Valet Confidential

Find out what I've been keeping under my hat

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that’ll do, pig

Earlier today, I emailed the following to a couple of baseball buddies of mine:

I think the Sox bats are awake now, and tonight they’ll get more than the two runs they got off of Shields in game 1. If Beckett can pitch well (admittedly, that’s a big if in this post season), I think the Sox take tonight’s game. I bet Beckett is on a short leash tonight – maybe they go to Wake if things get tough? His knuckleball can be pretty magical inside a dome.

I like their chances with Lester on the mound for game 7.

Final score tonight, Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay 2. I thought the Sox would score a few more runs than that, but they did just fine, and it was great to see Veritek contribute to the cause, since he’s been in a mostly year-long slump. Beckett allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (2 solo homers), a walk, and 3 strikeouts over 5 innings – not dominating, but damn good enough to get the job done tonight.

Oh, and check out this blog post about Game 5 by one of the all-time masters in writing, Roger Angell. As my buddy Joe commented, “Damn– who else actively writing these days can mention something that happened in 1929 and then say, in all seriousness, that he remembers it well? I guess we should treasure Angell while we have him.” Really, folks – read all the Roger Angell you can – there’s an amazing collection of his baseball writing that came out maybe 7 or 8 years ago, called “Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader” … Joe-Bob says check it out.

And yes, I still like the Sox’ chances with Lester going on the mound for game 7.

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Woo Woo

Steve “Woo Woo” Wood and the Incredible Casuals playing Link Wray’s “Jack the Ripper” at the Wellfleet Beachcomber on Sunday, July 13, 2008


Direct YouTube link here

I shot the video and pics with my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 camera and sync’d in an audience sound recording I made of the show, then added the still photos at the beginning because I didn’t grab my camera in time to get the whole thing. The “Endless Summer gig” poster at the beginning was designed by Rachel Jarvis.

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Friends

Tomorrow is the 46th anniversary of my birth. Today, a whole bunch of friends came over and helped out with a bunch of chores and projects around the house and yard that I’ve been putting off for far too long – taking newspapers and boxes to recycling, putting up my new mailbox, some yard cleanup … oh, and they washed & waxed my car, too! Ms Greentwig organized the whole shebang – I had no clue until she showed up this morning.

Various friends brought me flowers (ladies, I’m here to tell you that there are many of us guys who love to get flowers from time to time … of course, I like to give flowers, too):

and cupcakes (mmm … chocolate, with a white sugar frosting, each with a simple yet lovely garnish of a blueberry and a mint leaf):

and fresh eggs (yes … three different colors … white, brown … and green! I’m told that Prudence is the layer of the green eggs):

Oh, and the other day, Chef Tony gave me a jar of his ancho chili and coffee rub that he uses on the steaks at Terra Luna. Also on Sunday, MDF Linda & I went gallery shopping before going to da coma and she got me these really cool tiles made by Ed & Kate Coleman.

Tonight, a bunch of us are going out for Thai food at the fairly new place in Orleans. I’m hoping to convince some group to go out for breakfast/brunch tomorrow at either Grumpy’s in Dennis or Bonatt’s in Harwich … I want me some birfday bacon & eggs!

I have some of the best friends in the whole freakin’ world. I hope you all know that I don’t take you for granted … not one bit.

post-dinner update: Chandler swung by the house as I was getting ready to head out to dinner. He couldn’t make it to dinner, but he asked if he could take me out for a cocktail on the way … I had my first and second Irish Car Bombs tonight … mmm … tasty.