as easily said "Murmur" or "Life's Rich Pagaent," but I like the melancholy vibe of "Automatic"; for some reason, for the past few years, this early-mid-October time leaves me very melancholy, even if it is the gateway to my favorite time of year). I hereby admit that The Rolling Stones "Exile on Main Street" was probably named as much for rock snob street cred as anything else (although I forced myself to listen to it yesterday as penance, and it really is excellent). I forget what my fifth one was, but I do know I left off The Clash's "London Calling" and Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and "Highway 61 Revisited," each of which is inexcusable. I'd also like to add The Shods' "Stop Crying." Maybe some Byrds or Husker Du? Great, my list couldn't be any more lily white. Some James Brown then? But wait, is that because I love James Brown or because I'm trying to make some sort of quota?

Crap, my Top 5 list is like 40 albums and riddled with anxiety.

One thing I stand behind, Betty Goo -- while both are excellent, I think "Nevermind" is superior to "Appetite for Destruction," and nothing is going to change that. For better or worse, "Nevermind" changed mainstream radio (admittedly, it changed back since then) and as everyone knows, popular music peaked between 1991 and 1992. Period.

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Six arrested at DCU fracas -- Ice problem cancels Celtics game at half

Maybe they should splurge for a dehumidifier for the former Worcester Centrum.

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I can't believe how hyped up I am for this Sox game.

After the 1st inning, I went upstairs to the closet and grabbed out my circa 2003 Curt Schilling home Red Sox jersey (through the largesse of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law for my birthday right after his signing).

About a year ago I realized I was too old to wear sports jerseys (although I am still undecided as to whether I am too old to wear the rock-and-roll t-shirts, as I am sporting a Ted Leo and the Pharmacists shirt under the jersey; the reality is, yes, I am too old for that too.).

I will probably blog throughout the game as a means of keeping myself sane.

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So I've been oddly detached throughout the ALCS. Sure, I've watched and/or listened to every game and even said a very bad word when Manny Delcarmen absolutely poured gasoline on the fire during the 5th inning of Game 4.

But the Sox are on the brink of elimination, and while I'll be disappointed should they lose, I won't be crushed.

Bob Ryan had a great piece earlier this week about, essentially, how the good folks of Cleveland have had a 60-year drought between World Series championships, and hell, if the Sox are going to lose to someone, you could do worse than the Indians.

I've made a very conscious effort to avoid any sources of yahoo Olde Towne negativity (basically, WEEI and Dan Shaughnessy). Despite what these folks (particularly the callers to 'EEI) may have you think, in actuality:

  • The Indians are an excellent team. There's really no shame in losing to them.
  • It is not the Red Sox' divine right to win a World Series. They had an excellent season, winning 96 games, but it just may not happen. Hell, this entry could be my "Dewey Defeats Truman," just like when the Curly-Haired Boyfriend wrote his death eulogy of the 2004 Sox after Game 3 19-8 pounding (most of which I thankfully missed because I was at a wedding) by the Yanks in the ALCS.
  • There are some glaring weaknesses in the construction of this 2007 Red Sox team.
  • Theo Epstein is human and mortal. And that's OK. I mean, he's made some bad moves this year (and there's no need to list them off ... ok, I will ... J.D. Drew ...), but he did try to escape his job in a gorilla suit.
  • Despite what Fox would have you think, there are teams other than the Red Sox and Yankees in MLB. There's even one in Denver!
  • Life will go on should the Red Sox lose. The sun will come up, tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar!
  • We have the Patriots. In 2003, they kept a region from collectively jumping off the Tobin after Grady and Pedro and the Game 7 ALCS meltdown. We don't need the group therapy now, but it is pretty cool to have the cold, calculating, cheatin' Pats to watch each Sunday.

I remember when the Sox won in 2004, my buddy Brandon X (a long-suffering Philly sports fan) said that, now that the Sox had won a World Series, Boston fans were going to be "insufferable" and we'd be victims of Sox Overload.

After a fall and winter of celebration that led to the Sox-ubiquity (including the ill-advised Queer Eye episode) that carries forward to this day (America's Team, says USA Today), yeah, if I lived somewhere else, I'd be pretty f***ing sick of the Red Sox, too.

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Yesterday was National Boss' Day (created in 1958, given further credence by Hallmark in 1979) and although I still can't believe it myself sometimes, I am a boss. And one of my colleagues actually remembered the holiday with an extremely thoughtful gift. I don't want to embarass the colleague who gave me the gift so I won't call him or her out but it was very cool to get a gift for NBD.

The rest of you ... well, let's just say, I'm watching you.

No, not really.

I mean, I am watching you, but not because you failed to give me a gift. I'm an attentive boss. And luckily, very few of you actually read this. Although, it would be nice if you did, even if it's just for NBD.

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Super Jacob - 2
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Yes, I would really prefer to make a costume or at least not have Jacob wear one promoting a licensed character.

That said, you really can't beat the patented built-in abdominal muscles (no joke, they actually cite a patent number on the package) and if I made a costume, it would have sucked.
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20020708insidegagne AWESOME: Michael Clayton; eating at Audobon and watching innings 3-6 at the bar with my special lady (Juliet).

NOT AWESOME: Eric Gagne; wasting a stellar 2-inning performance from Jonathan Papelbon; being wide awake after watching the Sox bullpen give up an MLB postseason-record 7 runs in the 11th inning.




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Got to see the Harvard Crimson knock off the Leopards, 27-17 today at venerable Harvard Stadium. Many thanks to Erin for hooking us up with the tickets.

Tonight, a quandary -- we have a free babysitter (my mother-in-law is in town). As much as I'd like to do dinner and a movie (given the rarity of such events) game 2 of the ALCS is at 8. What to do, what to do, what to do ... I am going to try and TiVo it, but we all know I'm going to spend all of Michael Clayton refreshing the browser on my BlackBerry,

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... why doesn't the Financial Times publish contact information for their Beijing bureau? Oh Mure Dickie, Beijing correspondent and expert at kendo, the Japanese art of fencing, will I ever find you?

[UPDATE -- I typed this entry as I was on hold with the FT's main recepionist, who kindly gave me Mure's contact information. Kids, in PR, sometimes it *does* pay to pick up the phone.]

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Colin Eats Food - 14
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I realize I'm biased, but man, that's pretty friggin' cute. We gave Colin rice cereal the other night for the first time ... and, well, we'll try again soon.
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When Tommy John refers to the time in his life when he had reconstrutive elbow surgery, does he say, "Remember that time I had Me Surgery?"

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(First in a series)

  1. Replacing the lyric "bring on the juice" in James Brown's "Funky Drummer" with "bring on the Jews."

    To be fair, we were driving to see my in-laws when the song came on, and well, it seemed appropriate.

Back from a whirlwind trip to the Big Apple. Highlights include a trip to the Central Park Zoo and me being allowed to watch the Red Sox 9-1 ALDS clincher in relative peace and quiet (thanks Juliet, I know that took some work on your part!). Lowlights include the 4 hour drive home tonight; despite my efforts to hypercaffienate, I still had to stop at the Charlton Rest Stop on the Pike for a 10-minute catnap (the rest of my passengers were all asleep). Luckily, now that it's time for bed, I'm wide awake.

I have both boys tomorrow, solo, for the first time for more than 2 hours or so. Pray for me.

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So, this gushing piece in The Atlantic on how Facebook is the future of the Internet convinced me to join. Let's see, I'm too old for MySpace ... LinkedIn is just for people who need jobs ... I don't get Twitter ... Friendster is so 2003. So this must be the place for me. Not sure why, but it it is and I MUST be a part of it.

Anyhoo, I just joined.

Let's see what the new Internet is like ...

... Still waiting ...

... Seems pretty much like the old Internet ...

(cue crickets chirping)

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Back from Dearborn and wide awake ...

  • There were a number of French speakers at the conference today. Have you ever noticed that the French really enjoy the phrase "for sure"? It's a verbal tic that makes the speaker sound like Valley Girls. Valley Girls with cool accents, but Valley Girls nonetheless. Bien sur, indeed.
  • I texted a few folks on Tuesday night to say that the Detroit Metro Airport was a dump. Well, I was mistaken. The American Airlines terminal, the Smith Terminal, is a dump and is about to be retired. The flagship Northwest AIrlines Terminal (McNamara) is sleek and state-of-the-art. For fans of the DTW, I regret the error.
  • The Fairlane Town Center Mall, adjacent to the Hyatt at which I stayed, is definitely a dump. No apology necessary. However, they do have a Steve and Barry's, which is a very cool store.
  • Good chance I bought a pair of $15 Starbury sneakers while at S&B's. While I do like what he's doing by marketing value-priced sneakers to urban kids, I hope that wearing his shoes doesn't imply that I condone what Mr. Marbury is doing with Knick interns in the back of his truck.
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  • "So [name of product manufactured by my client, redacted for my own safety] may kill children. So does Jack Daniels."
  • "Irregardless ..."
  • "Hey, the carbon monoxide level in here seems a little high. What's that yellow light?"
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Joe_morgan_2 When I received the "Word of the Day" this morning, upon reading the word I hoped it would somehow tie to lovable former Red Sox manager Joe Morgan. Sadly, no such luck ... but it's a good thought.

morganatic \mor-guh-NAT-ik\ adjective

: of, relating to, or being a marriage between a member of a royal or noble family and a person of inferior rank in which the rank of the inferior partner remains unchanged and the children of the marriage do not succeed to the titles, fiefs, or entailed property of the parent of higher rank

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Things are well here in Chicago; watched the Instant Classic Wild Card Play-in between the Rockies and Padres. What an ending! Who knew I was a Rockies fan even though I couldn't name more than two players prior to last night (Holliday ... Helton ... um, Ellis Burks)?

Tonight, I am off to my life of lies in Dearborn, Mich.

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Well, at least some of it -- I'm in the greater Chicagoland area tonight and tomorrow, and then Wednesday in Dearborn, Mich. For reasons I will outline at a later time, Wednesday has me attending a client-to-be's seminar under an assumed name. Trust me, it's not nearly as cool or secret agent-y as it sounds ... thad said, I've requested they give me a name with some soul, like Kwame. We'll see.

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Continuing my history of having odd next-door neighbors, we have an older woman who appears to speak in tongues living next to us. So watch the video here to see my trepidation when I realize that I will have to retrieve Jacob's baseball from her yard. I'm burying the lead ... Jacob smacks one right over the fence into said crazy lady's yard.

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Jacob informed me today that his favorite Red Sox player is Eric Hinske. Yes, he of the .204 batting average with 53 strikeouts in 184 at-bats. I like Hinske, he's a so-called "Dirt Dog" ... but I doubt many kids say he's their favorite player (mind you, this could change ... Jacob's previous favorites include Youkilis, Dice-K, and Pedroia, all this season).

Kite_vs_kareeem When I was a kid (albeit a much older one, around 11 or 12 years older than Jacob), I had similar feelings about some of the Celtics buried deep on the bench. I mean, don't get me wrong -- Basketball Jesus was my favorite, but I had a certain love for unrefined bangers like Greg Kite (who can forget his 0 point, 9 rebound and 1-killer-block-on Magic performance in Game 3 of the 1987 Finals) and Mark Acres or players who, like me, were big but preferred to float around the 3 pt. line, acting as if they'd be electrocuted if they set foot in the paint -- such as the multitalented Brad Lohaus (my buddy Enrique would tell me, "You remind me of Brad Lohaus"; as his straight man, I would say, "Really? Because I'm big and can stick the three?" "No, because you're ugly and uncoordinated." Wow, maybe he wasn't really my friend). Even guards like Ole Miss' Carlos Clark (#40 in your program, #1 in your heart).

Maybe I loved the "scrubs," the players few others enjoyed as pros, because:

  1. LOVE OF VICTORY: If these guys were playing, the Celtics were up big (could also mean down big, but in the 1980s, that was rare);
  2. NASCENT LOVE OF QUIRKINESS: Everyone loved Bird; I wanted to be different, the same reason I own an Arizona Cardinals hat and a Gagne Sox t-shirt (of course, I still loved Bird, and I still have a Pats hat, albeit a throwback);
  3. EMPATHY: Comparatively, these players kind of sucked, and so did I ...
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400pxmackayeIn the past week, two very fine words came up in conversation, one I knew, and one I pretended I knew ...

1. Iconoclast: "One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions." I first heard this word maybe 17 years ago to describe Ian MacKaye, the lead singer of Fugazi (side note -- one of my Top 10 Concerts was seeing them play in Lafayette Park across from the White House during Gulf War I, but that is neither here nor there) ... the other night, Ms. Schwalsh used this to describe her husband.

2. Effete: Hmm, I didn't know this one. My guess is something along the lines of "elite and effeminate," only beacuse it sounds sort of like a portmanteau of both. The definition? "Marked by self-indulgence, triviality, or decadence;" or, "Overrefined; effeminate." Judges? Well, I was sort of right, but not really. OK, I wasn't. The context, btw, was a client CEO discussing a large, monopolistic healthcare provider and its IT efforts (which didn't include his company's technology) as "an undertaking of the effete." Them's fightin' words! Well, if you know what they mean.

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Did you know we had an indoor football team in New England we can call our very own? Neither did I, but now I am the biggest New England Surge fan in the whole world. Period. And if there's one team I hate, it's the ... um ... Lehigh Valley Outlawz?

I haven't been this excited about a Worcester-based sports team since Wormtown almost convinced the Cleveland Crunch soccer team to relocate in 1986. Too bad they added those 2,000 seats in that third deck at the Centrum for nothing.

I hope the Surge last longer than the Mass. Marauders, Worcester Counts, Bay State Bombardiers, New England Blazers, Worcester Ice Cats, etc. I mean, Worcester is the 52nd best minor league sports market in America, according to this great piece from Brian Goslow of Worcester Magazine.

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A few of my more Ripkenesque streaks:

  • Consecutive loads of laundry during which I bonked my head on the low pipes that hang between our washer and dryer -- 68 (current);
  • Consecutive times which, in passing the Sheraton Tara at Exit 12 on the Mass Pike in Framingham, I comment to Juliet, "I had my prom there, in that castle hotel" -- 138 (dating back to 1996)
  • Consecutive number of "Take a Penny, Leave a Penny" cups in which I have left pennies, as I am illogically afraid of what might happen to me if I don't -- 1,184 (current)
  • Consecutive days in which I haven't called back the dry cleaner to find out what happened to my lost suit -- 4 (current)
  • Consecutive days in which I have eschewed carbs in an effort to lose weight -- 1.5 (tie; many, many times)
  • Consecutive years I have not been named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive -- 23 (current)
  • Consecutive times in which when someone, in an effort to make polite conversation upon first meeting me, will notice my height and ask me if I play basketball -- 7,458 (current)
  • Consecutive years without dunking a basketball (on a regulation hoop with a regulation men's ball) since my last successful attempt (1996, Sligo Creek Park courts, Kensington, Md.) -- 11 (current)
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Some highlights from our active day yesterday out in Central Mass under crystal-clear sunny skies on a wonderful example of Indigenous Peoples' Summer:

  • Using the new 146 Connector between the Mass Pike and I-290, finally providing a direct link between Boston and Worcester via Interstate highway without all sorts of backtracking. I always found it odd that Springfield gets 3 Pike exits, Wormtown none, but I digress.
  • An excellent brunch with many old friends (4 couples and, let's see, 8 kids, wow) and lots of great food at Chez Lindberg-Paradiso in Worcester. Hard to believe that friendships bourne of the fact that no one else would hang out with the 4 of us in high school still go strong today. Among topics of discussion: 1) It's not smart to tell your female spouse that, in re: to childbirth, "Honey, if I could carry the child for you, I would," because should they ever invent time travel and the technology to allow men to carry children, you'd be screwed; 2) Yes, Tintin au Congo appears to be pretty racist, even given the excuses offered up for the time in which it was written; and 3) An update on Tammy and Family's efforts regarding the Eat Local Challenge;
  • Some wholesome apple picking and goat-watching with my folks at Tougas Farm in Northborough; try the galas, you won't be disappointed.

Got back late, put the boys to bed and blazed through the recording of the Pats clobbering the hapless Buffalo Bills while cranking out an analyst presentation. Yay Sunday night.

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Henry_david_thoreauSpiderman I can't help but feel that Henry David Thoreau would have taken issue with Jacob consuming a $3 Spider-Man ice cream treat (with gumball eyes!) purchased from a truck 300 feet from the site of his simple cabin at Walden Pond.

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The Canadian dollar and the American dollar are essentially trading 1-1. Wow. The AP Reports that cross-border shopping (this time, them coming here) is soaring just like their loonie.

Blame_canada_3

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Yarr!
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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yarr! Plundering booty! Walking the plank! Mate-ee. Well blow me down. (I find that after a few minutes my pirate imitation morphs into something like Popeye, which is disgustipatin').

Also, in honor of the holiday, here is the Tampa Bay Bucs logo from 1976-1996, and if you ask me, the superior logo to today's meaner pirate.

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(First installment in a series)

I am biting Richard Nixon's style, so I apologize. That said, I seem to have a lot of anger. But you'll note that, since I rarely take ownership of my anger, many of the inaugural members of my Enemies List are anonymous/nameless folk (or animated critters), except for a certain consumer technology reporter based at Washington's top daily newspaper and WEEI's Gerry Callahan.

  •  Take a rotary; add the intersection of a major interstate and at least 4 two-lane roads, two of which are one way; and for kicks, throw a hotel and restaurant in the air rights over the interstate, and you have the needlessly complex Exit 17 off the Mass Pike in Newton. So, I guess I would like to nominate whoever designed this mess.
  • The product manager at P&G who thought including three separate pull-up designs within each package of Diego(R)-branded Easy-Ups(R), each featuring a different whimsical illustration of Diego and his pal Baby Jaguar (R) on the front of the Easy-Up(R), was a good idea. Now when we get Jacob ready for bed each night (he wears pull-ups to bed at night; you got a problem with that?) he has to pick out the pair featuring a specific scene with Diego and Baby Jaguar (right now, it's the one where they are kayaking, I believe) ... so at the end of each package we end up with 7 featuring the scene where they are rock climbing, which for some reason he doesn't want to wear.
  • Baby Jaguar. To be fair, I've never actually seen the Diego program. But I have read two of the books related to the program, and well, he seems kind of pathetic and in constant need of rescuing.
  • A certain consumer technology reporter who hates on WordPerfect.
  • WEEI's Gerry Callahan. I had forgotten how much I dislike hearing his hate-filled, gravely voice ... and now he's back following throat surgery in April and contract squabbles in August.
  • Whoever decided that the basement, with its low ceilings and pipes running across said low ceilings, would make the best place to put the laundry room in our home.
  • Whoever coordinates fundraising for the Southern Poverty Law Center. I think their programs are great; I think their relentless telemarketers are terrible.
  • The nice people from Iowa sitting at the table next to me at Mr. Dave's Bar in Washington during the 1996 NCAA Tournament when GW played Iowa. I drunkenly mocked them throughout GW's big second-half bulge ("Which side of Crispix stays crispier in milk now?") only to have GW choke and blow an 18 point lead down the stretch. They were incredibly gracious (even when I had to come back to the table after the game as I had left my keys there) so much so that I still hate them 11 years later. For that matter, former GW coach Mike Jarvis for allowing that collapse to happen in the first place.
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Cape Trip 2007 - 9
Originally uploaded by eharrison3

I posted some photos from our Cape trip on Flickr. Despite poor weather on Saturday, we had a nice day Sunday, including some time at the beach in Hyannis and a quick trip to Falmouth. We also enjoyed much in the way of poor eating, including:

  • Two breakfasts at the Pancake Man (a childhood favorite of mine)
  • A relatively average fried-seafood dinner at Seafood Sam's; Jacob enjoyed it due to the lobster-shaped pager they gave us to notify us when our mediocre plate of fried stuff was ready to be inhaled
  • A much better fried dinner at the legendary Kreme 'n' Kone
  • There may have been a trip to Dairy Queen in there too.

I am fat.

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Final scores: Pats win, Sox lose, and not only did I stay awake, I also did 3 loads of laundry, made Jacob's lunch for tomorrow and emptied the dishwasher.

Apropos of nothing, I think amazon.com's personalization engine is perhaps giving Jon Stewart fans (like myself) a bit too much credit as intellectuals:

As someone who has purchased or rated books by Jon Stewart, you might like to know that Kierkegaard and His German Contemporaries: Philosophy (Kierkegaard Research: Sources Reception and Resources) will be released on September 30, 2007.

Wow.


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With a little duct tape, a Tom Brady jersey can easily become a Kyle Brady jersey.

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The commercial (after the top of the 1st on ESPN) just made me laugh out loud. Particularly the woman's reaction when she drops the pickles.

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Foxborough During Patriot broadcasts of games originating from Foxborough, I love when they show the Boston skyline. They really should show the Foxborough skyline, or even Providence -- each of which is closer to the stadium than Boston.

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I have my Pat the Patriot hat on; I have my quirky Eric Gagne Sox t-shirt on. And I have two 11 oz. cans of Starbucks Iced Coffee from CVS in front of me. Yes, although I'm coming off an exhausting weekend with the boys at the Cape (more to come on that tomorrow, great time although not much to do with a three-and-a-half-year-old when it rains on the Cape -- except for MiniGolf in the rain) ... I am ready for a big night of Boston sports tonight. I'm sure everything will go just fine, except I can't figure out how to use picture-in-picture; it's Sox/Yankees and Patriots/Chargers. The over-under on when I doze off on the couch, even in hyper-caffeinated state? 9:44 p.m. Bet the under.

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I'm convinced that online scammers could fool many, many more readers if they simply had someone proofread their notes. For example, this note just came into my inbox:

From: Scotty Cortez <PIGUXYIBEWZ@hotmail.com>
Date: Sep 13, 2007 7:28 PM
Subject: We met last week

Hi, long time no see. I'm your childhood friends that we know many years back and
we lost contact to each other. Hope you still remember me.

Send me email at @penmailpro.info so we can keep in touch again ok?

See yea.
***

Scotty, did we meet last week or are we childhood friends? And you're more than one of my friends? And why not just send me the e-mail from your penmailpro.info account? And I don't know a Scotty Cortez.

With all that said, I look forward to catching up with my long-lost friends! And giving him my bank account information and social security number.

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I am proud to announce that today I received a personal invitation ("Dear Siena Fan") to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Siena College athletic event. I am so giddy, I am putting together an arrangement that will combine the best elements of Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All Star Game (very sexy) and Jose Feliciano at the 1968 World Series (very, um, Feliciano). Look out Loudonville, NY.

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Orange_2So tonight I finally forced Jacob to watch the Sesame Street Old School DVD -- or at least as much as he could stand -- that features the very first episode of Sesame Street. A few notes based on the 20 minutes we watched:

1. The show has evolved a great, great deal since 1969. Although I did enjoy the graphic at the start offering that the show was "IN COLOR."
2. Wait a minute, Oscar the Grouch is Orange? WTF?
3. Ernie and Bert's relationship is much less ambiguous than it became in later years. Ernie also has a stronger accent -- Brooklyn maybe -- and Burt seems even more quickly prone to anger.
4. I forgot there were two Gordons. The late  Matt Robinson was Gordon #1; and he had a pretty kickass afro-sideburn combination going on. Gordon #2, Roscoe Orman, was the more familiar, bald Gordon.
5. The human-human and even human-muppet dialogue seemed much less scripted. Also, I couldn't help but think that Robinson might have been high during one of the skits, but that could just be me.
6. The first episode featured a nearly 12 minute educational film (it looks like some sort of DOE film they just spliced in in order to save some money on production costs) on where milk originates. Wow, I forgot how graphic that was. It also features some sappy early 1970's folk music in the background about cows, grass and sunshine. Jacob was enthralled by this, however.
7. Remember the videos that would sing a song of a certain number, and ultimately end with a baker  falling down a flight of stairs ("10 Chocolate Layer Cakes!" Crash tumble crash)? That made me laugh every time I watched it. Unfortunately, it scared the crap out of Jacob, and ultimately led to us turning off the DVD.
8. I was impressed by the multi-ethnic makeup of the cast; it must have absolutely blown minds 38 years ago.
9. I will probably have the watch the other 2.5 DVDs by myself. I'm also guessing that Jacob isn't going to take to the Electric Company DVD I plan to pick up.

(By the way, I still suck at swaddling. It only took me 25 minutes and 6 tries to get Colin comforted.)

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Tonight will be one of just a handful of nights where I will be putting both boys to bed (Juliet finally relented to my suggestions that she needs to get out and have some Juliet time ... and is actually going out tonight and tomorrow night). One fear -- Colin still sleeps swaddled, and I'm a sucky swaddler. Juliet has attempted to show me at least 20 times how she does it with some sort of magic swaddling blanket thing she got; to put it nicely, it hasn't gone well. I realize you shouldn't drop the m-f word when you are trying to lovingly calm your infant and get him ready to go into the crib ... but I can't help it. I am a fragile, delicate flower.

Maybe we should stop the swaddling ... according to Wikipedia (which is never marred by heresay or half-truths, even if it did just allow me to once again edit Carlos Quintana's biography ... I swear I thought he died, and now according to Wikipedia, he did):

[T]he psychologist Arthur Janov claims that even this form of swaddling has profound effects on the adult emotional life of a swaddled child. He claims that swaddling causes a lifelong deficit on oxytocin and oversupply of cortisol, the stress hormone, resulting in a lifetime of rage and anxieties ...

Oh, that's just great.

Janov adds nothing about parents who exhibit rage and anxieties related to swaddling inferority complexes (or, for that matter, are just generally riddled with anxieties).

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1. Borrowed my friend Rick's 1992 Toyota pickup and retrieved my snow blower from Somerville
2. Used a power-washer to clean off a tarp
3. Had my fantasy football teams go 2-0
4. Didn't shower on Saturday
5. Didn't shave all weekend
6. Cleaned my basement
7. Resisted the temptation to get a pedicure when Juliet was getting her nails done (which is regrettable, as my toenails are a mess)

(File under "dabbling in gender stereotypes")

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We had a nice visit from the Schwalshes tonight, including the very cute young Beatrice Schwartz. She is essentially crawling now -- that's an ***EXCLUSIVE, MUST CREDIT HARRISON3.COM***. Here's a plug for her dad Ben's blog, HighOctaneDiatribe ... particularly the most recent entry on Bea's nascent love of techno.

Speaking of shameless plugs, please check out Tammy's Experience with the Eat Local Challenge over on FoodontheFood. And pray for her and her family.

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Nelson_haggard_price Despite Joan Anderman's grumpy review, I enjoyed Tuesday night's set featuring Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard (whom I always confuse with Waylon Jennings, which just isn't right) and Ray Price. (As a side note, my parents met Mr. Price's landscaper on their trip to Nashville last year). It was a great show -- my first foray into a live presentation of the classic country music -- and I was surprised how many of the songs I know; it was also a nice crisp night, on the cusp of fall, and the waterfront and skyline were both excellent backdrops. Given my love for the so-called "alt-country," the classic stuff seems like a natural transition, and I've been checking out some of the top-rated albums (eschewing the "Greatest Hits" packages) from the likes of Haggard, Roy Acuff and The Louvin Brothers now (as well as the Carter Family).

The crowd was pretty interesting -- I called it the "largest non-ironic gathering of cowboy hats" I had ever attended -- and included an interesting mix of the elderly, cowboys, biker guys, indie hipster types and, well, me. It was well worth the taunting I took from my fantasy football league for missing our draft, and yes, I bought a Willie t-shirt.

Next up? I think I need to go see 80-year old Charlie Louvin, whose new album is amazing. Also think a trip to Nashville isn't out of the question.

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Went to last night's game in the Fens through the largesse of Mr. Mike Kaplan. I might have bought an Eric Gagne shirt because it will be quirky in a few years. We were seated in Section 11, which features seats installed when Mr. Yawkey remodeled the park in 1932. Evidently, in 1932 people didn't enjoy being comfortable or actually facing home plate, and they certainly weren't 6-foot-6. I've found that if I fold my legs under the seat, I can sit in only midly excruiciating pain. One upside -- our end of the row didn't have an aisle on it (there was a railing, and then section 10 was smack-up against it) so no one was getting up and walking past us to get beer.

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Check out our latest client, which is an exceptionally cool opportunity for us. Although I have absolutely no idea what any of the videos are about, it doesn't really matter as I am not the target market. But the actual target market is, in all seriousness, immense. Let's make it immense-r. Going forward, Harrison3 will feature the "Video of the Week" from this site. Perhaps we'll have a contest to try and develop our own story lines for these Chinese user-generated videos, with awards for creativity and those that come closest to the actual story line, as judged by my multi-talented sister-in-law, Wei Yin. Although that all seems like a lot of work so I am unlikely to actually follow through.

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  Woodman's - 2 
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It was a good Labor Day weekend for food. With Lydia, Zachary and Stephanie in town, we decided to trek up to Essex and Ipswich for a fried-clam crawl. First stop, Woodman's, for a taste (a large order of fried clams, a lobster roll and something else best described as a "clam donut" split amongst us all). Wow.

After a little walk around Essex, we meant to hit The Clam Box in Ipswich later that afternoon for Lunch Part Deux, but 1) the line was really long and 2) the boys were getting restless (someone should have also said 3) fried clams twice in a few hours are pretty bad for you, but no one did) so that will have to wait for a future trip. I can't believe that, even though I have been a Masshole for more than 3 decades, I had never gone to Woodmans or the Clam Box (I always got my fried clam fix at Harry's Restaurant in Westborough).

Today we had a BBQ to celebrate Dad's birthday at Sean and Wei. On the menu were some outstanding slow-cooked ribs and sausages from DePasquale's in Newton. Those sausages have changed my life.

Managed to watch a movie with Lydia and Stephanie on Saturday. Good part: it was Everything Is Illuminated, an excellent film from Liev Schreiber that managed to take a rather complex narrative from Jonanthan Safran Foer and make it into a visually stunning work. I really liked it. Bad part: we turned off Clay Buchholz' historic no-hitter to watch it. Oh well.

Tomorrow night, I'll be seeing Willie Nelson at the Harborlights. I have been taking some ribbing from my other fantasy football league, as I guess that was the only night everyone could do a draft. Hey, when the Red-Haired Stranger calls, you don't say "no" because you have a fantasy football draft.

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OK, I realize I'm around a month behind the Simpsons movie hype, but I was finally able to get onto the Simpsonize Me site (shamelessly sponsored by Burger King, in a relatively entertaining way). Here's me, in Simpsons form, based on the photo I input and some other questions. Not a great likeness (do I really look like Dave Matthews?) although it did a fine job of capturing my forehead and its increasing land-grab.

Your_image_2By the way, seeing The Simpsons movie earlier this summer broke my 14-year ban on Summer Blockbusters (starting with 1993's Jurrasic Park; the one exception was when I was dragged against my will to 1996's Mission Impossible). I define Summer Blockbusters the same way Justice Potter Stewart defined pornography: I know it when I see it (or in this case, don't see it). Criteria includes:

Major tie-in with fast-food chain
Over-the-top ballad by Aerosmith on soundtrack
Loud
Crappy
Aliens and/or monsters of some sort

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Harrison3.com has shied away from being a source for links to better articles, because 1) there are Virgina20tech20logo_2 other sites that do that much better and 2) why would I want to send my loyal readers (hi Dad!) away from harrison3.com?

That said, here's a few links I wanted to share:

  • NPR had a great interview this morning with Ishwar Puri, the head of Virginia Tech's engineering department who lost numerous friends, colleagues and students on April 16. I will post it later today, but his comments managed to be poignant and touching while painted with an engineer's straightforwardness and an academic's respect for learning. (The Hokies open their football season, by the way, tomorrow vs. Coastal Carolina.)
  • I haven't read Rolling Stone regularly since 1992. But recently, I've read a few political pieces that have impressed me. If The Great Iraq Swindle doesn't make you angry, well, then ... hmm, I was going to write something filled vaguely with pity or doom, but ... screw it, just read it:

According to the most reliable ­estimates, we have doled out more than $500 billion for the war, as well as $44 billion for the Iraqi reconstruction effort. And what did America's contractors give us for that money? They built big steaming shit piles, set brand-new trucks on fire, drove back and forth across the desert for no reason at all and dumped bags of nails in ditches. For the most part, nobody at home cared, because war on some level is always a waste. But what happened in Iraq went beyond inefficiency, beyond fraud even. This was about the business of government being corrupted by the profit motive to such an extraordinary degree that now we all have to wonder how we will ever be able to depend on the state to do its job in the future. If catastrophic failure is worth billions, where's the incentive to deliver success? There's no profit in patriotism, no cost-plus angle on common decency. Sixty years after America liberated Europe, those are just words, and words don't pay the bills.

It's also worth checking out The Ethanol Scam; opened my eyes on the involvement of Big Agriculture and the importance of celluloic (rather than feed-based) ethanol. (While not a political article, the story about the making of G 'n' R's Appetite for Destruction is pretty amazing, too; for mature audiences only).

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V_sonic_drive_in_signI was talking about this the other day with my friend Keri -- why do Sonic Drive-In restaurants advertise (incessantly, I might add) in markets that aren't even remotely close to a franchise?

I really need to go to one -- most likely because I know I can't -- despite the fact that I'm sure I'd be disappointed. Yet I don't want to drive 372 miles to the closest franchise in Dover, Del. ("the city that means well," according to George Carlin). Same goes for you, Geico Insurance, advertising aggressively even though you're not allowed to sell in Massachusetts.

Back on the topic of fast-food unavailable in the Bay State, would it kill Checkers, Whataburger or In-n-Out Burger to locate a shop here? (I have visited and enjoyed the first in Atlanta and D.C., with its twin drive-throughs, but never the second or third, each of which has solid word-of-mouth).

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I'm not going to lie to you, I squealed with joy when I walked into Starbucks yesterday and saw the Pumpkin Spice Latte was back for a fourth fall-winter season (trust me, no one wants to hear me squeal with joy, or anything else for that matter). Rumor has it that the drink actually saved what would have been a down quarter for Starbucks in Q4 2004. That said, I was disappointed when I learned that, actually, the PSL wasn't back quite yet, just the signs announcing its return were back.

Today, the prodigal drink returned (along with its signage) and I am enjoying a 20 oz. iced number right now.

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A highly-entertaining blog, particularly for posts like this which references Huey Lewis' "The Power of Love" and the Grenada invastion. An excessively enthusiastic tip of the hat to Ezra for the heads-up.

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QB of the Future - 1
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With all the fantasy football talk, here's the scouting report on QB Colin:

*Not very mobile (think Drew Bledsoe if he couldn't walk, crawl or roll over)
*Arm seems to be moving completely at random
*Smarter than Michael Vick
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More on my first fantasy football draft of the season here. It's pretty dead on, although Erin forgot to mention the number of jokes related to drafting either Charlie Batch with a ludicrously high pick or selecting long-retired players from the CFL (Major Harris, etc.) which is at least 11.

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Runny_babbitWe've been reading a lot of Shel Silverstein's Runny Babbit this weekend; I have enjoyed it immensely -- I don't think that Jacob necessarily gets the book, but he laughs because I laugh. I do find myself thinking in (or occasionally blurting out) spoonerisms ("a play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched"), not just when I'm reading the book.

Apropos of nothing (I desperately wanted to write "Nopropos of athing" but didn't ... well, until now) I have two fantasy football drafts this week. I'm getting back into the local league of PR professionals and friends (with live draft) in which I participated a few times prior to 2004, as well as an online one with some GW cronies.

Here's what typically happens when I participate in fantasy sports:

I get very excited about picking the name of my team.
I change the name at least 3-4 times before the draft, then 2-3 times during the season.
I procrastinate on preparation and then end up ripping off ESPN's draft order. I get bored during the end of the draft and spend most of my time trying to get someone to draft Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala.
I get an itchy trigger finger and pull off a number of ill-advised trades.
By around week 4, I get hopelessly mired in 11th place and then have a fire sale.
By week 5, my only participation is hassling others on the chat board.
By week 6, I stop checking my team. This is particularly true for baseball, which seems to last for 800 weeks.

And I really, really suck. Yahoo has a feature where you can check your all-time finishes in fantasy sports. Here's mine across a number of sports:

8th. 7th. 9th. 6th. 9th. 10th. 7th. 8th. 9th. 7th. 9th. 12th. 4th (wow!). 8th. 10th. 8th.

There is one 2nd place -- Fantasy Basketball 2002, when my Bedford Bombers of the Scott Wedman Invitational finished a hair's breadth (or hare, if I missed by a rabbit) of winning the whole thing. Akin to the 1944 St. Louis Browns, a hapless franchise if there ever was one, winning the AL Pennant in a league torn asunder by a loss of players to the WW2 effort.

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Summer Vacation 2007 - 94
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I finally posted some vacation photos to Flickr -- click here to see more. Be forewarned, there are many.

I was surprised to learn today that the Mets actually won this game, given that we left in the 5th and I swear they were down by like 7 runs. Two great things about this game: 1. They beat the dreaded Altoona Curve. I hate them so much. 2. It was "Pirate Night," with free eye patches to the first 4,000 to enter the park (which means we could have each had 3, probably).

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(Author's Note: I wrote this last night but for some reason it did not post; dinner tonight was much better)

I try not to dabble in stereotypes and generalities too often, but I firmly believe the following:

Most viewers of "Grey's Anatomy" are women.
Most consumers of General Gao/Tso's Chicken are men.

If you go to a Chinese restaurant with a group of couples, while the womenfolk will push variety and "sharing," the men would be happy simply ordering x orders of The General, where x=the number of men at the table. (Note: I could be totally offbase with that anecdote, but that actually has happened to me a number of times; perhaps I just run in a demographic with a high preponderance of people that have both 1) penises and 2) love of the General. (Author's Note: that is the first time I have used the word "penis" in this blog.)

For example, a former colleague once:

1. Created General Gao's Pizza in a three-step process; 1. Order General Gao's Chicken; 2. Order cheese pizza; 3. Combine (and throw away the brocolli)

2. Created a song to the melody of Chic's "Le Freak," replacing the words "Freak Out!" with "Free Gao!"

240pxflickr_spine_472065553genera_3Anyhoo, I really love everything about The General. As I long suspected and my sister-in-law (and Chinese National) Wei confirms, it is not really a Chinese staple but some sort of Americhwan creation. Wikipedia backs this up -- sort of -- with the suggestion that General Tso's chicken was created in New York in the early 1970s (perhaps, but most likely not, at CBGB's during a Talking Heads show ... that would be pretty cool, but probably unlikely) .

The romantic in me still wants to believe this: "One theory is that the dish was a classic specialty from Hunan province, invented by General Tso 's wife and served for him and his officers upon every military victory ... although this theory is generally considered to be unfounded."

Perhaps I am fixated on the Gao due to the stark contrast between the sweet, fried deliciousness of what is known in Illinois as "Governor's Chicken" and tonight's relatively unsatisfying festival of squash, kale and brown rice here at the 1-6-0 (note: I am trying to brand that as a hipper moniker for our new place).

Speaking of the 1-6-0, tonight, our neighbor from the 1-5-6 came by and invited me to the monthly neighborhood poker game, which is really cool, except 1) he came by at 7:18 and the game started at 7:30; 2) the boys were a friggin' nightmare to get to bed tonight and Colin didn't go down until around 9:30; 3) he obviously is unaware of the 15-day notice I have to give in order to get a non-client related night out, beginning with a notarized request made in triplicate; and 4) I have no earthly idea how to play poker ("Can I stand on one card?"). Given some advanced notice, I will try to attend the next get-together; I am excited that already, I have surpassed the total number of neighbors whose names I actually knew when we lived in Somerville (3).

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Colin_painting001I'm a bit remiss banging out a writeup on our vacation last week -- I'm working on it, but being quirky can be exhausting. I need a vacation from coming back from vacation. Anyway, I wanted to post this photo (top left) of Colin's (bottom left) Colin_august_2007 first painting -- I don't want to overstate the importance of an opus done with feet, paint and construction paper, but he is a genius prodigy.

Speaking of quirky, thanks to Atlantic Monthly for sucking all the fun out of being quirky.

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Apropos of nothing to do with the hideous Michael Vick situation, I read somewhere that his ne'er-do-well brother Marcus had 757 tattooed on his arm to represent Newport News, his home. Which got me to thinking -- what if they overlay a new area code over 757? Does he have to get a new tattoo? Or will he keep it real with a throwback 757 phone number?

The whole overlay concept makes me feel old. When I was a kid, Massachusetts had two area codes -- 413 for Western Mass., and 617 for the rest of the state. Then 617 was split into 617 and 508, which marked the debut of New England Telephone's catchy "July 16 is the date, when Worcester goes to 508" slogan. Now there's a slew of others -- 617 was split again into 617 and 781; 781 added the 339 overlay. And then 617 added the 857 overlay (The WordNerd was the first person I met to score an 857 number).

Back when area codes only went up to X19 (219, 319, 419, etc.) I used to have a RainMan-like ability to identify area codes ("302?" "Deleware!") ... not unlike my RainMan-like ability to memorize WordPerfect 5.1 commands ("Print?" "Shift-F7!").

I am told I had memorized the license plates of all of my neighbor's cars when I was 5. Which is funny, given that I couldn't tell you the license plate on my current wheels.

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1,212 -- total number of e-mails that were confirmed as legitimate by our permissive spam-filter since I left last Saturday morning (not counting 468 more on my personal Gmail account)

19.8 -- MPG on the Volvo XC-90 throughout the trip. My friggin' carbon footprint is huge.

0 -- days of rain this week. Some rainy nights, but otherwise sunny days. HUZZAH! More to come.

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Gentle Reader (Hi Dad!),

Going to be off on the vacation next week -- our fifth year at Lake Oquaga in lovely Samford, NY (although the town center is Deposit, NY, home of the craptastic Big M Supermarket). I hope, hope, hope that this is finally the year we can sneak in a lunchtime show at Scott's Oquaga Lake Playhouse, either to see Steve DePass (as featured on The Ed Sullivan Show!), The Champion Cloggers from Utah, or the juggling guy at the bottom of this page. Actually, while that would be quirky fun, we will likely just swim a lot (please be sunny) and treasure sweet, blessed naptime. Pray for us on our six-hour drive with the boys.

Given that I have forced my family to return early the last two years due to self-induced work-related pressures, this year I am traveling (drum roll, please) sans BlackBerry. If colleagues or clients want to reach me, they are to call Juliet's cell. And if they are, like me, somewhat afraid of her when work invades vacation, they will make certain to do so only in the case of a true emergency. Not a tech-PR emergency ("CNET hated my product!"), but something along the lines of fire, ebola or fiery ebola ("CNET hated my product and I'm riddled in fiery ebola. And the antidote is in your briefcase!"). Although Shona will likely have her laptop, I will not Web surf, because it's only a matter of time before I go to our Webmail URL; and although we will have cable TV, I am going to try not to watch -- I don't know, in case someone dies from using WordPerfect and it's on CNN.

So if someone could telgram the Sox scores to me, that would be great.

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Some interesting word fun:

Eponymous A client used the word eponymous yesterday -- trying to describe a product that is the same as the company's name ("it's eponymous product") -- and then, of course, we both thought of the 1988 R.E.M. hits compilation/IRS records' last stab to make $ on the band before they went to Warner, Eponymous. There's a meta-joke about the eponymy of an album with the title Eponymous when discussing the word, but I can't figure it out. But, that said, that compilation introduced a new generation to a great word that means, "name of a person, whether real or fictitious, who has (or is thought to have) given rise to the name of a particular place, tribe, discovery, or other item" (eponym -- an eponymous person is the person referred to by the eponym).

Today, I was proofing a complex Dept. of Energy grant from a client, and as many of you know, I'm no scientist. Wow. I had to proof 30 pages (we split it up) and thank God I had a lot of diagrams in mine. I was stuck on the word "phage" -- which apparently means "a bacteriophage." OK, a "bacteriophage" is a virus that infects and lyses certain bacteria. Hmm. Lyses? The verb lyse means, "to undergo or cause to undergo lysis." Hmmm, 4 definitions later and I'm no closer to knowing what a phage is. Lysis is "the dissolution or destruction of cells, such as blood cells or bacteria, as by the action of a specific lysin that disrupts the cell membrane."

OK, so a phage is a virus that infects and destructs cells, such as bacteria. I think. They clearly picked the wrong guy to proof this.

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This is particularly frightening -- Marketing tricks tots' taste buds; anything in McDonald's wrapper is better, they say. We've limited Jacob's access to the Golden Arches to either 1) during road trips or 2) in times of utter desperation and despair.

From the AP story:

Anything made by McDonald's tastes better, preschoolers said in a study that powerfully demonstrates how advertising can trick the taste buds of young children.

Even carrots, milk and apple juice tasted better to the kids when they were wrapped in the familiar packaging of the Golden Arches.

The study had youngsters sample identical McDonald's foods in name-brand and unmarked wrappers. The unmarked foods always lost the taste test.

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  • I guess the Timberwolves beat writers are none too happy with Wolves GM Kevin McHale about the Garnett trade. This is a great quote from Tom Powers in the Pioneer-Press (via Peter May's weekly notes column):  "The sun will come up tomorrow. Unless, of course, Kevin McHale is somehow put in charge of the solar system. In which case the sun will implode and we all will die."
  • The attorney two offices down from us must have doused himself with Ice Blue Aqua Velva, or perhaps Hai Karate, but man, it really stinks in here.
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  • As I was lugging our new kitchen sink in from Juliet's car, here's the conversation I imagine she had with the clerk at Home Depot: "What's the heaviest sink you have in stock? I'll take that."
  • Sprint has my BlackBerry today -- and I may not get it back until Monday. While this is a boon for anyone (including family, colleagues, store clerks, other drivers) desiring my full attention, I think the coming down/withdrawal is going to be very, very painful.
  • Today is the fama PR 2nd Annual Summer Outing/Riverboat Cruise. Pray for us.
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If you like pre-schoolers being cute, and you like Wilco's Summerteeth album, do I have an anecdote for you. You'd be glad to hear that Jacob has been belting out. "Shot In the Arm" on the drive to day care each day. I particularly enjoy the part where he goes up an octave to match Jeff Tweedy singing, "What you once were isnt what you want to be any more" at the end. Amazingly, at 3, he has stronger lyric-memory skills than I ever had. Unfortunately, Jacob enjoys the acoustic version of the song, in which Tweedy messes up the song twice and drops an f-bomb ("I've only played this song 7 billion f***ing times"), which requires me to quickly toggle the volume to cut the "f***ing" out.

Now to just capture him on tape.

Also, very proud to hear that my good friend, erstwhile college roommate. regular Harrison3 reader and creator of "Pimp My Ride" is moving on to even greener pastures. He's my first friend to ever be written up in the Hollywood Reporter. And yes, I am a dick in that I owe him phone calls dating back around 4 years. I blame no one but myself and society. Way to be Rick!

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Garnett Lots of buzz over at the New Gahden today ... was over there with my partners to check out the venue as a potential site for the holiday party and (drum roll please) to look into becoming club seat holders for a handful of Celtics and Bruins game. Pretty exciting stuff, although 1) it was really hot in the arena and 2) our salesperson wasn't particularly gifted at sales.

Oh yes, the buzz ... the folks at the TD BankNorth Garden (they paid a lot for the naming rights, I should call it by its rightful name) were setting up for a 6 p.m. press conference to announce what is already being called "The New Big 3" for the Celtics, with the addition of Kevin Garnett.

New_england_tea_menGrowing up, the Celtics were, by far, my favorite of the 4 local Boston major-league teams (5 if you count the New England Teamen of the NASL, but please, don't bother). I'm very excited to see the C's become relevant again. Yes, they gave up most of their team for Garnett, but let's face it, the team they gave up absolutely sucked. I, for one, will be getting tickets to see The Big Ticket next year (or, hopefully, can score some of fama's club seats).

BTW, as an ego boost, it doesn't get a lot cooler than acting like a high-roller and checking out Club Seats at a major sporting venue. It would only have been better had I been smoking a big cigar.

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I am going to be reppin' 585 tomorrow and Thursday with a quick overnight to Rochester, N.Y. According to the Rochester Visitor's Bureau ("the leading resource to market the Greater Rochester community as the first choice for living, working, learning and enjoying life," trust me, no small task):

Rochester has been known as the "Young Lion of the West," the "Flour City," and the "Flower City." During the 1990s, Rochester was called "The World's Image Centre®," a title stemming from its unique and impressive history in photography, xerography, and optics along with its leading role in manufacturing/research activities, and impressive educational resources in both traditional and evolving imaging sciences.

Other fun (most likely, only to me) facts:

It's the 79th-largest city in the USA
It's the third-largest metropolitan area in New York State
It is a "four season community" (read, "Yeah, the winters are pretty f***ing brutal")
Home of the 2010 World Canals Conference
Places Rated calls Rochester America's "6th Most Livable City" by Places Rated

So we're off tomorrow morning and ... wait. Hold on a minute.

Sixth-most livable city? Really?

I was downtown there, and it didn't seem all that livable. If you don't believe me, ask the folks at the Dollar Store across from my downtown hotel that was having a 70% off sale. Doesn't that make it a 30-cent Store? When the neighborhood can't afford the wares in a Dollar Store, it doesn't bode well for the economic vitality of a downtown. Plus my partner almost got shanked walking down the street in broad daylight. And he didn't even have it coming.

The criteria for this list are: housing affordability/cost of living; transportation; jobs; education; climate; crime; health care; recreation; and ambience (museums, performing arts, restaurants and historical districts). As far as I could tell, tha R-O-C scored high on housing affordability, recreation (near the mountains/Finger Lakes) and maybe ... I dont' know, healthcare? I didn't get sick there, so who knows. Ambience, well, I guess that's in the eye of the beholder. Wow.

Pittsburgh actually topped the list as "America's MOST Livable City." And although I only visited Iron City once, I found it pleasant with lots of culture and a number of very friendly people and would like to go back. Given that relative upset win ... Rochester?

Boston, btw, finished 9th on the same list, which also featured Seattle, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. So I'm stymied.

This list is not like the Money Magazine list that highly weighs cost-of-living to the point that Nashua, N.H. becomes America's Best Place to Live. Because, well, it isn't.

Not surprisingly, neither Gary, Ind. nor Flint, Mich. made either list.

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My Canadian client sent me an automatic response, in German, to state that he's out of the office. "Abwesenheitsnotiz!" which, obviously, means "absence notice."

French, I could see, given the Ottawans love of the Frenglish. But German? Is Canada adding more official languages? Or has Outlook run amuck in an effort to further oppress its competition by making them appear German rather than Canadian?

Oh, if only there were a value-priced, feature-rich alternative to Outlook.

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1002_its_a_hybrid
The title is a reference to the South Park episode in which everyone bought hybrid cars, and there was an increase in the emission of smug. Anyhoo, I leased a Nissan Altima Hybrid last night. I fully expect to get 80 MPG or I am going to sue the pants off of Nissan. It's a really sharp car, pretty fun to drive, lots of cup holders, safe, etc. And it's a hybrid, but it's a subtle one.

Now that I own a hybrid, perhaps now I won't be pelted with animal blood when I drive in the Berkshires. The towns of Great Barrington and Monterrey have more Priuses-per-capita than the Whole Foods at Fresh Pond has berets per capita (seriously, there was a time when I saw different men wearing berets on four straight trips to that store; I'm pretty sure that actually happened).

For kicks, here's the list of cars for which I have been primary driver (so I'm not including Juliet's Sentra, Golf or very girly Jetta):

1981 Chevrolet Malibu -- purchased my senior year in high school; after an unfortunate rear-ending (the car, not me) by Mark Hickenbottom, the crunched car got a snazzy new black EuroSport grille. It was white with a blue vinyl roof and had a tape deck that only had FF, no REW. Meaning to REW, you had to turn the tape over, press FF, turn the tape back and hope you went the right amount of tape.

1981 Chevrolet Malibu -- fool me twice, shame on me; right out of college, bought it for $400 from my co-worker's husband; I didn't even have the $400 to buy it, let alone the $1,600 to get it to pass stringent Maryland inspections ... then the transmission went six-months later. This one was brown, and the cloth on the interior roof was secured with around 200 staples. And I gashed my thumb removing an "EAT MARTHA'S MUSCLES" bumper sticker, requiring me to get stitches at a time when I didn't have health insurance (the cost, $600; the experience of getting calls from the hospital's debt collection service, priceless). You'll get yours, Mitch.

1991 Nissan Sentra -- Wow, you're giving me a car loan at only 24 percent? Sign me up!

1997 Honda Accord -- First new car I ever owned. Drove it for 7 years, 100,000 miles although I clearly could have gotten another 100,000 miles on it. But then I got all pretentious and bought a ...

2004 Saab 9-5 -- I always wanted a Saab, so I lived the dream. I thought it was a sharp car and the turbo kicked out 240 hp. And owning a Saab was just quirky enough. I guess along with quirky comes reliability issues. Also, it's been in some 4 accidents; 2 my fault, 2 the fault of others. I am mad at the car, but that's the same folly as the Abominable Snowman wanting his money back for a kite that he badly neglected ("and then it got stuck in a tree and I left it out in the rain and then a truck ran over it.".). Sadly, YouTube doesn't have that one online; d'Bri gave me the idea to post about the death of the great PSAs of the 1970s and 1980s -- look for that forthcoming entry in the near term.


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For many reasons -- first off, fama PR's intrepid Liquid Lunches softball team won its 9th game in a row (over two seasons) and 15th of 16 (over three seasons), topping Topaz Partners by some score or another.

Second, Jacob took his first-ever outdoor whiz, using a tree conveniently located behind the small temporary bleachers that lined the fama PR dugout at our home field located in el barrio of East Somerville. Kudos and laurels to all!

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A very funny post from FoodontheFood on the challenges of talking to your pre-schooler about strangers.

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Quick post today -- but a solid performance from the White Stripes at BU last night. Love him or hate him (or rather, love or hate his Jack-White-in-the-White-Stripes persona, very different from his Jack-White-in-the-Raconteurs persona) and his "sister" Meg, you have to admire Jack's chops and Meg's competent timekeeping, which certainly is an important element of their sound.

Juliet apparently lusts after Mr. White. At least I think she does based on the 68 references she made to his tight pants, etc. If we were one of those couples that had a Top 5 list of famous people, along with the caveat that any infidelities committed with anyone on said list were copacetic, I'm pretty sure he'd be on that list. I guess in order to make that list truly work you have to agree beforehand, with your partner, on your definition of "famous." I'm guessing arguments along the lines of, "Well, her name was on a press release and BusinessWire is widely syndicated" or "He's a very highly-regarded bartender" probably defeat the purpose of the list.

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It's been awhile since I rapped at you. Here's a few notes after my weekend in the Berkshires with the Salomon/Rodriguez/LaBelle branch of my in-laws:

Tanglewood is not a particularly kid-friendly place. We learned that not only are kids under 5 not allowed in the covered seating (which makes sense; people there actually want to hear the show), they are actually only allowed behind a row of trees way, way back on the lawn. Wow.

If you are getting a massage by a relatively attractive masseuse and are fearful of, well, arousal, it helps to imagine that Donald Rumsfeld is giving you the massage.

Also, if the masseuse is beating the crap out of you, you should probably tell her to ease up on the pressure rather than trying to tough it out so she won't think you're a wuss-bag.

If I ever need to be rescued swimming in Lake Garfield in Monterey, Mass., please may it not be on the day when the lifeguard I overheard discussing her dislike/fear of getting wet in cold water is on duty.

Pre-school boys don't have the same disdain for sand when walking from the lake back to your towel that I do.

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I'm trying to think of places less alluring than Miami in late July. Well, I'll have some time to think about it as I'm heading out for three days of business travel there. More to come.

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This morning, in roughly the same amount of time it took my pre-schooler to choose his underwear (ultimately, the green ones with the brown dog, although we had a debate as to why he couldn't wear his CARS underwear two days in a row) and shirt, I wrote a 600-word article on a topic about which I am only vaguely familiar. This means either that Jacob is way too choosy about his clothes, or that I need to put more time into these articles.

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Sing the title of this post to the melody of Rod Stewart's great 1984 classic "Infatuation" (featured prominently over the opening theme to The Sure Thing). I've got some work I have to finish up tonight, but it's writing with which I am struggling. It's been a long day given that I got in last night at 3:30 a.m. (thanks, United Airlines) and was up at 6:45 a.m..

Given that, though, I was surprised that for the first 12 hours I was up, I was on a productive tear -- and killed 'em, killed 'em! in a client meeting this morning. Seriously -- I was saying stuff I would have never said/thought of if I had gotten a full night's sleep. Which leads me to think I would be a much better PR professional if I only got 3 hours and 15 minutes of sleep every night.

Or more likely that my judgment of how great I am is muddled by lack of sleep.

Ah well, back to work.

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Oh boy, this isn't good ... from the United.com site:

UA Flight 542
NOT DEPARTED
Chicago, IL (ORD) -BOSTON (BOS)

Scheduled:  7:35 PM
Estimated:    11:27 PM
Reason: --

What exactly does "--" mean?

I've been trying to kill time here in the Red Carpet Club (arrived at the airport at 5:30 p.m.; it's currently 9:58 p.m.) -- wrote a few pitches I needed to bang out, watched some of the All Star Game, walked over to Concourse B, walked over to Concourse C ... realized that they all had the same shops/restaurants as A -- Hudson News, Wilson Leather, McDonalds, Starbucks (couldn't have any more iced lattes despite my efforts) -- bought Jacob a Cubs magnet as I promised him something for being "co-operative" with his Mom ... didn't buy Colin anything since he's only 9 weeks old ... came back to the Red Carpet Club ... realized, by watching a woman at the bar, that while black people look cool with dreadlocks, white people just look filthy ... wondered how the filthy hippy rasta chick got into the Red Carpet Club ... blogged ... um, still blogging ... Any suggestions on how to kill the next 90 minutes at the Red Carpet Club, call my cell.

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Spent the day in Chicago today -- well, the suburbs, traveling from O'Hare to a suburban office park and back to O'Hare. Right now, I'm killing time at the United Airlines Red Carpet Club (not nearly as cool as the Mile-High Club; also, are all clubs in Denver "Mile High Clubs," and if so, does that create strange expectations between its members?). I came just for the day while my two colleagues wisely decided to spend the night and have a day o' fun in Chi-town tomorrow. Right now, my flight has been delayed two hours due to rain; I should role into Logan at around 12:30, fresh as a daisy. Well, at least I may get to see the start of the All Star Game while I bang out some work.

The move to West Newton, she is complete. The house is absolute chaos but we'll get through it. I can't say enough good things about the great folks at Gentle Giant Movers. Now, if I could just find the rest of my clothes, I'd be all set. 

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Drays I've noticed a number of sports teams doing the following -- rather than waiting for the 10th anniverary of the team's first season, a team will instead wear a patch or shirt celebrating the team's 10th season ... it would be like me wearing a patch on my clothes that honors my 37th year rather than the fact that I turned 36 last birthday. Are teams that desperate for marketing? Do they then celebrate their 10th anniversary too the following year?

In the case of a certain team from Tampa Bay, this oddity doesn't even address that the Devil Rays are celebrating eight last-place finishes and one second-to-last place finish.

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Someone has placed a garden gnome in the side yard of our (soon-to-be) former home. I got home from work yesterday and noticed the little cement fella there. I thought to myself: "1. Did we always have a garden gnome? and 2. I really hope this isn't some sort of hallucination; 2a. I always hoped that if I hallucinated, it would be something cooler than a garden gnome."

My fears in re: to 2 were allayed when Juliet told me that she, too, saw the gnome. Two people can't have the same hallucination. I immediately assumed that our downstairs neighbor had placed it there, so I shot a quick e-mail to Ezra:

Me: Did we always have that garden gnome in our side yard?
Ezra: ?! er ... no. Odd.
Me: Woah, this is freaking me out.

I'd post a photo but I've already packed up my SD card reader. So it's a mystery, I guess. Top suspects for its placement:

  • Ezra and/or Terri: Apparently not.
  • Whimsical misfiring of my synapses: Apparently not, given that Juliet also saw said gnome.
  • Next-door neighbor Gary: Not sure why he'd bother; he'd just berate me for caring for it incorrectly.
  • "Colored kids from the projects" Gary accused of stealing gas from our garage: No.
  • New owners of our unit: Could be, but why not wait until you move in?
  • Magic gnome: Could have placed himself there.
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Stimpy_2We had a difficult day yesterday as we had to put our cat Stimpy to sleep. He's been a part of our lives since we adopted him from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Maryland in 1993 ... and while indoor housecats can live for many more years, Stimpy had been pretty sick with a thyroid problem for the last three. He had gone from a hefty 23 lbs. to a gaunt 9 lbs. with no chance of getting better, so it was time. It was a process that seemed very peaceful for him (he just went to sleep, although given how hyperactive he was from the thyroid problem, it took longer than it does for most) ... and while very difficult for us, we know we did the right thing. I've included a photo in this post of him in happier, fatter times.

So long buddy, you were a good friend.

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Wheel_hoe It was a big day for spending some time in the great outdoors on Saturday. First, I put in 5 hours at Lindentree Farm, the community-supported agriculture farm in Lincoln to which we belong. I picked garlic scapes (given the way my hands smell today, there is no danger of me being attacked by vampires for awhile), weeded edimame and leeks, and got to plow the potato field with a "wheel hoe," which is exactly what it sounds like -- a plow-like device with a bicycle wheel on the front. Besides making me feel, briefly, like a real man, it was fun cracking wise jokes such as "Is that a pwetend hoe? No, it's a wheel hoe" and, of course, making the obligatory "hoe"/"ho" jokes with the hippie interns. Today, well, I have blisters on my hand and I'm stiff, but I do enjoy the benefits of being part of a CSA -- lots of great, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables every week. We only have to do 3 more hours this summer (in addition to the picking we do on our bi-weekly pickups, which is minimal).

Later, we went to a BBQ near our new neighborhood in W. Newton. Lots of families with kids Jacob's age; the lowlight was Jacob playing Ryan Thompson to my friend Rick's Bryce Florie, smacking a wiffle-ball line-drive that got Rick squarely in the left eye. His glasses flew off, he flew back and Rick likely has a shiner today. Germans have great compound words -- I wonder if they have one that could possibly capture the fear I felt that my friend was blinded, the shame I felt that my son did it, and the pride I felt that my 3 year-old son can smack a ball that hard?

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Lester_conner Check out the "From" on the e-mail that somehow tricked my spam filter. When I think of hot 25 year old women, I think of the name "Lester." Actually, when I think of "Lester," I think of current NBA assistant coach and former NBA journeyman Lester "The Molester" (The nickname is, I assume, due to his aggressive defense ... it was a more innocent time then) Conner.

From: Lester Echols [mailto:9cj450h700boeei1kt1fi6lvbh4kvf6sqp@4ax.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:55 AM
To: Ed Harrison
Subject: Re: Hello!

Hi! I am bored tonight. I am 25 y.o. girl that would like to chat with you. Email me at r@anymailonline.info only. Hope you wanna see my pics.

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Turtle_back I probably should call this post, "Look at me, I went running!" But I won't. It's really, really hot here today, and I am slow on a temperate day. So given all that, it was a recipe for disaster (even though it was 6 a.m. and maybe 78 degrees out). So here is a list of things that passed me on my slog ...

  • A very pregnant woman
  • An elderly man with liver spots on his head

Juliet was kind enough to take care of getting Jacob up and out this morning in order to let me come to the office very early and do the Charles River route I like before the temperature cracked 80. It sucked, though. Particularly since my little MP3 player kept skipping; I tried, for the first time, its FM radio feature. The only station I could get in clearly for more than a few steps was the local MIKE-FM, one of those JACK FM "we play anything" formats. Well today, they played anything, as long it was classic-rock crud. I tried my best to enjoy Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," at very least on an ironic level ("Don't stop believing that there's no f***ing way you can run up the ramp at the Longfellow Bridge, fatty"). If there's one song that gets my blood pumping, it's Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love." Feel the burn.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@gmail.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: http://www.foodonthefood.com DATE: 06/27/2007 01:53:38 PM Don't let the pregnant and the elderly get you down. They'll get theirs, someday. Slog with pride. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: sean EMAIL: auddy5000@hotmail.com IP: 12.102.21.195 URL: DATE: 06/27/2007 10:28:27 AM When I used to bike on the Charles back when I lived in Watertown, there was a station (can't remember which, maybe Mix 98.5) that overpowered all the others on my FM tuner so I could only hear that channel. There must have been an antenna nearby. Annoyed the hell out of me. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: The New(ton) house STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 06/25/2007 08:48:45 PM ----- BODY:

New(ton) House - 53
Originally uploaded by eharrison3

I've posted some photos of our new home -- painting commenced today; the big move is July 7. Click here to be taken to the new set.

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I have a client that, next week, will quote a member of Toad the Wet Sprocket in its launch press release. It's a change of pace given that most of our third-party quotes are Gartner analysts.

For sheer tech-company press release wackiness featuring a quote from a musician whose best years have past, nothing beats this release featuring my favorite Gatlin brother, Larry, and networking company OpenROUTE. Who knew he loved token-ring technology so?

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Recently received the following feedback on something written for a client:

"It needs to be different. More exciting, more fresh. There's something with the language."

Sadly, that was as specific as it got.

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I just went for a slog (slog jog) with my associate Doug. Although I wish I loved it, I have to say I hate running. Despite my long legs, I am as slow as molasses, to the point that were I going any slower, I'd be going backwards. Oh well, I'll do it again tomorrow.

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Retiring the Jersey - 1
Originally uploaded by eharrison3
A quick update from last week -- since October, Jacob has been wearing his Tom Brady jersey at least 3x/week. This all started at Halloween -- he wanted to be a "tow truck," and I got kind of lazy, realizing how much work is was going to be for my nonartistic self to create a tow truck costume. So I suggested, "How about Tom Brady?" He liked the Pats and had watched a number of games with me -- he even had a Bruschi jersey.

Well, it kind of snowballed since then. He often refers to himself as Tom Brady and we watch the DVD of the 2001-02 season at least 1x/week. The jersey itself began to disintegrate (if you look closely at the "2" in "12" it appears to be flaking off). So last week, we were near Foxborough and stopped at the Patriots Pro Shop and got him another jersey. Yes, we are feeding his obsession.

Since we watch the 2001 season DVD, he assumes that time froze then -- the team still plays at the old stadium, Mark Edwards is the fullback and David Patten is a key receiver. Then, today he said he was Drew Bledsoe.
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Erin has a good point here; according to the greeting card companies, Dads must either 1) love golf; 2) love mowing the lawn; 3) love televised sports and/or the remote control or 4) love beer. My dad doesn't love any of these four things ... so picking out a Father's Day card is always a big challenge. If only they made
a card poking fun at a dad who obsessively collects CDs, LPs and 45s. (and passed along his love of such to his two sons).

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Morris_day In the car on the way to work, I heard The Time's "Jungle Love," which is a great song (admittedly, the overly-synthesized R&B sounds a little dated, but that's a minor nit) that was popular during my freshman year at the mighty Algonquin Regional High. It was great (hearing the song, not remembering my freshman year).

Then I realized that that was 22 years ago. That wasn't so great.

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I wrote a 600-word article (ghostwritten for a client) for a publication that is ceasing to exist. Optimize Magazine, you owe me two hours of my life (including procrastination time).

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Big night for fama PR at last night's Bell Ringer awards, which are the Tony Awards for the Boston PR community (that is, if the Tonys were about Boston-area PR rather than Broadway shows). The Publicity Club of New England does an excellent job coordinating the program, and many agencies take them very, very seriously. We won three awards (on only three entries ... think Susan Lucci, only the opposite), which was cool; our three awards were among the final awards announced (there were a *lot* of awards), which was less cool. But despite that, a good time had by all.

My favorite winner (other than ours, of course) was the campaign for "Maestro M.D.," a service that sterilizes the woodwind/brass instruments that schools rent out to students. I guess I had never thought of the potential health risks, but remember, kids: every time you play trombone, you are playing trombone with everyone else who played that trombone. Think about that.

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Oh boy, this isn't going to be a good day.

From:

Ed Harrison
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 8:23 AM
To: Help Me
Subject: smell on 16
Importance: High

A few of us have noticed today that there’s an odd smell pervading the 16th floor – sort of a wet cardboard/wet dog in the office, closer to a dead animal or something else toward the women’s room. Can someone check it out? We’ve confirmed the smell with a few non-fama folk less you think we are insane.

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Foppish_dandy A few years back, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece on the perils of technology customization -- "If TiVo Thinks You Are Gay, Here's How to Set It Straight." Well, apparently my Mac thinks I'm British. Word insists I am spelling "favorite" incorrectly (without the "u"). Linguisitically, it's been a rough week for my personal technology devices. Earlier this week, my BlackBerry decided that I was French and processed my input as if I were a francophone. Yet another reason why I both love and hate my friggin' BlackBerry.

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can be found here.

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Went to the Sox/Yankees game last night and sat up on the Monster Seats. Pretty cool view, and a comfortable place to sit and watch a game (a rarity at Fenway). The tickets are very expensive given that they are glorified upper deck seats, but one still gets a very unique angle on watching baseball at Fenway. I'll post more pictures later, but here's a shot of me with former Sox slugger Sam Horn.

Wakefield got knocked around and the Sox lost big. Tempers did flare a few times and the fans rode A-Rod good -- any time there was a fly ball, 35,000 people were shouting "I got it!"

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Well, today, for the first time, I got to use the emergency release from inside the trunk of my Saab 9-5.

Let me set the stage.

The car was in the shop yesterday for the following:

1. Coolant leak
2. Gas-tank door wouldn't stay closed
3. Repeatedly burning-out taillight

First off, only item 1 appears to have been successfully fixed, but now I have a new item to report.

Due to my inherent difficulties with the LATCH child-seat system, I had decided to take the car-seat out of Juliet's car to use in my loaner, my thought being that if I couldn't get a seat re-installed, I'd rather have it be at home in my driveway (where Juliet, who is more mechanically inclined than I, could assist) rather that at the dealer (where I would appear to be another helpless, pampered Saab owner). I would pop that car seat into my loaner when I came back home from my early a.m. run to the dealer to pick up Jacob; that night, when I got back my 9-5, I would simply remove the car seat from the loaner, place it in the trunk and re-install it this morning in Juliet's car. The perfect plan.

Well, the problem started when I couldn't get my trunk to open. There's no manual lock thing on it; it's all-power, via the key or the release on the driver's door. Huzzah power! I was then cursing out both the Swedes (it's hard to curse them out, by the way ... I couldn't think of anything more than the fact that they must all love ABBA ... and since I find ABBA a guilty pleasure, it didn't really cut it as an insult ... then I started cursing them out as skilled watch-makers and choclatiers, but poor automobile manufacturers, until I remembered that those were the Swiss, not the Swedes) and General Motors for completely f***ing up Saab since its acquisition. Then I regrouped and dug out my owner's manual ... and learned that if the trunk won't open, I should seek out my nearest authorized Saab dealer.

But I then realized that my rear seats fold down, offering access to the trunk. So, MacGuyver-like, I removed both car seats, pulled down the rear seat, pulled through the three bags of clothes I need to donate to Goodwill, and found the glow-in-the-dark in-trunk emergency-release handle for the release which is primarily used for evacuating from in-progress mob hits (85 percent), evacuating from loading the trunk up to avoid paying full admission at a drive-in movie (10 percent, in decline due to the death of the drive in) or escaping from parental punishment gone awry (also in decline, due to the publicity this story received).

I then faced my fears and successfully re-installed all the car seats in my car and Juliet's. Still can't get the trunk open, but I will worry about that later.

Final score, Ed 1, Saab 0. Until I need something out of my trunk again.

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  • Colin slept through the night last night for the first time. I am pleasantly stunned. He is, however, running 3 days behind his big brother's pace. You see, there is an upside to verbally comparing your children in front of them. Take that, T. Berry Brazelton!
  • Jacob today asked how Colin emerged from inside Juliet. Let the lies and deception begin!
  • If Saabs are "born from jets," jets must leak an awful lot of coolant, have gas-cap doors that won't stay shut and burn through taillight bulbs at an alarming rate.
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From: Donna [mailto:Dylan@nimbler.net]
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 9:58 AM
To: Corel list
Subject: RE:

Your penis is no thicker than a toothbrush. Gain some girth with Penis Enlarge Patch.

***

She does make a compelling argument. I didn't realize that the measure that defines a narrow member is a "toothbrush." What kind of toothbrush are we talking here? Some of those battery-powered ones have some girth.

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I'm watching Game 1 of the Stanley Cup and the Anaheim organist is playing Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," in sort of a jazzy time signature with the cheesy-sounding electronic drum plug-in on the organ. Wow. Using TiVo, I've listened to the interlude maybe 5 times. Oh, and it's a great 2-2 game so far in the 3rd.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rick H EMAIL: rzod@yahoo.com IP: 76.80.144.113 URL: DATE: 06/01/2007 12:26:35 AM It reminds me of the sweet sounds of deceased Yankee organist Fast Eddie Layton who was far from fast. He always war a cheesy ship captain's hat that made him look like a cross b/w Yogi Berra and the Captain from Captain and Tenile fame. He even bought a tugboat that he used to sail up and down the Hudson River. I used to book him as a guest on that goofy morning show I worked on at FX b/c nothing said commercial break like an organ version of Sweet Lady Jane! ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Memorial STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: __default__ ALLOW PINGS: 1 DATE: 05/28/2007 08:43:12 AM ----- BODY:

I'd like to salute the veterans reading Harrison3 today -- which is pretty much just my dad, who made sacrifices and served his country from 1966-1968 (plus ROTC time in college). -- although I believe today is primarily to remember those who are no longer with us.

From what I've heard, this day used to have much more significance -- my mom tells me they used to always go to the cemetary and make sure there were fresh flowers on the graves of veterans. It doesn't seem to be the case as much any more - although I could be wrong -- which is odd, given the 3,441 confirmed U.S. deaths in Iraq.

They need to move this day to another time of the year so it doesn't automatically become "kickoff to summer" and an excuse for mattress sales, etc.

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Corel_centre Kind of a bummer that my client Corel no longer has the naming rights to the home of the Ottawa Senators, given the Sens berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. What's interesting is that some news outlets still refer to the building (I refuse to call it by its new name, and beyond that, how does a building go from a "Centre" to a "Place") as the "Corel Centre"; a Google News search nets seven results with the old moniker.

This is the challenge of naming rights; it's difficult to create a name that sticks, is easily remembered and is rendered meaningless when the sponsor's name is left off. In this case, the building was "Corel Centre" because "Centre" wasn't enough of a name; however, the TD Banknorth Garden is often shortened to "The Garden."

I remember when I worked in the nonprofit sector at Disabled Sports USA, we'd always try to attach our sponsors' names to events -- for example, the "United Airlines Ski Spectacular for Disabled Skiers" (or more challenging when insurance firm The Hartford was a major sponsor; the "The Hartford Ski Spectacular ..." or do you leave off the first "the" before the proper name "The Hartford"? but I digress) ... invariably, it was shortened down to "Ski Spectacular for Disabled Skiers" or just "Ski Spectacular." One year I got clever and named a regional event the "First Union Games," for bank First Union. The challenge there was that no one knew they were simply for disabled participants. A bigger challenge was that only a half-dozen athletes showed up. We did have Harry the Hawk from the Atlanta Hawks come to entertain the crowds ... except there were no crowds. I've never seen a mascot look so sad and out-of-place.

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read this story about 3-year old Ottawa Senators super-fan and cancer victim Elgin-Alexander Fraser.

But don't do it at work like I did. I am going to have to go with the "allergies" excuse.

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Barry_white I continue to have a bit of the laryngitis. I have been drinking hot tea and lemon (very refreshing when it's 80 degrees outside), gargling salt water (which Jacob found extremely entertaining) and trying to rest my voice, and I still sound like a pre-pubsecent 12-year-old ... or, rather, more so like that (I don't really have much of a basso profundo). Client calls have been kind of a drag ... although it sounds better today ... and if I take it down an octave, I can quietly communicate without squeaking.

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Duncanex3 Well, it's clear that God hates the Boston Celtics. For the first time since 1997, I had NBA Lottery Fever and actually cared, given that the Celtics had a real shot at the 1 or 2 pick in the draft. Continuing a streak that dates back to 1986, the odds beat the Celtics, and they end up with the #5 pick. Wow.

Colin got to hear his daddy say the "f" word for the first of many unfortunate times. Luckily, Jacob, who had briefly taken a shine to that word (I blame his mother, who curses like a longshoreman) was asleep.

Sadly, I think that some of the blame has to placed on my mother-in-law Bernice, who kept referring to them as the (historically-correct, if you are in fact speaking of the historic people and not the NBA team)  KELL-TICS, rather than the (actually-correct) SELL-TICS.

I had actually looked forward to the C's being relevant -- except for their surprise trip to the Conference Finals in 2002, they haven't really mattered here since Nevermind was a new album. According to my buddy Brian, the only way it could have gone worse last night is if Celtics representative Tommy Heinsohn had died onscreen. Oh well, back to not caring about the NBA, I guess. Crud.

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With Colin 05-20-07 - 1
Originally uploaded by eharrison3.
I've posted some updated photos of the cute lil' fella.
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The following are the leading concepts and topics today for which I did a poor job of explaining, elucidating or persuading for Jacob, age 3, today, based primarily on the fact that he asked me the same question on each repeatedly despite my frequent, consistent, on-message answers:

  • Why the shopping carts at Brooks Pharmacy had those tall security poles attached to them to keep you from leaving the store with them ("What's that, Daddy?" "What's that, Daddy?" "What's that, Daddy?")
  • Why starting pitchers can't pitch on back-to-back days ("Why isn't Dice-K pitching today, Daddy?" "Why isn't Dice-K pitching today, Daddy?" "Why isn't Dice-K pitching today, Daddy?")
  • Why he should eat some of his grandmother's meat loaf ("What's that, Daddy? Don't like that." "What's that, Daddy? Don't like that." "What's that, Daddy? Don't like that.")
  • Why he couldn't wear the same shorts he wore to bed outside today, due to their filth and/or the cool temperature ("Why can't I wear the blue shorts, Daddy?" "Why can't I wear the blue shorts, Daddy?" "Why can't I wear the blue shorts, Daddy?")
  • Why today was Sunday, not Tuesday ("Is today Tuesday?" "Is today Tuesday?" "Is today Tuesday?")
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This has been the first tough night with Colin. He's normally extremely mellow and sleepy but he appears to be gassy tonight and doesn't seem to want to calm down. I finally settled him down and have him in the sling, and am afraid to move him lest he freak out again. It was an exciting day as I finally got to feed him a bottle (he had been working solely with Juliet on feeding, given that I am still unable to lactate). He is kind enough to let me sit here and type a bit. So a few thoughts:

  • Whoever invented the Starbucks drive-thru was a genius. Maybe -- OK, most likely -- an evil genius. From lazy people with kids everywhere, I thank you.
  • Huzzah to the WordNerd for doing sloggers everywhere proud with her faster-than-the-average-slogger time in the Melrose Run for Women.
  • Speaking of slog (a "slow jog"), I look forward to running with my colleague/compatriot Doug on Monday as I return to work full-time. I am getting fat.
  • Today was a day full of odd spam, including offers from a Chinese tent manufacturer and a Turkish purveyor of grain dryers. "We gain the strength that our machines are improved capability and
    technically around Turkey and also abroad. Our statements; 'User friendly, minimized malfunction standard, high quality production, production for customizable humidity."
  • Tomorrow begins a potential stretch of 11 straight days of various in-laws staying with us. Their help will be much appreciated and it will be great for them to meet Colin; let's just hope Ben Franklin was wrong about their stench.
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It appears Massachusetts is the latest state to add height and weight to its anti-descrimination laws, which should open up the courts for suits from the non-sleek and vertically-challenged. First up, I'm guessing, is the person who wrote this headline:

Legislation Would Expand Law to Protect Short, Fat People

Does it work both ways? Because if it does, the next time someone assumes that since I'm 6-6, I can play basketball, I am going to sue their ass.

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Mother's Day Brunch - 2
Originally uploaded by eharrison3.
Just posted a bunch of shots from our Mother's Day brunch at Sean and Wei's -- including this one of Jacob striking a rock-star pose with Uncle Sean's Fender Stratocaster. It's better to burn out than to fade away.
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Peeyourpants A quick entry since Jacob's naptime is about to end -- check out peeyourpantsforthebrewers.com, a funny site dedicated to the best team in baseball, your Milwaukee Brewers (!), and one fan's pledge to "pee his pants" should the Brew Crew qualify for the post-season for the first time since 1982. The team actually hasn't had a winning season since 1993. Let the pant-peeing begin! (The diagram is great because it pits the site at the union of Brewers fans and people who wish to pee their pants).

Milwaukee, by the way, was the unexpected gem of our seminal baseball trip of 1999.

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  • Today was the first day that it appears we can handle having two kids. As good friend Cash Money BrandonX says, with two kids, there's no zone defense, it's all man-to-man. So we alternated who we picked up on D -- I'd play with Jacob, Juliet would have Colin; later, Juliet read to Jacob, and I did dishes with Colin in the sling. The challenge is that Juliet will naturally have more time with Colin, because I am not lactating (despite the ample bosom I've developed from the so-called "sympathy weight" I put on during pregnancy). Pray for us, still.
  • I don't think I'm going to be able to write more than a few bullets until Jacob goes to college.
  • Colin bazooka-pooped on me yesterday.
  • True love is buying your mate maxi-pads, stool softener and Metamucil at CVS.
  • I did just learn a new word today -- heterodoxy, which one dictionary told me means "the act of being a heterodox." I looked up heterodox, and it means "not in agreement with accepted beliefs." The opposite of Orthodox? Or is that Homodox?
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The Whole Family - 2
Originally uploaded by eharrison3.
Click on the link below the photo to see more on Flickr from our triumphant return home. So far, so good, I just jinxed us, I know. Pray for us.
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Papelbon One of the unexpected side benefits of having a c-section (or rather, having one's spouse have a c-section, because I'm guessing Juliet sees more cons than pros), in addition to 1) more disability pay; 2) more time in the hospital with a lactation expert and 3) no conehead on Colin, is that I've gotten some bonus "Daddy/Jacob time." Today, for example, I got to take him to swim lessons. During our "adventures," here are a few pearls he shot my way:

  • In Jacob's toy kitchen, there is a faux block of cheese he calls "Paplebon Cheese," which, according to Jaocb, Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon enjoys as a means of "calming down." There is also, I'm told, "Dice-K cheese." In an unrelated note, let the brainwashing begin as Jacob picked out a little Red Sox onesie for Colin to wear.
  • When he grows up, Jacob would like to drive a potato-chip delivery truck (we had just passed a Lays truck on our drive). With luck, he adds, both he and Colin will grow up to drive potato-chip delivery trucks, which to him sounds like fun, because they will be able to race them.
  • According to Jacob, there is nothing more fun than pushing elevator buttons, except for pushing the Wheelchair-Access buttons that automatically open electric doors.
  • There is also nothing more disappointing than when the dry cleaners runs out of lollipops. Attention vendors: Please, for the love of God, if you offer something up for the kiddies, keep these items well stocked. We're not looking a gift horse in the mouth, but the goodwill you engender by offering them up is far exceeded by the bad feelings you create among the adult and child customers alike when you suddenly don't have them.
  • There is no better way to cover any length of distance -- be it parking lot, crowded hallway or driveway -- than by skipping. When I'm holding his hand, I have to completely agree.

Juliet and Colin come home tomorrow morning. I just installed the baby seat in the Volvo and now I need to clean up this pigsty we call home. Can't wait!

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Colin01 I'm very pleased to welcome our son Colin Joseph Kurchin Harrison to the family. Colin was born very early morning, Cinco de Mayo, at 4:02 a.m. I see a few Tex-Mex themed birthday parties as well as some hellacious benders in college for this boy, God bless him. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 2 oz., is a lanky 21 inches long and has pretty sizable feet. One of the nurses also said he had a generous-sized skull (calling it an "Irish noggin," but adding that it was OK to say that since she was Irish). He's awesome. Juliet is doing well too although she is sore and tired -- she'll be home on Wednesday. Jacob loves his new little brother although is struggling to recognize the permanence of Colin's presence in our home. And my parents have been a huge help with cooking, laundry and trying to keep up with a 3 year old for the weekend. Some photos can be found here on Flickr.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Fran, Meredith and Lucia EMAIL: finfantine@comcast.net IP: 161.88.255.139 URL: DATE: 05/07/2007 08:32:46 PM Mazel Tov! or ¡Felicitaciones! or Yay! That's great Ed. Sending hugs and good sleeping vibes to the Harrison 4 :-) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Greg EMAIL: gregwind@gmail.com IP: 204.9.220.36 URL: DATE: 05/07/2007 04:36:35 PM Ed, Thanks for the pix. He's amazing. Doesn't get old the second time, does it? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rich EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 66.10.55.34 URL: DATE: 05/07/2007 03:19:20 PM Congratualtions guys! Great news and we can't wait to visit once you guys are feeling up to it. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Dave Sullivan EMAIL: mlsgrad99@yahoo.com IP: 216.57.140.195 URL: DATE: 05/07/2007 12:05:40 PM Hey, Rick just told me about this site. Great news on the new addition to the family! Congratulations. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: brian EMAIL: brian@famapr.com IP: 204.9.220.36 URL: DATE: 05/07/2007 09:40:10 AM It's OK, i have friends who are Irish... Congrats Ed, with the CIno de Mayo birthday, i foresee the Harrison household burrito consumption going up 3x. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Daniel EMAIL: daniel.teachey@dataflux.com IP: 66.194.221.34 URL: http://www.sweetmonkeypie.com DATE: 05/07/2007 09:21:27 AM Many, many congratulations! Couldn't resist throwing down the first comment to the blog announcing Colin. Hope you guys have a fun, fun time over the next few days/weeks/years. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Tear some water! Boil some sheets! STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Family DATE: 05/04/2007 09:47:00 AM ----- BODY:

Holy smokes, Child #2 is coming at some point today. We're in the early stages now. Talk to you when I'm a father of two.

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Sky2bblue2bsky Wilco's new Sky Blue Sky comes out on May 15. Until then, the group is streaming it here. My predictions that they are morphing into The Band 2.0 (capital T, capital B) seem to be coming true. Art is much easier to appreciate if you oversimplify it.

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Bbj A quick, self-promotional nod here ...

(Well, this whole blog is self-promotional; so let's try this) ...

A quick, business-related self-promotional nod here -- fama PR was recently named one of Boston's "Best Places to Work" by the Boston Business Journal. I couldn't be prouder of my partners or the employees here. Famapr5 This is a big honor for all of us and should help us with one of our biggest challenge, recruiting good people.

Speaking of business-related self-promotion, one of our clients, Quattro Wireless, launched today in a Boston Globe article. I love launching companies in major publications -- it's been the fama PR "secret sauce" since 2002.  Cool stuff.

We now return to my usual self-centered quirkiness. Thanks for your patience.

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Cedar20finial20420with20measure I learned a new word this weekend -- I had always just assumed they were called "bannister balls," but the big ornamental thingies on railings, bedposts or other structures are called "finials." (Image courtesy of MrSpindle.com)

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So I've been trying to redouble my efforts toward excessive father-son bonding given that Child #2's arrival is impending. So Jacob and I have been playing a lot of baseball -- my parents gave him a padded bat and soft ball (not softball) for his birthday, and I pitch to him. Lately, he's been asking me, "What's my name? What's your name?" At first, the pitchers were either Curt Schillng, Dice-K or Tim Wakefield, and the batters were Yankees (they had just played them). Then I went to Negro League All-Stars, with Satchel Paige facing Larry Doby. Half the fun is having Jacob say back the name to you -- "I'm Satchel." After awhile, though, I got a little bored (these games take awhile, and repitition is key). So some of our biggest matchups included:

Thurgood Marshall vs. John Roberts (grand slam after a brushback)
Larry Bird vs. Tom Brady (time stopped because their awesomeness cancelled each other out)
Former Senator Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell vs. Susan B. Anthony (ground out)
Mommy vs. "The Man" (two run homer)

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Isn't the parable of David and Goliath so cliche and "done" now that, in effect, David is overrated and Goliath is actually the underdog?

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According to a recent Monster.com poll, flip-flops finished second in a list of workplace fashion faux pas(es?) behind tank-tops. More typical anti-flipflop bias from the liberal media. (I was desperately trying to make some sort of flip-flop the shoe/flip-flop John Kerry joke, but I couldn't wrap my brain around how to do it in a subtle fashion; so instead, I'm angling for half-credit by announcing my intention to do so here.)

I am proud to say that fama PR proudly supports its employees who wear flip-flops and, in fact, some 92  percent of our male employees enjoy wearing some sort of mandal during the summer months (and occasionally during the spring months, even when it's probably too cold to wisely do so). I am unsure of the percentage of women employees wearing the open-toed shoes because looking at their feet would be improper.

By and large, we don't give a rat's ass what people wear. Today, for example, I wore flip-flops, a Yep Roc Records t-shirt and a Baltimore Orioles alternate "O's" cap, basically proving that I still dress like a 19 year-old indie rock/hipster wannabe, when in fact I am a 37 year-old wannabe 19-year old indie/rock hipster. Which is sad.

However, like the survey respondents, I do draw the line at tank tops.

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BreaksDavid Halberstam's untimely passing is sad -- particularly given that he was only 73, died in a car accident and was still writing. One of the first "adult" sports books I ever read (borrowed from the Northborough Free Library in 1985 or so) was his look at the 1979-1980 Portland TrailBlazers, The Breaks of the Game -- introducing me to Bill Walton and the briefly great Billy Ray Bates. On the political front, The Best and Brightest was groundbreaking. Perhaps this will be enough to finally push me to read his rather large tome on the civil rights movement, The Children. It's been in my to-read pile since 1998 (I believe I've moved twice in that time).

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As I mentioned yesterday, the HVAC was down in our office building yesterday -- the first hot day in Boston this year. Given One Broadway's track record since the December fire, I'm guessing the brutalist cement fortress fama calls home will be hit by a plague of locusts sometime in June.

The temp hit a toasty 85 degrees in my office by 3:30. At 4:00, the fire alarm went off. At 4:01, they announced it was a false alarm from the Domino's downstairs.

At 4:02, I disregarded their statement of false alarm, said "F*** this," declared myself inessential, faced my demons from the fire and exited through the staircase that almost killed me in December, and went home early. Sticking it ot the man!

Wait, I am the man.

Dammit.

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Poor One Broadway. First the fire, then four months with diesel generators, and now no AC today. It's 81 in my office. Attention co-workers: The shirt is coming off shortly, avert your eyes!

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  • If my life were a radio station and "the phrase that pays" was "Daddy, will you play with me?" I would be a millionaire. My efforts to get Jacob to embrace independent play -- particularly when there are other kids about -- have been for naught.
  • Speaking of events with other kids about, an excellent brunch today hosted by the Hobin-Audets. The connection, of course, was the wonderful world of Schwartz Communications circa 1996-2001. I'll post some photos later, but there were 5 kids under 4. Wow, we're all grown up. Later we'll all go over to Circuits, see a Betty Goo concert and read some trade magazines during a blackout.
  • I really like Polar's vanilla seltzer.
  • God bless my parents ... for many reasons, of coruse, but particularly because they took the boy Thursday and Friday nights, allowing us to 1) get ready for the Harrison Childe #2 and 2) get some sleep. I slept until 8:45 a.m. on Saturday ... and Juliet slept until the highly-decadent 9:30 a.m. Then we went shopping on Newbury Street (not for long, Juliet can't walk far) and bought a frying pan to replace the one I ruined last week. It was a beautiful day and the city was abuzz with the excitement of Sox/Yankees. Bob Ryan had a great column about the over-the-top nature of the rivalry.
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Canadian chanteuse Avril Lavigne's song "Girlfriend," which I heard at least 30 times my last trip to Ottawa (no surprise there, eh?) is stuck in my head. Particuarly the excellent lyric, "She's like, so, whatever." I still have plenty of street cred and am a hipster/yupster dad, honest.

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The Celtics announced today that "game-presentation guru" Rich Gotham is the team's new president. According to the release, "Previous Boston Celtics Presidents include Arnold 'Red' Auerbach and Rick Pitino." Given the controversy when Pitino stole Auerbach's title, the grand gesutre when the team returned it to Red, and the overall malaise from the Pitino era from which the team has yet to fully recover, I probably would have left that out. Also, if anyone in the greater D.C. area notices something spinning from 6 feet below the ground, it's probably Red's corpse, given that the man who introduced the slutty Celtics dancers just took his title.

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The geneology site Geni -- which allows you, using the magic of Web 2.0-ish tools, to build out your own family tree -- is getting a lot of buzz and recently closed a significant round of funding from Charles River Ventures. I don't know how they're going to make money but the site is pretty cool.

I've been sort of sloppily building out my family tree and have invited my mom, who knows the family history pretty well, to fill in the many blanks.

All things considered, I think I know her side fairly well, although I have blanked on my maternal great-grandmother's first name (last name was McDonough, I know ... Julia? Yes, I think it was Julia.) Faith and begorrah, that side of my family is chock full of Conroys, O'Hearns, McDonoughs, Burkes and the like.

My dad's side? I can trace my heritage back on that side almost two generations! There's a bunch of Harrisons, the French-Canadian surname Dion (perhaps Celine is a distant relative -- near, far, wherever she is) and a lot of blanks. Rumor has it Harrison was anglicized from Harrigan, either 1) to avoid anti-Irish persecution or 2) allow a horse-thief to create a new life for himself in the U.S.

Juliet's family is a bit more complicated, with a few divorces, half-siblings, adoptions, etc. Lots of dotted lines, but Geni seems to handle those pretty well. Pretty much all my family stayed married, either by being genuinely happy or just toughing it out, good Irish stock that they are. So while I am lacking the dotted lines, I do wish there was an area to flag family members who brought shame or at least participted in cool scandalous activity, perhaps with a scarlet asterisk or something.

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Confusion between "in progress" (an idiomatic phrase meaning "going on, underway, a work in progress" -- with progress meaning "movement as toward a goal") and the incorrect "in process" (process -- "a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a result") drives me nuts.

At least I assume the latter is incorrect.

I know it sounds wrong and it bugs me, thus it must be incorrect.

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... but I now have a Twitter site: www.twitter.com/harrison3. Who knows, maybe I'll use it to provide real-time updates from the birthing room for Harrison Child #2. Juliet should love watching me fiddle with my BlackBerry to send text updates on her epidural.

I have been reading a lot about Twitter, particularly since it exploded at SXSW -- I have a client, 80108 Media, that plays in a similar but very different space (check them out too -- their site is great and they're doing something very interesting with highly localized "insider" content served up via SMS, huge potential there). Robert Scoble reported that Twitter users actually beat the USGS to report the Mexico City earthquake last week ...

This AP Review pretty much says it all: "(I)n the meantime, I'll stick with my other five means of keeping in touch."

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Now through Mid-May:

  1. Maintain a low profile at home in order to deflect anger from exhausted, incredibly uncomfortable, 8-months pregnant-wife by doing the laundry, offering backrubs, entertaining the boy, finding a better response to "I'm huge!" than "You sure are!", speaking only when spoken to, etc.
  2. Continue to execute on philosophy of "good-enough parenting" with 3-year old

Mid-May through Early June:

  1. Have baby (although my role in the actual delivery process is relatively limited)
  2. Pack all our worldly possesions
  3. Move
  4. Wonder why the f*** I thought cramming items 1, 2 and 3 into a six-week period would be a good idea
  5. Continue to do moderately-competent job caring for 3 year-old
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... stirred my coffee with scissors because I didn't want to get up and get a spoon. And then I blogged about it. I could have gotten 5 spoons (short of Alanis' ironic 10,000) in the time it took me to log on and write this. That's not good.

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Sox_logo Through the largesse of my colleague, good friend and fellow caffiene fiend d'Bri, I will be heading over to the Sox home opener this afternoon (2nd home opener in three years for me; also 2nd home opener in 37 years for me). They'll be honoring the 1967 Impossible Dream team today, which is extremely cool. Maybe I should switch dentists and start going to see 1967 Cy Young winner (and former Susan St. James boy-toy) Jim Lonborg. Perhaps I will figure out how to mo-blog and send messages from the game; or perhaps I will stop being such a self-involved technogeek tool (recent example: having the desire to check my BlackBerry during Easter mass) and just enjoy the moment. I'm putting $20 on technogeek tool.

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About a month ago, I was tagged for the so-called "five year meme" by my blogging colleague over at FoodOntheFood. So, keeping with the rules, here is a synopsis of my life in years ending in 2 and 7. I believe if I had waited just 8 more months, I could have done 3 and 8. Anyhoo:

1972: Living in Troy, NY and reveling in my status as an only child. A huge only child. I don't remember much but according to the photos, my dad had some kickass sideburns and our house had shag carpeting. Also, Nixon clobbers McGovern, although it leaves little impression on me.

1977: Finish my only year in parochial school at St. Paul's, where I get to wear a rather snazzy clip-on necktie every day (except for Thursday, which was evidently some sort of casual day). Like the school I attended for kindgerten, Troy's PS 17, St. Paul's closes after I attend it for one year. Lucky for me, we move to a city that has better schools. Like the Jeffersons, we moved on up, although in this case our de-luxe apartment in the sky was a split-level home in Northborough, Mass.

1982: I really, really kick ass at the Atari 2600 game "Pitfall." I am also rather chubby. The two are not necessarily connected.

1987: I am making nearly $3.50 an hour as a cashier at the Julio's Star Market. I ask a young woman  who is clearly out of my league to go to the Algonquin Regional Christmas Ball with me; amazingly, she says yes. Not so amazingly, she falls ill the day of the Christmas Ball. Also not so amazingly, she goes with someone else. Thanks to my good friend Crohn's Disease, I enjoy a 70 lb. swing from portly to skeletal. For the first and last time in my life, I have to consciously try to gain weight.

1992: I am loving the grunge rock and spend the January Saturday night that Nirvana are on SNL listening to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at least 300 times. I accept a job making a robust $18,000/year coordinating disabled sailing programs for the National Ocean Access Project, even though I know little to nothing about sailing. I also coordinate a disabled skiing clinic, even though I know less about skiing. We get paid once a month, and typically I'm out of spending money by around the 6th of the month or so. Some months require me to walk to work because I spent my "Ride-On" bus-pass money on beer or groceries. I enjoy watching the exploits of the "Dream Team" from USA Baksetball until my cable is turned off. Misty water-colored memories.

1997: The first full calendar year since I sell out and join the surprisingly lucrative world of high-tech PR. The Patriots lose another Super Bowl ... although I miss most of the game. Having just moved back to Massachusetts, I had forgotten about the Commonwealth's Blue Laws, and was unable to purchase beer for the game. So I spend most of Super Bowl Sunday afternoon drinking leftover liquor from our wedding, and am in a gin-and-juice haze halfway through the first quarter. I am in much, much worse shape from the second quarter on.

2002: Our aborted attempt to embrace suburbia in Bedford, Mass. The Patriots win a Super Bowl and I am conscious for the entire game. I dress as women's soccer hero Brandi Chastain for a Halloween party and enjoy wearing a sports bra more than I should. I get into the best shape of my life only to see it come crashing down hard two years later with the birth of our son Jacob.

2007: Writing this self-indulgent look back at my life in five-year increments.

I get to tag someone now! Tag, InmonJones, WordNerd, Ezra and Auddy5000, ye are it.

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The other night the local Fox station had a promotion up for their 10 o'clock news: "Controversy tonight at a local college as a porn star comes to talk (dramatic pause) about porn." Did they think Ron Jeremy was going to talk about John Nash's game theory?

Controversy tonight as ...

"an economist comes to talk ... about economics"

"an electrician comes to talk ... about electricity"

"a burglar comes to talk ... about burgling."

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"Chocolate babies."

Thanks to my college roommate and Nets fan extraordinaire Rick, whom I have owed a phone call since at least 2003, for introducing me to this in 1991. It was from the oft-overlooked Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Christopher Guest et al cast in 1984-1985. We must have watched this 300 times during the fall of 1991. Spin again, indeed.

Despite the fact that I work in an industry that requires significant phone usage (or perhaps because of it?) I am terrible about returning personal phone calls. I will return e-mails or texts. Maybe even handwritten letters, although I haven't gotten once since 1998.

I don't consciously avoidreturning phone calls, but I definitely procrastinate to the point where it's rude and appears pathologic.

Part of the problem is admitting you have a problem, so thus, I am extremely late returning phone calls to the following people:

The afforementioned Rick
RToker
Rich Morris (college roommate in 1989)
DNC telebank worker
My late great aunt

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Ncstate_1983Greg Oden is playing like the man-child he is, but it looks as though the Buckeyes are about to go down to the Gators in the NCAA Men's Basketball Finals tonight. I am finding myself in the odd position of rooting for the same team as my Yankee- and Jet-loving brother-in-law Adam (Ohio State Class of 1993). I am also finding myself very tempted to cover Juliet's head with 11 pillows to muffle her "I'm 8 months pregnant, but I don't read your blog" snoring.

A great Opening Day celebration at Keith's swanky bachelor pad in the North End. Plenty of delicious meats (of which I partook plenty) and liquor (of which I partook none). Things were just getting started as I left to go get Jacob; by then, though, things were very much done for Curt Schilling and the Red Sox. Although I did get to engage in my favorite Opening Day activity -- pointing out ludicrous projections (over and over and over again) based on small pieces of data: "At this rate, the Royals go 162-0! Schilling will go 0-32!" Most likely entertaining only to me.

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So I'm in Rochester (city slogan, at least at the ROC International Airport: "Stay a weekend, stay a lifetime"). A few notes:

  • The Dollar Store across from our hotel has a sign offering 70 percent off. Does that mean it's really a "Thirty-Cent Store" now? (NOTE: I'm wary that my hotel is in a neighborhood where the leading retailer is a Dollar Store that discounts heavily).
  • We ate at a restaurant that had formerly been a Bennigan's but now is something local, presumably because they couldn't keep up with the chain's stringent quality standards.
  • According to our cab driver, "Kodak has been overrun by the Spaniards." I'm not sure if that's some sort of local code that I just don't get.
  • Man, I can't believe they used to have an NBA team here (your 1951 champs!).
  • We had an excellent dinner out last night with our client. One downside was that he owns a Porsche 914 -- a classic, mid-engine two-seater. There were three of us going to dinner (Porsche_914 one of his colleagues was meant to join us but couldn't). We tried to cram three of us into the two-seater, but given that it is 1) a tiny car and 2) I am freakishly tall, it just didn't work. It would have been a miserable 15-minute ride, although entertaining in a 25-clowns-in-an-AMC-Gremlin sort of way.
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I'm feeling particularly good about this entry in the Dice-K haiku contest.

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I'm pretty sure one of our new vendors just called me old.

She was showing me her company's customer-service "chat" function on its Web site and said, "It's like IM. Do you have kids? You've probably seen them IM."

Well, I do have a 3-year old, and he doesn't IM. But I certainly use instant messenger, and may later use it to send her an IM suggesting that she is stupid.

Now, admittedly, I was late to the IM game compared to my colleagues. One of them talked about using IM in high school; in high school, I used an Apple IIc equipped with the Bank Street Writer word processor program. Didn't get e-mail until after I was out of college (using the USOC bulletin board and later, an MCIMAIL account I shared with 10 of my co-workers). Paid $100 to buy Netscape 1.1 because browsers weren't free then. But dammit, I know what IM is!

OK, that's enough. I guess I will go have some Metimucil now and think about good prostate health.

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This article on TechCrunch is yet another reminder that tech PR people do dumb things, just like everyone else, and that tech reporters relish the opportunities to call them out.

It sort of reminds me of the time one of my colleagues inadvertently forwarded an e-mail to a client slugged "your dumb-ass project" (as reported in Network World). Or the time another client took out the briefing notes I wrote on an analyst we were briefing, filled with some snarky commentary on the analyst, in front of the analyst. I spent most of the meeting trying to block the analyst's view of said document. Or the time I had a colleague set up a pitch to get blasted out via fax to 150 reporters (this was a few years back when faxing was still cool) -- and the colleague blasted out the list of 150 reporters to each reporter, rather than the actual pitch.

Microsoft Accidentally Sends Secret File on Journalist, to That Journalist. Oops.

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Lowell Devils Game - 3
Originally uploaded by eharrison3.
Finally posted some photos of our trek to see the Lowell Devils take on the hated (?) Hartford Wolf Pack at the Tsongas a few weeks back.
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I've done a fair share of traveling in a decade of doing tech PR, with the bulk of my trips to tech, tradeshow and media "usual suspects" New York, Washington, Chicago, Las Vegas or the Bay Area. This week will mark my first trip to Rochester (N.Y.) since 1987, when, on the way back from visiting Le Moyne College (I was on a bit of a Jesuit kick that summer) in Syracuse, we stopped into the Kodak Plant/Visitor's Center for a tour.

Rochester joins the recently-visited Ottawa (6 visits in 2 years) among cities that I would not likely have otherwise seen if I weren't forced to go visit a client, along with these fine burgs, listed in order of frequency:

Greenville, S.C. (4 times) -- those guys hate their twin city, Spartansburg, S.C. The first time I flew into the Greenville-Spartanburg Regional Airport the woman at the Information Desk was unable to give me any information on dining in Greenville, despite the fact that she worked at the Information Desk for an airport that ostensibly serves visitors to both cities, because she was from Spartanburg and was "unfamiliar" with dining options in Greenville.

Alpharetta, Ga. (3 trips) -- I always made sure to eat at the Waffle House. Also gave me a chance to ride MARTA. The PF Chang's there is remarkably like the one in Boston. Go figure.

Islip, N.Y. (3 trips) -- Way, way, way out on Long Island. Have had some very odd cab drivers there, the most recent one was an ex-cop telling me a horrifically graphic story regarding the specifics of his former beat partner who once was a man, now is a woman.

Jackson, Miss. -- sat in a Krispy Kreme and watch the conveyor belt for 45 minutes the morning I was leaving (I had to bring another colleague to the airport for an earlier flight and had already checked out of my room, with time to kill before picking up the rest of my colleagues). This was in 2000 so it was still a novelty to northerners like me.

Eden Prairie, Minn. -- right near the Mall of America.

Dorval, Quebec -- My first-ever trip to Canada (1998 or so), did a whirlwind trip to Montreal that involved no time in Montreal. The client's first (and only) customer was Berthelet, a Quebec provider of gravy and gravy-related products. This meeting followed the kickoff meeting with them in Waltham where they brought along their CTO who only spoke French. Still the subjects of the best zinger from a tech reporter -- at the end of their "coming out" interview with eWeek, the writer said something along the lines of "Thank you so much for your time, but I'll be honest with you, I don't really have any idea what you do at all." He never wrote the story.

Later this year I will be adding Indianapolis to that list.

Cities that I would have eventually gotten to but visited first for business include New Orleans, Seattle and the greater Raliegh-Durham-RTP region.

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Canada--I admit, lately I have been fairly obsessed with the whole Canadian ethos, and I have been to Ottawa a fair number of times in the last month, so I think it's rubbing off on the boy. Each night after we brush teeth, he gets to watch two YouTube videos ... it's been a mix of music, sports, classic PSAs, a weird Japanese computer-animated Santa Claus music video (they seem to have puled it), etc.

A fictitious super-hero named HeroMan. Alhtough the description tends to vary, Jacob describes him as wearing "red and blue" (in his mind, Superman wears blue and white, and Spiderman wears brown and red) ... although, there is a twist -- he wears a "tieneck," which I believe is a necktie. To be fair, I am more infatuated with HeroMan than Jacob is, and am continually prying for further detail.

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Dear MASSPIRG,

Would it be possible for your organization to harness the altruism and earnest concern for our environment shown by your scruffy volunteers toward an activity that doesn't annoy the crap out of me and everyone else walking past the Kendall Square T stop?

Perhaps my nonverbal queues -- turning the other way, avoiding eye contact, shoving -- coupled with my verbal ones -- "No thank you ... I'm not interested ... Get away from me, you dirty hippie" -- were not clear enough.

There's a good chance that the next one who doesn't take the hint that I'm not interested will get maced with a can of Aqua Net aerosol -- in an ironic attack that will incapacitate him/her and increase the ozone hole. OK, probably not, but I will write more open letters like this.

Consider yourselves warned.

Love,

Ed

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This is giving the Episcopalians a big leg up in my ongoing quest for a new religion. C'mon Lutherans and Unitarian-Universalists -- time to sweeten the pot! First religion with a Wilco-themed service gets me as a practicing member.

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I am fairly confident in my entry in the boston.com Dice-K Haiku contest. Although those bastards have failed to recognize my creativity in the past.

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Crockpot On Saturday, I used my Crock Pot for the first time since 1998 or so to make a delightful corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day. My thanks to the good folks at eHow for providing a four-step recipe that even a cooking neophyte like myself can't screw up too badly. It was quite delicious, actually.

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Ottawa_city_logoI am back from parts of three days of business travel in Ottawa. All in all it was a good trip and I was able to visit two, count 'em, two provinces -- Onatrio and Quebec -- the latter both by car (we drove into Hull for a quick tour as a sidebar to the excellent Ottawa tour given by my colleague and Ottawan Mr. Wood) and by plane (I had a layover and cleared U.S. customs on my way back at Montreal's stunning, renovated Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AIrport (formerly Montreal-Dorval). The tour of Ottawa was outstanding and I was most impressed by Greg's obvious passion for and extensive knowledge of his hometown; it made me sad to Ottawa_library think how poorly my tour of Boston would go ("and that's the former site of the IHOP where I had the run-in with Kameelah from The Real World Boston in 1997). Highlights were his obvious disgust with the angular, cementy architecture of the Ottawa Public Library (a particularly harsh example of the brutalist school) and the drive-by of Corel founder Michael Cowpland's over-the-top house.Cowpland_mansion

While I enjoy seeing new places and different people, I don't much care for the process of business travel, and I really don't like being away from Jacob and Juliet (the latter of whom is now 7.5 months pregnant. Good thing I clarified which one I meant).

I have the March Madness, baby, or at least I did until this afternoon's hideous GW loss to Vandy (77-44 for those of you scoring at home). Speaking of brutalist, wow. It wasn't on TV here, as the 5 p.m. start cut into Channel 4's evening news. However, I did watch the first half on my PC at work; I had initially been concerned that I would miss an exciting game by having to leave at 5:50 p.m. to get Jacob. Luckily, the Colonials obviated those fears. In reality, they were just one 33-0 run away from getting back into that game.

A few other things:

  • I'm reading a very interesting look at Boston's racial strife in the 1970s, Boston Against Busing. It's a period about which I know very little other than the quick news highlights I've seen around anniversaries, etc. Besides being very informative, it also introduced me to the word klatch (a casual social gathering, usually for conversation). Mayor White had had a number of coffee klatches in Southie in the summer of 1974 in an effort to try and curb some of the impending violence; clearly, his klatches were ineffective.
  • Are you familiar with the book Bread and Jam for Frances, about everyone's favorite badger, Frances? In it, she eats only bread and jam, and eventually Bread_and_jam_for_frances_web gets tired of it and realizes that, hey, it's fun to try other foods. Well, the book Bread and Jam for Frances is to Jacob as bread and jam are to Frances -- a horrid, uncontrollable addiction. I've read it at least 80 times in the past month.
  • Also, why do Frances and her mother wear clothes, but her father is decked out simply in his fur, and her "fussy" friend Albert wears just pants?
  • Tomorrow, the fellas (and the WordNerd) will be celebrating the tenth gathering at The Sports Depot for the entire afternoon and evening of the Friday of the first weekend of the NCAAs. To them I say, Godspeed! I had hoped to catch some of the afternoon action with them tomorrow but my previously open Friday is becoming increasingly scheduled with many of the client meetings and whatnot.
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Something I pondered sitting in the Starbucks (yay America!) near my hotel in Ottawa this morning, as it was 6:45 a.m. and pitch black outside -- did the U.S. government check in with Canada to make sure it was cool with starting DST a month early when it enacted the Energy Policy Act of 2005? Given the current administration's lack of, um, skills in the art of collaboration, I'm going to say no.

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I watched the Canadian SportsCenter, SportsCentre, on TSN, the Canadian ESPN, last night after arriving in Ottawa. It's just like SportsCenter (right down to the music, graphics and overwhelming attempts by the anchors to be clever), except they talk about hockey a lot more. Go figure.

I'd write more but the Dukes of Hazzard is on now -- episode 142, "When You WIsh Upon a Hogg":

Hughie Hogg's latest scheme is to trick Boss Hogg and Rosco into thinking an antique oil lamp will grant them untold wealth, eternal power ... and most of all, a way to get rid of the Duke boys once and for all. To make his scheme work, Hughie has added a new associate to his team of cronies – a seductively beautiful young mistress named Trixie to play the part of the lamp's genie. It's up to Bo and Luke to stop Hughie, before all Boss and Rosco are left with is a worthless old lamp.

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Gloria_vanderbiltThe Vanderbilt Commodores that is, not the Commodore 64 computer or the great band led by Lionel Richie. I guess I hate them now as GW takes them on in the 11 seed/6 seed South Region game on Thursday. Tomorrow night, when the women's brackets are announced, I get to hate a completely different team. March madness, indeed.

I'm off to Ottawa again tomorrow night ... will check in from the Great White North, I'm sure. Um, eh?

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Ooops. Take that, Herald -- the Bono you reported as being in Boston this week was in fact an impostor.

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Pogues_1 With a packed house described by my brother as "Irish, drunk and sweaty," Sean and I enjoyed a stellar set from the reunited Pogues tonight at the Avalon. I'm fading fast even though I'm hepped up on Diet Mountain Dew (had to work on a few things for fama tonight when I got back) but I wanted to bang out a few quick thoughts/ideas ... also, read somewhat-divergent reviews from the Globe and Herald (is Shane MacGowan "healthier" or "slip(ping) further away"?):

  • You can't beat a rock show with a good accordianist. And James Fearnley is *very* good.
  • You could sense some tension between MacGowan and his clean-and-sober bandmates. At the end of the first encore, bassist Darryl Hunt walked off stage and pantomimed MacGowan's drunken, lumbering shuffle. And a few times MacGowan started into the wrong song.
  • They played everything I'd want to hear, including Jacob's favorite ("Dirty Old Town") and my favorite ("Thousands Are Sailing," although it was sung in a higher key by guitarist Phillip Chevron).
  • MacGowan was awesome, but tragic. I guess that's how the Irish like it. But wow, he really is kind of a doughy mess now (for some reason I've always thought he was rail-thin but he is pretty paunchy). I think even in his best days he was incomprehensible (never worse, on record, than his guest spots on the Dropkick Murphy's 2001 album "Sing Loud,Sing Proud") but I had absolutely no idea what he was saying tonight. He finished off a bottle of whiskey and then took a slug off of a fan's bottle of Maker's Mark at the close of the show.
  • Rumor has it Bono is going to check out one of the shows while he's in town.
  • I spent much of the night waiting in line checking the GW/URI A-10 Championship Game. GW was victorious (we caught the tail-end standing outside of Game On! at Fenway) and is going to the Big Dance for the 3rd year in a row. Woo-hoo!
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Wheres_daddy OK, I mean he's not Shawn Kemp or anything, but Jeez Louise, Tom ...

Report: Bundchen pregnant by Brady

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rick H EMAIL: rzod@yahoo.com IP: 71.254.154.152 URL: DATE: 03/09/2007 12:59:49 PM The Golden Boy could use some advice from Pimp My Ride UK Host (and the basis for Ali G) Tim Westwood. "Wrap it up before you slap it up." Which if you think about it is a futile British attempt to come up with their own version of "Jimbrowski" by the Jungle Brothas or "Jimmy" by Boogie Down Productions: So, remember youre never too old (jimmy is wearin a hat) Remember youre never too bold (jimmy is wearin a hat) Do me a favour, wear your hat So jimmy...will have the opportunity to come back ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Perhaps there is no moral ... it's just a bunch of stuff that happened STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Shuffle DATE: 03/07/2007 10:16:47 AM ----- BODY:
  • Juliet had to manage a 4:30 a.m. conference call this morning from her office. I guess there's not a great time to manage a call featuring British, Scandinavian and South Korean staff members ... And why should the Korean staff have to stay an hour late when Juliet can just wake up at 3:30 a.m.? To the South Koreans, I say, "Komapsumnida" for getting us up so early.
  • Sometimes I feel like I am the only person in America not watching 24. Unlike having never seen Titanic, something of which I am actually kinda proud, I feel like I'm missing something here. Or maybe not.
  • Jacob's suggestion in re: to acquiring a new house: "We can just give the lady (any realtor showing us a house) our house and we can borrow their house (any new house)." I am going to get that written into any offer's contingency clauses.
  • New Arcade Fire album Neon Bible is really, really good.
  • Shanemacgowan_1I am going to see The Pogues with Sean on Saturday. Vegas lists the odds of Shane McGowan either forgetting to show up for the show or waking up in a pile of his own sick and missing the show at 3-2.
  • Due to a beard-trimming incident (I picked up a battery-powered one at Target on Saturday) in which I really hacked up what could, somewhat generously, be called a beard, I am down to a goatee (it's Ed circa 1994-2003, except plus 15 lbs., more grey hair and more forehead) and have slipped into 9th place in the almost-over fama PR beard-growing contest.
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GuesswhoI was downstairs grabbing lunch when I heard the song "We're an American Band." I always thought that song was sung by The Guess Who, which I found odd, given that they were Canadian. Perhaps they were being pre-ironic.

Silly Ed, it's actually a Grand Funk Railroad song. "American Woman" is by The Guess Who, perhaps the finest classic rock band to come out of Manitoba. The song came out of a live jam in Kitchener, Ontario. Was anyone from the Kitchener Line in attendance? We'll never know.

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Siena I love Championship Week. I am enjoying the big Siena/Niagara MAAC finals right now on the Deuce as I procrastinate on a few work-related tasks-- Siena (Loudonville, NY) being the alma mater of my dad and Uncle Frank. Go Saints! Formerly Indians!

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Given that we had to vacate our house yesterday during the Open House, we took the boy out to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Amazingly, there's not much for a 3-year old to enjoy there, but we did shoot a few hoops in the main gym. Here's Jacob in front of the Celtics display.
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From what I read, it is "truly in move-in condition." Please try my product. Actually, it has its own Web site, too. We will throw in the cat in the photo at no charge.

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Canada I am off to Ottawa tomorrow for a quick in-and-out meeting; on the morning non-stop, back in Boston by 7:25 p.m. This is truly how the Jet Set lives, if the Jet Set were flying on small regional planes from Air Canada's "Jazz" commuter airline for "dry-run positioning meetings." I always thought that was an odd handle for an airline brand -- are Canadians known for their love of jazz? (Well, I guess Utahans aren't, but there's a back story behind that.) Beyond that, why name an airline of "short hop" flights after a genre known for its long, improvisational noodlings? I don't want my pilot improvising ... or noodling, for that matter.

Speaking of jazzy noodling, I came across this interesting clip on YouTube, when sax great/free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman was on SNL in the late 1970's (the legendary episode hosted by Milton Berle that Lorne Michaels won't allow to be aired, given what a royal pain in the ass Berle was to work with). I thought it was somewhat avant garde this past weekend when Arcade Fire was on (admittedly, I don't watch SNL any more but got an e-mail newsletter from Merge Records letting me know; and the episode was actually fairly good; Arcade Fire were phenomenal, although Juliet hated them, calling them "a combination of Kenny Loggins and Simple Minds") but this clip is way, way out there ... can't imagine something like this making the cut on the modern-day SNL.


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... I can control:

  • The schedule of trains -- passenger and cargo -- crossing tracks on our journey to and from school each day.
  • Radio station playlists, including the ability to have a DJ replay a song in its entirety, immediately
  • The weather, including climate trends ("Daddy, is there snow outside?" "No." "I want snow!")
  • Geopolitical issues and energy-consumption trends that may affect the previous
  • Traffic patterns and/or responsiveness of drivers in front of me
  • Music stored on my iPod, without connecting to a computer to add/update tracks
  • Our grocery supply-chain, in real-time ("I want a chocolate cookie." "We don't have chocolate cookies." "Yes, we do." "No, we don't." "Give me one!")
  • My temper

... I know:

  • The name of every song on my iPod (I am trying not to look down at titles while I drive)
  • The lyrics to every song on my iPod
  • The name of every man or woman in the world, including 1) wait staff not wearing nametags at restaurants and 2) people in the car next to us
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This is not an inclusive list. Nor does it include any current clients.

  • "It's the best thing since Swiss bread."
  • "What happened was tragic and has affected us all. But we need to get back to work and sell!" (from an e-mail sent on 9/12/01)
  • "Even Newark looks great from 50,000 feet."
  • "We are circling the airport now and then we're going to drive the bus."
  • "Plan B is that there is no Plan B!"
  • "I assume you are all Chasm-enabled."
  • "Are you still doing the PRs?"
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Dsc_0008After two weeks, I am mired in 8th place in our contest, beating only the Amish-beard-guy who ultimately shaved last week.

Why can't I grow a decent beard? Well, according to beards.org,

Basically, there is nothing that you can do to increase your beard development.  Genetics and hormones are the major determinants of an individual's beard development.  Unless you suffer from a hormonal imbalance, generally there is no medical treatment available to increase beard growth.  If you have any doubts or concerns, you should consult a physician and possibly even an endocrinologist and dermatologist.

Well, short of a trip to the endocrinologist, which seems like a bit of overkill, I am going to need something pretty drastic to move up in the standings. Or I could maintain my dignity and just shave.

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Wplightningbanner_1 ... if you've been looking for a free, light version of WordPerfect that offers the ability to read WordPerfect documents as well as content-aggregation and collaboration capabilities. Enter Corel WordPerfect Lightning. Check out the public beta, it's pretty cool.

Wordperfect5_1dosWhich reminds me -- back in the day when WordPerfect 5.1 was considered de rigeur, that is, the early 1990s, some friends and I made up a WordPerfect drinking game. Someone would call out a task ("Print!") and whoever said the key-combination first ("<SHIFT>-F7") wouldn't have to drink. We also had an AP Style drinking game ("Salt Lake City" ... "Doesn't need a state in its dateline!"). To this day, it is amazing to me that I didn't get more ladies in college.

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First off, I owe this post to the fact that I found myself listening to conservative talk radio tonight. And I feel dirty because of it. And angry. And sad. And foolish. It wasn't by choice. When I got in the car, WRKO was replaying Game 2 of the 2004 World Series. Later, when I got back into the car, dickhead conservative yakker Michael Savage was on.

Savage was ranting tonight about how damaging it was for America's children, tuned into last night's Oscar's to have to hear Melissa Etheridge thank her wife and children, the confusion it would cause children, and Dear God, what will we tell the children. That segued into a boilerplate rant against liberal Hollywood and the liberal media. Whatever. Annoying conservative talk radio white noise, what can I do about it? My own fault for staying on 680 AM.

But then, when I got home, I was reading yesterday's "Ideas" section from the Globe, and saw Jeff Jacoby's column on Washington State's Initiative 957, which is getting a lot of ink lately (I added an article from the Post-Intelligencer to my articles list on the list, but thought this actually merited a blog entry). Essentially, the "Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance" is, through some "street theater politics," as their chairman puts it, offering up some language that, in theory, would force social conservatives and same-sex marriage opponents to put their money where their mouth is ...

The way we are challenging Andersen is unusual: using the initiative,         we are working to put the Court’s ruling into law. We will do this through         three initiatives. The first would make procreation a requirement for legal         marriage. The second would prohibit divorce or legal separation when there are         children. The third would make the act of having a child together the legal         equivalent of a marriage ceremony.

Absurd? Very. But there is a rational basis for this absurdity. By floating         the initiatives, we hope to prompt discussion about the many misguided assumptions         which make up the Andersen ruling. By getting the initiatives passed, we         hope the Supreme Court will strike them down as unconstitutional and thus weaken         Andersen itself. And at the very least, it should be good fun to see         the social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the         sole purpose of procreation be forced to choke on their own rhetoric.

So, Jacoby calls the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance's argument specious (which is missing the point of their efforts, but I digress) -- "Marriages can serve any number of purposes -- cementing the bond between partners, guaranteeing financial security, having a legitimate sexual outlet, ensuring companionship, and so on ... " All of which seem to be purposes that could easily be served by a same-sex union, as far as I can tell.

Jacoby he continues with the fundamental argument that I just don't buy, whether it's Jeff Jacoby, Mitt Romney or that asshole Michael Savage making it ...

"Because sex between men and women can result in children [OK, I buy that much, although as the parent of a three year-old produced by IVF, I can attest that you don't even need to be in the same room to conceive, but I digress again], and because children tend to do best when raised by their mothers and fathers, society has a vested interest in encouraging long-term, monogamous, heterosexual marraige. [emphasis added by me]."

Woah. Hold the phone.

I realize this has been argued to death, but are there actual studies and statistics that show children do significantly better with a father and a mother rather than two loving, committed, same-sex parents? Could someone produce these for me? And what exactly does "do best" mean? I know many screwed-up products of two-parent homes, just like I know many well-adjusted products of single parents and divorced parents.

I dunno, I guess Savage just pissed me off. It's really non-productive and pointless to get pissed off at conservative talk radio hosts. I wish I were more articulate about things like this. This is going to sound like grandstanding, but it makes me sad and angry that people I know and care about have to deal with this sort of bigotry and virtiol and bias on a day-to-day basis. It's not like it's anything new to them, I guess.

Stupid conservative talk radio.


 

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rick H EMAIL: rzod@yahoo.com IP: 76.168.71.41 URL: DATE: 03/01/2007 02:06:24 AM I consider myself a screwed up product of a 2 parent home! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@yahoo.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: http://foodonthefood.typepad.com DATE: 02/27/2007 10:25:22 AM I hate when people thank their loved ones for stuff. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rich EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 66.10.55.34 URL: DATE: 02/27/2007 09:26:20 AM It's best not to listen - the whole strategy of those shows (TV and radio) is to inflame the audience. They don't care if what they are saying is a load of shit as long as they get their ratings. The problem is, of course, that the regular listeners take these retarded, twisted arguments as gospel truth. The best rebuttals are the Al Franken books, etc. Too bad conservative talk show listeners will never read them. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Minutia STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Shuffle DATE: 02/26/2007 05:44:41 AM ----- BODY:

In the words of Jim Anchower, hola amigos, it's been awhile since I rapped at ya. OK, it's only been like 4 days, but there is so much minutia on which to catch up. So here goes:

  • Watched about 15 minutes of The Oscars last night. I used to really get into it, but my enthusiasm has wanted the past few years, perhaps since I've seen so few of the films. My favorite Oscars moment in recent memory? Has to be a painfully awkward-looking Elliot Smith playing "Miss Misery" in 1998. Not because he looked so awkward -- it was just an odd juxtposition to see someone so "outside the mainstream" up against Celine Dion. And that was pretty cool. Predictably, he lost. Sadly, that was his only introduction to many before his death in 2003. Luckily, I had pressing client work -- high-tech PR never sleeps, baby -- that kept me from watching the remaining 5 hours of the show last night.
  • However, nothing will keep me from reading the writeup from the Dean of American television reviews, Tom Shales of the Washington Post. Ah yes, he was predictably bitchy today, calling Al Gore fat: "Al Gore, looking larger than life, took to the stage twice, once to  chew the fat with Leonardo DiCaprio ..." Mr. Shales, juding by the photo that accompanies your column, you are a pot to Mr. Gore's kettle, tubby.
  • I was up early and finished watching WalMart: The High Cost of Low Prices while on the ellpitical. Yes, that was a gratuitious reference to me working out. The film made me feel terrible, and I don't even shop at WalMart. I'm wondering if all the big-box retailers are equally underhanded ... although, there really aren't many others, are there? Target, I guess. I shouldn't be too pious about it, given my consumption of Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. I do try to support the local bookstore in Porter Square, the excellent Porter Square Books. And I would support local record stores if there still were any left and I actually bought CDs. But I should do more.
  • We're listing our house this week. Anyone want an 1,800 sq. foot condo near the heart of Teale Square? Watch this space for our listing.


----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Me (you know, Ed ... tall fella ...) EMAIL: ed.harrison@gmail.com IP: 204.9.220.36 URL: DATE: 02/26/2007 11:17:44 AM Well, we haven't found anything yet. We have focused in on the many neighborhoods as the optimum mix of good schools and equal commutes for each of us. Unfortunately, houses there cost a million, billion dollars. I'm willing to have a longer commute and expand our search a bit, but this sentiment isn't shared by my beloved, less-flexible life partner. We figured that, given the housing market, we should get a jump on selling our current joint. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@yahoo.com IP: 209.6.184.5 URL: http://foodonthefood.typepad.com DATE: 02/26/2007 11:04:50 AM Yeah, this is big news. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Rich EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 66.10.55.34 URL: DATE: 02/26/2007 09:24:00 AM Where are you moving to?? ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: The best forgotten band of the early 1990s major-label feeding frenzy on grungemania is ... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Music DATE: 02/22/2007 02:52:45 PM ----- BODY:

BandwagonfanclubalbumTeenage Fanclub. I listened to a track from Bandwagonesque (best known, perhaps, for being voted "1991 Album of the Year" over Nevermind by SPIN) on the drive in this morning (after I dropped off Jacob; he's on a big Pogues kick lately, so we have heard their versions of "Dirty Old Town" and "Jesse James" approximately 214 times each in the past three days) and it brought me back to the heady days of 1992. "The Concept" reminds me of sitting in my apartment in D.C., with the music blasting and a delicious Schiltz Blue Bull in front of me, trying to grow a decent beard. The more things change ... 

They actually were on Saturday Night Live in 1992, which blows me away now given how time has forgotten them. They were on with guest host Jason Priestly (speaking of time forgetting).

They played "The Concept" and "What You Do to Me." The latter makes me think of my uncle's 1992 funeral in Albany; not of the funeral per se, which was really sad and not something that reminds me of one of my favorite albums of all time, but of the moments after leaving the funeral home, hearing the song on the radio of my parents' Chevy Astro Van -- as I was driving alone and making a quick return trip back to the funeral home.

Chevy20astro20van_1 My thoughts were 1) "Wow, I can't believe I left my mom at the funeral home without a ride"; 2) "Wow, the Astro van really feels like it's going to tip over when you turn hard into a turn" and 3) "Wow, I can't believe a radio station in Albany is playing these guys, they're huge." An update on all three, with the wisdom that can only come 15 years hence: 1) My parents had arranged a ride with someone else; 2) Yes, it did and 3) Yes, it was cool but short lived.

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Jacob_as_tom_bradyYou may not have heard about this -- given the scant attention it's being given by local sports radio -- but Tom Brady is going to be a father. With a woman to whom he is not married -- nor even with any longer. For shame!

The innocent victims? The children. His spurned ex, that actress woman, Bridget ... you know the one. And that model --whatshername, Gizelle something-or-other. Oh, and his unborn "love" child.

But clearly, the biggest victim is me.

Clearly, Brady was more concerned about his paternity issues than reading the Colts secondary was during that last drive in the AFC Championship Game. And I don't know if I can ever forgive him for that.

Say what you will about Drew Bledsoe (was slow afoot, kind of sucked after 1999) but he never impregnated an actress who was a longtime companion and then went to the Caribbean with the leading Victoria's Secret spokesmodel. I knew this Tom Brady fella was trouble from the get-go.

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Quiltauction031 After one week, I am mired in 8th place in the second semi-annual fama PR beard-growing contest. I may need to do something drastic to make up some points, as unfortunately, the barba isn't going to get any better than this. The current leader, a 100-1 longshot at the start, went all Amish on us with the "chin curtain" in week 1. I think he may have shot his beard wad (so to speak) by pulling the early surprise for style points. Ladies, any suggestions on eyebrow pencil-like substances to use for filling in the (many) sparse parts beyond my goatee?

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Random thoughts on growing old brought on while watching TiVoed highlights of Gerald Green's standout performance in the dunk contest:

Deebrowndunk I can't believe Dee Brown won the contest 16 years ago. The announcers called Green's homage to Brown "old school"; old school? Brown won the contest when I was in college! That wasn't that long ... oh, yeah, it was.

I remember I didn't get to see when Brown won it because we didn't have cable in college. We also didn't have the Internet because -- well, if I were a lazy writer, I'd make a joke about Al Gore not having invented it yet, but I am not that lazy -- well, because it was 1991.

But we DID have WordPerfect 5.1, wherein <CTRL>-F2 meant spell check, and <SHIFT>-F7 meant Print. Wow -- that dates me. I mean, does anyone still use WordPerfect any more? (Corel representatives, I am kidding ... everyone knows that WordPerfect Office is the leading alternative to Microsoft Word, and 97 percent of the market not using Word is using WordPerfect. I mean, everyone does if I'm actually doing my job right).

But it did depress me, a bit, to learn that I am more than two years older than the two oldest All Stars, Shaquille O'Neal and Steve Nash. It's an odd phenomenon, being older than most professional athletes; luckily, as long as Julio Franco is around, I won't be older than all of them.

Anyway, I still think of Dee Brown as a "youngster," given that he was part of what was perhaps the most exciting Celtic teams -- the transitional team of 1990-91, featuring the aging Big Three (Bird, McHale and Parish) melded with younger, more "athletic" players ("athletic" was the code word Celtic fans used for "black") such as Brown, the late Reggie Lewis, Brian Shaw and Kevin Gamble. Of course, that "youngster" Brown has got to be 38 or so now. Wow.

Speaking of youngsters (worst transition ever) Jacob is with my parents this weekend, as we are trying to get our house cleaned up (and catch up on about nine episodes of the excellent House on TiVo). And yes, it has been confirmed that Jacob, as expected, used the controversial phrase "f***ing crazy" with his Nanny and Papa, in describing his feelings toward the basement fireplace when he ran into it with his tricycle (the indoor cycling was officially sanctioned). Hoo boy.

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I've been trying to train Jacob to participate in theclassic, "My dog has no nose," "How does he smell?" "Terrible!" joke (Tipper trained Avery to do it, so I am trying to keep up with the Joneses).

He knows his part well if I tell the joke. But then, immediately, he says:

"Daddy, my dog don't have no body," or "my dog don't have hair!" Today he said, "My chicken don't have no head."

And then I have to ask him how his dog (or chicken) smells.

I am resisting the temptation to break it down for him -- "Jacob, the joke, of course, is the confusion between 'smell' as 'the sense by which odors are perceived' vs. 'the quality of something that may be perceived by the olfactory sense.' So your dog's lack of a body -- how does a dog lack a body? -- has no bearing on his ability to smell, thus creating none of the confusion inherent in the punchline. Plus, don't get me started on your shocking, continued use of double negatives" -- because he cracks me up every time he says it.

It's even funnier as a "broken joke."

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Looking through my planner, I see a note I entered for Monday that says, "Confirm RAH." I have no idea what that means. Royal Albert Hall? Am I doing a show there?

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We had our first "storm" of the winter last night -- what it lacked in volume it made up for in muckiness. Last night, after I got home and got the boy dinner, I tried to snowblow the heavy, wet snow ... but luckily, my snowblower was stuck in REVERSE. Backwards.

Seriously, I engaged every gear (including reverse) but it would only go backwards. I was too tired to figure out how to snowblow my driveway backwards ... and given that it was still raining, after struggling with a shovel for 30 minutes, decided to wait until morning, with the hopes that the rain would continue to wear away at the snow.

Cheneyparka_1 I probably should have looked at the weather reports. It dipped down to 15 degrees last night.So, I got up at 515, all set to head out and use shoveling as my daily workout. These days, my other goal when I shovel, beyond removing snow, is avoiding a heart attack. So I bundled up like Dick Cheney at an Auschwitz memorial ceremony and headed out.

There was two inches of solid ice on our driveway this morning. I struggled with it for awhile until I heard the voice of my neighbor, [redacted], saying, "You're wasting your time."

I sometimes feel like [redacted] waits at his back door until I begin some sort of home project -- anything from mowing the lawn to trimming the hedges to snowblowing the driveway. I think his heart is in the right place -- maybe -- but I also don't respond well to matter-of-fact advice particularly when the matter is something I am ashamed to not know how to do so well (which is,l essentially, every home project). With his breath visible in the cold (or perhaps that was the unfiltered Camel he was enjoying), in his Johnny Most-on Drano-esque voice, he told me that our driveway doesn't get enough sun, I should have gotten rid of the snow last night, I was using the wrong icepick, didn't I have a different one in my garage (he actually knows what I have more than I do), I should really just concentrate on scraping off the car, etc.

The only part I took away from that soliloquoy was the "wasting my time" part, so I threw out some rock salt and went back inside.

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So I was reading Tammy's entertaining look at the pitfalls in the act of enticing an editor to run with your freelance contribution.

It made me think of how similar the life of a freelance writer is to that of the average PR flak like myself. We are essentially used car salesmen, and editors, reporters and analysts alike thrive on the desperation inherent in our pleas to get them into this car, today. 

Beyond the economics of it all (I get paid every two weeks, a freelancer gets paid when she sells her story ... advantage, me) our jobs differ in other subtle ways. Unlike a freelance writer, who is ostensibly pitching her own ideas, I am an information pimp, offering the services of my client to any and all reporters or analysts willing to deflower them while hopefully getting their messaging and positioning correct.

If you are a PR pro at a cocktail party trying to explain, in concrete terms, what it is you do for a living, these are the typical questions (and honest answers): 

Pre-amble: Did you read the article about [Client X] in [Publication Y]? I placed that article.

Q: Did you write the article?
A: No. But I did harass at least three dozen reporters until one of them did.

Q: Oh. Are you quoted in the article?
A: No. Clients aren't paying me to make me famous. Although I once did get quoted in an AP piece about a dinosaur auction happening on Lycos.

Q. Well, the article is about something you thought up, right?
A: No. I thought of a way to massively over-simplify a highly-complex business solution into two pithy sentences -- containing claims that may or may not be true -- led by a clever subject line. To be honest, I have absolutely no idea how to [fill in name of arcane technology here].

Q. Wait, did you actually attend an accredited college to do this?
A: Yes, yes I did. Hey, I drive a really nice Saab. Shut up. I don't want to talk about it.

Luckily, I work at a kickass firm with smart people and cool clients. Please try my product.

Wow, this post is kind of a downer. Must be the annual Valentine's Days blues kicking in. I hate February and have never been a big fan of the holiday -- beyond the crass commercial nature of it, my grandmother (to whom I was increidbly close) died on Valentine's Day when I was 13, and I've never forgiven the holiday. It really wasn't its fault, I realize. Maybe some candy will help.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@yahoo.com IP: 209.6.176.159 URL: http://foodonthefood.typepad.com DATE: 02/15/2007 08:53:45 PM I might be messing up your analogy, but if PR flaks are pimps, and writers are some manner of ho, then what are bloggers? Your garden-variety crackhead? If so, I can't WAIT to update my resume. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Guilt -- an excellent parental motivator STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Jacob DATE: 02/13/2007 06:13:36 AM ----- BODY:

I've gone out more for fun in the past week than I have in the previous six months combined. Since October, I really hadn't been out of the home at night alone save for business travel and a business event. Well, as a quirk of scheduling (and holding off on doing so until Juliet's busy time slowed down some), I've been out a number of times in the last week, including the first round of the Bean Pot, and dinners with Uncle Sean and last night with my boyhood pals InmonJones and SeeTipper. (By using code names, I am, of course, protecting their identities, although I'm not sure why I have to do that.)

Anyhoo, Jacob was upset last night when I left (note: when I go out I usually come home first, do the pickup and dinner routines and help Juliet get started on bedtime). I guess after I left, he and Juliet played a "game" wherein each of his stuffed animals would cry, Juliet would ask why, and Jacob would say, "because (name of stuffed animal) misses [his/her] daddy."

Ouch.

Well, Tuesday mornings are my only morning where I can get into the office as early as I want (one of the things I miss most since I became a parent, as I am a morning person and enjoy the chance to work alone in the quiet office) ... but this Tuesday, I'm going to stay home and have some breakfast with the boy.

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Zztop_gibbonsThe second bi-annual fama PR beard-growing contest is kicking off today. I came in dead-last in 2005. I am hoping that something hormonally has kicked in since then; but at age 36, I'm beginning to kind of give up hope of having the ability to grow a full, non-patchy beard. I can grow a decent goatee, but that's pretty much it. I may have to hope for one of the secondary awards (The George Michael Award; the "Crazy Biker/Vietnam Veteran/Relief Pitcher" Award) that reward shape over volume.

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Juliet has owned up to the fact that she, in fact, uses the phrase "f***ing crazy." He would never hear such crass, vile language from me.

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As I was up here working on the computer, Jacob just said to Juliet, "Are you f***ing crazy?" And now he's said it two times in the last five minutes (he bumped into the table and said, "I hate that f***ing crazy table.") Dear God, I need to stop cursing.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Inmonjones EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 66.10.55.34 URL: DATE: 02/12/2007 04:50:26 PM The other day Max was describing different animals to me (he usually concocts nonsense names for them like "Conoronnoran beetle"). He called one a "Sh*t". "A Sh*t is a friendly lizard with teeth, but he doesn't bite you." or something like that. I pretended he didn't say a bad word and hoped for the best. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Fiddlesticks! EMAIL: emo331@yahoo.com IP: 140.247.172.66 URL: DATE: 02/12/2007 11:12:28 AM That is f***ing hilarious, though I'm sure I won't necessarily think it's as funny the first time Tyler says the same thing. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: squeezyB EMAIL: susanna.baird@gmail.com IP: 71.233.11.148 URL: http://squeezyb.com DATE: 02/11/2007 10:03:41 PM Our son (19 mos.) did the same thing (same word, different phrase) just this week. Repeatedly, and in context. It was my fault. I feel pretty awful, but not nearly as awful as I'll feel when he uses it in front of the grandparents! ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: This week's to do list ... STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: To-Do DATE: 02/09/2007 02:57:59 PM ----- BODY:

With apologies to FoodontheFood, whose style I am biting:

  • Drink too much coffee. Check.
  • Get yelled at by senior VP of corporate communications for major media conglomerate. Blog about it. Check. Check.
  • Make joke suggesting that marketing departments utilize an "All Lite-Brite Strategy" to at least two clients. Check.
  • Make reference to Harvard striking "Faustian bargain" in re: to potential new president with last name "Faust." Assume I am the first to do so even though I cannot possibly be. Check. Check.
  • Suggest that people call me "The Apostle of Hustle" after hearing the name of the great splinter group from the band Broken Social Scene. Check.
  • Bryce_1 Try to find another Kansan to replace our first-ever Kansan at fama PR, the irreplacable Bryce (photo at right courtesy of Keri Bertolino). Pending. (It's his last day today.)
  • Try to avoid the temptation of lying down after putting Jacob down to bed, in order to keep from sleeping from 845- 3 a.m. and then being wide awake. Pending.
  • Try to avoid eating two or three big cookies when I'm wide awake at 3 a.m. Pending.
  • Blog about how former rapper Sinister Prime Minister Pete Nice of 3rd Bass is now baseball historian Peter J. Nash. Pending.
  • Catch up on the seven episodes of House, three episodes of The Office and 10+ episodes of The Colbert Report currently on TiVo. Pending.
  • Exercise, eat right, read more, write more, meditate, settle on religion to practice, etc. Pending.
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Going to the big Celtics/Nets game (wow, I can't believe it was just five years ago when these two faced off in the Eastern Conference Finals) with Geegus Ring tonight -- and the game could potentially be a record-breaker. Could this be loss 17 in a row? I am wearing my Longhorns cap to show my desire for them to choose Kevin Durant over Greg Oden shoud they get the top pick in the draft (let's hope it's not 1997 and Mercer and Billups, the backcourt of the next decade or next three months, all over again).

This will be my first look at the controversial (continuing the over-concentration on "game presentation," may have contributed to Red's death, are perhaps a bit too slutty for a team owned and managed by Mormons, etc.) Celtics dance team -- and I pose this question ... Which team is most alarming in how glaringly its makeup lacked individuals of color, the dance team or the 1986 Celtics? Discuss.

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----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Inmonjones EMAIL: inmonjones@yahoo.com IP: 66.10.55.34 URL: DATE: 02/09/2007 10:58:52 AM I'd need to run the numbers, but they seem about even percentage-wise. What is strange about the 86 Celts' diversity (or lack thereof) is that Red was a pretty progressive guy (putting out 5 black starters in the 60's and naming Bill Russell his sucessor as coach). I guess he really didn't care what you looked like if he thought you could help the team to win. Let's face it, no one would have ever chosen Larry Bird on his race (or looks) alone. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Celebrating small victories, big companies STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Tech PR DATE: 02/07/2007 09:49:28 AM ----- BODY:

SumnerredstoneIt's now been almost 48 hours since I was reprimanded via telephone and e-mail by a senior VP of corpoate communications for one of the world's largest media conglomerates. One day at a time.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Daniel EMAIL: daniel.teachey@dataflux.com IP: 66.194.221.34 URL: http://www.sweetmonkeypie.com DATE: 02/16/2007 10:23:32 AM As a sports information assistant at UNC, I got cussed at by Coach K after a tense Duke-UNC game (NEVER even hint that it's time to talk to the media if you're not his SID, by the way) - and was openly dissed by a highly-annoyed Roy Williams (who was visiting to watch his son play) within the same 30-minute window. At the time, I was making $4.25 an hour. So, yeah, I feel your pain. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Me EMAIL: ed.harrison@gmail.com IP: 204.9.220.36 URL: DATE: 02/07/2007 12:57:22 PM No, sadly, it was one of his underlings, but given that it was a senior VP of communications, it was pretty high level. Perhaps the most important person to ever chew me out (although not the most self-important person to do so). ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Ezra EMAIL: ezraball@gmail.com IP: 204.179.229.30 URL: http://realfake.org/blog DATE: 02/07/2007 12:18:43 PM You didn't actually get chewed out by Sumner Redstone, did you?! That rules! ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: Volver STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Movies DATE: 02/06/2007 10:47:01 PM ----- BODY:

Volver It was "date night" at 62 Curtis Street (well, I can only speak for #2, and even there, only for me and Juliet). We caught Volver, the Pedro Almodovar joint starring Penelope Cruz. It was excellent -- just enough twists to keep you watching, and visually stunning -- and I find subtitles keep my mind sharp and allow me to pay greater attention to a film, particularly on a weeknight when I might otherwise be drowsy. If you like Spanish language films that look at life, death, the complex relationships between parents and children, the power of forgiveness and -- not one, but two! --  murders precipiated by incestuous activities, well, then, look no further than Volver.

----- EXTENDED BODY: ----- EXCERPT: ----- KEYWORDS: ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tammy EMAIL: tdonroe@yahoo.com IP: 209.6.176.159 URL: http://foodonthefood.typepad.com/ DATE: 02/07/2007 07:44:35 PM Crap, I'm way behind on my Spanish movies. The Sea Inside has been sitting on my TV for 2 months now. Great new look for your blog, by the way. I've been fussing with mine, too, but nothing as cool as this. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Ed Harrison TITLE: It's electric, but you're doing it wrong STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 1 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 1 CATEGORY: Quirky DATE: 02/05/2007 02:55:02 PM ----- BODY:

Electric_slide Hot off the Viacom kerfuffle last week re: ordering Google to pull any of its copyrighted material off of YouTube, evidently the creator or at least copyright holder of "The Electric Slide" is now sending out cease-and-desist orders to people who post videos from weddings or other such events deemed worthy for sliding ... wakes for people who liked overly-synthesized theme dances? OK, I guess it's just weddings, and even then, it really shouldn't be ... to remove them from UGC sites like YouTube -- but only if they are shown doing the dance incorrectly. Not for the sake of the copyright, but for the sanctity of his art (from CNET):

"Any video that shows my choreography being done incorrectly is being removed. I don't want future generations having to learn it wrong and then relearn it as I am being faced with now because of certain sites and (people) that have been teaching it incorrectly and without my permission. That's the reason I (copyrighted) it in the first place."

I have always made it my goal to disrupt the Electric Slide when it rears its ugly head; now it has moved from goal to quest, simply to keep the self-important Richard Silver in check.

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So after being tagged by Ezra, I was able to thus tag my pals Auddy5000, InmonJones and WordNerd. I was able to learn that one likes marshmallow peeps, one met Tiffany and one really, really likes words.

Since WN331 delved a bit into quirks, I will share another of mine. First off, I agree on the newspaper thing -- never take the top one, unless it's the only one left. Also, I am incredibly superstitious about those "need a penny, take a penny; have a penny, leave a penny" things. If I'm getting change in a store that has one, I will obsessively pull out the pennies and put them in. However, I never take pennies from them.

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050331_jjjumper Big night last night for the Harrisons -- we joined the Hobin-Audets to take the boys to the big Harvard/Columbia men's hoops game (until the Audet half of the Hobin-Audets left to go see Winger -- the Winger). Biggest draw for the boys had to be JJ Jumper, the mascot for ... the NCAA, I guess. The kids loved him (Jacob didn't want to leave at the end; he had gotten a hug from Mr. Jumper at half-time and was frantically searching for him as we were trying to leave early in the second half).

I was intrigued by JJ -- why does the NC2A have a mascot for basketball? Do they have them for all their revenue sports? What about non-revenue ones? And does he ever mix it up with the mascot for, say, the NAIA? I did yell to him that "The NCAA is my favorite governing body!" at one point. This article from Slate answers many of the questions ...

The college sports muckety-mucks wanted something more ecumenical—a mascot who could rise above petty loyalties and root for basketball in the abstract. The result: a speciesless, gender-neutral, froglike being with a shock of orange hair and big blue eyes. An ambiguous creature for an ambiguous job.

As an afterthought, there was actually a game, of which we watched very little. Harvard was down 54-28 at the half but rallied to make the loss a somewhat-respectable 70-50 tilt.

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I was a robust 11 lbs. at birth (and born a month early). Compared to this young fellow in Cancun who birth-weighed in at 14.5 lbs, though, that's nothing.

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Lacrosse Maybe your grandfather's? (Yes, I realize it was an Olds jingle, but Oldsmobile is no more. My mom's Delta 88 is still with us, though, although the rear badge on it lost the "smobile," so it just says "Old." The car is a 1995, so it makes sense.) I have been driving a Buick LaCrosse for the past week as my ailling 9-5 is getting fixed. And yes, it seems like the kind of car my grandfather would drive -- a modern-day replacement for the huge Plymouth Furies, etc. he had with the "EFH-10" license plates (by that naming scheme, as Ed III, I should probably have gotten "EFH-30").

Tigerwoodswithbuickresized The name of the car -- LaCrosse -- confuses me. Buick touts their so-called "crossover" cars -- half car, half SUV. So I would think LaCrosse might be a clever francofied pun ("the cross"), but the LaCrosse is just a sedan. And I really mean "just a sedan." Sort of like a LeSabre ("the sword"), I guess. Buick is big on the Frenchy names. Maybe it's named after LaCrosse, Wis.? Or maybe it's just a relatively harmless, generic-sourced name for a relatively harmless, generic car. Which it is. I'm convinced the only people driving LaCrosses are the elderly, renters or Tiger Woods. And I'm pretty certain Tiger only drives them on camera.

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First in a series highlighting my favorite grammatical errors. Of course, now I'm so paranoid that I will make an ironic grammatical error that I am frozen with terror. Power through, Ed.

When we were attending the Northborough Middle School (now the Robert E. Melican Middle School ... note it's not "Memorial" as he is still alive ... and the re-naming, for some reason, was Dollar_bill_bradley_1 controversial, although I forget why) we were given an illustrated guide to common language errors in our english class (come to think of it, I believe the class was "language," since, as we know, the only language that counts is English). For the misplaced modifier, next to the phrase "I saw a dollar bill walking down the street" was an anthropomorphic dollar bill waving and walking. The correct usage, unless you are talking about "Dollar" Bill Bradley, is, "As I was walking down the street, I saw a dollar bill. Of course, dollar bills cannot walk. Sorry for the confusion."

Some other notes:

I am playing around with the Rhapsody "all you can eat" music subscription. I have been intrigued by the concept of subscription-based music ... I figure it will help me to cut down on the number of impulse buys I make on iTunes if I can get all I want. Two downsides: 1) it is completely incompatible with my iPod; and 2) Renting music still seems kind of, I dunno, odd to me.  Well, to solve #1, I may have to invest in a Sansa MP3 player.

I was thinking of some guerilla marketing to promote a few of my clients -- I dunno, maybe something along the lines of the WordPerfect logo in Lite Brite, but it has to look ominous during the day but whimsical and utterly harmless at night, and it should be stuck on the bottom of bridges ... oh, and it should be giving me the finger! -- but it seems it's already been done. Good Lord, how would you like to be Peter Berdovsky tonight? One minute, you're in your apartment, I dunno, making a stencil for some sidewalk art promoting Mountain Dew Code Red while listening to some techno or something, the next minute the Feds are at your door and your mugshot is up on boston.com ... By the way, photos of him and his crew putting up the ATHF "art" are all over his site, zebbler.com. Somerville also got some props on the AP and CNN today given that a few installations took place in our fair city.

Speaking of marketing gone awry, check out the fama Web landing page -- we've added our first graphic in our five-year history, that of our cake from last week's fama birthday fest. There are a few photos of our party last week at Dillon's up on Flickr.

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Win95_1

Today's launch of Windows Vista brings back fond memories of the launch of Windows 95. Has it really been almost a dozen years since the classic Onion headline, "NATION'S WHITES EAGERLY AWAIT WINDOWS 95 LAUNCH"?

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So last night I had a bit of a fender-bender with the Saab. OK, it was more than a fender-bender; distracted on my drive home with the boy, in traffic on the McGrath Highway, I rear-ended a car in front of me, and pushed his Kia into the Chrysler in front of him. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Less luckily, neither of the other two drivers was super-solid in their command of the English language, which made the information-exchange dicey. Their cars are relatively OK -- some bumper dents. On the other hand, my cursed Saab (for those of you keeping score at home, 4 accidents, 2 my fault) has some serious front-end damage -- the hood is crushed, the radiator is shot, there's coolant all over McGrath, and it's essentially undrivable. Jacob was freaked out (when he's super-upset he doesn't cry, he just asks for Duckie) but seems OK now despite the fact that he got to hear me say "m*****f*****" real loud once I realized I wasn't going to stop my car in time. He does enjoy retelling the story of the crash (luckily, sans the 12-letter invective).

I would like to blame the following individuals or corporations in an attempt to shun any perception that this in fact the result of my own wrongdoing:

  • The hacker Muslix64 -- Had he not hacked the AACS HD-DVD content protection using DVD-playing software from a client of mine, it's unlikely I would have gotten a call from my colleague looking for the "talking points" we were supposed to stick to in response to any inbound queries (in this case, a 5:30 p.m. call from Comptuerworld). My attempt to find them on my BlackBerry and send them to said colleague contributed to my lack of focus. Ironically, the talking points ended up being in a format -- the venerable WordPerfect WPD -- that my colleague couldn't open anyway.
  • Apple -- Had they not made the fifth-generation iPod include the capability to display album artwork, it's unlikely I would have been leaning down in order to display the art from Beck's "The Information" for Jacob, who was saying, as he is wont to say, "I wanna see the big picture." This happened at least six times on the drive home, because he wasn't content to simply play the album through; when I would skip or repeat a track, I would have to reach down again to display the album cover for him, thus increasing my lack-of-focus on the task at hand.
  • The MathWorks -- Had The MathWorks not been holding their annual international event, Juliet would not have removed the car-seat from her car to lug ... I don't know, something ... goody bags, maybe? What do HR people lug? ... to their event at the new Westin Hotel, and thus she would have been able to fulfill her offer to pick up the boy for me last night.
  • The Mass. Department of Highways -- The merge onto Route 28/McGrath Highway (or is it the O'Brien Highway at this point? They shouldn't have one contiguous highway have two Irish names) from Somerville Ave. makes it nearly impossible to dive over three lanes to get to the left to turn onto Medford Street. Last night, I decided to instead stay in the right lane and continue on McGrath and take a longer, but less suicidal, route home. Little did I know it would prove equally suicidal.
  • Jacob -- He has a responsibility to remind me to keep my thoughts on the task at hand -- his safe arrival home. The minute he saw my focus wavering, he should have firmly said to me, "Daddy, I need you to concentrate on the task at hand -- my safe arrival home." Just because he is three and I am the parent does not excuse him from that important role.
  • Man with illegible handwriting -- The gentleman whom I hit, I was unable to get his name despite a number of efforts. He wrote it for me, but the letters I believe he wrote do not form a name in any language, as far as I can tell. It's something like "WZNKUYK DIAZ." I'm pretty sure of the last name. Luckily, he and the woman in front of him both spoke Portuguese.  I am somewhat embarassed to admit that, since they were chatting, I assumed they must have known each other. I am more embarassed to admit that I actually said that aloud to them ("Oh, do you know each other?" I was not thinking right).
  • Bruce Schwoegler -- I don't care if he's no longer the WBZ weatherman. I have to blame someone for the fact that it was 4 degrees F last night (not a wussy 4 degrees C ...). Maybe even Shelby Scott.
  • Saab -- I mean, clearly, their cars can't stop for s***.
  • Me -- To be fair, I can't help but feel partially responsible.
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This may cost me whatever limited indie-hipster street-cred points I still have (which is zero), but I think that Starbucks makes a solid cup of coffee. It's the same reason I shop at the Gap -- it's familiar and I know that I will get a decent cup of $5 coffee or jeans whether I'm in Somerville, Nashville or (OK, I couldn't think of a third "ville" city).

I realize that these major international chains are contributing to the "geography of nowhere," so I feel bad about supporting them rather than the now-defunct Someday Cafe or Diesel in Davis Square. So, I apologize for that. But I am trying to make ammends.

Today, after beating Juliet in yet another match of "rock, paper, scissors" for the right to be able to go straight to work rather than making an interim stop to drop off the boy, I stopped off at True Grounds on Broadway in Somerville. I had an excellent latte -- they use Terroir Coffee beans, which are quite good (and recently raved about in a WSJ article). Anyway, I'd check them out.

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OK, so apparently I have been tagged by Ezra with the "6 weird things about me" meme. I believe I was also tagged in a more subtle way last month by T Donroe; I apologize for not fulfilling my end of the deal. Now I get it. So here goes ... From "The Shy Turnip," who tagged Ezra:

Perdue_1 Each player of this game starts with “6 weird things about you”. Each person who gets tagged needs to write a blog post of their own 6 weird things as well as clearly state this rule. After you state your 6 weird things, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says “you’re tagged” in their comments and tell them to read your blog for information as to what it means.

While I don't know 6 other people to tag: Auddy5000, WordNerd, 7 Minute Commute, InmonJones, you're it. And I don't think these are necessarily weird; I couldn't think of anything truly weird (well, maybe the lipoma, which is more nasty than weird) ... so file it more under trivia, "things that make you go hmmmm". Could be useful if I am ever a Jeopardy! category.

With that:

  • I can play keyboard-based instruments reasonably well. I was a church organist for five years in high school and college, which clearly made me a hit with the ladies. With all that, here's my secret shame: I never really learned how to read music well. I can do it now, but pretty much have to stop every few minute to recite "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge." I played by ear and memory -- and like most illiterates, hid my problem due to shame. Beyond dazzling the Catholics, I shared my talent as the keyboardist for a number of horrid bands in Northborough in the late 1980s, including Obviously Five Believers, Fourth Time Around and Luther and the Radicals (It was essentially the same band each time, we just liked changing names. The other constants: InmonJones on drums; Attorney Lindberg on lead guitar; in Luther, I played bass, although I really had no idea how).
  • I have a lipoma on my left arm. It's a good-sized fat bubble, looks like a big bugbite. I've had it for maybe 10 years and have been repeatedly re-assured it's not cancer, just fat.
  • I was a Media Attache for the US Olympic Committee at the 1996 Paralympic Games. Basically I sat in a box at Turner Field (then the Olympic Stadium) writing event results and shamefully rooting against US athletes to win track and field events so I wouldn't have to schlep all the way downstairs to the media room to do interviews with them. "U-S-Nay! U-S-Nay!"
  • I had to fetch yogurt each morning for La Infanta Cristina de Borbon, the Princess of Spain (now the Duchess of Palma de Mallorca), when she was our guest at the 1993 World Disabled Sailing Championships in Salem, Mass.
  • I once met poultry magnate Frank Purdue while I was getting a haircut at the Rob-Roy in Westborough (1984 or so). Someone came in and said he was in the parking lot; my barber let me get up (halfway through my haircut) and walk out, where I saw him coming from a pay-phone to walk to his Rolls-Royce. I am pretty certain this actually happened and isn't some sort of hallucination.
  • I remember numbers -- mostly. As a kid, I memorized all the license plates of our neighbor's cars on Lavin Court in Troy, N.Y. To this day, I remember all the license plates my parents had (81-TRM, 5E-6477, 403-357 are among those that are retired; my first car in Maryland, a 1981 Malibu, was ZXP-359). I also remember each of my phone numbers from Troy (518-274-1619), Northborough (508-393-6847), college (you get the idea), Maryland, D.C., Somerville, Bedford, and Somerville. Ironically, I cannot remember my current license plate.
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I'd like to welcome one of my favorite Ottawans to the blogosphere with his new opus, the 7 Minute Commute.

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Jacob_and_daddy_2Today we celebrate three years of Jacob, as he entered our lives as 12:04 a.m. on 1/24/04 (classic photo on left was the first one taken with me).

It's amazing what a difference three years makes -- three years ago I was a novice parent riddled with insecurities. Today I am a more learned parent riddled with insecurities.

Last night he told me, "Daddy, I have lots of fun with you." I melted. Of course, then this morning he told me to go away. Three year olds giveth and they take away.

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And then today's mail was lost. Wow.

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Basically, every-other Tuesday is pretty much the only morning I can come in early to work (Juliet is home with the boy every Tuesday, but I usually only leave super-early every one of two). So today, I bundled up and left the house at 6:15 a.m., got to my office, and was told by the management guy that there is no power, except for HVAC, elevators and the like. We're still using two huge diesel generators in front of the building, so these things are likely to keep happening until a more permanent temporary solution is available.

So I went upstairs to my office, poked around in the dark and found my laptop and am working from the Starbucks across the street. Supposedly power will be back by 9 but there's a few things I want to get done, and going home isn't really conducive to getting them done.

I did just get this helpful note from our landlord (on my backup e-mail since famapr.com is down):

"The elevators and HVAC are working, the building is open, and you are welcome to come in to work.  But lights & plugs (as well as phone and internet) are down."

If only my job weren't so reliant on lights, plugs, phone and Internet!


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Cash Money, our security guard and NY sports fan, to me and pretty much everyone who came in this morning: "The Patriots choked last night."

Rejected Response #1: "Yes, not unlike my choking in the smoky firewell you sent me down -- resulting in a harrowing near-death experience -- last month."

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Well, tough loss for the Pats tonight. We caught up to real-time via TiVo in the fourth quarter, which made what was to then a quick watch absolultely excruciating. It got me thinking of a few things:

  • Wow, I forgot what it's like to have my team partake in a psyche-crushing defeat. Ah yes, bitter disappointment, a longtime friend of the Boston sports fan, how are you, old friend?
  • Are the Patriots the new Yankees?
  • Actually, while I'm kind of bummed, I'm not crippled, as I likely would have been prior to 2004. As much as I'd like to attribute this to the sense of perspective one gets when becoming a father, I probably have to give it up for the joy of three Super Bowls and a World Series win in the past five years (oh yes, GW has gone to the tournament twice; the, um, Celtics had a nice run in 2002; and the Bruins must have done something right). That, and, *ahem* the whole parent-perspective thing. Right.
  • As regular readers (Hi Dad!) know, Jacob is obsessed with the Patriots and, at times, will only answer to "Tom Brady" rather than his actual name. I struggle with how to break the news to him; perhaps I will just continue to pop in the 2001 DVD.
  • My cousin Darryl checked in with an e-mail within 90 seconds of the games' end with a GO COLTS! note. He's based in Lousiville but grew up over the border in Indiana; I'm guessing the Colts have a solid, regional base of fans.
  • Speaking of trash-talking immediately following crushing defeats, I still feel bad about the time I called my buddy Leo immediately after his beloved Houston Oilers lost a close playoff game to Kansas City. I realize it was 1993 and I have maybe talked to him once since then. I hope it's not because of that. In retrospect, I'm amazed I called him to mock him since 1) it was such a dick-ish thing to do and 2) who am I kidding, I didn't have money for long-distance calls then.

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Other than the game, not much today -- we did do some ice-skating this morning over at the Charles Hotel. Harvard ice-hockey defenseman (defensewoman?) Lindsay Weaver was working there and my nephew Zachary, who didn't like skating with his Dad too much at first, really enjoyed skating with Lindsay. She took time out from her work at the desk there to take him around for awhile, which certainly turned his frown upside down. See some photos here.

Also, I call this photo the Grampa-razi -- from Jacob's party, L-R: Special guest grandfather Tom Simkin, Juliet's dad Al and my dad and loyal reader Ned ...



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So tonight we are declaring a full news blackout starting at 6:30 p.m. -- can't go online, can't listen to the radio, watch TV or check e-mails/text messages -- as we are going to TiVo-delay the AFC Championship game until Jacob's in bed at 7:45 (God willing). I have done this a few times this year, and I do like to pretend that any calls are actually messages from the future. I'd love to find out if we've won the war on terror, if they've made Olestra without the unforunate "leakage" side-effect, and if rocket-cars are particularly common. Usually though it's just someone calling to tell me about a Bruschi interception in the 2nd quarter.

On another note, we had Jacob's 3rd birthday party here yesterday, with around 25 guests. It was a great event, although I am still recovering. Photos (including some nice ones of Jacob and his cousin Zachary skating at the Charles Hotel rink this morning) to come -- once I visit the future.

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A number of sources confirm Wilco's next LP, Blue Sky Blue, will be released on Nonsuch Records this May 15. Huzzah!

Frontman Jeff Tweedy evidently mentioned it at a solo show in Nashville Wednesday night.

For kicks, here's some audience video of Tweedy defending his role in a recent an on-stage altercation with a fan.

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One of the more subtle jokes in Spinal Tap was that, throughout the film, members would break out into these hideous cold sores, presumably due to their canoodling with unclean groupies.

Well, as an aside, one side effect of Crohn's Disease is cold sores -- due to my compromised immune system, I have a harder time fighting them and they stay longer. Hooray! Now, the last two times I've gone to the dentist, I've had a little "friend" on my lips, so now I'm convinced that my dentist believes me to be hideously unclean or an absolute rock star.

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IdolI have a pretty kickass Billy Idol sneer frozen into my face since being numbed up to get one of my classic, mercury-laden 1970s fillings replaced this morning.

For some reason it takes many, many shots to get my fully numbed.

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My last five entries have been about The Starship, the metric system, Somerville's holiday garbage collection, dead office plants and all-you-can-eat hot dogs at Dodger games. By comparison, over at FotF, she's writing about the existential nature of writing, the challenges of overcoming self-doubt and inertia, and the twisted, complex journey to honesty via dishonesty. I add the link because 1) it's a great entry and 2) perhaps it will make me appear smart and self-aware by association.

Speaking of extistential (I've used that word twice in this entry! Google, score me smarter!) writers, Esquire this month has a fascinating interview with the author they call the "last man standing," Norman Mailer.


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Starship_1The "we play anything" descriptor for the JACK radio format is not necessarily true ... sure, they have a playlist 10x as broad as most stations, but they don't play everything. But man, they do occasionally play some sucky stuff that you won't hear elsewhere (unless you have a time machine to 1985) ... pulling into my driveway tonight, I was flipping through the stations. 93.7 was playing the Starship's "We Built This City." I hadn't heard it in so long I had to sit in the driveway to listen and remember this song from he zenith (nadir?) of my awkward years. Wow, that was a bad song. (Full disclosure: I own an LP copy of Starship's "Knee Deep in the Hoopla" which was either a birthday gift or something I bought from money raking leaves; yes, I thought the album was pretty cool then.).

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Or at least I think it does. With the illness going around our house, last night I thought I might have a fever -- so I took my temperature. For some reason, the digital thermometer we have was measuring my temperature in Celsius; and despite my best efforts to remember (or to figure out why my thermometer was suddenly Canadian), I forgot the formula for converting. Anyway, my slight 37.7C fever (99.86 for those of you doing the math at home) was much better after a long night's sleep and some Tylenol. Today I was back to a normal, healthy 37C.

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The City of Somerville picks up our trash on Mondays. Every year, I am faked out by Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- I don't get it off, but I forget that the City does, and thus, no trash pickup. I find it particularly ironic given that one of King's last efforts was to mediate in a garbage-collectors' strike in Memphis.

So I dragged our garbage out last night, and this morning, upon noting that none of my neighbors had put theirs out ("Suckers!" I remarked), realized that it was a holiday. So I dragged in the trashcans (Somerville, urban oasis that it is, has stepped up its ticketing of people leaving trash out too long), but feeling kind of rushed, left the bags of recyclable papers out on the curb. (It was raining rather torrentially at the time). Now, I had been sorting all of fama's mail at home the past five weeks, and finally had brought all the junk mail paper out to the curb this week. With recycling, one person can make a difference -- but let's not go crazy here. I'm not hauling it out twice.

Somervillelogo I got to work and realized that I had misplaced an important check for one of my partners -- I couldn't find it so I assumed it was at the office. It wasn't. Keith was pretty patient about it, but I was sort of freaked out -- so I went back home and went through my garbage. Kind of like what the media would do outside of Bob Dylan's house in Woodstock, NY ... except mine was focused on the retrieval of one envelope, not learning more about the voice of a generation.

Being a garbagologist is pretty nasty. First, it involved hauling in the now-soaked paper bags of recyclables. I brought those into the garage and started going through them. Then, hearing the impending footsteps of my neighbor, [REDACTED], I decided to take my search into the house. I didn't want to explain what I dope I was nore was I in the mood for any sort of unrequested advice.

So, finally, in the back hallway, I went through 4 bags of paper and 3 trash bags before -- aha! -- finding the check, in the midst of coffee grounds and shredded documents, but amazingly, not in the one with the dirty diapers. And that's the story of how a Federal Holiday helped me find a check I had inadvertently thrown away.

Lessons learned:

  • Paper gets very wet when left out overnight in the rain.
  • PR firms get a lot of multiple copies of publications and junk mail -- and by the end of the time out of the office, my definition for "junk" mail was rather broad -- so pretty much anything that wasn't a bill or client check was "junk." I guess personal checks should have also been on that list.
  • Don't sort mail in the garage if you're avoiding being seen.
  • Never trust me with any important documents.
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We got back in today, but sadly, many plants, including Brian's beloved ... I dunno, ficus? ... didn't survive the five-week layoff.

Brian referred to his plant as one of the unsung heroes of the Great Fire of December 8.

The management company welcomed us back with free pizza. And then followed up to add, in a separate e-mail, that there would also be free cheesy bread. Almost makes up for the all the carcinogens I inhaled.

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Dodger_dogs Wow -- the Dodgers announced yesterday that they will open an "All You Can Eat" section in their right-field pavillion. Wow -- a seat at Dodger stadium with all the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and soda is just $35. So basically, cheaper than most seats at Fenway that are sans gluttony -- or, one has to pay extra for that.

I would think the novelty would wear off for anyone except maybe that Kobayashi guy who wins the Coney Island dog-eatoff every year. Most hot dogs I've ever eaten? Five, in the five-block walk between Cleveland's Jacobs Field and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1999, and I thought I was going to die during that, the nadir of my unhealthiness (which I seem to be revisiting now).

Apropos of nothing, one question -- didn't the sun used to come up before 7 a.m, or come spring, do I conveniently forget that every winter morning here is filled with Alaska-esque sunlessness?

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Good news! After > 1 month, we can finally re-occupy our offices starting tomorrow. I look forward to our holiday gift exchange, which was meant to start 30 minutes after the fire.

Bad news! Jacob is sick! Poor little fella threw up at school today, so I'll be home with him in the morning and Juliet will be with him in the afternoon. Clearly, it would have been way too easy for him to get sick during the five weeks I worked from home. He's sleeping now and seems OK but has a little fever; I think there's something going around day care.

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Soccer HOF - 17

  • The Los Angeles Galaxy's signing of handsome David Beckham is this decade's version of the New York Cosmos and Pele (described wonderfully in the documentary Once in a Lifetime.) I still don't know if it will be enough to make Americans care about a sport they inherently hate, or which bores them to tears. At the very least, it should the Galaxy the edge over their hated crosstown rivals, Chivas USA. I assume they hate each other.
  • One other item from CES -- I sort of fulfilled a dream of hearing Brian Wilson sing "Good Vibrations" live. Wilson was in the Gibson tent for the 4 p.m. Happy Hour. I couldn't go because I had to staff a meeting at the Corel booth (note: the reporter never showed). But at around 2 I was able to sneak out and hear Wilson's sound check, from outside the tent (it was closed off for soundcheck). I was able to walk around the back of it and stand by the rear door which was right behind the back of the stage; the glass was blacked out so I couldn't see (except when the Gibson people would walk in and out, and my badge couldn't get me in). Anyway, it was amazing -- he still sounds great and, as I've said before, is the king of writing those sweet-sounding melodies that have influenced a host of modern rock and indie bands I enjoy today.
  • This whole El Nino thing kicks ass! Al Gore is such a crybaby. I kid, although I do like the warm weather here, despite the hideous effect it creates on the rest of the world.
  • Despite this AP story from good guy Ted Bridis (at least he was when he'd return my Lycos calls in the 1990s) that suggests the potential malevolence of Canadians through their use of spy-coins, I just returned from a few days with Canadians (and some of their near-brethren, Minnesotans), and still find them to be among the nicest people in the world. (An excessively polite tip of the hat to the WordNerd for the heads up).
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A few final notes from CES:

  • A booth not far from Corel's (and from the stun-gun reseller) was this sort of Japanese technology distributor called ATechFlash ... it's big product was the iCarta, a combination iPod dock/toilet tissue-dispenser. For people who like good music and ... um, poop a lot. Clearly, Corel scored some choice real estate with its booth selection.
  • If you like scantily clad, not-particularly attractive or bright (at least, at first glance ... I didn't actually have a long conversation with any of them) women hawking personal technology products, well, this was the show for you. It was sort of the same dynamic one sees at strip clubs -- again, not that I regularly attend them -- ugly guy (and yes, the guys were pretty ugly at this show) talks at some length to quasi-attractive woman who would otherwise have nothing to do with him except that she is hawking routers. Or working for a company that sells them and knows nothing about them, but fits in the outfit.
  • The Casio booth had women riding a mechanical bull. What this has to do with cameras or keyboards, I don't know.
  • The Samsung booth had to be an acre.
  • Celebrities spotted today: Dominique Wilkins (at a HD TV booth), Hulk Hogan (at ... um, maybe Toshiba's booth?) and ... well, I talked to a guy who was a studio tech in Madison, Wis. with legendary grunge producer Butch Vig ( Nirvana's Nevermind; also the drummer for Garbage).
  • As I wait for my flight I realize I made a big tactical error -- I waited to eat, figuring I'd grab something at the airport. Big mistake, not much here -- about to eat a hot dog and then plug in and do some work. Oh well.
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A few other things:

  • The gym here doesn't open until 7, which is too late for me. Vegas, not an early-rising city.
  • So I walked over to the MGM as there is a 24-hour Starbucks. It was odd walking through the casino past people finishing up last night at the bar, while I am starting today at CES.
  • A Corel colleague tells me the locals don't like CES too much because "geeks don't gamble."
  • They play a lot of crappy music on the casino loudspeakers -- at the Trop this morning it was some live Phil Collins. I forget what generic music was playing at the MGM. But this is cool -- outside the Trop this morning they were playing Bob Dylan's "Live 1966" masterpiece. Weird. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" was playing -- very appropriate for Vegas. "They got some hungry women there, that'll really make a mess out of you."
  • CES is a weird show filled with, well, everything. For example, Corel's booth is next to a "security and spy" supplies company that features stun guns (not tasers, those are a brand-name, I guess ... these are low-end stun guns). You really can't beat trying to give a software demo next to a guy who can't freakin' stop using the stun gun to get people to check out his booth. I may have to buy one just to taser ... I mean, stun ... him.
  • Drove by the UNLV campus yesterday. Appears to be a glorified commuter school. I wonder if a D-1 basketball champion has ever had a less-glamorous campus.
  • I am taking the monorail over to the convention center today. Monorail! Monorail!Monorail!
  • Vegas line on additional quirky posts this trip -- 3. Bet the over!
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Yes, it's troubling to wake up and see yourself in the ceiling-mirrors, even without one's glasses on.

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One of my colleagues from Corel offered up this about the Tropicana: "You can walk the same halls Sinatra once walked. In fact, the carpet's probably still the same one."

This hotel offers me the following atrocities:

  • Smoking rooms only despite my reserving a non-smoking one.
  • Mirrors on the ceiling. I kid you not. Should be fun waking up to a reflection of my groggy self in the morning.
  • A shower head situated at my navel. Most female gymnasts would be too tall for this shower.
  • Very sketchy bedspread.
  • Did I mention the mirrors on the ceiling?

The three-star rating from Travelocity now appears to be quite a stretch.

On the drive down "The Strip" to my hotel from the convention center, I saw a sign that said it all -- at the Frontier Casino, "Cold beer and dirty girls." Yes, know your audience.

Amazingly, the adult entertainment expo will also be here starting tomorrow. Sadly, I will be on my way to the airport.

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This Qumana program I downloaded allows me to write blog entries in offline environments -- which, in today's ubiqutous-broadband world, pretty much just means on planes -- and post them later once I get a broadband connection. Hooray, now you get access to even more of my mundane life!

  • I hate networking on planes. So I don't try too hard. I've probably lost countless business deals because of this.
  • I like watching airplane movies without sound and making my own stories up to go with my usually way-off-base observations. Today's film, Flicka, becomes, like most sans-sound films, a highly sexually-charged romp, since I am alone and bored on a plane and there are a few vaguely-attractive actresses in said work..
  • I am an inveterate takeoff-sleeper. I will usually doze off as we taxi for takeoff and then sleep anywhere from 20-45 minutes. Today it was around 45 minutes.
  • I am wary of yogurt served on planes, since the change in pressure tends to make the yogurt explode upon opening. Thus, I eschewed the blueberry yogurt included in my "starchfest" breakfast (cereal, muffin, yogurt).
  • On the iPod so far, I've listened to Neko Case's The Tigers Have Spoken (she is quite the Canadian alt.country chanteuse; I really liked her 2006 work, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood) and Galaxie 500's Uncollected.
  • I've already done all the CES-related prepping I can do without going crazy. Now, just like my calculus final in 1988, I know what I'm going to know -- time to sit back and take the test. I think I got an A- on the calculus final.

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Allegheny A few random thoughts as I wait to board the US Airways 6:45 a.m. to Vegas, triple-grande latte in hand:

  • The new, downsized Wall Street Journal is much easier to carry and read when traveling.
  • I am on US Airways, and flying out of the wing that has the Shuttle flights to LGA. Shuttle flights mean there's a shelf with free business magazines and newspapers -- where I got my new, slimmed-down Journal. I always feel bad for the Hudson News located right across from the free magazine shelf.
  • I noticed some of the US Airways planes have "throwback" logos on them -- in this case, a few carrying the "Allegheny" logo, one of the many regional airlines the former US Air acquired over the years. I don't know about you -- while throwback sports jerseys are cool, throwback airplanes just make me think they painted over an old Allegheny plane, and that doesn't make me too happy.
  • Wow, if you read my last post re: the college football championship, there's a Dewey-defeats-Truman moment on the Ohio State kickoff; it pretty much immediately tilted the other way after I wrote that. Sorry Adam. What was the last college program to hold the D-1 football and basketball championships? They probably said it a few dozen times last night, but I was in bed by 10:30.
  • Potty training continues in earnest for Jacob. Last night at around 9:30 we almost thought we hit a major milestone when he asked to get up and use the potty for ... well, numero dos. He's been great with uno, no con dos. Close but no cigar last night. At least we are progressing in the right direction and I'm told my fears of him being in diapers as a college freshman are likely unfounded.

More to come from Vegas, baby. Given all the CES folk on this flight they should borrow the moniker for the Boston-San Jose route, "The Nerd Bird."

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BeckJacob is on a big Beck kick lately, as we've been listening to "Nausea" from The Information a *lot*, as well as a few choice cuts from Odelay. Good God, I am such an aging hipster. One with many, many emerging gray hairs.

He likes "Where It's At" a lot, although he calls it "Two Turntables and a Microphone." It's pretty funny hearing a three-year old say that, by the way.

Trying to see how much of the BCS Championship I can actually watch while doing my final cramming prior to leaving for Vegas. My flight is at 6:45 a.m., so it's probably not going to be too much. But it's games like this that make me somewhat wish I had gone to a big football school ... as I've said before, I am a college-football loyalty free agent. Pulling for the Buckeyes tonight just to actually get the chance to, for once, root for the same team as my brother-in-law Adam (Ohio State 1993, but also a big Yankees, Jets, Knicks and Islanders fan).

Plenty of updates from Vegas, CES and the aging, 2.5-star Tropicana Hotel to come!

Wow, Ohio State just scored 16 seconds in. Maybe I can go to sleep before 9.

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Ice Skating 01-2007 - 16

With the temperature hovering in the mid-60s, it seems odd to talk about skating. But I posted some pictures from our skating at the Charles Hotel last weekend on Flickr. Yes, I'm back on Flickr -- come to find out, it's better than PicasaWeb. So there.

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Vegas I'll be in Las Vegas next week for the big Consumer Electronics Show with Corel (and 165,000 of my closest friends). OK, many of you have heard me talk about Corel in terms of WordPerfect -- and yes, the venerable, leading alternative to Microsoft Office (97 percent of 3 percent of the market can't be wrong!) isn't the sort of wearable-computers-sexy stuff one thinks of when one thinks of CES, if they think of it at all -- but Corel is doing some particularly cool stuff in the emerging video formats battle since the company's acquisition of InterVideo earlier this year.

With that, I basically need to learn about an industry -- video creation, editing and distribution -- that is entirely new to me ... by Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. PST when I arrive in Las Vegas. Please pray for me. I see myself trying desperately to wade through a huge, unwieldy folder full of printouts on the flight out, and then falling asleep somewhere over Buffalo, a small puddle of drool leaking from the corner of my lips onto the latest IDC market reports.

One exciting note: celebrities galore at this event, from Christopher "I was Peter Brady from 1969-1974 but you may now know me as the guy on that horrible reality show where he marries the model" Knight and Gallagher to NBA legends George "Iceman" Gervin and Clyde "the Glide" Drexler. None are likely to have the "what the hell is this guy doing here?" cachet that Larry Gatlin did when he appeared at the OpenROUTE booth at Networld+Interop in 1999 ...

"I'm very excited about Larry Gatlin joining us for this important event," said Bryan Holley, OpenROUTE's president and chief executive officer. "Larry Gatlin is a good friend and after hearing what we were doing at the show and with the Company, he was very excited and graciously agreed to help us," said Mr. Holley.

Larry Gatlin commented, "Bryan Holley is an old friend and I'm looking forward to meeting some new friends at the OpenROUTE exhibit in Las Vegas. We'll shake hands, sing some songs and sign autographs. It will be a good time."

I am told by a mole in OpenROUTE accounting -- OK, my mom, who worked there at the time -- that Mr. Gatlin was particularly gracious about helping OpenROUTE after they cut him a big check.

Given that I will be gone all next week (I get to go to Eden Prairie, Minn. on the way home for a day-long planning meeting) I am going to cram as much family time into the weekend as possible, hence I'm trying to do a few other CES-related homework assignments tonight as Juliet and Jacob are asleep. Juliet, by the way, not too happy that I'll be traveling all next week. Please drop her a line or send flowers any time between Tuesday and Friday.

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Meant to blog this quote from last week's Boston Globe review of the Fishbone show at Harpers Ferry:

"'James Brown got to go to heaven for Christmas," declared Fishbone singer/saxophonist Angelo Moore after the very first song at Hapers Ferry ... The veteran funk/ska/punk band owes an obvious debt to the late Godfather of Soul ... No mention was made of Gerald Ford, whose impact on the development of funk was less profound."

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I wish I actually owed a Canadian some money, because that would be a great headline were it in context. I really enjoy writing headlines, particularly for boring press releases. My all-time favorites: Referencing MC Hammer in this SPSS release headline ("Ring the Bell, School's Back" -- he says it after one of the breakdowns in "U Can't Touch This"); and, dream come true, when some U.S. Team at the 1996 Paralympics (forget the sport) beat the Czech Republic, the incredibly trite "US Bounces Czechs" (in the daily newsletter ... believe me, even if the Czechs had won, I would have somehow used that).

Anyway, I was trying to come up with a clever headline today that includes Canada because my Canadian client contact came to town for a brainstorm meeting, and since we don't have an office yet, I hosted him and a colleague at my home. It seemed odd to be having a positioning discussion on the future of WordPerfect (and the future looks bright!) in front of my cats, and having the ability to throw in a load of laundry during a client-meeting break. One bit of upside: we ate a buffet lunch at Diva, and since I spilled chicken tika masala on my shirt, I was able to change when I got home. Another upside: since I was hosting the meeting in my house, I changed into a Celtics sweatshirt. I wasn't able to join everyone's favorite Ottawaphile for tonight's Bruins/Maple Leafs game (given that I'm away most of next week, I felt another night out was probably a bad idea) but given that the B's lost 10-2, it doesn't seem like a bad decision to offer my seat up to Mr. Watson.

Next week, I will be at the incredibly crazy CES in Vegas (as a gadget guy, I am incredibly geeked up although I won't have a lot of time to see much other than the Corel booth) followed by a quick trip to Eden Prairie, Minn. for a meeting with Corel's digital-imaging unit. Speaking of CES, I guess I need to get back to work on the CES writing on which I have been procrastinating. *Sigh*.

One other note -- banks, dry cleaners, stores: if you regularly offer up lollipops for the kids, for the love of God, please make sure you keep your supply stocked. Jacob enjoys our treks to the dry cleaners because of the lollipops ... and tonight, they didn't have any. And come to find out, preschoolers don't really understand retailers' lollipop supply-chain issues so much.

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I found it a bit odd that there was no mail delivery yesterday out of respect for the passing of Gerald Ford. First off, because I didn't realize it until today when I went to pick up yesterday's mail for fama at our landlord's temporary location ... and there was none. Were similar actions taken upon the deaths of Nixon and Reagan? I don't remember it ... maybe Nixon didn't get it because he resigned in shame. But Reagan? Anyone remember?

Also, I am hereby declaring there should be a standard for every phone number where, if you are calling and get the voicemail message, pound should *automatically* bring you to the beep. Sometimes it does, sometimes it hangs you up, and sometimes it brings you to some other weird menu. CLECs, VOIP providers and mobile carriers, consider yourselves warned!

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SnowgamejpgJacob is watching the Patriots/Oakland Divisional Playoff on the inaugural "Three Games to Glory" DVD for at least the 95th time right now. As my office is still our dining room table, I can't help but overhear as Gino Capaletti, once again, describe TE Jermaine Wiggins as having "those big bear claws" for hands, or Gil Santos saying "It doesn't look good for the lads" when Oakland goes up 13-3. I wonder who wins this game?

Most kids watch Barney or Thomas. Jacob is fixated on Tom, Adam and Tebucky. I want to once again state that I am *not* pushing this on him.

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Well, another year come and gone. We are truly entering fogey territory by the fact that we were in bed at 11:45 p.m. last night after a long day and an excellent, nearly child-free dinner with the Inmans and Tipper-Simkinses. See FoodontheFood for a better writeup -- including allusions to the shameful Millennium Party of 46A Belmont Street and its blood, sweat and tears -- than I could ever write. You really can't beat a dinner wherein 2/3 of the contributors have graduated culinary  school, and the third is an excellent cook (and I'm married to her).

Notable were two areas of discussion at the party -- 1) For people with cognitive disabilities, what is the minimum criteria for being skilled enough at something (such as playing Ray Stevens' "Everything is Beautiful" on the piano) to be considered a "savant" (I guess the use of the term "idiot" at the start has finally been declared offensive)?  (We never answered that one, really). 2) Is it wrong to dispose of a stale gingerbread house simply by flinging it out your back door into the bushes, given that its (the gingerbread house) biodegradable? (Wrong, debatable; odd, yes).

All the other kids went to sleep except our son! Huzzah! He declared his participation in the sleepover over and came downstairs during the end of dinner, and we departed by 11. Amazingly, there is no traffic at 11 on New Year's Eve.

Speaking of Jacob, yesterday we told him that he is going to be a big brother come May. He, of course, has no concept of time and we had hoped to hold off some, but given the conflicting advice we've gotten decided to roll the dice. He enjoys going up to Juliet's burgeoning belly and "talking" to the baby, and already plans to teach the baby about "Tom Brady and Antowain Smith" (his words ... unfortunately, all of his Patriots references are from the 2001 season given that he watches the DVD a *lot* ... we haven't had the heart to tell him Adam Vinatieri is a Colt).

Other odds and sods:

  • We threw out the Christmas tree today. The most fun part is chucking it over the balcony from our living room in order to drag it out to the curb (thus avoiding the need to vacuum the stairs, foyer, etc.) ... just so I don't inadvertently clobber Terri or Ezra with it, I did yell "Heads up!" before doing so. Not that one would expect a tree to fall from the sky with just the simple warning of "heads up."
  • I got to watch 10 minutes of the Rose Bowl and around 10 minutes of something called the "Capital One Bowl" today. I love that they've now completely dispensed with the nouns within bowl names and have gone right to sponsors only. Right now, as I am also finishing up a press release for a pitch this week, I'm keeping my eye on the Fiesta Bowl -- go Boise State and your quirky blue home-field turf.
  • Just started Dave Eggers' new novel What is the What.
  • My annual bout of post-holiday depression should be starting ... now. Go!
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From Christmas 2006

I have posted a number of pictures from Christmas, including the day with my parents, Sean and Wei and Wang Tai-Tai, as well as the day with my cousins. Click on the link next to the photo above of the Harrison boys (I look just like my brother except being 8 inches taller and 95 lbs. heavier).

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Pokylittlepuppy So we've been reading a *lot* of the children's classic "The Poky Little Puppy" lately ... click here for a high-fallutin' review on Wikipedia:

Thus, the rebel discovers the consequences of his actions, though in a round-about way. Children might relate to this pattern of behavior and consequences because they, too, are attempting to understand the differences between conformity and rebellion and the consequences of each.

Errr, right. Well, I have taken a far more literal interpretation of the story and have the following issues that I'd like to bring up with the author, Janette Sebring Lowery, although I may have to deal with her estate or the good people at Golden Books as proxy:

  • Why doesn't the Poky Little Puppy's mother wait up for him when he returns after his siblings so?
  • Doesn't she wonder who eats the dessert every night if she puts the other four puppies to bed without dessert?
  • The next morning, doesn't she ask the Poky Little Puppy where he was out the night before, why he didn't come home, etc.?
  • Is the Poky Little Puppy's mother the one who writes the signs near the fence about how puppies aren't to dig holes, puppies who dig holes get no dessert, etc.?
  • Because dogs can't read or write.
  • Wouldn't it be more effective for her to take an active role and keep an eye on the puppies when they are in the yard (in order to reduce the temptation to dig holes) rather than punishing them once they return?
  • Does the Poky Little Puppy's mother *want* her children to disobey her?
  • I mean, isn't she being sort of an enabler?
  • At the end of the book, after his brothers and sisters cover up the hole they dug, the Poky Little Puppy has to squeeze into the yard through a wide hole in the fence. Can't he just dig another hole?
  • Do puppies really get to eat chocolate custard, rice pudding and strawberry short cake on a regular basis?
  • If so, can they really smell it if they are out in the wide, wide world?
  • Why can the puppies talk, but not the snake, hop-toad, spider and other animals?
  • When they hear rice pudding being spooned into their dishes, why do they say "someone" is doing it? Why not say their mother is doing so?
  • Why hasn't their mother noticed the Poky Little Puppy's obvious issues with food, and his equation of food to love? Because he eats dessert by himself after everyone else has gone to bed, presumable filled with shame, in the dark.
  • Shouldn't she have a talk with him about it?

That said, I do enjoy reading the book -- and yes, I insert many of these questions as I read it to Jacob, which seems to annoy Juliet -- and like the fact that they use the word "pell-mell," which was the Miriam-Webster "Word of the Day" earlier this week.

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Well, just got back from a great afternoon at my parents' house with my cousins and aunt from my Dad's side (as well as my first cousin, once removed, Schuylar (age 2+) and my newest first cousin, once removed, Payton (age six months)). Good to see folks who travelled from Louisville via Albany to spend the day with us, and my parents did a great job hosting this, the second of three distinct groups that will spend time on Evergreen Street this week.

As I am now procrastinating on a PR plan I need to review (I really need the structure of an office and normal workday), a quick note on some holiday books I received as gifts. First off, two political tomes -- Jimmy Carter's Palestine: Peace not Apartheid (controversial amongst all my Zionist friends) and Barrack Obama's follow-up to his excellent autobiography, this one entitled The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, books from my friends and colleagues Brian and Keri, respectively.

I also blew a few Borders gift cards I had received from Juliet on a number of sports books -- Jackie Robinson's I Never Had it Made, an Autobiography; the new Maravich biography; and John Wooden's My Personal Best. I'm interested in learning more about Coach Wooden -- the Wizard of Westwood had a positively Auerbachian run in the NCAA tournament in the 1960s and is hailed as an excellent coach, leader and mentor -- yet he seems like such an anachronism when you see him during each year's NC2A Tournament (particularly when UCLA went to the FInals last year). Plus, I like books about sports.

Of course, I can't start reading any of these until I finish The Wisdom of Crowds -- which is slow going, not due to content but more to the fact that I'm sleepy by the time I sit down to read it.

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From Christmas 2006

To everyone, a Merry Christmas!

We had a great few days out with my parents in Shrewsbury. Last night was my semi-annual visit to church (I go religiously! Twice a year) -- the boy actually made it until the homily until repeatedly announcing "I peed my pants," despite the fact that he was wearing a diaper, and thus, it wasn't really that important -- followed by the Open House at the Zelnicks in the "old neighborhood" (where I lived from 1977 to 1992) and the multitude of babies now there. I am disturbed by slow demise of our house since the "new" (OK, they have now lived there as long as we did) owners took over ... and come on, you really shouldn't have *both* a plastic manger and plastic Santa outside unless you're consciously going for kitsch ... but that is neither here nor there.

From Christmas 2006

Today we had a nice day at my parents -- along with Sean, Wei and Wang Tai-Tai. Jacob really enjoyed the act of gift-opening ... big hits were the Thomas-themed train set (with real tunnel!), a tool set, a tool workbench, some classic TinkerToys (Uncle Sean enjoyed them as much as he did), the 2006 Hess Truck (ok, I enjoyed that one more than he did), *another* train set of the wooden variety (he now has home-and-away train sets, with Thomas staying at my parents) and a bouncing Tigger that Wang Tai-Tai enjoyed mimicking. I enjoyed seeing Jacob interact with everyone -- playing with Tinkertoys with my brother, reading stories with my mom and washing his hands with my Dad (and proudly coming into the kitchen and telling my mother to smell his clean hands). It was a very nice day.

I also learned how to say "you're welcome" in Chinese, and Sean tricked me into telling Wang Tai-Tai that I am very, very stupid. I will exact my revenge. But a fun day for Jacob with his parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle and honorary great-aunt. We also enjoyed a wonderful spiral-cut ham (is there any other kind of spiral-cut ham), sweet-potatoes with marshmallows and a delicious cobbler, among other items. I consumed probably in excess of 8,000 calories.

Although it is crass to brag about "loot," I will say I was the lucky recipient of a number of great gifts this year, including a new moleskine journal and "The Ville, Somerville" t-shirt from Juliet, an excellent Billy Bragg box-set retrospective and Hockey Night in Canada t-shirt from Sean and Wei and ... very cool ... gift certificates to Jacob's favorite, Redbones, from my mom and dad.

Although fama PR is technically closed this week, and we still don't have an office to go back to, I'll be working some each day -- the fire really has thrown off the end-of-year slowdown. This year also marks the first time I've ever been fired by a client +/- 4 days from Christmas. Luckily I don't get to hear why I got fired until a concall on January 9. Thanks guys!

I'm going to try to sneak in a movie around lunchtime on Thursday or Friday so if anyone 1) has any suggestions or 2) is free and wants to see a movie with me, let me know ...

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Caught up on some TiVo viewing last night -- including the much blogged-about "axe" (in this case, axe means "guitar") battle between Stephen Colbert and the Decemberists. I can't do it justice, so read this AP story. Perhaps the first time that Morley Safer, Henry Kissinger and the lead guitarists for Apples in Stereo (as well as Peter Frampton and Gov.-Elect Elliot Spizter) have shared the stage for *anything*. Wow. Great moments -- Colbert weilding a five-neck guitar from Cheap Trick's Rick Nielson; first prize being a copy of the The Decembrists' album The Crane Wife; and Colbert apologizing to Nelson Mandela and JD Salinger, saying there just wasn't time to have them on as they ran long, asking them both to "come back some other night."

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Amazingly, this post is not about my cereal-eating habits, despite its title. Hey-oh!

I'm now watching something called the PapaJohns.com Bowl (pizza, on the Web!). Tonight, it's the first-ever Bowl game played in New Mexico, the New Mexico Bowl, pitting the 4th place team in the WAC vs. the 3rd place team in the Mountain West. At stake? An imaginary 3rd-and-a-half place in the fictitious, merged WACMWC. Wow!

Didn't Bowls used to mean something? Like the 1957 Sun Bowl (ranked as the "21st Best Moment in Sun Bowl History, according to this guy), won by the George Washington University?

GW Football, Undefeated Since 1967, baby! Also, defunct since 1967.

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Ham

For my money, the best-cut ham is a spiral-cut ham.

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Typically I have all of my e-commerce shipped to fama, given that there's no one at home to sign for packages during the day. This year, with the fire, there has been the added wrinkle that for a brief window, our packages were not getting delivered to One Broadway, so I've had a few gifts that are somewhere between the purveyor and me, but no where to be found in-between. I believe FedEx is holding them hostage. I also learned firsthand the quirks of buying from "Amazon Vendors" rather than Amazon -- I got a sweet deal on the 2004 Red Sox DVD collection I'm getting for a friend ... and when the package came the other day, it contained John Coltrane's "Heavyweight Collection" and a shipping invoice for a woman named Melanie in California. My name ain't Melanie and I don't live in California. I hope that [REDACTED] is a jazz fan.

Also, for the first time I have relied this year on the time-tested model of "only sending cards when I receive cards," as I was sick of sending out 90 cards and getting back around 40. I realize the spirit of the holidays are giving, not receiving ... well, screw that, I almost died in a fire (excuse is nearly expired, need to hurry up and get it in a few more times).

Here's where this distribution model falls apart:

  1. What if the other party is using the same model? Nary a card will be sent.
  2. If the other party is a procrastinator and sends cards on, say, 12/24, they won't get theirs until New Year's, and then my dirty little secret re: my shameful holiday-card distribution model will be out in the open.
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Well, since Freewebs has fired fama PR, I really feel no allegiance toward them and their blogging service. Thus, I am a free man -- get it, Freewebs, free man -- and as a free agent have moved over to TypePad. Take that, world's second-largest Web host!

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