Thursday, July 7, 2022

Staying Dry

 

I have been looking at all the vacation pictures my friends have been posting to social media, and the vast majority have something in common:  water.  It might be a river, creek, stream, lake or swimming pool.  Most of the people I know are spending a lot of time around water this summer.

Me?  No.

The last time was in a pool was for that swimming class my college inflicted upon us.  I passed.  Barely.  I wasn't a water person before, during, or after.

I do like looking at it.  I really enjoy photographing it.  Jumping in?  Boating on?  Pass.

I'm happy reading a book, and I hope to a crack one or two during my time off toward the end of the month.

By the way, today's graphic is the alchemy symbol for water.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Sports Business

 

I couldn't believe what I was hearing.  The commissioner of Major League Baseball said he wants to add two teams to the league.  Potential cities include Las Vegas, New Orleans, Charlotte, and Nashville.

Are you kidding me?  Oakland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and Washington can't, or won't field,  competitive teams.  The talent pool will be diluted even more.  The league should be contracting rather than expanding.

Follow the money.  Expansion is another way to get more money out of the television networks and streaming services.

On a similar note, USC and UCLA join the college Big Ten conference in a couple of years.  It doesn't make geographic sense, but it does make economic sense.  It puts the network in the top three media markets in the country.  That translates into a much fatter television contract the next time around.

I remember when the Indiana people flipped out when Penn State wanted to join.  Administration reasoned that State College is impossible to reach easily.  An expanded airport fixed that.  How about the new travel mode, when Rutgers has to fly to Los Angeles?

Of course, it would make sense if the Big Ten can fill in some schools between the current westernmost team, Nebraska, and Los Angeles.  I fully expect that to happen, and there will probably be more west coast teams jumping in.

For the record, and there are very few who agree with me, I always wanted to see Penn State in the ACC.  Games against Syracuse, Pitt, Virginia, North Carolina and Boston College would be a lot of fun.  With a new round of conference realignments on the way, it looks like the ACC is headed for extinction.

The roar of the crowd will be drowned out by the ring of the cash resister.

And before I go for the day, some might consider competitive eating a sport, like the July 4th hot dog eating contest.  I consider it disgusting.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Moving On

 

Independence Day has come and gone.  Let's do a little reminiscing.

Back in the day, politics would take the summer off.  We would have the May primary, and it would be quiet until Labor Day.  then, the campaigning and the commercials would ramp up until the November general election.

My friends, those days are over and,  they are never coming back.

Campaigning for the general election began right after the last votes were counted after the primary.  There are no more election season and election cycles.  It's become a 24/7/365 business.

Expect to see the first presidential candidates dipping their toes in the water after we see the make up of the new house and senate on election night in November.

It never ends.


Monday, July 4, 2022

Independence Day

 

When we think about Independence Day, of course, the Revolutionary War instantly comes to mind.

This is a reminder that maintaining freedom never ends. It's the Nay Aug Park, Scranton monument to some men who never came home from the War on Terror.

Enjoy the day, but the holiday is more than barbecues and fireworks.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Andy's Angles: Old Glory

 

There is something about a clear day, brilliant sunshine, blue sky and a flag flying in the early morning breeze.

This the flag near the Everhart Museum at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.

I think it's a rather nice shot for Independence Day weekend.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Andy's Angles: The Park

 

I can write a book on Nay Aug Park in Scranton.  It holds so many great memories.  Zoo animals, the amusement park, family Sunday walks...

This is one of the park pavilions, a little weather worn, but still looking pleasant and old fashioned on a summer morning.

The park is a great resource, albeit underutilized.  It's now mostly a parking lot for a hospital.  However, a swimming area renovation is in the works.  Plus, there are concerts and shows here on most summer weekends.

On this Independence Day weekend, think of family time and pleasant summer days.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Take a Moment

 

As we head in to America's Independence Day weekend, take a moment to remember a country that is fighting to maintain its own independence.

Ukraine has been pushed off page one by high gasoline prices, a faltering economy, violence and Supreme Court decisions.

Those are all important things, but don't let this one drop off the radar.

The photo above was taken Tuesday morning on North 7th Avenue in Scranton.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Slow Down

 

We ran a couple of stories this week about people collecting back to school supplies, and I think that's great.  That stuff is expensive.  School districts never supply enough, and teachers often pay for it themselves.  This year, add inflation and the rising cost of everything to the mix.  The upcoming school year is going to be a tough ones for a lot of families.

I know charity drives take time, but a part of me is thinking, gee, it's early.  The kids just got out of school.

Colleges and universities are welcoming new students and their parents to campus for orientations.   Once again, that's great.  You can never be too prepared, and I wish they had some of that stuff back in my day.

High school football teams are preparing for those first contests.

Independence Day is here, and "back to school" sales start right after the last sparkler has cooled off.

Look, I'm really looking forward to fall and cooler weather, but let the kids relax and enjoy summer for a while.  There will be plenty of time for all the other stuff.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Remembering Michael Collins

 

On Thursday, I referred to myself as the "Michael Collins" of the newsroom.

Collins remained in the command module during Apollo 11 while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin got to walk on the moon.  Collins was just as important to the mission, but he didn't get the publicity.

During Newswatch 16 This Morning's Agnes anniversary coverage, Mindi Ramsey and Jon Meyer got to go to the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre.  I stayed back at the office to do news updates, the local portions of Good Morning America, and Newswatch 16 at Noon.  I was happy to contribute to an extraordinary day.

As for Michael Collins, he never did get to walk on the moon.  That doesn't diminish his courage and bravery.  Collins died last year at the age of 90.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Kodachrome

 

It was long overdue.

Let me back up for a moment.  When you leave high school, you often lose the one big thing you had in common with your classmates.  The same can be said about job switching, but that is another blog entry for another time.  Let's stick to high school for the moment.

Back in the day, my best friend and I palled around for about five years, usually in the same classes, and even after school.  We both liked bowling and photography.  He was really good at the picture thing, owning professional gear and even some darkroom equipment.  I wasn't very good at photography, and regular blog readers know that hasn't changed.  At least, I tried.  Remember that photography was an expensive hobby years ago-- the gear, the film, and especially the processing.

After receiving our high school diplomas, my best friend and I went our separate ways.  Different colleges.  Different majors.  Different goals.  We bumped in to each other a couple of times shortly after graduation, and that was about it.  That was 40 years ago, maybe longer.

I tried to find him a few times over the years, to no avail.  

I renewed the search a couple of weeks ago.  I looked up an old newspaper obituary and discovered his sister's married name.  She is actually in the phone book.  I called the number and was greeted by an answering machine.  It was one of those electronic voice greetings, so I wasn't sure if I reached the right person.  I explained who I was and why I was calling.  I also left my phone number.

Ten minutes later, my phone rang.  It was my old high school friend.  The number I called was correct.  His sister passed along all my information.  We chatted for about a half hour, updated each other on our lives, and had some laughs.  I stayed close to home while he's moved around quite a bit, having lived in a few different states.  We exchanged phone numbers and email addresses.

The great news is that he's coming up this way for a family visit in a couple of months.  Maybe I can say "hello"  and catch up in person.