Monday, October 26, 2009

Review of: Eli Golds From Peanuts to Press Box

Life's roads are sinewy slippery slopes. Eli Gold illustrates the way he navigated these twisting roads. Eli had a dream of one day being the radio voice he heard when listing to his favorite New York Teams.
Eli always knew what he wanted to do and he found his way to it by learning along the way. He shows how to turn no-where to now here, by his relentless open-heart ready for exploration.

His drive is tremendous, I can not picture myself calling in scores from a pay phone in order to have my voice on radio. Or the desire to cover anything related to sports.
I was comforted by this book, especially his honesty.
Eli's viewpoints on the southern landscape were great because he was honest in saying it took him more than ten years to be deemed worthy to cover the tide. We sit at home and think these people are so lucky to be in the booth,but rarely do we see the road they took to get there.
My one critique is I wish he would have told less stories but have each story with more depth. I was wanting to travel more and see more with Eli, but maybe he will write another book.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson Company for letting me preview this book.

Eli Gold, with M. B. Roberts
Forward by Vern Linquist

ISBN 978-1-4016-0436-3
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009
Hdbk, 255 pp.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy Sunday:
Check out Philosophy Bits, a place where you can get that Sunday Deeper Thought Moments.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Due South Fridays: Holidays in Florida

Halloween in Central Florida is a big deal.

Winter holidays in Florida are a big deal. Why is this?For one reason; the weather does not change, it still is hot outside. For another; trees do not change color and loose their leaves.
So how do we make up for the weather's indifference to time?

We decorate. We create fake snow. We hold haunted houses.

Jessica my wife, and I went to the Bedlam Haunted house last night.
The house was mental. The theme of the house is an insane asylum.
Everyone there will drive you insane, for you can check in anytime you want to but you can never find the door knob to exit; for I had become one of them and did not want to leave and face the cold cold cold world.

The house is a fundraiser for the Winter Haven based ridge art foundation.
Check it out-
Oct 29th, 30 Nov. 1st 7:30-10:30
Oct 31 6:00-12:0

Location: Downtown Winter Haven243 W. Central Avenue
Phone: 863-291-566

Tickets can be had at
Hand Picked of Winter Haven 1503 6th St. SE

or The Ridge Art Gallery 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd

$7 in advance
$8 in advance

Thursday, October 22, 2009

West Coast-California Basketball

a. lakers fast break makers
kinds of the court shake and bake all takers
back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact
m-a-g-i-c see you on the court
buck has come to play his way and his way is to thwart
m-a-g-i-c magic of the buck
other teams pray for dreams
but he don't give a [fuck]
penetrating the lane like a bullet train
comes the magic blood a telepathic brain
knucklehead suckers better duck
when the buck comes through like a truck
scott stops pops and drops it in
on his way back gets a little skin
from the hand of a man named a. c. green
slam so hard break your t.v. screen
worthy's hot with his tomahawk
take it to the hole make your mamma talk
i hate to burst your bubble but triple double trouble
is coming to your town and he's going to make rubble
l. a. lakers fast break makers
kings of the court shake and bake all takers
back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact
lakers are the team that i watch on the telly
cause they got more moves
that a bowl full of jelly
the buck stops here - pops - then cheers
a roar through the forum
that deafens my ears
the one and only know if his kind
sits in a throne
not for the records that he holds
but for being bald and bold
kareem abdul jabbar
all time great super super star
i hate to burst your bubble but triple double trouble
is coming to your town and he's going to make rubble
does anybody want some magic johnson
l. a. lakers fast break makers
kings of the court shake and bake all takers
back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Going Deeper: Wall Calenders

Read in Blue Highways A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon a Theory on Wall Calenders (Would love to see if this is true):
  1. No Calender: Same as an interstate pit stop.
  2. One Calender: Preprocessed food assembled in New Jersey (or Los Angeles, California).
  3. Two Calenders: Only if fish trophy is present.
  4. Three Calenders: Can't miss on the farm boy breakfasts.
  5. Four Calenders: Try the ho-made pie too.
  6. Five Calenders: Keep it under your hat, or they'll franchise (or charge more).

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday: Greg's Journal of Found Things

'"Encyclopedias do not win wars." Asimov, Issac Foundation

"Killing Energy is unstoppable until a country gets to the point of exhaustion and there then is an opportunity for change but variables such as oil will shape the outcome."

"Dominant keeps going but tension pulls at and creates a tipping point and snap a new map is created."

"An individual does not sway a whole system, a system will move on a predetermined course until it needs a new leader to show a new way."

Paraphrased from lectures taught by Courtney Brown, for Science Fiction and Politics class taught at Emory.

Art of War Says:
In sum when in battle,
Use the orthodox to engage.
Use the extraordinary to attain victory.

Tastes do not exceed five,
Yet all their variations cannot be tasted.

The shih of battle do not exceed the extraordinary and the orthodox,
Yet all their variations cannot be exhausted.

When still, they are at rest.
When agitated, they move.
When square they stop.
When round they go.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

To the Westside

Check out my mom's sight for pictures of Colorado. She does a wonderful job on her blog. Her watercolors are magnificent. She honors the beauty of the front range and the Colorado region. Go Mom!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Goin Deeper Wednesday

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.- Manley Hopkins

Wednesday: Goin' Deeper

  • Watch grandma joyfully enjoy passover, with her take on Dayunu.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday: Cheap Date Nites

Tic Tac Toe Picture Hunt


Tic Tac Toe Board (3by 3 grid)



You and your date will take pictures of subjects.

Here are 9 pictures ideas to get you started.
You can either do three in a row diagonally, horizontally, or vertically.
Or do all 9 (black out); that means all pictures have been taken.

  1. Deli Clerk at Publix Holding Head Cheese.
  2. A boy wearing a football t-shirt.
  3. A truck with large, large tires.
  4. A bumper sticker saying something political.
  5. A man with a cigar.
  6. Wildlife local to the area (Gator here in Florida).
  7. A person with crazy hair.
  8. A dentist holding a drill.
  9. A person with dreadlocks.

I am sure you can come up with better ideas. You should ask people for permission before you take their photos. The main point is to just have fun finding these pictures.
Post your pictures online.
Share with friends.

Happy Hunting! Tell me how it went.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

From Greg's Journal of Found Things

The Fumble Heard Around the AFC
the Story of the 1987 AFC Championship

We humans like to take one event from the whole set and make that the truth. We can not tell a likely event from one event, or one piece of data. We need a large sample size to make a statistical likely-hood.

Ernest Byner of the Cleveland Browns statistically never fumbled; but one day in 1987 he fumbled on the 3 yard line redefining his identity forever.

"Browns running back Earnest Byner took a handoff and appeared to be on his way to score the game-tying touchdown. But he was stripped of the ball by Broncos defensive back Jeremiah Castille, and fumbled at the 3-yard line. The Broncos recovered the ball, gave the Browns an intentional safety, and went on to win 38-33. While Byner took a lot of heat from Browns fans and the media for his fumble, what is often overlooked is that he was one of the main reasons Cleveland came so close to winning the game. He had a superb performance with 67 rushing yards, 7 receptions for 120 yards, and 2 touchdowns." Wikepedia Article the Fumble.

If you see one bright red swan, you are not likely to give up a theory that says that all swans are white, you will instead go looking for the person who painted it." Smolin, Lee Trouble with Physics (297)

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