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Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn died today.

Gwynn’s love for the low-key atmosphere in San Diego and his devotion to the Padres may have been costly. He shunned free agency in favor of multiyear contracts, and in April 1997, after having won seven batting championships, he signed a three-year contract extension for $12.6 million. In its final season, 104 players earned more than his $4.3 million salary, according to The Times.

But he told The Times during his final season: “Twenty years in one place, one city. It looks good.”

To my mind Gwynn was a player like Jeter is today; a humble, sweet, hard working, lover of the game.

Sad day…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 16th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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Beacon, N.Y.: Quaint City Rediscovered

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Beacon, N.Y.: Quaint City Rediscovered is a nice little article in the NY Times Real Estate section on the city I love and have been living in since the early 90’s.

Highly recommend it as a place to live and play. Great schools, wonderful people, excellent recreation programs, and access to amazing outdoor activities in town and in every direction.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 12th, 2014 at 11:29 am

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Who Pinched My Ride?

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Outside Online has an interesting article on one man’s quest to find the person who stole his bike. It’s a fun read. Kind of a pseudo-detective story, with no happy ending.

The futility of locking is shocking. We’re living in an age of surveillance and DNA swab kits; isn’t there a good all-American fix, a tool, gadget, or technology solution? Every technical panacea seems to have its own flaw. Victims of bike theft have created online registries for stolen bikes, but these are obituaries, not a way to preempt the crime.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 29th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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Maya Angelou Dies at 86

If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat.”

—Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

And another from NPR.org.

Maya Angelou brought about a paradigm shift in American literature and culture, so that the works, the gifts, the talents of women writers, including women writers of color, could be brought to the foreground and appreciated. She created an audience by her stunning example.

—Professor Joanne Braxton, College of William and Mary

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 28th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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It’s Different for Girls

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So, here’s where I admit to being completely naive when it comes to how women have to live in the world. I have had friends tell me of their experiences with bad male behavior in public, including someone I dated in high school telling me that she often had men pinch or tap her ass in public, but this is craziness…

From Heidi Roizen’s It’s Different for Girls:

Years later, we decided to raise venture capital. I was meeting with a Boston-based VC in his office. He had a window behind his head and, unbeknownst to him or the other people in the office, I could see a reflection in that window of what was going on behind my head in the corridor (all-glass offices can be quite revealing in this way.) As I pitched him, one of his partners engaged in a pantomime in the corridor, making a circle with the fingers of one hand while poking his other fingers through the circle, then thrusting his hips in a sexual fashion.

Despicable…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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A Great Story Told Well…

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Putt-Putt Perfection

via | Daring Fireball

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March 5th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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David Simon’s Treme Sign-off in the New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Hard to believe that this show closed its doors a couple of months ago. Loved it, its music, and the familiarity of New Orleans it built in me.

Following is David Simon’s NOLA | Times Picayune signoff for the program.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 28th, 2014 at 11:26 am

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