Archive | February, 2014

Opinions on The Academy Awards…

28 Feb
The Academy Awards are Sunday night. And while I find it a little perverse that an industry can get TV to cover (and pay a rights fee) while it celebrates itself, Ill be tuning in.
There is no Official Drink so I’ll talk about the only movie I paid at the theatre to see in 2013. American Hustle was fantastic, especially if you remember the 70’s. The writing, costumes, sets, were all as equally terrific as the acting. While everyone raves about Jennifer Lawrence, and there is a lot to rave about, Amy Adams steals scenes. She makes every movie she is in watchable, even Leap Year. To enjoy American Hustle,  bone up on your American political history for the period.
The weather. Has simply been awful. If it’s not snowing, it’s cold. Bone-chilling cold. And no end in sight. With so much snow piled up, and an extended cold spell, it looks like this may be one of those years where we skip right from winter to summer with a week of spring in between. These are evenings for bold red wines, my choice being zinfandels. And the after-dinner drink has become high-proof bourbon. Enjoy whatever your beverage of choice may be and warm yourself with the thought that March Madness selection Sunday is only two weeks away.

Just some thoughts from Boston…

20 Feb
When did “snow days” extend from a day off from school to a day off from work? I’ve been in Rochester, Saratoga, and Boston during recent snowstorms. And they have at least one thing in common: People using weather to dodge work. Now I understand if one has kids at home someone may have to be there but it seems any excuse to avoid work is being put to use.
Government is part of the problem as schools are being closed in anticipation of bad weather, some of which never arrives. And the closing of government offices, why? Get to work, or use a sick day. Early dismissal doesn’t make any sense because people are already at the workplace, so get to work. The private sector often follows government’s lead on early dismissal.
Saturday night I was to meet a bunch of friends at a popular suburban Boston restaurant. Certainly I made a reservation. Then the weather hawks started chirping. And apparently people listened. We had a traffic-free drive in light rain to a less-than full restaurant. Great for us, not so good for the eatery or its staff. 
The dates of Colonial Liquor’s annual Tax-Free Sale will be Thursday April 10 through Saturday April 12. I pay your sales tax on all purchases, cases of wine are discounted at 20%, and numerous tastings happen throughout the event. Special orders are welcome.

Just some Event Reviews…

13 Feb

An absolutely terrific Orange Blizzard with a game that lived up to the hype. Thanx to the 15 business sponsors with special thanx to Denise Lowery and Tim Flaherty…Yes, that was Maria and I in the front row behind the Notre Dame bench last week when the Irish visited Syracuse. Sister-in-law Bernie got us the great seats and I’m impressed with how many of you noticed…Casino Night for the benefit of the Rotary Club was yet another pleasant evening hosted by the Rabbit Room. The Phils made an appearance…The 4th Mad Hatter Brunch was the best Mad Hatter yet. The attention to detail was incredible. A mad hat off to Tamara Stopinski, the driving force behind the event…

Not too early to thinking about the big dance. If Syracuse can remain number one, they should play in Buffalo and Madison Square Garden en route to the final four. Potential losses include games at Pitt and Duke, and the ACC Tourney. I make the Orange 30% to get to the tournament without a blemish. As always it will be about their draw. Teams that could defeat the Orange include Duke, Kentucky, Iowa State, San Diego State, and all the Big Ten contenders except Wisconsin.

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