Deflate-gate

I can’t believe the lead story on NBC Nightly News today was “deflate gate” where the Patriots coach gave a press conference with the results of tests they did simulating the weather conditions during the game, and measured the same deflation in the footballs. Which was later verified by NBC with an independent interview with a physicist. (I also can’t believe I’m posting a sports story.)

Anybody who has a bicycle knows the tire pressure goes down when it’s cold outside.

Get your Kicks on Route 66 – World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis

Today I needed to run some errands, including sending a package from the post office on Chouteau. Chouteau is on historic route 66, so I took this picture from the car this afternoon.

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In front of the post office, I realized I didn’t have change for the parking meter. I didn’t want to get a parking ticket (been there, done that) so I called across the street to some friendly looking guys sitting in a car and asked them if they had change for a dollar.

They didn’t, but they didn’t want me to be stuck, so they looked around and found a dime and a nickel and said here you can just have this.

So I fed the 15 cents into the parking meter, and went into the post office and sent the package. When I came out, I noticed the guys were still there, and I felt like I wanted to give them something for being so nice.

I rummaged around in my wallet, and found a 5 yen coin tied to a nice Japanese-style rope in a plastic envelope. I can’t quite remember where I got it from – probably a present from one of you reading this. Sorry!

Anyway, I approached the guys, who now were moving some barracades across the street, and I explained I was visiting from Tokyo, and I wanted to give them something because they were so helpful, and I explained what it was.

They really liked it, and then they told me what they were doing was setting up for the World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis.

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It will be tomorrow night between 5 PM and 9 PM, and they told me I should be sure to drop by!

Maybe I will!

Take me out to the ball game

So, who to root for in the World Series?

My mother and sister live in Boston. And I have a Boston address for when I have to do business in the US.

On the other hand, I own a home and property in the amazing, historic Lafayette Square neighborhood of St. Louis. And, Sue, my very close friend, lives right next door.

I guess the answer is, I can’t lose!

From CNN breaking news:

The Boston Red Sox have won the American League pennant and will meet the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

The Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-2 to win the American League Championship Series four games to two.

The Cardinals won the NLCS on Friday, also in six games, over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A curmudgeonly view of the Olympics

Am I the only person who didn’t see even one second of video or live broadcasting of the Olympics?

I don’t mean to sound overly curmudgeonly, but there are several things about the Olympics which annoy me.

(1) I know that theoretically the IOC is a non-profit organization and that funds are supposed to go “to the athletes” (whatever that means) but it sure seems to be pretty commercial to me. They make it hard to find streaming video and clamp down on anybody who would post anything to YouTube and just generally make it hard to watch – at least from my perspective. Same thing with sponsorships – all the athletes have to make sure they are wearing logos from all the right sports manufacturers.

(2) The whole torch relay thing gets to me. Have people forgotten this was originally devised for the 1936 Berlin Olympics? Every time I see that part of an Olympics ceremony I feel like I’m watching a Leni Riefenstahl extravaganza.

(3) The entry procession of country teams is nice, and interesting, but I really don’t see why they need a three hour opening and huge closing “show.” It seems so fake and unnecessary. I’d like to see the Olympics be more open to everybody to easily watch, concentrate more on making the events accessible, more “laid back” and concentrate less on the “spectacular” and commercial aspects.

doug