Happy anniversary, Dave!

In my mind, nobody does late night television better than David Letterman.

I remember so vividly watching so many of these live ... The Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton interviews are definite highlights.

Surfing YouTube tonight, I also stumbled across this one from one of Dave's earliest shows in 1982... So fascinating.


An important day

And the beat goes on.

The Royals may have lost three in a row this week, but tonight they swept the first-place Tigers in games two and three of a five-game series this weekend.


Phoebe – my baseball buddy – stayed up late with me to watch, while Kates went to bed.

I battled through it and managed to keep my eyes long enough to see the dramatic ninth and Greg Holland earn another save as Phoebe fell asleep in my lap.

Then, as the postgame show began, I had the privilege of carrying her up to her bed and tucking her in.

Having that kind of time with Phoebe tonight is what I love about being a dad.

Sam Melinger’s column this morning says it all about this weekend: Is it a stretch to call this the most important single day of Royals baseball in a decade?

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/16/4414705/is-it-a-stretch-to-call-this-the.html#storylink=cpy
We’re dealing with low standards here. But if we’re talking about actual baseball games – not "events" like the Carlos Beltran trade, Eric Hosmer’s call-up, the James Shields trade – then I’m not sure what would be higher.

The Royals’ last three weeks of dreams are essentially facing the firing squad this weekend. The Royals put themselves on this razor’s edge back in May, with that 4-19 turd, then played well enough to capture a city’s attention with that 17-3 run.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/16/4414705/is-it-a-stretch-to-call-this-the.html#storylink=cpy


A virtual walk along Route 66

So here's a video I caught today co-produced by a talented college buddy of mine. It's pretty entertaining.

Better yet, I love that they wind up at the Route 66 marker on the Santa Monica Pier ... because I was just there!

IAAP | Route 66 from Blue Coffee Pictures on Vimeo.


iPhone love

This is one of those posts I've had on my mind for some time, but haven't followed through on ... until now.

Man, I love my iPhone. And its capabilities continue to amaze me and surpise me and simplify my life every day. This summer, Kates joined the iPhone nation, too.

In the meantime, Apple continues to roll out these heart-tugging, emotion-packing commercials that make me stop in my tracks every time I see one.

Advertising almost never has an impact on me the way this campaign has. And I already own the product.

I saw "Music Every Day" for the first time shortly after I returned from my trip to Los Angeles. So many of the images in the campaign resonate with me because several of the scenes were our reality in L.A. alone, not to mention the last few weeks in our home ...

Then I saw "Photos Every Day" for the first time shortly after we returned from our summer vacation to Wisconsin. It resonated with me because I'd just taken hundreds of photos during our trip, not to mention in L.A. ... on my iPhone. My digital camera bag hasn't moved from its spot on my desk chair since the day I got my iPhone last year ...

And then the other night, I saw "FaceTime Every Day." It resonated with me because of the meaningful minutes we've spent talking with loved ones. Face-to-face via my iPhone. Even though we're standing hundreds of miles apart. While in L.A., the iPhone gave me the opportunity to say goodnight to my girls ...

This stuff amazes me. This is the kind of technology we read about as children in the Weekly Readers or saw in the movies and television shows like The Jetsons. And still it seemed lightyears away.

Sometimes it's still hard for me to believe this stuff exists and I'm lucky enough to have access to it.
Life is good.


Mumford & Sons tap comedians for 'Hopeless Wanderer"

Well, this is a good one ...

Kudos to Kates who caught it on the interwebs this week and shared it with me.

According to a Q&A at Rolling Stone today, the guys -- that would be Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis -- "basically spent a day just messing around and what they came out with just blew us all away," says Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett.

Awesome. It had me smiling the entire time I watched it.



So I just watched the Royals lose in extra innings to the Mets. ...

Darn. Kansas City tied the game at two runs apiece in the top of the ninth and appeared as though they were going to win their 10th straight. But Eric Young popped a home run to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Mets a 4-2 win.

The streak was fun while it lasted. I've started paying closer attention to the Royals since my thrilling visit to Kauffman Stadium last week, and here's hoping they can continue their recent success to make a strong run at the wild card.    

In the meantime, my stomach churns tighter every day Major League Baseball delays its announcement of the Biogenesis suspensions.  All reports said the hammer was going to come down today. Now it's Monday.

I say, Wrap it up and ban Alex Rodriguez for life. No ifs, ands or buts. ... Buster Olney had a great column on the subject yesterday.

And yet, A-Rod is playing on. And continues to play dumb to what he's facing. Yuck.

Forget A-Rod.

This is cute. ... I love the reaction of the camp counselor.

Fun with 'Blurred Lines'

Several music and pop aficionados have debated it, but Kates and I agree Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is the song of the summer.

Not to mention, never in a million years did I think I would own a Robin Thicke song in my music library. (Update 8.15.2013: His dad, aka Jason Seaver, likes it too ... )

This was the toast of the Twitterverse today. And I love it ...

And while we're at it, I caught this one a couple weeks ago. Genius.