Early this morning, runners prepare to board busses in Boston for the trip to the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton.
From an article about Bill O'Reilly by Jim Rutenberg in The New York Times:
It's getting to be shorts weather again.
What do you think - yes or no for cargo shorts?
I've been surprised these past few months at how much of my non-music listening time (I listen to music on Apple Music and Prime Music), which had previously been spent listening to streaming radio is now almost exclusively spent listening to podcasts. There are so many good podcasts available now, on a wide range of subjects (and of course many more bad ones) that the average person can't possibly have the time to keep up.
There appears to be a sea change in listening habits happening right now, and I don't see much being written about it. I'll have more to say about this later, with a list of podcasts I listen to regularly.
I don’t know about you, but I love the natural sights and sounds of a baseball game, or any sporting event, whether I’m watching a game in person at Fenway or on television, or listening to the radio broadcast. But over the past few seasons, I haven’t been able to hear those sounds very well.
No, I’m not losing my hearing. Well, not too much anyway, and certainly not enough that I can’t hear the sounds of the game. I’m focusing on baseball in particular here because I just don’t go to football or hockey games anymore. But what I hear while watching these sports on television or listening to them on radio is the constant loud thrum of “stadium effects” as they are called, which is simply a euphemism for loud music and sound effects that kick in with every stoppage in play, and are especially annoying (I’m told) to the paying customers in the stadium or arena where the game is being played. While television watchers are watching commercials, fans at the live venue are bombarded by music and other sounds so loud that they render normal conversation next to impossible.
I would love to know from someone in the “stadium effects” business what this constant aural assault is intended to accomplish, and more important, what fans think about it. I’m sure part of it is generational, and it does seem to maintain the normal state of hyperactivity in the little kids I see dancing and moving around in their seats, compensating for the temporary unavailability of their electronic devices.
Yeah, I know. Don’t say it. I’ll say it for you:
My personal website is going to be two years old next month. I created a nice-looking but clunky place to live because I didn't know what I didn't know. This is why it's always wise to get a good real estate agent when you buy or sell a house, and if you're building a house, you should always have an architect who understands your needs and your budget. I didn't have this support system when I built my personal website, so I pretty much made it up as I went along.
Thus far, it has served me well as a platform on which to write and from which to share that writing with my Facebook and Twitter friends and followers. However, my posts have been scattered among the different pages on my website. And having a fixed "landing page" turned out to be not such a good idea for those who found me with www.fredcharris.com.
So from now on, the Blog page will be the landing page for my website. It will be easy to see and to visit other pages from there, and my Blog will become a true blog, containing whatever I'm interested in at that particular moment - whether that be coffee, music, baseball, or anything else. And I will have ownership of my own material.
Oh - and one final thing: I would appreciate feedback on leaving comments about my posts in the Comments area of the website. If that is difficult to do or presents a problem, please let me know.
Stuff like this just drives me crazy. In what universe are Super Bowl championships and MVP awards equivalent? Next, we'll see Tom Brady versus the entire Manning family.
It looks like Wegmans will set a new one-day record for wine sales today.
Don't be surprised when your tax refund arrives as store credit toward the purchase of Ivanka's Spring line of fashions.
I see that it has been three months since I've posted here, which happens to coincide with the week following the presidential election, so it appears that I was rendered speechless by the outcome and the succession of events that followed.
So I've cleared my throat, my head, and various other things that needed clearing, and I'm back.
Buy the ticket, take the ride.