Earthquake...Kind of ironic that this was centered near Washington D.C., hay'na or no? (By the way, did I use "hay'na" correctly?). Anyway, I was working on staff mid-year performance appraisals when it all went down and I didn't feel a blessed thing. People on the second and third floors of my building (including my oldest daughter) did feel it, so best guess that was that since I was sitting on a concrete slab I didn't but those sitting on open-web steel joists did. Oh well. In other news, apparently people in California...land of fruits and nuts...are mocking the earthquake response here in the east. Big deal. Let's see Los Angeles handle 6 inches of snow.
Family Genetics & Maine...As was documented ad nauseum here, I spent a week vacationing in Maine. Loved it...and if you like the outdoors at all you should really consider going there once in your life. Anyway, it seems that my cousin Jeanine also loves Maine, which makes me wonder if there is some kind of genetic thing going on. Anyway, I really do recommend vacationing there, although it's not exactly a great place if you like swimming in the ocean.
WILK...I see & hear where WILK is thumping Lou Barletta (the man who has the whitest teeth I have ever seen on another human being) on a regular basis these days, as reported HERE among other places. Now for the record I was pretty harsh in my criticism of Paul Kanjorski over the years, so no one can successfully label me as a shill for the Democrats. However this is a self-inflicted wound for Barletta. If you are going to be critical of the former incumbent for not having town hall meetings, then damn straight you had better have lots of them...and even more importantly...don't talk about how you can't have them because of disruptive constituents (or "nuts with cameras", as Kanjorski used to say). Here's one other thing about Barletta that I want to get off my chest: he can stop already with the canned, GOP-fed word for word talking points. Barletta seems like a personable guy, so maybe he should leverage his people skills just a bit more by being himself. Talk to people in the public domain. Skip the scripts. Doing stuff like having a closed door meeting at the uber-WASPY Westmoreland Club doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Having the ability to handle critics well in the public domain can be a pretty positive thing. Seeming to duck critics can be the opposite. Man-up Lou.
NEPArtisan...I have an open invitation to continue posting at NEPArtisan, so I'm thinking I should actually write something one of these days. It's so hard though for me to get excited about political stuff these days. I normally find politics to be ever so slimy, and in this current political climate that normal layer of viscous sludge is growing even more repugnant. What's more, I think they are all mostly self-serving bums in Congress anyway. Excuses, excuses.
Movies...Movies that are coming out that I am interested in seeing include Apollo 18 and The Rum Diary. The former is your standard Sci-Fi horror thing, and the latter is a movie version of an early Hunter S. Thompson novel. I never real this particular HST piece by the way, so it should be interesting.
S-WB Yankees...Apparently a local group of investors has come forth with an offer to buy the management rights of the S-WB Yankees. Good thought, but probably isn't going to work, as I believe that there already is legal stuff in place to transition the ownership to the Yankees organization.
Sports...Finbar O'Brien has a great post on college football that you can link to HERE. It's one of those things that I read and immediately wished I had written it.
School Starts....today for a number of local districts. Here's to a safe and productive new year of learning for all the kids out there. The first day of school was always this kind of magical time for me when I was a kid, and while I am now years past such things I can still recall that feeling of wonder/awe/anticipation.