Tuesday, November 30, 2010

job hunting, take two

This time for a part time job. I'm planning on applying to a few places today. So if I get really irritable and my posting gets sporadic, it's because I got the job (and wasn't able to negotiate for weekend-only hours).

Also, there's a big story about Cranston, Rhode Island in the news today because there's a big town government scene about the stop signs. Really. Those magical "they" people say that 1/4 of the stop signs in the town, so just shy of 700, are illegal stop signs. A bit ironic, for something law-ish to be illegal itself. But this is why people need to be proactive and organize/communicate things.

That's all for now. I gotta finish my calc homework soon so I have time to go check out those jobs.

Monday, November 29, 2010

old news

As the title suggests, this is old news, but I finished a scholarship essay this weekend that pertained to it and I find it interesting. The Pew Forum did a survey a while back about world religions and what people knew about what. There were all sorts of questions, ranging from religious figures and celebrations to US laws pertaining to religion, from various branches of Christianity to eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. I couldn't find the official 32-question quiz, but I got 14 out of 15 (93%) on the one they had on the site. (The question I got wrong was one about how communion is considered in the Catholic church, because they consider the bread and wine to actually turn into the body of Jesus, and honestly that's kinda gross...)

Why is this so interesting? According to the study, atheists and agnostics scored the highest. I find it great that the very people who are flogged for not believing in stuff are the same people that know more about said stuff than the people that do believe in it and are doing the flogging. (That was a horribly written sentence.) No, seriously, atheists and agnostics scored an average of 20.9 of the 32 questions correctly; Jews and Mormons also scored in the 20s. Everyone else .... didn't do quite so hot.

So the next time I get flogged for being an atheist (which will probably be once the new issue of the school paper comes out, considering my article), at least I can say that I know about what I don't believe in.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

snakes alive

(photo from Wikipedia)
This was actually an article I saw a few days ago in the "Weird News" section of AOL, about this genus of gliding snakes. National Geographic did a thing on Chrysopelea snakes, trying to scientifically figure out how these snakes can basically launch themselves out of a tree and glide 800+ feet to the next one. Turns out they sorta flatten themselves out and do a funky little sidewinder-esque undulation thing, squiggling about in the air, which makes their entire body kinda like one big wing that propels them through the air. Obviously, they don't fly, they glide, but still. That's really cool.
(photo from flyingsnakes.org)
And they're cool-looking, too :)

Apparently the Pentagon is looking to these snakes for a future aircraft design. Though I'm not sure how that'd be at all efficient, particularly if there was a pilot that had to man the craft amidst all that squiggling...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

self-declared holiday

There probably already is a "National Obscure Instrument Day" because... well... there's a holiday for everything. I mean, my birthday is National Knife Day. Anyway, while I was procrastinating on a scholarship essay, I found myself on Wikipedia looking at their list of weird instruments. It's always been a fleeting goal of mine to learn how to play an obscure instrument, i.e. not something normal like piano (which I'm horrible at) or guitar. Even percussion, which basically includes everything you can touch, is getting a little boring. So Thanksgiving Day was dedicated to finding something obscure I could learn to play.

I was particularly intrigued by woodwind instruments, since I've found that brass instruments are just too tickly to play (you have to buzz your lips to make the sound and going "bbbbbb" all the time gets a little tickly). I've played friends' flutes and clarinets, so I started there, and I've always been fascinated by lower variations of common instruments. Here are a few of my favorites:
(pictures are from Wikipedia or Yahoo! Images)

Didgeridoos. They're technically woodwinds 'cause they're wooden, but they are extremely hard to play. At least I thought they were. Then again, being an asthmatic percussionist, pretty much any instrument that requires air is hard to play.

Various flutes, including the flûte d'amour (it has a cool name and it's lower than a normal flute) and the lower ones. Once you get past the standard concert flute and the flûte d'amour, they start bending in order to get the length they need to be that low, and the start looking really funky.

Same deal with the clarinets. One of the freshmen in band played the contralto clarinet in middle school, the instrument was taller than her. It was insane. Sounds wicked cool, though.

And a tromboon, just because it's silly. Makes a hideous sound, but it's just funny.

But considering that even an alto clarinet or something like that would cost me an arm and a leg, I settled for looking for the next best thing: a recorder. I'm not talking the lame-o, 4th grade, standard issue soprano recorder. I'm talking a real, high-quality recorder. Back in middle school, before I moved, our school chorus also had some recorder accompaniment; my friend played the alto recorder, and there were all the other kinds, from sopranino to bass, and it sounded really cool. So because I have a thing for low woodwinds, I set my sights on either a tenor or a bass recorder. I found them on Amazon and eBay, for pretty good prices (they can get pretty expensive). And Christmas is less than a month away... hint hint :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

black friday

Whoever came up with the idea that going shopping at 4am is seriously smoking something. I realize y'all wanna get your Christmas generic winter get-together (I must say, I hate having to be politically correct) shopping done early, but I don't think that's quite what they mean by "early." It can't be the sales; that so called "biggest sale of the year" happens every other week between now and New Year's. And I'd rather avoid getting trampled by crazed shoppers 'cause I accidentally picked up the thing they want.

I've been Black Friday shopping once. I went with my stepmom, we needed a mini basketball hoop for my brother. We went to Toys 'R' Us, spent 2 minutes finding the hoop and then spent almost an hour waiting in line. And this was a pretty fast-moving line. I mean, the line was all the way past the registers, along the side where all the kids clothing is and was weaving through the baby crap. It was ridiculous. Somehow jumping a state and going shopping just over the border wasn't so crazy. (Then again, it might've been because we were shopping at, like, 10pm...)

The only reason why I'll leave the house today for commercial reasons is because my phone died this week and I either need to get it fixed (might just be the battery) or get a new one. You don't realize how important a cell phone is until you don't have it anymore. Using the house phone really sucks...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

more changes

Same crap, different day. I suffer some sort of inferiority-based breakdown, start fighting with the EGE and while he's enjoying his day, eating that stupid mid-afternoon Thanksgiving meal, I'm stuck here to drown in my lack of self-efficacy.

Yup, that's right. More changes to the blog. I actually started this yesterday, by adding a Creative Commons license to the site. It's at the bottom of the page, basically says that readers can share anything on here as long as they credit it to me, they not use it for money-ish things and that they do the same with their work. I also cleaned up my sidebar a bit, and added a link to the Facebook page for the site (sorry, I got bored).

I also scoped out some blog badges to fill the now-empty sidebar. I didn't want it to turn into one massive advertisement thing, that wouldn't be cool. It was more to figure out what I want to promote on here. Things like being an atheist and supporting journalistic rights under the First Amendment. I'll figure something out.

As for content, I'll try to stay on top of important trades, mostly if they relate to the Sox, any of my favorite players or anyone else who is important. But since baseball coverage only gives me so much to talk about, and I'm not a horribly interesting person in real life, I'm expanding the "divided loyalty" theme to pretty much anything with controversy. If there's anything I like about journalism, it's saying what I want about anything, without having to worry about getting flogged for it...ehhh...ok, so maybe I do worry about getting flogged for what I write (rightfully so: this coming issue of the school paper had me, a devout atheist, denouncing how religious fuzzy-wuzzies celebrate holidays), but I still like being able to say what I want.

This is my last-ditch attempt to improve this blog. If this doesn't work, I just might have to ... I don't know, do something bad. Like not tone down any religious editorials I write for the paper, or intentionally write them so people get pissed at me. You know, more than they already are.

And I don't have a label for this post. Go me.

happy turkey day

Not much going on today. And we're having dinner at actual dinner time, instead of 2pm. Seriously, who came up with that? You can't eat lunch 'cause then you won't be hungry, so by the time 2 rolls around, you're starving, but then you pig out on appetizers so then you're too full for the stupid mid-afternoon meal and dessert, then you're starving again around 8. It's a stupid system.

Anyway. Enjoy the day. And I'm thankful for the (however few) readers and views I get, so thanks to you guys for that.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

365 days too many

Basil had this as his status, and I couldn't've said it better. A year later and you're still in our hearts and thoughts. Hope you've got a good, fast Internet connection in the afterlife, 'cause otherwise it'd be clogged up with all the wall posts on Facebook :)

We promised we wouldn't forget you, Matty B. I don't think we ever will. Forever 23... or 3, depending on which sport you wanna look at.

Keep it real, dude

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Because my morning started out incredibly scarily, but turned better.

Ok so I was driving to school this morning, and I was coming up a hill to the intersection where the town post office is. We had a green light, but the oncoming traffic had a turn signal so we were waiting for them to finish turning. All of a sudden, a minivan and a truck collide in the intersection. I don't even really remember who was coming from where, from where I was it looked like the minivan hit the truck (though that obviously doesn't make sense 'cause a minivan wouldn't do much damage to a big box truck.)

So the big truck pulled off the road, everyone stopped, the people in the minivan (which had spun around in the intersection and was now facing the other direction, engine all smashed up) got out fine, AND THEN THE ENGINE BURST INTO FLAMES. IT WAS SO FREAKING SCARY. The box truck driver used his little mini fire extinguisher but that didn't really help.

I called the EGE, since he was on his way, and he yelled at me 'cause, well, 1, he thought I was driving while talking on the phone which is illegal, and 2, he thought that I was getting mad at him for not being to school yet. I tried to explain that, hey, there's an accident at that intersection, you might wanna go a different way to school. But apparently I was talking too fast 'cause I was still "HOLY CRAP I JUST SAW A CAR CRASH AND THE VAN IS IN FLAMES" so he was like "Ok, there's an accident, that's fine, I'll see you at school." I got to school fine, but I know that there were probably some people that got there late 'cause the intersection was blocked off.

Luckily, when I got into school, I saw my public speaking teacher in a turkey costume, which made me feel better. Long story, it's a sophomore class fundraiser, but it took my mind off the crash.

Hoo boy. That was not something I ever want to see again. It was... surreal.

On a lighter note, I have no calc homework over break! Yay! That'll give me more time to go through all the sports pictures for the yearbook (at least the ones we have so far), rehearse my speech for public speaking, start memorizing lines for a scene in drama class, start writing my gov paper since it's basically my speech but written down, and teach myself HTML. I went to the library on the way home today (I love going to the library, I get so inspired to do stuff when I go in there), and I picked up a book on HTML-ness so hopefully I can do jazzier stuff on here.

Oh, yeah, and have Thanksgiving.

And since I guess this is a baseball blog (sorta), I should probably mention that the Sox were too slow with resigning V-Mart so the Tigers signed him instead.

Monday, November 22, 2010

how convenient

So I'm preparing a speech for public speaking about press freedom for school newspapers, and I'm pretty excited since I have personal experiences to help prove my point. We also got the paper about our "thesis" papers in gov class today, and we could pick whatever topic we wanted, as long as it's controversial. So guess what topic I'm doing :)

Hey, my teacher said I could (one of the kids in her other class is also doing their public speaking speech for this). And I already have all the research done, I'm just reading a book on the case I'd be discussing in my paper.

Induction for NHS is tonight (oh right, not sure if I mentioned that, but I wasn't rejected this year). We had rehearsal after school. It was funny. Unfortunately we can't do anything stupid during the actual thing.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Two nights of production and a cast party later, I can now sleep assured that ... well, I can sleep now. It was a lot of fun but I am glad it's over because my grades started dropping from the sleep deprivation. Also, no one listened to me when I was yelling about keeping the Sharpies off the furniture when we were signing each other, and there's a huge splotch of silver Sharpie on the couch and I was livid.

Now, off to finishing my essay for band (yes, we have to write essays for that class, stupid as it is) and a scholarship essay.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

almost over

Last night actually went surprisingly well. I think there were only 3 or 4 dropped lines in the entire play. And the Q and A bit at the end was a lot of fun, especially 'cause I was the mean one. One person asked what kind of hardships we had and my bit was that last year's drama peeps dropped the ball on us and none of the crew knew what we were doing (plus the whole lightboard thing on Monday); someone else asked Laura and Tang how it was being lovers in the show and dating on the side, and of course I interjected with the water gun bit. (If I had it on me, I would've gotten them several times last night, but instead I got them with the handheld spotlight).

So. Senior Night. That went pretty well too. There were no epic fails (at least that I noticed), and the other seniors pulled off messing up the field show; our last song, the one I stole the quads for, we spell out our school initials, and the seniors intenionally did the S backwards. I even did good on the quads for that song... until I realized "Oh, crap. I don't know the cadence," so I kinda BSed that and just played random notes. I think that's what the rest of the section did too. What pissed me off, though, was the fact that our band teacher had told me basically that I wouldn't be able to play quads 'cause I'd be too stressed out, and he left before our field show for some family thing so I wasn't able to be all "hey I can play the quads thankyouverymuch." :P

And I was allowed to sleep in til 10:30. Which is, like, unheard of. I need to finish homework and college essays and get the lead out with NaNoWriMo 'cause I haven't written anything since before Production Week (hey, I was busy).

Friday, November 19, 2010

i want it to end

I just want this week to end. The play has been way too much stress on me, now I have a B+ in calc and I'm really quite pissed off about it. The stress frustrates me, which stresses me out, which makes my grades drop 'cause I can't focus, which makes me even more frustrated and stressed... it's a vicious cycle.

Opening Night is tonight. I'll be there til ... Idk, the play is at 7, takes about an hour and a half, then we gotta reset the set (that sounds more redundant than it should...), and then I get to come home and sleep. It seems like forever since I've done that. So I get to sleep in (theoretically) tomorrow, then I have to do it all again, then take the entire set apart, then host the cast party... too much to do and not enough time.

Oh, and I have homework too.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

collective opinions

I think this week is just Hell Week for everyone, not just people in the play. I mean, I'm pretty much perennially stressed out and this is making it a helluva lot worse, but I'm not the only one. Our math teacher is usually really good about getting our stuff graded and handing it back the day after we take a quiz or test or whatever, and even she was too swamped to finish our tests. And the EGE finally snapped from marine science and planning the NHS induction and other superior crap that I'm not going to into and went off on me when I told him he had missed the NHS yearbook picture (oh yeah, we also had to do all the club pictures for the yearbook. That was a lot of fun). Granted, it was about time, since whenever I'm pissed (and that's far too often), I always go off on him, so I guess it's only fair.

So yeah. I cannot wait for this week to end. I can't wait til Saturday and Sunday when I can sleep. Heck, today I actually got to come home after school and have it not be dark. That hasn't happened since... a while ago.

But no, I have band rehearsal at 5, then Senior Night to play at, then rehearsal til 10. So including the 7 hours I spent at school already, I'll have been there for a full 12 hours when all is said and done. Ugh.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

i'm a horrible person

So. Production Week. It's our last chance to get everything down. Needless to say I've been getting a little annoyed when we're s'posed to be rehearsing and our two leads (Laura and Tang, actually) start sucking face. I even threatened them to stop or I'll get a squirt gun on them.

So what did I do when they went at it again yesterday? I waited for Laura to get in range, whipped the squirt gun out of my backpack and shot her in the face with it. She wasn't happy about it, but I can't back down on a threat like that. Especially when all I had to do was ask the EGE for a squirt gun and fill it up with water before Laura got to rehearsal.

It's still in my locker. Hopefully I won't have to use it today.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

one problem solved

We're getting a rental lightboard. Nice for a quick fix, but there's no way we'll get the money to buy a real new one. Unless we stole it from the football team (they certainly have some to spare...).

Roy Halladay won the NL Cy Young, so he's the 5th person to win one in both leagues.

Um... yeah, this week will still be hellish, considering I'm stressing out about grades on top of Production Week. If I don't post, I'll let the EGE know so he can cover my butt and do a guest post. Even though his guest posts are usually better than my real posts...

Monday, November 15, 2010

oh hey, that's cute

1, that yesterday's post was my 800th post and I totally missed it.

2, that the Sox picked up the waivers of pitcher Taylor Buchholz. Because having one pitcher by that almost impossible-to-spell last name wasn't enough.

3, we're only 1 day into Production Week and we've already suffered a major crisis 'cause the lightboard kinda blew up. I wish I was kidding. Our lighting person was trying to hook up a lamp so she can see what she's doing, but something happened when she turned it on, sparks flew (literally) and now the lightboard is fried. Oh, and did I mention that our show is on Friday? One of our cast members, who I'm friends with through journalism, said that if we don't get a new board by Friday, we should all just ditch and go see the 7th Harry Potter movie instead.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

it never ends

Sore throat is gone. But now I'm horribly stuffed up and sneezing up a storm. Ugh.

And everyone in my family decided to hate everyone else in my family and I'm stuck in the middle. Double ugh.

And apparently Alex almost got sent to the Marlins. I would not have been a happy camper if that happened.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


I have a sore throat. I really hope it isn't strep. I can't afford to be in quarantine during Production Week. Oddly enough, Laura had the whole sore throat thing too. Le gasp! She's spreading it! Run for the hills!

Haha, jk, Laura. I know you're not spreading it with malicious intent. Though that would make for a really weird story...

Anyway. Hope this blows over. As it is, the rest of the crew never shows up when they're s'posed to anyway, so I kinda really need to be at all the rehearsals this week. Sleep deprivation, here we come.

Friday, November 12, 2010

one of my finer ideas

I'd have to say the highlight of my day was the Taco Bell run after the football game. It tasted soooo good.

Game was ok, it wasn't horribly cold or windy which was nice. We still kinda sucked though. Bass drums weren't together and they just suck at paying attention, I guess. And I accidentally knocked some drumsticks off the bleachers, so I had to go underneath to get them. I really hate going under the bleachers. They're really rickety (they've been condemned for forever) and I'm terrified that they're just gonna collapse with me on (or under) them.

Guess that's it. Ta ta for now :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

printers suck

Maybe it's the paper I used, I don't know, but I printed out some college scholarship stuff to mail in and the printer did weird things to the paper. The top of each page is crunkled in the same spot, and the type is all crooked and weird. And the paper is too long. Grrrr.

Hot Stove News! The Royals sent DeJesus to the A's for two pitchers. I'm not entirely sure that was a good thing, since he's kinda the only player anyone knows...

Also, my post yesterday was probably one of the deepest things I've said in... idk, a while. It's a little creepy how weird I get when I'm tired. I get kinda talkative and a little loopy and philosophical sometimes. The EGE will attest to this.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


It's funny how people change to the point where they become the people they once mocked.

That's all I have for you today. I'm tired and am going to bed. 4-day weekend starting tomorrow :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

a minor pasta obsession

First it was the spaghetti tacos for anti-homecoming, now it's mac&cheese pizza for Spamalot. The pizza joint we went to had all these different kinds of pizza and that's what I ordered. No joke, it was noodles and cheese with a bèchamel sauce on top of a pizza crust. And it was delicious.

Spamalot was downright hilarious. It was basically a musical of Monty Python and the Holy Grail; some of the lines were verbatim from the movie. And then of course, there was "The Song That Goes Like This," which one of our choruses did two years ago, and all the other miscellaneous songs, like the one about how Broadway shows supposedly suck unless there's a Jewish person on the cast. Because of my asthma, I have a hard time breathing after I laugh too much, so needless to say I was definitely a hurting unit after watching it :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

lovely start to the week

New England weather FTW.

Well, sortof.

I could hear ice pellety things on my windows last night, didn't think much of it 'til my mom came in between snoozes to tell me it snowed last night. Yeah, I've seen snow in November, but usually just a little later in the month, like around or after Thanksgiving. Not on the 8th.

So anyway. 90-minute delay, which helped me make up for the fact that I didn't get to bed til 11:30 or so (show got over late, it was amazing but I'll tell all about it later). And then I realized, Oh crap, I have to drive to school in this. And I've never driven my car in the snow before. And I don't think it's unreasonable to think that a crappy little Tracer isn't going to do well in the snow, considering my road is extremely hilly and I have to floor it to get out of my road to get to school on a good day.

'Tis all for now. I'll probably post again this afternoon.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

need. sleep.

I had all intentions of going to bed early 'cause I knew today was gonna be late. But instead, we watched How to Train Your Dragon (my mom hadn't seen it yet), and then after my sister went to bed, we put in Jackass Number Two. I'm not sure which one I liked more. HTTYD is just epic and won't ever get old, and Jackass is full of the really bad physical humor that I find hilarious. Like one of the in-between clips where Bam Margera got on the top of a purple ramp with his skateboard, skated down it and went smack into the camera. It made me laugh every time I watched it. Sure, a lot of it was raunchy as all get-up, but we were laughing so hard it hurt.

Regardless, I didn't get to bed early, and I'm heading over to the EGE's house for a mini-NaNoWriMo conference, maybe a movie and then we're going with his parents and a bunch of other people to a local ritzy pizza joint and then we're going to see Spamalot at a nearby theater. I even had to go out to Kohl's today to buy a nice shirt for tonight, since I don't really own anything nice nice, other than my homecoming dress (and I was not wearing that). The show isn't til 7:30, so I won't be getting home til at least 10. On a school night. But hey, it's Spamalot.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

it's all your fault

I fully blame the EGE for jinxing me while I was painting set stuff this morning. He said that the tiger thing during drama yesterday made sense 'cause my hair is kinda orangeish, so of course this morning I had to get black paint in my hair. I also got it all over my pants, but I was wearing the ripped pants from my costume, and I'll never wear these in real life again, so it's ok that I got paint all over them.

Unfortunately, both knees are really bruised from my tiger thing so kneeling to paint was not fun at all.

I also have a bruise from percussion ensemble and playing the tambourine (you're s'posed to hit it with the meaty part of your hand/thumb-ish area, but I eventually started hitting it with my wrist so there's a big bruise there too.)

I'm gonna work on some homework, since I have quite a bit and the EGE is being a twit and going to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert today so he isn't available to talk.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Note to self: when having to act like a tiger and attack someone as such during drama, tackling them on the stage is probably not a good idea. My knees really hurt now. But improv is probably the best unit ever. It gets really silly and our teacher gets really into it, which is cool 'cause you rarely see teachers actually get into a unit.

Also, happy Guy Fawkes' Day. I watched V for Vendetta a month or so back, man was that a freaky movie.

Um... yeah, sorry, that's all I have for you today. I have percussion ensemble tonight, and I'm gonna try and get some more of my NaNoWriMo story written/caught-up.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

off to a fabulous start

Didn't have time to even start anything for NaNoWriMo last night. 2000 words tonight, here I come.

Luckily, I have most of my journalism stuff done so I should have time... at some point...

Yeah... so I guess the Hot Stove League starts, now that the Giants won the WS (was it just me or did it go almost completely unrecognized?). The Sox resigned Big Papi for... some insanely huge amount of money, and also got some dude from the Tigers, but I'll let you know if something big happens.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Since I dyed my hair on Saturday, I've been experiencing a lot of weird things. People are coming up to me, people that would normally never talk to me in a million years, and saying they really like my hair. I mean, hey, I'd rather them do that than point out that it's a little root-y along my forehead, but it's just weird to be getting compliments.

Also, I was driving home and saw one of the signs that I painted for the fall play. I felt special :)

Also also, November marks NaNoWriMo (a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month), so I'll copy the EGE and take a shot at it. Modified, of course. I don't have the time to write 50K words in a month that includes Production Week (a.k.a. the Week from Hell) and college crap. I think I'll shoot for 15K, that's 500 words a day (but 1500 today to catch up). Let's see how long that lasts.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

told you so

I'm only going to say one thing about last night.


pic from Yahoo!Sports

Monday, November 1, 2010

not this again...

As much as it sucks to wake up at 6 on a weekend, waking up at 3:45 on a weekday isn't exactly fun either. But hey, I get a day off from school to go to the Columbia Scholastic Press Conference in NYC.

So! I've been slacking majorly on recapping the World Series. Here goes.

Wednesday's game went to the Giants in a massive bullpen implosion. I started watching in about the 5th inning, score was tied at 2. When I stopped watching, after only about an inning 'cause I had stuff to do, the score was 8-2, Giants. They won the game 11-7. Not a good day for Cliff Lee or either bullpen (Timmy did fine).

Thursday's game also went to the Giants, a 9-0 rout. Again, that was a Rangers' bullpen implosion special.

Saturday's game went to the Rangers, final score was 4-2.

The Halloween game went to, naturally, the Black and Orange, putting them one win away from the World Series title with a 3-hit shutout from Madison Bumgarner. Score was 4-0.

Tonight's matchup is a repeat of last Wednesday, Lincecum vs. Cliff Lee. If the Rangers have any chance at regaining some ground, they better do it now. But really, it doesn't matter to me who wins. Makes up for last year's World Series from Hell, I guess.