Isotopes Baseball

The Albuquerque Isotopes were down 7-0 going into the bottom of the 6th against the Memphis Redbirds Monday night but rallied to win 9-7. I was one of 4,954 in attendance on a beautiful night at the new Albuquerque ballpark, a guest in a corporate suite (free tickets, free food, free Isotopes Amber Ale).

The Isotopes get their name from the Simpsons. According to the Simpsons Episode Guide, in “Hungry, Hungry, Homer”:

Homer becomes a Good Samaritan after seeing the benefit of helping people. When he attempts to get Lenny a refund on his Springfield Isotopes season tickets, Homer discovers that the baseball team’s new owner, Duff Beer, plans to move the team to Albuquerque. Homer tries to rally the town in protest, however, no one believes his allegation. To expose Duff’s plan, he stages a hunger strike by chaining himself to a light pole near the stadium. Days later, the Duff Corporation deems Homer their ballpark attraction. They unchain him and tempt his cravings with an Isotope Dog Supreme. Before eating it, Homer realizes that the Southwestern ingredients on the hot dog prove that the team is moving to Albuquerque.

Actually the Isotopes moved here from Calgary, where they were the Cannons.

Seabiscuit

Saw the film Seabiscuit Saturday evening and found it thoroughly enjoyable.

The film is based on the book by Laura Hillebrand that has been a non-fiction bestseller in both hard and soft copies for a couple of years. Seabiscuit was, as one reviewer described him, “an extraordinary animal, genetically endowed with bullet speed, a lion’s heart and a wing-nut personality.” The story is about his heart, and that of the three men who found it — played by Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper and Tobey Maguire. The film takes the time to develop each of the four leading characters and their times, while David McCullough provides voice-over commentary on contemporary history. The racing scenes are enough to get you to the track.

True, it’s just Rocky retold. But as someone once said, there is really only one story; it’s the telling that counts.

For an informative review click here.

Why NewMexiKen?

The World Wide Web is about 10 years old. Almost from the beginning I have been interested in its content and use. In 1994 I spent ten weeks on a working group whose mission was to evolve an approach the Department of State should take regarding use of the web. Fortunately, many at State took their own initiative and established useful and informative State-related sites even before we had an “approach.”

By 1996 I had built my first personal web pages and put them on line. I still have a print out. At about the same time I also designed the State Department Library’s first web pages. (My little piece of history—State’s Library was established by Thomas Jefferson; its web pages were established by me.) Later I built pages for Debby and Kenny’s books and presentations, Lee’s PCT thru-hike and others.

All along I have maintained some sort of personal page or pages on-line. Often these have been simply lists of links. Occasionally I have added photos or commentary. Ultimately, each time, I wonder what’s the point—no one besides me looks at the page. I delete whatever is there and go back to just links or to nothing at all.

But I always come back and build another page.

  • I find I enjoy the creativity and the endless tweaking it takes to get the page to look just right (to my eyes at least).
  • I also find I like coming up with links, or photos or my own words and sharing them—and hoping others will find them interesting, too.
  • Blogging software makes adding items quick and simple.
  • It’s free and I have the time. Except for Law & Order it’s better than TV. And I do do other things.

And so, NewMexiKen begins.