Good Old Blog…


I get the sentiment of some people about not liking the way “old fashioned” blogging, or journaling, has descended to Facebooking these days. I am guilty of it. Guilty as charged. Until something happens at Facebook, like it did today for me. Then I am right back here to my good old blog.

I don’t really have much to say, unfortunately. My life is just not filled with stories any more. Every day is pretty much the same here at the cottage near the sea, so I hesitate to bore you readers with more and more of the same.

Ho hum.

Today, whilst posting comments at a new-ish group I belong to at Facebook, called the “SAVE Don Orsillo” group, all of a sudden my whole life flashed in front of my eyes. Well, I mean, my laptop screen went berserk and then lots of text showed up all over the screen, way too much for me to read and comprehend like that, but I saw instructions saying something about “dumping” had happened, and that I could try shutting it down and turning it on again.

And that is just what I did. I prayed it would just come on normally, and it did seem to do that… so I immediately opened up my antivirus spy-hunter program and ran it, which took a while, as it always does, and then “Fixed” the infections it found. It always finds “infections” when it runs once a week anyway. They come in web sites and there is no avoiding them really. You just have to be vigilant about keeping up with wiping them off your computer regularly… or things will go astray.

So here I am at my blog! Not at my FB page. I daren’t go there now! After what happened earlier, I’m afraid of it!

Did anyone else have any problems like I had today while at Facebook?

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On my fridge…

So… it’s 27th September already. Can you believe that?

I’m really just waiting for the start of the Red Sox’s last home game to begin, in about 40 minutes from now. This is a sad day for us Red Sox Fans, but more importantly for us DON ORSILLO fans. Don has been the voice of the Red Sox, calling the games since around 2001 I think… somewhere around there. He’s good, too. He is loved by Red Sox Nation. He teams up in the booth with ex-baseball player Jerry Remy, and the two of them are a panic, at times. Sometimes they act like they are 12… in fact a lot of times they act like they are 12, but I’ve come to enjoy that. If you want to catch some of their funnier moments, just type in Don and Jerry Red Sox into Youtube and you can watch some of it.

But Don is the consummate professional in his job. He has a velvet voice, perfect for announcing/calling the games. He is well informed and he’s humble! I like a humble man. More than anything else, I think. He’s so funny.

In this vid, watch and wait til around 2:10 to 3-something minutes in… they are so funny… when Jerry gives Don a lamp… you’d think he just gave him a check for a trillion dollars!

Anyway, the jerks who own and operate the Red Sox decided to fire Don Orsillo recently, and he only has til the end of this season to work here. That’s only for another week. Today is the last HOME GAME here at Fenway Park, so it’s extra sad for us and for him. He will have to end his Red Sox career “on the road” somewhere, not at home.


So I wish him well in his next incarnation (I hear the San Diego Padres are interested in him…), and I want the world to know I am very angry about this very bad decision by some very nasty men who have no idea what the fans of Boston Red Sox want and need. No idea! Shame on them!

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On a lighter note, Paul has had a few problems with his boat come and go, the last of which he fixed all by himself, by changing some fuel line filters. Yay. His previous boat problems got fixed and were very expensive. VERY very expensive. But worst of all, he plans to buy a “refurbished” engine over the winter and those are big buckaroos. Oh well…


Paul (being awarded Eagle Scout) (L) and Bex, age 1 (R) (obviously!)

The Pope is leaving soon. I am not “of the faith” but I did watch the first couple/three days of his visit, I cried off and on seeing how the people love him and how he interacted with the children… but this trip is way too long for constant 24/7 TV coverage… c’mon CNN… enough already. He can go home now… there’s the door, Pope! Hope you had fun… now can we get back to our regularly scheduled TV programming please?

That’s all I’ve got for now. See you again, soon I hope… if the internet powers that be don’t get me first!




I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from “Leaves of Grass, No. 32”] ~

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17 Responses to Good Old Blog…

  1. TopsyTurvy says:

    I’m pretty sure all the Popes speak excellent English. But I do think that his comments to her could and would easily be blown out of proportion by her and her lawyers. All of them are drama queens, which I think the Pope didn’t realize until now.

    Unfortunately, she’s not the type to keep a private meeting private, so this coming out will really hurt him with the LGBT group and the liberals.

    LOL! That’s quite the play on words, his and her coming out will hurt him with the LGBT folks! šŸ˜‰


  2. Bex says:

    Regarding the Pope and that character in Kentucky, I have the feeling that what transpired was blown up or fabricated to suit the rhetoric of the right wing nuts. I heard that all he said to her was “stay strong” — did he say it in English? If he said it in Spanish, did she understand him correctly? Saying “stay strong” to anyone in any kind of trouble is generic…

    I would think that after all the hullabaloo about the Pope going lenient on the gay marriage thing, he wouldn’t blow it by supporting the likes of her. I think his real meaning was lost in translation somehow. We’ll probably never really know.


  3. TopsyTurvy says:

    I’m thinking that no news is good news with Em. Hope she’s back to normal now.

    Yes, I happened to be on FB when it did some weird stuff. It threw me back to Sept 22 first, came back again, and then deleted all my newsfeed. And I too was having problems with the internet in general that day. No idea what was up.

    I was enjoying the little that I saw of the Pope – until it came out that he’d had a secret meeting with that Ky clerk that was refusing to issue marriage licenses. Looks like a lot of people are now disillusioned with him. As one news source said, ‘Twitter has revoked his Cool Pope card’.


  4. Eric Mayer says:

    Oops. No, I’m not on Facebook because I don’t know what I’d say.

    It is entirely possible to wring a bit of interest out of almost anything in the world, however intrinsically dull, but I admit I have been too lazy and burnt out on that kind of writing to try. I keep telling myself I am supposed to be blogging. Didn’t Mary and I start a joint blog after all? I dunno. I need to put it on my To Do List.


  5. Hil says:

    It is PoPe-Apalooza all the time where I live! Did you see the baby dressed as the pope, kissed by the pope? Curiouser and curiouser…


  6. nina says:

    Your “nothing’s happening” seems like plenty interesting to me!


  7. Bex says:

    Eric! Good to see you again. Your life is probably about as hum-drum as mine, thus not so much from me lately. I wish you’d write a blog anyway. I didn’t know you were “on” Facebook. Any chance of friending? I actually am trying to cut way back on that, mostly it’s young people these days and their vibrations are so much faster than mine that I can’t keep up. Also, the onslaught of those cartoon-type condescending messages all the time is rather revolting. I just ignore most of it.

    I do find it helpful in keeping in contact with friends and family who are far away, or as in my case, right across the street, as I don’t go out these days, except to the front yard or down to the post box… woo-hoo!

    thanks for coming by and say hi to Mary… xox


  8. Eric Mayer says:

    Good to see you again. I do check, although even my commenting has been somewhat off lately. I rather quickly ran through every damn thing that ever happens in my life at this point some years ago and so haven’t been blogging. Can’t imagine what I’d have to say on Facebook. “Woke up again and found I was breathing. Ate breakfast. Same breakfast as yesterday. Checked Facebook.”

    Computer viruses are horrible. I think I am slightly immune thanks to being on such a slow connection and not connected all the time. It has been a few years since the last big problem.

    Glad the boat is getting repaired but sorry about the cost. I imagine you really don’t want a boat without a reliable engine.

    Why would the Red Sox fire a long time announcer. Man, if the Yanks had fired Phil Rizzuto I would’ve been devastated. He joked around, Wished listeners happy birthday, talked about what his wife was making for dinner, rather than covering the game sometimes. He even fretted about approaching thunderstorms and fled the booth once. But he was fun to listen to. At least for me.

    Pope Francis is inspiring. He seems to have his heart in the right place and I like his priorities.


  9. Bex says:

    We don’t watch 60 Minutes anyway… yes there has been way too much Trumpeting on CNN… I am so sick of him and his ilk but mostly him. I find it hard to even imagine anyone with half a brain would consider voting for that piece-of-work for President.

    Weird things are happening today – I just tried going to ANY web site and nothing would load in at all. Then I tried my blog and it came in. I’m starting to think something is afoot…

    Sunday nights for us these days include at 7 pm the Great British Baking Show, and usually a British DVD show either side of that baking show. We’ve just finished up Series 5 of a long running series, “Emmerdale Farm” (which has been going since the 1980s in Britain) but the newest series I could buy is the 5th… we’ve already seen #1 thru #4. We love it.


  10. Well Bex, I love to hear about your “boring” life! Drama is not something I find amusing. Glad to see your fur-babies, and that all is well with them right now. And with Paul. Life is good. I haven’t been on Facebook since August, when we began our move, and I am MUCH HAPPIER with it out of my life. I like my friends, I just find FaceBook so faceless. I will be reading your blog entries, every one!


  11. Bonnie says:

    FB has yet to be a problem, but I’m not there much. Firefox has messed up Flickr though, I’d load a picture, it would disappear. Guess I’ll have to use IE.

    One thing about Pope coverage, no Trump. lol (he will be on 60 minutes tonight, no 60 minutes for me).


  12. crochetlady says:

    This Pope seems more for the people, speaking as a former Catholic. Still not pro women, though. Sorry about your Facebook problem.


  13. Sandy Freel says:

    Nothing bad on mine but I do watch what I click on …been where you are a fews years ago when I clicked on a bad thing from windows 7 …total my computer…had to get a whole new tower


  14. Annanotbob3 says:

    I meant so far not solar! Facebook not letting me on now… šŸ˜¦ xx


  15. Annanotbob3 says:

    I’m not religious either but I’ve liked a lot of what this pope has been saying, especially about climate change. Without America on board, there’s no hope for a future,and solar they’ve scuppered everything. How have we all ended up with such venal politicians? Why don’t they care about their grandchildren? Ah well, glad to read your blog. Best wishes xxx


  16. Bex says:

    That’s good Nora. After that all happened to me, when I went to post this blog on FB, it required me to put in my password, so something happened… I don’t know what.


  17. Bex, No problems on Facebook for me today.


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