Monday, March 31, 2014
I do not watch much Baseball on T.V. until the Pennant series begins. I do go to a few games per season. The Phillie's ballpark is an agreeable venue...despite being ridiculously expensive...as they all are now.
Mostly I listen. Baseball on the radio is the soundtrack to many activities beginning in early Spring. The radio in the garage will hum with the commentary of play by play while I do the Spring yard work or tinker with projects on the workbench. The buzz of the crowd will be on the radio on the patio when I light the grill and stand vigil over the ribs while sipping a rum and tonic. I will catch a game mid-innings when I drive home from the city.And I still miss the soothing voice of Mr. Kalas.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Surf fishing is a lovely way to pass the time. A passive form of sporting pursuit. Once the line is baited with claim or bunker or bloodworm....and the cast is made...the fisherman can sit in a beach chair and enjoy a beer and a cigar while watching the tip of the rod for a strike.There are not too many better ways to decompress than fishing an evening tide from the shore.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Since all the hunting seasons are over and Steeplechasing has not fully heated up...there is not much to post about. However, one can drool over these nice weapons in the interim.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
It will be interesting.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Sandy is a hunting buddy and a stalwart friend. This is a Marine with combat in 'Nam under his belt. He was wounded in a fire-fight, recovered and then became a door gunner on a helicopter....think the maniac in the scene from "Full Metal Jacket."After his service he became a sniper for the N.J. State Police. Retired,he now spends his time in the fields and duck blinds and goose pits chasing trophy deer and locked up mallards and Canadas and on the water hooking stripers....or maybe striping hookers...but that is another story. He loves my dogs and always makes a special effort to have time talking with my son when I have him down at the hunting club....an effort that has always been appreciated .
Sandy enjoys a fine cigar, drinks gallons of suspect coffee and tell great stories of his time in the Corps and hunts he has enjoyed. The only time I have ever seen him without a cap of some sort was at a friend's funeral. He will fix nearly anything that goes wrong with your shotgun and can speak intelligently on all topics of weapons and ammo.He will volunteer to sharpen your chainsaw,connect a new stove in the club kitchen or take the time to fix the Club ATV and Mule when no one else can .He can operate most kinds of heavy machinery from a back-hoe to an 18 wheeler. One of the guys has a couple of reportedly great bird dogs...and Sandy insists they are only great because he trained them. He will break my balls while I am cooking dinner for the guys at the Club, but then offer a sincere thanks for the great meal and be first in on K.P.
Sandy was one of the guests at that special trap shoot last weekend at that special gun club. I re-posted this picture because after looking at it again it is one helluva photograph...if I do say so myself. As I said to Tin-Man from "TheTrad..."you are a clean up hitter of a photographer and I mostly swing and miss....but with this photo I hit a triple off the wall."
Sandy was assembling his trap gun for the shoot and the light and the cigar smoke, the way he always pushes down the crown of his cap and the position of his capable hands on the shotgun make the photo what it is and worthy of repetition. As for repetition...they'll never make another one like this busted Gunnery Sergeant.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Reports have recently circulated in the island’s local press that Mount Gay Distillery – Barbados’s oldest rum distillery – was closing its doors after encountering financial difficulty.
However, Rémy Cointreau has since said that it is in fact The Rum Refinery – a distillery which provides liquid for Mount Gay Rum along with the Mount Gay Distillery itself – which had temporarily ceased production.
The French drinks group added that despite a “historical and supply relationship” between the two distilleries, they “are not synonymous” and are “two separate and distinct entities”.
Both distilleries are based in Mount Gay in St Lucy and The Rum Refinery is part of Mount Gay Limited.
Raphael Grisoni, managing director of Mount Gay Distilleries Limited, said: “The operations of Mount Gay Distilleries Limited have not been affected by recent events within The Rum Refinery of Mount Gay Limited, and our production of Mount Gay Rum continues as normal.”
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
We are all certainly familiar with the Mardi Gras revelry that takes place in NOLA on this day before Lent.The booze and the beads and the boobs and the floats.
However, in the rural areas of Louisiana the locals celebrate in a different manner that is somewhat more akin the the Mideaval roots of this regional party. In the small towns and in the countryside they ride from house to house and farm to farm in costume and on horseback asking for donations for a communal Gumbo to be made at the end of the parade. The farmers often release a live chicken that the revelers chase to add to the pot. This is known as Courir Mardi Gras.
Monday, March 3, 2014
One of my law school buddies lost his father to a brain injury suffered during a match in New Jersey several years ago....just goes to show you this is NOT a sport just for effete playboys as the reputation may indicate...one can die in this game.
A world-class polo player died from head injuries suffered when he was thrown from his horse during a match in Florida on Tuesday.
Carlos Gracida, one of the sport's most beloved players, was playing in a match at the Everglade Polo Club in Wellington when another player struck his horse in the head with a mallet, causing the animal to whip its head around and collide with Gracida's head, the Palm Beach Post reported
He was only 53 and one of the best players ever. He won the US Open in Polo 9 times and was one of the "Queen's favorites."