On Losing Seasons, Bandwagons, Despising My Father*, and Regrettable Facebook Interactions
(Note: This title deserves an asterisk. I don’t despise my father. But read on to understand.)
That’s a big headline. Let’s just dive in.
This year, the 2010-2011 sports season, has left me at a crossroads with my respective sports team. As many know, I live, breathe, and bleed the Browns, Indians, Blue Jackets, and Ohio State football. Of those 4 teams, only one managed a winning season for 2010-2011 (caveat: the Blue Jackets aren’t finished with their season yet but have taken their traditional midseason dive after a great beginning). 3 out of 4 teams. That’s a bad percentage. The Browns haven’t made the playoff since 2002 (their only appearance since their 1999 reincarnation), the Indians since 2007, and the Blue Jackets have exactly one playoff appearance (2008-2009). So recent success? Yes. Sustained success? A definite no.
For lunch today, M and I met our friend Vinnie and trekked to Marabella Meatball Co. This is a new establishment in downtown Philly, focusing singularly on the meatball.
The brainchild of the Marabella Italian Restaurant chain, this caters to a very particular niche. They feature pork, beef, chicken, and veggie meatballs with different sauces and cheeses to top them with. M, Vinnie, and I each had their traditional meatball hoagie. I had the beef meatballs with a mushroom cream sauce and sharp provolone on top. The sandwich was big, warm, and full of flavor.
As a lover of meatballs, I have to give this place my seal of approval. It’s just another cool place that caters to a particular item. Maybe meatballs will be the new cupcakes!
Today, M and I went down to Center City for lunch with a friend and to visit the Rosenbach Museum. The museum/library turned out to be much more than either of us expected. The extensive collection was acquired by two brothers and has been housed in their former residence. The collection is extensive, encompassing American history and literature particularly.
One of the more interesting collections is the Maurice Sendak collection. The illustrator of Where The Wild Things Are has donated a majority of his artwork to the Rosenbach. He fell in love with the museum (understandably so) and decided it was the best place for his work.
If you are a fan of the book as a form of art, this is a must see museum.