Archive | March, 2008

Springtime for Hitters

30 Mar

Now that Opening Day is here and more teams than just the Red Sox are playing baseball games that count, I think that makes it official: Spring is here!

Forget Christmastime — but just for a minute. This is the most wonderful time of the year. Baseball is back! Hooray!

Shabbat Shalom, Y’all!

28 Mar


Don’t watch this if you’re SHOMER SHABBOS! Especially not if you’re SHOMER F’ING SHABBOS!

It’s Mine! All Mine!

27 Mar

Funny thing about closings: They’re pretty anti-climactic.

The hard work and discussion and heavy lifting had all taken place earlier as the process moved along.

All that was left was for me to hand over some money and sign lots and lots of documents.

So, I sat there at the table on Thursday signing page after page, initialing here, giving my full name there.

Meanwhile, my broker and my lending agent just sat and watched.

The whole thing took about a half hour and was really no big deal. We laughed, we joked.

It was actually fun.

And then, without warning, my lawyer stopped passing documents my way and I actually had to ask him, “Is that it?”

And that was it.

Without fanfare or a marking of the significance, I became a homeowner.

Just like that.

Not that I expected trumpets or balloons or even confetti, but, you know, this is a pretty big deal and it pretty much just passed. Continue reading

Somewhere in the Middle

27 Mar

Good news: The Boston Phoenix again left me off their list of the 100 unsexiest men of the year, instead choosing to give the distinction to folks like Mike Huckabee, Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, and Bret Michaels. But I’m confused. The Phoenix thinks I’m not unsexy, and People thinks I’m not sexy enough. Does that make me just average?

With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore

26 Mar

‘Twas the night before closing
And all through my place,
The boxes are sitting here
Taking up space.

They’re all in the way,
There’s nothing inside.
“You’ve got to start packing!”
My family has cried. Continue reading

Interesting

25 Mar

I must really be tapping into something here. Yesterday Boston.com and UniversalHub.com linked to me, driving more than 500 hits to this very blog. Now today, Globe critic Ty Burr is linking here from his own blog on Boston.com. I guess I must be doing something right. And thanks to someone named Brian Keaney for alerting Ty about my post.

That’s One

25 Mar

One win for the Sox.
One come-from-behind win for the Sox.
One lame performance by Dice-K.
One game where J.D. Drew’s absence was felt (in a good way).
One game where Manny came through twice.
One game where Ellsbury made an awesome catch.
One crucial bunt by Pedroia.
One playing of “Shipping Up to Boston” to greet Pap.

One down, many more games to go. Woo hoo!!! Baseball’s back!

I Love the Sight of Red Sox in the Morning

25 Mar

There’s something really odd about waking up early (early for me, anyway. I wasn’t going to wake up at 6am) to watch baseball being played live in Japan. But at the same time, I woke up just in time to see the Sox come back in sixth inning, and that was pretty cool. It was fun seeing Pedroia and Manny get big hits. Funny to see that Dice-K must have sucked if the team was losing when I turned on the TV (jeeeez, some things don’t ever change — even in his home country). And just good to see the team on the field, playing a close game (too close), that actually counts. All is right with the world again: baseball is back. And hey, it sure does beat watching V.B. and Kim Carrigan.

Giving Dyngus Its Due

24 Mar

Oh my God, I totally spaced and forgot to wish y’all a Happy Dyngus Day. Thankfully, Keith Olbermann was there to remind me of this special occasion.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/23785615#23785615

Hi There.

24 Mar

If you’re reading this, there’s a very good chance you’ve come here from either UniversalHub.com or Boston.com, both of which have provided links to my site today.

UHub is linking to my graffiti post. The link on Boston.com (which is in the right-hand column, about halfway down the screen, under “New England Blogs”) directs you to my packing and purging post.

So if you’re new to my site, I just wanted to say “Welcome!” I hope you’ll come back often.