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The Captains Cousins Are Radical

This being the week of Thanksgiving it’s pretty much a given that Wayback Wednesday will be family related.  So I decided to go with the first picture of the cousins on my mom’s side of the family all together.  Here we all are posing at an Olan Mills in 1989.

 

Man is there a lot to love about this picture.  I’m rocking the “mom please don’t make me get a haircut” look along with my serious face.  My sister’s is rocking her perm is just the way she liked it, extra-frizzy.  My cousin Christina is cute as a button with her bangs and her big girl dress.  And my cousin Jimmy is pudgiest little baby cheeks, which is funny now because he’s currently like 6’2 and 130 pounds.  He wasn’t always such a skinny twerp!

The four of us always had a great time playing together when we were children, and now that we’re adults we actually still hang out on occasion.  Glad my family is still so rad.  Happy Turkey Day to them and to you.

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captains Ladies Are Recommended

This week we have a couple of lovely ladies on 2 For Tuesday.  First up is Sophia by Laura Marling.

Rolling Stone magazine has been raving about Laura for a few months now, so I decided to give her new album a try.  I’ve been listening to it nonstop since I downloaded it last week.  It’s way better than anything labeled “British Folk Music” has any right to be called.  This is the first single from the album, but several songs could easily make it onto Modern Rock 2011.  With only a few weeks left to finalize the track listing, she’ll be in heavy rotation until I make a decision.

Next up is Video Games by Lana Del Ray.



This track was also a recommendation from my newest reliable source for good music – @SpeedyMick

I know absolutely nothing about the artist other than she is an attractive lady with a gorgeous old time sound. 

 

Something about her throwback sound and lyrics about a boyfriend ignoring her for video games makes this song instantly memorable.  Thanks for the great recommendations!

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captain Is Ready To Call It A Season

After blogging far too much about the Cardinals this year, I’m finally reaching the end.  As I mentioned on Thursday, I picked up tickets for the premier screening of the 2011 World Series film tomorrow nite at the new Peabody Opera House.  I’m sure I’ll recap the event later in the week, which should be a final goodbye to the Comeback Cardinals of 2011.  But before I say ciaoI wanted to mention a few more thoughts on the Redbirds.

First up, I’m going to miss the hell out of manager Tony LaRussa now that he has retired.  I’m glad he got to go out on top, but I wish he would stay just a few years longer.  I’ve been a fan of Tony since he arrived in St. Louis sixteen seasons ago.  LaRussa took a lot of crap from the media and fans about the perceived sense that he “over-manages” his teams.  While it’s true that I didn’t always agree with his decisions, I thought it was ridiculous how many folks thought they would do a better job than Tony.  As the results show, the guy knew what he was doing.  So thanks to Tony for some of the best baseball of my life.   You will be missed.

As far as Tony’s replacement, former Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny, I’m not sure how to feel.  I always liked Mike when he played with the Redbirds, but I’m not sure about the wisdom of handing a team built to win now over to a man who has never coached before.  I think Matheny is capable, and I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but he’s facing a steep learning curve.  But if he has the support of the rest of the coaching staff, which it appears he does, then I’m willing to give him a shot too.

The other big story in the Cardinals offseason is of course free agent Albert Pujols.  I’ve said for quite a while that I think Albert resigning with the Cardinals and eventually retiring in St. Louis would be a good thing for everyone.  But I’m starting to rethink this based on the contract numbers that are getting thrown around in the media.  Paying Albert $25 million a season for the next 8-10 years will not leave much money for the rest of the team.  As a Cardinal fan who plans on watching the team for the next several decades, I’m worried that the contract Albert would sign with the Cardinals would have a hugely negative effect on the 2016-2020 teams.  I know that is a long way off, but I want to avoid a repeat of the mediocre Cardinals teams from the 1990s.

And speaking of future baseball, I had a random thought a couple of weeks back that I wanted to mention.  In 2011 I won my first full season of Fantasy Baseball and my hometown team won the World Series, both with huge come from behind wins.  As a baseball fan is very unlikely that I will experience this amount of victory again; maybe I should quit while I’m ahead?  While this is extremely unlikely to happen, it was still an interesting thought.  Will I compare every year from now on to 2011 and think it wasn’t as good?  Let’s hope not!

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captain Prolongs The Magic

I’m gonna come right out and say it no matter how greedy it sounds; I’m not ready to be finished cheering for the Cardinals’ World Series Championship.  I want MORE!

Some people might say that the Cardinals postseason lasting from October 1st – 28th plus a weekend to celebrate the Championship should be long enough.  While devoting my entire month October to winning baseball was immensely enjoyable, I’m having severe withdrawal in November.  I’ve clung to the near daily updates about the Cardinals offseason, but I need MORE! 

Luckily it looks like I’ll have a chance to join a crowd in cheering for the Cardinals one more time.  Yesterday I saw this press release for a screening of the 2011 World Series Film.  This is perfect!  The film is showing at the newly renovated Peabody Opera House, which I‘ve wanted to check out since it’s reopening in October.  The event will have a red carpet with Cardinals players and other local celebrities.  And the film will relive the Cardinals unbelievable Championship run with added production value while being narrated by Jon Hamm!

 

The event is next Tuesday nite the 22nd at 8pm and tickets are $15.  That sounds kinda pricey to watch a DVD that’s being released the same day for $25, but it will be worth it to cheer on the Cardinals one more time with a room of fellow fans.  My man D and Sherriff Tim will be joining me for the film.  So how about it Cardinals fans?  Who else wants to go prolong the magic for one more nite?  Let’s do this!

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captains Wife Has Apparently Stopped Aging

Tomorrow is Megan’s 32nd birthday, so I went digging through some old pictures to find a good shot of her for Wayback Wednesday.  Megan turns 32 tomorrow, which means she is still 31 for one more day.  So here’s a picture of Meg when she turned 21.

 

 

This was taken back in 2000, when Megan had just begun her first semester at NYU.  She’s pictured with her awesome friend Alison from NYU’s theatre school.  What I find striking about this picture is how little Megan has aged in the 11 years since this was taken.  Here I am looking like a middle aged man and my lovely wife is still beautiful as ever.  This is not a complaint, mind you, but rather a happy observation that I am a lucky man.  Happy birthday sweetheart!

Ciao,

The Captain

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