Thursday, October 06, 2005

It ain't over...blah blah blah

The Red Sox find themselves down, 2-0, to the Chicago White Sox in the best-of-five American League Division Series. This means Boston will have to win three consecutive games to advance to the American League Championship Series. Two years ago, the Sox did just that in the ALDS against the A's. And who can forget Boston's resurrection after falling behind, 3-0, to the Yankees in last year's ALCS?

So I want to say anything's possible, but this year feels different. First of all, the Red Sox simply don't have the pitching. Two years ago, they had Pedro. Last year, they had Pedro and Curt Schilling. While Schilling is still on Boston's roster, he's not the same pitcher he was a year ago. And this team just doesn't feel as...magical. Don't ask me why. It's just a gut feeling.

I hope I'm wrong, of course. If I'm not, I'll simply pop in the DVD commemorating last year's championship run. That will surely make me feel better.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

L'Shanah Tovah!

The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah just ended. One of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah celebrates the new year. I spent 1 Tishri, 5766, with my family and made the annual trip to my parents' synagogue, Adath Emanuel, in Mt. Laurel, NJ. The Rabbi's sermons were fairly enjoyable and included the following two jokes:

Two Texans are sitting on a plane from Dallas and an old Jewish Texan is sitting between them.

The first Texan says, “My name is Roger. I own 250,000 acres. I have 1,000 head of cattle and they call my place The Jolly Roger.”

The second Texan says, “My name is John. I own 350,000 acres. I have 5,000 head of cattle and they call my place Big John’s.”

They both look down at the Jewish man who says, “My name is Irving and I own only 300 acres.”

Roger looks down at him and says, “Three hundred acres? What do you raise?”

“Nothing” Irving says.

“Well then, what do you call it?” asked John.

“Downtown Dallas.”


President Bush calls in the head of the CIA and asks, "How come the Jews know everything before we do?"

The CIA chief says, "The Jews have this expression - Vus tutzuch? - which in Yiddish means, 'What's happening?' They just ask each other and they know everything."

The President can't believe their network is that good and decides to personally go undercover to determine if this is true. He gets dressed up as an Orthodox Jew (black hat, long grayish beard), is secretly flown in an unmarked plane to New York, picked up in an unmarked car and dropped off in Brooklyn's most Jewish neighborhood.

Within three minutes a little old man comes shuffling along. The President stops him and whispers, "Vus tutzuch?"

The old guy whispers back ....

"Bush is in Brooklyn."
"L'Shanah Tovah!" by the way, essentially means "Happy New Year!" in hebrew.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

A dilemma

My parents forgot to send me a birthday card and feel bad about it, so they have offered to spend much more on a birthday present than they had originally intended. Initially, they were going to buy me a $50 iPod remote control. Instead, they are going to contribute $200 toward the purchase of a digital camera.

I have found the camera I want: the HP 5.1 MP Photosmart R707v Digital Camera

This camera generally costs $250, meaning I'd have to spend some of my own money to get it. But, at Walmart, it costs about $190. That's my dilemma. If I were to have my parents purchase it from Walmart, I wouldn't have to pay anything out of my pocket. But I'd be associating with a company whose awful labor practices are well-documented.

What to do, what to do?

(Please, no comments about the possible frivolousness of this purchase.)