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Monday, March 31, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!

Well, it was a busy weekend. There was the NCAA Tournament to watch and the Phillies are gearing up for the season.
First, though, did you see the video of Barak Obama and Sen. Casey eating breakfast in a State College diner? Has anybody looked more out of place than Casey at a diner? I'm willing to bet, with the exception of campaigning, the good Sen. hides his eyes when driving past a diner.

Took in the Phillies-Blue Jays preseason game Saturday afternoon. It was cold, it was windy and the game was pointless, but, hey, the special $5 tickets made it worthwhile.
Since major pro sports have outpriced a family of five, we haven't make a visit to Citizen's Bank Park for a couple of years. Think about it, for five tickets, drinks, nachos and maybe some popcorn, you're looking at about a $200 day/night.
While that might be worth it if the games were interesting to a 3- or 5-year old, that's just not happening. So, watching three innings and then heading to the Phanatic playground is fun for the children, paying all that money for three innings and a playground isn't worth it for parents.
Besides, a quick trip down 95 to Wilmington for a Blue Rocks game is much more fun. It's family friendly and the games are pretty good. Oh yeah, parking's free.
So, I did find it interesting veggie dogs were also $1 during dollar dog days. That's a nice touch.
Here's a tip as well, check out the veggie crab cake at Planet Hoagie. It's really good.
Sure, the Phillies won last year, but how about this:


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Thursday, March 27, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!

OK, I have a confession to make, I told a third-grader not to worry about the PSSA tests. This, of course, will be a shock to the system.
The PSSAs are government-mandated tests that will be given over the next couple of weeks and schools are into an all-out push.
There have been daily letters home to parents. There was even a 'contract' sent home telling parents it was their duty to make sure there are no activities after school during the week the PSSA will be administered.
Some schools even hold pep rallies and all-day study sessions to get ready for the 'test.'
Hogwash!
In fact, I thing we'll stay up late every night and maybe even take in a movie or two.
Sure, it's probably a dumb protest, but there is enough pressure on young students these days without adding any more.
The PSSA tests are now the complete focus of the public school system. Instead of teaching to learn, teachers are teaching for the test. There is extra homework, extra time spent during class and extra pressure on the teachers, adminstrators and students.
I'm not blaming the schools. Our President has set this 'No Child Left Behind' bull. The states have no choice but to follow along, which leads to pressure on the school districts, individual schools, principals, teachers, finally, the students.
You know what they say runs downhill.
We should be giving students a reason to love learning, love going to school, instead of adding more and more onto their heads.
The biggest problem is the tests are standardized throughout the state.
Now, let's just look at the school districts in the county. There is no sane way to argue the students in the Radnor School District and the students in the Upper Darby School District get the same education.
This is not to say the teachers, at least some, don't try and that there aren't some talented teachers in both school districts. The plain truth is it's not the same education, yet they are held to the same standards.
When a third grader is walking home and believes the PSSA tests could potentially keep him out of fourth grade, that's just plain wrong.
If that's the message schools are sending, they should be held accountable.
Instead of getting all the students together to 'pump' them up for another test (really, aren't there enough regular tests throughout the year) gather them in the gym to sing or listen to some stories or ... whatever.
So, take the tests because you have no choice, but think about baseball the whole time.
Here's a quick history lesson: When I was in school there were standard tests given each year. We always thought they were very important to our advancement.
By the time we reached sixth grade, it was obvious the tests had no real meaning. So, we took the No. 2 pencils and created designs in the little circles, barely reading the test questions.
We all made it into seventh grade.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!

You know, there are certain days throughout the year you just let it go.
Everybody, well, OK, some, try to eat healthy. We add vegetables to our diets, we drink a lot of water, we pass on the second slice of pie.
Then, there is Easter Sunday.
Maybe it goes back to childhood when the entire Easter basket was eaten about five minutes after getting up. Maybe it's the incredible pull sugar has on our system, but Easter candy has a pull that's impossible to pass.
So, about five minutes after rising, there is no choice but to let the children dig in.
Now, normally, jelly beans and chocolate bunnies for breakfast would be a no-no. Well, at least the jelly bean part.
Easter Sunday, though, wrappers hit the floor and chocolate ran out of the mouths.
It continued like this through a visit to Grandma's house and then before dinner.
At dinner, though, the candy is starting to kick in.
"My stomach hurts."
Well, maybe it's a good lesson. Try to save some of the candy for the rest of week.
"But, my stomach hurts."
OK, eat some of the broccoli, that will help.
"My stomach hurts."
OK, what will help?
"Uh, can I have another chocolate."
Here you go:


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Friday, March 21, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!

Life from another perspective:
The yell came at around 2:45 a.m.
It was a scream straight out of some horror movie. Anybody with small children has heard it. Look up 'Wilhelm scream' on YouTube and there are plenty of examples.
With eyes still closed, the scream meant it was time to spring to action by leaping out of bed.
Slamming into a closed door couldn't slow down the trek as the scream came again, this time only louder:
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!
Stumbling to open the door, then into a cold hallway, the scream came a third time (or was it the fourth or fifth or sixth).
On a normal day, it only takes about five seconds to get from one bedroom to the next, but, with a monster or something apparently in the boys' room, the steps seemed to take about an hour.
AAAAAHHHHHH!
Grabbing the door and pushing it open, it was time to nearly fall into the room during the middle of yet another yell.
Of course, there can't be a clear path, there has to be a bunch of Licoln Logs all over the floor. It created something akin to an ice rink or maybe like trying to walk on a thousand and one marbles.
Slipping, rolling over an ankle, the destination was finally in hand.
"Brendan, Brendan is everything OK."
Thus came the answer to the scream to end all screams: "The covers came off my foot. Can you fix them?"
Gritting teeth: "OK, now go to sleep."
"Wait Daddy, I want a drink of milk."
"Go .... to .... sleep."

Well, at least they'll all be hepped up on jellybeans this weekend:


HAPPY EASTER!
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!

Whether its sitting in the newsroom, getting a cup of coffee or walking down the street, I hear people say: "It's not like it used to be."
My reaction is always the same: "The world's not like it used to be."
Case in point, while growing up the first thing I did each morning was reach for the newspaper to see how the Phillies/Sixers/Flyers did the night before.
Now, all you have to do is turn on the television or click on the Internet to find out the answer.
The newspaper might still be on the front steps, but it's not the first place anybody looks anymore.
Hey, if you can grab your iPhone and get an entire report, including video, of late games or election results or traffic problems, than so be it.
Yeah, the world's not like it used to be.
Here's another thing, it used to be a community group (be it school or neighborhood) would band together to put on an event.
Schools had parent groups, but they worked in conjuction with the schools to put on dinners, plays, whatever. Neighborhoods got together for block parties, Christmas parties, Easter egg hunts. It was a chance to see everybody and, well, just talk.
Now, everybody stays cooped up in the house, then jumps in the car to head ... whereever.
The school thing really has me perplexed. Somebody I know has decided to help out with an event and needs just a minimal amount of help from teachers and administrators. Yet, helping out now seems to be a no-no.
Here's the biggest difference in the world. People used to have a stake in what was going on. You wanted to make things the best, be it work or play.
Now, it's easier to just sit around and complain. Clock in, clock out, go home.
To me, that's a sad thing.
We all wish for a simpler time:


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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!

I offer a public service for you today.
First, though, a bit of history.
The first time I realized how exciting the NCAA Mens' Basketball tournament could be was in 1979. That's the year Michigan State and Magic Johnson played a classic against Larry Bird and Indiana State.
I know, having studied the history, the tournament had been around before 1979, but that's when it really began.
Click Here to see some highlights of the game.
Anyway, from that point on, I really studied the teams in the tournament. I couldn't wait until the newspaper came out the next day with the brackets (remember, there was no ESPN back in the dark ages).
I did as much research as I could about the teams, tried to pick the winners, then got frustrated when my favorite teams would lose.
As TV got more involved, the tournament became bigger. Soon, newspapers like USA Today were putting out special sections with all the stats or other info needed to make 'expert' opinions on the games.
I can still see Michael Jordan making the shot. Thanks to the Internet, you can see it now
I remember Australian rent-a-player Andrew Gaze somehow pushing Seton Hall of all teams into the finals. Or Danny Manning and Kansas shocking high-scoring Oklahoma.
Still, I never really could get a handle on the pools. Sure, I tried. I watched thousands of games throughout the year. Studied the stats. Studied the history, then watched as all my Final Four teams were bounced in the second round. Year, after year, after year.
Then, in 1995, somebody I know now as the greatest mind in history, picked UCLA to win it all.
UCLA? That team can't win. What, are you crazy?
UH, UCLA beat Arkansas in 1995.
So, what does that have to do with 2008? Well, I did no studying, saw very few games and had a 5-year old pick the games.
So, when you see a Final Four of North Carolina, Kansas, Pitt and UCLA, don't forget you read it here first.
When Winthrop and San Diego make runs, don't say I didn't tell you so.
South Alabama? Take them to win two games.
So, there you have it. A sure winner.
Now, to get everybody fired up, a few words of wisdom from the greatest coach in college basketball history:


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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!

Well, there were the Phillies out in the Florida sun wearing those stupid green shirts.
Here's Irish hero So Taguchi taking a swing.
Really, are these teams so hard up they need to artificially pump up T-shirt sales.
The amazing thing was, while watching the Springfield St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday, there are actually people walking around with green Phillies shirts.
Anyway, enough complaing about things I can't control. Like my Grandmother used to say, "I'd complain, but you wouldn't listen anyway, so everything's great."
Caught the premier of 'Dancing with the Stars' last night. Now, normally, that time of night is filled with 'Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends,' but everybody seems to like the dancing, so...
While watching a bunch of unknowns and has-beens dancing around, I was wondering how the pitch goes to say, Steve Guttenberg.
"OK, Steve, you've done nothing worth watching since the first Police Academy, but everybody knows who you are. Paulie Shore turned us down, so, you want to dance?"
It's probably not that honest.
Actually, Steve Guttenberg wasn't the worst.


Uh, when does the NCAA Tournament start?
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Monday, March 17, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!

Well, there's a lot going on today.
We had the NCAA Tournament brackets unveiled last night. It's St. Patrick's Day and it's a full week before we can break out the Easter candy.
We'll have to make due somehow.
St. Patrick's Day is certainly interesting. The most enterprising reporter I know one time called a pub in Ireland for a story on St. Patrick's Day. It turns out it's just another day across the pond. Then again, that was year's ago. Now, everything is big business, so there are parades for visitors.
Here, though, it's a time for wearing green, drinking, eating and talking in brogue, whatever that is. Hey, any excuse for a day to party, right?
One of the funniest things about St. Patrick's Day is to see some of the photos from baseball's spring training. For some odd reason, teams decide to wear green uniforms for these games. It must have something to do with marketing.
Hey, let's sell one more hat and shirt.
Next year, they'll all wear Easter Bonnets on Easter Sunday.
Well, here are some highlights from Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade.


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Friday, March 14, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY!
Since John McCain is probably checking in this morning, a word from the wise: when at Springfield Country Club, stay away from the chicken! Don't say I didn't warn you.

Well, enough politics, there's more important things going on.
For instance, remember when you could pull into a gas station, pay 10 bucks and fill the tank.
Now, I put 10 into the minivan and it barely gets me to the next gas station.
Yeah, Yeah, prices are out of whack all over the place, but gas prices are especially so.
Look, those big companies are going to make money whether the price is $3.50 a gallon or $2.50 a gallon.
After taking a ride through Lancaster last weekend, I came to the realization the Amish have it right. Forget the gas-guzzler in the driveway, get a horse and buggy.
Not only would it be better on the pocket book and the environment, but the horse will be a big hit with the children.
Every child at some point or another asks their parents for a pony. Now, there can be one pulling you to the Giant to pick up milk.
You know what, if we all did that, Exxon/Mobil would find a way to corner the market on hay and jack the price up accordingly.
Still, it would be interesting:


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Thursday, March 13, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY

Maybe I'm wrong, but has there ever been a truer saying than: 'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.'
Just look North to the New York governor or South to State Sen. Vince Fumo.
Here are two politicians, and don't be simple enough to believe they are the only two, who got caught doing things they shouldn't be doing.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer got caught up in a web of escort services and now he's the ex-governor and soon to be ex-husband, no doubt.
Many of his cronies said Spitzer was a bulldog who would stop at nothing until he got to the position he wanted. Well, he rose to the governer of New York and was actually being talked about as a presidential candidate somewhere down the line.
Now, he'd be lucky to get a job as the president of the local model railroad club.
The best thing about these stories is to see how so many of Spitzers 'supporters,' or more likely 'hangers-on,' suddenly have disappeared. His power is gone, so is his draw.
Sure, he's got a lot of money and that will make somewhat of a difference in the end. He'll probably be able to go back to his law career and still live a pretty good life.
Is it really all worth it, though? Is it worth getting to be so powerful you can't see the wrong ways you are living?
Maybe it's just better to be normal.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY.
Think Barak Obama will make his way to Springfield tonight? If he does, will he do some shopping at Bliss Avenue?

I must admit, to steal a line from Jack McCaffery, I don't get 'American Idol.'
Maybe my taste in music is different or whatever, but I haven't found one of the 'winners' so far the least bit talented. There are probably more talented singers hitting the bars on the weekends than making it to Fox.
I think I watched about five minutes of one show over the course of its run. There is a funny take on the Shrek 2 DVD, but the show just doesn't cut it. Now, the only taste of 'American Idol' I get is the highlights they show on morning TV.
This morning, I've seen three absolutely horrible covers of Beatles songs that John Lennon must be ready to rise from the grave to take revenge.
The worst thing is the highlights shows the judging panel actually like the versions. They absolutely loved some goofy looking guy's cover of Eleanor Rigby
that nearly made me spit out my coffee.
They also showed a Let it Be cover and one for Eight Days a Week.
I get the gimmicks. They have to keep everybody interested, especially those who are bored by the stupid comments by Paula Abdul.
So, for those who only get their music from TV, listen to this:


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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY.
Since Hillary Clinton will be in the area today, I'm sure she'll be checking out Rise and Shine, so good day to you as well.

By the way, according to Clinton, "Northeast Pennsylvania is the key to us winning the Keystone State."
That comment was made yesterday at a campaign stop in Scranton. Does it sound a lot like a rock frontman saying, "We love being in Easton."
Once again, all this political talk is starting to turn people off. I know several people who are very 'into' politics, but can't stand all the rhetoric being put out there by the candidates.
As one really smart pundit said yesteday, "After eight years of George Bush, the best we can do is these two (Clinton and Barak Obama) fighting with each other. How about working together to make things better? No. They'd rather fight back and forth."
Really, it does sound like a brother and sister. The constant yap, yap, yap back-and-forth is, at best, annoying. At worst, well, I won't use those kind of words here.
OK, let's reset:
n We have an out-of-control war on foreign soil;
n We have credit companies that don't care if everybody is homeless as long as the CEO can get a $million bonus;
n We have health care costs so out of whack that it's cheaper to stay sick;
n We have a public school system that only cares about reaching an artificial test score, even if it means discounting half the students;
n We have gas prices making the Amish look like the smartest group in the country;
n We have home-heating costs so high many can't afford to keep the homes they can't afford warm.
After all that, we have two presidential candidates who would rather take shots at each other than make things better.
Change?
Well, at least we have this:


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Monday, March 10, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY

After doing some work around the house Sunday, we took a ride to Chinatown for a good dinner.
No offense to those around here, but there's nothing like the restaurants in Chinatown. Not only is the food fantastic, but the atmosphere can't be beat. There was even a group dancing around in dragon costumes, which is always cool to see.

With the rain coming down Saturday night, it proved to be a good night to stay in and catch a movie.
The choice was the 1980s classic 'Ghostbusters.' I remember seeing the movie twice in the theater when it came out in 1984.
The first time, the place was packed. There were even some sitting in the aisles on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Everybody loved the movie then. There were laughs all over the place, well, except for the lady next to us who fell asleep.
Now, has anybody fell asleep in a movie theater. It's tough to do.
I've seen the movie again over the years, but, what struck me this time is how dated it really is.
With advancement of special effects make the ghosts almost as laughable as some of Bill Murray's lines. Then again, maybe that adds to the movie.
One other thing that struck me was how dominate Murray is in the movie. Dan Ackroyd, at the time, was just as big a star, but he takes a major step back.
It's even more obvious in the sequel when Murray makes basically a cameo appearence and the movie, well, stinks.
The original, though, is still worth a look.
Besides, it has one of the best theme songs ever:


What ever happened to Ray Parker Jr., anyway?
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Friday, March 7, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY

Well, the Pennsylvania primary isn't until April 22, but the full-court press sure appears to be starting.
Chelsea Clinton as in Philadelphia earlier this week and now Bill Clinton will be at Penn State-Brandywine today.
What's kind of interesting is Joe Sestak will also attend the rally.
Sestak, the D-7 U.S. Rep from Edgmont, is one of those so-called 'Superdelagate' who may really decide who to the Democratic nominee for president will be.
There's no doubt Hillary and Barak Obama will be visiting the area between now and April, probably more than once.
It'll be interesting to see which politicians will be on hand.
By the way, think the first question Sestak will have for Ol' Bill will pertain to the FAA?
Anyway, to offer balance, here are a few words from the other side:



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Thursday, March 6, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING DELAWARE COUNTY

The subject of airplanes flying over the county with more frequency has been a big topic of discussion.
Those who live close to the airport expect this kind of traffic, but it has obviously spread out.
While walking in Lansdowne the other day, I clearly saw three low-flying, passenger jets sailing overhead.
The bad thing about these kind of stories is they don't seem to matter until they effect you personally. While seeing airlines fly overhead is just the world we live in, there are some scary things going on here.
You know how bad it smells and makes your head feel if you sit in traffic behind a bus. Now, imagine about 5,000 times as much fuel being burned in less time. All those fumes have to go somewhere.
That's not only airplanes in the air, but they sit on the runways before take off, then shoot tons of jet fuel into the engines to take off.
Now, all that pollution is being spread everywhere. The noise is one thing, those fumes are another.
Pretty soon, we'll all have airports in our back yard. That's not what George Jetson was thinking.
So, while flying, ever wonder how pilots keep themselves interested.
Check this out:


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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY
Quick shout out to my buddy Bill: Bring the campaign to Primos.

Anyway, there used to be a TV show hosted by Bill Cosby called 'Kids say the darndest things.'
Here now I offer a Tuesday night conversation in a minivan:
Brendan, are you the star of your dance class.
Five-year old: "Yeah, I am."
I guess there's not much modesty here.
Five-year old: "What does modesty mean."
OK, how to you explain modesty to a five-year old. Well, it's talking about...
Eight-year old from the back seat: "I know what it is, it's when girls think your the best."
No, that's not it. It's talking ...
Eight-year old: "No, It's when girls..."
No, Liam, modesty has nothing to do with that.
Eight-year old, with a college educuation: "Sure it does."
No, modesty is talking about how great you are.
Wait a minute, Liam's thought we said "hottest."
(Laughter).
Liam, who's the hottest in your class.
Eight-year old: Silence..... "I'm not talking."

So, in that light and with all the election talk, check this out:


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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY

"Hey, I need to feed my family." -- Terrell Owens on the reason why, despite having a contract for $7.5 million from the Eagles, he needed to renegotiate.

With that one quote, I washed my hands of pro sports. For all the hero worship, ticket sales, T-shirt sales, games, most of the athletes don't have any firm grip on reality.
They live sheltered lives, making more money than most of us will even see pictures of and cry when they don't get more.
You would think with all the talk of the economic troubles in the country now, this kind of talk would go away.
OH, you were wrong:
"It's about respect, and when people don't show that to you, you're caught off guard. I thought it was a low blow." -- Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels on getting $500,000 this season to throw a baseball.
"I'm not happy about it at all." --- Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, who's contract was renewed for $675,000
Quick math shows Fielder is 23, Hamels is 24.
If they keep up their stats, the money down the road baseball will throw at them could finance several major countries, including Candada.
It's a skewed world that only gets worse as tickets get sold out and jersey's are purchased.
Hey, it's fun to attend a sporting event. It's a way to get outside and enjoy the day with family or friends.
Still, with a record number of housing foreclosures, a credit crisis like nobody's ever seen before and the economy essentially in the toilet, athletes should do one thing and one thing only:
SHUT UP.
They should all watch this:


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Monday, March 3, 2008

RISE AND SHINE

GOOD MORNING, DELAWARE COUNTY

Maybe it's me, but this winter is stretching on way too long. I know, there hasn't been any bad weather, but I need to feel some warm sun. I need to run around outside. I need to have longer days ...
Oh, well, we change the clocks this Sunday, so at least that's happening.

Spent an interesting day Sunday at the Strasburg Rail Road in Lancaster.
There is some kind of connection between children and trains.
Their eyes light up just at the sight of those big cars and engines.
For those who haven't taken the trip, there's a museum that's basically a giant train station. There are trains from all over the world from all over time.
It runs the gamut from early steam engines to new Conrail trains. There are opportunities to climb into the trains. Drive a train and jump all around the huge cars.
There is also a toy room that has every kind of toy train imaginable. Luckily, we walked through the museum before heading to the toy room. We never would have left it wasn't for hunger getting in the way.
So, for all you toy train lovers out there, I give you a treat:


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