Happy fall, everybody

Fall's officially here, pumpkins and candy and leaves on the ground and chill in the wind and everything else that means fall. Joy.

The reversed curse is still sinking in...took them 86 years to 86 the curse, but they did it. Gotta love OJ's commentary on the Prez + Kerry's responses (last item):

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, who swept the St. Louis Cardinals and won their first World Series since 1918. The Associated Press reports the presidential candidates congratulated the Sox:

The president watched part of the final game Wednesday night as the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, completing a four-game sweep to win their first World Series title since 1918, said spokesman Scott McClellan. "This is a long time coming and he shares in their excitement at winning the World Series," McClellan said.

Kerry said, "I've been rooting for this day since I was a kid. . . . This Red Sox team came back against all odds and showed America what heart is. In 2004, the Red Sox are America's team."

In the second presidential debate, Kerry said, "The president, I don't think, is living in a world of reality with respect to the environment. Now, if you're a Red Sox fan, that's OK. But if you're a president, it's not." Now that the Sox have won the Series, it's fair to say the president is right on environmental issues.

Back in August, Kerry had this to say (link in MP3): "We've been waiting since 1918 for the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series, and . . . if I had a choice between the White House and the World Series this year, I'm going to take the White House."

Sox pitcher Curt Schilling disagrees. "Tell everybody to vote," he said today on ABC. "And vote Bush next week."

Still working on the Great Email Purge...here's this morning's goodies.

Apparently people here in NYC think its novel to go upstate to pick apples (they do have them at Gristede's, people). Anyway if that sounds like your cup of tea, go here.

More anti-Moore links just in time for the election...short article and long article. Both good stuff.

If you're in the market for a computer, check out techbargains, ableshopper, or slickdeals. They have other stuff, too. Of course, I still think you're better off building your own, in which case I suggest newegg.

I'm a huge fan of the Cloisters, but I've never been to Wave Hill. Hope to make it soon.

If anyone has $2750 they don't need, please consider sending me to this. Cool idea, at least for us business nerds. In the line of more affordable things to learn about, I've missed the start date for the fall courses, but I'd like to get a refresher on my astronomy by taking the winter "Stars, Constellations, and Legends" course. Via American museum of Natural History, info here (2nd course down) - if you have any interest in joining me, please do.

Added to my reflections doc, thanks to Grace:

The heart of man is his worst part before it is regenerated, and the best afterwards; it is the seat of principles and the foundation of actions. The eye of God is, and the eye of the Christian ought to be, principally fixed upon it... For though grace has, in great measure, rectified the soul, and given it a habitual heavenly temper, yet sin often actually discomposes it again; so that even a gracious heart is like a musical instrument, which though it be exactly tuned, a small matter brings it out of tune again; yea, hand it aside but a little, and it will need setting again before another lesson can be played upon it. -- John Flavel, Keeping the Heart

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there -- that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce;
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts,
It's how did you fight -- and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he's slow or spry,
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
But only how did you die?
--Edmund Vance Cooke, How did you die?

More to come...doesn't look like the Purge will end today after all...

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