Archive for August, 2010

Wilmington Riverwalk


Wilmington, day -11:

The Wilmington Riverwalk runs along the Cape Fear River. This photo by Matthew Leonard is from Panoramio.

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Reds make history

1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team

Actually the title of this post should be “Reds and Cardinals make history,” but St. Louis gets enough press.

I can’t find a link to this, but Tom Singer of MLB.com says that according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals have been locked in a battle for first place in the 2010 NL Central division for 101 games where they have never been greater than 3 games apart. There have been 19 lead changes during that stretch. It’s the longest such stretch in major league baseball history. Last night’s sweep by the Reds over the Diamondbacks brought their lead to 3.5 games, so that stretch is over now.

Even if you don’t like baseball, it’s hard to live in Cincinnati and not be caught up in this. It’s really fun. Every night has a different hero. This is our 14th season in the area, and only the second winning season for the Reds during that time.

Go Redlegs!

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from capefearcoast.com

Wilmington, day -17:

Updated 8/18/10 with new photo:

The battleship USS North Carolina is moored in the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC.

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This Wikimedia Commons button is moving forward

I dislike it when self-proclaimed guardians of language become curmudgeonly and start going on about how people today should stop talking the way they do. I especially dislike it when the curmudgeon is me. Here I go.

I think people should stop pronounced ‘or’ as if it’s a long ‘o’. I can tell you when I first noticed this. It’s in a Toyota commercial now on TV. Remember, Toyota’s slogan is “Moving Forward” (Jon Stewart pointed out the irony of this slogan for cars accused of sudden acceleration). But the guy on TV says something much more like “Moving Foe-ward.”

Having become attuned to this, of course I hear it everywhere. My least favorite baseball announcer, who is paired with my most favorite baseball announcer most days, will say something like “fast ball on the outside coe-ner.” It’s part of his whole Mississippi good ol’ boy persona, and even he doesn’t do it all the time.

Please stop, everyone. Thank you.

This has been a curmudgeonly rant. We now resume our regular programming.

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Catching thimble fever

Enquirer photo

Our local paper, the Cincinnati Enquirer, had this article about Thimble Collectors International that has been meeting here. This quote from Bobbie Howard, Master of Ceremonies, caught my eye:

“It only takes exposure to one thimble to catch the collector’s fever,” said Howard, of Baltimore.

Fortunately we have escaped this dreaded disease. What really sold it for me, though, was this photograph of Howard.

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Update 8/12/10: John Kiesewetter’s blog in the Cincinnati Enquirer also has a story about my move.

From today’s Star-News Online, Wilmington, NC:

“Wilmington’s public radio station finally has a new station manager after going nearly 19 months without one.

Cleve Callison, a native of Gaffney, S.C., will join WHQR on Sept. 7.”

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Great press for this interactive community project celebrating Cincinnati Public Radio. Pianos all over Cincinnati for anyone to play (even total klutzes such as myself, though I will not).

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