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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Where is the testicularity?

University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh is outspoken and prickly, so much so that he has had a shelf-life of about four years... Uni­ver­sity of San Diego (three seasons) followed by four seasons each at Stanford Uni­ver­sity and the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

On April 8 Harbaugh tweeted:

"Michigan Football will watch 'American Sniper'! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!"

This apparently was in response to an announcement that day that the university had canceled a screening of 2014's top grossing movie because it made some Muslim students on campus "feel unsafe." More...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I don't get it...

Early David Letterman

I've looked in on him on the odd occasion over the past four decades and he's never failed to leave me scratch­ing my head wondering where the laughter was coming from with Letterman's bizarre antics and sudden outbursts of guffaws like someone with G-rated Tourette's disorder.

I've looked in on him on the odd occasion over the past three decades, and he's never failed to leave me scratch­ing my head wondering where the laughter was coming from with Letterman's bizarre antics and sudden outbursts of guffaws like someone with G-rated Tourette's disorder.

Particularly disturbing was that such displays invariably provoked great mirth from his studio audience, accom­pa­nied by a "What am I missing?" thought balloon popping up above my head.

This evening marks the final show of David Letterman's career... and I'm all right with that.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The sun rises Wednesday...

...on a Westhampton Beach School District whose finances and stewardship are in good hands for another year.

From 27East:

"The $55 million budget for Westhampton Beach passed 535-112 and the library budget passed 519 to 128. Suzanne Mensch and Joyce Donneson were elected to five year terms with 461 and 414 votes, respectively, while Stacy Rubio will finish out a vacant $2{sic} year term with 412. Steve Wisnoski failed to make the board with 349 votes."

It was never in doubt, nor should it have been.

Three for the school Board...

...election Tuesday, May 19th: that's today! There are four candidates vying for three seats, with voting from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm in the High School's Large Group Instruction room.

I would like to see the three who are running together, incumbents Joyce Donneson and Suzanne Mensch plus first-timer Stacy Rubio, prevail.

This would leave Steve Wisnoski as the odd man out, a position he's persisted in claiming for himself.

"Bomb-throwers" can have a place in many organizations, but somewhere along the line one needs to hear some­thing positive from them... something Wisnoski seems incapable of.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Not that that's what was intended...

Don Draper practicing yoga and meditation

...in last evening's "Mad Men" series finale on cable AMC, but I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was amused that it took "Super­girl" (Helen Slater) to pull "Don Draper" out of his cat­a­tonic state and get him into an EST-like meet­ing in Big Sur country where, after a weepy breakdown, he began chanting "ommmm" and doing yoga with the other attendees at the retreat.

Then with everybody happy and full of self-enlightenment, they all broke into harmony and enjoyed a Coca Cola.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

These are just awful people!


With two exceptions, the characters portrayed in cable AMC's "Mad Men" are truly terrible, men, women and children alike!

I watched the debut on July 19, 2007 out of curiosity, and after spotting my friend Jack O'Connell (as a Metro-North club car barman), I resolved to watch more of the series. More...

Friday, May 15, 2015

And in this corner...

...there being no surprise candidate petitions filed by this afternoon's 5:00 pm deadline, the June 19th Westhampton Beach Village Board election will pit the long-announced challengers Rob Rubio and Brian Tymann against incum­bent Trustees Hank Tucker (four terms) and Patricia Di­Bene­detto (two terms).

(Due to their lack of visibility, I wasn't sure that Rubio and Tymann still intended to run.)

When I went up to Six Corners at 4:52 pm to learn who had filed petitions, there was a line out the front door of Village Hall of people with papers in hand...

(And I'm thinkin' "Boy, is this going to be an inter­est­ing election!")

...but everyone was there for their 2015 Village Beach passes.

B.B. King (1925-2015)

Probably the best known of the blues guitarists of the past seven decades B.B. King died yesterday, age 89 in Las Vegas Nevada after a lengthy illness.

Born Riley B. King in cotton-rich Itta Bena, Mississippi, he was known as "Blues Boy," later shortened to simply initials, as he began playing professionally in the late '40s.

I was a Muddy Waters guy myself, but no one can gainsay the extraordinary impact B.B. King and his Gibson guitars, all named "Lucille," have had in the realms of blues and rock 'n' roll during his global career.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Notable sports figure of the week...

...in the 'Bout Damned Time Someone Did Something category: veteran Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jared Weaver.

The various celebratory demonstrations by professional sports figures has gotten out of hand, ridiculously so... especially the obligatory icy Gatorade baths invariably delivered during a post-game on-camera interview. More...

Monday, May 11, 2015

What's wrong with this headline?

Currently on 27East:

Westhampton Beach Village Will Consider Plastic Bag Ban

Why "will consider" rather than "are enacting?" What's the problem? What's the downside? What's taking the Village Board so long? More...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Umps blew the same call again!

Either Major League Baseball's umpires need to review the Rules Book, or they need to be more observant, 'cause the same thing the New York Mets Bartolo Colón got away with against the Atlanta Braves last month, Washington Na­tion­als pitcher Tanner Roark pulled off yesterday afternoon against that same Atlanta team.

With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the eight inning and the Brave behind by three runs, on the fourth pitch to Jace Peterson the ball was bounced slowly down the first base line.

The only chance for a play was for Roark to field it and field it he did, and immediately attempted to tag Peterson as he passed him. More...

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Village is again a better place...

...now that The Post Stop Cafe has opened its door for "the Season."

From the crowd that was thoroughly ensconsed when we arrived at 7:30 last evening, there were clearly a great many people who've been chomping at the bit for Sandy Patterson's excellent cuisine. More...

Friday, May 08, 2015

45 Years ago this evening...

...an injured Willis Reed hobbled onto the court of Madison Square Garden to the thunderous approbation of 10,500+ fans, promptly sank his first two shots, and led his New York Knickerbockers to their first ever National Basketball Association championship.

Reed, the Knicks' captain and triple Most Valuable Player (All-Star Game, regular season and play-offs) that 1969-1970 season, was a monumental inspiration to the team and the franchise faithful, but the real hero of that game seven victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, was Walt "Clyde" Frazier. More...

Screw A-Rod!

To borrow from former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Larry Holmes, Alex Rodriguez couldn't carry Willie Mays' jockstrap, either on or off the baseball diamond.

You don't look at the numbers, you look at the man!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

May Village Board Meeting

Decent attendance for this evening's 24-minute monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board and with seven weeks and only one more monthly meeting before the annual elections, only one of the four announced can­di­dates was on view: Hank Tucker... but then he's an incum­bent and expected to be there.

(Not that there's not a valid reason for Pat DiBene­detto's absence, but challengers Rob Rubio and Brian Tymann? C'mon, just how committed to Village Gov­ernment are you!) More...

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Happy Hundredth, Orson!

Today is George Orson Welles' centennial birthay!

Orson Welles as 'Falstaff'

With that observance, I see that Welles' legendary version of one of Shakespeare's best-known characters, Sir John Falstaff, appearing as a major presence in no less than three of the Bard's plays: "Henry IV, Part 1," "Henry IV, Part 2" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," is being afforded a pristine new release on DVD/Blu-ray.

Formally entitled "Chimes at Midnight" but also known as "Falstaff," such a release is long overdue if for no other reason than to put the lie to those who believe that with "Citizen Kane" Welles was a one-shot wonder. More...

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Southampton Town Board's Sneak Attack

Sneak Attack: an unprovoked, unannounced hostile approach. cf Pearl Harbor 1941, Golan Heights 1967, World Trade Center 2001.

To the above can now be added the notices served yesterday on the property tax-payers of Southampton Town by the Town Board informing them that their property assessments had been increased. More...

Monday, May 04, 2015

From the headlines...

...two items this evening: one in Garland, Texas, which turned out as it was supposed to, and another in Queens which didn't.

Men killed in Garland shooting had assault rifles, body armor

"A quick-thinking Garland police officer shot and killed two gunmen wearing body armor and who opened fire with assault rifles at a controversial art exhibit fea­tur­ing cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad...." More...

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Fight Night in the Man Cave

If the months of unprecedented "hype" leading up to last evening's six-years-in-the-making Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather championship welterweight match was in­sufficient, it continued right up to and beyond the sched­uled starting time to milk every possible pay-per-view $99.95 from the potential viewing audience.

Supposedly, "technical difficulties" due to an overwhelm­ing demand by last minute subscribers caused the delay... there were social media1 complaints from DirecTV, Charter and Time-Warner customers... but we now know it was just garden variety g-r-e-e-d by the promoters. More...

Friday, May 01, 2015

That loud yawping sound...

...heard 'round the National Football League last evening came from Northern Florida where the Tampa Bay Bucca­neers had just seen the Instagram image posted by their No. 1 (overall) draft pick Jameis Winston:

Jameis Winston crab legs photo from Instagram

Accompanying the photograph was the mesage: More...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

All of these guys have some college...

...but one wouldn't know it listening to some of them in their post-draft interviews with ESPN's Suzy Kolber this evening.

My immediate impression was "Didn't they do anything but play football or work out in the weight room?"

But one who provided a moment of great hilarity was West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White taken at No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bears when his first excited utterance into Kolber's microphone was:

"I am ready to turn this city around!"

His quick response to her next question, "What do you want them to know about you?"

"I'm a great guy, I'm humble, I'm confident...."

Not quite sure how "humble" plays with "confident."

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One of life's biggest lessons...

...I've had to come to grips with over my decades of hanging out on this tiny little orb, is that there are times when everything I thought I knew, is wrong!

And so it was again this week when a New York State Appellate Court decided that:

Trustees Have No Authority Over Oceanfront

And here I'd come to think of the Dongan Patent as inviolate!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bal'mur Bedlam

What a mess! The upheaval in Baltimore has already surpassed what happened in Ferguson, Missouri last year and is approaching the level of the post-police trial verdict in South Central Los Angeles 23 years ago tomorrow.

The latter event, termed "the most destructive U.S. civil disturbance of the 20th century," may yet be matched by the protests/riots over the death of 25-year-old African American Freddie Gray despite the declaration of a state of emergency by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. More...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Helluva afternoon at Citi Field...

...as the Mets won their franchise record-tying 11th straight game... against their frequent tormenters, the Atlantas, yet... but the umpires helped them out with an obvious blown call that no one caught!

With Bridgehampton native A.J. Pierzynski on first base and two out, pitcher Bartolo Colón made a quick reverse step off the mound and caught the Atlanta catcher (14 of 36 suc­cessful stolen base attempts over an 18-year career) trying to steal second base. When the hapless runner stopped Colón made the textbook play. More...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I know it's been a tough Winter...

April 9, 2015

...and I know that Wald­baum's corporate parent Great Atantic & Pacific Tea Company of Montvale, New Jersey went through all sorts of legal contortions a decade ago before West­hampton Beach's Planning Board to avoid the expense of performing repairs on the entire park­ing lot at 70 Sunset Avenue, but whatever they spent on resurfacing, they got gypped!

The above photo was snapped ex tempore on April 9th, a drizzly dreary afternoon, and it's clear that the arrange­ment of two shopping carts and a delivery pallet were improvised to prevent damage to the tires and axles of unwary vehicles while A&P arranged for more permanent repairs. More...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Alan Hallock (1940-2015)

I was saddened to note the passing of an old grade school classmate last week, Alan S. Hallock Sr., at his adopted home in Sarasota, Florida.

Predeceased by two of his four sons and his wife Beverly, I don't think I'd seen him since he was working for Alpert Moving and Storage I don't know how many years ago.

When I saw his obituary on 27East this afternoon, my im­mediate reaction was, "Another one!"

I shouldn't be surprised, given our ages... but off-hand the only ones from Miss McNeill's first grade class at Six Corners that occur to me are still around, are Milt Raynor, George Carmany and the Allan twins, Chrissy and Davie.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Everyone up for GoT!

Season 5

It's here at last, the Season 5 premiere of the successful-beyond-HBO's-wildest-expectations "Game of Thrones," goes live this evening!

My expectations... greatly reduced since "King Joffrey" received his agonizing due last season and his grandfather Tywin died fittingly and humiliatingly on a privy at the hand of his misshapen and tormented son... are lots of dragons and dire wolves... and perhaps a nubile maiden déshabillé or three.


Friday, April 10, 2015

What's missing from this photo?

Where's the fire truck?

If you noticed that Mike Araujo's old fire truck is missing from its regular spot in front of 196 Montauk Highway in the Village, then you are indeed observant.

Mike has sold his popular Firehouse Pizza business to a young woman named Odeth who came from Guatemala by way of Jak Deli in Speonk. More...

Thursday, April 09, 2015

O, pul-ease!

I have no idea of who Denise DeSarlo of East Quogue is, whether she's the little old lady in tennis shoes who gets up at 3:00 am to spray paint "Turkey Shoot Canceled1" on the Riverhead Pistol And Rifle Club sign on the Westhamp­ton-Riverhead Road each Fall, or a starry-eyed 14-year old Ingrid Newkirk idolator.

Or just a twit!

I saw her Letter to The Editor in this morning's Southamp­ton Press Western Edition with a heading "Tasteless Photo." More...

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Opening Day is in the books...

Los Angeles Dodgers

...and I'm a happy chappie: the Dodgers won on a late home run from new comer Jimmy Rollins, and one of my favorite players over the past nine seasons, Matt Kemp, now in a different uniform, made a personally successful return to Los Angeles by driving in all three San Diego runs.

(My only downer here was that last season's Most Valuable Player and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw wasn't the winning pitcher.)

But the most notable season launching performance for me was that of the New York Mets who have somehow More...

Sunday, April 05, 2015

P-l-a-a-a-a-a-a-y Ball!

It is the time of year... receding snow and all... when men young and old start thinking about what Chico Escuella immortalized as "beisbol," and all that comes with it like the crack of the bat, the thump of the ball into leather and screams of frustration by the players with a sudden bad knee or a bum elbow before they've signed a long-term $100 million contract.

Opening Day featuring the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Chicago Cubs within the cosy confines of the ivy in historic Wrigley Field also gives me comfort about America.