September 14, 2014
Keeping on with my lists … placesToday, I'll list my favorite places to visit.
I grew up, basically, in Elk Rapids, Michigan. Every summer we spend a lot of time there during Harbor Days. When we had our camper/trailer, I could get in a great nap. Not sure why, but every year I would take at least one good nap!
I've been to Washington, D.C., a few times, but now that my sister Amy and nephew Morgan live there that gives us more reason to go visit. We haven't been out there enough and need to somehow get back out there soon.
Lakeland, Florida, is someplace I always wanted to visit in February. I finally did several years ago and absolutely love going there. It's so cool because you never know what's going to happen, or where. You might run into Justin Verlander and Kenny Rogers when you're out eating.
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 10:46 AM
September 13, 2014
I Wanna Rock!
"My Life" — huge song on the radio in the late '70s. One of my first favorite songs. Wore out a 45 RPM and a couple of album versions when I was a youngster. It's a great song and might be listed at the same level as …
"Hot Blooded" — rockin' tune from my early childhood as well. Always loved hearing the song and singing along, even though it was many years before I understood what the song was all about, but that's not as bad as …
"Lonesome Loser" — because I thought this song said something about, "the law to losers," which for a kid sounded kind of cool. You know, I mean what must it be like when you're learning about the "law to losers."
"Jack & Diane" — just a tune about a couple of kids trying to hold on to their dreams. I was about 10 when the song was a hit, didn't really understand the line "hold on to 16 as long as you can" because 16 sounded so far away. Now, in my 40s, I get where John Cougar was coming from back then; however …
"Hurts So Good" — was another smash hit off the same LP, American Food. But this one was cool because the video was banned by MTV. Talk about cool.
"Zanzibar" — this tune is another one from the same album as "My Life" — 52nd Street. As a seven year old, the line "Rose he knows he's such a credit to the game, but the Yankees grab the headline every time" just took hold of a youngster who loved the Tigers but would take any reference to MLB as awesome!
"Saturday in the Park'" — used to be played on Saturday afternoon games in Detroit and I always thought it was the greatest, especially when watching a game at Tiger Stadium at the Corner of Michigan and Trumbull.
"You Never Even Called Me By My Name" — funny, but my dad used to occasionally listen to his cassette tape of David Allan Coe's greatest hits and this song played. I used to think it was cool. I've seen DAC in concert several times and consider him a legend.
"Rock N Roll All Nite" — I because a fan of KISS as a first grader. It was all a mistake, then I found out they had visited Cadillac, Michigan, and that seemed cool even though at the time I lived closer to "Detroit Rock City" than to northern Michigan. But the masked men grabbed a hold and have stayed with me for many a year.
"Cocaine" — true story is that I first heard this song in middle school when we were watching a movie that went after popular media that portrayed drug and alcohol use as good stuff. I had to find the song because it sounded great. And, yeah, it's a great song.
I could go on and on and keep writing about songs that I really like. I still love rock 'n' roll.
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 5:54 PM
September 12, 2014
One Game Makes a DifferenceIt's Friday and the Tigers are a game out of first place in the American League Central Division. This is unexpected because the division was supposed to be weak and the Tigers were supposed to be really good. The season hasn't gone as planned — even from Spring Training when a couple of key cogs in the line–up went down injured.
Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera have both played at a slower pace than expected. Verlander has had a plain lousy year — let alone for a guy making the amount of cash he'll make. Cabrera has had a decent season, but not a Miggy Season.
The rookies have played decent: Nick Castellanos has had about the season you would expect, but the short stop position hasn't provided the Tigers much offense. We hadn't expected much assuming that Iglesias would be the SS; however, our short stops haven't done much.
Alex Avila seems to call a decent game and hit in the clutch on occasion, but he isn't much of an offensive threat. Ian Kinsler has mostly been what we've expected, except he's been incredible on defense. We do somewhat miss Austin Jackson's defense in CF, but we don't miss his strike outs. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the year that JD Martinez has had after the Astro's released him.
I would say that if the Tigers still had Doug Fister, they would probably be seven games in front of the Royals; however, they traded him away to open a spot in the rotation for Drew Smyly, who has pitched smashingly for the Rays since the big trade for David Price.
I still think the Tigers will win the Central and make a good run for the World Series. I don't know if this team has what it takes, but if they get hot at the right time, anything could happen. The design of this team is one that's more for the post season (haven't we heard that before) but I think the speed might play more in October than the power does in June. We'll see. Pitching has a tendency to win out. Except for two pitches last October, the Tigers might have been playing for all the marbles instead of golfing.
Restore that Roar! Let's go!
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 6:57 AM
September 08, 2014
The Days of the WeeksIt's funny.
A teacher says this morning, "Our first Monday."
I commented the first of 34 or something like that. I'm probably off by a couple because it seems like there are Mondays here and there that there is no school.
She said, "Thanks. I didn't know that."
Mondays mean something different during the school year.
During the summer, Mondays come and go. I go to work and work on projects and such, but I don't really think about Mondays in terms of Mondays or weeks in terms of weeks necessarily.
We are off and running on another year in education. My twentieth.
Have a great year, everyone!
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 7:44 AM
September 07, 2014
Going from larger to smallerWe are in the process of moving to a smaller house.
My friends have always said that I have too much stuff.
Last time we went from a smaller house to a somewhat larger house — more or less it was laid out better than the previous house; plus, we have more storage in the attached garage. Now, though, four years later, we're going even smaller than before.
My friends have always been right — I have too much stuff.
I have more books than a small library. I have many CDs, vinyl albums, and — YES — even cassettes. I don't know if I'm a hoarder or saver, but I have lots of stuff. At this point, I am going to somehow get rid of some books. I'm thinking of selling them online or something because I just have too many great books. What do I do, keep 10% of them?
Books have always been my thing. I love to find books at places like Goodwill — books that I've looked for, books that are great deals, or just plain books, books, books. They can be leadership books, novels, sports, Detroit Tigers … it doesn't matter because I love to read.
But it's tough going from a larger house to a smaller house and trying to figure out what to keep and what to jettison.
Cheers to a great day!
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 9:09 AM
September 06, 2014
Everybody is panicked. The Tigers are struggling.
Notice exhibit one: Tigers struggle.
You can read more columns, as well.
"It's a long season."
There are about 20 games left.
The hitting is deceptive.
The pitching is iffy.
Without Miguel Cabrera hitting like a boss, the Tigers don't seem like a good offensive club; just offensive.
This is a 20–game sprint to the end.
It should be fun!
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 9:40 AM
September 04, 2014
RANDOM RAMBLINGSI like how Gibbs has all those rules on NCIS. I joked with my daughter on Facebook this morning that she broke rule no. 42 when she professed her love for her boyfriend on Facebook. Usually, she thinks that kind of stuff is dumb and will say so. She didn't think it was so funny when I said she broke a rule! Hey, we all need rules to live by, right?
Also, I think the Lions will be good this year. I don't know what I mean by "good." They never break our hearts because we never have expectations.
I still can't believe it took me so long to discover a great writer who lived but a couple hours south and who wrote about all the stuff I think is cool. But a couple weeks ago I bought several Leonard books at the John King Used Book Store in Detroit. Being that he is the "Dickens of Detroit," the store had several autographed copies of his books. Then I found out they have a special room with many rare and autographed first editions and such.
I love books.
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 7:57 AM