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Sunday, October 30, 2005
Reunion of Sorts

On Friday night, our cousin Joseph threw a pre-Breeders' Cup party at his home in Jersey City and was kind enough to invite me and my parents. Also in attendance were our cousin Andy from Houston and our cousin John from Kentucky. Pictured below (top row, left to right): Thomas Calvo, myself, Bob Iracane (my dad), John Iracane (son of Joe Iracane), Andy Iracane (nephew of Joe and son of Philip Iracane) and Joseph Calvo; seated in the front is our cousin Rita Calvo (mother of Joseph and Thomas). All seven are of Iracane descent.

Betcha didn't think there were that many of us in the world, eh?

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Governor Livingston's Sidie sidelined ... for now

Check out this feature article on my cousin Chrissie Sidie and her broken leg from the Bridgewater Courier news.
"I don't regret going in for that tackle. That's just how I'm used to playing," she said. "If you get hurt, so be it. At least I didn't get hurt falling down the stairs."
It's funny because it's true. Go GL!

Friday, October 28, 2005
Scooter indicted in CIA leak case

It's sure been a tough year for the White House. According to Harpers Monthly (my new favorite magazine): "A poll found that President Bush's job approval rating among African Americans was 2 percent, plus or minus 3.4 percentage points."

And now, Scooter done got indicted. ENOUGH WITH THE SILLY NICKNAMES ALREADY!

Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook
Originally uploaded by iracane.
Of Squeeze fame

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Originally uploaded by iracane.
It's wacky car night on!

Nice parking

Nice parking
Originally uploaded by iracane.
The ninety year old man who lives in our apartment complex got a new car and decided to park it across four spaces.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Bobby Valentine not interested in MLB jobs

Yes, it is a shame that the Bobby Valentine-led Chiba Lotte Marines won the Japan Series, but I shall rejoice, for Booby (no, that's not a typo) is allegedly not interested in MLB coaching jobs.

Unfortunately, if this means he wants to return to ESPN as an analyst, then we all lose. John Kruk or Bobby Valentine? It's like choosing between knife in my gullet or a hot poker in the eye. Ugh.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Car Crashes Into Strip Club

A North Cackalacky man was booted from a Charlotte strip club only to return and crash his car into the building, rupturing a natural gas line in the process. Classy!

Deathpool Update

Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks passes away at the age of 92 and six people pick up points in the ol' morbid contest. Tom N. leapfrogs from fourth to second, just one point behind Vince! Rob C. and Bob remain scoreless.

Sunday, October 23, 2005
The Hunt 2005

The Hunt 2005
Originally uploaded by iracane.
Six whole pictures from this year's Far Hills Race! Check out the *entire* set.

Friday, October 21, 2005
Nonagenarian drives three miles with body lodged in windshield

A 93-year-old motorist struck and killed a pedestrian in St. Petersburg, FL, then drove about 3 miles with the body lodged in the windshield until he was stopped at a tollbooth. The toll taker thought it was a Halloween prank. According to the article:
Last year, nearly 270,000 people age 85 or older were licensed to drive in Florida. Of those, at least 20 percent are considered "dementia drivers," with a mild to moderate condition.
That means there are at least 50,000 virtual kamikaze drivers on Florida's highways. The victim in this horrific incident was crossing the highway to eat at McDonald's. If only he'd gone to Burger King...

Thursday, October 20, 2005
My li'l cousin broke her leg!

My li'l cousin broke her leg!
Originally uploaded by iracane.
On Tuesday October 18th, Chrissie's high school soccer career ended prematurely with a broken right fibula. But she *did* score 107 goals in her career and she *did* break the all-time school record and she *did* help lead her team to a county championship and she *did* kick some ass over 3 and a half years and she *does* have an exciting college career ahead of her so...get better soon!!!

World Series prediction

Astros in five because their vaunted starting rotation doesn't give up home runs, while the Chisox live and die by the homer, and because Scott Podsednik stinks on ice.

Busch Stadium implosion

Less than 20 minutes after Yadier Molina flied out to Jason Lane to send the Houston Astros to the World Series and eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium, which is being replaced next season, was imploded, killing nearly 4,000 fans who lingered. And then Roger Clemens grabbed and consumed an elderly gentleman for strength.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Free dinner!

I won't say where, but there's a certain restaurant in Morristown that's been having "rodent issues" and giving out free dinners as a result. Just make sure you bring some duct tape and seal your pants to your socks so little Mickey and Minnie don't crawl up your pant leg. Also, two-dollar margaritas on Tuesday nights!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Grenkers at Gettysbike

Check out the photo gallery over at Gettysbike, your one-stop-shop for Gettysburg bicycle tours. Hey look! It's Big Daddy Grenks with Harriet and Fozzie! Looks like they're having a grand old time.

Boy, I'd sure love one of those Gettysbike t-shirts. Cough cough medium cough cough.

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Birthday Greetings

Happy 64th birthday to professional idiot Tim McCarver!

Thursday, October 13, 2005
Mother has 16th baby, and may not be done yet

Hi. They're called tubes. Get 'em tied.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
R.E.M. Reunion

Bill Berry returned to R.E.M. for an impromptu wedding gig at an Athens, GA bowling alley. I should bowl more often!

Friday, October 07, 2005
Yet another Mastercard rip-off

Wang: $274,557 Chacon: $860,382 Small: $149,180 Best lefty in baseball on the mound tonight(?): priceless

Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Tuesday Morning Quarterback

Please scan today's TMQ at to see your friend Rob's name mentioned in the Reader Animadversion section (towards the bottom). I am among many readers who noticed something and commented via electronic mail!

How the Yankees can beat the Angels

Keep Chone off the bases. Done.