Report from Santa Barbara, California

On one hand, my car radio could not pick up the NLCS game while in Santa Barbara this evening, although I could pick up the Raiders-Broncos football game on several stations, including the Raiders’ flagship station.

On the other hand, the ice cream stand on Stearns Wharf was serving up Blue Bunny brand ice cream. We like Blue Bunny.

On an unrelated note, for those of you who read this blog but not my personal blog, I start tomorrow as a full-time employee of the Yahoo! corporation. Which means I get paid time off. Which will make it easier to do another baseball road trip in the future. I’m thinking 2008 may be a more realistic proposition than 2007, but I don’t know what Levi is thinking.

Baseball-related Katrina note

Looks like the New Orleans Zephyrs got out of town okay, and their stadium, Zephyr Field, seems to have come through in good shape. (This is not a recent photo, but note the ad for Blue Bunny ice cream next to the scoreboard on the stadium facade — that’s the one thing in the picture that I support wholeheartedly.)

Yet another song

Of course Levi and Steve should coach Little League. It would be the only team with assigned reading every week!

I got another free iTunes song for going to the Ben & Jerry’s web site on Tuesday and pledging to vote in November, so I downloaded “Joe DiMaggio Done It Again” by Billy Bragg and Wilco. It’s a good thing I didn’t have to pledge to eat Ben & Jerry’s, since I tend to stick with ice cream with company names ending in “reyers.”

By the way, the new “radio charts” feature in the iTunes Music Store is surprisingly cool, although they unfortunately don’t list what’s being played on Carmi’s very own WROY. (They don’t seem to list any oldies stations or “standards” stations…and since they also don’t list any satellite format playlists, they only list a handful of AM stations nationwide.)

Original comments…

stacey: jim, did you know that “dreyer’s” is known as “edy’s” east of the rockies? this is akin the “hellman’s” & “best foods” mayonnaise phenomenon.

Jim: Yes, especially since I grew up way east of the Rockies. In fact, I don’t think they had Edy’s in Tampa until, like, the late ’80s or maybe even the early ’90s. By the way, I’m still a little mad at them for discontinuing my favorite flavor ever, Banana Cream Pie, which was banana ice cream with chunks of vanilla wafers. Breyers makes a banana ice cream with chocolate chunks in it, which is okay, but I could do without the chocolate. I like banana ice cream.