Archive for September 4th, 2012

Slugger.09.02.2012Well, Labor Day has come and gone and with it the “traditional” end of the summer season. The kids are back to school.  The farm stands are selling pumpkins and corn stalks.  Stores have their aisles of Halloween candy and costumes out already.  There is no escaping it – autumn is just around the corner.

I resist this rush to end summer.  Which is one of the reasons I plan a September summer vacation – which I will be on next week – enjoying the seaside glory of Wellfleet, MA on Cape Cod.  More about that to come.

That said, I do mourn the coming of Labor Day for many reason.  There is no escaping the fact that everything shifts into a new mode.  Up here in the hills of New Hampshire the high summer tourist season is over and restaurants, shops and attractions move to fall hours.

As a lifelong baseball fan, the coming of Labor Day has traditionally meant the start of the pennant races for the major leagues.  As a Red Sox fan, for the first time in a long time, my team is no where in the mix.  The team has been a mess since their epic collapse last year at this time from which they have not yet recovered.

So this year I have turned to the relative innocence of the minor leagues and the joy of attending a few home games of the Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs – a AA affiliate of the Red Sox.

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the Seadog’s annual Field of Dreams Fan Appreciation game on their last home stand of the season.


Portland is a fun little city and the Seadogs do a great job with their ballpark, Hadlock Filed, and in ensuring a fun day for the fans.

The Field of Dreams game features the team wearing vintage uniforms from earlier in the last century of the Portland Eskimos team.  The team arrives on the field through cornstalks (above) set up in left field ala the classic film.  It is incredibly fun and to big baseball fans like me, somewhat emotional. 

seadog3The team then goes into the stands to greet fans and thank them for their support all season.  And of course a game is played.  As always, a big treat is the antics of the Seadogs’ mascot, Slugger (right) , who was also wearing a vintage uniform and urging the fans on in support of the hometown team.

Sitting at the game the other day with my family, I was overcome with the pure pleasure of a good old fashioned day out watching baseball and alas, the fact that the season has ended and a long winter awaits.  But part of what makes being a baseball fan in New England so special is the knowledge that winter will pass and the boys of summer will be on the field again in the spring.

Wait ‘til next year!

combIn this day of over-groomed men and a bevy of “product” available for their haircare, I am still a fan of just a good old fashioned comb.

Combs can be found all over the place and are often given out free, but not all combs are created equal.  I like the combs from Swissco, a Swiss-based purveyor of personal grooming products.

About Swissco“For over 25 years Swissco has been a premier manufacturer and distributor of Bath & Body, Foot Care Products and Personal Grooming Accessories. We are also the exclusive U.S. distributors for Pfeilring & Titania, both made in Germany. In addition, we are the exclusive U.S. distributor of Acca Kappa Professional Made in Italy, the top of the line and best selling, professional fine wooden brush. Swissco products are top quality affordable bath & body essentials. Whether it is a Back Brush, Comb, Nail Clipper or Loofah, you can be sure it is made to the highest standards.”

I like the classic look of the Tortoise Wet Comb Wide Tooth from Swissco: “Each comb undergoes a 12-step process to ensure you the finest quality. Individually cut from sheets, each comb is shaped, polished, and shined with pumice to ensure the smoothest finish. This comb will glide smoothly without hurting the scalp.”

Check out all the Personal Grooming Accessories of Swissco here.