Counting down the days to New York

The trip to New York was going to happen as soon as we got tickets to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” one-woman show, but now that the train tickets are bought and the hotel room reserved, it’s just a little more real.

After missing it in London, we’re also going to see “Network” with Bryan Cranston on Broadway, and my wife found a “Times Talks” event featuring Sara Bareilles while we’re there.

So yeah, it should be good.

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There’s cold … and then there’s cold

It only snowed for about 20 minutes this morning, and didn’t amount to anything, except it came as my wife and I were each driving to work, and the winds whipped it across the street enough so it was hard to see in spots.

Today’s wind was the type that knocks twigs and branches off trees if you’re lucky, and knocks down trees and wires if you’re not.

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I wouldn’t be interesting to watch on a plane

Apparently, there are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Singapore Airlines planes that have cameras in the seat-back entertainment systems.

I’m sure there might be a couple people out there who will believe the airlines when they say they have never used them and never plan to.

Never used them … maybe I’ll believe that. Never plan to …? Let’s just say that never is an awfully long time.

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Photo gallery: Steinbrenner Field

In honor of the Yankees’ first spring training game today, here are photos from what was called Legends Field when my wife and I visited.

A friendly worker let us into the office to see the World Series trophies, and while we walked around, we never got a chance to go to a game there. We were told that if we really wanted to get tickets, people scalped them in the lot across the street, but I always worry I’m going to be the one guy who gets busted for buying scalped tickets.

My uncle makes the trip every year; in fact, I think he’s leaving for Tampa soon.

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Friday’s quiet workspace, sturdy WiFi and old-school tunes

“Who are those pictures of? I hope they’re not of me.”

There’s no good reason why the pictures would have been of me, but when the click of a cellphone camera and the “bloop” of an outgoing text are the only sounds in the room, and you have your back to everyone, it’ll let a guy indulge his paranoia a little bit.

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Living among the animals

“Look out the back window,” my wife called from upstairs.

The woods are only about 20 feet from the back of our house, so I knew that meant there was something outside.

This time, it was an owl. We watched it for a few minutes before it flew off.

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Getting PO’ed in the parking lot

“I’m just being nice. I don’t work here.”

I was trying to make it clear to the woman walking toward me with her shopping cart — just in case my overcoat, jeans, scarf and lack of nametag or apron didn’t — that I wasn’t a grocery store employee.

It didn’t work, or maybe she just didn’t give a damn. She dropped off her shopping cart between the handicapped-parking spaces and left.

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I’m right … dammit!

This riddle appeared on Facebook last night:

“It’s 7:00 AM. You are asleep and there is a sudden knock on the door. Behind the door are your parents who came to have breakfast. In your fridge are bread, milk, juice, and a jar of jam. To answer, what will you open first?”

Think about it, but if you keep reading, there will be talk of the answer.

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Philosophy in a country song

“I’d rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain’t,” Kacey Musgraves, “Pageant Material”

First of all, Kacey Musgraves is going alongside Sara Bareilles in the “How Did I Not Know They Were So Good?” club. My wife got me a couple of her CDs for Valentine’s Day because we have tickets to see her in concert, and she knows I don’t like going to concerts when I’m not that familiar with the performer’s music.

If there’s still someone out there who doesn’t know … take it from me, she’s really good.

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