Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Scotland and Iceland play tomorrow at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

I was supposed to be there.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

I declare today a "draw"...so far!

Today was a jam-packed sports day for me, no less than five sporting events are/will take place in which I have a vested interest.

First, Ross County FC drew with Dundee thanks to a last minute free kick. Barring some sort of late season collapse, County will remain in the SFL First Division next year- and that's a good thing.

Then, the UNH Wildcats hockey team tied their NCAA tournament game with North Dakota State with only .3 seconds left in regulation, then won the game 45 seconds into sudden death overtime.

Next, Scotland were drubbed by the Dutch 3-0 in Amsterdam (crap).

So, that's a win, a loss, and a draw, for an aggregate "draw" so far.

Still to come, the New England Revolution face the New York Red Bulls and the USMNT faces El Salvador in a World Cup 2010 qaulifier.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Today's Free Advice

If somebody uses the word "scripture," RUN AWAY!

Friday, March 20, 2009

How does this happen?

Thus far in my film viewing life I've avoided watching the 1978 remake of The Big Sleep.

The 1946 original starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall was so good I couldn't imagine a remake being anything but bad.

I was wrong- it's worse than that.

The only thing good about it is that it follows Raymond Chandler's book a little more closely than the original- except that it's set in England in the 1970s!

Where do I even start?

Robert Mitchum, an outstanding actor and an icon from the heyday of film noir plays Philip Marlowe- sort of. He's too old for the part, his voice is too deep and gravely, and his diction is not clipped in the way that Chandler's writing (and Bogart's earlier performance) was.

Jimmy Stewart- my favorite actor ever- has a few minutes of screen time as "General Sternwood." I'm not going to say much about his performance because I know from several other sources that he was already suffering from the onset of dementia/Alzheimer's Disease when the movie was filmed.

The Sternwood sisters- who are one of the best parts of the original movie- look like refugees from Studio 54, and the younger of the two, Camilla, is played as though she is developmentally disabled.

Joan Collins also has a small part in the film...ugh.

Lastly, and perhaps most disappointingly, one of my favorite scenes in the original movie- the book store scene between Bogart and Dorothy Malone- isn't even in this movie.

For shame.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I guess you just never know

I'm reading a book- a novel- that I'm enjoying very much.

It was originally written under a pseudonym in 1961, but it was recently republished under the author's real name. That name?

E. Howard Hunt

Yup, the guy who went to prison for almost three years as a result of his role in Watergate.

I should have serious misgivings about reading it...but I don't.

Friday, March 13, 2009

My Apologies

I'm very busy at the moment and as a result, I've been neglecting my duties here. I'm not sure when things are going to slow down, but I'm sure they will eventually, and when they do, I'll be back.

Reading an excellent book, by the way, it's called Drood and it's by Dan Simmons. I'd explain it to you, but if I did it would set off nerd alarms from here to Tierra del Fuego.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Citi Stock Drops under $1.00/share

I could explain why I feel this way, but I'm not going to:

Karma, enjoy.