Mariners All-Star Ichiro has been traded to the Yankees

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It's a sad day for Mariners fans everywhere. Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who has been with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees last night. And to add insult to injury, his first game as a Yankee was also last Safeco Field...against the Mariners.

While I'm now a Mets fan, there has always been a hometeam spot in my heart for the Mariners, since I grew up just a few hours from them. The one season I remember most clearly was actually Ichiro's first, in 2001, when the M's set an American League record for single-season wins, ending with a record of 116-46. Ichiro won AL MVP that year, and he's also managed to be a 10-time All-Star during his time with the team. I've always inherently rooted for the Mariners as a Washingtonian...but with the loss of Ichiro that's much harder to do, since he was the last team member I still remembered.

This morning I came across a song called "Ichiro's Theme" by Ben Gibbard. Take a listen:

We'll miss you, Ichiro. And while I love you, I now dislike the Yankees a little bit more.

Liz and Allison review Harvey

Harvey on Broadway

This past Saturday, Allison and I went to see Harvey on Broadway, starring Jim Parsons (of Big Bang Theory fame). Here's an approximation of our conversation on the train ride home:

Liz: Wow, that was really good. I think Jim Parsons was my favorite; his character was basically Sheldon, just way more social.

Allison: Yeah, he did a great job, and his portrayal of Elwood P. Dowd was so engaging! I was surprised to see Carol Kane pop up in one scene, but I couldn't tell if she was acting or just being herself.

Liz: Haha, yeah, I know. She's kind of always like that.

Allison: "Hi, I'm Carol Kane! And I'm playing Carol Kane! I'm wide-eyed and wacky, and you LOVE me!"

Liz: So true! I do love her.

Allison: It's hard not to love Carol Kane, which is why she has the market pegged on being herself. But I think the actress I was most impressed with was Jessica Hecht as Harvey's sister, Veta — those nervous breakdown scenes! Wow!

Liz: Yes! I was cracking up so hard; the second half of the show was better than the first just because of that.

Allison: I feel like sometimes in theater and film, there's a tendency to make even a "breakdown" appear glamorous. And this was definitely not glamorous, which is part of what made it so amazing. We were sitting so close that we could see the tears streaming down her face, and the beads of sweat, and the panic in her eyes... I was like, "Woah, this woman is seriously on the edge right now."


Happy Friday the 13th! Check out this week's list of popular discussion topics:

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Of course, the most popular discussion for a day like today is just how lucky or unlucky today is going to be. Those with friggatriskaidekaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th) are probably just staying at home in bed, others are watching Friday the 13th, and some people are just going about their normal, everyday lives without any idea of the peril they may be risking. What do you do on Friday the 13th?


Book of Mormon tour to begin August 14

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That's right: The Book of Mormon, the smash hit on Broadway brought to you by the geniuses behind South Park and Avenue Q, may be coming to a city near you.

The musical follows two Mormon missionaries as they team up to spread the Word in Uganda. The show was nominated for fourteen Tony Awards in 2011 (the year after it opened), and it took home nine of those, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Basically, it's awesome.

Find a list of tour cities below. Visit the Book of Mormon tickets page to find tickets for a performance near you.

CityRun DatesBroadway tickets
Denver, CO8/14/2012 – 9/2/2012
Los Angeles, CA9/5/2012 – 11/25/2012
San Francisco, CA11/27/2012 – 12/30/2012
Chicago, IL12/11/2012 – 3/3/2013
Portland, OR1/1/2013 – 1/6/2013
Seattle, WA1/8/2013 – 1/20/2013
Des Moines, IA1/24/2013 – 2/3/2013
Minneapolis, MN2/5/2013 – 2/17/2013
St. Louis, MO2/19/2013 – 3/3/2013
Rochester, NY3/5/2013 – 3/10/2013
Detroit, MI3/12/2013 – 3/24/2013
Pittsburgh, PA3/26/2013 – 4/7/2013
Boston, MA4/9/2013 – 4/28/2013
Toronto, ONMay/June 2013
Buffalo, NY6/11/2013 – 6/16/2013
Cleveland, OH6/18/2013 – 7/7/2013
Washington, DC7/9/2013 – 8/18/2013

Are you headed to see the show? Or have you seen it on Broadway? Tell us in the comments!

How to celebrate the 4th of July


Happy 4th of July! Hopefully you have super awesome plans to celebrate our country's independence. Wait, you don't? Well, here are some ideas:

Go to a parade

Many towns host Independence Day celebrations, including parades, and since you don't have work/school to go to anyway, you might as well enjoy some awesome floats and/or fire trucks and/or candy-throwing.

Have a barbecue

What's more summery than a good old-fashioned barbecue? Fire up the grill and cook up some burgers, hot dogs, veggies...whatever floats your boat. Don't forget dessert!

Watch fireworks

This is practically a requirement for a good 4th of July experience. Find a show near you in the local newspaper or online, though keep in mind that many celebrations do not take place on the actual holiday.

Set off fireworks

Setting off your own fireworks can be a blast (pun intended), but make sure to check local laws regarding which types (if any) are ok to set off. Depending on the state (and how big the risk of forest fires is), rules can vary widely.

Watch a good movie

After the festivities (or in place of them), settle in for a patriotic film fest. Suggestions include "Independence Day" and "1776".

Catch a concert

If you're up for a different kind of live event than fireworks, check out events happening on the 4th.

So what are your plans for the 4th? Any other suggestions for fun festivities? Let us know in the comments!


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