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Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:26 pm
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(Look! Texans icon! I made it myself!)

More Houston-Galveston stuff, some of which refers to yesterday's entry:
  • Aw man, I knew it was probably coming, but Jim Deshaies is leaving us for the Cubs. I adore that man. (But I'm not sure I adore him enough that I'll go watch Cubs games just for him. Of course, if the Astros are bad enough this next year, that may start to look like a more attractive option.)
  • In other (ex-)Astros news, Brad Lidge is probably retiring. Also, bonus footage there of the Astros clinching in 2005. (Rob and I were watching the faces and in some cases the jerseys during the scrum, and going, "Berkman! Biggio! Clemens!" Damn, that was a good team, even if they couldn't win a WS game.)
  • I had to go to Galveston today for a doctor's appointment, and the other Carnival ship was in today. I got out of my appointment right at 4:30, which I have learned over the past couple of years is about the time that the ships usually depart. You could tell that anyway, because when I got back downtown, half the passengers were lined up looking over the railings. To me this always brings to mind old black-and-white movies where the passengers line up to wave at their loved ones who are waving back from below. But nobody is going to stand around to watch you leave when you're just going sailing around the Gulf of Mexico for five days or whatever it is. Plus most of the passengers arrive on buses or park remotely, so there's nobody to watch, in any case. (I'm sure the passengers aren't really lining up for that at all, they're just watching the ship pull out. Still amuses me just the same.)
  • I said confidently yesterday that the Texans game was taping (by which I actually meant DV-R'ing, of course, but that just doesn't have the same ring to it) so of course when I got home it hadn't worked properly, and I only got the last hour or so. I didn't really care that much, anyway, but I really should probably investigate what happened there. It seems to have switched on at three o'clock or something, and our games are nearly always at noon. Honestly, U-verse, you're supposed to just read my mind! (And often it seems to. I'm terribly spoiled, really.)
  • Also, the Texans have serious injury problems. They coped with it pretty well, yesterday, but that was just the Titans. New England may be another story.
Note to self: 45 minutes is too long of a drive for a routine doctor appointment. (As the university knows full well, it's why they have about a zillion clinics scattered all over the north half of the county.)

(I was going to add a picture of the rather excessive holiday decorations around our apartment complex, but my phone isn't cooperating. Sorry.)

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Date: 2012-12-04 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] profrobert.livejournal.com
That's a sad commentary when the Cubs represent a success upgrade for your baseball team.

Speaking of sports, I have to ask, WTF kind of name is "Texans" for a sports team? I mean, it's like the "New York New Yorkers," (they play so nice, you have to name them twice). This is particularly so given that Houston had a great team name in the Oilers (or, as we called them in New York, the Howston Earlers). Why didn't they go back to that instead of opting for such a generic rendancy? The only other team I can think of with such a silly name is the Montreal Canadiens, who have the added bonus of misspelling Canadians.

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Date: 2012-12-05 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Short version: I agree with you on both counts. But the Astros were worse than even the Cubs last year, and you gotta think what with moving to the American League this year, it absolutely could get worse. (I hear they're shopping for a DH at the winter meetings. Gonna be interesting to see who they come up with.)

As far as the Texans, I said exactly the same thing when they announced the name, but well, you get used to it. And it's not like they're gonna change it just because I think it's silly. Actually it doesn't bother me near as much as that mascot thing up there in my icon, although obviously I have gotten used to that too. I still am not THAT crazy about it that I am ever going to change it to my default icon, even if they win the damn Super Bowl. It will probably only ever make appearances on specifically Texans-related posts.

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Date: 2012-12-05 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Oh, and I don't think the Texans had the option of using "Oilers" even if they had wanted to. That name still belongs to the Titans franchise, as I understand it.

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Date: 2012-12-05 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] profrobert.livejournal.com
Ah, that makes sense. I guess the Jets didn't keep the trademark rights to the Titans name (though they do wear the Titan jerseys as part of the retro uniform promotion).

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