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  1. June, that Rock'n'Roll HOF show was an unforgettable night, from what I've read. Lucky you! Wish I could have seen it. (Now there's a perfect show for a DVD release....) Tony, hey, thanks for asking! No "celeb" here, and certainly nothing even close to NY Times best-selling books.... Just a few titles that were on-the-side "passion" projects for me. Two of them are books that spotlight the photography of one guy, Ozzie Sweet, who's a living legend (now 87) among sports photographers. (You probably know his work from SPORT magazine covers in the 1950s/60s). The new one is called The Boys of Spring, and Ozzie's name is blasted on the cover. I wrote the text, which describes the images Ozzie took at spring training between 1947 and this year... a 58-year span. (The last chapter chronicles our travels through training camps the past three seasons.) We also teamed up on a book 5 years ago: Mickey Mantle/The Yankee Years. Aside from those, I've done a couple sports memorabilia books.... Couldn't help it... I love that stuff. The music thing was a book of CD reviews, but it goes way back to 1986, when there weren't a whole lotta CDs out yet! Heck, that was so long ago, the Raspberries reunion was still 20 years away! Anyway, enough self-promotion.... But thanks again for asking.
  2. Hey, thanks! Great advice from all of you.... The piano-pushing came from a friend who's a musician and whose opinion I respect, although he can be a little, um, straightforward. His point was: It's easier for little fingers to play piano than guitar. BUT, he didn't address the passion side of it. That seems like the key. I want her to WANT music lessons, not feel pushed into it. I hadn't thought of the musical-instrument-store visit, Darlene. That's a great idea.... I'll see what makes her eyes sparkle -- the only problem being, her eyes almost always sparkle! (Of course a dad would say that....)
  3. Now THAT'S funny, AnneG! Hmmm... Same idea, but the couple in "Go All the Way" was a bit further along than the couple in "Go Away Little Girl." (PS: A New Hampshirite---so you're holding out hope for a New England Raspberries show, too! It's too bad the House of Blues in Boston didn't survive....) mymooladi -- no, I missed out on the Ringo visit in Salem.... I was still living in the greeat state of Virginia, or I'd have been there. In fact, now that I think of it, I was in the process of moving at the time -- I remember trying to fix my VA/Boston commuting schedule so I'd be up here when Ringo hit, but it didn't work out. So I guess the only live EC performances I've seen where a couple Dirty Dancing stops, in NYC and Worcester.... I'm due!
  4. Gracias, folks. It's nice to get such warm welcomes (welcome-backs) from longtime members! I've been seeing your posts for years, Kirk and Kazumi, and Darlene and Marlene, and aggiesjc and mymooladi. Good stuff! Mymooladi, wouldn't it be nice to have Raspberries resume their tour in New England? I could see a nice little triangle of shows working out: Stamford, CT, and Manchester, NH, and Boston, or maybe Providence, RI. Heck, even one of 'em would be nice!
  5. Nice post, there, Ira. How true about how taxing life's demands are -- and about how passions keep us cookin'. (As an aside, now I can't get "Do You Believe in Magic" outta my head! Great song.) And nice follow-up, Darlene. Teachers are underappreciated, don't you think? (And I'm not even a teacher!) As an aside... I want to get my 6-year-old daughter started in music lessons. Is it best to start her with one instrument and let her pick (she has a cute little "First Step" guitar, and I can just picture her playing "Party's Over"!). Or is it better to push her toward an instrument (piano seems to be the obvious choice)? I'll take any advice you might have...
  6. Picking up on the autumn trend of new-member "hellos," I figured it was about time I posted a more formal... hello! Actually, I'm a new member with an asterisk, I guess. I registered in 2000 but posted just a couple of things, though I've been popping in regularly to "check the weather," as it were. With all the uplifting events of the past year, I couldn't help but re-register a little while back, and I've been wanting to post a catch-up note, so here it is (um, is there a word-count limit, Bernie?). What I wanted to say is: First, this site is addictive. All the news, all the show reviews, all the "nooks and crannies" -- EC.com couldn't be better. Kudos to Bernie, Kathy, and all of you who make it a fun place. (Couldn't help but notice all the musicians, writers, editors, and creative types here.... Must be something about the intelligence of the music.) I originally came across EC.com around the time it launched and sent an e-mail to Bernie to offer compliments. What a welcome site it was. In the pre-Internet days, it was tough to find info like this about the Raspberries and EC (and I worked in music publishing for years!). It's amazing to think about all the good things this site -- and Raspberries.net, too -- have spawned: a forum for fans, info-sharing, and best of all, The Reunion. Second, The Reunion! -- it's just about the greatest thing to happen in music in decades, and I haven't even been to a show yet. Fortunately, the words and photos here have painted a picture of what I've missed (thanks for that). On one hand, I'm a little racked off at myself for not somehow, some way getting to a concert. I live in Massachusetts, so the NYC shows were close, but... I had a book signing in Cooperstown that weekend. I almost pulled off Atlantic City, but logistics tied me down. However... I'm optimistic. Very optimistic. I feel like there's more to come. From all accounts, the reunion has been electric, so why let it end? I don't mean to be naively optimistic, but... I'm sort of counting not only on more shows (here's hoping for a New England visit) but a DVD and a whole CD of new material. Wishful thinking, yes, but you've gotta figure that the Raspberries' obvious camaraderie (from all accounts), the thrill of recapturing that great sound, and the rediscovery by so many fans will add up to new songs. The story isn't ending.... Third, "Round 2" of Raspberries has sparked all kinds of memories for me. I mean, almost every song on every Raspberries and EC album has some connection to a person or moment or feeling or stretch of time in my life. That's probably true with most folks here (at least those of us who are of a certain age). Back in 1972, I was a 12-year-old who constantly borrowed his older sister's Raspberries LP to play "Go All the Way." (I, too, was one of those who thought the chorus was "Please go away," but that wouldn't make a helluva lot of sense, would it? Heck, I was only 12!) Shortly thereafter, I borrowed my sister's "I Wanna Be With You" single -- permanently, as it turned out. That was the coolest song I'd heard since... "Go All the Way." And it's as fresh now as it was then. I somehow lost track of the Side 3- and Starting Over-era Raspberries, but in winter 1975, the familiar voice on "All By Myself" reeled me back in. No song has ever nailed loneliness so hard.... I studied the heck out of "ABM," courtesy of (again) my sister's LP collection. It became a personal soundtrack of sorts because my family relocated in summer 1976, just before I started senior year of high school. "ABM" helped me get through -- it was a place to find consolation (if not a little self-pity!). "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again," too. The EC album sent me scurrying to more closely "examine" the entire first Raspberries LP, and I recall listening to "I Can Remember" over and over at the time. It still amazes me that a 20- or 21-year-old could have written that piece. "Waiting" and "I Saw the Light" were equally entrancing, and there was something so cool, in a Lennon/McCartney way, about Eric and Wally collaborating on "Don't Wanna Say Goodbye." I also dug (dig) "Come Around" and "Get It Movin'" -- worthy changes of pace. From there, I bought Raspberries' Best. I'm know I'm preaching to the choir, but... that was the perfect compilation for the (LP) era. I must have played it 10 million times in 1976-77. Side 1 was a real rush every time, with those "four horny singles" run together, no gaps between 'em, and all those great Wally guitar riffs and Jim's booming drums. The second side got me into "Let's Pretend," still one of my five favorite EC songs. And Capitol's Best-of packaging was incredibly effective. It was pretty slick to blast "FEATURING ERIC CARMEN" on the cover. And those liner notes... I practically memorized all that copy about the "illustrious" Raspberries. I recall getting a huge kick out of Eric's "itinerant farmworkers" quote. The summer before starting college, 1977, I waited impatiently for Eric's 2nd solo LP. After countless delays, Boats Against the Current finally arrived, and I dove in and found it instantly powerful. I didn't so much listen as absorb it -- just soaked it in. The title track, to me, is just about the best song ever written. I couldn't understand why the album didn't spike to No. 1 on LP charts that fall, or why Arista didn't release "Love Is All That Matters" as a single. That fall, Boats was glued to my turntable. I probably have played that record more times than any other, including Abbey Road and Rubber Soul and Pet Sounds and Blood on the Tracks. I remember sitting in English Lit class and writing the lyrics to "Boats" and "Nowhere to Hide" in my notebook. I just connected with 'em more easily than with lines from Shakespeare.... Boats inspired me to quickly buy the entire Raspberries' catalog, starting with my own copy of the first LP (my sister took hers away!), complete with scratch-n-sniff sticker. Among those LPs, I still can't pick a favorite (if you put a gun to my head, I might say Fresh... or Starting Over). Eric's Change of Heart takes me back to spring semester, sophomore year. It didn't set the world on fire, but I still defend it as a fun pop album, with the highlight (for me) being "Desperate Fools." Around that time, I got really into Fotomaker, too. Wally's "Name of the Game" is still a favorite of mine. By the time Tonight You're Mine released, I was interning at a newspaper where I pitched a music column to my editor. He approved and I eventually wrote a review (rave, of course) of TYM -- although the editor refused to print the “suggestive†cover art (he used the flip side instead, the prude!). After graduating, I went into magazine editing and within a couple years, I got the chance, thanks to some kismet, to be launch editor of a new magazine covering CDs and digital audio. From 1984-93, I had my own little (subtle) campaign to keep our readers aware of Eric and the Raspberries, starting with my first column, where I compared our fledgling mag to a "boat against the current" (hey, it was valid -- in '84, remember, few people had listened to a CD player, never mind owned one). In the years ahead, we published wish lists for LPs we wanted on CD (you can guess what I requested); reviewed Raspberries import/compilation CDs; and plugged mentions of "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" into CD reviews of Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2. My highlights, though, were interviews I did with Eric in 1986 (re: Geffen CD) and 1988 (Dirty Dancing). He was gracious and cooperative and forthcoming and honest, which is all any interviewer can ask. During all those years covering the then-new CD market, I got exposed to countless discs and bands and styles of music. Yet I always came back to what hit me the hardest -- Beatles, Beach Boys, and Raspberries/EC. They still account for 80 percent of what I listen to. It's the best kind of rut, don't you think? In the meantime, I'm getting a kick out of seeing which songs grab the ears of my daughters (6 and 3, already big Beatles and Beach Boys buffs). "Let's Pretend," "Drivin'Around," "Nobody Knows" -- I've heard 'em in the back of the car singing all of those. And when I play "IWBWY" yet again, one of them instantly asks, "Dad, why do you like that song so much?" Ahhh, it's a long story, girls.... Anyway, I'll stop now. Apologies for taking up so much Web space: This "note" just might crash the server!
  7. Actually, I didn't know that... and I should.... I remember the Lindsey/John Stewart song. I'll have to pick up the CD just for that.... Gracias!
  8. Hey, another John Stewart fan! Good going, Ira. I love JS and have seen him play many times. He's an American treasure -- a highly underrated singer/songwriter/guitarist known for his folk-rock style. Every review or story ever written about John mentions that he wrote "Daydream Believer," but I know he doesn't mind: That's one song that's had a life of its own, from John's own acoustic version (which is awesome) to the Monkees' and Ann Murray's versions to U2's reading during a concert tour a few years ago. John also had hits with "Lost Her in the Sun" and "Midnight Wind" [come on down, Miranda!] on the same late-1970s album that had "Gold." John's got that great staccato voice and distinctive guitar style; Lindsey Buckingham is a huge fan, and has played on John's albums and even written a song about him. I especially love John's sense of humor (you've gotta see him play a club and hear his between-song banter on politics, music, and life in general). As for CDs, check out his Punch the Big Guy album from 1987 or '88 (it includes "Runaway Train," which was a big hit for Rosanne Cash) or Bombs Away Dream Babies (with "Gold" and "Lost Her in the Sun") or a more obscure live CD like Secret Tapes. John is still touring and recording for his own label, Neon Dreams. Check it out at www.chillywinds.com. Sorry for the ramble, but man, JS is cool, and his "underappreciated" status reminds me of EC and the Raspberries. In fact, I love the way JS makes his music available to his fans by releasing a steady flow of new music and live performances on CD (DVD too) through Neon Dreams. I buy just about everything he puts out.... And like EC, John's got a very, very loyal fan following: the "Bloodliners," who are named after one of his first post-Kingston Trio albums (California Bloodlines). John tours every spring and fall, usually staying near his base in California but also comes east to hit a few clubs in Boston, New York, and Maine. He knows where his strongest fan bases are, and he makes sure he hits 'em, because his fans will come out every time. Just as Raspberries fans would do. Also, to pick up on a thread elsewhere on this site -- the idea for a weekend-long "Raspberries-fest" every year -- John is involved with just such an annual event: Trio Fantasy Camp. His fans pay a fee for a weekend of music, talk, food, and fun (I haven't gone, but I've heard a lot about it). I guess another ex-Kingston Trio member, Nick Reynolds, shows up as well, and I believe each Fantasy Camp attendee gets the chance to go up on stage and perform a song with John and Nick.... Not that I'm suggesting that Raspberries-fest attendees get to go up on stage and jam for a song with Eric, Wally, Jim, and Dave. But I love the convention idea, where fans can get together.... Oh---the Monkees question.... I guess I'm with the crowd on this one---Nesmith was/is the one who stands out the most (I'm with several of you on Ronstadt's reading of "Different Drum," and he's had several worthy solo albums). But... I have a soft spot for the whole group as a nice bit of pop diversion....
  9. Mamacote and Jimmy, Thanks.... I was being a little bit ironic with that "sinister" comment, even though it didn't help my own argument! But yeah, I remember when Soundscan came along (wasn't it in the 1980s?) and made hit-tracking less "political," as it were.... Nice review, CalDoll!
  10. Ras-wine, that's okay. You can differ. And you don't even have to beg. But "hack"? Ouch. I wish I could be such a hack! Hey, Paul's recorded work between 1976 and 2005 doesn't hold a candle to the Paul of 1962-1975. No argument there. I guess our point of departure is that you're saying "a tremendous volume of trite, syrupy, etc. material post-1975," and I think that's an exaggeration. Even if Mac's "batting average" is far lower over the past 30 years than it was between 1962-75, there are some gems, too. At least for me. But it sounds like you're saying that there's absolutely nothing he recorded after 1975 that appeals to you. For me, the bottom line is this: Paul "live" in the 21st century --performing whatever he wants from between 1958-2005, including assorted numbers from recent years mixed in with his estimable 1960s-70s work -- is a show I'd see anytime.
  11. And again, I don't mean to be splitting hairs, because overall, the review Jeff posted is great. (In fact, I was originally going to debate the writer's description of Eric's voice as "angelic." Critics have always used that word to describe Carl Wilson's voice, but Eric's is more versatile---sometimes innocent, sometimes snarling, sometimes urgent, sometimes tough, yet always so recognizable. But... I figured I was starting to sound too contrary, so I deleted that paragraph.) Anyway, as others have pointed out, the fact that the reviewer was so blown away by "Overnight Sensation" makes him okay in my book! I think it was his gratuitous shot at McCartney that got me going.... It just reminded me of all the years that Rolling Stone seemed to regularly beat up on Paul, no matter what he was doing. RS, for all its appeal, made it seem like it just wasn't cool to dig McCartney.... Or Eric, for that matter. Does anybody remember the RS review of Boats Against the Current? I still have that issue, with (I think) Elvis on the cover. But I digress....
  12. Pierson, I agree with you that "Overnight Sensation" is "very obscure in the grand scheme of things" (hence my "Bohemian Rhapsody" point.) But I also agree with myself---it wasn't a TOTAL secret. How could it have hit #18 on Billboard's chart if DJs weren't spinning it at least a little, prompting at least some people to buy it? Marvin's and TommyTunes' replies bear me out: Maybe there were stations that maybe NEVER played the song, but there also were stations here and there that did.... (Maybe you were listening to the wrong stations? If you heard "Kung Fu Fighting," "Rock Me Gently," and "You're Havin' My Baby" a lot in 1974, you might have been tuning in to the wrong stations.) (No offense to anyone who loves those songs!) Also, I'm not sure how chart positions can be TOO deceiving, unless Billboard practiced some sort of sinister record-tracking scheme that made certain songs look like Top 20 hits when they really weren't. Certainly, though, we're in agreement that "OS" is a classic---a brilliant bit of songwriting and a stunning production. I could listen to it all day.... In fact, after I kept playing it over and over in the car the other day, I heard this, again, from my 6-year-old daughter: "Dad, why do you like that song so much?" (I explained the sentiment of the song to her; she got a kick out of the way people used to use the word "bread" to mean "money.")
  13. I'm with aggiesjc.... The audio-only bits are good treats, 'cause I haven't been able to see any of the video anyway. "Baby's in Black"---what a great cover.
  14. Nice stuff in that review; I can appreciate the nostalgia rush, and man, it would have been nice to hear "Overnight Sensation" live. But -- if I could be just a bit curmudgeonly -- I never thought of "Overnight Sensation" as this undiscovered, secretive, members-only, non-hit of a song that never made an impact. While it hasn't received "Bohemian Rhapsody"-sized attention, it did make some noise on the charts. Heck, it spent time in 1974 on the Top 40 chart in Billboard; in fact, I think it reached No. 20, right? I suppose the story really was about the writer re-discovering a song he hadn't heard in years and realizing, finally, how powerful it is. For any of us who have listened to "Overnight Sensation" 8 million times since 1974, the song has never been a secret. Then there was the writer's obligatory shot at Paul McCartney, as if that would strengthen a concept (Raspberries today) that didn't need it. I mean, in one breath he wrote about McCartney in 2005 by saying: "You'll only be reminded of how old you really are [as] a sexagenarian clinging to his fame tries to re-convince you, when you're already convinced." Yet he also compares the experience of being at a Raspberries '05 concert to a "sock hop." Geez, wouldn't a sock hop make somebody feel old? Otherwise, the review had all kinds of great sentiments that any Raspberries fan can relate to. Thanks for putting it up, Jeff, and sorry for being a little nit-picky. Definitely worthwhile...
  15. Just catching up on this interesting thread and thought I'd weigh in with... 1) Razz-Wine, I certainly respect your opinions, because you made some good points in your McCartney notes earlier this month. But man, I just don't get people (not just you) who hack away at Mac's career. I mean, heck, what more can the man do? Yeah, he's done some things that even he might like to pull back, but as Bernie noted, just look at that set list on his current tour. 2) I saw McCartney in Boston at the start of his current tour, and it was pure magic -- a night that made you appreciate his long career, his impact in the 1960s, the range of stuff he did in the 1970s and '80s, and the fact that now, in his early 60s, he's still out there showing how it should be done. I also saw him in the early 1990s and in 2002, and both times, I came away saying it was the best show I'd ever seen. (Granted, I haven't seen a reunited Raspberries yet....) To watch Paul and that great band play such inspired readings of "Band on the Run," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Get Back," "Hey Jude," "Let It Be," "Long and Winding Road," the "Sgt.Pepper/The End" closer... it was unforgettable. I missed a few things from the 2002 tour -- especially "Hello Goodbye" (I thought that was a much stronger opener than "Magical Mystery") and "All My Lovin'" (because if there was one song that got tears going in the eyes of grown men and women, that was it --- it obviously sent a lot of people flying through the decades). But the additions of "Helter Skelter," "I've Got a Feeling," "In Spite of All the Danger" (that was so awesome), and "Please Please Me" more than compensated. And so what if John Lennon wrote more of "Please Please Me" than Paul? That was one of the more collaborative-type efforts Lennon & McCartney started out doing, where one would add a little of this or that to strengthen a song. In fact, I think it would be cool if Paul did another mainly-John song, like maybe "A Hard Day's Night." Or "If I Fell," with those great harmonies. (Of course, I also loved hearing the 45 of Lennon singing the mainly-Paul "I Saw Her Standing There" back in the early 1970s at an Elton John concert.) 3) It seems like some people just have it out for McCartney, no matter what he does. I guess the bigger the icon, the more tempting of a target he/she is for sniping. But instead of grousing that McCartney did "Say Say Say" and "Ebony and Ivory" and a small number of other duds, I like to consider the countless classics. I guess I'd rather see the glass as being 7/8ths of the way full rather than 1/8th empty. 4) Back to the Egg? I love it! If there was ever an underrated McCartney album, that's it. I played it nonstop when it came out and still put it on occasionally, and it has aged remarkably well. I rank it up there just behind Band on the Run, Ram, Venus and Mars, and -- I love Driving Rain, from 2002. Just my 2 cents on Mac....
  16. As for the World Series... American League guys are supposed to root for AL teams, but I think I'd like to see Houston win. I love Bagwell and Biggio. Granted, I'm still a little suspicious about Clemens' "retirement" from the Yankees after falling short in the 2003 WS, because it all seemd so contrived when he and Pettitte signed with Houston. If they had never left pinstripes, I bet we'd have a couple more rings. But it's hard not to root for them now. Regardless of who I personally want in the WS, I do think Houston's pitching will be just enough. So... Astros in 6. And we'll likely see a lot of 2-1 games, don't you think?
  17. Tommy Tunes--I live around 30 miles west of Boston, and I make no secret of my Yankee loyalty. I come by it honestly, having grown up in NY State and having a dad who loved the DiMaggio and Mantle Yanks. And yeah, I do wear a Yankees cap out and about--not to cause trouble, but because hey, it's just baseball. But some people around here get riled up. Most just make a good-natured antagonistic comment, so it's generally in good fun. There was a lot more hatred toward the Yankees during the 86 years prior to 2004, but Boston's title cooled off the fans a bit. That said, I try to be sensitive about mentioning names like Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone around here.
  18. Speaking of the Yanks, I've seen all kinds of A-Rod bashing, and I guess I've agreed with a lot of it.... That big salary didn't match the puny performance. But the news story that broke today makes me cut him some slack: The uncle who raised him---who was essentially a father to him---died in a hospital on Sept. 30, just before the playoffs. A-Rod didn't make the story public, but his aunt threw it out there in an interview yesterday. I know, I know---Clemens pitched on the day his mom died late this season (and won). But everyone handles grief a little differently.... (That said, it's hard to forget A-Rod's 9th inning double-play that killed our rally in Game 5 vs. Anaheim.... Ugh.)
  19. A White Sox/Cards World Series would be fun, but I guess I'd enjoy a White Sox/Astros World Series, if it happens. As a Yankee fan, though, it would pain me to see our former rotation in action: Clemens, Pettitte, Contreras, and El Duque. The Yanks might still be around if we had guys like that pitching for us this year! Oh well--not much the Yanks could do about Clemens, because he "retired." But they could have made an effort to keep Pettitte, and could have invested a little more time in Contreras. He was madly inconsistent, but he did show flashes of brilliance.
  20. I think the attraction is: Raspberries music makes you feel younger! My own folks haven't really gotten "into" it (maybe they're too young at 73 and 65?), but I'll have to give 'em a taste. In the meantime, I'm pleased to report that my two daughters, 6 and 2.5 years old, are all over the 'berries. In fact, just tonight, both of 'em were in the back of the car singing along to "I Wanna Be With You" on the way back from dinner. I've probably played "IWBWY" 100 times in the past two weeks with them in the car, and they not only noticed (my 6-year-old: "Dad, why do you like that song so much?"), but they love it. "Let's Pretend" is another current fave of my girls'. In fact, they've liked that one for most of their young lives: It was one of the songs I'd use to calm them down as infants. Something about it would make them stop fussing and listen. Of course, my all-time go-to song when it comes to calming down my little wild "animals" is... the Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl." That melody and those harmonies have always had a soothing effect on them, from the time they were a few days old. "God Only Knows," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and "Hushabye," too. And the Beatles' "If I Fell" has always worked wonders as well. But as they grow a bit, I'm been giving them a steady diet of Raspberries. Don't know if I'll be playing "All Through the Night" for them any time soon, but for now, the Fresh album has been in heavy rotation, and they love it. My 6-year-old also loves Eric's version of "Walk Away Renee" (which I know has had mixed reviews on these boards; to me, it's awesome). "She Did It" is another one she digs.... Hey, we gotta expose 'em to the best, don't you think?
  21. Geez, I'd rather have a nice talk with Brian, however short and basic, and maybe get a "sound bite" to remember than try to throw him off. What a legend. But hey, different strokes.... Overall, that's a great enticement for Katrina donating. Thanks for posting that, JohnO.
  22. CubfanMike, I was born in NY State, and my dad's always been a DiMaggio/Mantle fan, so... I inherited it. And yep, I do get a little razzing up here in Mass. In fact, last fall at a teacher conference at my daughter's pre-school, the principal said to me, kind of coyly, "So your daughter tells us you're a Yankee fan..." That was at the height of RedSox-mania during their World Series run, and the little ones were buzzing about the locals, and I guess my daughter spoke up with, "My dad likes the Yankees!" Cute.... I was proud of her for that.... Re: random drug testing.... Geez, the only Yankees who I would guess might have ever dabbled in steriods would be Giambi and Sheffield, and I would guess both are smart enough to be abstaining. Especially Giambi, after admitting it and going through a tough early season. What a comeback, though. Re: your Cubs.... You wouldn't believe how frequently they take shots at Nomar in the Boston media, talk shows, etc. At one point, the guy could have run for mayor here and won. How quickly they forget....
  23. I agree---Yankee time again! They seem like they're on a mission. And we Yankee fans haven't had a World Series title in five long years! (I love using that line up here in New England.... It gets the Red Sox fans' blood boiling: "FIVE YEARS? FIVE YEARS!?! TRY WAITING 86 YEARS!!!" That said, I do like this Indians team a lot: Sizemore, Hafner, Perralta, Martinez.... And how can you not love a team with Coco Crisp on it? There's a candy bar waiting to happen (correct me if there already is one.) So... I hope the Indians win their division, even though they'd give the Yanks a tough series....
  24. Well, I'd love to say I love the video, but... it's making me realize how old my equipment and software are. My PC still has Windows ME, and my Mac is running OS 9.1. Dark ages stuff, I know. But they've been doing okay for me professionally (I have a home office). Well, I'll try to upgrade in the next day or two and get that video streamin'. It's about time I got into the 21st century, anyway.
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