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    Bernie, this dictionary thing you mention---I found one, but I don't know where to plug in the mouse and USB cable. And where the heck is the battery pack? It looks like one long user's manual, but there's gotta be a chip in there somewhere....
  2. Classic. Absolutely classic. If this were indeed a true story, that diabolical rat called Vittorio should be serving 30 years of hard time in some cold, dirt-floor, no-running-water prison cell. (And of course this is a fictional story --- how could a real person be as lacking in conscience as Vittorio clearly is?) Tony, great question. And Eric, you have a way with words. You should do some writing! --LC
  3. Actually, I should answer my own questions... 1) I'm a little late getting into iPods/MP3s. It's kind of ironic, considering where I was in 1984 (I was all over CDs, working as launch editor of a then-new magazine about CD players and CDs). 2) Nope. Haven't put on a cassette in years. Most of the ones I had were mixes I made for myself, and they're beat. 3) I'm holding onto my LPs, but I never listen to them. I don't even have a turntable set up, although I've thought about it. In fact, when I ran down to the basement last week to sniff around (literally) for my Raspberries debut album so I could reply to another thread here, it was a real nostalgia blitz. Amid my 600 or so LPs, I was able to find my original five Raspberries albums (including Best Of, plus two extra copies of the first one). Right there with them were all three Fotomaker LPs and one Euclid Beach Band LP. They were in my "A" box, with all my old Beatles, solo Beatles, Billy Joel, and ELO albums. (I hadn't yet become obsessed with the Beach Boys in the 1970s-early 1980s). Anyway, I was explaining LPs to my 6-year-old daughter, and she wanted to feel the vinyl! I thought that was kind of cute.... The last LP I remember buying: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy. --LC
  4. Since everybody here loves music, I had a few questions: 1) How many of you are into iPods/MP3s? 2) Does anybody listen to cassette tapes anymore? I'm figuring the cassette is more of a dinosaur than the LP. 3) How many of you who grew up in the LP era are holding onto 'em? And if so, do you ever listen to 'em? Anyway, just curious.... (Especially curious to see if Eric weighs in on this one.)
  5. I wasn't familiar with Cotons, so I googled 'em.... Cute. I can see why they'd appeal. But, for me, the next dog will be a border collie. That's what I grew up with, and I can't imagine a better dog. They're loyal, great with kids, and have that innate "herding" sense. (I remember my dog actually herding my four sisters and me up the hill toward our house every day when we got off the bus after school.) Anyway, after college, I got a pair of cats and kept 'em for 18 years (actually, one died at 16.5) Now they're gone, so I'm thinking two new cats... plus a border collie. That's the plan, anyway. I have one daughter who's just about old enough to scoop a litter box! :-) Eric, do you have cats? I find a lot of people have one or the other -- cats or dogs.
  6. Tunesy, I've been working at an office outside of my home for a few days.... I'll try to check in tomorrow. Your hitters are bombing the crap out of the ball. Unfortunately, your pitchers are getting shellacked! Anyway, I'll catch up to you... --LC
  7. Well, the real baseball season is 1 day old, and guess who's in first place in our Raspberries Fantasy League....? Marlene! The Desperate Fools! Granted, there was only one game on the major league schedule Sunday, but still! Marlene's guys got her 99.5 points, so she's off to the races. Down at the bottom, there's a 5-way tie for last place. But again, it's early.... Now, where are those inspiring cheerleaders? Tunes will need 'em!
  8. BHP, you're right on all counts.... Dempster's WHIP last year was bloated because of several starts he made. Once he became a closer, his numbers were a little more palatable. Marlene, I'll give you all the help you'll need! But just remember this: It's really not that hard, and it really doesn't require you to do too much. Just keep your best players in the lineup and let 'em go. Your team almost runs itself. It's not like you'll have to go in every day and move guys around. Anyway, I'll help.... It'll be easy.... You'll see. --LC
  9. This was an interesting thread I missed until just now.... I would say: Check out a record called Victory Gardens by John & Mary, on Rykodisc, 1990. The duo is John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey.... He was in the earliest 10,000 Maniacs lineup, and he re-joined, with Ramsey, after Natalie Merchant left (also recommended: Love Among Ruins, from 1997). I like Mary's voice better --- she's a lot easier to understand than Natalie. Anyway, Victory Gardens is a very accessible folk-rock kind of record -- sort of mesmerizing.
  10. Eric, I've just never heard any nerves on that song, and I've listened to it I-don't-know-how-many-times since around 1975, when I "discovered" it on my sister's pungent-smelling copy of that first album. It would have been cool to hear it recorded during the Side 3 era, too, but... the original has an appeal that makes it a classic, at least to me! Of course, you were there, so you hear things that no one else does.... But if that were the only recording you'd ever did, I'd say you "made it."
  11. Sorry, gang. I was gone all day... BHPat, my answers, in CAPS: What is the difference between CI and MI? Does one take priority over the other? YEP, CI IS A CORNER INFIELDER. YOU CAN USE A 1B or 3B IN THAT SPOT. THE CI'S STATS ARE WEIGHTED THE SAME AS THE MI'S, AND EVERYBODY ELSE'S... I have two catchers, Rodriguez and Barrett. Do I have to choose daily who is the starter? WE HAVE TWO STARTING CATCHER SPOTS, SO LEAVE 'EM BOTH ACTIVE. IF YOU WERE TO CARRY A CATCHER ON YOUR BENCH, YOU COULD SLIP HIM INTO THE LINEUP IF ROD OR BARRETT HAS A DAY OFF IN REAL LIFE. BUT OTHERWISE, DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. WE'LL ALL HAVE DAYS WHEN OUR "ACTIVE" GUYS DON'T HAVE A GAME. IF WE HAVE A BENCH PLAYER TO FILL HIS SPOT FOR THAT DAY, COOL. IF NOT, IT'S NO BIG DEAL... As far as starters go, do I need to align my rotation with real life? What if Halladay and Buerhle pitch on the same day in real life, which probably will happen on opening day? Do I need to deactivate the other four starters on days they aren't pitching, thus giving all relievers a chance for better stats? IT MIGHT WORK OUT THAT YOU HAVE TWO OR THREE STARTING PITCHERS PITCHING ON THE SAME DAY. THAT'S FINE. IF THEY FACE EACH OTHER, IT'S GOOD, IN A WAY, BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU'LL LIKELY GET A "W" THAT DAY. UNLESS THEY BOTH GET SHELLACKED! BUT NO, YOU DON'T NEED TO DEACTIVATE PITCHERS WHO AREN'T PITCHING, unless YOU HAVE A GUY ON THE BENCH WHO is PITCHING. IF YOU HAVE A COUPLE STARTING PITCHERS ON THE BENCH, STICK 'EM IN YOUR LINEUP IF THEY'RE STARTING A REAL GAME, AND BENCH A STARTER WHO'S NOT PITCHING. YAHOO HELPS BECAUSE THERE'S A LITTLE INDICATOR NEXT TO THE NAME OF ALL PITCHERS WHO ARE STARTING THE NEXT DAY. YOU'LL NOTICE THE INDICATOR AS SOON AS THE SEASON STARTS. RE: PITCHERS IN GENERAL... PAY ATTENTION TO THE ONES WHO HAVE GOOD ERAs AND WHIP AVERAGES. A NICE, LOW ERA, LIKE UNDER 3.50ISH, MEANS HE DOESN'T GIVE UP MANY RUNS. A LOW WHIP -- UNDER 1.25ish -- MEANS HE DOESN'T GIVE UP MANY WALKS AND HITS. THESE TYPES OF GUYS, OBVIOUSLY, HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF PICKING UP WINS AND SAVES AND STRIKEOUTS.... How many players are on an "active roster"? WE HAVE 14 ACTIVE HITTERS AND 10 ACTIVE PITCHERS. AND WE HAVE 5 BENCH SPOTS. THE STATS FROM ALL THE ACTIVE GUYS WILL COUNT. SOMETIMES THEY'LL HAVE AN OFF DAY AND YOU WON'T GET ANY STATS, UNLESS YOU HAVE A BENCH PLAYER WHO PLAYS THE SAME POSITION -- JUST MAKE THE SWITCH BEFORE GAME TIME. AGAIN, THAT'S NOT A BIG DEAL. JUST PLAY YOUR BEST LINEUP. I JUST CHECKED YOURS, AND IT'S FINE. YOU'RE GOOD TO GO.... NOW IF SOMEBODY LIKE CABRERA STARTS OFF THE SEASON REALLY HOT, STICK HIM IN THE LINEUP AND TAKE OUT A TODD WALKER OR AARON BOONE, ESP. IF THEY'RE COLD. BUT AS A GENERAL RULE, STICK WITH YOUR "STUDS," LIKE MIGUEL TEJADA, EVEN WHEN THEY'RE IN A SLUMP. THEY ALWAYS SNAP OUT OF IT.... I'm so confused............ JUST BE PATIENT. YOU HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING WRONG YET. IN FACT, LOOKING AT YOUR TEAM, YOU MIGHT BE BLUFFING, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A GREAT SQUAD! --lc
  12. I concur. Those "surprising musical changes" (as the liner notes to Raspberries Best put it) have always been a thrill, and right on. I still find it hard to believe a 20- or 21-year-old could write such an engaging piece of music with so much build-up and tension and wistful lyrics.... After reading this thread, I have no choice but to put it on....
  13. Sounds like a memorable time, Robin. And now --- 30-some years later --- you can finally tell Eric what you would have told him that night if you hadn't been speechless. I think that's awesome! And it's one more reason that EC.com rocks.... (Your story reminds me of Eric's line about meeting John Lennon for the first time.... Great anecdote, as related on the "Hangin' With" VH1 show. Sometimes, words escape....)
  14. Marlene, your team is easy to fix.... Just go to your team page and put some of the bench guys (BN) into active positions (RHernandez at C, JEdmonds at OF, etc.) Same with the pitchers. You'll be activating Farnsworth, Batista, SPeier, Calero into RP spots. And Burnett, Clement, McCarthy, and Radke into SP spots. You know how to do that, right? Use the box next to the player's name to take him off the BN and put him in whatever position he qualifies for... It's easy.... You'll adapt quickly, and the Desperate Fools will rule the league! :-)
  15. PS: Tunes, to view the FAs, click on "Players" and then, under Position, scroll down to "RP." The first name that comes up is A. Fultz.... Put in a waiver claim for whoever you want; you'll have to plug in the player you'll be cutting. Players clear waivers on April 2, so you should have him added to your team on the first day of the season. If for some reason it doesn't take effect until April 3, no big deal. It's just one day, and most teams aren't playing on April 2 anyway.
  16. Tunesy, you have a great group of starting pitchers.... But you're short two relief pitchers. You can either trade to get a couple of relief pitchers or hit the Free Agent list. I recommend the latter. Free Agent (FA) relievers are a dime a dozen. The only problem is, you'll have to cut two guys, and I'm not sure who I'd cut on your team! I might cut somebody like Angel Berroa and your "least good" starting pitcher, maybe Wang because he's unproven? Or maybe it is better for you to work out a trade. Look at the teams who have extra relief pitchers and make a trade offer.... (I'm a believer in offering good value---as opposed to trying to fleece somebody. I know that sounds simple, but if you were to offer Wang for Mariano Rivera, for example, it just ain't gonna happen, and the other owner would probably send you a nastygram!) Marlene, I'll take a look at your team now... Hold on....
  17. Tony, good luck with the little one. I agree with EC about the li'l babies. I have 6- and 3-year-old daughters, and they change everything. Everything. For the better. Except you'll be giving up more of "Tony today" than you'll even realize. Just don't lose your tunes. (An old boss of mine once told me that when you get married and have kids, "you lose your tunes." I wasn't quite sure what he meant, but... I know now.) Anyway, in my experience, the kids are fun, maddening, hilarious, and especially enlightening. And in case you're thinking ahead... the second one is double the fun but triple the work!
  18. Marlene--It was great fun! Thanks for coming! 1. Just weigh the trade offer and decide whether it helps your team. Is somebody trying to bilk the rook manager? Or is it a win/win proposal? Don't feel pressured to pull the trigger if it "doesn't feel right." 2. Yes, you fill in your starting lineup. You'll have days during the season when the guys in your lineup don't have a game in real life; don't worry so much about that. It all comes out in the wash. In other words, don't worry about keeping an extra catcher just to fill "off days" if you don't want one. It's probably not worth it, because you'd be cutting a more valuable OFer or pitcher. The best way to handle your team is: Put your best lineup in the active spots. Usually, major league baseball teams have one off day a week (it's usually a Monday or Thursday, although early in the season, there are a LOT of off-days, irregular ones). Anyway, switch your bench guys in for your studs on those off days, if you have a bench guy that's playing. But just know that you're gonna have a lot of days where one or two or three of your guys don't have a game. We'll all have the same thing going on. It's no big deal... Hope that helps.... I'll "talk" more in another post....
  19. No, you don't HAVE to rank players in advance. In fact, if you plan on being there the whole time, why bother? :-) (The only reason would be in the event you might get "thunder-stormed" off the Internet.) By the way, Yahoo's draft page also has a chat function, so we can trash-talk during the draft. Totally optional. But feel free to make fun of my picks.
  20. That's very true, PaulieM. Good point. Thanks!
  21. Also, a name change: CubFanMike's team goes from Raspberries Best to Hit Records. I like it! --LC
  22. Hey! We have 12 teams now! That's awesome! Many thanks to Mr. Lew Bundles for taking the newest franchise. BundlesAgainstCurrent is the name. I love it, since Boats is my favorite album of all time. This is great. I was hoping we'd get it up to 12 teams, and we did. The draft is 8:30 EST, and you can rank players up to 45 minutes before the draft. (Ranking players will help you get guys you want in the event you have to leave early, or can't make the draft, or get bounced off. Example: You might hate, say, Barry Bonds. Just move him down from wherever Yahoo ranks him to, say #713. Then it's highly unlikely you'll get him, if you end up Auto-picking.) Anyway, don't let me confuse you! Yahoo's drafts are easy and fun. Just go to the league page arond 8:30, click on "Enter Live Draft," and you're off. Each owner has to make a pick within 1 minute, 45 seconds (I think). Play ball! PS: Thanks again, Lew! --Commissioner LC
  23. By the way, the draft order is determined randomly by Yahoo. I have no idea what it will be, and I'm not even sure what time it's set.... In the past, it was something like a half-hour before the draft. Anyone else wanna get into the league? Let me know right now.... We have 11 teams, with Tommy Tunes having picked up a franchise just today. Welcome, TUNES TONIGHT. --Commissioner LC
  24. The draft is 24 hours away. We'll still take a couple more teams, if anyone's interested....
  25. TC--how about if Bernie sets up 24-hour Web cams in all four of the Raspberries' homes? Then we can monitor their every activity---and be the first to know what's happenin'. Of course, we might need Web cams in their cars, too. (Just kidding, in case anyone thinks I was serious!) --LC
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