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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
FIGJAM's Man Teats

Phil Mickelson has a fantastic nickname among his peers and it ain't "Lefty". Beloved by his fans; derided by his contemporaries. (via Deadspin)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
PHS '96 reunion(s) update

After two ten-year high school reunions in one month's span, the only thing I've truly learned about my former classmates is that Big Daddy Grenks likes cake.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Distance Envy

I may dislike Manny Ramirez' team (and fanbase) but I have nothing but the utmost of respect for the best offensive outfielder in the American League for the past 9 seasons. After Manny's long drive to left field was robbed by Yankee outfielder Melky Cabrera, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had this to say:
"That's why I hit mine 500 feet," Ortiz said. "Then I don't have to deal with that."
Actually, no. Both gentlemen drove the ball 399 feet, but Ortiz' shot went to the short porch in right while Manny's went to left centerfield, one of the deepest spots in the park.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Crispy Cones

I didn't see any places that served Kono Pizza, aka pizza-in-cone-form, while I was in Italy, but perhaps we'll soon be able to sample the delicious treat in the New York area. A new company named Crispy Cones may offer not only pizza cones, but also cheesesteak cones or caesar salad cones or apple pie cones.
Crispy Cones will be offered in progressive retail locations throughout the country. Trendy. Cutting-Edge. Innovative. Stylish. And because orders will be filled in less then two minutes, high-traffic metropolitan locations such as New York City would be ideal for the Crispy Cones brand, speed and philosophy.
Sounds like a new paradigm in salads to me. (via Slashfood)

Monday, June 05, 2006
2006 Spelling Bee

One of the less interesting aspects of my week in Italy was a near blackout of information regarding United States news and sports scores. I had no cell phone, no internet access, and only one English channel, BBC World News, which gave just a smattering of non-Iraq news involving my fine country. So I figured that when I came home yesterday, I could enjoy watching the 2006 National Spelling Bee on my trusty DVR. That, of course, was spoiled when my dad watched BBC World News on Friday, which led to the following conversation:
BOB: Hey, a 13-year-old girl from New Jersey won the spelling bee.

ROB: Omigod, Kerry Close won? Gee...thanks for spoiling it!

MICHELLE: How did you know her name? That's creepy.

Well, those of you who realize my obsession with the spelling bee know that my home-state girl Kerry Close has been my favorite contestant for several years running. I'm still going to watch the 6+ hours of tape-delayed goodness; I'm thrilled that the little douche Samir Patel didn't win. GO KERRY!!! GO NEW JERSEY!!!

Italy 2006

For those of you looking for a lengthy photo album of my last week in Tuscany, look no further than my Italy 2006 collection, with absolutely no text describing where each picture was taken or what was happening. Use your imagination, people! Highlights include Carl standing in front of our tiny rental car, the Ford Ka; Carl enjoying an actual miniature beer in Siena; and a picture of yours truly in San Gimignano, taken in the style of a Japanese tourist.