ruminations & hyphenations

music, sports, life, and the little lines that hold everything together.

Oct 26
mightyflynn:

Posey vs Fielder
October 25, 2012
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Spruce Goose comes to a bumpy landing.

mightyflynn:

Posey vs Fielder

October 25, 2012

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Spruce Goose comes to a bumpy landing.


Aug 4
Fenway, 8/3/2012

Fenway, 8/3/2012


Aug 31

Pro ballplayers always play catch in empty stadiums. Whether it’s the big leagues or it’s rookie ball, it’s an empty stadium. If someone’s up in the booth, we’ll have music too — it’s nice to hear the local radio station until they begin playing music, it’s nice to hear them mention that our game will be taking place later if anyone might be interested. I’m pretty sure it’s then, as we’re loosening our noodles in abbreviated uniforms, that I’m struck by the randomness and narrowness of the profession.

It’s also the most informal part of the day — lots of shooting the breeze sometimes rehashing what we’ve missed in each others’ personal lives, often reiterating how funny, how brilliant or how unjust some part of yesterday’s game was. Occasionally there’s talk of a Matt Moore or a Julio Teheran tabbed to throw against us tonight.

Playing catch is often the first professional act of the day, it’s a transition from personal life to team business. Lastly, as all position players think they can pitch, at least half of us are working on our off-speed stuff likely at the detriment of our elbows and shoulders, but we can’t help it. It’s too much fun. My changeup has come a long way since high school.

Fernando Perez (Buffalo Bisons)

Aug 11
fringefamous:


Trouble in Tahiti
Drop everything on your schedule and go see this show immediately.  I haven’t said anything this serious all week.  Never mind your queasiness with the form, just GO.  The show is a wonderful sampling of master American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein’s work, and it’s worth every penny and moment you’ll spend on it.  Beautifully directed by Robert Neu, the artistic team delivers a lovely and balanced production of this little-known “opera in seven scenes”.  It’s quick-paced, charming, unsettling, and fantastic.  The musicians are gifted, the choreography is exactly right, and I found myself wishing the hour would last longer.  The score contains lingering traces of Bernstein’s better-known earlier musical “On The Town”, and hints at his crowning popular achievement five years later — West Side Story.  We’re lucky it made it through the Fringe lottery.
So stop reading this and go get your ticket.
-Mimi-

My Fringe show: Obey.

fringefamous:

Trouble in Tahiti

Drop everything on your schedule and go see this show immediately. I haven’t said anything this serious all week. Never mind your queasiness with the form, just GO. The show is a wonderful sampling of master American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein’s work, and it’s worth every penny and moment you’ll spend on it. Beautifully directed by Robert Neu, the artistic team delivers a lovely and balanced production of this little-known “opera in seven scenes”. It’s quick-paced, charming, unsettling, and fantastic. The musicians are gifted, the choreography is exactly right, and I found myself wishing the hour would last longer. The score contains lingering traces of Bernstein’s better-known earlier musical “On The Town”, and hints at his crowning popular achievement five years later — West Side Story. We’re lucky it made it through the Fringe lottery.

So stop reading this and go get your ticket.

-Mimi-

My Fringe show: Obey.


Jan 19

Unsolicited Advice for Conan

I think I have a solution that suits everybody involved with the Conan/Leno fiasco:

Conan goes to FOX, and goes back to writing for The Simpsons, where he worked for several seasons.  Heck, maybe they’d even let him take over as Executive Producer, the position from which Al Jean has watched the show spiral into the ground since 2001.  Thus, everybody wins: Conan gets a viable creative outlet where he’s pretty much immune from getting jerked around; Leno and his stupid show go back to late night where he can blissfully fiddle away as NBC burns; and Our Favorite Family regains cultural relevance after 10 achingly unfunny years.

Really, no need to thank me - just send checks to Ruminations & Hyphenations Headquarters.


Nov 24
Shown: Keizo Konishi of the Kyodo News celebrates the assured triumph of the great American Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera as the MVP of the American Baseball League.

Shown: Keizo Konishi of the Kyodo News celebrates the assured triumph of the great American Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera as the MVP of the American Baseball League.


Nov 23

Nov 16
southtwelfth:

Did you know? If the Burj Dubai tower had been built in South Minneapolis, it would be more than 2,652 feet taller than Matt’s Bar.

 And I’ll bet you can’t even get a Jucy Lucy there.

southtwelfth:

Did you know? If the Burj Dubai tower had been built in South Minneapolis, it would be more than 2,652 feet taller than Matt’s Bar.

 And I’ll bet you can’t even get a Jucy Lucy there.


Oct 22

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