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Moving Teams

Jill and I were talking this morning, it was one of those really random conversations people can have when they’re uninhibited enough with each other to free-associate.

We got on the topic of which states have a disproportionate share of major-league sports teams. I think we got there because some local team is involved in a contest of import, this weekend. Anyway, it seems really unfair that Texas has eleven, and California has, oh, a couple hundred by the looks of it, but Oregon — a very fine state! — has only two. And so on.

New York, is something of a special problem child here. Among New York’s namesake teams are the Giants and the Jets (both NFL), who play their home games in New Jersey. Is this fair? New Jersey is a nice, fun state and it has only one — ONE! — major league sports team calling itself by its native state: the Devils of the NHL.

We proposed to make a new rule that these overloaded states must give up some of the excess, and help states out who deserve a fairer share. The (NFL) Raiders’ recent move to Las Vegas is a great first step. Nevada had NO Major league teams until just four years ago, and now they are on their way to parity.

When the topic of cities overloaded came around, naturally New York City came to mind. The Mets and the Yankees (all MLB) a subway ride apart? This cannot stand. The latter, being already in the Bronx, should scout out a new home just a few miles east. Greenwich is a lovely town, or even as far as New Haven. Still an easy commute for their NYC-based fans. That’s the ticket – round-trip on Metro North!

Bonus goodness: sell the naming rights to their new stadium to these guys, and they can be… o! it’s awesome… rolls right off the tongue:

The Connecticut Yankees in King Arthur’s Court

You’re welcome.

This blog is not affiliated in any way with the King Arthur Baking Company or with Major League Baseball.

Respect the Police!

Click Through to See the Horrible Outcome of
Holding Police Accountable for Their Actions!

I have been told that the only way to minimally respect the police is never to question any action they take.

I have been told that I must enthusiastically support anyone wearing a blue uniform without even bothering to learn the facts of a given incident.

I have been told even choosing to remain silent, rather than start a verbal fracas where it would accomplish nothing, is implied insult to our noble blue-clad guardians.

I guess I am an epic failure in this area.

Small Town

Rochester is a pretty good-sized city, but when it comes to tech employment it’s a small town.

I recently started in a new job but I have to say that I already know about a third of my co-workers. People are coming and leaving but I know someone wherever they are going. Or where they came from.

Someone pointed out today that this makes it wiser not to piss anyone off. I have to acknowledge the wisdom of that. The person whose departure we marked today was someone who hired me for my first job here, 22 years ago. Who knows? I might be hiring them in another few years.

RIP Anthony

This just feels wrong.  The world seems just wrong without Anthony Bourdain.

We got a bunch of ideas for our trip to Paris from this episode:

It’s as if a friend we trusted told us where the real things could be found, and not the touristy same-old-same-old.

this is Anthony, lovin’ Waffle House

I am sure we had a much better experience than we would have without Anthony.

Bonus: the first episode of the first season. Equally inspiring.

Nope nope nope

Toilets in public places have all kinds of issues.  It’s how a barista can shame the homeless.   Well, count on the bros in tech to make it much worse.  Here’s how they plan to turn every toilet into a pay toilet.

I will actively boycott any business that shows up with one of these.

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