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  1. I didn't see a thread on oreo's. I am really a sucker for the original oreo and a glass of milk. It was my cookie of choice growing up. I haven't loved a lot of the flavored Oreo's, BUT I will give a shout out to the thin salted caramel Oreo's. I think they are really good. I wanted to try birthday cake with vanilla cookie, but haven't seen it around when I grocery shop.
  2. I've often thought the cherry trees in DC, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in general, were overrated, but that was before today. I managed to get a parking place right by the impressive Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the trees were out in all their splendor - if you have a chance to see them in the next few days, do - parking on West Basin Drive near the MLK Jr. Memorial is your best bet (the Memorial itself is well-worth seeing), and I strongly recommend trying to get a 3-hour space there; otherwise, you have to pay $1 to take a shuttle, and join the masses. Having been to the cherry trees perhaps ten times, I mistakenly remembered that they were somewhat ... overplayed; they aren't - they're gorgeous. And I have never seen so many Japanese tourists in one place before today!
  3. Congratulations to the Marion Wildcats for winning their homecoming game this evening against Centralia, 49-46, scoring a touchdown with 18 seconds left in the game: The winning play is here (this is a 7MB file). I suspect Centralia had a *long* drive up I-57 heading home. The best-known athlete from Marion is Ray Fosse, the MLB all-star catcher whom Pete Rose took out with this play: Needless to say, the denizens of Marion, IL were delighted to host Rose in the Marion Penitentiary for five months for tax evasion.
  4. The above quoted post is from the 1970 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, "Patton." Who knew that 58 years before this film was made, and 27 years before the outbreak of World War II in Europe, George Patton was in Stockholm, on the same 1912 U.S. Olympic team as Jim Thorpe, and finished 5th in the Modern Pentathlon (the first 4 finishers were all from Sweden). I mean, are you kidding me?! It's not without irony that pistol shooting cost him a gold medal - he might have gotten completely shafted (read the story below). Aug 10, 2012 - "George S. Patton (Yes, That One) Was a Modern Pentathlete" by Jason Turbow on wired.com
  5. Jean René Désiré Françaix is not a well-known 20th-century composer in the United States, but is the composer of one of the more difficult pieces in the clarinet repertoire: "Tema con Variazioni." I'm proud to say that my son, Matt, will be performing this as the opening piece in his solo recital early next year in Bloomington, Indiana, most likely Feb 27, 2017 (if anyone is interested in seeing it live on podcast, let me know, and I'll confirm the date, which, for now, is tentative). If anyone is interested in attending the recital, I'll be going out to Bloomington and can give you a ride. The great neo-Impressionist Maurice Ravel, wrote this to Francaix' parents: "Among the child's gifts I observe above all the most fruitful an artist can possess, that of curiosity: you must not stifle these precious gifts now or ever, or risk letting this young sensibility wither." There aren't many great recordings of this online, but this will at least give you an idea for the piece.
  6. Quoted entirely from Scott Ham of The Bronx View for his original research.... The New York Yankees uniform is one of the most icon uniforms in all of sports. Ever wonder where the Yankee insignia came from? I did. So I did a little research. The famous interlocking NY that resides on the current Yankee uniforms dates back to 1877. It was created by Louis B. Tiffany for a medal presented to the first New York City police officer to be shot in the line of duty. In 1907, the symbol was adopted for the then called New York Highlanders by owner Bill Devery. Devery, as it turned out, was a former New York City police chief (here's hoping he actually paid for the rights!). The Highlanders adopted the symbol and added it to their plain white uniforms. In 1912, another radical shift happened. The plain white uniforms were adorned with dark blue pinstripes. The look didn't stick however and was abandoned at the end of the season. Two years later, though, the pinstripes returned and became a fixture of the uniform and would remain for the next one hundred years. There was still some tinkering though. In 1917, it was decided to take the interlocking NY off of the uniform and just leave it on the cap. The cap had gone through many a design change, including pinstripes on the hat itself, until 1922 when they finally settled on the navy blue with an interlocking NY. It wasn't until 1936 that the interlocking NY insignia finally returned to the uniform where it would remain for good. Today, the uniform is largely unchanged. And just like in the early 1900s, the uniforms today are made in the USA. Early uniforms were made of wool rather than cotton. Cotton would have been less expensive and probably more comfortable for the players but was mostly used and associated with work clothing. Baseball teams instead decided to make their uniforms out of wool which would supposedly elevate the teams above the working class and into a higher status. Today, all of the uniforms are made out of polyester, which is even more breathable than cotton. They are manufactured in the USA by Majestic Athletic, who in addition to making their official on-field jerseys, also produce replicas, and custom name jerseys that can be purchased by fans so they can dress just like their favorite stars.
  7. All the talk about the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina puts me in mind of Hurricane Betsy, which is coming up on 50 years next month, and especially of the memorialization of that devastating storm by the great Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins: This was released in 1965 or possibly 1966, so it must have been recorded soon after the events it chronicles. Lightnin' Hopkins is a great favorite of mine, so here's a little Guitar Lightnin': (It says "around 1966" onscreen, but this track and "Hurricane Betsy" above were both released on the album Lightnin' Strikes on the Verve "Folkways" label in 1965, I think, but it may have been 1966. It may come as no surprise that I used to have the LP.) While we're at it, let's go to Louisiana for a little mojo hand: And finally, let's go way back for a little more:
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