November 30, 2010

Mariano Rivera turned 41 yesterday. And reports seem to indicate that the Yankees negotiations are moving much more smoothly than with Derek Jeter.

So today’s blog will be filled with quotes about my favorite Yankee:

"We don’t want to face him any more. He’s too good. He belongs in a higher league. He should be banned from baseball."
– Tom Kelly (former Twins manager)

"He’s the most mentally tough person I’ve ever played with."
– Derek Jeter

"If my life depended on it – if my daughter’s life depended on it – I’d want Mariano Rivera closing. Wouldn’t you?"
– Alex Rodriguez

"I’m sure you can learn it, but it won’t cut like his."
– Mike Mussina, talking about Mo’s cutter

"That stuff of his is unbelievable. That stuff is unfair."
– Joe Mauer

"The best ever, no doubt."
– Dennis Eckersley

"I get the ball, I throw the ball and then I take a shower."
– Mariano Rivera

As they say, keep it simple…

Yankees Play Hardball

November 24, 2010

I’m fairly amused by the Jeter negotiations because both sides are saying ridiculous things.

But there’s one negotiation that I’m more worried about. That’s Mariano Rivera (for the record, my favorite Yankee). Mo wants two years. The Yankees are offering one. Unlike Jeter, Mo was excellent last year. Yes, he’s 40, but have you seen him pitch? Effortless. He’s not going to break down next year. He could throw that splitter at 45 and no one hits it.

As a Yankee fan, I haven’t worried about the ninth inning for 13 years. Think about that. Since 1997.

I can handle a new shortstop. Not sure I can handle a new closer.

Crazy Bad

November 19, 2010

OK, this is good developer humor. Someone at the US Embassy in Beijing creates an automated program that takes the air quality readings and tweets it.

There is an official scale used by the EPA that runs from 0 (good) to 500 (Hazardous), with various levels in between.

I would be willing to wager that no one specified what the program should do if the index is above 500. And the developer did what I would probably do:

if (level > 500) return "crazy bad";

And apparently the level exceeded 500 yesterday so people got an amusing (or scary) tweet.

Flower Girl Wedding

November 14, 2010

I’m so overdue for blogging. Here’s the recent wedding story.

We went to Chicago for my niece’s wedding. My daughters were both flower girls. And it was their first wedding. So lots of excitement.

It was a nice weekend in Chicago (for November). The wedding was downtown. So that afternoon we walked around and ended up by Lake Michigan on the beach. We were pretty much the only ones there, but the girls still loved it.


Then it was back to the hotel to get ready.


The room where we waited before the wedding had a pool table that for some reason was not in use. My girls changed that.DSC03135


The wedding was a nice one and a short one, which was good for the girls. But Danielle was fascinated by the whole thing. Following the ceremony there was a cocktail hour while they switched over the room for the reception. My girls managed to discover this couch which was very slippery. With a running start they could slide on their stomachs the whole way across.



Finally there was dancing. The DJ hit a long stretch playing music they both knew so they danced a lot.


After a lot of dancing, the DJ played a slow song. This annoyed the girls and Elly and I danced together. By this point Tori was so tired that she literally toppled over on the floor.


A really fun night.

Pool playing flower girl

November 6, 2010


Busy, Busy, Busy

November 3, 2010

Work is busy and life is busy. Origami is selling well (even I can sell Origami – I’m 2-0 on sales calls), our clients are happy and my family is hitting the busy season.

So far I owe a posting for Halloween (a witch and Princess Tiana for Danielle and Tori, respectively). Danielle’s 8th birthday is tomorrow, but her party is postponed for an extra week because my niece is getting married in Chicago this weekend and the girls are flower girls in the wedding. So wedding this weekend, Danielle’s party next weekend and then Tori turns 4 the weekend after that.

Oh yeah, my birthday will be completely forgotten somewhere in the middle there.

Then Thanksgiving and then the crazy holidays. And during this we have to implement a ton of new clients. But that’s a good problem to have.

So if I’m a bit slow to blog, you’ll understand…


November 2, 2010

While this has been a crazy election season, it’s still important to vote. I read this funny quote in the Economist about the hyperbole surrounding the midterm elections:

It’s as if Crest is telling us that Colgate leads to socialism and Colgate is telling us that Crest leads to plutocracy and all of us believe half of it.

So filter the craziness, but do vote…