October 31, 2009

I recall

The band setting up at Rocky's
Free drinks, working the door
Jameson and Camel Filters
Collecting $3.00 covers
Costume contest winner: Magnum P.I.
German techno dance party upstairs
Paris porch, this memory's getting hazy

Go Phillies
Happy Halloween

October 29, 2009

Game one

The Fightin's handled New York brilliantly in Game One, delivering a 6-1 win with aplomb. Starting pitchter Cliff Lee meticulously disarmed the Bronx Bombers' offense with 10 strikeouts; A-Rod sat down shaking his head three times. Phillies batters put in six runs, including two solo-shots by Chase Utley off Yankee ace CC Sabathia.

Cliff Lee hurls a spike curveball
Cliff Lee hurls a spike curveball. He pitched all nine innings, zero earned runs.

Ruiz waits, umps deliberate
Carlos Ruiz waits while the umps deliberate over a potential double play.

Chase Utley watches his second homerun fly
Chase Utley watches his second homer fly. All Photos: Chang Lee/New York Times

October 23, 2009


floating skull
Floating Skull, Damien Hirst (2006)

October 21, 2009

Urban agriculture

October 20, 2009

October thrill

Down by a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Jimmy Rollins (not pictured) hit a walk-off double to the right-center gap. Phillies lead 3-1 in the 2009 NLCS.

Bottom of the ninth, Phillies trail the Dodgers by one run.
Ibañez grounds to the secondbaseman.
One out.
Matt Stairs pinch-hits for Feliz, drawing a walk.
Carlos Ruiz is hit by the first pitch he faces.
Bruntlett (running for Stairs) is on second, Chooch at first.
Dobbs stubs one into the glove of Dodger thirdbaseman.
Two outs.
Runners still at first and second.
Jimmy Rollins to the plate.

October 16, 2009

Harvest haze

Haystacks, from a series by Claude Monet

October 14, 2009


Photo: Mitchell Feinberg for The New York Times
From article linked above:
According to reports by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. and others, factory farming has made animal agriculture the No. 1 contributor to global warming (it is significantly more destructive than transportation alone), and one of the Top 2 or 3 causes of all of the most serious environmental problems, both global and local: air and water pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity...Eating factory-farmed animals — which is to say virtually every piece of meat sold in supermarkets and prepared in restaurants — is almost certainly the single worst thing that humans do to the environment.

Every factory-farmed animal is, as a practice, treated in ways that would be illegal if it were a dog or a cat. Turkeys have been so genetically modified they are incapable of natural reproduction. To acknowledge that these things matter is not sentimental. It is a confrontation with the facts about animals and ourselves. We know these things matter.

October 10, 2009

The wall, continued

Here's the front corner retaining wall, a bit behind schedule but finally finished.

Planting: Azaleas, Euonymus fortunei, Nandina domestica
When the world wearies
and society ceases to satisfy
there is always the garden.

October 7, 2009


I ordered a custom baseball jersey today, Phillies home uniform.
Number: 51 Name: C H O O C H

Playoffs start today in Philadelphia, 2:37PM.
Bam! Big win sets tone for 2009.
Phils 5, Rockies 1

game one
Crump and me holding it down in section 143. Thanks, buddy - what a game.

October 2, 2009


drum boy
MuteMath drummer Darren King, photo: DVD
Rocking show last week, as usual. Setlist:
The Nerve
Stare at the Sun/Obsolete
Plan B
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Pins and Needles
Break the Same