Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CLOSED - For now...

Hello to those of you who frequent the Minding My Own Beeswax blog.

I've been diligently posting to the site since March, 2009 trying to find the right mix of content that (1) allows me to express myself in interesting and meaningful ways, and (2) is of interest to someone. While I think I've found a pretty eclectic mix, I don't think I'm hitting on either of those goals yet. So, I've decided to close up shop until I determine what to do with MMOB. 

I will miss the regular activity involved in keeping the blog alive and I hope I'm not leaving too many readers in the lurch. Based on the blog tracking reports I don't think there are but a small handful of you out there watching this space regularly, but maybe I'm wrong. It you are out there, and you are willing to share your thoughts, let me know what you've liked so far and what you think I could do to make the future MMOB more interesting.  Just send me an email at jcassee@comcast.net

But, before I go, there is a silver lining. Along the way I started another little blog that has taken root - at least a little - that could turn into something big. It's called Novato Sports and it's something that ties-in with many aspects of my life so it's easy to be passionate about it. For example, all of the baseball and football posting and photoshoots I've been doing for my son Robbie's teams now have an excellent home. But the beautiful thing is it could be a whole lot more, if contributors can take to it in a "grassroots" effort. I guess we'll all have to see how it pans out. Check it out at www.novatosports.blogspot.com and see if it's right for you.

Until later then,

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, November 9, 2009

'09 Football Playoffs - Novato Stingers vs. Esparto Spartans

Danny Dreher and Ben Putman showing their Novato pride for the playoffs!

The photos from this Novato Stingers game are now available on the 2009 Novato Stingers Shutterfly site.

Mountain Valley Youth Football League - 2009 PeeWee Division II Playoffs 

Game Summary

The first round of the 2009 PeeWee Division II Playoffs for the Mountain Valley League (MVL) of American Youth Football (AYF) took place on Sunday, November 8th in Northern California. The Novato Stingers entered the playoffs seeded first with an official record of 6-1 (7-1 overall). The eighth-seeded Esparto Spartans travelled to the Novato High School field for an 11 AM game on a beautiful sunny day for football.

Novato lost the coin toss and Esparto elected to receive the ball to start the game. Things started off well for the Stingers as Ben Putman (10) returned to action after a 4-game stint on the injured reserve, and promptly stripped the Spartan kick-returner of the ball and Henry Dalton (7) pounced on the fumble to give Novato the ball in Spartan territory. The Stinger Offense quickly established itself as Alec Ball (12) ran the ball for a 28-yard touchdown which Marc Alvarez (21) followed with a 2-point PAT field goal giving Novato a 8-0 lead.

The Novato defense quickly showed its stuff too, holding Esparto to a rapid 4-down and out on their first drive. It was an often repeated theme throughout the rest of the afternoon.

The Stingers second drive went 3-plays, capped by a 15-yard Tommy Sanz (13) pass to a wide-open Robbie Cassée (16) for a touchdown. The PAT attempt was thwarted by Esparto, making it 14-0 for Novato.

After holding Esparto to another 4-and-out, Novato drove the field for another score, this one a 12-yard pass from Sanz to a wide-open Dalton for another six points and a 20-0 lead.

On the Spartans third drive, Novato held tight again for a 4-and-out and then the offense took two plays for another score - this time a 42-yard run by Putman puting the Stingers up 26-0. A significant lead already, early in the second-quarter, and they were only getting warmed up!

The Spartans drove for a first down in their next drive, but the defense held tight once again taking the ball over on downs. Novato's fifth drive again resulted in a score, this time a 10-yard run by Ball and another 2-point kick by Alvarez for a 34-0 lead going into half-time.

Novato received the ball first in the second-half and promptly drove the field again. This time, Angelo Lagomarsino (9) pushed the ball in for a 2-yard score. The Stingers were hit with a big 15-yard penalty on the PAT attempt, pushing them to the 20 yard line. Undaunted, Sanz quickly hit Cassée on a quick out and he barreled his way in for another point and a 41-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Spartans, as Danny Dreher (5) intercepted the ball on the third play of Esparto's next drive. Novato quickly capitalized again, this time on a 50-yard, sideline-to-sideline scramble by Alvarez, and a 47-0 score.

The Stingers took the ball away again on the next drive when Cassée stripped the ball and Hunter Wegner (18) quickly recovered the fumble. Alvarez scored again, this time on a 35-yard run, and Lagomarsino followed it with a rushing PAT.

The defense made it three-take-aways-in-a-row, when Paul Kunst (24) intercepted a pass on the Spartans next drive. Novato quickly scored again on a 55-yard touchdown run by Ball.

Novato held Esparto to a 4-and-out again and Chris Folsom (25) capped a drive with a 3-yard touchdown run wrapping up the scoring on the day.

"The kids really played well on both sides of the ball today," said Coach John Jones. "The defense locked them down while the offense had a perfect day (10 touchdowns in 10 drives!) We'll work hard again this week to make sure we're ready for round two."

Final Score: Novato Stingers 67, Esparto Spartans 0

Next Up: Southern Marin Broncos

Here's are some photographic highlights from the game:

Ben Putman (10) is back with a vengence, stripping the ball on the opening kick-off

Alec Ball (12) follows Angelo Lagomarsino's (9) block on one of his 3 TD runs

Robbie Cassée (16) running to the end-zone after a catch

Henry Dalton (7) awaits the ball on the way to his touchdown

Marc Alvarez (21) jukes on a 50-yard sideline-to-sideline touchdown run

Cassée strips the ball and Hunter Wegner (18) gets ready to pounce on the ball.

The defense harassing the Spartans again.

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - November 4th

Today's interesting quotes:

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Eden Phillpotts

“I want to be able, as days go by, always to look myself straight in the eye.” Edgar Guest

“The difficulty in life is the choice.” George Moore

“Hollywood is the only place where you can wake up in the morning and hear the birds coughing in the trees.” Joe Frisco

“Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day - 23 minutes - and that's supposed to be enough.” Walter Cronkite

“You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.” Will Rogers (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - November 3rd

Today's interesting quotes:

“Delay is ever fatal to those who are prepared.” Lucan

“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant (pictured)

“What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.” Vilhjalmur Stefansson

“Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.” Walker Evans

“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.” Andre Malraux

“The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, November 2, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - November 2nd

Today's interesting quotes from people born on November 2nd

“I can't say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.” Daniel Boone

“Bill Clinton's foreign policy experience stems mainly from having breakfast at the International House of Pancakes.” Pat Buchanan

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” Marie Antoinette

“No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.” James K. Polk

“Every student has the ability to be a successful learner.” Warren G. Harding

“I took a round trip around Hollywood because I think it frightened me. I didn't want to get burned in that glare.” Luchino Visconti (pictured)

“Most people seem to think I'm the kind of guy who shaves with a blowtorch. Actually I'm bookish and worrisome.” Burt Lancaster

“I signed (Sandy) Koufax for fourteen grand and a hot dog.” Al Campanis

“It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just.” Rose E. Bird

Cheers! - Jason

Friday, October 30, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 30th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 30th

“Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.” Ezra Pound (pictured)

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” John Adams

“I mean, the question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again, night after night...the answer to that is, don't we all anyway; might as well get paid for it." Richard Sheridan

“No star is ever lost we once have seen, We always may be what we might have been.” Adelaide Anne Procter

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Paul Valery

“Genius ... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.” Ezra Pound

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Check it Out - Just How Long is a Campbell's Soup Noodle?

You have to have tongue firmly planted in cheek when talking about this one. Check out this video about the latest Time's Square display showing that there are 32 feet of noodles in every can of Campbell's Chicken Soup. It's certainly an interesting way to bring visibility to one of the other fall classics.

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 29th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 29th

“Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile.” Jean Giraudoux (pictured)

“He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.” James Boswell

“In much knowledge there is also much grief.” Queen Marie of Romania

“Only the mediocre are always at their best.” Jean Giraudoux

“Wrong is for other people.” Fanny Brice

“It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.” Joseph Paul Goebbels

“The surest way to become a pacifist is to join the infantry.” William H. Mauldin

“I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid.” John Gotti

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, October 26, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Florin Phantoms - Oct. 24

The Stingers swarm the Florin Phantoms in Stockton

The photos from this Novato Stingers game are now available on the 2009 Novato Stingers Shutterfly site.

Game Summary
The Novato Stingers travelled to Stockton for a hot saturday afternoon game against the Florin Phantoms at Weston Ranch High School. Novato won the coin toss and quickly got things rolling on the offensive side with a two-play drive as Alec Ball (12) ran for a 22-yard touchdown only 42 seconds into the game. The PAT attempt was no good so the Stingers were up 6-0.

The Novato defense stopped the first Florin drive flat for a quick 4-and-out to get the ball back. It was a theme that would be repeated throughout the day as the swarming Stinger defense locked-down another opponent.

Novato scored again with another quick two-play drive, capped by a 13-yard Angelo Lagomarsino (9) run and a Danny Dreher (5) recovery in the end-zone for a touchdown. Mark Alvarez (21) kicked a two-point PAT to bring the score to 14-0.

Lagomarsino's ensuing onside kickoff was recovered by Ball and the Stingers were quickly at it again. Chris Folsom (25) back from a three-week layoff for an injury ran the ball 35-yards for a touchdown with 5:39 remaining in the second-quarter. With the addition of another Alvarez two-point PAT, the Stingers were up 22-0.

Novato added another quick score on Florin's next drive when Daylan Birlin (59) intercepted a pass and returned it 10-yards for a touchdown. Folsom ran for the PAT and Novato lead 29-0.

The Stingers would score once more in the first-half, when quarterback Tommy Sanz (13) hit a wide open Robbie Cassée (16) in the end-zone for a 9-yard touchdown with 2:30 remaining in the half. With the score 35-0 the "mercy rule" was invoked meaning the clock would run unstopped for the remainder of the game and that Novato could no longer pass and only run the ball between the tackles.

Novato would have scored once more in the fourth quarter on a 60-yard run by Ball with 6:30 remaining.

The Novato defense returned with a vengeance and held the Phantoms to no-first downs and no points in the game, giving the Stingers seven shutouts on the year.

Final Score: Novato Stingers 35*, Florin Phantoms 0
*mercy rule invoked with 2:30 remaining in the second-quarter

2009 Regular Season Scoring: Novato Stingers 209, Opponents 19

2009 Stingers Regular Season Record: 7-1

Here are some additional photo highlights from the game.

Alec Ball (12) busts loose for the game's first score!

Angelo Lagomarsino (9) pulls a pile of Florin tacklers toward the end-zone... 

...and Danny Dreher (5) smothers the loose ball in the end-zone for a TD

Daylan Birlin (59) ruturns a 2nd Quarter interception for a touchdown

Chris Folsom (25) returns to action with a bang with this 35-yard TD run

Robbie Cassée (16) is all alone in the end-zone for a 2nd Quarter TD catch

A Florin runner learns what it's like to run into a swarm of Stingers 

...more swarming Stingers piling on a Florin runner

Coach Rich Putman gets soaked in the post-game celebration

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 26th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 26th

“We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.” Georges Jacques Danton

“Hate shuts her soul when dove-eyed mercy pleads.” Charles Sprague

“Comment is free but facts are sacred.” Charles Prestwich Scott

“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.” Leon Trotsky

“Anybody that sings the blues is in a deep pit, yelling for help.” Mahalia Jackson

"More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth." Napoleon Hill

“Without music, life is a journey through a desert.” Pat Conroy (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Check it Out - Charmin "Enjoy the Go" Ambassadors

I came across a really unique job opportunity that I had to share. Since it's in New York city, it's unlikely I'll be the best fit, but check it out - it might just be right for you!

Enjoy the Go job posting: http://www.charmin.com/en_US/enjoy-the-go/index.php

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 22nd

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 22nd

“Are you casting asparagus on my cooking?” Curly Howard (pictured)

“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” Sarah Bernhardt

“A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.” Raymond Hitchcock

"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough." Robert Capa

“Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.” Doris Lessing

“Think for yourself and question authority.” Timothy Leary

“If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed.” Curly Howard

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 21st

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 21st

"Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs.” Alphonse de Lamartine

“Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.” Alfred Bernhard Nobel

“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.” Natalie Clifford Barney

“Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.” Ted Shawn

“Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.” Leo Burnett (pictured)

“Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?” Martin Gardner

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Johnson Warriors - Oct. 18

Paul Kunst (24) gets behind the Johnson defense for a catch, long-run and TD!

The photos from this Novato Stingers game are now available on the 2009 Novato Stingers Shutterfly site.

Game Summary
In their away white jerseys and home black pants, the Stingers hosted the Johnson Warriors on a sunny, cool and windy day at the Novato High School field. Novato won the coin toss and got the ball first and things looked good to start as Alec Ball (12) had a stong return and the Stingers started with excellent field position. But the Warriors held the Stingers to a three-and-out and the game quickly devolved into a defensive struggle. The Stingers threatened to score with the ball inside the Warriors five-yard line, but were unable to do so. At the end of the first quarter the game was still scoreless.

With 6:00 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the vaunted Stingers defense finally yielded their first points of the year, after 25 straight shutout quarters. After a long touchdown run Johnson scored the PAT and Novato was down for the first time all year, 0-7.

The Stingers quickly drove the ball back down the field on a combination of strong running and pass plays culminating with a critical fourth down attempt on the two-yard line. The Johnson line stopped Novato's attempt and took over on their own 1-yard line. Unfortunately, the Johnson running back burst through the middle on the very next play and ran the entire 99-yards for a seconds score.  The teams went to half-time with Johnson up 13-0.

Novato came on strong in the second-half, with Johnny Viezcas (82) recovering Angelo Lagomarsino's (9) opening kick-off giving the ball to the Stingers. Novato wasn't able to capitalize and gave the ball back to Johnson. The Novato defense then had a stop when a swarm of defenders combined to strip a Johnson runner of the ball and it ended up in the hands of Hunter Wegner (18). That's when the Novato offense really came alive, with Ball throwing a half-back pass to a streaking Paul Kunst (24) who got behind the Johnson defender,  caught a deflected ball and ran for a long touchdown. Mark Alvarez (21) kicked a two-point PAT and Novato was only down 13-8 with 3:10 left in the third quarter.

Novato made a big play on the ensuing kick-off, with Alvarez pouncing on another Lagomarsino onside kick. Alvarez followed it up with a streaking 21-yard run and Novato was seemingly back in control. Only, this time it wasn't meant to be. Novato fumbled on the Johnson 25 and gave back the ball.

In the fourth quarter, Johnson intercepted a long pass and then returned it for their third touchdown of the day with 7:18 left in the game. They missed the PAT, but Novato was down 19-8 and time was running out.

While Novato couldn't pull together another score in the final minutes, defensive lineman Ryan Johnson (54) gave them one last chance with a late fumble recovery in Warrior territory.

"This is a tough loss for us," said Coach John Jones, "but the kids played hard and didn't give up. We really beat ourselves in this one. I guess it will be a good lesson as we look at closing out the regular season next week and prepare for the playoffs."

Final Score: Johnson Warriors 19, Novato Stingers 8

2009 Stingers Record: 6-1

Defensive Points Allowed: 19! (over 7 games)

While the outcome wasn't what we were used to, the game was still exciting. Here are some pictures highlighting the great play during the day.

Quarterback Tommy Sanz (13) rolls out right and throws... 

...to a diving Robbie Cassée (16) for a catch during the Stingers second drive

The Stingers give up their first points of the year after 25 shutout quarters

Daniel Hopkins (33) fires up the Stingers at half-time

Johnny Viezcas (82) comes up with his second onside kick in two weeks!

A Novato "swarm" strips the ball and Hunter Wegner (18) ends up with it

Mark Alvarez (21) comes up with an onside kick in the third-quarter

Daronn McCall (14) fights for yards in the fourth-quarter

Ryan Johnson (54) fights for a fumble late in the game

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 20th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 20th

"He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie.” Mickey Mantle

“Architecture aims at eternity.” Christopher Wren

“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” Lord Palmerston

“Remember there's always a voice saying the right thing to you somewhere if you'll only listen for it.” Thomas Hughes

“Statistics have shown that mortality increases perceptibly in the military during wartime.” Alphonse Allais

“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey

“Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends.” Arlene Francis

“One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” Evelyn Waugh

“Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before.” Art Buchwald (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, October 19, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 19th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 19th

“Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.” John LeCarre (pictured)

“There are two worlds: the world we can measure with line and rule, and the world that we feel with our hearts and imagination.” Leigh Hunt

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.” Lewis Mumford

“Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates.” Arleigh Burke

“For me, singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth.” Edith Piaf

“I just think success has to be measured by a lot more than test scores.” Bob Sweeney

“The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark.” Jack Anderson

“Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.” John LeCarre

Cheers! - Jason

Friday, October 16, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 16th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 16th

“Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.” Oscar Wilde (pictured)

“Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground.” Noah Webster

“If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert.” David Ben-Gurion

“There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.” Eugene O'Neill

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” Paul Strand

“Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones.” Tim McCarver

"I live in fear of not being misunderstood." Oscar Wilde

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October a5th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 15th

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” Friedrich Nietzsche (pictured)

“Endure the present, and watch for better things.” Virgil

“O vanity! you are the lever by means of which Archimedes wished to lift the earth!” Mikhail Lermontov

"The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself." Friedrich Nietzsche

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.” Henri Bergson

“When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” Enrique Jardiel Poncela

“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.” P. G. Wodehouse

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 14th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 14th

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” Miles Franklin (pictured)

“A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” William Penn

“A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity, but a weak one is odious in the former, and contemptible in the latter” George Grenville

“It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people.” Miles Franklin

“The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.” Katherine Mansfield

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Check it Out - Cardboard by Sjors Vervoort

Here's a very creative stop-motion video I thought you might like.

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 13th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 13th

“In England there are sixty different religions, and only one sauce.” Francesco Caracciolo

“Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not.” Elias Root Beadle

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.” Margaret Thatcher

"My husband was just OK looking. I was in labor and I said to him, 'What if she is ugly? You're ugly.'" Beverly Johnson

“If a book doesn't grab me in the first chapter, I may not bother with it... As writers we're told that you have to catch readers in the first paragraph, but that is easier said than done.” Edwina Currie

“I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up.” Lenny Bruce (pictured)

“Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?” Paul Simon

Cheers! - Jason