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The Power of Blogging

Here is an article I found in Tech Central Station writing about the power of blogs to transform media in ways that have never been seen before.

"But the few thousand blogs that do focus on politics are a force to be reckoned with. In a recent New York Times Magazine article, Matthew Klam explained the essential contribution bloggers provide: "They may lack maturity, discipline, offices and the facade of journalistic ethics. But they have zeroed in on what counts: they challenge authority, they challenge facts, they challenge us to read and decide for ourselves what is going on in our own country." ('Fear and laptops on the campaign trail,' October 10, 2004)."

Read the whole article here

Reverse the Curse

On Wednesday the Red Sox played the Cardinals in the fourth game of the World Series. Kevin and I had programmed TiVo - we were not going to miss anything. We had our snacks set up, and then we sat back and watched as the Red Sox made baseball history to beat the Cards 4-0 and win the World Series in a sweep for the first time since 1918. Reverse the curse, the banners read. The curse was not reversed it was annhilated, utterly destroyed. The curse was no more.

I have only been a Red Sox fan for 2 seasons. I have not shared in the agony and the esctasy of what it means to be a Red Sox fan. Kevin has many a story of watching the Red Sox coming within a breath of winning, only to have the ghosts of the past rise up and snatch victory from them. It was the Curse- everyone said. For 86 years Red Sox played their hearts out, and fans and players had to live with the tragedy of defeat.

If this sounds a little over the top, then welcome to baseball. What a game. Better than cricket, and filled with drama and soul. What sport has such curses as the Curse of the Bambino, or the Curse of the Billy Goat?

To the Rugby lovers out there check out these great sites for more stories about baseball and the Reverse the Curse campaign. (You could even buy Reverse the Curse cookies in Boston.)
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Check out the Diary of a Red Sox Fan.

For good measure: the Curse of the Billy Goat remains to this day unbroken. This curse belongs to the Cubs, and they haven't won a World Series since 1908. For a nice explanation of the "Goat Curse" check this out.

Check this out. - Red Sox parade in Boston.

This is a great emotional piece of sports writing written when the Red Sox had come from 3-0 deficit to tie the Yankees in a nail biting 6th game. (The Red Sox went on to out play and out hit the Yankees in the 7th game, beating them on their home turf in Yankee stadium - Good Karma doesn't get any better than that.)

Boston and Concord Visit

Boston and a 51st Wedding Anniversary

We left for Boston and Sam and Jane’s 51st Wedding Anniversary on Thursday October 14th. JetBlue has a wonderful non stop direct flight from Denver to Boston. We left at about midnight and arrived in a cold and rainy Boston Friday morning at 5:30 am. We were so lucky because Sam and Jane had organized for a car to pick us up at the airport and drive us to our B& B – the Roger Brown House in Concord. The innkeepers had very nicely let us have access to our suite at that early hour, and we desperately needed it. We were dropped off, found our suite key and then just fell into the comfortable bed to sleep. I like the set up at the Roger Brown House – each suite comes equipped with a nice kitchen – stove, fridge, microwave, and dish washer. The kitchen is stocked with breakfast goodies. I much prefer fixing one’s own breakfast rather than having to worry about breakfast being served. For late risers such as us, this arrangement suited us perfectly. Service at the Roger Brown house is so good it’s invisible. The best kind of service. Check out their website here


The Wedding Anniversary party was held on the Saturday. Kevin is working on a web page of the photo’s from the event. For now we have a great group photograph of guests, and family

Gold comes to Denver (Delayed)


I have been meaning to post this for a while. September 23rd Kevin and I went to see the Hamm brothers and various other gymnasts in a Rock ‘n Roll Gymnastics Tour at the Budweiser Event Center, Loveland, Colorado. (Yes I know that this post is quite late, but better late than never.) Kevin had got us front row seats, and after our overdose of Olympics we were very excited to see the Hamms in action.

The average age of the audience was about 13. We saw families with tired fathers and mothers hurrying to keep up with thoroughly over excited pre teens. I must be showing my age but the girls seemed to move around in heavily perfumed groups. There was a lot of giggling too. The other thing that seemed to excite the teens was the appearance of Jo Jo. What, you ask, is Jo-Jo? Jo-Jo is a pre teen pop idol poised to launch herself onto the international stage. She despises being compared to Brittany, and as far as we could tell she didn’t sound a bit like Brittany. I just cringed when she came by – but the girl knew who her fans were (not us.)

The show was high energy, high impact gymnastics performed to please the crowd. There were three apparatus:- the bar, the floor and the high bar. We sat closest to the high bar – those boys could sure fly through the air. Kevin managed to convince the staff that his camera was not professional grade (it wasn't- it’s the cameraman, stupid!) so luckily he had has camera to take some dramatic pictures.

Here is a link to a review of the Tour.

Paul Hamm won a controversial Gold Medal at the Greek Olympics. A court ruled that Paul did not have to give his medal up. Check out the link to that story here.