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Old Things
In no particular order:

* Phone numbers rattling around my head.

Checking up, and in, on things online while waiting for a callback, I found this Memory-Laney-Timey-Wimey piece about back when the Mets actually honored local baseball history every summer. The summer in question was 1977, when they had much less baseball history themselves, but when the franchise, having just traded The Franchise for next to nothing, needed all the distractions it could put out on the field.  Most memorable among Greg's recollections, though? A brief reference that Howie Rose (the team's current radio announcer, who also does Islander games and who I hope to hear doing that for the first time two weeks from tomorrow) worked at that time in the late 70s doing promos for Sportsphone.

Waddat?  Well, back before smartphones and desk-sized PC's and television sports that you got only two 10-minutes segments of a day, it was how you got the almost real-time ballscores.  It later became one of New York City's first services to use the high-volume and premium-cost "976" numbers (the rough equivalent of 900-pay-per-minute psychic and porn lines), but I remember it from when it was just a local number in Manhattan:

Get all the sports news instantly! Dial 999-1313!
(Repeat, ad infinitum.)

Also, last week in NY, I had a question about what we could bring into MSG, so OF COURSE I just dialed 564-4400, which is the number burned into my head for Knicks tickets and concerts and anything else that happened in "the magical world of Madison Square Garden Center." That's what they called the whole complex when it opened, including the smaller Felt Forum (named, not for the seat covers, but for the place's owner at the time).  As we exited Billy Joel last week, our corridor was filled with print ads from around the time it opened- banks who financed it, teams who played in it, and Paramount itself which then owned it, all proudly pimping the city's "new international landmark"-


-created, tragically, by destroying the actual international landmark that was McKim, Mead, and White's original Penn Station and putting this Eighth Avenue Round Thing on its site.

The number for the Garden is out of service. Likewise, Sportsphone no longer gives you anything, much less instantly.  But I'll still take those numbers to my grave.


* That's the sound of the men, working on the road gang...

Speaking of six feet under (give or take a few inches), when I left at 0-Ass-Hundred this morning, there was a Water Authority pickup truck about a block away. When I returned from court, an entire assembly of trucks were out digging in the 10-degree warmth.  I wondered whether we would lose water, and, indeed for a time, we did. They've been slowly replacing the Roman-era pipes around this general area, but they've yet to get to our block and I wonder sometimes if they ever will, or if we're just resigned to them doing it patch job by patch job.


* And the ultimate Old Thing: me.

The reason for the early departure was finally getting round to my quintennial CBC.  That's not Canadian television in this case but a full blood workup, done at the same lab company that's been making us crazy since July over some allegedly uncovered lab tests for Eleanor.

They take you without appointment, but they only have one guy in the place, and I waited (after fasting, natch) for close to an hour before my blood was sucked. I know it included a prostate screening, so I'm going to be a little more nervous about the results than perhaps otherwise.  I barely had time to slog down a coffee and some Mickey's before heading straight from there to court, but the latter went well, so I probably shouldn't complain.

Just get off my lawn. If only because the pipes below it could collapse:P
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ellettra From: ellettra Date: March 1st, 2015 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Fingers crossed on your CBC!
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