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Scenery pictures June 30, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Baseball, Personal, Photography, Sports, Travel, Weather.
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Inspired by my travel pictures post, this post is made up entirely of pictures of scenery or past landmarks that are new to the site.

I originally planned on putting in pictures I shot in April and June of this year, but then went further back to 2005.  Unless otherwise noted, the pictures were taken outside my house.

We’ll start with a few sunrise pictures.

February 24, 2005:

March 3, 2005:

March 14, 2005, overlooking the 1st hole fairway of Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead golf course in Palm Harbor, Florida:

July 3, 2005: Sunset outside Jones Beach Theater:

May 27, 2006: Memorial Day Weekend fireworks at North Hempstead Beach Park:

July 30, 2006: A series of sunset pics while on a boat ride south of Freeport:

August 18, 2006: Looking above Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport:

August 25, 2006: On the beach in Lake Worth, Florida:

Later that day, an approaching thunderstorm at The Cascades in Boynton Beach:

August 26, 2006: Storm clouds north of Boynton Beach:

August 28, 2006: Walking up Cascades Isle Boulevard:

September 6, 2006: Shea Stadium before the first game of a Mets-Braves doubleheader:

A plane for a since-defunct airline in its final approach to LaGuardia Airport:

September 8, 2006: Hicksville LIRR station:

September 11, 2006:

October 28, 2006: Back at Innisbrook, looking above Copperhead’s 2nd tee:

Part of Innisbrook’s Loch Ness pool:

November 3, 2006: Fall foliage at LIU Post:

Looking above the Duffy Avenue/Newbridge Road intersection in Hicksville, south of the LIRR station:

November 10, 2006: Sunset at Post:

August 17, 2007: The early stage of a thunderstorm:

September 12, 2007:

October 27, 2007:

March 8, 2008: Back above Copperhead:

April 7, 2012, at a surprise wedding in Freeport:

June 3, 2012:

June 9, 2012:

June 17, 2012, at a Father’s Day barbecue in Freeport:

June 22, 2012: Sunset:

June 27, 2012: Looking above the platform at the Wantagh LIRR station:

A bird in the Rockville Centre LIRR station parking lot:

And now more photographic loose ends have been tied up at MikeChimeri.com.  I hope you liked what you saw.

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Acoustic Alchemy concert recap 3 June 22, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, News, Personal, Travel, Weather.
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Other Acoustic Alchemy recaps: June 2008, October 2010, November 2016

Yesterday was a day I had been looking forward to since mid-March when I bought my ticket: Acoustic Alchemy‘s 8PM set at The Iridium.  It was their third night of three at the club.

But there is a prelude to the photo recap of their show.

This was the middle day of a three-day heat wave in the Northeastern U.S.  The evening before, the power went out at my house for three hours, from 6:20 to 9:20 (both approximately), except for two minutes around 8:45 when there was power before losing it again.  45 minutes later, the power was out again, but back within a few minutes.  The next time I lost power wasn’t until 2:25 yesterday afternoon.  LIPA (the Long Island Power Authority) estimated that power would be restored by 5:00.  According to the alarm clock in my room when I got home, it returned at 5:13.

But I couldn’t wait two hours in a gradually heating up house until my planned train ride at 4:59.  So, within 15 minutes of the outage, I got ready to go (with only sunlight to work with) and got a ride to the Wantagh LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) station at around 3:15.  The train left at 3:27 and I was at Penn Station by about 4:15.  While in Woodside, my train passed over I-278, the B.Q.E. (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway):

This was my second attempt at a picture over there.  My first try came on the way to Shilts’ show at Houndstooth last month.

I took the subway from 34th Street to 42nd and walked toward 6th Avenue.  From there, I passed News Corporation, McGraw-Hill, SNY (SportsNet New York) and Radio City Music Hall, before turning back toward Broadway at 51st Street.

It was only 5:15.  I still had an hour and a half before show attendees could go into Iridium.  So, I killed another hour at the Applebee’s a block away.  Then, I waited for a half hour outside the next-door Winter Garden Theatre.  Finally, at 6:50, the first wave of attendees were let in.  After seltzer, water, and pizza, it was time for the show.

Greg Carmichael, the Boss of the Band, played acoustic guitar:

Miles Gilderdale played electric guitar…

And acoustic guitar:

Fred White on keyboards:

Gary Grainger on bass:

And his brother Gregory Grainger on drums:

The set:
1. Homecoming
Originally heard on: “Reference Point,” 1990; “Arcanum,” 1996

2. Overnight Sleeper
Originally heard on: “Natural Elements,” 1988

3. Angel of the South
Originally heard on: “The Beautiful Game,” 2000

4. Jamaica Heartbeat
Originally heard on: “Back On The Case,” 1991

5. Marrakesh
Originally heard on: “Roseland,” 2011

6. One for Shorty
Originally heard on: “Roseland,” 2011

7. Passion Play
Originally heard on: “AArt,” 2001

8. Ariane
Originally heard on: “Blue Chip,” 1989

9. The Stone Circle
Originally heard on: “Red Dust & Spanish Lace,” 1987

10. The Beautiful Game
Originally heard on: “The Beautiful Game,” 2000

11. Tuff Puzzle
Originally heard on: “AArt,” 2001

Encore 1. Casino
Originally heard on: “Natural Elements,” 1988; “Early Alchemy,” 1992 (recorded circa ’82); “Arcanum,” 1996

Miles’ “Overnight Sleeper” solo:

Greg C.:

Gary’s bass/scat solo on “One for Shorty,” a tribute to his late niece, Gregory’s daughter, Dianne:

Greg G.:

Click here to learn about The MusicianShip, the non-profit organization co-founded by Greg, Dianne, and Jeffery Tribble Jr.

Fred’s “Passion Play” solo:

The Graingers’ bass/drum jam during “Tuff Puzzle”:

Miles’ wild “Tuff Puzzle” solo!:

The encore: “Casino”:

It was quite a show.  The band was fantastic!  And I heard from Fred that the 10:00 show was just as great!

35,000 views June 15, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Personal.
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A few hours ago, MikeChimeri.com (previously The Mike Chimeri Blog) surpassed 35,000 views.

The next milestone post will come at 40,000.

1/5/14 UPDATE: The next post came at 50,000.

Travel pictures June 13, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Personal, Photography, Travel.
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This post contains pictures that I haven’t put in a post at this website before.  Most go back to before it began in April 2008.  The pics were taken during my travels: on interstate highways, parkways, state roads, county roads, city streets, from a cruise ship, and in a parking lot.

We’ll begin in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on May 16, 2005, leaving Penn State University the day after that year’s commencement ceremony.  (My sister received her Bachelor’s degree in marketing.)

U.S. 322 west:

U.S. 220 north:

I-80 east:

Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania is not related to the actual Jersey Shore, nor anywhere near it.

In New Jersey:

I-95 approaching the inbound George Washington Bridge:

Our next stop is Connecticut on the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Northbound on March 28, 2004:

Southbound on December 10, 2010:

It’s off to Florida for the next set of pictures.  We’ll start in South Florida.

April 7, 2004: I-75 south:

I-75’s southern terminus, and State Road 924 (Gratigny Parkway):

According to the Google Maps street view, this is how the above interchange looked seven years later:

Downtown Miami, viewed from a parking garage near American Airlines Arena:

April 9, 2004: State Road 869 (Sawgrass Expressway) approaching I-595:

I-595 east:

August 29, 2006: I-95 north, approaching Palm Beach International Airport:

The above pic was taken at 6:16 AM, just before sunrise.

I-95 south two days earlier, on August 27:

Then-State Road 782 (Linton Boulevard) west, approaching I-95:

Linton was re-designated as Palm Beach County Road 782, but as of today, either it’s an unsigned route or that designation was also removed.

We head northwest to the Tampa Bay Area for the next few pics.

October 27, 2006: State Road 60 west:

U.S. 19 north:

October 30, 2006: Pinellas County Road 611 south:

State Road 60 east:

That leaves us with New York.  The first set of New York pics are from Manhattan, then the Bronx, and Westchester and Nassau counties.

April 27, 1999:

July 8, 2002: Embarking on a five-day cruise to and from the Canadian Maritimes:

November 7, 2003: State Route 9A (West Side Highway) south:

December 5, 1999: A view of two bridges from the southbound FDR Drive.

Manhattan Bridge:

Brooklyn Bridge:

November 17, 2006:

Back to May 16, 2005: I-95 north at I-295‘s northern terminus:

March 28, 2004: Hutchinson River Parkway north:

May 10, 2001: State Routes 107 and 106 splitting up in Hicksville, the southern terminus of their 1.51 mile concurrency:

The last picture of this post was taken on August 22, 2004, on a boat, just below the Loop Parkway‘s eastern terminus at the Meadowbrook State Parkway:

And with that, this website’s photographic loose ends have been tied up.

For more travel pics, check these posts:
Spyro Gyra Smooth Cruise recap (July 2008)
Alumni Show interview: Ken Navarro! (September 2008)
South Florida trip recap (September-October 2008)
SJFS 2009 recap (May 2009)
Rippingtons Smooth Cruise recap (July 2009)
HotForWords at Borders in NYC! (August 2009)
David Benoit at Tarrytown recap (May 2010)
RnR Smooth Cruise recap (August 2010)
Guitars & Saxes 2010 Smooth Cruise recap (August 2010)
Rippingtons Smooth Cruise recap 2 (July 2011)
Shilts at Houndstooth Pub recap 2 (May 2012)

Where I was: Johan Santana’s no-hitter June 1, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Baseball, Hockey, Internet, Media, News, Personal, Radio, TV.
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(Updated with additional links.)

It’s been a whirlwind 56 minutes as I type.  Here goes:

For stress reasons, I typically don’t watch or listen to Mets games until three hours after it starts.  If I didn’t check ESPN.com at 9:42 PM EDT to see the name of the winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals held last night – it was Snigdha Nandipati – I would not have known Johan Santana was three outs away from pitching a no-hitter.  But I did.

I left my bedroom, and from the top of the stairs in the top floor hallway, I told my parents down in the den to put on SNY because Santana was close to achieving that no-hitter.  This may be too much information, but while SNY was (and still is) recording on the DVR in my room, I listened to the last three outs on WFAN from the bathroom on the shower radio in there.

Mets lead radio play-by-play announcer Howie Rose was as loud as he was 18 years and five nights ago at Madison Square Garden, calling Stephane Matteau’s Eastern Conference Finals-clinching goal in double overtime for the Rangers against the Devils.

I don’t think any Mets fan, including Howie, thought tonight would ever happen.  It took 8,020 games in 51 seasons for the first no-hitter in Mets history to occur.  What a night.

An excerpt of the game recap from Steven Miller at MLB.com:

It took 50 years, but the New York Mets and Johan Santana finally have their no-hitter.

The 33-year-old Santana held the Cardinals hitless in an 8-0 victory Friday in front of 27,069 at Citi Field, who witnessed the first no-hitter in franchise history. The left-hander walked five as his pitch count climbed to 134, but manager Terry Collins could not pull his starter, who Collins said he would limit to about 110 pitches before the game.

“Wow — amazing,” Santana said after the game. “Coming into this season, I was just hoping to come back and stay healthy and help this team. And now I’m in this situation in the greatest city in baseball. I’m very happy, and I’m happy for [the fans], finally — the first one.

“It was a crazy night, trying to command my fastball, moving all over the plate. But I was able to locate it, command it and get some quick outs and get out of there.”

When asked how he felt after throwing the final pitch, Santana could hardly contain his excitement.

“That’s the greatest feeling ever,” Santana said, just as he received a celebratory pie to the face.

WFAN audio/SNY video via Deadspin

New York Daily News:
Anthony McCarron: Johan Santana tosses first no-hitter in NY Mets history during 8-0 victory against St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field
Mike Lupica: On Johan Santana’s magical night at Citi Field, NY Mets fans finally see a no-hitter

Newsday (subscription required):
Roderick Boone: Johan Santana pitches Mets’ first no-hitter

ESPN New York:
Andrew Marchand: Johan Santana tosses no-hitter

WFAN/Associated Press/1010 WINS:
UNBELIEVABLE: Santana Throws First No-Hitter In Mets History

Steve Somers of WFAN (who now sounds years younger thanks to dental surgery last Monday):
Show Open
Interview with Mets catcher Josh Thole
Interview with Ron Darling, former Mets pitcher and current analyst for Mets games on SNY
6/6 UPDATE: Monday night’s Show Open and interview with Jerry Seinfeld

MLB.com:
Pictures
Video

8/18 UPDATE: In recent days, Steve Somers’ speech has returned nearly to what it was before his surgery.  He no longer sounds like he ingested helium.

Unfortunately, Johan hasn’t been the same pitcher since the no-hitter.