RIP Oscar Taveras 1992-2014

As with many members of Cardinal Nation (ugh, how I hate that term), I was shocked last night to hear of the tragic passing of the Cardinals' very promising young prospect, Oscar Taveras, and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo. They were tragically killed in a car crash in Taveras' home country of the Dominican Republic. My … Continue reading RIP Oscar Taveras 1992-2014


The kindness of strangers

I'm in Westport Plaza this weekend for the wife's company's annual "management appreciation" weekend (basically, it's a weekend-long drunk disguised as "work" because they go to meetings on Saturday). I drove up to the McDonald's at the edge of the Westport compound for a couple Egg McMuffins and coffee.  As I'm eating, the TV is showing … Continue reading The kindness of strangers


From patriotism: devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty. Tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of the most brutal terrorist attack on American soil in our history.  Every year at this time, emails and posts flood our inboxes and Facebook walls with fluff messages about "Never Forget", often backed by some overused Lee Greenwood or Toby Keith song, reminding us … Continue reading Patriotism?

The other useless February “holiday”

Oh, like my Groundhog Day post didn't lend itself to a similar Valentine's Day post.  Don't act so shocked.  And yes, I think I posted something similar last year or the year before, but all my posts disappeared late last year, so I'm doing it again.  Shut up and read it. |+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+| This coming Sunday … Continue reading The other useless February “holiday”

Giving thanks… and not so much

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I just thought I'd take a little time to share some of the things for which I am thankful, and some for which I'm not quite as thankful. |+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+|+| Obviously, first and foremost, I'm thankful for my wife and two little Johanns (who aren't so little anymore), without whom I'd be afloat … Continue reading Giving thanks… and not so much