Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Many Happy Returns

"You say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you!"
- The Beatles, "Birthday"

Time to acknowledge some of the many important occasions to celebrate today:

To my Jewish, non-Israeli readers: Happy first day of chol hamoed Sukkos!

To my Israeli readers: Happy second day of chol hamoed Sukkos!

To my American readers: Happy Columbus Day!

To my Canadian readers: Happy Thanksgiving!

And last but certainly not least, Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people. Someone whose prose skills I've long admired, and who has been a big influence on me in many ways - especially in terms of my musical tastes. I'm talking, of course, about my good friend David, better known in J-Blogland as Soccer Dad!

And oh yes, it's John Lennon's birthday as well.

Since David probably doesn't want his picture on the internet, you'll have to settle for John's.

May we all find happiness in the day, whatever the reason (but hopefully not a warm gun)!


At 10/9/06, 12:59 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Imagine there are no birthdays ...


(BTW, John Entwistle and Jackson Browne also celebrate birthdays today. Well not John Entwistle anymore. And today is also Leif Ericson day.)

And tomorrow's my Hebrew Birthday, which will hopefully be celebrated in Hershey Park.

At 10/9/06, 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seem to be a lot of October / Tishrei birthdays in J-blog land.... I never liked how my birthday got overlooked when I was a kid, being in the middle of the High Holidays. Of course, as I grow older, that's a benefit instead. (Birthday? What birthday?)

At 10/9/06, 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW - this is very significant for Soccer Dad - today is also the 10th anniversary of Jeffrey Maier and his infamous interference in the Orioles/Yankees playoff series 10 years ago, may Gd forgive him!

Soccer Dad's Former Roommate

At 10/9/06, 3:09 PM, Blogger Elie said...

And how low the Yanks have fallen since then! I'm sure all you Yankee-haters must be kvelling. Grrr.

Since you bring it up, didn't I read somewhere that Jeffrey Maier became a ballplayer, and actually tried out for the Orioles this year? Talk about irony!

At 10/9/06, 3:54 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

actually Jeffrey Maier has become a very good college player, but for an insignificant division. Some girl (from the Baltimore area) at his college did a film about him.
One newspaper suggested that the Orioles would consider drafting Jeffrey Maier, but I'm pretty certain he went undrafted.
BTW, as much as I'm appalled at the hero treatment he received (#1 rule at the ballpark is not to interfere with a ball in play; he should have been escorted from the premises) the Orioles had several innings in which to score and go ahead. They didn't.
Bad call and everything, Jeffrey Maier didn't beat the Orioles.

Of course my sons are pretty bummed out. They're Yankee fans.

At 10/9/06, 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we're all gleefully laughing, as Steinbrenner will have to spend his days reading about the Mets instead of his own team.


At 10/10/06, 3:15 AM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Happy birthday to Soccer Dad. Now on to the important stuff, do you really think that the AL plays baseball.

C'mon, the DH is a travesty. Feh, foo and faw on that nonsense.

At 10/10/06, 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all that baseball talk, I can intelligently respond... "huh?"

At 10/10/06, 9:59 PM, Blogger Elie said...

David: Your Jeffrey Maier comment reminds me of something which I think I'll post about separately.

Tell your sons they have lots of company. Shalom is our major Yankee fan of the family. I've been one much longer of course, but not as fervent as he is now, or as I used to be. And my loyalties are divided now - Yanks in the AL, Nats in the NL. And what if they ever meet in the series? Halevai! I'll worry about it then.

Jack: I'm not overly fond of DH either, but I've gotten used to it. I still think interleague play is a travesty, though.

Miriam: There something for everyone here, so of course nothing will be for everyone! (huh?)


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