It's Halloween. A friend of mine from college once said, "It's the one night when men dress up like women and women dress up in as little as possible, and that's OK for the night." The fun of Halloween is that for one night out of the year, it's not silly to walk around dressed up like a squirt bottle of mustard.
This week's theme:
My top five music videos of all time
Number 4 -- R.E.M., "Daysleeper"
A very under-appreciated song. A video that never got its due.
Well now, we've now congratulated the Cardinals and watched people file for free agency. Let the off-season maneuvers begin! And have they! The fun part will be on November 12, when signings can actually take place.
The Orioles say Alfonso Soriano wants 7 years and $119 million, or basically what Carlos Beltran got. Aramis Ramirez is now a free agent after politely excusing himself from having to play under Lou Pinella. Jason Schmidt is trying to pretend that he won't stay on the West Coast. The Mets want him, or some other pitcher to come to them, even if it means re-signing Tom Glavine.
Kris Benson, who is going to have a breakout season any year now, is thinking of asking Baltimore for a trade somewhere else. He has the right to do so after being traded in the middle of a multi-year deal.
The White Sox exercised options on Mark Burl... Buer...Buehrle, Jermaine Dye, and Tadahito Iguchi. The Red Sox are bringing back Tim Wakefield, because knuckleballers can last forever. Mike Cameron (aka, the guy that got traded for Ken Griffey, Jr.) will be back in San Diego.
And in our daily check on how things are doing in Gotham, Brian Cashman apparently has already lined up a trade for Gary Sheffield. Apparently, my beloved Indians are interested. Also, the Yankees appear interested in Jeff Suppan, who had a few good games in the playoffs, which is worth overpaying by about $3 million a year.
Barry Bonds' agent is in a state of denial.
Quote of the day: "Playing for the Mets appeals to Adam Kennedy. Kennedy, one of the elite options among free-agent second basemen this winter, has spent the last seven seasons with the Angels... Another second base option could be Rich Aurilia..." That's hilarious.
On to the news:
Woman loses election in coin flip... to a dead woman
(I'm puzzled by the last line, "[The school district] has not yet decided how to fill Dunton's seat")
Dude, like war is a total bummer, man, like totally
Takeru Kobayashi, I just don't understand you
(He's apparently branching out from hot dogs)
Bright, shiny objects:
Police said the suspect was... wait a minute
(Someone clearly didn't think that all the way through)
Some fantastic personal ads
(Now in a book!)
Today's random "next blog":
A simple blog
(Today's post reviews automatic wallpaper changers... I kid you not.)
Today's strange anniversary:
October 31, 1992 -- Roman Catholic church reinstates Galileo Galilei after 359 years. Oops, sorry about that whole declaring you a heretic thing...
Fun fact of the day:
Camel's milk does not curdle.
And now a word from our sponsors:
Tainted Love... sorta...
(Classic Levi's commercial)
My wife and I went out for pizza last night. On the menu was an option called "tropical treat pizza" containing cheese, Canadian bacon, and pineapple. (Yeah, I know Canadian bacon = ham) When was the last time you saw "tropical" and "Canadian" in the same sentence?