“We don’t care, we don’t have to…”

i was saying earlier that once my iPhone arrives, in less than ten minutes i expect to have no phone service at all.

my friend laughed as if i’d made a joke. i’d call him now to say i told you so but i have no phone service.

Phone Co. Website: To activate your new phone, Click Here.
Me: clicks
Website: We will now send you a Text Message with a one-time code. Enter the code on our website and your phone will be activated. What phone should we text it to?
Me: The one you just deactivated, numb nuts.

i hate technology

one step forward, two steps back…

today i upgrade my phone
tonight my PC is out of order
maybe a virus. dunno, never had a virus before

so i had to get the laptop out of its box in the closet where it’s been sitting since February
then i had to begin updating every program i needed to use
numerous projects are now on hold indefinitely
tomorrow i’ll call or email somebody

i hate technology

Mike Michaud for Governor of Maine

I have owned property and paid taxes in Maine for 17 years. My wife was born in Portland, her mother is from The County and her family has operated a potato farm there for over a hundred years. I love this state. I was so proud to cast my first vote here as a full-time resident two years ago. If I was eligible to vote here four years ago, I would have voted for Eliot Cutler. This year, I am glad to be eligible to cast a vote for Governor of Maine for the first time. I’m voting for Mike Michaud.

2014 Post-Season Baseball

I can’t tell who I’m rooting for without a scorecard.

Here is my scorecard as the 2014 baseball playoffs begin…

Rooting for:


Also for (in no particular order):

Can root for (if necessary)

Might have to root for:
A’s if Lester is pitching
Angels if they play the Dodgers

Unlikely to root for:

Will not root for:

Subject to change at a moment’s notice. Except for the Dodgers.

The Fenway Experience

I went down to Boston for Wednesday afternoon’s Red Sox game. It was an awful game. Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner even said so on the radio.

But it was not an awful day. It was a nice September day at the ballpark.

This morning in my email, I had a note from the Red Sox management, thanking me for attending the game. The Red Sox management is very thoughtful.

They also asked for my opinion. They wanted to know all about my “Fenway experience.” I clicked all the buttons for all the survey questions and I gave them high marks for everything from the cleanliness of the ballpark to the friendliness of the staff to the wait time at the concession stands to the quality of their “entertainment” program.

High marks all the way through.

They do a good job.

But they did ask for additional comment about their entertainment program – which I repeat, I gave very high marks to for the quality of its individual elements – and so I took the opportunity to assess not the elements but the whole…

“i’m there for baseball, i don’t care about the entertainment bells and whistles. i do wish there were fewer of them and it was not a constant barrage of stuff from the moment i take my seat. but other than the number of items on your program, i won’t complain. your program of non-baseball stuff is carried out in a way that is not annoying – i love the Celtics but i don’t like going to their games because the “entertainment” portions are overly loud. i’m a middle-aged guy who has no problem watching beautiful women dance but i can’t wait for the Celtics Dancers to sit down and get out of the way of the game…and get out of the way of the downtime in the game. it’s not just the players who need time outs, the fans need breaks too. the Celtics DEMAND my attention and FORCE their show on me. at Fenway, i do not feel that i am under attack. However, you do cram in so many pre-game promotions and presentations that it becomes very easy to tune it all out. i know you are trying to make those individuals happy and i know that is good business. but it’s bad business to present it in a manner that causes the audience to ignore it. You just can’t do EVERYTHING. well, you can – you do – but it doesn’t work. it can’t. it becomes one big giant mishmosh of stuff that we have no idea what it is because we’re not actually paying attention. sure, we want to applaud the little kids and the valiant war vets that you honor…but we don’t know who we are suddenly applauding because there were so many others we weren’t listening to any of it. it really borders on being a disservice to the people you are trying to honor. and finally, you have taken away completely the most wonderful part of entering the ballpark early: the quiet, interrupted by the sound of batting practice hits and catches and the sheer wonder of Fenway itself. i know you do realize how special Fenway is and you have absolutely made it a better experience. but you were doing a better job of that before you ramped it up this high. i mean, i love ice cream but i don’t want you to bring me a new dish of it every minute for a whole hour. that’s too much of a good thing. which turns out to be a bad thing.”

“…our annual Pigskin Preview…”

The football season is upon us. I have been accepted into a small group that picks the NFL winners each week for bragging rights only. This was my first correspondence with the Commissioner…

Thanks for letting me into the secret football society. “M” has sent me the passwords and a series of drawings depicting the secret handshake. And I got the Buffalo sauce, the matches, the shredded wheat, the pom poms and the Valvoline. I’m not sure I understand these instructions he gave me. This isn’t some kind of weird initiation, some hazing thing like I see on the news, I hope.

I guess it’s been awhile since you’ve had an expansion team in the league. It might set your mind at ease to know that I grew up a Giants fan. YA Tittle, Gifford, Morrison, Shofner, Huff, Barnes, etc. I remember Earl Morrall and Gary Wood at QB. My earliest football memory is a game that Gifford had to start at QB with Tittle hurt – a late season game. When they traded Tarkenton away, I quit in protest. It took a couple years before I started following the Patriots. But I still hate the teams I grew up hating as a Giants fan – the Packers and the Cowboys. The only favorite football player I’ve had since my days as a Giants fan was Doug Flutie. He was no Fran Tarkenton but he had a few moments.

I’m the “casual football fan.” Don’t know squat about the college game, but I’ll watch BC in the years they’re good enough to be on TV. And I’ll watch a couple other odd college games during the season – Harvard-Yale, UMaine-UNH…but I never watch the bowl games unless there’s a New England team involved. I think Flutie was playing the last time that happened.

Usually I start watching the Patriots after the World Series is over. However, when your baseball team is in last place, you get to start watching football from the beginning of the season. So this will only be the third time in my life that I’ve watched the NFL from Week 1. But it’s the second time in three years. However, things are certainly looking up for next year. But that’s off-topic, this is about foo’ball… I’ll watch a neutral NFL game if there are no baseball playoffs on. I definitely watch neutral games when we get to Week 12 or so and I watch a bunch of playoff games. But I am no kind of expert. I can name all the top QBs but otherwise I can only name the top Patriots and a small handful of other guys around the league.

I never played fantasy sports but this year my neighbor coaxed me into a fantasy football league on NFL.com. Another neighbor let the AI make her picks. Both of her QBs were better than mine. So I decided I should learn a little more about this and I went over to ESPN to see their system. After a few days, I had ten more teams.

I mean, if you’re going to be doing the research anyway…

…you might as well pick the winners each week too.

Or try.

Good luck to us all!

- S