The greatest week of baseball…

24 09 2007

okay folks, here we are the last week of the MLB season.  This is going to be probably the greatest week of baseball in some time……for the National League anyway.

 First, I am a New York Mets fan through and through.  They best take the NL East.

However, I am secretly (well, I guess this takes the secret away) rooting for the Atlanta Braves to get into the post season.  As of this writing they are 3.5 games out of the Wild Card with 7 games to go.  There is no margin of error, but the way they’ve been playing the last few days…why not?  I am somewhat optimistic that they’ll make it.

This does go to show however that games in April, May and June are just as important as ones in July, August and September.  If the Braves had a few more wins in the Spring, then los Bravos fans wouldn’t be sweating it out this week.

 I don’t know, the postseason just feels right with Atlanta in the mix…..but if San Diego takes the Wild Card it sure would be a good excuse to seem them play…in California.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

19 09 2007

Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day……

I mean….arrrrrrgh!!! Today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, argh!!! Ye be needing to talk like a pirate all the day!!!

If ye be caught not talking the pirate lingo then the ole’ cap’n himself will me ya walk the plank, or clean the bilge tanks.

Long live Captain Hook!!!

Petersburg, Virginia

16 09 2007

Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day!

I took the opportunity of the pleasant weather to head down to Petersburg to take some photos.  For weeks now I’ve been wanting to get down there for that.

First, let me just say, if you read nothing else know this: If you change out the trees that line Petersburg’s Old Towne for Palmetto Trees, you would think you’re in Charleston, SC.  Petersburg has that feel to it.

Now, I went into Old Towne to photograph the area because it is a mix of old Alexandria and Charleston.  But in saying that, it’s not really fair to compare because Petersburg has her own identity that perhaps has similar traits to her sister southern cities.  Enough ryhmes and alliterations.

I am SO enthralled with Petersburg.  Walking the streets you get a real sense of the potential for this area.  I checked out some of the antique shops, got some coffee from Java Mio and walked the streets.  Taking over 30 megabytes of photos, I posted the vast majority of them on Flickr.  My family has our roots in Petersburg, VA.  The John Baird house in the city is my great-great-great-great-great-etc. Grandfather’s.  I wanted a picture of it, but the batteries died in the camera and, alas, I didn’t bring a spare set.

Folks, Petersburg’s on the verge of something big.  It could be awesome with what they want do there.  I read the report some months ago about the master plan with the marina and the river front and along with the other plans it could be an incredible place to live, work and hang out.  Being there yesterday really made me want to have a house on Grove Avenue or somewhere around there.

The people that were around Saturday were extremely friendly.  There was no hesitation to greet one another as you pass by.  Some shop owners sat out in front of their stores greeting people and were extremely helpful with some of my questions.  If you love shopping for antiques, then head down to Petersburg, they have everything!!! Seriously, I saw it.

Bottom Line: Petersburg is an excellent place.  Full of history, the longest siege in North America occurred here, the Civil War battlefields are just minutes drive away, and the architecture is phenominal.  The people were friendly, the shops interesting, the coffee awesome! 

With the increase in population looming, more and more will get a chance to see this great city, be sure you’re one of them to check it out.  Keep reading in the news about the efforts to revitalize the city and support those who are working there.

Thanks Petersburg for an enjoyable afternoon!

P.S. – I amen my earlier post about Petersburg should get Part 3 of the Museum of the Confederacy.  It would fit nicely there in town.

Fort Lee’s Growth = Our Gain

15 09 2007

The Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning is reporting on the contruction at Fort Lee.  Over the next serval years Fort Lee will expand to accomodate more than 17,000 additional personnel comeing through the military installation in Hopewell.

The paper said the increase will generate $1.5 to $2 billion dollars in economic growth…..billion!!!

My main concern about Fort Lee growth…….there’s nothing adequatly available in the Tri-Cities where the new people coming in can go and worship.  Something needs to be done.  I’ve mentioned this to my administrator at work who is on the board of the Virginia Evanglizing Fellowship (VEF).  That they need to really be focusing on this area as it will be a huge market that has no place to go.  The VEF support churches around Virginia and is involved in starting new churches as well.  So here is an area on the verge of tremendous growth over the next four years, and no church suitable to accomodate the tens of thousands coming in. 

There’s still time to get something going, and the VEF, and fellow Christians across Virginia need to see that it is done.  If not us, then who?  Don’t let this opportunity pass by, do something!

The latest on development east of the city…

12 09 2007

This blog concerns development east of US 301 to the I-295/I-64 interchange in Eastern Henrico excluding developments within the City of Richmond (for info on that go to Richmond City Watch). 

TGI Fridays – This restuaraunt which for years has been promising to build, is finally building.  The extension of Creighton Parkway is in the process of being paved and new signal lights installed at its intersection with Mechanicsville Turnpike.  The store itself is moving right along, exterior work seems to be going pretty quickly.  No timetable of when they’re opening, but I’m guessing they want to be open in time for the Holidays.

Stonewall Square – the sign’s up, but I cannot find much info about this place.  It is going to be across Creighton Pkwy extension from Friday’s.  I know that a 7-11 is going in beside Liberty Christian across from Kroger.  There was once rumor that a Wawa was going in, but it seems 7-11 will be the gas station there. (also Creekside Village townhomes are going in by this development).

The Shops at Creighton – this is something new I’ve stumbled upon, it is going to be on Creighton Pkwy BEHIND Kroger and American Family.  Site work has been submitted to the county the last I heard.

Lowe’s – they’re moving right along with work at the new Lowe’s.  It seems they’re getting ready to lay the pad for the building.  This development appears to be coinciding with the condo development going in behind CiCi’s Pizza.  Lowe’s expects to open in January.

Best Buy, Bell Creek Commons – Best Buy looks poised to open soon.  Exterior work is wrapping up.  They were putting a fresh coat of paint on the building yesterday.  There’s interior work being done at the Starbucks, but no signs up yet for other stores.  A very small “Orginial Mattress Company” sign was up, but I haven’t seen it in a while.  The Chick-fi-Lay sign is up, but no work seems to be being done on the site.  Not sure when the traffic signal’s going in either.  (they may wait until VDOT begins Bell Creek realignment in 2009-2010).  Chipotle is also supposed to go into this shopping center.

Buffalo Wild Wings – the signs are up, interior work progressing, they’re hiring so it must be soon.  Probably trying to get open by the Holidays.

Creighton Road @ 295 – noticed some people visually surveying the property diagnal from Fairmount Christian Church on Monday.  Three people in business atire.  That land is zoned business and can even support a gas station.  Stay tuned…

The Shops at Library Center – the new Mechanicsville Library goes before the Planning Commission September 21 and if approved goes to the Board October 25.  This shopping center will feature the new library and outparcel retail behind Pizza Hut and Arby’s.  Click here for informationThe New Mechanicsville Library Blog.

Dry Bridge Commons – Large commercial development at I-295 and US 60 in eastern Henrico.  Big box retail, resuarants, and hotels.

White Oak Village – Lots going on here, but no website yet….weird.

Audobon Center – this is going next to White Oak Village on Audobon Road.  It’s supposed to feature a big box retailer, restuarants and the like.

Tree Hill Farm – this is huge, on the order of Rockett’s Landing in the City.

Richmond Battlefields Association…*sigh*

12 09 2007

I received in the mail the other day the newsletter from the Richmond Battlefields Association, a local group involved in Civil War battlefield preservation.  In it was a story about the early attempts to secure and interpret battlefields in the 1920s & 1930s.  Douglas Freeman, among others were instrumental in saving a majority of the Battlefields that the National Park Service now owns around Richmond. The story goes into the old Richmond Battlefield Parks Corporation’s efforts to preserve the sites and build roads connecting them so that Richmond’s Battlefields would attract as many as go to see Gettysburg.

Okay, fast forward 80 some years later.  We have a good amount of battlefields protected, but A LOT not protected and even more lost forever.  The writer of this newsletter called the efforts to protect certain sites north of the James an “utter failure”.

That’s a little harsh.  True, the did not succeed, but it makes it seem like they slacked off and didn’t get the job done.  I have read that they tried to secure quite a bit of property to protect, but land prices were too high (surprise) and the Great Depression hindered fundraising.  I know they wanted to protect sites that still today are left to the whim of developers.  Powhite, Dr. Gaines’ farm in Hanover is one site, but it was just too much to afford in the ’20s (even today it’s way overpriced).  Grapevine Bridge area, just too expensive.

These folks worked hard to get the ball rolling on battlefield preservation.  True I wish their dreams had come true, but unfortunately, it didn’t.  That just leaves it to us to carry out this mission.

They efforts weren’t an utter failure in terms of certain sites, it was just too much of an uphill battle.

September 11, Genesis, Confederate Flag, et al…

11 09 2007

-Today is September 11, exactly six years ago today the nation if not the world changed forever.  In fact even the days of the week fall the same as they did six years ago as today is Tuesday, September 11.  Take a moment, remember where you were when you learned of the disaster and remember what you have today and thank God.


-I’ve been reading the book of Genesis lately.  You know reading the Bible is like any book, when you read it again and again you always find something new.  For instance, in the stories of the world pre-Noah’s Flood the people were able to craft bronze tools and the like.  It makes me wonder how advanced civilization was before they were wiped out?  There was a time I read that some Bible archaeologists think that the pre-flood world was as advanced as our 18th or 19th Century.  That would be amazing, but I don’t think there’s a way to know that until Heaven. 

But don’t get me started on who those beings were that were coming down marrying the women of man.  It was put in there so matter-of-factly, it seems there’s more to that than meets the eye.


-The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports this morning that yet another Confederate flag argument is flaring up in town.  This time is the argument about which Confederate flag to place in the Capital Building.  The leadership is wanting to put the second national while “heritage” groups want the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia to be placed in there.

Bottom line: put the second national in there, we really should put the third national, since that was the official flag at the time of the war’s conclusion in 1865.  But this’ll be another opportunity for extremists on both sides to scream and yell and behave like children with no sense.


-We’re getting a full service Starbucks here soon, the first on the east side of town (east of I-95).  That’ll be real convenient in the mornings, or whenever.  Looking forward to that.

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Selling my soul……to SunTrust?

10 09 2007

This morning will find me closing on my home mortgage re-finance.  It’s an okay deal, but there’s still a part of me that feels I’m selling my soul, the amount of documents to sign is the reason, not because it’s evil in anyway…..well maybe one or two ways.

 Other than that, happy Monday to all.

 Good Luck to Caleb on his first day of work at Studio West in San Diego, CA.

Virginia gets moving on war’s 150th

9 09 2007

This morning the Richmond Times-Dispatch debuted an article about the planning by Virginia Legislators and Historians for the Civil War’s 150th anniversary from 2011 to 2015.  While four years away, much must be planned out to commemorate a four year long struggle.  I cannot be called too cynical to say that a mountain of controversy will probably arise from this.  Never the less, for people who love history this is a memorable time.

 Read the article………….

iPod Touch…

8 09 2007

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So here it is, the iPod touch.  This week Apple unveiled the next generation in ipods, and one of them was the ipod touch.  Simply put, it’s an iphone without the ball and chain of AT&T Wireless.  It’s capable of browsing the internet via WiFi 802.11 b/g and it looks really cool. Priced at $299 for an 8GB and $399 for a 16GB, it will very soon be the envy of….well, everyone – maybe even Bill Gates.

Truth be told, I really like the ipod touch’s look, its features, especially the WiFi ability.  However, I cannot get overly enthusiastic about its storage capability.  At most 16GB, but how much of that is already eaten away by the OS.  It’s running OS X and plus the Safari browser, itunes and the lot.  How much space will that leave?  Understandably, its operating on solid state memory and 160 GB of such memory is right now astronomical.  If it were to feature a hard drive it probably wouldn’t be as thin as Steve Jobs would prefer.  Though, I expect Apple to roll out an ipod touch with more drive space in the future.

Will I get one?  I want one.  But the logical part of me wants to wait until bugs are fixed and space increased.  But if one is given to me, I’ll not turn it down.  <—hint