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Blog posts October 2009


Halloween is almost here and that means the end of one Death Pool season and the start of another.

This past season was pretty good for me, Lady Macbeth. Three people on my list are no longer eligible to be on my list - Mark "Deep Throat" Felt, Ted Kennedy and Patrick Swayze. By no means will I win the pool, but to have three scores is pretty good for me. Usually, I have one or none.

Anyway, now that it seems I'm on something of a roll, the people on the new list (which includes a lot of holdovers from the previous list) better watch out.

20. Billy Graham
19. Nancy Reagan
18. Betty Ford
17. Kirk Douglas
16. Fidel Castro
15. Ariel Sharon
14. Kim Jong Il
13. Jerry Lewis
12. Louis Farrakhan
11. Stephen Hawking
10. George H.W. Bush
9. Ernest Borgnine
8. Olivia De Havilland
7. Eli Wallach
6. Abe Vigoda
5. Mickey Rooney
4. Robert Byrd
3. Phyllis Diller
2. John Wooden
1. Rod Blagojevich

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Sounds like ...

First of all, it sounds like winter is getting an early start. The forecast for today and tomorrow calls for snow, especially in the higher elevations. Could be three inches or so there. Most places won't see that much, and what does fall from the sky will probably be rain. Still, the mention of the word "snow" on October 15 is not comforting.

Secondly, hearing one song a couple of times reminded me of another song that I like very much. The first song is "BLUE SKIES" by Noah and the Whale, the same group that brought us "FIVE YEARS TIME." Embedding on both songs is disabled, so you'll have to click the links if you want to listen.

The second song is "Got You Where I Want You" by The Flys. I think it's the bass lines that tie them together. They're not exactly the same, but similar enough.

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Just When You Thought ...

... that maybe I had given up on this blog thing comes a sign that, no, I have not.

For me, the sign came this morning in the form of an AP article stating that Pennsylvania is planning another run at putting tolls on Interstate 80.

If you recall, the idea first surfaced a couple years ago during budget negotiations (which did NOT drag on for 101 days, BTW). The big picture involved generating billions in revenue by a) leasing the Turnpike to a private company and/or b) allowing the Turnpike Commission to turn Interstate 80 into a toll road.

So far, neither scenario has come to pass. A Spanish-led consortium tried to lease the turnpike, but lawmakers didn't think they were offering enough money. And, the feds put the kibosh on the I-80 plan.

Now, according to this latest AP article, the Turnpike Commission plans to present the feds with new evidence that tolling 80 should be allowed. I don't know what that new evidence is, but I suppose we'll find out shortly.

At any rate, I'll believe there will be tolls on I-80 when I see construction start on the toll booths.

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