Archive for October, 2007

Game over, series over, and the Red Sox are World Champs again!

Posted in baseball with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2007 by leftfieldlama

Champs Again

They’ve done it! They’ve done it!  With a final score of 4-3, the Red Sox complete a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies and take their second World Series in four years.  You’ve gotta love it.  The best part was jumping up and down in my Colorado call center as everyone else was wallowing in disappointment; the kind of disappointment that can only be had by seeing your team win a million games in a row, and then losing the four that counted the most–with the most on the line.

But oh well.  Today rightly went to the Red Sox.  They pitched better, hit better, ran the bases better, and made play after play to get there.  It’s a good day to be a member of Red Sox Nation.  I probably won’t have serious writeup on the game or series for that matter.  I was at work for almost all the games, and by the time I watch them online, other people have already done a good job at that.  I will, however, stay tuned in to our off-season moves.  What will happen to Coco Crisp?  What do we do with Jacoby Ellsbury?  What will happen with Mike Lowell, Curt Schilling?  Julio Lugo? A-Rod just announced his entry to the free agent market.  Little as I can stand him as a Yankee, I wouldn’t mind him playing the 6-position, or even 3rd base if we don’t keep Lowell. 

But all that is for another day.  Today and tomorrow are for playing Red Sox anthems and loving life.  I know I will.  Enjoy this and this.

Go Sox!

Vid picks of the week, and Jacoby

Posted in baseball, Guys, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2007 by leftfieldlama

This video will change your life… all you need to know:  Miracle.

And from the Sox game… Royce Clayton on Taco Bell’s Steal a Base, Steal a Taco Promotion. (The first link aired during game one, when Coco Crisp explained the promo, and the second is also from game one, but aired during game two after Jacoby Ellsbury won us all a free taco). Royce and CocoRoyce and Jacoby.

 …And speaking of Jacoby, I can’t wait to see A LOT more of him as he emerges as our star center fielder.  Rookie of the Year next year!

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Music: Band of Horses

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , on October 25, 2007 by leftfieldlama

So I’m really caught up in Band of Horses.  I heard about them on NPR when they released their second CD, Cease to Begin.  Rhapsody.com describes Cease as “…conjuring wistful melancholy and joyful catharsis, which is something few acts can equal…”  I don’t really know what that means, but they range from intellectual “Detlef Schrempf” (named for the former Seattle Sonics player, though as far as I can tell it has nothing to do with him), to the folky melodic “The General Specific,” and the repetitive yet contagious “Is There a Ghost?”.  And if you’ve never heard of BoH before, here’s their biggest release off their first Album, Everything All the Time.

 For a more thorough reveiw, check out UWeekly’s “Women Be Shoppin’” blog.

Yikes!

Posted in baseball with tags , on October 24, 2007 by leftfieldlama

I’m at work now, but the Red Sox are killing it!  13-1 in the 6th… will write up on it after I get home and watch it online.

Now batting…

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2007 by leftfieldlama

“The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.”  -Thales

And so begins the blog that will make me famous.  Like Perez Hilton.  Except not.

At work, introductions go: name, how long you’ve worked for the company, and something interesting about yourself.  Instead, why don’t I just tell you I’m 25, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and if the previous sentence didn’t give it away, work in a call center for great big multinational company.  You’ll figure the rest out as you read this blog.  And you won’t be alone, as I’ll be trying to figure myself out as we go.  Thanks for the inspiration, Thales.

Now let me just say right up front that I don’t want you and I to have some ugly falling out when I talk about eating marionberry cheesecake while watching the Red Sox game and reading a gay blog during the commercials. And you, being a homophobic Yankee fan who thinks marionberry farmers exploit migrant workers or something, decide I’m not your cup of tea.  So for the sake of avoiding such an ordeal let’s get started with a taste of what’s to come.

This blog will be all over the place, but in no special order, here are the topics that will likely make their way into our colloquy:

Music:
Few things excite me more than when I discover a new artist or band that really clicks with me.  When you hear a song for the first time and that thing happens where your entire consciousness is jolted into absorbing every last drop that comes out of the speaker, you want to share that with someone.  So there’ll be some of that and perhaps some criticisms as well.  I’m currently listening to Band of Horses (more to come on them).  Other favorites range anywhere from The Killers to Elvis; from Rufus (and Martha) Wainwright to Elton John; and lately anywhere from intellectual yet catchy post punk / indie rock type stuff to guilty pleasures like “Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna.

Politics:  
Think: Al Gore.  That should tell you all you really need to know about my political beliefs for now.  (Run, Al, run!)Zen Living cover

Baseball: 
I’m a HUGE Red Sox fan, so yeah I’ll be talking about that a lot especially now that they’re um… IN THE WORLD SERIES!

Gay interests: 
From high-brow political issues like gay marriage to frivolous gay pop culture like “OMG! Dumbledore is gay!

Buddhism: 
A few years ago, I, the godless heathen that I was, decided I’d try to find religion.  Instead, I found The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living.  Since then I’ve been hooked, and in my own undisciplined westerner way, tried to make the dharma relevant to me.  I’ll share Aha! moments with you as I have them.

Consumer interests:  
I decided I’m going to start writing letters to companies that piss me off.  Should be fun.  I’ll share whatever good or bad experiences I have with customer service entities I encounter.  And about what I had to do to check the code on the Dr. Pepper lid to see if I was “1 in 6” who won “Cool Football Prizes.”

Working in Corporate America:  
Here I’ll chronicle whatever risings to the top, pitfalls, Office Space or The Office moments I encounter and feel like sharing.

Wikipedia discoveries: 
I’m a sucker for a good wikipedia article and will pass on the good ones as I come across them.

 So that’s it for now.  Tomorrow night is game 1. Go Sox!