Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I Am Up, Really

I can remember the odd time here and there when I've had to get up at some point after 6 a.m. but before 7 a.m. But I can't remember the last time I've been up before 6 a.m. Heck, I played poker and then went to Cody's Friday night and didn't get in bed until 5:30 a.m. Now here I am, up and out of bed and it's 5:50.

Actually, now that I think about it, the last time I was up before 6 was when I took a vacation to Orlando in January of 2006. That was a great trip, but I wish I wasn't remembering it for that reason right now. I'm tired.

As many of you must now know, I'm up because we are technically about 15 minutes away from Opening Day. Yep, the Boston Red Sox face the Oakland A's in Japan today and tomorrow. Both games start at 6 a.m. My friends Jay, Harris and Helen are supposed to be joining me this morning, but if they didn't show up, I wouldn't be what we'd call surprised. Hell, I woke up 10 minutes ago and tried to walk over to Manna to get a coffee. Manna isn't open yet. That scares me.

As I watch the A's get introduced, I realize there are tons of old Red Sox on the team. I'm babbling now.

Let's see: Is there any other news?

Well, Fox, which never cancels anything, said goodbye to Parker Posey. The show, which has a stupid name that I refuse to even write, was created by the woman who did the "Gilmore Girls." You'd think she'd get more than three episodes ...
Is this news? Shouldn't it have happened like two years ago? Man.

Poor Pammy, another marriage is over.

Smashing Pumpkins is suing Virgin Records. Now, I'm not a litigious person, but if I were Virgin, I'd sue Billy Corgan for making crappy music lately.

Counting Crows, Play editor Jeff Petrin's favorite band, comes to the Dodge Music Center Aug. 15. The only problem? Well, Maroon 5 is also performing. That makes me feel funny inside.

Well, the first pitch of 2008 just happened, so I'm going to stop writing now. Dustin Pedroia just singled! Go Red Sox.


Anonymous said...

First - congrats. Your boys did it. And in a land where Dice is actually a real first name. Sweet.

I read your post with great fondness.

Can't remember the last time you were up before 6? For real? Alas, I've already been at work for a half hour by then.

Poker and the diner until 5:30 in the morning? It makes me tired just thinking about it.

When you're having a down day, run to your favorite house of worship, light a candle, then run to your favorite watering hole, enjoy an adult beverage, and thank the
heavens (in both places) for the life you lead today. Once you hit the flipside of the big 30, the allure of the allnighters starts to fade (even when you're holding winning hands). Ditto for waiting four deep for a beer, and standing in puddles of sticky substances that may or may not have come out of a fellow bar patron. And believe it or not, a lot of bar bands just start to sound like loud noise.

Hopefully, youth is not wasted on the young (OK, the slightly youngER), and you appreciate the fact (nay - EMBRACE the fact!) that you can get up on a Tuesday morning and watch baseball. I'm nearly tearing up at the very carefree nature of it all.

Anyhow, I hope you found some coffee, that your fellow fans made the game, and that all your ninth inning ties work out the same way.

P.S. - Sheryl Crow says she's touring with Fleetwood Mac this summer...only thing is, no one told Fleetwood Mac. Hilarious.

P.S. #2 - How goes the teaching? Figured out where this here blog falls in the grand scheme of journalistic history?

ChrisB. said...

I'd argue that Maroon 5 is an ideal match for Counting Crows. Maroon five is to 2005, what Counting Crows to whatever that year was in the 90s (94? 95? I can hardly remember). I'm not putting either band down, as they're both quite talented, but I'm betting 90% of the people at the Dodge would call it's a near perfect show. Only a triple bill with Coldplay would take it all the way to perfection.


p.s. as a result of your earlier blog, I spent a long drive last Sunday listening to "Life's Rich Pageant." I'd forgotten how much I like that record.

Pat Ferrucci said...

"Life's" is a great record. The new one's pretty good, too. Have you heard it?