Saturday, April 30, 2005

Yankee Stadium on a rainy afternoon.

At Yankee Stadium this drizzly/rainy afternoon in the Bronx I went to watch the Toronto Blue Jays take on the New York Yankees. The Yankees won 4-3 with the final run coming in the bottom of the 9th inning. Also got to see Mariano Rivera pitch a stellar top of the ninth inning.


Note the rain poncho I have on. I was smart to pick up an extra one from the August 2004 Central Park Film Festival last year. It came in handy at washed out Yankee Stadium on this day. Also this day at "the Stadium" was "cap day" where every fan got a free New York Yankee baseball cap.


The field covered over at game start time. Just this side of the tree in center field is the Yankee all time great Museum. To the left of the tree is the Yankee bullpen to the right of the tree today was the Blue Jay bullpen.


Left field side of Yankee Stadium looking from the outfield bleachers.


the right field side of Yankee Stadium. The Yankee Bullpen is in the foreground.


Right field back wall of Yankee Stadium.


left field back wall of Yankee Stadium.


a look at the center field flag poll at Yankee Stadium. The bat on the top is like a wind direction locator. It shows which way the wind is blowing. Wouldn't you figure the flags would do that though? Weird, yet cool.


Best sign in the outfield bleachers. Also note the pretty blues of all the Yankee ball caps. Great idea cap day.


The Yankees warming up on the field of Yankee Stadium.

Finally, a panorama of Yankee Stadium:


Overall it was a good day except for the rain. Maybe next time the weatherman can cooperate.

The Late Show with David Letterman.

A little dissapointed last night with the Late Show with David Letterman. I hope you guys taped it because you will need the pause button in order to see me on television.

Why? The first reason I am near the back of the theatre on the right hand side on the aisle. The second, during a camera pan near the end of the show of the audience, the royal you know what sitting in front of me decides to clap with her hands up in the air. Darn it!

However, I still had fun. Perhaps next time I can play "know your cuts of meat."

Thanks to everyone who looked out for me on the show.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Newsflash!

CBS Late Show with David Letterman

See me tommorrow night in the right hand middle on the eisle of David Letterman! Terry Hatcher is the main guest start in tommorrow night's show. Christine are you jealous?

There is a long two minute camera shot of the audience, I will be in it, maybe, the lady in front of me was clapping with her hands above her head. She is probably no longer living...muhahahahaha. MY fifteen seconds of fame!

So watch the Late Show with David Letterman 11:35 P.M. on Friday April 29th on CBS!

CBS | Late Show with David Letterman

CBS Late Show with David Letterman

So I am sitting here typing on my computer some stuff for my May bullitan board at school when my roomate comes into the room and asks if I am doing anything important tonight.

I reply "no, not really." She says how about we try to get tickets to David Letterman. I am like, you have to be entered into the lottery to get tickets, it is nearly impossible.

She says I currently have two spots in the standby line for tonight. We have to have photo identification outside the CBS Store tonight to be in line. So if more than twenty people don't show up, I'M IN!

Talk about a nice surprise.

Lets see if we pull this off, I will have been to a New York Mets game at Shea Stadium, today been to the Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday been to a Yankee game at Yankee Stadium. How much more New York City can you get as far as entertainment barring a Broadway show?

Elastic Baby

Elastic Baby

Just one word....

Why?

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Welcome to www.nycsubway.org

Welcome to www.nycsubway.org

Again surfing aimlessly on the internet (I must keep doing this cause I keep finding new and interesting stuff) I came accross this little gem about the New York City Subway System. Everything you ever wanted to know and then some can be found at this website. So for you transit enthusiasts, I highly recommend this website.

Mets Game at Shea Stadium

Last night I went to my first ever baseball game at Shea Stadium. The New York Mets were taking on the Atlanta Braves. Pedro Martinez started for the Mets while John Smoltz started for the Braves. The Braves in the first inning got three runs and would later add another. The Mets until the ninth, only scored one run. In the ninth inning with two out the Mets scored to runs and a pinch hitting Mike Piazza on third base as the tieng run. To bad the next hitter popped out. But all in all it was a fun outing. I look forward to another baseball trip this weekend to Yankee Stadium to see the Toronto Blue Jays take on the New York Yankees.


Getting of the 7 Subway train you are greeted by this spectacle of Shea Stadium.


Going up the ramps to my seat I spotted the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium. Home of the US Open Tennis Tournament.


A look before the game of Shea Stadium's field. Pretty impressive for my first time.


The view of the Shea Stadium diamond from my seat just after the grounds crew has finished there work.


PEDRO! Here comes Pedro Martinez to the Met's dugout before the game.


John Smoltz, on the mound, getting ready to pitch.


Shea Stadium is perhaps one of the noisest stadiums in all of the major leagues. Why? Not the fans, but the hundreds of airplanes that go over the stadium in their flight path from New York's LaGuardia Airport.


A look at the center field scoreboard at Shea Stadium.


A view of Shea Stadium at night. Kinda different from the day time.

And, finally, a panorama video view of Shea Stadium:

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Welcome to Target....

So I walked to Target this afternoon on a nice eighteen degree sunshiny day in New York City. It was a great walk.

Cindy was looking for a new Bruce Springsteen CD and a new book for her trip tonight to Baltimore. I was looking for a simple power bar (you know the ones with six outlets that solves your too many plugs not enough outlets fiasco).

We took our time in the electronics section eying books, CDs and DVDs as well as pondered the seasonal section for a cheap plastic table (which by the way Target doesn't seem to have at this store).

We then headed downstairs to the check-outs. There was maybe six cashiers open for about 60-80 people with loaded carts and arms. Cindy said forget it and head back to electronics where they have a cash. One Target employee was just vacating the cash area and zipped off before we could speak. We stood there for two minutes then left downstairs to re-check the cash situation. Same thing as before.

We looked at each other and said forget, balanced our items next to a Target employee staring at the cash line ups and walked out the door.

Moral of the story, Target needs to get more cashiers on staff. There are at least 25 registers and a bunch of people on the floor that need to be trained to do both floor and cash so that the store can operate a little more efficently during unexpected busier times.

Just to let Target know, in case they are reading this, you lost at least thirty to forty dollars in sales because of the lack of cashiers. Cindy and I hope your happy.

Rules for going up or down the stairs . . .

Rules for going up or down the stairs . . . - Elijah Bruce's Blog: A Diary of a Madman and his pet grasshopper Larry - Lulu.com

Surfing aimlessly again on the internet. Great past time I picked up from university. I merely typed in my uncle's name, came accross his blog, then shortened the blog title to come up with some recent blog entries from other writers.

I totally connect with the above writer about the intricacies of the New York City Subway. Being a person who used to ride the TTC Subway system off and on during rush hours here are some amusing comparison's I have found:

TTC (Toronto): On the escalators at the stations people stand right and walk left. Pretty simple concept.

MTA (New York City): If the escaltors are wide enough to fit two across people mostly stand wherever they want to. Heck with being in a hurry and walking up or down escalators. Forget it! Unless your brave enough and push past someone or a group of some people.

TTC: Train doors open at the station. People get off the train first. People waiting to board clear a path by standing next to the doorway.

MTA: People either stand like a wall in front of the doors of the train as soon as they open. These same people may even try pushing their way on before you even try getting off the train. HELLO!

TTC: fare tokens that can be confused in a pocket of change for dimes or a untransferrable monthly pass.

MTA: A Metrocard that is easily kept in with all your other cards (e.g. Mastercard, Air Miles Card, Key Food Club Card, Drivers Liscence, small animal liscense, the liscence for your other liscence, etc.). Easily transferrable if you have a monthly, weekly, or more than one fare card.

TTC: Two real subway lines and two other lines that are pretenders.

MTA: Too many subway lines to count that will take you everywhere you want except Jersey. Jersey? That would be why the PATH train exists.

TTC: Easily walk up the stairs/escalator designated for up and down for those wishing to go down. If no designation for the stairs, keep right then for your direction.

MTA: MTA might say: "Pick the staircase you want to go up even if the indication of up or down isn't in your favour. Cause heck we just post these "up" or "down" signs for our amusement and cause we had the money."

Just some musings about transit system in New York City that anyone either adores, loves, hates or both.

Personality Quiz

I received this quiz from a former coworker of mine from time in Aurora. Here is how I scored (* equals my answers and witty answers are in brackets after the *s are mine as well).

1. When do you feel your best?
a) in the morning
b) during the afternoon & and early evening *
c) late at night

2. You usually walk...
a) fairly fast, with long steps * (With long legs what do you expect?)
b ) fairly fast, with little steps
c) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
d) less fast, head down
e) very slowly

3. When talking to people you..
a) stand with your arms folded * (I would have put all the of the above, except that option doesn't exist).
b) have your hands clasped
c) have one or both your hands on your hips
d) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
e) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit with..
a) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side *
b) your legs crossed
c) your legs stretched out or straight
d) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with....
a) big appreciated laugh
b) a laugh, but not a loud one * (yup, quite often when things are not even funny).
c) a quiet chuckle
d) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you...
a) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
b) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know * (better know someone, otherwise I am at the wrong party!).
c) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You're working very hard, concentrating hard, and you're interrupted..
a) welcome the break
b) feel extremely irritated
c) vary between these two extremes * (it better be good otherwise you be in deep doggy do do).

8. Which of the following colours do you like most?
a) red or orange
b) black
c) yellow or light blue
d) green
e) dark blue or purple *(used to like red, but now for some reason I like blue...maybe I am in a blue phase...what is next purple?).
f) white
g) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are....
a) stretched out on your back * (makes it easier to sit bolt upright when having a nightmare).
b) stretched out face down on your stomach
c) on your side, slightly curled
d) with your head on one arm
e) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are...
a) falling
b) fighting or struggling
c) searching for something or somebody
d) flying or floating
e) you usually have dreamless sleep
f) your dreams are always pleasant * (heck why not have fun while wasting 8 hours).

POINTS:
1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e) 1
10.(a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of points. (I scored a 41)

OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they should "handle with care." You're seen as vain, self-centered, and extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.

51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality; a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once; someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate.

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the centre of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer
them up and help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.

UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions & who doesn't want to get involved with anyone or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't exist. Some people think you're
boring. Only those who know you well know that you aren't.

New York Mets...a night to come at Shea

New York Mets : The Official Site

I'm off to see Pedro and the Mets demolish the Atlanta Braves tonight at Shea Stadium. Oh the excitement! I will be taking my digital camera to Shea, so hopefully I will be able to post some pics on my blog! Watch here for some exciting blog action! (I always wanted to type that!).

Monday, April 25, 2005

Dad's Birthday Present Shipping....

So my father's birthday is on April 27th. So I thought, no problem I will just go out and purchase something and ship it to him in Canada via Fed Ex.

Well let me tell you FedEx wanted to charge me forty-one dollars and change to have the present there by Wednesday. However, they were going to only charge me thirty-nine dollars and change to overnight the package (you know, have the present there tommorrow). I asked the lady if she was serious. She said yes, I said then forget it and walked out of the store.

I then shipped the present via US Post for less than five bucks and it should be there in 4-6 weeks. Will it take less that 4-6 weeks? Probably since my tax forms sent to Sudbury, Ontario took less than a week to get there. So with any luck my Dad will have his present late, but at least by the end of the week.

I chalk this one up to learning.

I Live in My Head and Sleep in my Bed

I Live in My Head and Sleep in my Bed

So apparently, my little sister has her own blog. Well that is news to her big brother since he only stumbled accross it via wandering the internet aimlessly waiting for his roomate to get out of bed so Mikey can go to Jersey, get his hair cut, get some lunch and say he has been out of NYC for a while.

Apparently when you live outside of the Toronto area in the Suddard family nobody tells you anything. A well, at least she is giving it a try, I will keep watch on this blog.

Now to figure out how to add links back go my blog...hmmmmm....

Sunday, April 24, 2005

TorontoSun.com - Other News - Pope site for sale on eBay

TorontoSun.com - Other News - Pope site for sale on eBay

Who owns the Pope? Apparently some guy in Oakville, Ontario, Canada owns the Pope, or at least his domain name.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Phil's company owns www.popebenedictXVI.com . You would think that his company would have snatached it up after the selection of the current pope. But nope, your wrong, his company has had it since February when John Paul II was still alive. Talk about dumb luck. The current list price has risen from what the Toronto Sun has listed in it's article ($6,100 to $18,100 as of shortly before 10 A.M. EST).

Phil could be a millionaire at the rate this is going... well, maybe not... how about slightly more richer. Talk about dumb luck.

Sometimes you just need a rake...

Yesterday (Saturday) I decided to go out and get a rake to start fixing up my apartment's backyard. The backyard looked like it hadn't been taken care of for over a year. There was definately potential. Lets see what happenned. I apologize for the darkness of the pictures, but when you rake at 7:00 P.M. that is bound to happen.


The backyard before. Note the leaves from last fall and probably the fall before that one. I have yet to do this section, maybe I might get to it today. But as for the rest, check out the difference!


The area around the BBQ (far right in this picture) before the royal clean-up.


The area around the BBQ after. My new rake is also visible.


The deck before the big clean-up of day 1.


The deck afterward.

All in all, not a bad evening for a little yardwork. Hopefully in the future some BBQ's will happen back here. At least the fire hazard of the all the leaves has been taken care of though!

One bag of rubbish down at least one more to go!

Today I finished up raking the backyard. Here are the rest of the "after" pictures. The backyared doesn't to shabby. The only downfall is the sound of a hundred snails screaming that there are no more leaves to hide under. Well, you can't please everyone.


The backyard after the clean-up.


The Backyard after the clean-up.

On another note, Pete, who lives upstairs asked "how's the gardening going?" I said not bad and I hope to finish it up this afternoon. He asked if we were going to plant flowers, I replied that probably not since we were probably going to move out sometime this summer. But at least we will have a nice backyard to BBQ in. That and at least the weeds will now be able to grow better. Every backyard needs a little greenery.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

A televised Saturday Morning in NYC

Went on a bit of an adventure this morning around midtown Manhatten. Woke up at 7:00 A.M. and said to self "Self lets go check out the Today Show". So self got out of bed and took the subway to Times Square-42nd street. Self then noticed "GOOD MORNING AMERICA!" filming at the ABC studios. So self took picture and the rest just went on from there.


Good Morning America! Live from Times Square. If you look closely and if the dumb ass camera guy had of panned two feet to the left, I WOULD HAVE BEEN ON TELEVISION! My fifteen seconds of fame, vanquished!

I continued on up to Rockefeller Center where the following tourist trap erupted before my eyes:


A look at "The Plaza" from the Today Show on NBC. Here is where Al Rocher and the gang do their outside shots. This being the weekend though, big Al wasn't there. So I had to settle for the weekend crew.


A look at Lester Holt (right in the funky suit) and what looks like Campbell Brown (in pink jacket) doing their schtick outside at Rockefeller Center.


There is Janice Huff, the weatherperson for the Today show on the weekend. She is also the WNBC New York's full time weatherperson during the week.


A terrible close up of Janice Huff. She happenned to move as I clicked the picture. JANICE! YOU WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO MOVE! ARGH!


A look across the street at the hubub around the Today Show.

What an adventure!

Sunshiny afternoon in Brooklyn

It was a sunshiny spring afternoon last Sunday. So I decided to take my camera out and go on a short walking tour of downtown Brooklyn to see what spring had presented to the great city of New York.


A look down the street with the trees in bloom.


A look at Grace Court Anglican Church with the tree in bloom.


A look down Montague Street in Brooklyn on a sunshiny Sunday spring afternoon.

A look down a street in Downtown Brooklyn on a spring afternoon.


A look at the daffodils at the Brooklyn Promenade

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Cosby Show is actually...


Yesterday (Sunday) I visited 10 St. Luke's Place (a street in southern Manhattan) in search of the Cosby Show house. Above is what The Cosby Show front stoop looks like today. What dastards next door to paint the house white! Yuppers, Cliff's home office, on the show, is actually the next door neighbour's windows.

Another observation: The show is said to be based on a storyline with the Huctable family living in Flatbush, Brooklyn, so whats this stoop doing on St. Luke's Place in Greenwhich Village, Manhatten?



Even funnier is the location of Pete's house accross the street from the actual stoop of the Cosby Show. Pete is the fat friend that Rudy had in the show that always seemed to come over to visit.

Above is the picture of the park accross the street. Apparently Pete lived in the jungle jim with the slide (in front) and has one heck of a public pool in the backyard (cement thingy in the background).

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Live from the CBS Store....


My new shirt from the CBS store. A kind of gift for myself. Hope you like it!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

My adventure to Hoboken, New Jersey

I was off on the PATH Train to Hoboken, New Jersey today. Always wanted to go to Hoboken because the city's name is so much fun to say.



The Hudson River looking up at the George Washington Bridge from Hoboken, New Jersey.


A view of Midtown Manhatten from Hoboken, New Jersey. The tallest building being the Empire State building. The water in front is the Hudson River.


Downtown Hoboken (Washington Street).


More downtown Hoboken (Washington Street).

Sony Pictures Games

Sony Pictures Games Home

A great website for games of both the puzzle & card variety (e.g. Bejeweled, etc.) to the television game shows (e.g. Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, etc.). Hours of time can be wasted on this website. All for free!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Netdisaster.com

Netdisaster.com

So I was surfing aimlessly around the internet on a Saturday night in New York City (yup, sounds pathetic right...Saturday in New York City and I am not going out...well go lick a lemon cause it has been pouring rain all day and dumb ass me doesn't own an umbrella anymore in NYC since he left one in Canada at Christmas and lost a second one...so there....so I don't want to get soaked....yet again...).

I came accross the cool website (linked above) that you can use to blow up websites of your choice. (Doesn't actually affect the existing website...sorry hackers and other evil doers), but it is fun and amusing to watch anyway...at least for a few minutes.

Channel View Rooms Get A Facelift

Channel View Rooms Get A Facelift

Forgot to mention, mainly because the local newspaper near my school only has the stories for free on their website two weeks after initial publication, that my school has been in the paper numerous times. Some good and some bad.

The above is just one example of the many good things going on at Channel View School for Research (my school).

Search in the archive section under the school's name for more news and pictures of students and staff that I work with on a daily basis.

Update on the slowest response to a 311 call probably on record.

Michael Suddard's Homepage - Michael's Blog

So an update to the sidewalk incident that I called New York City 311 (the phone number for all city services) from back in December 2004. This past week I noticed that the sidewalk, located outside Brooklyn's Borough Hall next to the Supreme Court and Columbus Park on Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn, had been patched with pavement. About time!

Apparently the eyesore had finally gotten to the workers in order to have it patched. It is a wonder with all the highpriced lawyers, judges and politicians to cross this section of sidewalk on the way to work at the Borough Hall, Court House and, not to mention, the Borough Hall Subway station (a major station that has at least 5 subway lines that runs through it) that this would have been fixed much sooner.

But apparently my phone call, if it resulted in anything, took about four months to produce results. But what can one do when it takes over four months to produce results? Believe in "Better late than never." As well as "I hope the city didn't get sued and cost taxpayers millions of dollars because of some incompetant bureaucrat couldn't send out two guys and a dump druck to patch the holes."

You drank too much...

I was at school on Thursday going to do some photocopying when the Guidance Counsellor walked past with a parent and two little twin sisters of one of the students at the school. The two sisters were no more than four years old. One looked up at me and said,

"I remember you! Your the one that drank to much milk!"

I replied, "yup, your right, that is why I am so tall."

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