New Shoes in the Rain

Thursday, September 5, 2013

It's what's happening now

Got a little of this and that today, friends....

I'm a little bleary-eyed today, as I attempted to watch my Cincinnati Reds play the St. Louis Cardinals last night, but the game ran to 16 innings and I had to give it up after 14.  Reds lost 5-4 after winning the first two over the hated Cardinals.  One more try tonight, and the home crowd in Cincy will be fueled by $1 hot dogs.  It's been a frustrating season this year, as there have been numerous injuries and other issues, and while Reds management will have you believe that their best baseball is ahead, time is running out for that to happen!  As it stands now, the Reds will qualify for the one-game wild-card playoff, so I suppose that's better than the alternative of no postseason play.

In case you missed it, Keith Olbermann has returned to television, hosting a late night sports commentary and interview program on ESPN2.  It's been kind of a mess finding that show each night (I DVR it) because of ESPN's coverage of the U.S. Open tennis championship and the scheduling challenges presented by live sporting events.  The show is in its second week and already Olbermann has touched on a number of subjects in a thought-provoking way, whether through his own observations or with interview segments with numerous sports journalists and others.  Worth a watch if you like sports but also appreciate some criticism of same.

Earlier this afternoon I was having lunch with my wife, my granddaughter and my daughter-in-law and a woman walked into the restaurant who looked a lot like the redhead on the current spate of Wendy's restaurant commercials.  Halfway expected her to say, "Now, that's better!"

Speaking of restaurants, the fast food kind, Burger King is acting as though it has reinvented the category by bringing out the French Fry Burger.  Yes, friends, you can pay them to place fries on top of your hamburger patty.  Imagine the R & D that went into this!  And, if that's not innovative enough, McDonald's is bringing out a seasonal item, chicken wings, but not called McWings.  No, they'll be called "Mighty Wings."  From mighty chickens who died in the creation of Chicken McNuggets, no doubt.

Next Tuesday Apple will announce what most "experts" already know....a new, improved iPhone (or two, depending on what you might read).  They may announce other new or revamped products, but one would think they'll hold some of this back until closer to the holiday shopping season, as it's easier to create demand then!

One more thing....a friend who peruses this space periodically noted that I am very good at not naming names, at least non-famous names, in this blog.  Those of you who've been here from the beginning (and all three of you know who you are) will recall that I had said that I wouldn't use any real names, more or less to protect the innocent!  That still stands, so my friend will have to continue wondering who the heck I'm writing about much of the time!

So long for now!


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