"Major League Baseball goes into the final day of the 2011 regular season with the wild-card playoff spots up for grabs.
In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox each won their games Tuesday night to remain tied at 90 wins, 71 losses, with one game to go in the 162-game regular season. The Red Sox, who beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 on Tuesday, face the Orioles again tonight in Baltimore. The Rays, who beat the New York Yankees 5-3 on Tuesday, host the Yankees in St. Petersburg, Florida.”
"Richmond to celebrate cycling championships Wednesday"
"Organizers of the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships are holding a celebration Wednesday morning at the James Center in downtown Richmond to mark the city being chosen to host the prestigious bicycling event.
Gov. Bob McDonnell, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and other officials ‘will lead this pep rally as we officially kick off the four-year push,’ organizers said. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Richmond was named the host city last week.
The nine-day championships could bring more than 450,000 people from 70 countries and have an estimated $135.3 million in economic benefit to the Richmond area.
The championships are tentatively scheduled to begin Sept. 19, 2015. It will be the first time they have been held in the U.S. since 1986 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The race will be in the Netherlands next year; then Florence, Italy, in 2013; and Ponferrada, Spain, in 2014.”
Jacoby Ellsbury, leading the team now in runs, home runs and stolen bases, is now the first Red Sox player to become a part of the elite “30/30 club,” which means he now has at least 30 of each of the latter two. As the wild card lead shrinks for the Red Sox, Ellsbury made two home runs against the Yankees today alone.
"Later this week, a retired NASA satellite the size of a school bus will finally fall back toward Earth after orbiting the planet for two decades. Most of it will burn up in the atmosphere. But about two dozen pieces are expected to hit the ground — somewhere.
And the biggest piece will weigh about 300 pounds.”
Today, in Introduction to Broadcast Writing, we were told to give our classmate our “undivided attention” as she presented her media analysis report to the class. I did my very best to do so, only to hear the professor applaud another classmate’s ability for staying on top of and tweeting breaking news. Apparently, for journalism students, getting on social media sites during class is acceptable. Now that’s great news.
“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea” -Isak Dinesen
“So long, sweet summer” and hello, fall. It’s time for “hoodie weather,” and I’m (sort of) OK with that — just as long as I don’t allow myself to see any more summer .gifs.
The weather has officially switched over here on the East Coast. A few more warm days are expected to roll in and roll out; Enjoy those while you can. Advice from one summer baby to the next: Embrace the change.
'Tis time for apple picking and pumpkin-patch-visiting, hay rides and crisp air, corn mazes, bonfires and saving on air conditioning. Watch the leaves change, catch a football game, make a cup of cider or two.
The weather of 2011, record-breaking and ridiculous
Oneearth.org: "A blizzard brought the eastern third of the United States to a standstill at the beginning of February… A total of 305 tornadoes ravaged the South and Midwest at the end of April, causing an enormous loss of life… A tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, was the single deadliest such storm since record keeping began in 1950. This was part of another five-day twister outbreak that affected parts of 15 states… The Mississippi River flooded its banks this spring in many places along its length… In early summer, the Missouri and Souris rivers in the upper Midwest flooded in dramatic fashion… Texas and surrounding states have suffered from the worst drought and associated wildfires in, well, ever… Hurricane Irene caused immense amounts of damage, especially due to flooding in Vermont and upstate New York, and killed more people than Hurricane Andrew."
msnbc: “Australian passports will now have three gender options — male, female and indeterminate — under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people, the government said Thursday.”
“Why do we spend our childhood training for high school/college and then spend high school/college years training for adulthood and then spend our adult lives regretting not living more when we were younger?”—ghostadventuresbr0
The first band is Incubus, which is probably Mom’s favorite current band. Below is their newest album.
Below that are a few songs from my favorite album of theirs, “Morning View.”
Definitely give each of these a short chance. Yes, I know there’s a lot, but I don’t think you’ll regret it when you have the time.
(* = Favorites, and if you see a photo of the ocean [the M.V. album cover], you can scroll down for the lyrics, which you may want to do.)
Why am I taking the time/wasting your time with this? Mom and I are seeing Incubus and Young the Giant perform at “Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach” tonight for her fiftieth birthday, and well, I appreciate you all.
If Not Now, When? - Incubus 2011
* If Not Now, When? (Sorry about the 30 sec. ad. There’s only about three in this whole list.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyjV0AfGRVo "I have waited, dined on ashes, swung from chandeliers and climbed Everest, and none of it has gotten me close to this."
This second band is my favorite, and they are opening for Incubus tonight, on their first big tour ever. The Jakes began in 2004, and by 2008, with two band members still in high school and the rest in college, they recorded their first album. The drummer left and was replaced, they gained a bassist, and by 2010, they had decided to put schooling on hold and become Young the Giant. They have made many small appearances in their music career, including MTV’S The Real World: Brooklyn, TV show and radio spots, and now commercials and an August 2011 performance on the VMA’s. In March, I paid $10 to see them at The Camel in Richmond, VA, which is a venue about as big as a living room. I may, or may not burst into tears of pride tonight when they perform for a crowd of over 20,000.
The first time I saw the Pentagon, the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, it was around 1:00 a.m. Jill’s GPS recalculated to Pennsylvania Avenue without me knowing — and decently far from my destination.
Considering how late it was, I was just about the only vehicle on the road, so I didn’t have to worry about being lost in D.C. among cars and pedestrians, at least, and was able to take it all in. Though this is impossible advice, I recommend accidentally stumbling across national landmarks — not to mention the moon was a perfect crescent that night, low-hanging in the black sky amongst the tops of our national landmarks.
For the past 10 years, much of nation has been sad on my mother’s birthday, and during that decade I’ve been trying to counter that. Here’s to never forgetting, but here’s to also hoping she has a happy 50’th.