Where are they now? (Playoff Edition Pt 2)

Where are they now? (Playoff Edition Pt 2)

The A’s got their start in Philadelphia as one of the original eight American League teams. They won 5 World Series during their time in Philly but left for the Midwest after the 1954 season. For the next 13 years, they were mostly forgettable as the Kansas City A’s. In 1968, they took their show to Oakland and in 1972, they went on a 3 in a row World Series Champions run. They didn’t win another World Series until 1989 against cross-bridge rivals the San Francisco Giants. The Bay Bridge Series was delayed by an earthquake before the start of Game 3. The A’s won the Series which resumed 10 days later.

The A’s are one of 2 teams in the modern era to have played in 3 different cities.

Carry on, Citizens!

Where are they now? (In the Playoffs of course)

Where are they now? (In the Playoffs of course)

Now that the MLB postseason is set, I thought I would do a quick rundown on where each franchise has called home with posts throughout the week. Up first, the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles started in Milwaukee, believe it or not. They were the Milwaukee Brewers in the old Western League in 1894. In 1900, the Western League became what is today, the American League. In 1902, they moved to St. Louis and became the Browns. They stayed there until 1954 when they moved to Baltimore. Little know fact: they almost moved to Los Angeles in 1941, a full decade before the Dodgers and Giants moved. The day that MLB was supposed to vote on the move was December 7, 1941. That’s right, if Pearl Harbor had been a week later (or didn’t happen at all) there wouldn’t be Dodgers in LA!

Carry on, Citizens!

 

Thanks (or Sorry) to Some Wonderful Teachers

Thanks (or Sorry) to Some Wonderful Teachers

Sometimes, you need to go back and thank those people who had a significant impact on your life. During my time in elementary/middle/high school, I had some great teachers. Without their influence and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today. On the other hand, if you hated my novels and/or this blog, here’s who to blame:

JoAnn Stadler: I’ve taught courses for Indiana University, spoken at conventions, and a variety of other presentations. It all goes back to the demonstration speech I did in her class. I managed to get 15 minutes out of mixing peanut butter and maple syrup and then using it as a topping for a variety of things. As an added effect, I had the audience participate by saying, “stuff” after each time I said “peanut butter.” You should try it sometime, it’s really tasty.

Janet Sherwood: I can thank my parents for my creative mind. I have to thank Mrs. Sherwood for helping me analyze problems creatively. As a leader of the Future Problem Solvers, she helped us apply our creativity in a variety of new ways.

Joe Freeman: Mr. Freeman made learning fun. I developed my writing style while in his journalism class. I probably made him crazy with the stuff I chose to write about, but he was always encouraging. This blog simply wouldn’t exist without him. So, send your hate mail to him from now on.

Pat Ringer: At some point, she is going to play a horrible prank on me. Let’s just say I deserve it and leave it at that. Mrs. Ringer gets the patience award for not shooting me on the last day of 5th grade. Lord knows I deserved it.

Tell me about the teachers that made a difference in your lives. I probably left some people out, so don’t be surprised if I add to this list.

Carry on, Citizens!

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3 Inventions We Need Now

3 Inventions We Need Now

This is 2014. We’ve been to the moon (45 years ago). We have YouTube, the MLB network, and sporks. In other words, humans are a pretty crafty lot. Yet there are some things that we have yet to grasp or solve. So in the spirit of the great inventor and scientist Nicola Tesla (Edison was a goon. Read about that here.), here are three inventions that I feel the world sorely needs.

1) Morning Person Repellent. When a non morning person comes into contact with a morning person, the results can be tragic. For too long we night owls have had to put up with chatty coworkers, inquisitive moms, or generally anyone who feels the need to open their mouths before a respectable hour such as 9:00 or 10:00AM. There would be less workplace violence, fewer divorces, and better child/parent relationships if we could get this solved. The repellent needs to be nontoxic and impervious to person’s body building up a tolerance for it. God forbid morning people become even more chatty!

2) Brain Defragmenter. My brain is fragmented. I have so many story ideas and half written novels in there. But they are all jumbled up with personal stuff, baseball trivia, rock music trivia, various web passwords, the location of my socks, the names of our kids, and the cooking instructions for homemade wings. In short, there’s a lot of stuff up there. If we can defragment computers, why can’t we do it to our brains?

3) Jet Packs. We were promised jet packs in the 60’s. They never happened. Oh, sure they showed up in James Bond movies and a few TV shows. But they were never perfected for widespread use. (I’m not the only one disappointed by this. There is an Indie band from Scotland named We Were Promised Jetpacks.) I would like to hope that before I die I could travel to the grocery store via jet pack. In fact, I will make the promise to my wife now that I will do all the grocery shopping for the rest of our lives once a jet pack with enough storage to carry groceries is invented.

Carry on, Citizens!

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