Friday, February 27, 2009

Dear Averford

I wanted to get a photo of Elliot in his Haverford sweatshirt, so I could send it to the alumni magazine (especially since he's been outgrowing his clothes like crazy).



But he's not very good at following directions: Don't block the name!







Maybe that will have to do.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

San Francisco Fairies, Er, Ferries Praised

The ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco is the second-most-scenic ferry ride in the world, according to the Society of American Travel Writers. (A ferry in Hong Kong came in first.)

From a story on the CBS site:
The 25-minute ride from Sausalito to the San Francisco Ferry Building was praised by the nonprofit organization of professional journalists and photographers for offering historic and picturesque views of the San Francisco Bay Area for just under $8.

"Crossing San Francisco Bay on a sunny afternoon, with Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge to the right, the Berkeley Hills to the left and that glorious San Francisco skyline looming ahead, all that's missing is a bar of Ghirardelli Chocolate and a warm loaf of sourdough bread," freelance travel writer and photographer Eric Lindberg said.


Hold up, it costs almost $8 to go to Sausalito now? What kind of fatcats are taking this thing to work?

Here's the complete list:
1. Hong Kong's Star Ferry
2. Sausalito to San Francisco Ferry
3. Staten Island Ferry
4. Washington State Ferries from Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands
5. British Columbia Ferry System that connects Vancouver to Victoria
6. Ferry from the Sydney Harbor to Manly in Australia
7. Ferry System of the Greek Islands
8. Alaska State Ferry System
9. Ferry from Flam to Gudvangen in Norway
10. Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye in Scotland

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Don't You Know I'm Local

We splurged on a bit of non-hand-me-down clothing: a Muni onesie.



Now Elliot can keep it real.



Sadly, they didn't have one for the No. 12, which is the line he takes to go to daycare.

Baby Come Back

Every night when I see Elliot after work, I say, "Remember me? I'm your dada." (It's become a family joke that his first words are going to be "remember me.")

Anyway, after a week in New York (our longest time apart), I had to give him the biggest "REMEMBER ME?" ever.



It's hard to tell if he does or not.

BuboBlog's New Look!

Check out the blog's new logo, which I designed in Picnik.

Friday, February 20, 2009

BuboBlog Apologizes

I wanted to apologize to my Irish and Irish-American readers (including Elliot) for my last post, which implied that throwing up and face-pinching are Irish habits. That was wrong.

And Liam Neeson is still a huge celebrity.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Irish Pride

I'm not Irish. But now I have a son who's at least a little bit Irish, genetically speaking. And in fact, he's made quite a case for being Irish in his behavior — by that I mean he's constantly throwing up and trying to exact violence on my face (mainly through pinching) being delightful.



Anyway, for the last week, I've been staying at the Fitzpatrick Hotel in New York. It's VERY into demonstrating its Irish credentials. First of all, they have a giant tome of "Who's Who in Ireland" in every room.

On top of that, there are all these Irish-themed magazines.

It occurred to me that the Irish are pretty hard up for celebrities.

Liam Neeson. Really? Is he even famous still?



Oasis??



And wow, are they trying to position Obama as an Irishman? This says, "President Obama's Irish roots." At least they didn't try to call him "O'Bama."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Snuggie Pub Crawl

BuboBlog Philadelphia correspondent Karen pointed out this event: a Snuggie pub crawl!

It's happening in cities all over America. The San Francisco one is March 20th.

Now, I have trouble doing as many pub crawls these days, since I want to maintain my father-of-the-year eligibility (and Kelly seems to think that loitering in bars doesn't help my chances). Maybe I can make an exception for this one — though I will have to actually obtain a Snuggie.

The nice thing about San Francisco: Pretty much anytime of year is appropriate for a Snuggie pub crawl. March, November, the middle of July...

Deranged Chimp Sets Back Chuman Research 10 Years

It's crazy about the chimp that attacked the lady in Connecticut...

What do you think: Would chimps be more or less violent if they were half-human? Something to think about.

I say, less violent. Or at least, less strong. Either way, we win!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Thank You, Dr. Pooh

Elliot has had dry, itchy skin lately. So Kelly purchased a special lotion designed for baby eczema.

Now, I ask you: If you're going to buy a medical product for your infant, are you going to be swayed by having Disney characters on it?



And would it make you feel more comfortable if the one "endorsement" on the box is actually from Winnie the Pooh?



Huh.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Baby-Clothing Makers Have Curious Ideas

Remember Elliot's bib that says, "I love daddy."

Well, Kelly was looking for something that expressed Elliot's feelings about his mommy and she made a startling discovery.

The clothes made for baby boys only say things about how they love their daddies, grandpas, etc. — but never their mommies.



If you go to the girls' section, they do the opposite: Only mommy and grandma love is allowed. So Kelly had to buy an outfit made for girls. Fortunately, I think Elliot is man enough to pull it off.





Still, does this seem like an odd state of affairs in 2009?

Another Haverford-Educated Lawyer Demands Attention

Not content to let Mark Geragos get all the spotlight, Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman (Haverford '61) is demanding that Obama apologize for saying that bailout recipients shouldn't go on junkets to Las Vegas on the taxpayers' dime.

Goodman — who, like Geragos, has represented some unsavory clients as a lawyer — is calling Obama's statement a "rather reckless, cavalier remark."

He goes on to say, "It hurts me, because, when people are supposed to be creating jobs, when they cancel these kind of meetings, they are taking jobs away from the people who live in Las Vegas, from all walks of life, when we are having so much difficulty in meeting our mortgages and in feeding our families."

I feel like "from all walks of life" is code for "prostitutes."

The Crashiest City in America: Part Two

Remember when I noted how most major air disasters seem to originate or end in New York.

I singled out JFK as being especially cursed. But now Newark is involved in a deadly crash.

The scary part: I'm supposed to fly Continental into Newark on Monday. I figured it was safe!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Haverford-Educated Lawyer Hogging Every Case in America

At what point do the rest of the lawyers in America stand up to Mark Geragos (Haverford '79) and say, "Dude, you can't take all the good cases?"

As soon as the news broke that Chris Brown allegedly assaulted his girlfriend Rihanna, Geragos swooped in and began representing Brown. (He's also represented Michael Jackson, Barry Bonds' trainer, Caylee Anthony's mom, Nate Dogg, Susan McDougal, Roger Clinton, Winona Rider, Scott Peterson and the tiger-mauling "victims," among others.)

To be fair, Johnnie Cochran is gone. So I'm not sure who else you can turn to.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Boy In The Bubble





Elliot stays hermetically sealed as we stroll through the rain in downtown Santa Cruz.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

All Elliot All The Time: Month Five

Elliot turned five (months) this week. Here's Kelly's photo album commemorating the past month.

A sampling...




Twist Ending

You have to get to the end of this clip to find out why it's on my blog.

Monday, February 02, 2009

'Momma's Boy'

Kelly and Elliot started doing a funny noise together — leaving dad out of the loop.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

'Monsters Vs. Aliens'

Funny that I should alert people to San Francisco's brief appearance in the "Star Trek" Super Bowl ad.

Because the city had a much bigger role in the ad for "Monsters Vs. Aliens."



And is the alien leader supposed to look like Barack Obama? If so, what's the message there?

And So It Begins...

Crazy. This baby was born with 12 perfect fingers and toes — right here in San Francisco.



It sounds like the parents aren't sure whether to lop off the extra digits or not.

Hopefully they'll keep them. After all, San Francisco is a mutant sanctuary.

23rd Century San Francisco

There's a cool (though brief) shot of a futuristic Ess Eff in the new "Star Trek" commercial.



Starfleet is based in San Francisco, of course, so I imagine the city will feature prominently in the film.

The United Nations was also supposed to be in San Francisco, but European leaders objected to the travel time required. Silly Europeans. At least people apparently overcome these objections in the future and rightly make San Francisco the center of the universe.