On The Beach Blog | September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Monumental Major League Collapses

It won't provide much solace to fans of the Atlanta Braves or the Boston Red Sox, but their late season swooms, losing respective leads of 10½ games to St. Louis and nine games to Tampa Bay, are just the most recent in a long list of nightmare collapses.

In just my lifetime, there's been: More...

Whatta week for basabool!

I was too young in 1951 to really understand what had happened to the Brooklyn Dodgers when Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard 'round the world."

But in 1962 when Larry Burright, put in at Second Base for defensive purposes, punted a grounder and allowed the Giants... again with the damned Giants!... to again beat the now Los Angeles Dodgers in the 9th inning of another playoff Game 3, I was crushed! More...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Everyone's doing it...

... and getting away with it like election laws are for "other people."

This isn't about the anonymous mail campaign against me during (and after) this year's Village election, but More...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ABC returns to The Hamptons

Breathes there a soul locally who recalls ABC network's initial foray onto the South Fork with a 1983 "Summer replacement" show entitled, of course, "The Hamptons."

(That it only lasted five episodes gives one a sense of how well received it was.)

OtBB has offered some pointed commentary More...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mother of Mercy, is this the end...

Nancy and her favorite herb

...of "Nancy Botwin," arguably the most amoral mommy in the history of series (cable) television?

Last evening saw the seventh season finale of Showtime's "Weeds," and anyone who thought HBO's "The Sopranos" finale was ambiguous, should have seen this! More...

Monday, September 26, 2011

He's no Joe Namath...

...but Tony Romo's a helluva quarterback as he showed the sports world on the Monday Night Football telecast this evening.

Despite cracked ribs and a reported pneumothorax, he gave a gutsy performance as his Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 18-16.

"The edge," of course, is no guarantee.

'Edge' updates

While it's still more than six hours to kick-off for the Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys NFL game, Quarterback Tony Romo is insisting that he's "good to go."

That was before Sunday's "walk-through" (no hitting or full-tilt running) practice. More...

Sunday, September 25, 2011



Three games into the 2011 NFL season, and the Detroit Lions... my Detroit Lions... are 3-0, having beaten the Vikings in Minne­sota for the first time since 1997!

(And I don't want any grief More...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Speaking of 'the edge...'

...an early indication of just which candidate for Supervisor The Southampton Press may favor, look no further than their 27East Website.

Three days following her an­nouncement that she would again be running, as a write-in, for the office she held 'til her Labor Day 2009 mis­adventures in Westhampton More...

Getting 'the edge'

"The race is not always to the swift,
nor the battle to the strong,
but that's the way to bet."
- Damon Runyon

One thing you gotta know about sports bettors is that they are always looking for an edge. And as the late David J. Willmott wrote at least once each week for over 40 years, "And why not?" More...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Are they serious in St. Louis?

I just had an opportunity to watch cable SNY's "Encore" showing of yesterday's Cards-Mets game in which the New Yorkers managed a six-run 9th inning comeback that for all intents and purposes, stuck a splintered bat into the St. Louis' chances of over-taking the Atlanta Braves for the National League's play-off hopes.

Leading 6-2 in the top of the 9th, one had to like More...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Con$umer Ga$oline Advi$ory +2

...with the "+2" part referring to the two months since OtBB last compared pump prices in the area.

It having been the middle of the Summer, prices had been continuing to rise when I did a quick survey of area gas stations to discover just what drivers were being charged. More...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Talk about "timing..."

...I have to hand it to former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot for, as she puts it on her Website:

"I have decided to toss my hat in the ring and run as a write-in candidate for Southampton Town Supervisor."

Cheeky... very cheeky! "Feisty," even! More...


It's the most fitting word to describe NBC's big Monday prime time launch, "The Playboy Club," carefully positioned to lure some of the male audience away from ESPN's football telecasts.

(That pilot episode is already available on-line... free! It's still too expensive!)

This from the peacock network which once More...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

That's my cuz'!

Stephen F. Griffing Jr., all 6'5" and 300 pounds of him, starring in a YouTube video clip from the 2011 Professional Tarpon Tournament Series off Boca Grande, Florida, as "the angler who flew into our boat."

According to his brother, Charlie Clifton...

"The Evinrude team was fishing in More...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Emmy schmemy!

There's lotsa high(er) quality fare on the small screen this evening... cf: "Breaking Bad," even re-runs of "Boardwalk Empire," etc., so this is one household which will not be tuning in the "63rd Primetime Emmy Awards" at 8:00 pm.

Even if it was telecast in the middle of "Death Valley," which is how the television industry characterizes Saturday evening prime time, we'd be watching something else! More...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Eat Beat: Martini Grill

Hadn't been West recently so I hadn't seen the sign announcing that someone else was trying to make a go of the old Speonk Inn...

(Or as my Mom related from her days with bobbed hair and rayon knee-highs, the "Steiger Inn1 and stagger out.")

....but Bryan Dean mentioned that Ali Fathalla, More...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Little indications...

...that all might not be well with someone or something, often appear to us is the most unlikely of manners.

This occurred to me when I saw the current headlines:

Rogue trader causes $2 billion loss at UBS

I foresaw trouble at UBS some years ago More...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

O, my...

...someone(s) still seem to have it out for me, and are spending good money to dis­charge whatever agenda is driving them.

Whoever could that be, sending yet a third anonymous letter?

More importantly, why? More...

Monday, September 12, 2011

The latest media buzz phrase

Anyone else notice the frequency with which we've heard the words "'Credible' Terror Threat" strung together by teleprompter readers over the past five days?

(Note that the word "credible" is set off with its own interior quotes, presumably it's because they just learned the More...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Morning of Infamy

It wasn't like it was yesterday, rather it was like a dimly remembered dream from the distant past.

It was not unlike the time in October 1970 I awoke in my GI "mummy bag" in a cabin in the woods outside of Jackman, Maine, with a vivid and detailed recollection of More...

Saturday, September 10, 2011


For reasons too recondite to explain, I took Jeanne to Six Corners this evening to see the new Steven Soderbergh flick which has gotten solid notices on Rotten Tomatoes.

Without giving up anything, the Hampton Arts Cinemas is missing a solid merchandising op­portunity here by not offering ZiCam and Purell to patrons exiting the movie.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

An omission...

...unintentional, I'm sure, from Laura Cooper's story on page A6 of this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition regarding local veterinarian Dr. Diana Bucalo's contri­bu­tion to the post-9/11 rescue/recovery efforts.

Two others here aided her efforts as well. More...

The 2010-2011 TV Season...

...a brief look last Fall's debut series which have been consigned to the waste pile of the vast wasteland.

And no, this is not another whine about the cancellation of last season's best new series, "Rubicon" and "Terriers."

(A pox, though, on the executive offices More...

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Do the math

Today's headline hilarity comes from 27East:

Massive Brawl Breaks Out At 230 Elm; One Arrested

A "massive brawl" but only "one arrested?"

Not to get all Chad Ochocinco here, but child, please!

O, Really?

Remember that popular Internet rumor/hoax that started making the rounds more than a decade ago about "Congressional Bill 602P" which would impose a 5¢ tax on every E-mail?

"The U.S. Postal Service is claiming that lost revenue due to the proliferation of email is costing nearly $230,000,000 in revenue per year." More...

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Date Night

There's no reason, on a three day weekend, not to save "Date Night" for Sunday, but there are plenty of reasons, on a three day weekend, to get out of the The Hamptons.

I'd go anywhere to see a Helen Mirren film, and the closest her just-released "The Debt" was playing, was Mattituck, which easily meets the "Not The Hamptons" requirement. More...

Friday, September 02, 2011

A grand old gal...

...has left us, as Melissa Fredey died this morning in her home at The Buoy on Mill Road.

A tough old Marine Corps widow, she was every bit the Southern lady to the very end, and we are greatly diminished at her passing.

More later.

Only in Dee-troit

Found... where else?... on-line at:

Detroit Zoo Unveils New Lion Habitat

"The lions at the Detroit Zoo now have a home fit for a king."

Okay so far, but then we learn: More...

Thursday, September 01, 2011

September Village Board Meeting

Ultra fast meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening with nothing of real significance on the calender, but three who spoke during the public portion of the session extended it to the 15 minute mark.

The first, former Trustee and Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor, questioned the Board regarding certain policies adopted by the Village which, based on Village Clerk Rebecca More...