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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I'm Still Here.

I wonder sometimes why I am, but I am.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Surprising First.

Tonight marks a baseball first.  The Toronto Blue Jays called up Yan Gomes from the minors to replace a struggling Adam Lind.  With his start tonight Gomes is the first Brazillian to play in Major League Baseball.  I was honestly surprised to find this out.  I would have thought a country with the population of Brazil would have produced multiple players, but that's not the case.  Perhaps Brazil isn't a great place for young players, as Gomes moved to the US at 12, and wasn't recruited in Brazil. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Wither The Sunglasses?

If you haven't heard, CSI MIami has been cancelled. 

If you've watched CSI Miami you know about The Sunglasses.  The black sunglasses worn by series star David Caruso's Horatio Caine character were almost a character by themselves.  They were used like an exclaimation point in a written story, or a horn stab in piece of music, as accents to a scene, telling the viewer to pay attention.  If Caine was putting on his sunglasses, or taking them off, you knew something was going down. 

Or that was the intent, anyways.  For a lot of viewers the whole thing quickly became a joke, a sign of the cheesiness of the show.  This of course included the inevitable drinking games based around Caine's glasses hijinks. 

So, should we feel happy for The Sunglasses, as they are now free from their burden?  Or should we feel sorry for them, as now they will fade to obscurity, just like most of the rest of the cast probably will?  (Of course it presumably wasn't the same set of sunglasses through the whole series.  I wonder how many pairs they went through?)

It's not hard to see why the show lasted as long as it did.  Although there was the use of story arc elements, which had become increasingly popular with viewers when the series appeared, they weren't as central as some other shows.  The plot of each episode was generally self contained.  So casual viewers could watch a random episode without being lost. 

Caruso is one of those guys who seems, to use an old line, to have a lucky horseshoe up his butt.  He first came to widesrpead attention as the star, along with Dennis Franz, of NYPD Blue.  The immediate success of the series went to his head and soon left, thinking he was about to be a big screen star.  It wasn't to be, his shot at being a movie star fizzling out in short order.  He looked set to be one of those actors who end up being a footnote, the kind of guy who ends up playing the creepy next door neighbour in a Z grade straight to video horror movie or a perrenial member of the Lifetime Movie of the Week cast pool.  But then he was chosen, for whatever reaason, for the Caine role, and quickly became the star of another hit.

In one way I'm surprised it's been cancelled.  I had gotten the impression its sister show CSI New York was closer to being chopped, but it will be back for at least one more season.  Okay by me, because Gary Sinise is a better actor than Caruso.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Don't Buy Me Cashews.

If you do I will eat too many in one day.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hey, CJYM.

Please fix your automation equipment, or whatever is currently not working right.  Hearing a commercial, your promo announcement, and the Blue Jays game coming back up all at the same time is really annoying.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Gas In Saskatoon, May 11, 2012.

It's been a good while since we've had a change here, but the pattern was broken today.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 125.9 cents a litre, down a cent.  Just think of all that extra money you'll save compared to your last fill.  You might be able to buy a piece of gum or something.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Don't Be These Folks.

How's this for a blog with a specific topic?  Ohh Shoot presents news reports of accidental firearms discharages across the United States.  It makes for pretty sad reading given how many of them result in injury or death.   So if you've got guns around, don't be like these people.  Always assume they're loaded, and handle them appropriately.  Especially don't leave them where someone who might not handle them what way, like a child, can get their hands on them.  This would all seem to be Gun Safety 101, yet far too many people forget even these basics.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Long Days.

At the beginning of today's Blue Jays game Jerry Howarth sent out birthday greetings to a woman celebrating  her 107th birthday.  We should all be so lucky to live that long.  At that age it's hard not to think any day you make it through is a good day.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Big 600.

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here.  I finally have had my 600th bill hit at Where's Willy?  My current hit count is 600 bills hit and 734 hits total, since a bill can get hits from as many unique individuals as enter it.  I'm guessing the next milestone,, the 800th hit, will be a good long time in coming.  My 500th bill hit was way back in January of 2009.