Around the Horn: Baseball Edition

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Batter up. It’s baseball season. I’m a really big baseball fan. Really. I love to keep score, and have many filled books of games from years past. My team is the Boston Red Sox. It’s a team I inherited from my Dad, a real fan who never left them when he could have. When I was younger, we’d travel around the US going to baseball games. I’ve been lucky enough to go to 11 different major league ballparks; my parents have been to every single one (the old ones that are now gone, and even the new ones). I have great memories of Fenway Park, fried dough, the Citgo sign, the kid at the chowder stand, the Green Monster, Pedro, Papi, Manny… I was lucky enough to go to 16 games during the 2004 Championship Season with my friends Hua and Joey. And of course, we went to the parade. The thing is… I didn’t even live in Boston. At the time, I lived in New York. Winning the championship in 2004 was one of the best memories of my life.

Do you have any baseball stories, memories, favorite teams, favorite players? Do you even like baseball?

Around the Horn: New Year’s Resolutions are Shit But Let’s Make Them Anyway Edition

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I think New Year’s resolutions are shit. No one is ever that resolute. According to Forbes, 2 out of 3 of us make new year’s resolutions but only 8% keep them. Maybe we need to take a different approach. That being said, here’s my new year’s resolutions list. What do you resolve to do in 2014? P.S. We have until Jan 31 to start! Woo hoo!

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1. Drink more water (this is number one every year, ugh, I am so dehydrated!)
2. Do not watch more than 3 episodes of Law & Order in a row (this includes CI, SVU, any Law & Order) – 3-hour time suck is more acceptable than 6-hour time suck
3. Keep cheering for the Knicks even when it gets depressing, frustrating and sad (bye Carmelo???)
4. French fries are no longer considered a meal from this point on, even if it’s smothered with cheese and/or gravy
5. Go to the beach more (this should be the easiest since I live on an island with many beaches)

Around the Horn: Happiness Edition

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According to the 2013 world happiness report published by the UN, the world overall is .5 percent happier from 2010-2012 than it was from 2005-2007. But US number actually dropped 3%. We are ranked the 17th happiest country wedged between Ireland (#18) and Mexico (#16). Denmark is the happiest country. Are you happy? What is happy/happiness? How do you measure it?

JEROME: I’m pretty happy. I would say happiness is a measurement of your blood alcohol level, with a higher number meaning more happiness.

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Around the Horn: Mental Diagnosis Edition

In honor of Honolulu-based artist Dana Paresa’s show Uncontrollable Urge at ii Gallery (Honolulu, HI), which illustrates compulsions, obsessions, mania, delusions and other ways of the mind, I ask, what is your mental diagnosis? Case in point, Amanda Bynes recent descent into Twitter hell and her constant run-ins with the Fuzz.

Paresa’s work in this show illustrated Puppy Pregnancy Syndrome, Apotemnophilia, Capgras Delusion and other disorders.

ANDERSON: I don’t think I have any major mental setbacks but if I were to pinpoint one, it would be getting slight anxiety when I meet new people. I have become more of an introvert over the years. Hmm, maybe that is a bigger “problem?”

I am not as social as I was before, I hate crowds and I hate mixers, especially ones where you have to interact with new people. Is it because I am just becoming a curmudgeon as I get older or is this a symptom of something bigger? Someone diagnose me.

Around the Horn: For the Birds Edition

So, at the end of this season, the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets will be the New Orleans Pelicans. (It’s yet to be determined if Charlotte can get the “Hornets” name back, but really who cares, the Charlotte Bobcats have bigger problems, like being at the bottom of the East.) And for everyone that thinks pelicans are pussies (hey, I did), check this out:

Yikes. But really this leads me to this question. Do you like birds? Do you have a bird story to share? I hate birds.

Around the Horn: An Offender’s Personal Tale of Terror

Since Halloween is this week, let’s talk about incidents from the past that scared you silly, either real or a figment of your imagination. It could be a coat rack that you mistook for a shadowy man in your room or if you believe in the supernatural, it could be a situation where you truly believed something happened like a haunting or something similar. Either way, let’s try to scare the living crap out of each other with this week’s ATH!

Around the Horn – How do you like them eggs?

I don’t have a strong preference for how I like my eggs. I sometimes crave poached, and sometimes I really want scrambled well-done. I love hard boiled eggs with shoyu and easy over eggs on rice. I’m all over the place. And I’m afraid this is the reason I’m single (see Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride before the happy ending). Do you have a go-to egg order? How do you like your eggs done?

ROGER:  As a child, I ALWAYS had to have my eggs scrambled.  I would then scoop them up and put them into one slice of white bread and eat it like a taco.  At most, I would dab it in some Heinz ketchup for some flavor and effect.  It was all about keeping it simple, predictable, and consistent (though I wasn’t aware of it at the time).  As an adult, my egg preference has evolved.  I still LOVE scrambled and have it prepared scrambled 62% of the time I consume eggs.  But if I also like to have my eggs over hard.  That evolution happened when I was about 22 years old for reasons I have yet to understand.  Perhaps it coincided with the exact time I lost my virginity.  Moving on…  It’s a trickier proposition to order, over hard that is, because I like to have my yolk fully cooked AND the egg whites surrounding it not to be overly-fried and/or burned.  At most, I enjoy them with just a slight dash of salt and/or a dab of ketchup.  Again – simple, predictable, and consistent.

Vintage Mobile Cinema

Forget food trucks! What about a mobile cinema? That’s right, they have them in the UK, with one film loving married couple who runs the Vintage Mobile Cinema, which houses a 22 seat theater with a DLP high definition projector and 7.1 Dolby Surround sound. Not too shabby, if you ask me. There used to be a whole fleet of these cinema-on-wheels bad boys back int the mid-60s, where the Ministry of Technology built several models to travel across the UK to promote the British film industry.

Around the Horn: Do you believe in karma?

It sucks when people hurt you. And I’ve been hurt bad in the past. (Haven’t we all?) Yeah, I get it, people suck and people do bad things. Friends will say, “everything happens for a reason.” Another thing I hear a lot is “they’ll get what they deserve.” But what? But when? But how?

Do you believe in karma? Do you have a karma story? They say karma is a bitch. Have you ever met her?

QUENTIN: I have broken up twice before Valentine’s… mostly because I really didn’t feel right going through another Valentine’s without feeling right. I felt bad and I surely spent several Valentine’s alone after that. I do believe you sow what you get… is that karma? Karma sounds a bit too mystical, and I believe more in “action = reaction.” Isn’t that a law of Physics?

Don’t put down Asians, Mr. Romney

Hilarious clip of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain at a rally, where a Chinese woman tells them that they are “putting Asians down” with their anti-China rhetoric. She then goes and says Reagan trickle down economics has still left her “tin can” empty.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFmIGuETXkw[/youtube]I like how Romney then goes and implies, “I love Asians!”

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Who Are These Brave Women?

Yesterday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor. Over at MSNBC’s photo blog, this amazing, iconic, empowering photo was posted with the headline, Do You Know These Brave Women From Pearl Harbor? Apparently, these tough ladies were firefighters but their identities are not known in the halls of history.

That’s a shame. This photo of non-white women with great determination in putting out fires and risking their lives under a military attack, is so iconic. Yes, I have used that word twice already. In my opinion, it stands up to other iconic WWII photos like the following:

Little Dragon Tales

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVy4Vya0O_M[/youtube]Does this strike up any flashbacks to Chinese school for any of you ABCs out there? Either way, this nostalgic take is a collaboration between The Shanghai Restoration Project and Yip’s Children’s Choir, bringing Chinese electronica music to the masses. Entitled Little Dragon Tales, the CD of electronically enhanced Chinese children songs is being released today on iTunes and Amazon. Great stocking stuffers!!