The View From Wisconsin
Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.
Friday, August 05, 2005
Wow... what a day.
- Paul Kariya is a Predator. I thought for sure I would never hear myself say that. PAUL KARIYA IS A NASHVILLE PREDATOR. That just sounds so good.
- Something even better: the Brewers have finally hit the .500 mark. Let's hope they can keep it up and stay above it from here out. As long as they don't play like that first game in New York, I think they can do it.
- I still wonder if Snape was up to something... I have a feeling he will be a large part of the last installment of the Harry Potter series.
- Lee Mazzilli is gone as part of the complete and total collapse of the Orioles since the All-Star Break. I have a hunch that the Palmeiro suspension was known to the Orioles players a long time before we all knew about it - hence the slide. Boy, things just went South for them in a hurry.
- Most interesting TV moment of the week: The History Channel had a history of breakfast cereal, covering the uniquely American meal from the first bits of granola to today's modern breakfast cereals.
- A card update: I am now the proud possessor of 500 different card sets, from 1952 to today. My latest "pull" (as they say in the collection business) was a Duke Snider Ebbetts Field seat relic card from the 2005 Topps Heritage Baseball set. The 500th different set was an Upper Deck Mini Jerseys set - an interesting card set that includes a mini baseball jersey in each pack. They aren't huge, by any means (6 1/4" from sleeve to sleeve, and 4" from top to hem), but they're interesting as collectibles. From the two packs I bought, I got a Yankees Randy Johnson jersey and a "throwback" flannel Pirates Roberto Clemente jersey. I have to use two 20-card holders to display them, but they're interesting enough.
- Your state government in action: I have yet to get my miniscule pay raise in effect on my paycheck, but sure as shooting, the state has already taken out the first of my premiums for health insurance. Taking my money appears to be more important to my employer than it does giving it to me.
- The state has been good to me in another way, however: as part of their Home User program, Microsoft allows employees of companies holding a license for Office 2003 to purchase the software at a drastically reduced price (essentially cost of shipping and packaging). Though I'm not keen on some of the time restrictions (it's only good through 2007) and the software is only valid as long as I'm an employee with the state, it's a pretty good deal - considering that Office 2003 Professional is over $200 on the street.