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Goo Goo Dolls and Elmo
November 6, 2008


I used to watch the news or Morning Joe or Sportscenter in the morning, but those days are gone.   Now I watch Sesame Street with my daughter, and I must say, it totally rocks…literally. 

Helena loves Elmo, and knows Snuffy, Oscar, Zoe and the gang.  For some reason she says Big Bird, with a Long Island accent “boid” even though her mother is from Detroit and I’m from Boston.   Sesame Street has helped Helena learn her letters and numbers, and every so often there is something for grownups….and the children.

Celebrities make appearances every so often on “sessy” as Helena calls it.   We just caught the Goo Goo Dolls singing with Elmo.  The episode  is actually 11 years old, but who is counting.  The group sang a song called “Pride” written just for Elmo.  Check it out on or youtube.   It’s kind of catchy!  

One of my favorite actors the perpetually goofy Ben Stiller also made a cameo and sang “who are the people in your neighborhood.”    Both John Rzeznik and Stiller looked like they really enjoyed themselves.

The Mighty Might Bosstones also appeared years back, featuring a native of my hometown of Norwood, Massachusetts, Dickie Barrett.

My New Sport
April 19, 2007

Which team in Connecticut has been crowned an NCAA champ the most times in the past 10 years?

If you answer the UConn women’s basketball team, you are wrong. It is the Trinity College men’s squash team with nine championships since the 1990s, an amazing record of accomplishment.

I recently joined the squash club at Trinity and had the chance to take squash lessons with the master himself. Bantams Head Coach Paul Assaiante (the guy with the yellow tie) is the architect of those championship teams. I’ve played tennis and racquetball, but I found squash to be much more difficult. The ball is faster and smaller, and the racquet longer. I need to lose a couple of pounds and playing squash will most certainly help.

The Trinity Squash Team is a diverse bunch with players from all over the world including Pakistan, Zimbabwe, India, and Brazil.

Congrats to Coach A. and the Trinity College National Champions — you make our state very proud. You also keep the Connecticut Department of Transportation very busy. Workers have to update the highway signs every time you win a crown!

Some Interesting Links I Found:

  • Time for a family car!
    March 30, 2007

    Along with our new baby, Helena, came plenty of stuff. I’m talking a stroller, a car seat, a portable playpen, toys, diaper bags and the list goes on.

    Kara and I are finding that going for a short trip requires bringing much of that “stuff.” Our sedan isn’t going to work as the primary family car; We will need to get something bigger.

    For many, getting a “family car” conjures up memories of the family truckster in one of my favorite movies National Lampoon’s “Vacation.” Chevy Chase takes his family across the country in a faux wood-paneled station wagon.

    For me, the words “family car” brings up far more pleasant thoughts. We had something similar to the truckster growing up. My parents had three different Ford station wagons over the years, including one with that wood paneling like this one: Link to a picture.

    Ahhh, the Country Squire option. Our station wagons are still etched in my memory. I remember the vacations we took in them, asking, “Are we there yet?” from the back compartment. I look back on those wagons and their vinyl seats with incredible fondness.

    The Houses weren’t the only ones to drive these highway behemoths. Station wagons were all the rage in the 60s, 70s and into the 80s. They fit eight to 10 people easily and came in a variety of colors.

    Then came the minivan. The minivan revolutionized the family car. Station wagons fell out of favor and families of the Reagan/Bush/Clinton era starting buying these vans with sliding doors, captain’s-chair seating and plenty of room. Chrysler was the pioneer of the minivan, and soon, all automakers were on board with a model: Link to a picture.

    But families of the 21st century want something different. Minivan sales are falling and the new thing is the “crossover” — Ford and GM might stop making minivans altogether.

    Crossovers are built on a car chassis, like station wagons, so they get better gas mileage than SUVs, usually with the security of all-wheel drive, and in some cases the room of a minivan. They’re also better looking than minivans. We kind of like this new crossover from Buick called the Enclave. It looks like, well, a cool station wagon!

    Courtesy: Buick


    I’m a little nostalgic and I want Helena to have wonderful memories of whatever car we choose. It’s kind of funny … what is old is new again. The crossovers of today, are sort of like the station wagons of yore. It’s nice to see this type of family vehicle back again, but let’s leave the fake wood paneling in the history books.

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
    March 21, 2007

    Winter Storm Brendan snowed out St. Patrick’s Day and gave me another chance to write this entry about one of my favorite Connecticut events: The Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

    The parade takes place this Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. It features a fantastic celebration of Irish culture, along with marching bands, floats, celebrities, dignitaries, and a few surprises.

    Tens of thousands of people line the parade route and it really is a great event for the whole family.

    Let me give you a few tips from a parade veteran.

    1. Check out the hot chocolate from JoJo’s on Pratt Street
    2. Taste the bread pudding with Bailey’s at Vaughan’s
    3. If it is cold, there are some great places to watch from indoors, which include:
      • Mayor Mike’s
      • Black Eyed Sally’s
      • McKinnon’s
      • The Emperor



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