Archive for the ‘Personal History’ Category

“The most anticipated soccer match in recent South American memory was again postponed on Sunday, following an attack on the Boca Juniors team bus on its way to River Plate’s stadium one day earlier.”

November 27, 2018

Well, somehow during my time in Argentina I became a Boca fan (or “hincha de Boca,” mejor dicho), and even managed to develop some dislike for River.

On my way back to the United States I actually ran into the Boca team in the airport, got Hugo Gatti to autograph my airline ticket holder, and Roberto Mouzo gave me a friendly pat on the head as if I were a little boy (and I probably looked like one back then, notwithstanding my being in a suit at the time).

“Call it the Mile-High Miracle: Denver International Airport is the best airport in the U.S. in the first-ever Wall Street Journal U.S. Airport Rankings.”

November 16, 2018

I still think the location of this airport, so far distant from Denver itself, is bizarre.  And the airport was a mess when it first opened.  But I travel to Colorado somewhat frequently nowadays, and don’t really have any complaints . . .

“There’s a piece of advice the Chicago Bulls repeat often: No one is going to feel sorry for you in the NBA.”

November 15, 2018

Reminds me of all those times Jerry Sloan would talk about his players “feeling sorry for themselves”.

“`Now what can we say about Milton’s “Paradise Lost’? It’s a very long poem. It was written a long time ago, and I’m sure a lot of you have difficulty understanding exactly what Milton was trying to say. ….. Don’t write this down, but I find Milton probably as boring as you find Milton. Mrs. Milton found him boring too. He’s a little bit long-winded, he doesn’t translate very well into our generation, and his jokes are terrible.”

October 11, 2018

I just finished reading John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

Unfortunately (for me), one of my main takeways from the experience is having read the above quote from the film “Animal House” (which I have never seen). It is a line from Donald Sutherland’s character that appears in an online review of “Paradise Lost” posted to

“`I drew myself…the representative of an individual in despair, with palms outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad.’ He placed a circle around the self-portrait, an elongated stick figure, and created…the peace sign.”

July 19, 2018

Schlosser, Eric. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (ALA Notable Books for Adults) (p. 188). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.