In response to Mike Floss of USA Today: We all remember the Squirrel epidemic of 2011 at Busch Stadium. The most concerning ‘runners’ took the field during the first two divisional series games between the Cardinals and Phillies. Busch Stadium Head groundskeeper Bill Findley said 7 “humane” traps baited with peanuts leads the squirrels to a cage to be taken into the country. The problem has not come up since, until now. Currently with the incidents at Progressive Field and Citizens Bank Field, anyone can see that these squirrels are simply testing us. They seek attention and eat everything. Its time we put the pressure on the league to enforce the highest technology in dealing with nature’s graces. My suggestion is to just give them what they want. Not unlike Bars like Bills Pub or Five Guys Burgers, Peanuts are free and everywhere thrown to the ground. To clarify, squirrels do not want to play baseball. They will not be joining the open tryouts, using bats the size of pocket knives, or saving their teams a lot of money on pine tar by supplying their own.
Thai Life Insurance has unveiled another masterful mini-film by Ogilvy & Mather Bangkok, the latest in a string of tear-jerking, wait-to-watch-it-at-home-so-you-don’t-openly-bawl-in-your-cubicle ads that make you think about what’s important in life and why your own life is important.
Dave Matthews Band has announced another 42-date tour for this Summer. Unlike any concert thus far, Dave wants to invite his fans into the ‘jam band’ mentality that produces the band’s tracks. He wants to recreate the same environment before his success, when he was just jamming in the basement. Dave concerts, like Phish or Grateful Dead don’t rely on the usual concert frenzy but rather a chill and relaxed tone for all. Dave fans are very committed and amiable people who really dedicate themselves. I cant tell you how many Fire-dancer tramp stamps I have seen in my life going to concerts each summer. This time though, the band includes both electric and acoustic performances each night. This will make for a very diverse crowd of both old and new Dave fans. Famous concerts such as Radio City Music Hall included Tim Reynolds, one of the most underrated guitarist alive. The two shared the stage playing all the classic songs of the band but just the two of them each with their acoustic guitars. This duo has performed live together ever since Tim was encouraged to play at a bar in Charlottsville, and met Dave when he was bartending there. Something I really appreciate from watching clips of the two alone is the chemistry. They are like Penn and Teller, literally. Dave is very charismatic and speaks the whole time, where Tim is silent for the entire thing. This might be because he is German and doesn’t feel comfortable with speaking English but maybe hes just shy. Again, not until this summer will both acoustic accompanied by Tim and electric accompanied by the rest of the band be played on the same nights. So far I have only seen the band in electric form and have eagerly awaited an acoustic concert near me. This year instead of playing at Alpine Valley the band is playing at my favorite venue which is now called the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion otherwise known as Northerly Island. The backdrop is the City of Chicago and the crowd is right up against the beach of Lake Michigan. This year’s opener has not yet been released but I can only imagine that a caravan of acts will be a part of various sets of dates. Hopefully this year the driver of Dave’s tour bus doesn’t empty the bus’ septic tank and drench passengers on the architectural boat tour, on the Chicago River like he did in 2004. (The band had nothing to do with the decision of the driver).