Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday’s Words


Word: Scrid (N.)

Definition: Tiny portion, see also “dite” (below)


Usage:

“Want a little more of this roobub pie?”
“Well, I might take just a scrid, thank you.”


Bonus Word!


Word: Dite (N.)

Definition: Small amount; can be same as "scrid" (see above), but can also indicate lateral or vertical measurement


Usage:

“Move that jack a dite to the left if you want it under the shackle pin.”



(Definition from: “How To Talk Yankee”, by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Did You Know Tuesdays - WZON Hot Stove Night 2010
Did you know that last night, Monday (Jan 25) at the Bangor Civic Center, WZON hosted their 7th Annunal Hot Stove Night? This year’s guests were the returning Joe Castiglione, and this year the guest was Joe’s radio partner, Dave O’Brien.


A crowded room of 550 or so baseball fans, the greater majority members of Red Sox Nation, looked forward to this night and as was the case in years past, the wait was worth it.


Crowd gathers for Hot Stove Night 2010 at the Bangor Civic Center


With Dale Duff serving as the emcee, Dave O’Brien was introduced first, followed by Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione, who will be starting his 28th year as the Voice of the Red Sox with the upcoming season. This is Dave’s third year calling Red Sox on the radio with Joe C.


The format for the night was some questions were pitched to Joe and Dave by WZON’s Dale Duff, then Jeff Solari, and hitting clean-up was Clem LaBree. Between each of the host’s segments, questions were taken from the audience by Tobey Nelson.


Some of the questions involved which was their favorite ballpark other than Fenway Park (Joe - Camden Yards in Baltimore; Dave - Dodger Stadium), travel stories, favorite players, how will Scutero work out, and more. When asked about their favorite call, for Joe it was a know-brainer: calling the final out of the 2004 World Series that was won by the Red Sox over the St Louis Cardinals. For Dave, it was the first no-hitter he called back in 1997 as announcer for the Florida Marlins, when Marlin Kevin Brown* pitched against the San Francisco Giants in Candlestick Park.


Joe has been to all seven events, but for Dave O’Brien (Joe referred to him as OB) this was his first visit to this great event. Dave commented that his job as an announcer for the Red Sox really is a dream come true for him. He described being a twelve year old kid being taken to Fenway Park for many games every summer by his dad and being awed by the fact that the people sitting up in the press box got to watch baseball for a living and thinking he’d like to be doing that one day himself. He stressed that for him being an announcer for a baseball team is a dream come true, but to be doing it for the Red Sox - his team - made it even more so.


Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien on stage


Regarding Jonathan Papelbon, Dave said he’s a big fan of Pap, especially the day after a game when Dave said opening up the sports page in the morning to see what Pap said the night before is great fun. haha!


A highlight of the evening was both Joe and Dave commenting that this event is the only one of its kind that they know of in not only Red Sox Nation, but in all of baseball. The event that the Sports Zone has put together for the past seven years is truely a unique event, and scoring a pair of the free tickets is considered a major coup.


There was an enormous amount of food available from the many sponsors including Muddy Rudder (lobstah rolls and chowdah); W.A. Beans (red hot dogs); Dead River Convenience (pizza, subs, deserts); Beef O’Brady’s (wings, chicken fingers); Pepsi products and Lays Chips. Other sponsors included the Senior League World Series, Portland SeaDogs, Quality Jewelers, TBA, Allen Farm Fence, and the Red Cross. (If I’ve missed anybody, note it in the comments and I’ll update). WZON also had their great support staff including Sales Goddess Carrie, Kenny V, and from the sales department, Al and Bill.


Some of the food available: wings, lobster rolls, sub, pizza


The event concluded with Joe and Dave signing autographs, while Clem, Jeff and Carrie drew tickets to see which of the lucky attendees would be leaving with the chairs that the guests sat in, or a pair of Red Sox tickets, or any of the other items that were available.


If you’ve had the chance to attend this event, you know from experience that it is a great one. This year was no exception. I’m already warming up my dialing fingers getting ready for next years free ticket giveaway to Hot Stove Night 2011. I suggest you do the same.


Joe and Dave sign autographs


*note: this was updated 1/27/2010 - thanks to Scott Beaulieu for correcting the "Scott" Brown typo when it should've read "Kevin" Brown

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Morning Chuckle



*tip o' the hat to jgritman

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Did You Know Tuesday

Did you know that a tree in Yarmouth, Maine believed to be over 200 years old had to be cut down today due to Dutch elm disease? The tree, originally believed to be around 240 years old, was around since shortly after this country's hard fought independence. A quick count of the tree rings after it was felled indicated the tree's age to be around 212 years old. The old elm tree had been tended by 101 year old Frank Knight for the past 51 years. Mr Knight had been Yarmouth's tree warden and continued to care for the tree long after he retired. Mr Knight was in attendance as Herbie, named by some residents who used to play under the tree when they were kids many years ago, was slowly cut down.


The Bangor Daily News has the story here.


Bye, Herbie. 212 years...that’s nothing to bark at. Okay that was bad, I’ll just leave.


Caretaker Frank Knight with Herbie the Elm Tree behind him
(picture from msnbc.com)

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Morning Chuckle

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday’s Word


Word: Old man and old woman (Adj phrase.)

Note: Always preface these expressions with the article, as “The old man Brown,” or “The old woman Pinkham.”


Usage:

“How’d you find the old man Scribner this morning?”
“He wintered out pretty good. Says he’s goin’ back into sheep if he can find a good Hampshire ram.”

Ayuh, they say sheep’s the comin’ thing now.”



(Definition from: “How To Talk Yankee”, by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Did You Know Tuesday


Did you know that the C.W. Post company is credited with offering the first coupon for a nation-wide product? In the late 1890s, a coupon offering 1cent off of Grape Nuts cereal was offered by the company as part of a nationwide promotion.


photo from http://farm3.static.flickr.com

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Morning Chuckle

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Wednesday’s Word


Word: Cap’n (N.)

Definition: Captain (form of address)


Along the coast, one who has assumed command command of even the most modest of craft is politely referred to as “Cap’n.” Sometimes no previous position of authority at all is necessary and a person can be thus greeted merely as a friendly form of address. SImilarly, “Cap” or “Cappy” are used, though informally. “Cap’n” itself is the Yankee equivalent of the Kentucky Colonel.


(Definition from: “How To Talk Yankee”, by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)



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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Did You Know Tuesday
Did you know that it was twelve years ago today that Sonny Bono died as result of a skiing accident? While he started off in music (half of Sonny and Cher), he later went into politics and became mayor of Palm Springs, CA from 1988 - 1992.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Monday Morning Chuckle
Taken during the New England Patriots/Houston Texans football game that was held in Houston on Sunday, January 3, 2010. Houston fans can't spell. Make N-O-I-S-E much, knuckleheads?

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