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Return Of Finn, Kudos To 1980s Comedy

July 1, 2008 - John Whittaker

A short posting today since we have three productive days left to put out six days worth of newspapers. Vacation weeks are nice, but they're kind of a pain, too.

I got to treat the News Gal to something new Monday night - a triple by Jason Giambi. The Yankees could have used the home run since they lost, 2-1, but she quite enjoyed seeing a rather large man with a moustache lumbering around the bases. Fat guy exerting himself - FUN TIMES!

With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, I get to spend the day with the News Gal. I'm sure there will probably be fireworks, maybe some Skee Ball if we go to Midway and a get-together at my buddy Teddy's since our friends Laura and Finn are back in town for the weekend. With Laura and Dennis living in Rhode Island, we don't get a chance to hang out like this all the time. I'm sure the continuing laggard play of the 10th place Golden Thongs, expanding wasteline and growing bald spot will be among topics discussed.

As an aside, the News Gal and I might be the easiest dates ever. At least once a summer, but we hope more often than that, we make our way to Midway and spend an hour or so playing Skee Ball. If I have my way, my house will have two Skee Ball lanes in it someday. If Midway ever takes out its lanes, we'll be crushed.

To answer a comment from Sunday's posting - defensive players on Tecmo weren't listed mainly because, if you used Bo Jackson or the Buffalo Bills (the Patriots were horrible), no defense could stop you. QB Bills - known in real life as Jim Kelly - was unreal, and not even Lawrence Taylor, who Bussman points out could blitz on a play, hit the quarterback and still intercept the ball, was a force, not even the mighty LT could stop Jackson on most plays.

Spike TV is usually one of the more disappointing channels on cable TV, but I'll give whoever programmed this weekend's lineup some dap (watch PTI and you'll get the joke). When I went home for dinner Saturday night, I caught the end of Ghostbusters and the start of Caddyshack. If Spike officials want to get guys my age to tune in, they can rely less on CSI and more on 1980s goofball comedy. I hadn't seen Ghostbusters in ages, and even the edited version of Caddyshack is hillarious - not that the News Gal will agree with that statement. I'm putting in my order now with Spike TV - more 1980s comedy!


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What can $10 buy these days - an hour of Skee Ball!