Frosty morning brings down final curtain
There’s nothing like a little sunshine and blue sky to make those autumn colors pop. But if you haven’t had a good look yet, today’s the day. Sunday morning’s hard frost has the leaves dropping like Christmas tree needles on New Year’s Day
The complete absence of wind Sunday morning allowed the falling leave to fly naturally to the ground. For those of us perched in our tree stand before dawn, it was an entertaining show.
Dandelions? In OCTOBER?
As if it weren’t weird enough that my lawn is still about as green as it was in June, while mowing Friday I spotted a few dandelions sprouting from beneath the autumn leaves.
It’s been a strange year.
What’s in your wallet?
Have you been paying attention to the credit card wars?
My wife is all over it. Wooed by the offers from other card companies, she dumped VISA like a jug of sour milk and signed up for a Citi Master Card and American Express.
The Citi card (with no annual fee) pays 2-percent cash back on everything you buy. The American Express pays 6 percent back on groceries and 3 percent back on gas. It requires a $75 annual fee, but if you buy $100 worth of groceries per month (a lot of ramen noodles, eh?), that’s $72 right there.
As with everything, it pays to shop around for credit cards.
Game Three of the Tigers-Orioles series … Tigers down two games to none in the best-of-five series …
The stunned silence following the two-run homer by the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz was still hanging in the air over Comerica Park when my phone rang. It was my neighbor. Given the timing - around 6 p.m. on the fifth day of the Michigan archery deer season - I had a pretty good inkling about the reason for the call.
"Did you stick one?," I asked, skipping the greeting.
"Yeah," he said. "A nice buck. Are you busy?
As much as I hated to leave my TV, there was really only one answer to Jerry’s question: “I’ll be right over.”
Read my Michigander column by clicking on the archer.
And I was there …
It was 30 years ago yesterday that the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in Game 5 against the San Diego Padres.
As a reporter for the Lansing State Journal, I covered all three home games - not as a sports reporter, but as a Page 1 color writer.
I’ll never forget Kirk Gibson’s eight-inning at-bat against Goose Gossage. I can still see the arc of Gibby’s home run - his second of the game - disappearing into the right-field stands.
Final score: Tigers, 8; Padres, 4.
Among my 52,000 fellow spectators attendance were my three brothers, my dad, my brother-in-law and my father-in-law.
What a party!