Almost Forgot…

June 6, 2006

Oh, I almost forgot. The original idea for this blog was to create a safe space where people could talk about their salads (either newly created salads,restaurant salads, or leftovers. Yesterday's salads, natch) and share pictures of them with the world. I haven't really been having salads recently, so I haven't posted anything (I also don't have a camera to take pictures of my salads), but I encourage the person who reads this blog to send in their salad pictures. I promise you I will post them. That is all. 

Josh and Cody and I decided to start a book club at the beginning of the summer. The idea was to start the summer out right, and do something productive. Plus, we'd discuss the books over drinks or lunch, so we'd get a handy social engagement out of it. We choose Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde as our first book. The first meeting went as expected: Josh did his reading at about 2 am the night before, I read mine the morning of, and Cody read 10 pages and came to lunch fully prepared to talk about those ten pages. That was ok, because Columbia cottage didn't seem to want any of our business and rushed us out of there. 

We choose "Notes from the Underground" as the second book, but we haven't set a date to meet, and something tells me we never will now that Cody's on a road trip and I'll be going back to Chicago. Plus, Josh just started his own blog.

This leads me to believe that I need more stability in my book club mates. I think I may have found it.

I read Zadie Smith's "White Teeth" over the last week (more to come on WT), inadvertantly stumbling on the book club choice of a woman whose son I tutor. I'm considering joining their book club. We're going to read "Beloved" next. My thoughts are that 40-year-old business women are probably more responsible than 22-year-olds. I could be completely wrong though. Most book clubs are probably just for show. Something you say to impress people, like "I have that album on vinyl" or "I saw 'Rumor Has It' opening weekend." The only book club that really works is the Oprah book club, and that's only because no one wants to a) feel lost during their favorite TV show, and b) miss an episode of Oprah. 

So, in other words, I'll probably just read "Everyman" which is sitting on my bookshelf as we speak, or watch Food Network On Demand and live vicariously through Morimoto. 

Kyle Drabek

June 6, 2006

The Phillies took Kyle Drabek with their first round pick. Beerleaguer has more on the matter.

http://beerleaguer.typepad.com/beerleaguer/2006/06/phillies_select.html

He lists Drabek as 6-1 while the Baseball America post on ESPN lists him as 5-11. I happen to think that height is an overrated commodity in Baseball. Surely guys like Ryan Anderson have shown that being tall doesn't necessarily make you succesful and people like Roy Oswalt have shown that you can be 6-0 or bellow and be a top pitcher. 

Name recognition alone makes this a good pick. Nobody ever knows who first rounded picks in baseball are. At least this way, casual fans who pick up the paper tomorrow will see that the Phils picked someone they've heard of. The only pick that would have been better is Evan Longoria.