Thoughts to myself

Teddy Ballgame

Ted’s daughter recently auctioned off many of “the Splendid Splinter’s” prized possessions.  She said a percentage of the sale would go to the Jimmy Fund, but I suspect that she is just running out of money.

He was my hero growing up and the numbers 521,.406, 344 will forever be remembered by true baseball fans.

He was a Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, a world class sport fisherman, a lousy father and husband and a champion of the “Jimmy Fund”.

Marine fighter pilot WWII & Korean Conflict

…and he has been dead for ten years.

I recently sold one of my driftwood mirrors to a family from Philadelphia.  They have hung it at their  summer home in New Jersey.  It has been a long time since I have met nicer people.  They drove up the week end of the Boston Marathon and I happened to say to David that he looked like a runner and should run in the race.  He said …” as a matter of fact, I  ran  that race 6 times with my fastest being 2:14 in 1981, the year Bill Rodgers ran it in 2:05″  Later that night I  looked him up on Google and found out that he won the Madrid, Spain marathon twice and barely missed making the US Olympic team.

driftwood mirror

Interesting chap…holds PHD, is an avid fisherman, Vice Principal of a school in Philadelphia and a former world class runner.

Some of you are aware that my no name cat found out that I was back in town.  One reader (my niece) went so far as saying “name the dam cat already”.  Well I didn’t name it already,  I  named it Petronius Carnarie …PC for short.  He came by yesterday and hung around till he got bored.

PC

Had my first of the season “Just Beer” (formerly Buzzards Bay Brewery) along with fish & chips  from the Bay Side Restaurant yesterday…I’m off to a good start and ahead of schedule.  I should be staying at “the beach” soon.

the "beach"

I am also happy to report that my violin teacher has not abandoned me yet…but he did ask if I could walk and chew gum at the same time.

I’m having a difficult time with coming up with new ideas and stories … I hope my attempt at abstract art will help.

 

It is a year since the Navy Seals took out Osama Bin Laden and I praise our President for making that decision…this operation demonstrates that the U.S. government is capable of extraordinary performance in extraordinary circumstances.   The challenge is to find ways to apply lessons learned here to improve performance in ordinary cases. (Time)

I have found a bar for my Kentucky Derby shenanigans … I’ll let you know if I get arrested.

Now a few things that require your attention and support:

Peter Chung, John Waskiewicz and Colleen Carney (riders)

…the Matthew W. Houlihan Foundation, Inc.

…go to the following for information about the Foundation

http://facebook.com/lizhunthoulihan

and

email:  jstankiewicz@communitynurse.com

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