Dre\’s Ramblings

Start heading over there
January 2, 2008, 11:26 am
Filed under: Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Where to find Dre | Tags: , , , ,

By over there I mean http://dresramblings.com. It’s still not where I want it; it’s actually far from where I want it to be. But I want to start doing the daily personal blog thing again and having a self-hosted site seems to be the best way to do so. This site will be up for a while longer, until I’ve finally made all of the necessary changes to the self-hosted links.

Here’s a parting shot from 2007 – I’ll start doing a catch-up series tomorrow. But first:

PhotoMatt at BlogWorld

More about it over there tomorrow (though there will be a post or two up today also).


A part of my childhood went to heaven today
August 14, 2007, 12:04 pm
Filed under: New York, New York City, New York Yankees, Phil Rizzuto, sports

“Did he do it… yeah he did… going the opposite field; that Mattingly is amazing… Holy cow!”

That’s my recollection of hearing Phil Rizzuto call the home run hit by Don Mattingly that tied the consecutive home run record held by Pittsburgh’s Dale Long. Ironcially I’d just listened to the audio clip on Monday afternoon. I had no idea I’d be hearing of Rizzuto’s death while waiting for lunch today. He was 89.

Growing up in New York, especially before I discovered how much fun listening to games on the radio was, I watched every New York Yankees game broadcast on WPIX, which meant hearing the games as called by Phil Rizzuto and Bill White. I made the switch to listening to John Sterling after it was decided that Yankees games would be broadcast on cable long before The Bronx would be privileged to receive it. But it was still a treat to watch television whenever we knew the game was being broadcast locally.

Long before I knew that Harry Caray was known for saying “Holy Cow” to me it meant hearing “the Scooter” tell stories of past Yankees glory, of cannolis being eaten and of birthday and anniversary wishes being shared. He showed some of that style during his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1994. He was a bridge to franchise’s past at a time when it was greatly desired and needed from its fan. The only Yankee that drew more applause at an old-timer’s game than Mattingly or DiMaggio was Rizzuto.

We knew he’d been sick for some time, though we as the fans of the team known as the Evil Empire hoped he could make it to see his beloved team play one more time in the Fall Classic. He was the same age that my grandmother would have been this year and she loved watching him call games. Most times we’d sit in front of the television and watch the game, my parents still wondering how their child could love baseball more than soccer.

Hopefully he’ll get the chance to watch the guys send the House that Ruth Built out in style from a box seat upstairs. I think those of us who enjoyed him would like that more than anything else. As for me, I see a cannoli in my future this evening, just right for someone who proved while playing that the content of a man should be measured by what they do and not by how tall they are. Steinbrenner must have been right; “heaven must have needed a shortstop,” and they went out and got the best one available. Maybe the big guy is a Yankees fan after all.


Neon in Birmingham: I’m bringing neon back, (yeah)

Pardon the cheese, it was on a bet from a few months back. I figured the safest way to begin a renaissance at the Ramblings (at least this version) is by restarting the Neon in Birmingham series. For those new to the game, we take images of all of the neon signs located in Birmingham, AL proper. Why? Just because…

SAS neon sign

This is one of the newer signs here in town. It belongs to the new offices for Sims Architectural Studio. The office was formerly located on 20th Street in the city center. Now they’re enjoying digs in what’s becoming another design district for the city along 2nd Avenue South.

The official homepage for the series has moved to the (soon to be) new home for Dre’s Ramblings. You can always check out the Flickr set for the series and visit the Magic City Flickr Group’s set for more images.


So, how do you celebrate two years of blogging?

I’m not quite sure where the time’s gone. I really didn’t even realize it until I started making the first major changes to the site in months. Somewhere between beginning to transfer posts from this account to a self-installed version of the site, I was immediately reminded that Saturday was two years since I first decided to join the blogosphere. As always, here’s the obligatory link to the first post.

This year has been a crazy one for me, with the death of my grandmother and the decision to go off on my own and launch a website. Both have definitely affected how I view the world and have made me appreciate those that can continuously burn a candle at both ends. In many respects, I guess I’ve accomplished the intent of the 101 in 1001 list (already moved to the new site), to get out of the comfort zone and push the limits. I just hope I’m not pushing too hard.

Realizing that it’s been two years also made me realize that it’s been a long time since I’ve posted regularly. Though I will probably never post at that insane level that I did last summer on this blog, I do intend a slow but steady return to doing this more personal site. Plus, I’ve gotten a lot of grief about not putting up a picture in the about us section. We’re in the process of moving to a new site, so I’ll save you from that (not really). Here’s a shot that Bob Farley took for use in an upcoming online magazine article about The Terminal.

Andre on the roof

Speaking of the hub, this link will take you to a submission form that allows you to submit questions for the 2007 mayoral candidates here in Birmingham. It’s my intention (with my now growing staff) to ask the candidates these questions soon and share them with you. Some will be asked to all of them while others will be asked to specific ones. You get to decide who as well. I’m determined to make this more about using the medium as a tool to inform even if it’s become one that leans towards making sure that one’s opinion will reign down on you and you must agree. I’ll keep you posted.

I’ll also take a moment to thank those of you who’ve still stopped by the check on the site and those that are supporting The Terminal. It’s definitely been an interesting journey so far and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the coming year.


The GoDaddy mystery continues…
June 19, 2007, 1:04 pm
Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, godaddy

Apparently when I called about what I described in my last post, not everyone was necessarily aware that it was happening. Something has happened with Go Daddy’s servers that have effectively shut down several websites today.

Besides my own site, the actual Go Daddy homepage is not accessible. There also appears to be a problem with the Chicago Sun Times site and locally, the Birmingham Weekly site.

I’m sure there are several other sites that use Go Daddy as a host locally have been affected during the early part of the afternoon.

The person I spoke to at Go Daddy stated that there was not a known time for when the problem would be fixed but that they were working on it as quickly as possible. Luckily just as I was about to hit post, the problem appears solved.

The joys of working in a virtual universe.

We’ll talk to you again soon.


Murphy’s law rears its ugly head
June 19, 2007, 11:20 am
Filed under: AL, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, The Terminal

I seem to enjoy some of the strangest luck in the world just when I need it least.

As most of you know, I’ve been “neglecting” this site in order to set up The Terminal, a daily news blog for Birmingham, Alabama (NOTE: If you are still not getting a page as you read this when you click on the link, you may see where this post is going).

Well, I had finally decided that it was time to start making a serious push for readership hoping it would lead to more writers and more content.

Well, I’ve already started inviting people to be a friend to the site on MySpace and was getting ready to complete updating Timetable, the site’s arts and culture section after an untimely keystroke yesterday. Unfortunately the bad weather at GoDaddy.com server headquarters has now made this all for naught.

I’ve checked sites that I know are hosted on their servers in addition to mine, and I can safely report that their servers are down. I’m hoping they don’t stay down too long, since every other service I’m using to publicize the site is up and running.

I can’t complain too much, since it’s run fairly safely for more than 3 months during the “beta” period. But to have it go down on the first real day of pushing it is just too ironic to not post about.

For those also wondering, this site will remain a personal site (e.g., you’ll see more pictures of me and what’s going on) and it will still have some things on Birmingham because, well, that’s why I started it. You may not see the amount of pictures on the main site that you’re used to over here because, well, the purpose is to provide information. Hopefully once I have more photographers volunteering that may change, but the purpose is information right now.

Anyhow, the vent’s over, and now I’m going to sit and wait… and wait… and wait.

Enjoy the day! (and the rain if you’re in Birmingham)