Happy September! Did the Today show run my segment today? I never got a message from them. Anybody see it?
We didn't do a Screen Savers last night to give everybody a head start on the three day weekend. Nice idea, except nobody told me until yesterday. Harumph.
I had Giants tickets for the evening, so I couldn't really go home. Fortunately, Stacey Tisdale was throwing a party at the brew pub around the corner, so I found something to do in the hours between TechLive and the ball game. Stacey, one of our best anchors on TechLive, is going back to her home in NYC to anchor the 4-5p hour from there. Too bad, I always enjoyed working with her. She was one of the few people who would even tolerate me. Lately the rotato hosts haven't even been showing up and I've had to anchor alone. Is it something I said?
After many toasts, I wobbled over to Paul Block's (my Executive Producer on The Screen Savers) and from there to the ballpark to watch a somnolent Giants team give up five runs in the first inning to the cellar-dwelling Colorado Rockies. The Giants bats didn't really wake up until the 8th, when they gained two runs back on a massive shot into the SF Bay by Barry Bonds (his 57th HR for the season), but it wasn't enough to save that dog of a game.
It was all I could do to keep my eyes open on the way home. Fortunately I had a pretty gripping book on tape to listen to: Michael Crichton's Timeline. The reader is terrible, but the story is interesting. I've always enjoyed time travel stories. It's not as good as Jack Finney's Time and Again but it kept me awake.
Speaking of books, I just finished one of the best biographies I've ever read, David McCullough's new John Adams. Not only is it beautifully written, but it's a very moving and inspiring story. Adams has been overshadowed by the legends of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin, but in many ways he was the greatest of the four. And his wife, Abigail, was a powerhouse who was in every way his equal. Truly a wonderful read.
I have some weed whacking to do today - forget rust grass never sleeps. Tomorrow the whole family is going to see Stomp and Monday it's a cookout for our friends - most of whom haven't seen the new house yet. My old Weber has fallen apart so I think I'll buy a new grill today. I know it's sacrilige - man was meant to use lighter fluid - but I'm thinking of a gas grill. Consumer Reports likes the Weber Summit 450 at over $2,000, but maybe I can find something a little cheaper! Got any recommendations?