Friday, April 27, 2012

primed : a semi-perfect season ends, playoffs begin

a sixer's grand entrance. 
march 23, 2012
© anita aguilar


sixty-six is...
a sphenic number (positive integer made of 3 distinct prime numbers),
a triangular number (objects can form an equilateral triangle) and, as a multiple of a perfect number, 
it is also called semi-perfect.  

to my mind it is nearly perfect as the number of games in an nba regular season. 

the playoffs finally start this weekend, and for this first round i'll have my eyes trained on the eastern conference: my team (celts) play the hawks; the sixers take on chicago; and the knickerbockers get things on with the miami heat.

i'll be adopting the potus primary opposition strategy for the western conference--i'm not going to engage until their contender is decided. or until the lakers play the thunder. (ok, that's second round.) 

it should be a fun few weeks. or rather, months. if my math is correct, this elongated playoff format, assuming a minimum 4 games per series, is a comically long 60-game affair, only 6 games short of the (semi-perfect) shortened regular season, with finals set to start mid-june. 

i'm not sure i can hang in for 60 more?

will wait (and hope) and see...

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on a lucky night in late march this new yorker attended her very first, very fun "away, away" game: celtics @ sixers. it was not a good night for my team, not merely for loss of the game, but the loss of mickael pietrus from a head injury--it was a scary moment, late in the first half. 

but otherwise the wells fargo center and the sixers crowd and whole of that night left quite a good impression. "wells fargo" isn't a majestic name, and that center may not ever achieve the sporting stature of madison square garden (at least not in my lifetime), but it has great feel: it's expansive without seeming cold. they keep the lights on there, so you could see the court and the crowd. to be able to see more helped make the experience feel different, more communal. even more impressive? from my seat, and at a price under $100, i could see paul pierce's teeth. without a zoom lens.


and: the cheesesteaks are primo. i'll never truly forsake the hot dog, but the madison square garden offerings are only remarkable for their squishy-bunned mediocrity (people, foil is not our friend here). on friday nights since, i practically crave the cheesesteak at the wells fargo center: the salty, shredded beef, the melted cheese that they serve on long, warm rolls. the added ketchup, for zing...


*sigh* 


i might need to taste-test shorty's (new to my 'hood) this weekend. 


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if you're interested, here are some shots from that fun night, taken with the canon g10 


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

read a good poem: gloss of the past

there is such a terrific tyranny of pink in the city these days, but this bough in madison square park might be my favorite...
© anita aguilar


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Gloss of the Past


Pink Dawn, Aurora Pink, Misty Pink, Fresh Pink, Natural Pink, Country Pink, Dusty Pink, Pussywillow Pink, Pink Heather, Pink Peony, Sunflower Pink, Plum Pink, Peach of a Pink, Raspberry Pink, Watermelon Pink, Pink Lemonade, Bikini Pink, Buoy Buoy Pink, Sea Shell Pink, Pebble Pink, Pink Piper, Acapulco Pink, Tahiti Beach Pink, Sunny Pink, Hot Pink, Sizzling Pink, Skinnydip Pink, Flesh Pink, Transparent Pink, Breezy Pink, Sheer Shiver Pink, Polar Bare Pink, Pink Frost, Frosty Pink, Frost Me Pink, Frosted Pink, Sugarpuff Pink, Ice Cream Pink, Lickety Pink, Pink Melba, Pink Whip, Pinkermint, Sweet Young Pink, Little Girl Pink, Fragile Pink, Fainting Pink, Helpless Pink, Tiny Timid Pink, Wink of Pink, Shadow of Pink, Tint of Pink, Shimmer of Pink, Flicker of Pink, Pink Flash, E.S. Pink, Person-to-Person Pink, City Pink, Penny Lane Pink, Pink Paisley, London Luv Pink, Pretty Pink, Pastel Pink, Pinking Sheer, Pink Piqué, Pink Silk, Plush Pink, Lush Iced Pink, Brandied Pink, Sheer Pink Champagne, Candlelight Pink, Fluffy Moth Pink, Softsilver Pink, Pinkyring, Turn Pale Pink, A Little Pink, Pinker, Pinkety Pink, Heart of Pink, Hug that Pink, Passionate Pink, Snuggle Pink, Pink-Glo!, Happy-Go-Pink, Daredevil Pink, By Jupiter Pink, Stark Raving Pink, Viva La Pink. 


 - David Trinidad, via the poetry foundation