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AL(al) n.
Narrator of highest note.

LORI(lohr-ee) n.
The girlfriend. Slightly bratty. Arachnophobe.

CHARLIE(chahr-lee) n.
A dieffenbachia plant spawn from the great Mother Charlie in Woods Hole, MA.

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:: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 ::

Forest Service Traps First Wolverine

Tue Feb 21, 8:07 PM ET

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has trapped the first wolverine ever captured and fitted her with a radio collar in the Pacific Northwest. Releasing it back into the wild, biologists are hoping to learn more about the habits and range of the elusive creatures known for their ferocious nature.

If I remember correctly from Red Dawn, when the Russians caught a Wolverine they too released him back into the wild after affixing it with a miniature radio transmitter.

But Patrick Swayze's character, the leader of the teenage guerrilla fighters, eventually discovers the existence of the internal radio transmitter and has the traitorous lad shot.

I hope this USFS wolverine avoids a similar fate.

:: posted by Al on 2/22/2006 12:25:00 PM ::

:: Monday, February 20, 2006 ::

Legendary Sportscaster Curt Gowdy Dies
Associated Press
Monday, February 20, 2006

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Legendary sportscaster Curt Gowdy has died, the Boston Red Sox said Monday.

Gowdy, who was 86, died in Palm Beach, Florida after a long battle with leukemia, according to Red Sox spokeswoman Pam Ganley.

Gowdy, the long time "Voice of the Red Sox," made his broadcasting debut in 1944.

In 1951 Gowdy became main play-by-play voice on the Boston Red Sox broadcast team. He left the Red Sox in 1966 for a ten-year stint as Game of the Week announcer for NBC. He was also the long time host of the "American Sportsman" series.

Gowdy broadcast 13 World Series and 16 All-Star Games.

:: posted by Al on 2/20/2006 02:03:00 PM ::

Contrary to popular belief, "Ice Dancing" is NOT a sport.

:: posted by Al on 2/20/2006 10:40:00 AM ::

:: Thursday, February 16, 2006 ::

And in other news...

30th BIRTHDAY!!!!

Happy birthday Jen!

:: posted by Al on 2/16/2006 08:56:00 AM ::

:: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 ::

In case you didn't know...

30th BIRTHDAY!!!!

Happy birthday Krissy!

:: posted by Al on 2/15/2006 02:06:00 PM ::

Jason Voorhees returning to the big screen?

A new, untitled chapter in the ongoing Friday the 13th saga is purportedly in the works and it's likely going to be a prequel to the original, which was released by Paramount in 1980.

New Line Cinema will attempt to crank out the 11th installment by October 2006.

New Line reached out to Quentin Tarantino to put his stamp on the Friday the 13th franchise. Tarantino passed.

Hopefully we'll find out why Jason is so mad at the world. Or did they explain that already?

Maybe when Jason was a goalie back in PeeWee hockey some hot-shot kid scored on him five-hole in a big playoff game and he never got over it.

:: posted by Al on 2/15/2006 10:44:00 AM ::

Fine. I'll play along with Robby & Goose:

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Dishwasher
2. Short-Order Cook
3. VP of Technology
4. Network Engineer

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. Slap Shot
2. Goldfinger
3. Empire Strikes Back
4. Saving Private Ryan

Four places I’ve lived:

1. East Falmouth, MA
2. Newton, MA
3. Charlestown, RI
4. Boston, MA

Four TV shows I love:
1. 24
2. American Chopper
3. That 70s Show
4. Rescue Me

Four highly regarded and recommended TV shows I haven’t seen (much of):
1. Lost
2. Scrubs
3. The Shield
4. Grey’s Anatomy

Four places I’ve vacationed:
1. St. John, USVI
2. Orlando, FL
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Toronto

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Chicken
2. Taco Bell tacos
3. Kashi Heart-to-Heart cereal
4. Chocolate Caramel Cluster Zone Perfect bars

Four sites I visit daily:

1. Cynical Nation
2. Boston Dirt Dogs
3. Slashdot
4. Wizbang

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. On a beach by the ocean in the summer
2. National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
3. Italy
4. On a couch watching a "That 70s Show" marathon with Lori

:: posted by Al on 2/15/2006 10:24:00 AM ::

:: Sunday, February 12, 2006 ::

What a great idea!

LOWELL, Mass. --The Yankees would be wiped out in New England, if a Boston Red Sox farm team has its way.

The Class A Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League say that if youth baseball leagues across New England change the name of a team from the Yankees to the Spinners, Lowell would pay for new uniforms.

In a message on the Spinners' Web site, general manager Tim Bawmann said many children in New England are devastated when they are assigned to be on a team called the Yankees.

"When you are a kid playing baseball it is pure fun, and worrying about what team you are on should be the least of your concerns," he said.

"We figured the easiest and best solution was to replace those Yankee teams with the Spinners, who are part of the Boston Red Sox system," he added, calling the promotion "all in good fun."

As part of the deal, any team changing its name to the Spinners also will be invited to play on their namesake's field before a game this year.

According to the Spinners, about half of New England's youth baseball leagues have teams called the Yankees. The rest eliminated the name as the rivalry between their major league teams intensified in recent years.

Can't you see the suburban New England kid after finding out the results of his Little League draft: "But Mom, I don't want to play for the Yankees!"

That some serious emotional damage.

End the scourge!

:: posted by Al on 2/12/2006 12:45:00 PM ::

I ran this post thru the English-to-Pirate translator:


A savage Nor'easter be currently poundin' me residence, I be expectin' a foot or more of snow.

Last eve a "WinterFest" was held in th' great northern MA city o' Lowell. Me bucko Rob has connections and got me a pass ta' th' heated VIP tent (read: FREE grog).

Arr, me hearty, I think th' highlight o' th' night (not countin' all th' FREE grog) was th' fireworks display from th' roof o' th' City Hall.

This isn't some scurrvy-dog with a pack o' bottle-rockets, these be professional-grade fireworks, matey.

And shiver me timbers, and don't ya know them scallywags be shootin' them off DIRECTLY OVER th' crowd!

By th' end o' th' show it be rainin' burnin' embers on thee heads o' everyone. Aarrgh. At least one shell didn't quite make it's planned trajectory and slowly arched over th' crowd before explodin' about 10 feet off th' ground at th' aft o' th' crowd. Not a soul be havin' any injuries.

I felt a bit keel-haul'd this mornin'.

:: posted by Al on 2/12/2006 11:58:00 AM ::

:: Thursday, February 09, 2006 ::

Nothing has been proven, but reports say Janet Jones, wife of Phoenix Coyotes coach and NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, is among 12 people associated with NHL teams that made illegal bets via a sports bookmaking ring allegedly run and bankrolled by Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet, 41, an 18-season NHL veteran and a close friend of the Gretzkys.

Yesterday, The Great One said he was unaware of any gambling accusations until Tocchet called him last Monday night.

Sounds good, right?

Well it seems there's one little problem for Wayne in today's Newark Star-Ledger:

"State wiretaps in the unfolding NHL betting scandal caught Wayne Gretzky discussing the multimillion-dollar gambling operation run by his friend Rick Tocchet before the ring was dismantled Monday, according to law enforcement sources."

Come on Wayne, if all this turns out to be true, how could you be so stupid and get involved in something like this???

:: posted by Al on 2/09/2006 09:29:00 AM ::

:: Monday, February 06, 2006 ::

I think the NFL should adopt a new format to determine the Super Bowl Champion:

Extend the playoffs one more round where the 2 conference winners play each other for the opportunity to face the Patriots in San Diego every February.

I think that would determine the real Super Bowl Champion.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


New England 7 0 3 13 23 Final

Pittsburgh 10 0 3 7 20

:: posted by Al on 2/06/2006 09:18:00 AM ::

:: Saturday, February 04, 2006 ::

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Grammy-winning pop star Sheryl Crow have split up.


OK, maybe that's an over-reaction.

I guess now instead of singing "I'm leaving Las Vegas..." she's singing
"I'm leaving Lance Armstrong..."

:: posted by Al on 2/04/2006 07:30:00 AM ::

I don't understand why this was dragged out for so long, but finally, the last piece is now in place.

The Red Sox made SS Alex Gonzalez's signing official by filing his contract with the commissioner's office.

Even thought they filed all the paperwork, the Sox STILL haven't made the official announcement about signing Gonzalez. Apparently they have to cut someone to make room for him on the 40-man roster.

:: posted by Al on 2/04/2006 07:14:00 AM ::

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