Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's Thursday!











Happy Thursday to you, and Happy Birthday to Jimmy! First, the biggest news of the day at the Meissner House:

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It's Jimmy's 2nd birthday!!!!




Today is my second-ever Happy Birthday. Hooray for me!








Even though it's my birthday, I'll have the usual Daddy: Bananas and milk.








All done!









I'm the toddler. Gotta love me!









No matter the occasion, breakfast always ends with a cookie.








Now for some Dinosaur Train on PBS. It's a good warm-up until Elmo comes on!





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What? You say there's actually other stuff going on in the world? Well, okay then, here we go....

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Hockey Playoff Roundup ----

NHL:

Last night --

Stanley Cup Finals

No games

Tonight --

No games

(Note: Chicago hosts Philadelphia in games one and two this coming Saturday and Monday on NBC.)

AHL

Last night --

Western Conference Finals

Texas 4, Hamilton 2 (Texas wins series 4-3)

(Note: Hershey defeated Manchester 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals. Calder Cup Finals start on June 3rd in Hershey)

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Story about Texas's game 7 win over Hershey.

From the Austin Statesman.

From the Hamilton Spectator.

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Today is National Grape Popsicle Day.

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CFL, CFLPA agree on deal to avoid lockout.

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In Brighton, Colorado an 85-year-old graduated high school. He had to drop out to fight in World War II. In Falkville, Alabama, a 95-year-old also graduated high school. She never finished because budget cuts during the Depression shut her school.

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Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs last night, as the Boston Red Sox swept their three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays, winning 11-3 in front of 22,147 at Tropicana Field.

Beltre belted a solo homer in the top of the second for Boston, but Hank Blalock scored on a fielder's choice in the bottom half of the inning for the Rays, tying the game 1-1.

Belre homered again in the top of the third, bringing in Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis, but Tampa Bay responded in the bottom of the fourth, as Carlos Pena scored on a Reid Brignac single, leaving the Red Sox lead at 4-2.

David Ortiz brought Pedroia home on a two-run homer in the fifth, then, in the ninth, Beltre tripled in Ortiz and Youkilis, Jeremy Hermida singled in Beltre, and Darnell McDonald's two-out double plated Hermida and Mike Camero to put the game away for Boston. Ben Zobrist's one out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for the Rays, made the final score 11-3.

Jon Lackey allowed 2 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings for the win for the Red Sox, he's now 5-3. Tampa Bay's Matt Garza was roughed up for 6 earned runs in five innings, falling to 5-3 on the year.

The Rays, now 32-15 and 3 1/2 games up on the Yankees in the A.L. East, host the Chicago White Sox tonight at 7:10pm EDT on 620AM WDAE and Sun Sports, in the first of a four-game set. Game time is also 7:10EDT Friday and Saturday, with Sunday's game starting at 1:40pm EDT.

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United Airlines is looking into why a passenger was left sleeping on a plane after it arrived in Philadelphia. The plane landed at 12:30am and the passenger slept until a cleaning crew woke them up at 3:50am.

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New research shows women are primarily responsible for clipping coupons but men take an interest when you mix coupons with tech.

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On this day in history:

May 27

1647
The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.

1703
St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.

1936
The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.

1937
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.

1941
British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.

1994
Nobel-prize winning dissident, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile.

1996
After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.

1999
Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.

On this day in sports history:

1873
The first Preakness Stakes was won by Survivor.

1955
Norm Zauchin (Boston Red Sox) got 10 RBIs against the Senators.

1968
After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.

1982
Three New Jersey businessmen bought the NHL's Colorado Rockies. They got approval to move the team to New Jersey and become the Devils.

1987
Phil Niekro (New York Yankees) became the third pitcher to make 700 starts.

2003
It was announced that Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) would announce his retirement from the NHL the following day.

Today in music history:

1822
Composer Josef Joachim Raff was born.

1950
Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC's "Star-Spangled Review."

1957
"That'll be the Day" by the Crickets was released.

1961
Johnny Cash appeared on NBC's "The Deputy."

1962
Bob Dylan released "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan."

1964
Eleven boys were suspended at a Coventry, England, school for having a hair style like Mick Jagger.

1967
Columbia and RCA Victor announced that they would raise the list price of mono albums by a dollar on June 1. It was the first increase since 1953.

1983
Metallica finished recording the album "Kill 'Em All."

1987
During a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system set off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.

1988
Van Halen's "Monster Of Rock" touring festival opened at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin.

1989
Stevie Wonder was given the Badge Of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement in Warsaw.

2003
Liza Minelli sang an a cappella version of "Liza With a Z" with Luciano Pavarotti live via satellite for a charity show on Italian television. She had been hospitalized two days early after falling and breaking her right kneecap.


Today's birthdays:

1794
Cornelius Vanderbilt(American shipping magnate)

1837
Wild Bill Hickock(Wild west character)

1894
Dashiell Hammett(American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories)

1911
Vincent Price(American actor)

1911
Hubert H. Humphrey(US Senator from Minnesota and US Vice President)

1922
Christopher Lee(British actor)

1923
Henry Kissinger(US Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize recipient)

1935
Ramsey Lewis(Jazz musician)

1935
Lee Ann Merriwether(Miss America 1955)

1936
Louis Gossett, Jr.(American actor)

1939
Don Williams(Country singer - "I Believe in You")

1943
Bruce Weitz(American actor - Belker on Hill Street Blues)

1945
Bruce Cockburn(American singer/songwriter)

1955
Richard Schiff(American actor - The West Wing)

1957
Eddie Harsch(The Black Crowes)

1957
Siouxsie Sioux(Siouxsie & the Banshees)

1958
Neil Finn(Crowded House)

1961
Cathy Silvers(Jenny Piccolo on Happy Days)

1965
Todd Bridges(American actor - Willis on Diff'rent Strokes)

1966
Sean Kinney(Alice in Chains)

1969
Dondre Whitfield(American actor - All My CHildren)

1974
Danny Wuerffel(NFL quarterback - New Orleans Saints)

1984
Blake Ahearn(NBA basketball player - Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs)

1985
Chien-Ming Chiang(Taiwanese baseball player - Yomiuri Giants)

2008
Jimmy Meissner(My son)


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Ya like to start your day with today's country music? Then, check out Radio Ray Bartley on Longview/Kelso Washington's 105.5FM KUKN Radio. He's keepin' it hot for you!

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In TV news:

Former paint salesman Lee DeWyze was the surprise winner of "American Idol" on Wednesday, beating front-runner Crystal Bowersox on a night that saw the talent show's former champions reunite to bid farewell to Simon Cowell. DeWyze, a 24-year-old Chicago native, won the coveted title and a recording contract after a nationwide phone and text vote based on the contestants' performances the night before. More here.

Art Linkletter, who encouraged both kids and grownups to say the "darndest things" during his decades as a genial but gently mischievious television personality, has died at age 97. The host of "People Are Funny" and "House Party" of the 1950s and '60s died Wednesday at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. More here.


Disney/ABC TV Group is shutting down decade-old cable channel SoapNet to make room for a new kids channel. More here.

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That's it for today. Now, go have fun and celebrate Jimmy's birthday with me. See you tomorrow.

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