Saturday, May 05, 2007

I know I promised the rest of the Cooperstown report, but the last couple of evenings have been busy. I'll get to the rest of the report in the next couple of days, but here are a few items off the top of my head...

- I went to see Spider-Man 3 at the Jordan's Furniture IMAX theater with some friends last night. It was certainly entertaining enough, with great special effects fight sequences, some fun character stuff and a few inside jokes for geeks like me (like the Sandman favoring green striped sweaters). It didn't live up to the last two movies in the series, however. It seemed like they put a bunch of script ideas in a blender, mixed it all up and spit out a movie. Maybe there were some deleted scenes that would make the whole thing hang together a little better - we'll see when the DVD comes out.

Not that I'm saying Spider-Man 3 is a bad movie. It's a lot of fund and I recommend seeing if if you like big Hollywood popcorn pictures. If you are expecting it to live up to the standards of the first two Spider-Man films, you'll probably be disappointed.

- While I was at the movies last night, Tim Wakefield took matters into his own hands, making his lack of run support irrelevant. He pitched an outstanding game, limiting the Twins to no runs over 7 innings. The Sox got him just enough, scoring two runs (including a solo homer by Papi) and the bullpen made the runs hold up.

Can you think of a more universally respected Red Sox player in recent memory than Tim Wakefield? He does whatever is asked of him; starts, relieves, closes. He does tremendous charity work, particularly with the Franciscan Hospital for Children and has been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award numerous times. Wake will never make the Hall of Fame, but he has been a great credit to the Red Sox for over a decade.

- It was a nice day today, and we had no plans or activities (unusual for a weekend day), so we headed up to Canobie Lake Park on the spur of the moment. Canobie Lake is an amusement park in Salem, NH. It's a classic park, built at the end of a trolley line back in 1902 to increase business on the trolley on the weekends. The park has survived the century, at a time when many similar amusement parks have gone out of business.

Canobie is a very nice place, spotlessly clean and well maintained. While you won't find any Six Flags style super thrill rides, there is a classic wooden roller coaster, a loop-the-loop coaster and a bunch of other fun rides. We picked a great day to go. Despite the nice weather, the real season for the park hasn't started yet so the kids were pretty much able to ride anything they wanted with few lines to stand in. It was a fun family day.


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