Sunday, March 24, 2019

Musis Monday: Songs from 1994

Music Monday: Going back 25 years ago. Here are some songs that were in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 40 at some point in 1994:








Hope you enjoyed the look back and have a great Monday.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Caticons-The Cat in Art


Every so often I like going out to the San Francisco Airport to see what they have going on. They always have great exhibits. I saw one recently called Caticons-The Cat in Art:

France- Early 20th Century

England- 18th-19th Century
Netherlands 18th century

France 19th century
Europe-late 19th Century

England- Late 19th Century
Japan- Late 19th Century

China- 18 Century
Hope you enjoyed the Cat in Art.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The March Madness Edition


The NCAA Tournament or March Madness is upon us. The NCAA Basketball Tournmaent is one of the sporting events of the year. For three weeks, a lot of the nation is tuned to it (or following it at work on their computer). The Bay Area is represented by Saint Mary's College as they won the West Coast Conference Tournament. They play in the first round on Thursday evening. They might get bounced in the first round or they might win the whole the thing who knows.

Here are some good books about college basketball to read:

A great book about the history of March Madness
Another great book about the players, teams, coaches and everything else about the NCAA Tournament
This next book I found a Friends of the Library book sale somewhere. The cool thing about it is that it is signed by the author:



About the 1979 Championship which made March Madness the great event it is now
This next book is such a great read. It the autobiography of not just one of the best college coached ever but of a great man who life is an example on how to lead a life:


About the 1993 Eastern Regional Final
I went to the Women's NCAA Tournament Selection Show Party hosted by the Cal Women's Basketball Team. The problem was someone at ESPNU made a mistake and posted the brackets about six hours early. Kind of killed the spirit of the party but the Bears are headed to Waco as a number 8 seed and will play North Carolina in their first round game:


Monday, March 18, 2019

Baseball is Back

Left Field at Oracle Park-Home of the San Francisco Giants
Did anyone realize that the Major Baseball League season is less than 48 hours away? The A's and Mariners will face off Wednesday morning at 5:35 am (Eastern)/2:35 am (Pacific) from Tokyo. I am lucky because I have two major league teams within a 40-minute BART ride (our subway) of my house (ok, 20 minutes for the Oakland A's and 40 minutes for the San Francisco Giants). Here are some things I saw walking around from both teams.

Starting off with the San Francisco Giants:

The Giants three World Series Trophies- 2010, 2014 and 2012
Barry Bonds 1993 NL MVP Award
Tim Lincecum's 2009 NL Cy Young Award (Best Pitcher)

1984, the Giants gave us "The Crazy Crab"-it was considered to be the "anti-mascot", people were encouraged to boo him. Anyway, it got worse as people would throw beer bottles, batteries and other vile stuff at him. The costume had to be reinforced with fiberglass for protection. Players from both teams would throw stuff from dugout whenever the crab would make an appearance. Thank goodness, the crab got his walking papers after one year.

Headed over to the other side of bay. The Oakland A's moved their cramped old offices from the Oakland Coliseum where they play to shiny new offices at Jack London Square. I had to visit there the other day and the lobby is nice:

The A's four World Series Trophies
The three Hall of Famers from the 70's

I used to own a doll like this when I was little

The Eck
The GOAT of Oakland-Rickey Henderson
The big three of the 2000's- Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder
I am a huge baseball fan and can't wait for the season to start.Hoping for another Bay Bridge series 30 years later (minus the earthquake)

The different jerseys that Oakland will wear in 2019.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Music Monday: Musicians Born in March

Music Monday: Celebrating those great Musicians born in March:


Harry Belafonte, March 1st 1927 (90):



Kiki Dee, March 6, 1947 (72) and Elton John born March 25, 1947 (will be 72)


Edie Brickell, March 10, 1966 (53)


Genesis Keyboardist Tony Banks, March 27, 1950 (will be 69):



Local Boy M.C. Hammer March 30, 1962 (will be 57):


And born on this Monday, Irene Cara, March 18th, 1959 (Happy 60th):


Hope everyone has a great Monday.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Minor League Baseball Caps

San Antonio Missions (Now Triple-A of the Milwaukee Brewers)
I am trying to show some of my interesting personality in this blog here and there rather than the things I do. I guess so people can see how really tweaked I am upstaris. I have a thing for minor baseball caps. Something I have enjoyed over the last couple of years. Here are some of them (and you can tell that I wear them):

Augusta (Ga) Green Jackets- Low Single A of the San Francisco Giants
Ashville (NC) Tourists - Low Single A of the Colorado Rockies
 This is one is interesting, It is the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League:


Modesto (Ca) Nuts- High Class A of the Seattle Mariners
Great Falls (Mt) Voyagers- Short Season A of the Chicago White Sox

And you need two of the Stockton (Ca) Ports- High A of the Oakland A's



Reno Aces- Triple A of the Azizona Diamondbacks
New Orleans Babycakes- Triple A of the Miami Marlins
The next one is cool- Every Tuesday - The Triple A (of the Washington Nationals) Fresno (Ca) Grizzlies become the Frenso Tacos in honor of Taco Tuesday:



Up until this year the Triple A team in Las Vegas was known as the Las Vegas 51's but starting this year the 51's changed their name to the the Las Vegas Aviators and are now the Triple A team of the Oakland A's:

Las Vegas 51's

Las Vegas Aviators (right after I bought it)
I had always said that if the San Jose Giants (High Class A of the San Francisco Giants) had a cool hat I would buy it. Last June, for one game they changed their name to the San Jose Churros in honor of the tasty snack. Well, I was at the San Francisco Giants Fan Fest and saw the Churro hat and snagged one. This year they will change from the San Jose Giants to the San Jose Churros for four games:


Hope everyone has a good weekend and thanks for taking a peak in my weird little world.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Visit to Outer Orbit


I was out in the Mission District of San Francisco and went to kind of a hipster place. It combines two of my favorite things-Pinball and food:






Someone was happy when he saw this


And the food was great:


If you are in the Mission District in San Francisco and want to have a great evening, head to Outer Orbit.