Thursday, October 30, 2008

Regurgitating Tales

Halloween is tomorrow and I thought I would spit up a couple of stories I posted last year at this time.

First is "The Curious Case of the Mandy Tree," a story about a ghostly tree in my hometown of Madisonville, Kentucky.

Then there's "Ghost Story," the tale of my personal encounter with a spook at the Buxton Inn in Granville, Ohio.

Have fun tomorrow night. Don't eat too much candy.

Congratulations Tampa Fans

You have successfully completed Part 1 of your application for true baseball fandom. Your team's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series has given you your first taste of losing at a high level, falling just short of ultimate success. Yes, we know it hurts. But it's a good hurt. Success followed by failure. That will make ultimate success all the sweeter when it comes.

Now for Part 2 of the application. Put some meat in the seats of that sorry stadium before the month of September next season. You've got an exciting young team that deserves to have more fans at home games than the opposition. Show your support, win or lose. Upon receipt of this portion of the application you'll have earned street cred among the real baseball fans out there.

And now, I leave you with words of wisdom from a life-long Cubs fan - "Wait 'til next year!"

Monday, October 27, 2008

Presidential Poll - The Home Stretch

There's only one week left to vote in the (un)official, (un)scientific Sullicom Presidential Poll.

Nine votes were registered in the past week and Sen. Barack Obama picked up five of them to slightly increase his lead over Sen. John McCain, who picked up the other four tallies. The margin now stands at 41-29. That gives Obama 48% of the 85 votes, a 14% lead over McCain.

The Food Network's Alton Brown failed to pick up any support this week and is stuck at 15 total votes.

I anticipate that the two candidates, along with their vice presidential running mates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, will be running hard this last full week before the real deal on Nov. 4. Listen to what they say and evaluate how it matches with your own positions on the issues. Then get your butts up and out next Tuesday and cast the votes that really count!

Monday, October 20, 2008

GSC In Da House

We picked up the Girl Scout Cookies yesterday. No surprise that in the mile between pickup and dropping them at the house, two boxes were opened and sampled. Not just by me, but the entire family.

Dulce de Leche are everything I feared they'd be. Buttery sweet caramel with a little bit of a crunch. Marcy allowed me one, then I sneaked a couple more. I'm hoping this sampling will get it out of my system. If not, does anyone know of a rehab center for this sort of stuff?

Presidential Poll Update

Two weeks to go and Barack Obama continues to lead John McCain in the (un)official, (un)scientific Sullicom Presidential Poll.

We're now up to 76 (how patriotic!) total votes and Obama now holds a 37-24 lead over McCain. That actually represents a slight uptick for Senator McCain who has picked up 6 votes to Sentator Obama's 5 votes in the past week. Perhaps a bump from Joe the Plumber?

The Food Network candidate, Alton Brown, continues to run a distant third. He picked up four votes in the past week, and now sits with 15. I'm still anticipating a late rush of support - maybe absentee ballots - that will if not vault him into the lead, at least make his showing much more respectable.

We've still got 15 days before the election. Plenty of time to change the course of history. Get out there and work the neighborhoods and help bring out the vote!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

On Being a Baseball Fan

Lemme 'splain something.

If you've been following Sullicom on Twitter, you'd think I hate the Tampa Bay Rays. I really don't. I think the team is talented, exciting and possibly about to accomplish the unthinkable. However, what I don't like are the suddenly-there Tampa fans. Much like I disliked the once-suddenly-there, then just-as-suddenly-gone-again Marlins fans of 1997 and 2003.

I recall watching games in mid and late September when the team was still trying to clinch a playoff spot and that excuse for a stadium was far from packed. Most nights it was far from half-packed. The "fans" still had not bought into this team. Now the place is filled, but I wonder how many of the "fans" are wearing Rays hats and shirts more than a few weeks old.

In Thursday night's wild game in which the Rays blew a 7-0 lead, right before the fold I swear I heard an announcer say something like, "The city of Tampa has waited 10 long years for this." Let me tell you what ran through this Cubs fan's mind. "Ten years? You've got to be kidding me!" Frankly, the reaction was a tad more profane.

Put it this way, I'd hardly consider you a fan if:
- your first game of the season was a playoff game
- you've never been to a game in September in years when your team had been mathematically eliminated in August
- you don't have any fan gear with "Devil Rays" (the team's name prior to this year) on it.

However, if Boston does what Boston does, and that's come back from a 3-1 deficit to crush your new-found dreams, that's your first real step into the brotherhood of fandom. No pain, no gain, you know. I'll be the first to give you a hug. Then, if you're back at the park next season, not when the Red Sox or Yankees are in town, but to root on your team against the Orioles or Royals, I'll buy you a beer and toast your card-carrying acceptance into the club.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bob the Builder

In the interest of fairness, here's equal time for another skilled laborer.

Joe the Plumber

How long until we start hearing songs about America's newest folk phenom?

Above is the CNN video introducing the man whose name was evoked multiple times by both John McCain and Barack Obama during the final presidential debate.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Song to Barbecue Sauce

I ran across this in the Threadgill's Cookbook recently and was surprised that I had never posted it to this blog before now. It's a little ditty by Roy Blount, Jr.

Brush it on chicken, slosh it on pork,
Eat it with fingers, not with a fork.
I could eat barbecued turtle or squash -
I could eat tar paper cooked and awash
In barbecue sauce.

Nothing can gloss
Over barbecue sauce.

Beautifully put.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Presidential Poll Update

We're about three weeks out from the real deal and Barack Obama maintains his lead over John McCain in the (un)official, (un)scientific Sullicom Presidential Poll.

As of this morning, we're up to 63 total votes - nearly as many as voted in the last presidential election. Since last week's update, Obama has added four votes, McCain two and the gap has widened to 32-18.

The biggest gain of the week, however, comes from Food Network powerhouse Alton Brown, who more than doubled his total from the previous week, jumping from 5 votes to 11.

There's still plenty of time for each candidate to grab more support between now and Nov. 4. So, get out there and start knocking on doors and tell your friends, family and neighbors to vote!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Presidential Poll Update

Have you watched the debates? How do you think they've gone? Will they influence your vote?

Speaking of votes, as of this morning Barack Obama holds a 28-18 edge over John McCain in the (un)official, (un)scientific Sullicom Presidential Poll. Food Network heavyweight Alton Brown lags way behind with a mere 5 votes, although I'm still awaiting a late rush from his supporters as we draw closer to Nov. 4.

I'm a little surprised that Sen. McCain hasn't received a bigger bounce from running mate Sarah Palin. Gov. Palin's recent debate with Sen. Joe Biden. But we've got three-and-a-half weeks to go and we'll see how this plays out for real.

Until then, do like we used to in Chicago - vote early and vote often!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

World Champion Chicago Cubs!

That's right - World Champion Chicago Cubs! That is the first time in my life I've ever typed that combination of words.

Of course, I'm referring to the 1908 team, pictured above. The celebration enters its 101st year. Yee hah.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Dodgers 3, Cubs 1

I'll just rerun last year's season-ending post. All you have to do is change the third paragraph to read, "Next season marks 101 years since their last World Series title."


Friday, October 03, 2008

Dodgers 10, Cubs 3

Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Dodgers 7, Cubs 2

It's only one game. But it was the series opener. At home. And they blew a lead. Big time.

I've struggled all season to keep my expectations low. Easy to do, having been a fan of this team since I was a wee lad.

But this is getting ridiculous. Rooting for the Cubs, the Bears and the Buckeyes has given me the best and the worst of payoffs in the past three years.

7-2. Ugh.