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Growing up on a remote mountainside dairy farm in Upstate NY, there were not many opportunities to watch/see/play hockey. Then when I was 10, the house next door was bought by a couple from NYC and their son, a year younger than me. With him came the passion for the game, and the willingness to suffer while I got up to speed. He taped all of the games and we watched them when he came upstate on the weekend. We skated on the pond with street hockey sticks, brittle from the cold. He strapped pillows to his shins I shot floor cleaner disks (kinda like puck-shaped brillo pads) at him in our makeshift concrete rink in the barn. His parents took us to Rye Playland in White Plains to see the Rangers practice. I got a photo of Guy LaFleur and later did a pen sketch which still hangs in my room. We went to games at MSG and later recapped all the key plays on the 5 train back to his house. Then in 1993, the work started to pay off. The Rangers were on fire. Messier and the back end brought them the President's Trophy. And then the playoffs. And then The Messier Guarantee. And then... BOOM. We were in a dive Irish bar at the time, and we practically knocked over our Guinness in celebration! I sang karaoke (Sinatra, High Hopes) and the locals stared as if I had lost my mind. But I didn't care - MY RANGERS WON THE STANLEY CUP!! My buddy lost his job because he took the day off to go to the parade. He didn't care - it was just a summer job at a Catskills resort. We jumped in the car and down the Thruway we went. After getting a good spot on the street atop a newspaper box, we watched Richter, Leetch, Graves and Messier on display down sixth. And at that point, 1940 was centuries in the past. So anyway - congratulations!
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You guyses were great.
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"How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you know there is no going back?" - Frodo Baggins (Third Age 3019)
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Mar 15, 2010
*gnar*gnar* Lego Wesley Crusher needs salt.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2008 on Introducing Lego Wesley Crusher at WWdN: In Exile
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*gnar*gnar* Lego Wesley Crusher needs salt.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2008 on Introducing Lego Wesley Crusher at WWdN: In Exile
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Yes, unfortunately this graphic gives him a weird Uncle Tom aura. He is angled to please.
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2008 on got hope? at WWdN: In Exile
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Yes, unfortunately this graphic gives him a weird Uncle Tom aura. He is angled to please.
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2008 on got hope? at WWdN: In Exile
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Do you remember getting up in the middle of the night and yakking in my sink? (Sorry - wrong teen idol)
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2008 on Happiest Days orders from February at WWdN: In Exile
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Do you remember getting up in the middle of the night and yakking in my sink? (Sorry - wrong teen idol)
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2008 on Happiest Days orders from February at WWdN: In Exile
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Hmm. The subtle balance between the pursuit of one's dreams and the crushing realities of maintaining a livable existance. Yeah, I got that.
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Hmm. The subtle balance between the pursuit of one's dreams and the crushing realities of maintaining a livable existance. Yeah, I got that.
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Please tell me that you have seen the other Miyazaki movies. Porco Rosso? Howl's Moving Castle? Kiki's Delivery Service? My Neighbor Totoro? Castle in the Sky? The Cat Returns? Oh, dear lord please say you have only seen Akira and Spirited Away... Do not rent. Buy. Go now.
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Please tell me that you have seen the other Miyazaki movies. Porco Rosso? Howl's Moving Castle? Kiki's Delivery Service? My Neighbor Totoro? Castle in the Sky? The Cat Returns? Oh, dear lord please say you have only seen Akira and Spirited Away... Do not rent. Buy. Go now.
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Yes, but how is your singing now?
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2008 on breathe . . . breathe in the air at WWdN: In Exile
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Yes, but how is your singing now?
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2008 on breathe . . . breathe in the air at WWdN: In Exile
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How long until you are off the nose crutches?
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How long until you are off the nose crutches?
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No you're not - you'll be stone dead in a minute. Now the question everyone is thinking... how does it taste?
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2008 on i don't want to go on the cart at WWdN: In Exile
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No you're not - you'll be stone dead in a minute. Now the question everyone is thinking... how does it taste?
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2008 on i don't want to go on the cart at WWdN: In Exile
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There truly is no place like localhost. Oh, wait - I was using my Oracle TNS geek translator. Ah, o-ho! Yes, very good. Ha!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2008 on the loneliest number at WWdN: In Exile
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There truly is no place like localhost. Oh, wait - I was using my Oracle TNS geek translator. Ah, o-ho! Yes, very good. Ha!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2008 on the loneliest number at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm more of an embroidered scarf person, actually. Can you work that into the mix?
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I'm more of an embroidered scarf person, actually. Can you work that into the mix?
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Hmm... well, the colonoscopy is clean, from the look of it.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2008 on Going Boldly . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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