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Monday, July 31, 2021

all an illusion
So I’ve been meaning to cobble together an extended post on all the transaction action in the National Hockey League this summer. What with this being the first offseason of normalization under the salary-cap structure, it’s been entertaining for me to track.

Alas, that’s going to have to wait, probably for an uncluttered weekend. I can’t wait.

In the meantime, I’ve somehow gotten a hankering to re-enter the fantasy hockey arena for this upcoming season, after not indulging for three years. Maybe it’s a way to ensure I’ll stay fully engaged in 2006-07 NHL action, amid all the other stuff I’ve got to juggle.

But I’d rather not do it solo, so to speak. I’m comfortable playing in Yahoo!’s Fantasy Hockey default setup; it’s robust enough for me, and I’m used to the statistical weights that game operates on. Plus it’s free. While any fees for other league engines would be nominal, I feel a somewhat lesser degree of self-loathing when I don’t have to shell out any dough for my fantasy sports fix.

As usual, I don’t have any offline friends or acquaintences interested. Hockey fandom is often a soloist pursuit…

So, this post serves as an invitation. I’d like to put together a group of participants for a Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey league. A group of at least eight guys/gals is the target; a maximum of about 15 would be about right, assuming I can scrounge up that many. It’s going to be free, but we can consider on-the-side wagering and/or offline prizes. All that’s required is active participation — no absentee team ownership!

Anyone interested can leave a comment below or email me direct. I’m crossing my fingers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/31/2006 11:34:53 PM
Category: Hockey
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When you think about it, it’s a wonder that the drive-in movie theater took this long to make a comeback.

Movie-goers can take their own food and drink — they don’t have to sneak it in, like many do at indoor theaters — and can also take home comforts like pillows and blankets.

At the [Albany-area] Averill Park Hollywood Drive-In people play baseball and football as they wait for the movie to start, teen-agers are able to congregate away from their families and lawn chairs dot the parking lot.

It’s the American ideal: Combining the comforts of your cherished car with a big-screen moving-picture spectacle. And you can chat away with abandon, and only risk teeing off your friends and family instead of strangers. If only there were a remote control, too.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/31/2006 11:12:45 PM
Category: Business, Movies, Society
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skin-deepMemo to Ashlee Simpson’s dad, or whoever handles her:

If your girl is going to declare, in a Marie Claire cover story for July, that “everyone is made differently, and that’s what makes us beautiful and unique”, then she probably shouldn’t follow that up with getting a nose job.

A peculiar case of cross spin-signals. But it has triggered a unique opportunity for editorial reorientation at Marie Claire:

Marie Claire readers erupted in fury at what they said was Ms. Simpson’s hypocrisy and the magazine’s “cluelessness.” They wrote 1,000 letters in protest to the magazine, according to Joanna Coles, the new editor of the magazine. And she agreed with them.

In the first issue (due Aug. 15) over which she exercises full editorial control, Ms. Coles gives expanded space in the letters column to readers to vent against Ms. Simpson. Ms. Coles adds in a note: “We’re dazed and confused — and disappointed — by her choice, too!”

Rare is the day when the editor of a women’s magazine will openly criticize a celebrity. But Ms. Coles is planting a flag: A new Marie Claire is in town and it is making a clean break with its past. No girly goo, no teeny-bopper covers, no blind obedience to the traditional rules of the road.

Of course, it’s easy to be brave in the face of the glitterati when your circulation is moribund, and any change is welcomed. But anything to shake things up in celebri-world.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/31/2006 10:57:06 PM
Category: Celebrity, Publishing, Women
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Today, I’m marveling at how many pretty women I’m encountering on the streets of New York.

I don’t know why this is hitting me today, as opposed to any other day. It’s not like there’s a convention of hot girls visiting town (that I know of); these are the same ones that usually walk up and down the sidewalks, stand around in Starbucks, ride the subways, etc.

Still, I’ve been extra-cognitive of the examples of female beauty all around me. From the demurely attractive thin girl with sandy-brown hair on the train this morning, to the exotic-looking model type with close-cropped black hair and long dangling earrings strutting down 7th Avenue this evening, I’ve seen one knockout after another. And don’t think I’m not appreciative.

Next step: Talking to a couple of them. At least the brunettes with the tans.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/31/2006 06:17:51 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Women
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