Friday, November 30, 2007

Just The Facts

Scene:9 to 5 establishment parking lot north of Center City Philadelphia, South of Plymouth Meeting, West of Washington Crossing and East of Bala Cynwd.

Victim:Sparky Duck

Item Victimized:Motorized transport sold after the year 2000

Source:Under a Feathered Ducks Ass and to the left. Though luckily not while the duck was present

Time:Between the Siesta and someone's Happy Hour, though not one Duck's

Injuries:none physically, though mentally, who knows yet


Outcome:still to be determined, hence the title of the post and the so far secrecy.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

With a side of fries

Ok, I promise its not as bad as it sounds, but its the way I process it.

I am not ready to go into details yet, since I thinking that I am both one lucky duck and one really unluck one, but today we almost had Barbecued Sparky Duck to go. More to come probably, well maybe, we will see.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A peek behind the Cooking Curtain

I love to cook, everyone that reads this little blog knows that. And I search the web all the time for recipes.
Recipezaar is one place where I get alot of good ideas. There are thousands of recipes there, including ones that you can cook camping, not that I am going to go camping anytime soon. Also, Dragon's Kitchen is great for some original recipes, including her famous Sausage and Potato Gnocchi.

I also wander over to Bleeding Espresso on Wednesdays. She is an American living in Italy and while I often have to convert her recipes from the metric system so I can make them, they are always so freaking tasty. I figured I would share what we will be enjoying tonight, so you will know what I am doing at 7 pm. I am hoping Sognatrice does not mind that I am sharing, but it is also getting her recipes more notice, which is a good thing, no?

Pasta all'Amatriciana

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
100 grams pancetta arrotolata,
unrolled and cut into bite-sized chunks
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
1 can peeled tomatoes
500 grams penne pasta
water and salt to boil pasta
grated pecorino romano cheese to garnish

First put on the water to boil for the pasta, and then chop all your ingredients as described above.

Put olive oil in skillet and heat on medium. Add pancetta, and let cook for about five minutes, until the pancetta renders its fat. I know, yum, right?

Then add the onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and parsley and let cook for another minute or so.

At this point, your water should be boiling, and you can add salt and the pasta to the water (or do this whenever your water *is* boiling after this point).

Now add the tomatoes to the skillet. You can run them through a grinder or roughly chop them first depending on how you like them. You can also add some of the pasta water to thin out the sauce a bit; I usually use about 1/4 cup.

Let the sauce simmer for about 1o minutes or until the tomatoes taste done to you. You can add salt, but do so sparingly because the pancetta is salty and you've also added salted pasta water.

When the pasta is just short of al dente, remove, strain, and combine well with the completely cooked sauce, still over medium heat.

Once the pasta has absorbed some of the sauce and become fully al dente, remove and serve immediately. Garnish with grated pecorino romano cheese.

A note: Don't worry if your timing isn't exact the first time you make this--it'll get easier the more you make it, which is only more incentive to keep pancetta in your fridge.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Excuse me while I whip this out

or any excuse to post one of my 50 in 50 States hotties. But, Sparky Duck's Miss Arizona is having a birthday today.

Brooke Langton is turning 37 today. I am sure there are plenty of people out there who would like to look this good at 37 or 32 or 27 even. Heck, I am one of those people!

On a side note, I am beginning to feel sorry for the people over at ESPN. The game last night was a sintillating showing between Pittsburgh and Miami. Yep, a nail biter 3-0. And they actually had a 40 minute delay due to the weather. Yep, thats the kind of game that is going to have people come back later on to see the kickoff. A note to all you Steeler fans out there, No freaking way is Pittsburgh the number 3 team in the NFL when they lose to the NY Jets and almost lose to the hapless Miami Dolphins!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Feeley Storm Coming

With the improbable way the Eagles played last night, even though they lost to the Patriots, there is a slow building groundswell to play AJ Feeley at QB the rest of the way in place of superstar, Donovan McNabb. As for me, I am all for it!

Not only does AJ seem to make his decisions quicker and actually try to get rid of the ball if he is under pressure, rather then get sacked, but he also has that certain IT factor to him. McNabb is not a leader, a loss like that last night would have sloughed off his shoulders as the breaks of playing football. Feeley still sounds down, almost 24 hours later, sounding like someone stole his puppy. The fans of Philadelphia want someone who lives and dies the games just like we do, and McNabb, with his carefully calculated image and sullen attitude is not that kind of guy.

So I hope Coach Reid gets off his fat ass and makes a decision that makes sense, playing AJ Feeley next week against Seattle.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

If I close my eyes...

This news is almost an exact copy of news that I would have heard growing up in the 80s. Some of the names have changed, but in the end, its all the same. Lets take a not so short trip down memory lane, courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

US Scales Back Political Goals in Iraq

Hey, good news everybody, if you keep moving the goal post, you will actually score occasionally. Seriously, apparently the administration is shifting its idea of success in a Iraq from a unified country and government, to a country that has a budget and is not blowing each other up every week. Kind of like dealing with a couple of teenage boys, make sure they earn there allowance and don't attack each other in the back seat.

Oral Roberts Tries to Regroup after Leader quits-
This is just Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell or Jim Bakker all over again. This time though the evangelist was not bilking his lambs, he was bilking the students of the school, to the tune of a $26,000 senior trip for Richard Roberts daughter and convincing the political science majors to work on the campaign of a candidate for Tulsa mayor. You know what the say, never trust someone with 2 last names, or in this case, hell 2 first ones.

Labor Party Wins big in Australia-
Paging Tony Blair, Mr Tony Blair to the white I could have told you that would happen courtesy phone please.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

On Campus Last Few Weeks

I do not know of anyone, anywhere that could have said way back in late August that this game between Kansas and Missouri would be as big as it is. Not a single soul could have foreseen the fact that the winner of tonights game from Arrowhead Stadium, could probably be the number 1 team in the nation and also be one win a way from a shot at a National Championship. That would be like predicting that Cavemen would have been a hit sitcom and then being actually right.

So how did we get here over the last few weekends. Well simple, the Ducks lost to the dreaded ACL and then lost to Arizona and the Big Game was last weekend as well. Michigan vs Ohio State. Michigan has turned into a great defense, but injuries made there offense pretty useless. Ohio State has a stellar defense and a solid running game with the legs of Beany Wells. But there QB throws passes like a girl. So, it should have been no suprise that the Buckeyes pulled out a horribly boring 17-7 win. Snoozer!

One good thing from last week was the loss by Oklahoma. My hatred for Bob Stoops knows no boundaries, so to get the chance to watch his team become befuddled and bewildered by a spread run and gun offense was magnificent. By the time the coach was making adjustments, the Sooners were down 28 points and had to fling the ball all over the field to even make the game close, not exactly an Oklahoma strongpoint. Yes, the Sooners lost.

I am going to have to plead ignorance on the LSU/Arkansas game yesterday. I was in work all day and the Bayou Bengals vs Razorbacks is not exactly a high topic of conversation in my office. Go ask Wordnerd, maybe she knows something.

By the way, the BCS will officially be an utter complete mess if Kansas loses tonight. A Jayhawk loss will mean the only undefeated team left will be the litte respected Warriors of Hawaii. Let the chaos begin.

Friday, November 23, 2007

What's So Black about it anyway

This should be interesting, since my mind is kind of like silly putty right about now. Nothing like a 11 hour day to take you back to the toddler stage.

Is it me, or is this whole Black Friday thing a tad overrated? Or at least overplayed. At least this year it is too me. I look threw all my circulars and there is really nothing exciting to buy. Oh you can get some cheap Chinese toys, which are an adventure too themselves. Or the lighted reindeer is $10.00 off, which is actually something I am after, but I do not really think there is much of a Cabbage Patch craze this year.

Its either the sales or not that special, or what everyone wants they already have. I know for me, the Xbox 360 never made a huge dive price wise, so I am just going to have to bite the bullet and get one for myself. Thats part of the master plan you know, so I can ask for lotsa games for Christmas.

So, any good sales out there, injuries worthy while shopping, or am I right on when I say Black Friday kinda fizzled.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Turkey Day Gameplan

This is not going to be one of my official Thursday Thirteen's this week, because I really am not sure if I am going to really do 13 things today, but we will see how many things I have and walla, it may turn into 13 of them.

1.Get that Turkey to defrost. One of the problems with trying to avoid the early rush at the food store is that the frozen Turkey is bought closer to the actual day of use. And as of 10:30 this morning, the bird still was not defrosted. So its getting an ice water bath as we speak.

2.Green Bay vs Detroit. Out of all the football games on Thanksgiving, now there are 3, the Detroit game is the only one I consistently watch. Its on at just the right time and this year, I have two of my fantasy players involved, Greg Jennings and Donald Lee, both of Green Bay. Plus, who doesnt like watching Brett Favre?

3.Get the Christmas decorations out. Our plan today, since it is just Mrs Duck and myself was to start Christmas decorating today. For sure we are going to get the tree out and up. We may or may not decorate/light it today, because who knows how the cats will react to there first Christmas tree.

4.Decorate a little bit outside. It feels like it is close to 70 degrees outside. So, I will definetly take this opportunity to at least get up on a ladder and string some Christmas lights outside. I usually like to wait for the ground to be cooler to put some of the reindeer/snowmen/stars in the ground out, but no wind and warm temps is the perfect time to be on a ladder.

5.Apple, Sausage and Sage Stuffing. Its gotta go in the turkey well once it does not feel like an iceberg, so the stuffings gotta be done early.

6.Enjoy some Martinis. Hey, whats a holiday without at least some liquor. Just have to start a little bit earlier so I get a good nights sleep for a long long long day at work tomorrow.

7.Call the relatives. We have family flung all over the United States this year, so its going to be quite a few phone calls that need to be placed.

8.Relax. I really plan to get back into Anya's book once again and certainly recline a little bit, just because thats really what this Holiday is about. Giving thanks for a comfy chair and a full belly.

9.Whatever Mrs Duck wants to do. The above listed is just my gameplan. I am sure the wife will have some input that might be a little bit different, involving a tad more work on my part. But, thats why I love her, she always makes things a bit better.

Happy Thanksgiving to my US Blogger Buddies. To Everyone else, um Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Turkey Laughs, well unless you are a Turkey

One great thing about Thanksgiving while I was growing up, was the great, sappy, funny Thanksgiving episodes on TV. So, as we all prepare for the Turkey coma, lets look back at some of what YouTube offered me.

Chandler's Worst Thanksgiving (Friends)

WKRP Turkey Drop (an all time classic)

The Turkey Drop Followup

Turkey or Fish-Everybody Loves Raymond

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Supermarket wars

We do not really consider this to be last minute, its more like we like to go out and make all of our decisions carefully. Plus, I am hoping a Tuesday night before Thanksgiving will be alot better then the weekend before Thanksgiving, because that was a nightmare.

So, what do you all do with your turkeys. I know I can just put some herbs on the skin and then butter underneath, but since it will just be the two of us this Turkey Day, I figure I could try something a little bit different. Mrs Duck is adventurous enough.

So, give me some recipe hints for your bird. Send me some ideas for your stuffing. The veggies gotta be something that someone allows there inner Paula Deen out for. Share share share.

Plus, if you do my shopping list, I will have more time to try and get the last minute gifts for Mrs Duck, whose birthday is Saturday.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Fraynetic Poetry Train

I am experiencing two levels of fears today, and I get to dump them all over the Poetry Train. One level is the oh I hope the new people like me and I hope I like them. This fear is kind of silly, but it is also something that I think every person gets the first day of a new job, or at least the first day in a new situation. Its also something that will go away eventually.

The other fear is a silly, yet small fear that, while I can not divulge because then I would give too much away about my work, it is also something that will probably never really go away, it will just shrink. Its just something I have to suck up I guess.

So, to cover it, I need to find things that keep me relaxed. Over my Head by The Fray is something that made me happy and calm leading up to the wedding. It was not even a song that was featured that prominently at the ceremony, but as we lead up to the big day, its almost like I discovered it before anyone else did. And it started getting heavy rotation just before the big day. So, it brings back some happy memories and makes me calm. Of course, there is no way I can listen to it on a perpetual loop on my Ipod, because you know, customers don't love the ear buds.

I never knew
I never knew that everything was falling through
That everyone I knew was waiting on a queue
To turn and run when all I needed was the truth
But that's how it's got to be
It's coming down to nothing more than apathy
I'd rather run the other way than stay and see
The smoke and who's still standing when it clears

Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

Let's rearrange
I wish you were a stranger I could disengage
Just say that we agree and then never change
Soften a bit until we all just get along
But that's disregard
Find another friend and you discard
As you lose the argument in a cable car
Hanging above as the canyon comes between

[Over My Head (Cable Car) Lyrics on]
Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

And suddenly I become a part of your past
I'm becoming the part that don't last
I'm losing you and its effortless
Without a sound we lose sight of the ground
In the throw around
Never thought that you wanted to bring it down
I won't let it go down till we torch it ourselves

And everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

Everyone knows
She's on your mind
Everyone knows I'm in over my head
I'm in over my head
I'm in over...

Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

Hop on the Poetry Train, i think there is some sort of celebration or something this week.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I may have just about seen it all

Watching the Browns and Ravens game wrap up today and it was one of those freak moments that you talk about in a bar 20 years from now.

The Browns blew a big lead and allowed the Ravens to take the lead with about 30 seconds to go. The Browns get a nice kickoff return and then complete a couple of plays to get into field goal range. Long field goal range, but field goal range none the less.

Phil Dawson sets up for the kick, I think it was about 49 yards or so and doinks it off the right upright (at least right if you are watching it on TV). As the ball spirals, it goes and bounces through the crossbar and then hits the support pole that is out of bounds in the end zone. The ball promptly riccochets out back onto the field back over the cross bar again.

The field goal is declared no good. As you read Coach Romeo Crennels face, you see him mouthing the words "well fuck me" Game over, Ravens win.

Not so fast my friend as the referees go to look at the instant replay, though it is not really a reviewable play. I guess its more like a holy shit did you see that, we better go look again kind of play. The field goal is declared good and the Browns eventually win in overtime.

The chances and physics of the ball hitting the upright, then the support bar and then bouncing the one direction that makes it look no good to the naked eye has got to be astronomical. I guess when they say you never know how the ball will bounce, you should always remember to take it literally.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Football Friday

Okay, we did not get to our review of last weeks football games today. Perhaps tomorrow, i know you all are waiting with baited breath. But, at least I can show the chicks can't I?

Not the Best of Starts

looking at last night, we can see how the weekend has already gotten off to a difficult start. I am used to Oregon coming up short in one game or another, which usually kills there season, so I should not have been surprised.

So, this morning, when I checked my account to see if my first payroll hit the checking account, since today is pay day, and I saw the same $10 that was in there last night, I was less then thrilled. Now the question will not be where was the direct deposit, because that sometimes takes forever to set up. The question will be when I get into work, where did my check go. There are about 3 possible answers, my training site, my home office or my actual home. Actual home would be a tad painful, since that means its not gonna show up until Tuesday. Bahhh. Not auspicious.

Blogging the Ducks 5

Wow, a penalty flag thrown on Arizona. I better run out and buy a lottery ticket or something.

Sheesh, its on the Oregon sideline, throw another personal foul for knocking Stewart up into the stands.

Brady Leaf, you still SUCK

This could be the worst Refereed game I have seen all year, I mean awfully called. Why dont we just make sure USC is the team in the Rose Bowl. Fucking Bullshit

Too many turnovers

Jonathan Stewart, all day, all night Gotta get a score here and at least the pressure if on Tuitama. Though nice touch by Wildcat fans, cheering Stewarts injury.

Crenshaw in and guess what, its still a game with 8 minutes to go.

yep that was a face mask. I think the game rides on this 4th down. 5 minutes left, yep this is the ball game. Well fuck me, second effort does it

Tuitama, i told you, I told you and Patrick Chung with the recovery, or maybe not since we will review once again, sheesh. Shit I think hes down. Well of course, not a fumble

3:20, thats it, 10 point lead again, I am depressed and soured. Enjoy Kansas Hawaii for the championship

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Live Blogging the Ducks 4

Please oh please, let Brady Leaf be hurt. Not like ACL hurt, just bruised knee hurt so I do not have to watch him amble around the field anymore.

Shocking, Tuitama makes a mistake. I do not know why AZ keeps him at QB

Oh theres a shock, these homer refs call a holding. I guess they get there mail in Tucson or something.

Well, they did need a field goal, so now or later it does not matter. Evensen knocks another chipper through. Now, lets make Tuitama win this game. I bet he can't

Here is the problem with the Arizona offense, they have absolutely, positively no running game. Take the INT for a TD and the Punt Return away and this game is tied.

Um hello, you are down 14 points. You have a defense that makes mistakes. Dink and dunk wont cut it

Brillant move by Baby Stoops, trust the run game and do not let Tuitama cause the loss, because throwing the ball will make this game a 7 point one quickly.

See, another almost INT for the Ducks. The problem is the word Almost

Boring, sheesh Baby Stoops may be a bit concerned for his job. And um Dean, please, you should have been called for Pass Interference

On to the 4th Quarter, Arizona has done nothing in the 2nd half. Unfortunately, neither have my Ducks

Live Blogging the Ducks 3

Its so so close to getting out of hand, and its 10:15

Jesus Christ, do they have any other QBs besides Brady "I am Ryans Brother" Leaf

On a side note, thats it, I am calling to complain to DirecTV. They have the Arkasas St vs North Texas game on ESPN Gameplan and of course they are not showing it because we need enough stations to show some crappy hockey games. This aint Kanada ya know

The Wildcats offense still kinda sucks. They got the ball last drive at about the 40 and could only gain 8 yards. The score is 31 to 11 but AZ has scored 14 points off an INT and a Punt Return.

Williams (#4) has got to stop bobbling the ball. This is big time football my friend, it is not Big East Football

Evensen jams one through, which does two things. Makes the game a 17 point one and also causes me to think I may be up longer tonight

Thanks Achilles that it is halftime and only a 17 point game. There is still hope, though slim

Live Blogging the Ducks 2

It should now be Jonathan Stewart all night long, yet they decide to let Leaf throw, big freaking mistake.

Things should stay close if the Wildcats have to actually play offense, Tuitama will make a mistake, he just has to, its in his makeup.

Late hit on the AZ QB Tuitama. Thats it the Refs are fucking homers.

I am already looking forward to Hawaii vs Nevada tomorrow night. Its an actual test for the Rainbow Warriors

You are losing 17 to 11 with your offensive star out. You don't freaking go for an interception. I think the Ducks maybe fucked, I hope you all enjoy LSU kicking the crap out of Kansas/Oklahoma.

Brady Leaf is a dog

Its 31 to 11 now, what a fucking joke, I looked forward all day to this? to this? I now need to root for chaos, because Brady will not bring them back.

Live Blogging the Ducks

Early on, Dennis Dixon is the Heisman Trophy front runner. He runs the offense fully and all you Tebow people can promptly kiss my feathered ass.

A two point conversion makes me a tad nervous, just because I think OU maybe playing nervous.

A freaking INT that is not Dixons fault. The Oregon receivers, beyond Williams just are not that tough.

Crap, its 9:20 and I think Dixon may have blown his ACL.

Double Fuck, I think its going to be Brady Leafs night, which would be great if Brady could throw the ball like Ryan Leaf in college.

9:47 and Brady Leaf decides to throw the ball like his older brother in San Diego, TD for Arizona. Its amazing since the Wildcats do not have an offense to speak of, yet they lead 17 to 11. I think we may be fucked.

Thursday Thirteen #57-A quick and dirty one

Thirteen Things I have learned in the last ten days

Yes, I have been back to work, and things have been a little bit different.

1.If you have to commute along the PA Turnpike and you are not getting paid 6 figures, you are not getting paid enough money.

2.Especially if you have to commute past the Norristown exit, where there is not only construction on the road, but on all the exits.

3.Its amazing what you see before 7 am, like this morning I caught sight of 6 hawks.

4.I enjoy the small pleasures now, like being able to sleep past 8 am.

5.Which is what I plan to do this weekend, since I do not need to work.

6.You also forget how easy it is to let a day off go to waste, I looked at how little I accomplished last Monday and felt like it was all for nothing.

7.Back roads can save you time, but once there is an accident in front of you, your goose/duck is cooked.

8.Coffee is a necessity of life.

9.I do not smoke as much as I used to, probably because I just dont have as much chance to.

10.But when I do smoke, its usually more the one, gotta get all the nicotine I can.

11.It is probably worse when you have to work until 6 pm instead of having to get to work at 8 am.

12.Cooking can now sometimes be a chore.

13.I actually have skills when it comes to doing the job I do.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

O'Reilly to the Rescue

I was wracking my brain on the ride home, trying to figure out what I would exactly blog about today for Nablopomo. I mean, seriously, who wants to hear about my day? I am not even sure I really want to hear about my day and I lived it.

So, the mind drifted to sports, as it often does and I found myself on WFAN out of New York, one of the classic sports talk stations in the country. I tuned in just in time to hear a commercial for Bill O'Reilly's so called TV show, the O'Reilly Factor.

Quick Disclaimer, I hate O'Reilly and all that the so called news channel Fox News stands for *hops off soapbox*

So, here is a Papa Bear on the radio, talking about tonights show. The first segment will be about the Jena 6 and the money raised for there defense that may or may not be missing. During this commercial, which surely can not be live, O'Reilly states that 6 boys/men were arrested and jailed in Arkansas. Now, lets see what is wrong with that last sentence, wait for it, wait for it.

From Wikipedia:

The Jena Six refers to a group of six black teenagers who were charged with the beating of Justin Barker, a white teenager at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana, United States, on December 4, 2006

Off to a rousing start. Next, we will be the rantings of pundit and comedian Dennis Miller, who I admit I sometimes find funny. Miller will focus on the writers strike in Hollywood/New York and also have a few comments about Redacted, a movie about the rape and murder of a 14 year old iraqi girl, allegedly by US soldiers and the whitewashing of the press coverage my the mainstream media. Oh I am sure they will both give a two big thumbs up to the movie.

And finally, we close it out with a talk on a study in some newspaper about online dating and the fact that 1/3 of women who sign up for those online dating websites and go on dates have sex on the first date. News flash to Bill O'Reilly, women like sex. Maybe not the women you know, but women do like sex.

So lets quickly recap so you can set your TiVos for the late evening showing of this fine television program.

1.A story about missing money raised for accused black men that is already off to a bad start because the lead in is horribly inaccurate.

2.A love fest between two right wing yahoos about how it maybe bad to tell the truth in this war, because the truth may actually be dark dirty and scary and um, bad for ratings.

3.Sex, lots of it and how women these days must just me sluts or something, though I am sure there will be lots of steamy pictures in the background while O'Reilly talks.

Yep, where is Kitchen Nightmares when I need it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

So Whats in a Name & A State

This is a nice little post inspired by a question, in a comment, from the illustrious Desert Songbird, who asked.

Desert Songbird said...

Bite me, Sparky.

BTW - did you take your pseudonym from the Sun Devils mascot?

Firstly, the bite me of course comes from my fun little barb in the comments section this week. When you get the win, you just have to rub it in a little.

But, yes, Sparky comes from the Sun Devils mascot Sparky, um the Sun Devil or something like that. I actually had this blog started back before my folks moved to Arizona, but I was using my real name. As I got more opinionated, I had to think of a nome de plume. Then I saw 3 Arizona State games that year, and absolutely loved the way that the Sparky Sun Devil came flipping out to the song Thunderstruck before the games and it hit me.

Sparky was the name, but I needed a last name, since while I like Arizona State when they are not playing Oregon, they are not my team.

So, the next thought, to stick with the football vibe was of course to take the Duck as my pseudo last name. I have always liked Ducks, always thought they were cute. Growing up I liked Daffy and Donald better then Mickey and Bugs, so its not just an Oregon thing. But, it also was kinda an Oregon thing, since they are my team.

Which of course lends it self to another question, why in the blue blazes is Oregon my team in the first place. Well, thats a long story, which you get to enjoy right now.

Back when I first got cable in my bedroom, late night sports was a hit or miss. Sometimes you would get a good game on ESPN, but you also had the chance of seeing Professional Darts. So, on the smaller stations, you would sometimes get a really really cheap College Football game. You know, the dregs of the NCAAs of the time, Akron vs Lousiana Tech, Wake Forest vs Duke, and late at night, alot of Oregon football, usually in the pitch dark and rain of an Oregon fall. I thought the Ducks were such a plucky team, even though they were retched and there two toned football field was cool. Plus, any football fan will tell you they love watching a game in the rain.

Fast Forward to the late 80s. I had always checked to see how Oregon was doing as a team, and while they had the occasional 7 win year, which would again get them on a bowl game that was available always on public access, they just were not consistently good. And for some reason, I wanted them to be consistently good. Then, there was the Rose Bowl year. They played Penn State, who I always hated when growing up, and the Ducks were the little Engine that Could. So when Oregon stayed close for a half, I was hooked.

Follow that up with the Joey Harrington years, where Oregon was close to Championship level for 3 out of his 4 years, as well as 3 trips to Portland Oregon, where I loved the weather, the skyline, Mount Hood and the fact that you could drink beer in the Food Court and I had my team. Plus, Oregon was on TV almost every week, while my alma Mater, Delaware, was on once a year, and you had the Oregon Duck fan that you have today.

Plus Sparky Duck sounds alot better then Donald Devil.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Fun Poetry Train

Usually, I take this little opportunity of a post to be serious, or maudlin, or emotional when it comes to posting lyrics to songs. OK, feel free to admit that sometimes you think it is down right depressing! Well not today, for on today's poetry train, we are going to get funky!

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space

And when you're out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much

Does that make me crazy
Does that make me crazy
Does that make me crazy

And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice, that's my only advice

Come on now, who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are,
Ha ha ha bless your soul
You really think you're in control

Well, I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
Just like me

My heroes had the heart to Lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it's no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done

Maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy

Ok, the song is old, but to me its still hip and it still makes me wanna shake my tailfeathers!

Go see what else is shaking over on this weeks Poetry Train

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A DirecTV refund?

The games today have been awful. Boring, dull, sluggish, boring. Though they have been picking up some in the 2nd half, I do not think that the Chiefs/Broncos game is going to be really anything to write home about. And please, the Vikings are so bad that to watch Favre shred them for over 300 yards, while inspiring, it is also poor football to watch.

And I just can not bring myself to watch all of the Eagles game. Not only are they just now finally getting a spark, but sheesh, they have let Jason Campbell throw all over them, yes I said Jason Campbell.

Now the real problem is that it costs me four payments of $39.95 to watch this schlock. I do know what I will be doing on my day off tomorrow, finding out how I can reduce the darned payments on my DirecTV, because if I am stuck with bad NFL, I am not about to pay for HBO as well, which shows the same 5 movies.

Yes, I know, life really isnt that difficult, but with the Nablopomo, I gotta come up with something.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

I Maybe Ancient...

but, watching Knocked Up, I actually feel a bit too old for the movie. How freaking scary is that. Though I actually find the term "opening credit bush" to be humuorous. Are we sure this movie is done by the same people as Wedding Crashers??


I think when you are working...

1.the vodka martinis and the mango and coconut drinks taste much sweeter.

2.the idea of a 3 day weekend looks so much better.

3.the bed and the idea of sleeping late looks like it might be heaven

4.the sex maybe so much better when you are drunk...

5.ok, I think I maybe a weekend drunk like Twyla and actually, I am not complainijng.

Friday, November 09, 2007

50 States 50 Hotties-Colorado

I think this maybe the last installment of this blogging experiment, though I do have to hand the accounting part over to Deloitte and Touche (I just like typing Touche). Though if this is the last one, the selection is not a bad way to go.

Kristin Davis was born February 23, 1965 in Boulder, Colorado. She is of course most well known for her stint as the uptight Charlotte on Sex in the City. Or at least I think she was uptight, I can honestly say I did not watch the whole series. She also appeared in Melrose Place and the movie Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Yep, I have never heard of it either.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #56-A Philly Followup One

Thirteen Things about The Cassidy Story

Again, it was synergy, after last weeks post, I should give a follow up on the murder of Officer Charles Cassidy, since everything wrapped up in the last week.

1. John Jordan Lewis was arrested over the weekend in Miami, Florida.

2.No he is not one of those crazy middle name people, apparently Mr Lewis just liked the name Jordan as opposed to John.

3.In his cousins house, the revolver of Officer Cassidy, plus another weapon was found during a search.

4.A observant Greyhound bus driver spotted Lewis, remembered his face and also remembered where he was going, which lead to his arrest.

5.In a note of irony, John Timoney, the most beloved police commissioner Philadelphia may have ever had, is the police chief in Miami and got to announce the accused murderers arrest.

6.Officer Cassidy was laid to rest today.

7.1,500 people attended the funeral at the Bassilica Cathedral of Peter and Paul, hundreds more watched the ceremony outside on closed circuit TV

8.Officers from at least 3 states attended.

9.Cassidy's funeral procession wound its way through areas that he patroled and also the neighborhoods that he grew up in and lived in all his life.

10.Officers on duty from the 35th District saluted there fallen comrade outside there Police station.

11.Students from his catholic high school stood outside as the procession pasted there school. Officer Cassidy was then laid to rest at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetary in Cheltenham.

12.As that was going on, Lewis refused to fight extradiction from Florida, confessed to killing the officer on TV news cameras and apologized to the family, a bit too late.

13.This is the best video I could find on Youtube, though I must admit, there was not enough bagpipes featured for my taste. Though honestly, it still made me cry.

14.A memorial fund has been established for the family, including Officer Cassidy's 3 college age children.

Mail a check payable to:
The Charles Cassidy Family Memorial Trust Fund
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Sounds Like a Freaking Bang Up Day

1.The Dow dropped over 300 points. Now, its not an awful drop in comparison to what the actual number of the Dow is, since it is obviously pretty darned inflated. But still, a big number is good for news people to yell about, so it makes more people nervous.

2.Hey, Gas is back over $3, way over $3 in fact, at least here in the Delaware Valley. Its about 3.12 for regular or so, not exactly great for the people stuck in there cars for hours on end because the infrastructure is failing, causing alot more road construction to fix it.

3.Wow, great news from Pakistan, which is on the cusp of falling into martial law. Just what everyone needs, a country with nuclear weapons on the verge of martial law. Its like setting a gas field on fire and holding out marshmallows.

4.The dollar is in the crapper. And while it does not really affect me, since I am not heading off to Europe anytime soon. But the dollar is usually the indicator on where the economy is going, and the fact that it is weaker then Britney Spears chances of mother of the year is not a good indicator.

5.Oh and Rudy Giuliani collected the endorsement from Pat Robertson. One thing it does prove is that both of them are not the devil, since they were in the same place at the same time.

For once Fred Thompson maybe right

3rd Peace Globe

or at least our third trip down the Peace Globe cavalcade of Stars. Bond gets all the credit for reminding me like everyday and Mimi of course gets the credit for the idea.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

On Campus November 3

Yes, it was a great great day for Oregon Duck fans, and it was just a miserable day for fans of the Sun Devils of Arizona State. Dennis Dixon solidified himself as a Top 5 Heisman candidate, by leading Oregon to a 35-23 victory over the previously undefeated ASU. The game was exciting to say the least, but if really must rub the backers of the Sun Devils raw that Dixon was out of the game most of the second half and Zona State still could not manufacture a comeback. Heck, Brady Leaf is not half as good as his brother Ryan, and Ryan kinda sucked.

As I mentioned, Notre Dame lost to Navy on Saturday, for the first time in 43 years. The game was about what you would expect from a 1-7 team and a 4-3 team who just lost the week before to Division 1-AA powerhouse, the University of Delaware. Well there was this play, which was absolutely amazing.

Another BCS fraud fell by the wayside as BC lost to a Florida State team that was not a real Florida State team. And Matt Ryan played like Darren Flutie instead of Doug Flutie, throwing an interception in the fourth quarter that cost the Eagles the game.

Kansas hung 76 points on Nebraska. And we are not talking about Jayhawk basketball here. Though this is not running up the score, this is revenge for 25 years of KU getting stomped by 50 points by Nebraska. I would say get the moving van for Husker coach Tom Callahan.

Somehow, LSU beat Alabama, though I still have absolutely no idea how they did it. I mean clueless, I turned the game off to watch the end of the Ducks with the Crimson Tide winning, I turn around to see Early Doucet stealing the game, maybe Wordnerd can explain.

Oh let me mention that Darren McFadden is the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, hands down, no questions asked.

It was a great Saturday of College football though...

Say Thank You...

Tou your local and state politicians today, by going out to vote. You can say thank you for alot of things, a job well done, a law passed that you were in favor of, a person that is going up against an incumbent you hate, he or she could always use a hug and a vote of course.

I am saying thanks for the fact that for now, all those blasted commercials are over and done with. They were beginning to look at bit amatuer hour. Of course, this means the Christmas commercials are around the corner. But, honestly, I never knew the southern seats of the state assembly in NJ were that heated and highly contested. I thought the whole state assembly was like a board of ed job or something.

Monday, November 05, 2007


So, I survived my first day of work/training. It is like stepping back into a time warp, almost like I never even got off the merry go round in the first place. Or even more, like I stepped back into the Mr Peabody time machine. I can not go into specifics, because I am not allowed to, but the job certainly does have a promising upside.

The commute is not fun, too much construction in too many places. Of course, that is driving in Southeastern Pennsylvania, so it is just about what I have expected. I should be calm for the next two weeks or so, just get ready for full blown hysterics when I am done with training. That maybe when the fun really begins.

Bruuuuuucccceee Poetry Train

Yes the name of the blog is Philly Transplant. The Transplant part is because, I am from New Jersey, not some swamp in the south or wherever it is a duck may come from. And along those lines, it is a little known state law that you must like both Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Bruce has a new album out, called Magic. It seems to be alot like the last album, the Rising, yet with its own sound. Though since I have only listened to a couple of songs on it, how can I be sure.

So far, Long Walk Home is my favorite cut, so as we start a long week, lets have a little Bruce.

last night I stood at your doorstep
trying to figure out what went wrong
you just slipped somethin' into my palm
then you were gone
I could smell the same
deep green of summer
above me the same night sky was glowin'
in the distance I could see the town
where I was born

it's gonna be a long walk home
hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me
gonna be a long walk home
a long walk home

in town I passed Sal's grocery
the barbershop on South Street
I looked into their faces
they were all rank strangers to me
the veterans' hall high up on the hill
stood silent and alone
the diner was shuttered and boarded
with a sign that just said "gone"

it's gonna be a long walk home
hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me
gonna be a long walk home
hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me
gonna be a long walk home
it's gonna be a long walk home

here everybody has a neighbor
everybody has a friend
everybody has a reason to begin again

my father said "Son, we're
lucky in this town
it's a beautiful place to be born
it just wraps its arms around you
nobody crowds you, nobody goes it alone,
you know that flag
flying over the courthouse
means certain things are set in stone
who we are, what we'll do
and what we won't,"

it's gonna be a long walk home
hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me
gonna be a long walk home
hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me
gonna be a long walk home
it's gonna be a long walk home

it's gonna be a long walk home
hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me
gonna be a long walk home
hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me
gonna be a long walk home
it's gonna be a long walk home

it's gonna be a long walk home

The video itself is cool to me, because it has local images, since I grew up 15 minutes away from the Springsteen hometown of Freehold and everyone from Jersey has been to Asbury Park at least once.

I will be around later in the day to see how everyone else joined in the Poetry Train.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sometimes Sexism works

Well, the days of wine and roses is over. As of tomorrow, I am back into the working world full time. Another financial institution, though smaller then the last go around. It figures, whenever you try and get out, they pull you right back in.

So, that is good news, and will be even much better news on the wallet when the paychecks roll in. But, it also meant I needed to do some sprucing on the old wardrobe. I had suits and shirts and ties, but I certainly needed more dress pants, and dress shirts, and some professional ties so I am not wearing the Mickey Mouse ones on the first day.

Saturday was a trip to Boscov's, a store that I always seem to do well in when it comes to shopping for clothes. And once I was done with one more suit, 5 dress shirts, 4 ties and 3 more dress pants, the bill was racked up to about $300. This of course got Mrs Duck steamed, since that much money would get her maybe two outfits max!

Again it shows where sexism sometimes kicks ass. Almost a weeks worth of clothes that barely dented the wallet. My kinda sexism. Now if I can just stop being worried about the actual work, I would be aces.

Waiting on a Songbird

On Thursday or possibly Friday, the Desert Songbird asked how I felt about the Nike Ducks against her Sun Devils was going to turn out. Now I deep down knew that the Sun Devils of Arizona State were not really her team. I mean the woman bleeds Butler purple, or blue or whatever color it is that Butler University has. I have a sinking suspicion that she was actually asking for her Buckeye husband, who does not want to face the potent Duck team in the championship game. So I anxiously awaited her email of concession. It still has not come.

Oregon beat ASU 35 to 19. The game really was not as close as the score suggests. Dennis Dixon was on the bench for most of the 2nd half. So the Ducks went into a play safe mode. Yet as of 12:15, no email from the Songbird.

Now of course, she may have a life, unlike yours truly. Or she thinks that it does not matter, since the Ducks will lose to UCLA or Arizona or Oregon State. All excellent teams and reasons. But, if Wordnerds team lost to Nick Saban tonight, I think I would have gotten an email filled with curse words and some thing about Sabans mother. So I expect some sort of concession coming toot sweet.

Hey um, Go Ducks

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Now there is a dry spell...

Think back to 1963. The Beatles release Please, Please, Please. The Birmingham civil rights boycotts and sit ins begin. As of today in 1963, JFK is still President of the United States. Coca Cola is releases a diet soda called Tab (which is still just as digusting today as it was back then.)

Heck, before 1963, the United States did not even have Zip Codes. In fact, the well known blogger Sparky Duck was not even a thought in his parents minds. Hells bells, his parents were not even 20 yet and didn't even know about each other yet.

1963 is also the last time the Notre Dame lost to the United States Naval Academy. 43 years is a long time to lose to someone, and now, that streak is over.

Navy 46 Notre Dame 44 in 3 OTs

Friday, November 02, 2007

Maybe a bit Extreme

Subway and Doc are up from the Palmetto State for the big Eagles and Cowboys game. Now while Doc and Spice Girl are off to the afforementioned King of Prussia mall, Subway, Tin Man, Sarge and I are off on our own adventure.

It is November 2nd, yes November 2nd and we are going golfing. Now of course, some of you out there are saying what is the big deal? I hope most of you folks saying that are in Arizona and Down South. Because, its going to be 59 degrees here today and I am hitting the links. Yes I am nuts! Or more likely, one of the guys in my foursome today is nuts, because it was one of there ideas!

Now of course, it could be worse, since just before I finished typing up this post, I took Mrs Duck to work, so while she will be warm, but she will also probably want to be gauging her eyes out with a stapler.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Little Misbehaving

Ok, everyone knows I am a huge sports fan. Heck 30% (ok shut up maybe more) of this blog is sport related. But, unless you pay real close attention, you just figure I like the Oregon Ducks and then the rest of the local teams in Philadelphia.

Au Contraire my friend! Yes, my first love, at least sports wise, is the Oregon Ducks. Them I live and die with. And yes, I truly hope the Phillies and Eagles do well, because it just seems to make the city a happier place.

But, I love the Red Sox. They are my baseball team. In fact, so much, that even when we went to a Phillies game last year, and the Red Sox fans took over the stadium, I was there in my Bosox hat, clapping until my hands hurt when Big Papi hit a home run.

So, while I have had fun poking Tug and Bond and even thinking I was poking Travis, even though I never called him out directly, I never really gloated as the Red Sox's went to the World Series and the Yankees hit the golf course. But now I change that.

Earlier this week, the BOSTON RED SOX won there second World Series in the last 4 years. Thats twice as many championships one by the boys of Boston then were won by the bloated spending Yankees. More then any team in the Senior League, the National League. 2000 may just be the decade of Boston.

Thursday Thirteen #55-A sad one

Thirteen Things about Charles Cassidy

Not the idea of a list that I had today, but events happen and you sort of roll with what strikes you at the time.

1.Charles Cassidy is 54 years old, a Philadelphia Police officer in the 35th District.

2.He has a wife and 3 children, two daughters in college and one son in a catholic city high school.

3.He has 25 years on the Philadelphia police force.

4.In fact, just a few weeks back, friends and family threw a part to celebrate his 25th year.

5.Officer Cassidy routinely made stops in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia during his shift

6.One of those stops was at a local Dunkin Donuts at the corner of 66th and Broad Street.

7.Yesterday, at around 10:30 in the morning, Officer Cassidy made his stop, like he routinely does, pulling into the front of the donut shop in his Police SUV.

8.Yesterday, Officer Cassidy happened into an armed robbery in progress in the Donut shop.

9.Officer Cassidy was shot one time in the head before he could even draw his gun or enter the establishment. In fact he was shot outside the store, while assailant was inside at the front counter.

10.The shooter is said to be a heavyset African American male, around 6 feet tall, with a spider tattoo on his left hand. He also possibly has a limp when running. Police are also looking for a Crown Victoria that may have had some involvement.

11.This is the best surveillance tape picture so far of the shooter, in the background by the door you can see the outline of Officer Cassidy in his white shirt and dark tie.

12.Officer Cassidy was rushed to Albert Einstein hospital, with a gunshot wound to his head and the bullet in his brain.

13.Officer Cassidy passed away at around 9:40 am this morning, November 1, 2007. His murderer is still at large at present.

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