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Friday, November 30, 2001

Man steals monorail. HAHAHAHAHA!, seriously.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Everyone enjoys a friendly wager every now and then, but only seriously crazy people spend sixteen consecutive hours in a Home Depot as part of such a wager.

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

This story about a man who bought a condominium at a sheriff's auction only to find the previous owner's mummified corpse in the living room makes me wonder how many perfectly good condos are out there going unused, with mummified corpses on the living room floor as the only drawback.

Monday, November 26, 2001

The Iracane kids help pick out a Christmas tree.

Saturday, November 24, 2001

Sean Connery AKA William Forrester tells it like it is, dog. Please tell me why perfectly good webspace is wasted like this.

Friday, November 23, 2001

Today is Buy Nothing Day, a peaceful protest against consumerism. Why be against consumerism in these economically-troubling times? Got me. I guess people perceive that the excessive consumption of Americans is taking a toll on the Earth's resources. Not that I care about saving the Earth...after all, the Earth can take care of itself...but I do care about keeping it clean and healthy enough that it can sustain human life for at least another 1,000,000 years. But I don't think anyone can change the average American's consumer habits directly, nor do I think anyone in a free, capitalist society should try to change them. It's nice, though, to stop and think about things we buy that are obviously the George Foreman grill, People magazine, a point-and-shoot camera when you've already got three, or that new Mick Jagger CD. Frankly, I wasn't planning on buying anything today except for a delicious sushi lunch and possibly a six-pack for "later".

Thursday, November 22, 2001

Boy, Thanksgiving dinner with family and "adult beverages" can't make this stuff up. When the day's highlights include mashed potatoes almost coming out of my cousin's Lisa's nose, the playing of showtune-laced tapes recorded by my cousin Amy and I when we were 7, and the consumption of assorted beers, wines, and liqueurs, then you know you've had a fulfilling holiday. Oh yeah, plus my Aunt Ros made a killer turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving, world.

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

What surprises me about this story about a counterfeiter's schemes gone awry is not that his fake money was "average to above average in quality", but rather, that he got caught trying to buy illegal exotic animals...$450,000 worth of illegal exotic animals!

Friday, November 16, 2001

After months of lurking, I finally posted a message on the New York Times crossword forum. I hope that link worked...the forum links are really wacky because of the Web Crossing platform they use to power the interactive forums.

Thursday, November 15, 2001

The NASDAQ and the Dow Jones may sing a different song, but according to the producers of 'Jeopardy!', the U.S. economy is on the up-and-up. "I'll take 'Swords' for $1200, Alex."

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

It took Akihide Fukui over a year to make his latest Halloween costume, but it was totally worth it. Best costume ever. (link via

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Carrie Donovan (pic), a true legend of the fashion world and the world of annoying television commercials has passed on at age 73. Perhaps you remember her in the Old Navy television ads with her dog friend Magic, singing the praises of performance fleece and what not. Or perhaps you had blocked those images from your memory. Either way, she's dead.

Monday, November 12, 2001

What do you call a small psychic on the lam? (highlight to reveal) -->A short medium at large. (from tomorrow's NYT crossword, by Nancy Solomon and Bob Peoples, edited by the esteemed Will Shortz)

I'm not ashamed to admit it: I've had searing gas pain before. But never, ever has it resulted in a healthy 7-pound baby. It's called a pregnancy test. Look into it.

We've got pictures uploaded from Michelle's birthday party in Hoboken this past Saturday night. Did you have as much fun as I did?

Thursday, November 08, 2001

Regarding MLB contraction: One thing I firmly believe is that baseball should return to Washington, DC and its now thriving suburbs. The Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority makes a very strong argument for the potential success of major league ball in Northern Virginia, and why Nova baseball wouldn't undermine the Orioles. So, one of these teams that doesn't get chosen for extermination (maybe the Marlins) should relocate to Nova. There's a lot wrong with baseball...there's a lot of markets that just can't support a team: Phoenix (where the only games they can sell out are the World Series), Miami (terrible stadium; too hot), St. Pete/Tampa (too many elderly), Minnesota (terrible stadium; terrible fans), and the list goes on and on. Is contraction the right thing to do? No. Will it help? Probably not. Are we better off without the Expos? No way.

The one thing that upsets me is that the Expos couldn't cut it in Montreal. When I visited Montreal in July, I saw a Braves/Expos game, and I realized certain things about Quebecois baseball. First, the stadium is not nearly as bad as it may seem on TV. It's not as cavernous as these new warehouse-stadiums (see Arizona) seem to be, the food is really good, and there's lots of good seats. Also, the few fans that show up are really into baseball. They're very knowledgable, and, because it was Student Night, very loud and supportive of Les Expos. I guess it's because baseball fans such a small minority in a province where MLB comes after NHL, CFL, rugby, curling, and beer-drinking competitions. I'm glad that I made it to Olympic Stadium before baseball completely disappeared from it's lush, fluorescent green carpet.

Today is Michelle's birthday! Greet her with birthday wishes!

Wednesday, November 07, 2001

The Condiment Packet Museum is clearly my kind of website. I enjoy strolling throught the various galleries perusing the select condiment packets that strike a special chord in my memory.

Tuesday, November 06, 2001

Tomorrow, November 7th, is the anniversary of the first time was published using Blogger. The New Yorker article that inspired me to join up with Blogger is online at the author's website, If you were around at the beginning, then you remember our first post. If you think we're stupid now, then you've got to check out November 2000. Back then, the site was even lamer. That month, the subtitle of the site was "november reign"...(I'm so damn clever).

Over the past twelve months, we've had many faithful readers, including Dave of Cambridge, MA, Lisa of Ledgewood, NJ, Vince of Charlottesville, VA, Derik of Roxbury, MA, John of Brooklyn, NY, Matt and Chrissie of Berkeley Heights, NJ, and many, many more (actually, not many more at all...maybe 10 total). Michelle and I want to take the time now to greet all of you. Please, enjoy another year of our website. Let us know if you've enjoyed our first year. (Rob:; Michelle:

Sunday, November 04, 2001's front page immediately after the hated expansion Diamondbacks won the World Series included a very funny misspelling. I guess the pressures of immediacy sometimes overcome the need for PROPER SPELLING! ARGH! HOW COULD THE YANKEES LOSE TO AN EXPANSION TEAM? Phil Rizzuto must be spinning in his grave! He's still alive? Oh yeah.

Ah, how I long for the days of my youth when the most fun I could have was playing with electric racing cars. And how I long for my wild and crazy college days when I would sit around in my underwear playing with those same electric racing cars. Now, I have to settle for virtual electric racing cars.

Friday, November 02, 2001

Dateline: Anchorage, Alaska. Another day, another wacky moose-related story. This one's about a moose who stole a swingset.

Crystal Waters! You're the next contestant on The Price is Right! Come on down! (mp3 file, ~4.5 mb)

Here I am, rock you like a hurricane. Hey, I was just in the Bahamas two weeks ago. Who knew I'd be back in the Caribbean so soon?

Thursday, November 01, 2001

In the contiguous United States, some of the dangers to children on Halloween include razor blades in apples and cheap flammable costumes. In Alaska, kids have to be careful for rampaging bull moose.