Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bits & pieces

Brrr! ...

Although you people who reside in the north might laugh when I say this, it's cold outside! (Cold = less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, my definition.)

Right now (7:30am Tuesday morning) the temperature outside is hovering just above the 40 degree mark. Brrr!

I'm thinking I'll have just a grand old time tonight burning some thousands of checks that I've gone through and discarded from many many years of 'collecting' same. Why did I collect them? I'm a pack rat. There's not much else I can say in my own defense.

I haven't turned the heat on yet. I object to having to turn the heat on until I feel really chilly. Right now I'm feeling only a 'little' chilly! (Temp inside the house currently reads 68 degrees and falling. High today will not reach 70. Perhaps 'tonight's the night'? (There's a really good joke that goes along with that. I'm not sure I can post it on my blog, however.)

World Series ...

I hit the pillow long before Game 5 was suspended in the 6th inning last night, thinking I'd wake up in a couple of hours and catch the last couple of innings. Next thing I knew, it was this morning and my 'little nap' turned out to be of a nine-hour duration!

So, after some morning ablutions and zapping last night's coffee, I came in here to catch up on stories about the game, assuming it was long over. Much to my surprise, it wasn't, and there was article after article about one controversy or another, not the least interesting of which was that about missed umpire calls ...

... which led to further discussion about the use of replay. If I read it right, replay is only used in the Series for 'questionable' home runs. Yet one can watch replay after replay from varying angles of 'close calls'. I don't think I'd want to be an umpire and have my (almost) every call reviewed from every which angle afterwards.

And speaking of umpires, did you know that they cannot be used in back-to-back World Series? (Something about a union agreement that is due to expire in the coming year, I believe.) I didn't! Learn something new every day, eh what? SO, if the very best umpires were used in 2007, they are not eligible to work in 2008.

And there you have it, folks, parity (aka mediocrity) at its finest.

By the way, there are some great shots from last night available here. Twenty-five photographs in all, the great majority of which are very fine!


Tammy said...

I heard we warmed up to 72 degrees here yesterday. I didn't actually have time to slow down and really notice it or enjoy it. lol

It's 28 right now, but supposed to get up to 69 later. Crossing my fingers. :)

Goldenrod said...

My goodness my goodness, Tammy. Your comment reminded me of (eons ago) when I lived in the UP of Michigan.

I beLIEVE you when you say that you have 40-50 degree temperature swings.

Going back to the first paragraph, I distinctly remember going shopping (whatever it was that I was actually shopping for) dressed in shorts and coming out of the store not that long later when the temp had dropped a good 30 or 40 degrees ... it was blustery, snowing, and I had to run like crazy to get back home before I 'froze to death'.

Try and stay warm, OK?

Tammy said...

You know....I really don't have a problem with high temperatures, or low temperatures, it's the great gap in between, and the drop and rise in temps each day. Just checked the local weather on Yahoo, and we are up to 32!!! Lol. However the expected high is now only 67. What's up with that? Our highs this week are supposed to be 67, 66, 65, 60, and 61.

steven said...

well goldenrod, you asked for it!!! the windchill this morning was 6 celsius below zero. the wind? well it's kicking by at about fourty kph. 150 miles east of here (do you like how i can slip between imperial and metric just like that!) there's ten centimetres of snow on the ground. we've had the furnace on for almost two months now so that we can keep the inside of our house around seventy degrees fahrenheit - outside it's pitch black and several degrees below zero. my wife says she "will not make it through this winter without another trip to a warm place". i sense another whomper of a bill from an all-inclusive somewhere in the carribean coming my way!!

Craig Peihopa said...

Lovely pics Goldenrod, thanks for that link.

As for the "world series" how many nations actually play in your world series? Hmmm

We have the Rugby League World Cup on at the moment and it is between England, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Ireland, Tonga, Samoa, France and Fiji. Not wanting to be a smarty or anything but it has always caused me to think.

As for the temperatures, We had a very hot day here 2 days ago, then it went very cold for the last two days, then we are in for heat again over the next few days. Strange thing this weather.

Goldenrod said...

I was nice and toasty warm last night under several blankets. Purr, purr, purr! We shattered a nearly 100-year old record for this date early this morning with the temp falling to the mid-30's.

It's very early for this. I've heard, from various reliable sources, that this will be a much colder winter than normal. Have a few stories to tell, and no doubt you'll read about some of them as we get farther along in the season.

Hey, Steven! Have you heard about electric socks? Caught a little blurb about them this morning on the news.

Craig, I'm glad you clicked on the link for those photos. Knew you'd appreciate some of them.

Got a kick of your questioning the use of the word "World" in World Series. I did the same thing when I was a kid. Only two countries are in this competition, Canada being the other. Seems like it's a terrible misnomer, doesn't it?