Sunday, April 26, 2009

Don't Stop Believin'. Hold on to that Feelin'!

Apparently someone in St. Alban's, WV has quite the sense of humor.

I snapped this picture on the way home from a fishing excursion yesterday. This road had other stop signs with funny phrases written on them. However none of them were appropriate for a pg-13 blog. :)

The very last sign said, "STOP laughing."

Note: The little Cat Blog does not support graffiti, even if it's funny as hell.

CBS News Sunday Morning... It's an Institution

Thanks for getting me hooked on this program, Artie653. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best news program on television. It might be a bit liberal, but so am I!

I know, I know... it's 9:30 on Sunday morning here on the east coast and I'm missing it. None to fear, however. I DVR'd it! - Good lord, how old have I gotten? I'm recording news? Heheh.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Wife... the Interior Decorator

Check out my wife's 'nice little Saturday' project. She painted our sunroom lime green. And yes, lime green is slowly overtaking our home. She did a spectacular job. By the way, check out the big cat in the window.

Monday, April 20, 2009

It's Playoff Time in Pittsburgh...

And the Philthadelphia Flyers are as dirty as ever. That's why I enjoy this picture so much.

That's Sidney Crosby, perhaps the NHL's best player and current Penguin captain, laying the lumber and stealing the puck from Philthy's Danny Syvret.

Even if you're not a hockey fan, give this series a try. It's what sports are all about. Two teams from the same state... a heated rivalry... finess vs. grit... playoff hockey and sudden death overtimes. Seriously, can it get any better?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Take Me Home, Country Roads.

Great picture, Mom!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Opening Day in... get ready for it... Charleston, WV!

I was a baseball fan until October 14, 1992. That's the day Sid Bream and the Atlanta Braves ruined my baseball life. The Pittsburgh Pirates were ahead 2-0 going into the bottom of the ninth inning in the 7th game of the National League Championship Series. All that stood between them and the World Series was one half of an inning.

I can still hear the announcer, Sean Mcdonough's call of that final hit... a hit by a player named Fransisco Cabrera. Never heard of him? Neither had anyone else prior to his hit. Anyway, the call went something like this, "A line drive and a base hit, Justice (David) has scored the tying run, Bream to the plate.... Safe! Safe! The Braves to the World Series!" This is the only time I've ever cried over a sporting event. And trust me, I can go on and on about why it was so painful. Just ask my wife. She's heard me ramble about this over and over again.

This was the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates contended. Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Tim Wakefield, Doug Drabek and many others left the Pirates after that season for teams with bigger banks. It was the end of the Pirates for at least the next 16 years. They've had 16 consecutive losing seasons coming into this year and the future isn't any brighter. This kind of performance will ruin your fandom.

Despite the Pirate's pathetic performace over the last 16 years, I've still enjoyed going to games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It's one of the best parks in all of baseball. It's the atmosphere, not the team, that made me crave baseball games in Pittsburgh. There's nothing like the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the ballpark. And in Pittsburgh, all of those things come before what's happening on the field.

Last fall we moved from Morgantown, WV to Charleston, WV. That means PNC Park is now 3-and-a-half hours away. Prior to the move it was only an hour and fifteen minutes away. The Cincinasty Reds are actually closer to Charleston than the Pirates. Kinda gross, huh?

Solution: The West Virginia Power.

That's right. Charleston has a minor league baseball team. They have a brand new park. They run great promotions on a daily basis. Parking is free. Appalachain Power Park is 5 minutes from our house. How cool is that? It's not major league baseball, but hell, I haven't been watching major league baseball in Pittsburgh for 16 years anyway. What's the difference? I go for the atmosphere, not the what's happening on the field.

Last year, the Power was an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They went to the "World Series" of their league. They didn't win it, but they had a great season. Guess what happened in the off season? The owners of the team switched their affiliation from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Pittsburgh Pirates. That's right, the WV Power is now an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. All the hope and promise of last year's "World Series" birth for the Power went right down the crapper. All of those players are replaced with players from the Pirates' farm system. That can't be good for this season's record.

So... this year, I'll have organized baseball in my back yard. I'll attend quite a few games, I'm sure. I'll enjoy a couple of Yuenglings, have a hotdog with onions and peppers, chat with other fans, people watch and enjoy the spectacle of a brand new stadium. I have a feeling what's happening on the field will be the last thing on my mind. Sound familiar? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Our New Patio

Lime green.... hell yeah.

(please excuse the dirt in the bottom left of the picture)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Who Needs New Jersey?

The new organized crime capitol of the world? You guessed it... Kentucky.

John Calipari: Newly acquired Head Coach of the University of Kentucky's mens basketball program.

Rick Pitino: Head Coach of the
University of Louisville men's basketball program.