Former Twin Bert Blyleven finally received word today that he has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after an undeserving wait. Bert compiled lights-out stats, which many of today's pitchers will never come close to matching — 287 wins, 60 shutouts, 242 complete games, 3,701 strikeouts. He only won 20 games once in a 22-year career, which is what many voters apparently held against him. His election was long overdue.
I bleed a lot. At least I try to.
There's always the urge, sometimes I can go months without, but I always come back to it. As a matter of fact, at 5:15pm today, I'll be bleeding again.
Of course, I'm referring to giving blood.
I started giving blood in high school, the Red Cross used to hold a blood drive at our school, in the gym, and anyone who wanted to could stop by.
One good thing has already happened this new year — the Minnesota Vikings have stopped embarrassing themselves.At least on the field.Many things need to be fixed before the start of the next season, whenever that may be.The first thing is changing Leslie Frazier’s title from interim head coach to head coach. That happened Monday so a pat on the back to the Wilf franchise for getting one thing right so far.
I feel like I might owe some people, maybe a lot of people, an apology.
I have this bad habit of ending phone calls prematurely. I don't know if it's cultural, personal or biological. But, sometimes, when I am hanging up the phone, I can still here the voice on the other line saying, "Okay then, talk to you later, bye now, okay..."
I did not hang up on you. I did not get fed up with talking to you. I do not mind using my daytime mobile minutes to share a conversation with you. I do...
It's that time of the year again.
By that I mean it's winter. And of course, it really started about a month ago. I like to avoid thinking it's winter until we get a really good snow, and this past week and a half we finally got it.
I don't like winter.
Don't get me wrong, I love playing in the snow with my almost 4 year old, I do enjoy all the Christmas season brings... but it seems that with the good, there's always some not-so-good... frustrating things...
Everyone knows traveling during the holidays can be horrendous. There are three basic rules to holiday travel:
1- Leave early2- Pack light3- Be nice to the airline employees (and TSA agents as well)
With all of our planning and packing and leaving early, we still managed to land ourselves in the worst case scenario of holiday travel.
Merry Christmas. We missed our flight.
Thanks to Gene, the neighborhood snow angel, the sidewalks on my block are clear and I'm able to get in and out of my driveway even after the plow goes by and dumps what I'm sure is the accumulated snow from several blocks.
Sometimes I'm convinced the snowplow driver waits until I've already cleared a path just to make sure I'm out there again with shovel in hand. But that driver doesn't know I've got a secret weapon. It's Gene.
Our area is blessed with lakes and woods but very few places where photographers can photograph moving water showing motion in the winter.
The exception is Stony Brook in Fritz Loven Park in the City of Lake Shore. With your tripod in hand, head for the rushing water as it tumbles over the rocks in the brook.
If there is a break in the clouds tonight the show in the night sky will be worth a trip outside and a good reason to stay up. The longest night of the winter is matching up with a lunar eclipse as the Earth blocks the sun's rays. As the Earth's shadow is cast on the moon, the lunar body is expected to change from gray to orange or deep red as indirect sunlight passes through the Earth's atmosphere. NASA said the eclipse will last 72 minutes beginning about 12:32 a.m. With the winter solstice...