Archive for May, 2006

I Stayed for 13 Innings…

And all I got was a lousy game.

Seriously, tonight was the worst Angels game I have ever been to. It dragged on for 13 innings (4 hours and 10 minutes) with the Angels stranding at least 15 runners on base and only managing to score 4 runs against lonely Seattle.

Just 4 runs.

If Moreno wants to field a team this bad then I’ll start calling them the Los Angeles Angels because LA can have them. What ever happened to the team that won the World Series in 2002 and won the AL West in 2004 and 2005? There gone, most of them have been shipped out to St. Louis, Toronto, and Seattle. Bengie Molina and Troy Glaus are now with Toronto. David Eckstein is now with St. Louis, and Washburn is with Seattle. Spiezo played for Seattle for a while after the World Series season and I’m not sure where he is now.

Reunite the old team, and the winning ways under Mike Scioscia, and they’ll be the Anaheim Angels again.

Sweep!

The first victim was Calgary.

The second victim was Colorado.

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It could be San Jose, coached by Ron Wilson and the first coach in Mighty Duck History. Anyone for a “Battle of California – North v. South?” Or it could be Edmonton, who beat San Jose in the Sharks longest playoff game in team history.

Who ever it is, Bring it on!

May Meeting of the Orange County Atheists

atheism.jpgThe next meeting of the Orange County Atheists will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30pm at the International House of Pancakes at 18542 MacArthur Blvd in Irvine, near John wayne Airport. A map to the location is available here. If you’re planning on attending please RSVP at our website forums. More information and discussion is available there as well.

If you consider yourself an atheist, an agnostic, a freethinker, a humanist, or are just curious, check out this month’s event. We’re always looking for new members, and want to hear what you have to say! More info is available at the Orange County Atheists website. Hope to see you there!

“A Freeway Runs Through It”

The OC Register is reporting tonight that Representative Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar, but unfortunately represents the AH) introduce a $390 million dollar bill in Congress to expand the 91 freeway. I think widening the 91 is great: Double-Deck it, build a commuter rail or commuter service, heck build a tunnel while you’re at it. However, I still have one question in all of this: Will the homes and business along the 91 Freeway survive the widening project? (and will Anaheim put up an eminent domain fight?)

The short answer is possibly yes, that is if the plan calls for the shifting of the lanes over and building in the Santa Ana River bed that runs along side the freeway. $221 million dollars will be to add a lane from the 55 to the 91 E, from personal experience traffic on both at rush hour is horrendous, that will probably create a mess with the 91 Express lanes entrance and exit at the 91w/55s interchange.

Moreover, that’s another question: Why not just buy out the toll lanes to get the additional lanes? The 91 express lanes were a marvel of modern toll technology, but $5.60 at 10pm at night to use it? That’s like Sony charging $599 for the PS3 (I’m just covering two gripes at the same time). The 91 Express Lanes and the 241 will finally be connected via an interchange (Federal Public Dollars to pay for the construction of a Private Toll Road – Wasn’t this thing supposed to make money and pay for itself?)

241 to the 71 – Not a bad idea, come screaming down the hill from the eastern side of the 241 and get stuck right at the toll plaza because traffic is backed up. Fix it and that will probably save my brakes. The connector to the 71 will probably ease the traffic flow.

Ducks Win!

Just had to recycle the title, it makes it so easy.

The Ducks took down Colorado 4-3 in OT. Just one more step towards Lord Stanley’s Cup

Ducks Play Tonight in CO

Just an update on the Hunt for the Stanley Cup:

Ducks play tonight in Colorado, can the “Bryzgalov” Wall deny Colorado until the end of the 3rd period? If he does, he breaks Guguire’s record for longest shutout in a playoff series. (That was set back in 2003).

CBC Article is here and the Local Denver Coverage is here.

Go DUCKS!

National Submarine Memorial – West

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Saturday morning returning from Bolsa Chica (and another feeble attempt at surfing) I took a different route home and passed by the National World War II Submarine Memorial – West. Having served aboard a submarine when I was much younger, I have a special admiration for the men who served on them in World War II. While the U.S. submarine force accounted for only 1.6% of all U.S. Navy personnel in WWII, they suffered disproportionate losses (over 3,500 or a casualty rate of over 20%). They also accounted for 55% of all Japanese shipping lost.

Each of the 52 submarines lost in WWII is commemorated with a plaque listing the crew members. In addition, there are memorial plaques for the two U.S. submarines lost during the cold war – the USS Thresher and USS Scorpion. Considering that the men commemorated would now be in their eighties, I was surprised to find fresh flower arrangements in front of the plaques for the USS Seawolf (SS-197) and the USS Lagarto (SS-371). Who left the flowers? A wife, younger sibling, son or daughter? Someone still remembers.

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Exporting Irvine

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I found this via A Joshua Tree In Every Pot via Boing Boing. (For those of you who don’t have a login to the NY Times, grab one at Bugmenot.) China has recreated Orange County using houses that are “designed by Southern California architects, with model homes decorated by Los Angeles interior designers. The basement pool tables are American. The appliances are imported. The tiles, wood siding and wall sconces are from the United States, too.” (Yes, I know, we don’t actually have basements in Orange County, but we can’t expect them to know that.)

Maybe this will mean Orange County can be exported to other places, there is a ton of empty land up near Lancaster, that seems to be a perfect place for another OC. Whatever makes it so fewer people want to come here.

Colorado Snowed in Anaheim

The Ducks snowed Colorado at the Pond 5-0 on Friday! Every win is a game closer to the cup. I got to go to one game of the Stanley Cup back in 2003 and if someone scores me a ticket for 2006 I’d be greatful. I want the Ducks to win as Anaheim, as the name would be everywhere and the Stupidly moranic owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (whose team has not been doing to well in the bull pin lately) Arte Moreno (Gee, and I thought a cousin of mine had a long name) would have to eat crow.

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Mighty Ducks Signed Team Jersey which hangs right across from my signed 2003 Fowl Towel.

Go DUCKS, because the Lakers just choked and the Kings suck.

Ducks Win!

I just got home and found out that the Ducks won! They defeated the Flames 3-0 in Calgary.

Anaheim is calling out Colorado in the next round, so bring it on Metroblogging Denver.

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