Take a Kid to a Nats vs Cards Game for Free

Saw my first 2014 Nats’ game last night, a four hour (OK 3:56), 17 run, 25 hit, 18 strike out, three error, 364 pitch game won because the Marlins chose to intentionally walk Anthony Rendon to fill the bases and face Jason Werth, who responded with a grand slam home run.

A good ending to a long night filled with everything that is good and sometimes not so good about baseball.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to offer two terrific seats, fifth row behind the visitor’s dugout between home and third, for the Friday, April 18, 7:05 PM Nats vs Cards game.

I’ll be glad to donate them to someone who will take a young person to the game.

If no one wants to do that, I’ll sell the two for a total of $100.

The face price of the tickets is $80 per ticket. But since I pay $50 for them, I’m offering the two for a total of $100.

Let me know if you’re interested in either offer.

“The Rocket” – A Boy Cursed?

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The screening of this film is what our Sunday morning Cinema Club does best: offers films that one is unlikely to see elsewhere but rewards the audience with a good drama, well told, that reveals life and struggles beyond our own, often narrow shores and brings to the screen unknown talent.

The Rocket tells a story of a young Laotian boy and his struggles to overcome the label of being cursed. Along the way, the audience is treated not only to a good drama but also to insights about a land cursed by war, the effects of war and the building of a dam.

The acting, especially by the two youngest characters, Ahlo and Kia, is terrific, but all the performances are good.

In some ways, The Rocket reminded me of Beasts of the Southern Wild, but I also liked it because it took me to a world I barely know and made that world more understandable.

You’ll have to look for this film, but if it shows up where you live, you’re in for an hour and a half treat.

For a short trailer, click on this YouTube link.

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Update – 4/13/14 – Our Cinema Club gave the film a rating of 94.57% (excellent/good) and 96.59% would recommend it to a friend. Also, if a friend suggests you see the Swedish film We Are the Best, you might want to reevaluate that friendship.

Best Birthday Pix Ever

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The story behind the picture:

Most folks who follow the Red Sox and keep an eye on the President thought that the Sox visit to the White House was to recognize the magical year my heroes had going from last to first. And most of the press focused on Papi taking a “selfie” with Obama.

However, I can reveal here on MillersTime that that was only part of the story.

My good friend and buddy Nelson, through his beisbol contacts, arranged for my two heroes (backed by the entire Red Sox team) to personally wish me a Happy Birthday.

How’s that for friendship?

 

Now That That’s Over…

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Now that we know the mighty Sox will not be 162-0 this season…

And now that 60 of you have responded to my incessant nagging to get in your 2014 MillersTime Baseball predictions (one-third of you doing so in the final 24 hours)…

We can proceed with the best six months (seven for some of us) of the year.

I’m listing below Washington Nationals’ games for which I invite friends, foes, fans and faux fans to join me for a game at no cost, save perhaps buying me a bag of peanuts and being captive to my baseball natterings for three hours.

These are just the games for April and May. Later, I’ll list some summer and September games.

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Two Good Reads, an Invitation & a Request

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Usually I don’t post much on this website about books I’m reading, saving any comments or reviews for the end of the year listing of Books Most Enjoyed by MillersTime Readers.

But I have just finished two books, one fiction and one nonfiction, that I particularly enjoyed, each for different reasons, and thus didn’t want to wait until December to write about them.

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The Best Article on Parenting Ever

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No.

I’m not referring to either of the recent Atlantic Monthly articles that seem to have opposite conclusions: Hanna Rosen’s Hey! Parents, Leave Those Kids Alone or Alfie Kohn’s The Over-Protected Kid.

I’m referring to a short New Yorker article entitled New Parenting Study Released with this opening paragraph:

A recent study has shown that if American parents read one more long-form think piece about parenting they will go fucking ape shit.

 Read it through yourself, being sure to get to the last couple of paragraphs.

The Shoe Changes Foot

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(or is it “The Shoe Changes Feet” ?)

On Monday, Nate Silver, formerly the data guru at the NY Times and now master of his own fate at his new website FiveThirtyEight.com, posted the following:

 Senate Forecast: GOP Is Slight Favorite in Race for Senate Control

Numerous news reports, inside and outside the Beltway prognosticators, various columnists, politicians, and even bloggers have been saying something similar for the last several months.

But when Nate Silver, the guy who in the last Presidential race called every state’s result exactly right ahead of the vote, suddenly attention was paid.

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Unknown Knowns?

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Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) has made a documentary focusing on Donald Rumsfeld’s life in government, largely, though not exclusively, on his role as Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration.

(Morris’ The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, won an Academy Award as Best Documentary in 2003. I did not see it, but by many accounts it was an insightful, powerful film in which Morris was able to draw out McNamara about his role in the Vietnam War. One reviewer, Fred Kaplan, The Lies of The Fog of War, praised Morris for his ability to capture McNamara’s introspection, However, Kaplan also writes about the many “instances of McNamara’s mendacity” in that documentary.)

Along with Ellen and several friends, last night we saw a pre-release of Morris’ new film, The Unknown Known. If you plan to see this documentary, soon to be released nationwide, stop reading now as there are spoilers in what follows.

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“How like a winter hath my absence been from thee…”

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In Shakespeare’s 97th Sonnet, the narrator writes about his separation from his lover: “How like a winter hath my absence been/From thee…”

For some of us, this winter has been a particularly difficult absence from our love.

I speak, of course, of baseball.

But now we are closing in on Opening Day.

Check out the DGV Productions Winter in Fenway below for 2:59 seconds of merging winter, baseball, and Shakespeare.

It’s lovely.

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What a Weekend

So much to appreciate and to celebrate:

* One daughter, after three months of training and along with some friends, completed her first 1/2 marathon, cheered on by her husband, her three children, and her mother.

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* One daughter left Miami after two and a half years and arrived in Kansas City to join her fiance and to complete the final ten weeks of her job with the Knight Foundation, before celebrating her June 21, 2014 wedding.

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* Soon to retire from her 42 years working in the public interest world, Ellen — wife, mother, grandmother — is profiled in Chronicle of Philanthropy, witnesses one daughter’s first 1/2 marathon run, spends extended time with her three grandchildren, and squeezes in time to find a possible dress for her other daughter’s wedding.

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*And I, Richard — husband, father and GrandPapa- – and partner in the establishment and operation of a school for troubled kids and their families for 32 years, spent the weekend in New Orleans. There, along with four other founders of The Family Foundation, Inc. and The Frost School, I participated in planning for the Foundation’s expanded mission for its final ten years, and successfully found a bit of time for the delights of New Orleans.

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Definitely a weekend to remember.

A Fantasy, Partially Fulfilled

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Four Films in 26 Hours

Miami Film Festival.photo For some time now I’ve wanted to attend one of the premier film festivals (Sundance, Tellerude, Toronto, etc.) and immerse myself in five or six days of nonstop film watching.

I got a taste of that this past weekend when I was in Florida, taking in a few Sox spring training games and visiting my soon departing Miami daughter.

A couple of months ago said daughter sent me the program for the March 2014 Miami International Film Festival, and without much planning or investigating, I quickly chose four films that sounded of interest and got tickets.

How was it?

I loved it.

I saw one film Friday night at 7 PM and three the next day, at 1:15, 3:30, and 7 PM.

The films were all very different, but all four were enjoyable and entertaining. None will win awards, I suspect, but there is something I continue to enjoy about not knowing before hand much about what I’ll see.

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