Monday, July 29, 2013

Scattershooting 7-28-13

by Bill Holmes

Scattershooting while thinking of the great Willie Mays - Sunday's Summary

My incomplete recap of the week

I know I'm behind the times, but I finally watched Lincoln this week. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Maybe because of all the hype about it. I thought it was a very slow beginning followed by a slow middle and then a slow end. It was also too long. It seemed like the vote on the 13th amendment went on for hours. I think the performances were very good. Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones were exceptional. I did appreciate the attention to the historic details. Too bad because I'm somewhat of a Civil War buff and was hoping for a better movie. Actors good, writers and director not so much. 

The evil Yankees come to town to play the Rangers. It has been painful to watch the Rangers the past few games. No clutch hitting, mental mistakes, errors, poor base running and mediocre pitching. Time for Ron Washington to kick ass and take names. Absolutely no excuse for the knuckle headed brain freezes on the bases. They look like Benny Hill & Co. Let's break out of the funk tonight.

There are approximately 370,000 babies born every day worldwide. Only one makes the news. You'd think it was a Kardashian baby or something.

Is Ryan Braun just the first of many? It wouldn't hurt my feelings if A-Rod took a fall too.

I think Google just got a few more of my dollars. A Chromecast for sure and probably a new Nexus 7.

Watched a couple of episodes of The Prisoner tonight on Crackle. It's a 60's British TV series starring Patrick McGoohan. Very strange, very 1960's psychedelic. Funny to see their view of technology. Check it out. Crackle is free on your PC, tablet, phone or Roku. Good stuff.

We can be proud of our politicians from coast to coast. It's not just Republicans who are creepy.

Big technology week. Ordered a Chromecast and Nexus 7 (2013). Watch for a spike in Google's earnings and stock prices. My son has consented to take the old Nexus 7 (2012) off my hands. I'll be in full geek mode next week when they get here.  

Is anybody else tired of the constant commercials and crawls we've been seeing from CBS, Showtime & Time-Warner about their contract problems? I don't have Time-Warner cable and don't give a damn if they drop CBS, Showtime or even the Home Shopping Network. Work out your contract disputes in your offices, not my living room.

According to my calculations the Texas Rangers only need two outfielders, maybe three if Cruz gets suspended, a DH, a first baseman, bench bats, defense and some base running lessons. They are 2-8 in the last 10 games, have lost four in a row and are scoreless in last 21 innings. Six games out of first place. Still time to salvage the season but changes are needed. How about a little ass-kicking from the manager.

One of the residents in my complex had a full blown phone argument outside my place. The argument lasted over 30 minutes and took place in an area that has 21 units overlooking it. I'm talking all out argument with loud voice, hand and arm gestures, body language and facial expressions. It looked like a Jerry Springer confrontation but with only one person. Whoever was on the other end had very little opportunity to actively participate in the conversation. I don't know what it was all about, I was behind closed windows and the woman was talking so fast I could only catch a few words. I know people have arguments but I have a couple of questions. Why would you have a long and loud phone argument in a common area that at least 50 people overlook on? Why didn't the person on the other end just hang up?  It was funny to watch. I would have gotten video or pictures but I was afraid the woman would turn her wrath on me if she saw me. I wonder if anything was solved?



  1. The brilliance of Lincoln is that he could have ended the war without the 13th Amendment being passed. He kept the war and lives being lost on while sending the Southern delegates home to secure the 13th Amendment. I think that was the pure point of the movie. I found it exceptional. I loved Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln. It's probably second to the movie (forget it's name) dealing with the conspirer's of Lincoln's death.

    Watch out for A-Roid. His suspension only grants the Yankees more cap space (I think).


    1. No problem with the point of the movie I just wish they would have gotten too it a little sooner.

  2. And agreed on A-Rod and Braun. Just proves that they truly weren't the MVPs if PEDs were involved. If McGuire, Sosa, and Bonds have asterisks, so should both of these guys.