Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book Review: Dead Silence

Today I finished reading Randy Wayne White's 16th Doc Ford novel, Dead Silence. While definitely still a worthwile read, I'm a little surprised at the tack the more recent novels in the series have been heading. White is attempting to make Ford more human, more open to his emotions and non-logical thought processes (courtesy of his good buddy Tomlinson). Much like Daniel Craig returned 007 to his steely unemotional self, I'm hoping that White returns Marion Ford to the logical, rational scientist, following only his rules in his quest for justice.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Book Review: Wrigleyworld

Over the last several days, I've been reading Kevin Kaduk's Wrigleyworld : a season in baseball's best neighborhood (New York : New American Library, c2006). Overall, it's been enjoyable, but I can't really say whether it's a worthwile read. The best comparison, in my mind, is a Saturday Night Live skit that has been expanded to movie length. While this book has some well-written and funny passages, it probably would have been better as an essay.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The 2009 Division I - Group A IIHF World Championship will be played in Vilnius, Lithuania. Being Lithuanian, I am excited that Lithuania is starting to make a mark on the world of hockey. Even though there have been some great players in the NHL recently (Kasparaitis, Zubrus), I hadn't realized that Lithuania's national team was improving as well. Plus, they have the coolest jerseys on earth! I would love to have both a home and away jersey, but have been unable to find one anywhere (any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!). I might ask my brother, who currently lives in Brussels, but owns a home in Lithuania, to look into importing some jerseys to sell here in the U.S. From Google, it is apparent that I am not the only enthusiast.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Gear: Hockey Equipment

I went on EBay and purchased a couple of used Blackhawk jerseys for practice and possible game use. It appears that I need a black and a white jersey for impromptu games or Rat Hockey. Looking forward to getting them next week and using them soon!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Book Review: Jack Falla's "Home Ice"

I just finished reading Jack Falla's (1944-2008) book "Home Ice," and it is another book that I recommend. He has a very lyrical style of writing, and had found that, through hockey, he could express many of the feelings, lessons, and truths observed in life. This book especially resonated with me because so many of the essays deal with backyard rinks -- having moved back to the Midwest, I have pondered installing a small rink in our backyard, in order for our children to have easy access to time on the ice. We are lucky in that we have Price Pond so close to our house -- reading this book I realized how fortunate we were this winter to spend some time there, skating outside and seeing my kids take their first tentative steps on the ice.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Game: CII Rec League: 1st Game (for me)

I played in my first CII game Saturday night at the Center Ice of DuPage. We had 6 guys show up, while the other team had 7, so we skated the whole time basically. Really tough, but also a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we now have a long break in the schedule. Our team is not set to play until March 21st, so I'll have to just continue the Hockey Skate Saturday mornings and Skills and Drills on the Sundays my wife doesn't go to yoga. 

Event: March 2 Birthdays!

Happy birthday to Dr. Seuss, Tom Wolfe, John Irving, Jon Bon Jovi, Samuel Houston, Mikhail Gorbachev and all others who share this birthday, including me.
March 2, 1982 Jessica Biel, American Actress 
March 2, 1981 Bryce Dallas Howard, American Actress 
March 2, 1977 Chris Martin, American Musician 
March 2, 1976 Lars Bruggemann, hockey defenseman, Team Germany 1998 
March 2, 1975 Arleen McDonald, Miss USA 1977, Mississippi 
March 2, 1974 Martine Dessureault, born in Montreal, Quebec, 50m swimmer 1996 Olympics 
March 2, 1973 John Elmore, guard for the Baltimore Ravens 
March 2, 1973 Paul Popowich, actor, Tommy Tricker and Stamp Traveler 
March 2, 1971 Amber Smith, born in Tampa, Florida, actress in Faithful, Funeral, Mirror Has 2 Faces 
March 2, 1971 Donna Perry, born in Glendale, California, playmate November, 1994 
March 2, 1971 James Hammerstrand, born in LaMesa California, volleyball middle blocker, 1996 Olympics 
March 2, 1971 Ray Hall, NFL defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars 
March 2, 1971 Ruffin Hamilton, NFL linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons 
March 2, 1970 Kevin Miniefield, NFL defensive back for the Chicago Bears 
March 2, 1970 Steve Holman, Indianapolis Indiana, miler 
March 2, 1968 Penny "Stamper" Davis, Carlisle England, Canadian 470 yachter, 1996 Olympics 
March 2, 1968 Daniel Craig, English Actor 
March 2, 1967 Allan Boyko, CFL slot back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 
March 2, 1967 Bruce Boyko, CFL fullback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 
March 2, 1967 Leo Gomez, born in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, infielder for the Chicago Cubs 
March 2, 1966 Judith Wiesner, born in Hallein, Austria, tennis star, 1994 Schenectady 
March 2, 1966 Stevie Rachelle, rock vocalist, Tuff-What Comes Around Goes Around 
March 2, 1965 Ron Gant, Victoria, Texas, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals 
March 2, 1963 Suzette Charles, New Jersey, replaced Vanessa Williams as Miss America, 1983 
March 2, 1962 Al Del Greco, NFL kicker for the Houston/Tennessee Oilers 
March 2, 1962 Jon Bon Jovi, born in Sayreville, New Jersey, rocker in Bon Jovi 
March 2, 1962 Philip Jonas, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer, 1993 Payless-2nd 
March 2, 1962 Terry Steinbach, born in New Ulm, Minnesota, catcher for the Oakland A's 
March 2, 1959 Andrew Farriss, born in Australia, rock keyboardist, Inxs-Kiss the Dirt 
March 2, 1959 Larry Stewart, born in Paducah, Kentucky, country singer, Restless Heart-Wheels 
March 2, 1959 Laura Hurlbut, LPGA golfer 
March 2, 1958 Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer 
March 2, 1958 Kevin Curren, South Africa, tennis star 
March 2, 1956 John Cowsill, born in Newport, Rhode Island, rock drummer, Cowsills-We Can Fly 
March 2, 1956 Mark Evans, born in Melbourne, Australia, rock bassist, AC/DC 
March 2, 1955 Dale Bosworth, TV host, America's Most Wanted 
March 2, 1955 Dale Bozzio, Boston, vocalist, Missing Persons-Destination Unknown 
March 2, 1955 Jay Osmond, born in Ogden, Utah, singer, Osmond Brothers, Donnie and Marie 
March 2, 1955 Shoko Asahara, [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader 
March 2, 1955 Steve Small, cricketer, stalwart NSW opening batsman 
March 2, 1955 Ken Salazar, American Politician 
March 2, 1954 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer, UDF 
March 2, 1953 William Simmons, sax/keyboardist, Midnight Star-No Parking 
March 2, 1952 Laraine Newman, born in Los Angeles, California, comedienne and actress on Saturday Night Live 
March 2, 1951 Cassie Yates, born in Macon, Georgia, actress, Osterman Weekend, Dynasty 
March 2, 1950 Karen Carpenter, born in New Haven, Connecticut, vocalist and drummer, We Only Just Begun 
March 2, 1950 Matthew Laurance, actor, Duet 
March 2, 1950 Mitchel Laurance, actor, LA Law, Not Necessarily the News 
March 2, 1949 Eddie Money, [Mahoney], born in Brooklyn, New York, singer and guitarist, Take Me Home Tonight 
March 2, 1949 Gates McFadden, actress, Beverly Crusher on Star Trek Next Generation 
March 2, 1949 Rory Gallagher, born in Donegal, Ireland, rock guitarist, See Here 
March 2, 1948 Larry Carlton, rock composer, Against All Odds, Who's the Boss 
March 2, 1948 Rory Gallagher, rock guitarist 
March 2, 1947 John Dawkins, Australian Politician 
March 2, 1946 Brian J. Donnelly, Rep-D-MA, 1979- 
March 2, 1945 Gordon Thompson, born in Ottawa Canada, actor, Adam Carrington-Dynasty 
March 2, 1945 Joy Garrett, actress, Jo-Days of Our Lives 
March 2, 1944 Katherine Crawford, actress, Captains and Kings, Gemini Man 
March 2, 1944 Leif Segerstam, composer 
March 2, 1944 Pam Barnett, LPGA golfer 
March 2, 1943 Geogre Benson, jazz/blues guitarist, Breezin', This Masquerade 
March 2, 1943 Gordon Black, English industrialist 
March 2, 1943 Rosa DeLauro, Rep-D-Connecticut 
March 2, 1943 Stephen Dickman, composer 
March 2, 1943 Tony Meehan, rocker 
March 2, 1943 Peter Straub, American Writer 
March 2, 1942 John Irving, born in New Hampshire, short-story writer, wrote World According to Garp 
March 2, 1942 Lou Reed, [Firbank], Freeport, New York, rock vocalist in the Velvet Underground 
March 2, 1942 Tony Meehan, [Daniel Meehan], London Eng, rocker, Drifters, Vipers 
March 2, 1940 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman, South Africa Progressive Federal Party, 1979-86 
March 2, 1939 Barbara Luna, born in New York City, actress, 5 Weeks in a Balloon, Gentle Savage 
March 2, 1939 Gerard van Tongeren, Dutch singer, Buffoons 
March 2, 1938 Alan Lewis, English textile factory/multi-millionaire 
March 2, 1938 Donald Schwall, baseball player, 1961 AL rookie of year 
March 2, 1938 Simon Estes, born in Centerville, Iowa, bass/baritone, Wonton, Don Carlos 
March 2, 1938 Ricardo Lagos, Statesman 
March 2, 1937 Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Statesman 
March 2, 1936 Henny Boskamp, [Hoelscher], actor, Troeleke 
March 2, 1935 Al Waxman, born in Toronto, Canada, actor, Cagney and Lacey, Meatballs 3, Spasms 
March 2, 1934 Bernard Rands, born in Sheffield, England, composer, Wildtrack 
March 2, 1934 Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, NFLer 
March 2, 1931 Duane E. Graveline, born in Newport, Vermont, astronaut 
March 2, 1931 Mikhail Gorbachev, Privolnoye U.S.S.R., Soviet secretary general from 1985-91 
March 2, 1931 Tom Wolfe, Richmond Virginia, journalist and author, wrote The Right Stuff 
March 2, 1930 Jan van Noor, Dutch 2nd Chamber member, CDA 
March 2, 1930 John Cullum, born in Knoxville, actor, Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure 
March 2, 1928 Philip K. Dick, writer of Blade Runner, Minority Report 
March 2, 1927 Siegfried Kohler, composer 
March 2, 1927 Witold Szalonec, composer 
March 2, 1926 Murray Rothbard, American Economist 
March 2, 1924 Albert TLCA Vogel, Dutch elocutionist 
March 2, 1924 Renos Apostolidis, Greek author and poet, Katigoro 
March 2, 1923 "Doc" Watson, bluegrass musician 
March 2, 1923 Don Taylor, cricketer, NZ 3 Tests, Auck stands w/Sutcliffe in Wisden 
March 2, 1923 Robert H. Michel, Rep-R-IL, 1957- 
March 2, 1922 Eric Feldbush, composer 
March 2, 1922 Mario Zafred, composer 
March 2, 1921 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer 
March 2, 1921 Ernst Haas, Austrian Photographer 
March 2, 1920 Enrique Franco, composer 
March 2, 1919 Eddie Lawrence, comedian 
March 2, 1919 Jennifer Jones, [Phyllis Isley], born in Oklahoma, actress, Farewell to Arms 
March 2, 1919 Tamara Toumanova, dancer 
March 2, 1918 Peter O'Sullevan, born in Ireland, horse racing commentator 
March 2, 1917 Desi Arnaz, born in Santiago Cuba, actor, I Love Lucy 
March 2, 1917 Jim Konstanty, baseball player, NL MVP 1950 
March 2, 1917 John Gardner, composer 
March 2, 1916 Anne Vondeling, Dutch politician, PvdA 
March 2, 1916 Bernard George Stevens, composer 
March 2, 1915 Lona Andre, actress, Case of Baby Sitter 
March 2, 1914 Martin Ritt, American Actor 
March 2, 1913 Godfried [Jan Arnold] Bomans, Dutch humorist and writer, Pieter Bas 
March 2, 1913 Marjorie Weaver, born in Crossville, Tennessee, actress, Young Mr. Lincoln 
March 2, 1913 Mort Cooper, baseball player, NL MVP 1942 
March 2, 1912 Arthur Beaumont C. Langton, cricketer, South Africa pace bowler of 1930's 
March 2, 1911 William Hansen, born in Washington, actor, Homebodies 
March 2, 1910 Hope Clara Chenhalls, food inspector 
March 2, 1909 Hanoch Jacoby, composer 
March 2, 1909 Jan Fabricius, Dutch playwright 
March 2, 1909 Mel Ott, 1st NLer to hit 500 HRs, hall of famer for the New York Giants 
March 2, 1908 Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter, Witte Ko, communist 
March 2, 1905 Marc Blitzstein, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, composer, Cradle Will Rock 
March 2, 1904 Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss, children's author, "Horton Hears a Who!" 
March 2, 1902 Edward Uhler Condon, atomic scientist, Manhattan Project 
March 2, 1901 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber-merchant 
March 2, 1900 Kurt J. Weill, born in Dessau, Germany, composer and Brecht collaborator, Mahogany 
March 2, 1899 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame 
March 2, 1895 Felix Bressart, born in Germany, actor, Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads 
March 2, 1894 Renaat Veremans, Flemish composer and conductor 
March 2, 1893 Maxime Dumoulin, composer 
March 2, 1884 Leon Jongen, composer 
March 2, 1882 Wallis Clark, born in Essex, England, actress, Postal Inspector 
March 2, 1878 Wander J de Haas, Dutch physicist and son-in-law of Lorentz 
March 2, 1876 Gosta Forsell, Swedish radiologist 
March 2, 1876 Pius XII, [Euhenio MGG Pacelli], 260th Pope, 1939-58 
March 2, 1875 Hans Lietzman, German theologist and church historian 
March 2, 1862 John Jay Chapman, U.S. advocate/poet/writer, Learning and Other Essays 
March 2, 1859 Sholom Aleichem, Russian Writer 
March 2, 1844 Hermanus J. A. M. Schaepman, clergyman and Dutch politician 
March 2, 1838 David Duffle Wood, composer 
March 2, 1836 John W. Foster, American Soldier 
March 2, 1836 Henry Billings Brown, American Judge 
March 2, 1829 Carl Schurz, Major General Union volunteers and journalist 
March 2, 1828 Jefferson Columbus Davis, Bvt Mjr General Union Army, died in 1879 
March 2, 1824 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Bohemian composer, Bartered Bride, Moldau 
March 2, 1824 Constantine D. Uschinsky, Russian theorist 
March 2, 1824 Henry Beebee Carrington, Brigadier General Union volunteers, died in 1912 
March 2, 1821 George Linnaeus Banks, English Writer 
March 2, 1820 Multatuli, writer 
March 2, 1817 Janos Arany, born in Hungary, epic poet, Toldi, Death of King Buda 
March 2, 1815 Antonio Buzzolla, composer 
March 2, 1813 George Alexander Macfarren, composer 
March 2, 1810 Leo XIII, [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th pope, 1878-1903 
March 2, 1793 Samuel Houston, 1st president of Texas, 1836-38, 1841-44 
March 2, 1769 DeWitt Clinton, Gov/Sen-NY 
March 2, 1760 Camille Desmoulins, born in France, journalist, pamphleteer and revolution leader 
March 2, 1759 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer 
March 2, 1755 Antoine-Frederic Gresnick, composer 
March 2, 1710 David Wooster, American Soldier 
March 2, 1609 Hadji Chalfa/Katib Tsjelebi, Turkish literary, Djihannuma 
March 2, 1555 Ludovico Spontoni, composer 
March 2, 1545 Thomas Bodley, England, diplomat and scholar 
March 2, 1481 Franz von Sickingen, German knight 
March 2, 1459 Adrian VI, [Adriaan F Boeyens], Netherlands, Pope, 1522-23 
March 2, 1409 John II, French duke of Aleneon/co-fighter of Jeanne d'arc 
March 2, 1316 Robert II, the Steward, King of Scotland, 1371-90 

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