For Auld Lang Syne “times gone by”

Anyone who reads my blogs can pick up on the fact that I love to write. Pictures are awesome to help make a point or add to the written word, but I love more to have the reader see the words and understand the meaning in them. I give people credit that we are not just 20 second mindless creatures who only stay on something 20 seconds before we must be lulled into staying with flashy pictures and light commentary day in and day out. I realize it works because movie, tv, internet companies do it every day and draw people in.

I realize too that a number of people just clicked off because it went more than 20 seconds and that immediate gratification wasn’t met. Oh well! The rest are hopefully in for a treat.

Today I am going to put way more pictures on my blog than usual and less writing because I want you the reader to take a moment with each and every photo to think of a moment of “times gone by” as we approach the new year. As I am putting things into boxes and going over the year in review, I realize the new relationships formed and some left behind. Some people I knew very well, others I just tremendously respected their craft and could count on a good laugh or maybe a moment of introspection because of them.

So enjoy and “well drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by.”



Thanks for those “7 words” my man you had the courage to stand up and who could ever forget the “garage sale” bit.

George Carlin

May 13, 1937- June 22, 2008









So many great movies, but even greater and God bless you for all the charity work you did and the lives you helped improve.

Paul Newman

Jan 26, 1925-Sept 26, 2008
















“Let my people go…”

“Take your stinking dirty paws off me you damn dirty ape..”

Charlton Heston

Oct 4, 1923- April 5, 2008















Everytime I go out diving I think of you in the back of my head…

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Roy Scheider

Nov 10, 1932- Feb 10, 2008








As a fellow newsman I always held your work in high regard. You’ll be missed.

Tim Russert

May 7, 1950- June 13, 2008













The Blues got a little sadder when the world lost you my man.

Bo Diddley

Dec 30, 1928- June 2, 2008












You left way too soon Mac. Thanks for all the laughs.

Bernie Mac

Oct 5, 1957- Aug 9, 2008









Musician, actor, humanitarian and nobody could forget you “are one bad mutha.” Thanks for everything. R.I.P

Isaac Hayes

Aug 20, 1942- Aug 10, 2008











You were just getting started…

Heath Ledger

April 4, 1979- Jan 22, 2008













Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind. This is just a few of the people 2008 saw leave this world. Many more great people whether family, friends or people you barely knew went as well. Take the time to remember their memory. And since this IS a baseball blog and even though he is not dead but gone. Wish you and your family well in your new digs Matty. I’ll never forget that slide.








  1. ohy22xd

    Heath Ledger was a great man. I’m really gonna miss him. And as a Padre fan, I would never forget Holiday’s slide back in ’07. I still can’t believe that he got traded to Athletics! Anyways, good luck to Matt Holiday next year in Oakland.

  2. juliasrants

    That was a great blog! So many wonderful memories, so many laughs and so many tears. Thanks for reminding us of what is most important – the people in our lives. Let’s hope we always “drink a cup of kindness”.

    Happy New Year.


  3. Kaybee

    Great job! And nice tribute to Holliday, too. Though I will never be able to forget that slide either, for me it was a nightmare while it was huge excitement for you. Great game last night, by the way. I have no idea what happened to this Chargers team, but I think it had something to do with a little talk from LT. But, you know, it’s kind of like when the Rox overtook the Padres in 07, except it’s the other way around and a different sport 🙂 Funny how things like that work out, huh?

    • rockymountainway

      Now now Kaybee I give the Chargers all the credit in the world. They came out and they wanted to play where as the Broncos just sucked. They deserved to lose that game and worse they gave up near the end. That was just sickening. You never give up and that was the difference in the padres/rockies play in, neither team gave up and that’s why it was a classic.I will always tip my cap to that padres team but I wouldn’t do the same for the Broncs last night. You just don’t give up. We’ll see what teams comes to play Indi next week and good luck to the Bolts!

  4. Jane Heller

    Nice toast to those we lost. I still can’t believe Paul Newman’s gone. As I wrote in a post right after he died, he lived near me in CT and I used to see him around. He was such cool guy but also a totally kind human being. Now, having just rented “Dark Knight” on DVD the other night, Heath Ledger is haunting me. He was amazing as the Joker in that movie. I bet he gets a posthumous Oscar. Best to you for the New Year, Tom.

  5. Elizabeth D

    Poor Heath,
    He WAS just getting started, and his role as the Joker was outstanding. Very menacing, if they make a third Batman movie, it won’t be the same (especially because Ledger was supposed to be in it originally, and the movie ended the way it did because he died before it finished filming). Great tribute to all the others like Mac and Russert, etc.

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