the old Boston Garden had that look too because of the old lights and the overhanging sections. Great old barn.
Maple Leaf Gardens had the big, old carbon broadcast lights. I swear the…
I used to split season tickets with a connected guy. He sold me about a third of his tix each year and we split the playoffs with him getting first choice. We were in the first row of the yellow seats in the old MSG. $26 a ticket when I first bought in, in 1989. Great spot because one row forward and you paid double the price. When we won the cup in 1994 it was the best moment of my life as a sports fan. But I wasn’t in the arena because the guy I split seats with took his kid and I watched on a screen outside the arena. Then they renovated the Garden and two years later my $26 seats were $120. Hockey gave me a great ride but priced me out.
The new film czar, Cynthia Lopez. What is your take?
Saw the news and response was: Who? No idea what she brings to the table but producing a documentary news series for a nonprofit doesn’t typically prepare you to thrive in a multi-billion dollar industry. De Blasio is a one-term clubhouse hack who espouses populism while wallowing in patronage and back room deals. The real question here is why her, and I’m certain the answer leads back to someone he owes a large favor to. He’s a joke, and her upside is to not damage the industry too badly.
When Vera Farmiga was doing press for “The Departed” she managed to mention how selective she was in accepting roles in pretty much every interview she did. Spoke about how it had held her career back and what vindication it was to work with “Marty”.
Watching her in “The Conjuring” on Cinemax right now now.
Here’s a hot tip on a spectacular hole in the wall that you won’t find in the tour guides. ASTORIA SEAFOOD is not the sort of spot that beckons you as you walk by. In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you would probably never even consider going in. Luckily, I parked my car far away from…
I require a CPAP machine to sleep. It’s a fairly simple apparatus that pumps air into my nostrils, allowing them to stay open and me to sleep through the night. If you have trouble sleeping or are frequently drowsy I advise looking into the device, it truly changed my life.
My current machine is about five years old and due for replacement. Mind you, it isn’t sterilizing air, pumping pure oxygen or doing anything overly complicated. In a perfect world it would require a phone call or a few clicks on a website to have a replacement delivered to my front door.
Instead, here is what I was required to do in order to secure a new machine:
Visit my primary doctor and have him prescribe a sleep test.
Visit a doctor who specializes in sleep disorders and be evaluated as being suitable for such a test.
Wait for my insurance carrier to pre-approve the test.
Travel to a sleep center where I am wired up and monitored overnight.
Return to the sleep disorder specialist to discuss the test results and confirm my need for the device.
Have a “specialist” visit me at home and “install” the equipment.
ALL THIS FOR A FUCKING AIR PUMP THAT SITS ON MY NIGHTSTAND. Honest to God, if I were more of a gear head I’d just build the fucking thing myself. It would be cheaper, more efficient and would not cause such a drain on my time.
Long story short, the electronics company LG is planning to build a tower on the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River. The land they are building it on is an unspoiled swath of natural bluff spanning from the George Washington Bridge all the way up to Bear Mountain. The Rockefeller Family donated the land in the 1930’s with the understanding that it would never be built on but rather provide bucolic views for the literal millions of people who live near or pass by it. It’s not just the views, either, but also a way of preserving the health of the mighty Hudson River itself.
Unfortunately it wasn’t set up as a trust or otherwise provided legal protection. Instead it was protected by informal agreement amongst the various towns it runs through. LG managed to buy off one of these stooges (namely Englewood Cliffs Mayor Joseph C. Parisi). Now they are about to break ground on the tower. One building may not seem like much, but building this one establishes precedent and unquestionably opens the floodgates for extensive future development along the Palisades.
Execrable as their actions as a corporation may be, an interview with LG Spokesman John Taylor today seriously set me off. This lying asshole kept bringing up the extensive development currently existing along the palisades. Said development is all south of the George Washington Bridge, however, NOT on the Rockefeller lands. Even worse, he attempted one of the more egregious acts of bulshittery I ever witnessed. Attempting to minimize the impact he claimed that the eight story building “wouldn’t even be visible from the river”. Great, John Taylor the lying asshole who represents LG, I’m sure those of us who actually live in the river will be pleased to hear it. For the rest of us, the unfortunate ones who live on dry land and breathe oxygen, we will be staring at your ugly-ass headquarters. Well Mr. Taylor, every time I lay eyes on that building will be another reminder to never purchase one of your shitty products.
Fortunately there is a website set up by LG to pimp out the project. Let’s go see how well it’s moderated.
My second favorite season of the year, right behind football season. My Father-in-law is opening his grill up this weekend and I’m excited about it. Have my copies of Adam Perry Lang’s Serious Barbecue, North American Meat Buyer’s guide and my new pocket Field Guide to Meat at the ready. Visited my butcher yesterday and after a lengthy consultation we decided a nice leg of lamb is the way to kick things off. I’m like a little kid thinking about going to Disney World here.
We were reading a mommyblog about finger foods for babies and it suggested frozen bagels. She was trying to wrap her head around why one would freeze bagel pieces before feeding them to a child. Had to explain to her that fresh, good bagels are not readily available everywhere and that frozen bagels (aka Lenders) are often the only option. She was completely horrified.
On the plus side, ESPN2 is airing cricket live, India v. Sri Lanka, and I am loving it.
I mean, cricket is a lot more exciting than baseball as a tv experience.
I’ve attended matches in the West Indies and it is a glorious experience. Families and groups of friends make a day of it. On the smaller islands you get a majority of the population in attendance for the bigger matches. Everyone brings picnic baskets and coolers of Red Stripe or Carib, and you can either sit in some rickety stands or claim a patch of lawn to sprawl out on. Some of my finest days have been spent at the test grounds in Nevis with Sunshine, Moses and their crew of rastas whiling away the afternoon at the cricket matches.
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