Sunday, July 01, 2007

Here is the star of this week's CSA package:

Have you ever seen a Spanish Onion so beautiful? The gorgeous lavender color? The wonderful sculptural look of it? Mother Nature at her best. Though I admire this lovely vegetable as much as I loved the beautiful radishes from a couple of weeks ago, there will be no poem forthcoming.

On Friday, the Tangled Web ladies had their bi-monthly (though this particular one has dragged on since March) Book Club meeting. I missed all the previous meetings, so they made me pick the book this time around, so that I would have to attend. Well. I picked "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin, which is one of my favorite books of all time. NEVER AGAIN! You should have heard the complaining I heard for the last three months! "It's too long...." "I don't understand what's going on....." "WTF?......" "Boy, I'm glad we let YOU pick the book this time....."

I have to admit that part of the reason I picked this particular book was that I have read it four or five times and still don't quite understand what's going on. I was hoping someone could explain it to me, and I thought our high level of intellectual debate would clear things up for me. But only Cheryl and Mary's mother finished the book, and the high level of intellectual debate disintegrated into, well, I don't remember exactly what we talked about (there was a lot of wine involved), but it wasn't the book! I seem to remember the discussion veering into how hard it was to find good painters and plumbers, and someone (who shall go nameless) shouting, "I love that man so much for painting my house that I want to have his baby!!!" I stand by my choice though.*

Anyway, any gathering of TW ladies must involve one's knitting, and I had forgotten to bring the godforsaken Baby Blanket, so I blissfully started this:

This is the sample for Momogus Knits Basic Adult Cabled Cap, in red Rowan Cashsoft Aran. Oh baby - is that yarn nice to work with!! So there's a little something different from me, knitting-wise.

About the Phillies, we shall not speak much. Their rotation is now Moyer, Eaton, Hamels, Kendrick [WHO?]**, Durbin [WHO?] and Happ [WHO?]. Of course we still have Garcia, but it's Anderson [WHO?], not Freddy. And don't forget J. C. Romero [WHO?]. Now Brian Sanches [who?] and Mike Zagurski [who?] seem so familiar they're like family members. But none of them was on the roster on Opening Day!!! And it's only July 1!! Fortunately they sent Geoff Geary down; though he was terrific last year, he had become every bad moment of Mitch Williams, Jose Mesa [who's back in the bullpen!], and Roberto Hernandez rolled up in one. And that's bad.

* Anyone reading this who has read this book and can elucidate please feel free to in comments.
** Well, after today's game he is Kyle "3-0" Kendrick. However, he is nursing a leg injury, which will of course result in him being placed on the DL, and then the Phillies, having exhausted their minor league ranks, will dip into Glenside Youth Athletic Club Junior Farm League and call Gus up.


Blogger CurlyGirl said...

I LOVE a spanish onion and that one is beautiful (and not bu-TEE-ful!)

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gus would be an improvement.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fab onion. i wouldn't eat it (garlic is a girl's best friend) but i would have it as a showpiece.

i feel for you with the book club thing. it kinda sucks when you read a book & hope everyone will like it or at least grasp something and it doesn't go that way.

i think gus should be called anyways.

and to round it off, I am having trouble getting that @#$%* cap shawl done. i was going good & now it just sits there.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Katherine Graham autobiography "Personal History" is an excellent book club selection for chicks. i claim to having read it on my profile so women think i'm in touch with my femmy side.

as Paris would say, your onion is hot.

depsite the uncertainty of the lineup, the Phils still seem to be above .500 - why all the whining?

i guess i'll never understand the Philadelphia fans :-)

12:56 PM  
Blogger diana said...

CG - It is muy lindo! (see? 'cause it's a Spanish onion?)

KS - I think so too, though he's a little hot-headed and wild and tends to burst into tears when he walks batters. Plus it would be a little cumbersome for me to keep climbing down from the stands into the dugout to comfort him or to punch out fans in the stands who booed him.

JJP - thank you for your kind words and leave that Cap Shawl where it is.... I'm just sayin'.....

EPP - I won't even comment on that "chicks" remark. I read KG's biography when it came out and found it and her delightful.

I am not "whining" about the Phillies. I am BEMOANING the decimation of their pitching staff. Bemoaning is different from whining. Bemoaning is the Phillies fan's bread and butter. Whining is for Cubs fans or Yankees fans or Red Sox fans.

And don't get me started on fans that vote Barry Bonds in as an All-Star starter.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leads the league in on base % and walks. Batting nearly .300 at his age. Why shouldn't Bonds go? If he's not juicing now?

Having read the Balco book, I'd bet that 80% of the league, if not more, was juicing after McGuire passed Maris.

Basbeball has already been besmirched by steriods long before Bonds. There's no reason to single this one guy out. The McGuire record was a joke. If you asterisk Bonds, you have to asterisk McGuire. And take back Giambi's MVP...

I've read Lance Armstong's book too. And I now believe he was juicing too and he's been lieing about it for years. you don't go from being an average athlete to winning the Tour de France without cheating. his performance improved the same way Sosa, Giambi, McGuire and Bonds did.

I'm bet more than 50% of all professional athletes cheat... NOW.

Bonds was a legit HOF candidate before he started juicing. Sosa and McGuire weren't.

just my $0.02

9:42 PM  
Blogger diana said...

I absolutely agree 100% that Bonds has been HOF material at every point in his career. If everyone's using steroids and that playing field is even, he's still head and shoulders above most players. I don't believe in asterisking anyone until I have proof in my hand that they had an advantage others didn't, though I do believe that many (McGuire, Sosa, Palmeiro, Giambi, Pudge, etc etc etc) had clearly chemical-enhanced career moments.

I single him out because I think he's a sour old so-and-so and a poor statesman for the game.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the MOST depressing part about the Balco book is the number of US track and field athletes who were cheating. it's hard to believe that ANY US track and field record in the last decade is legit.

there's only one way for baseball to fix this - pull a Kennesaw Mountain: lifetime ban for anyone in the minors or majors who pops positive for steroids. zero tolerance.

that's the only way that I as a fan will ever believe the game is legit....

10:00 AM  

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