Baseball Reliquary, Snow, and New Phone #socs

I never knew about it, but there’s a place called The Baseball Reliquary. Its mission is stated right on the page:

The Baseball Reliquary is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities.

They have a Shrine of the Eternals there, which is like The Basesball Hall of Fame’s, but using different criteria for election. Among the notables are Dick Allen (who played for the White Sox and was quite the character), Emmet Ashford (the game’s first Black umpire), and Jim Abbott (a one-armed pitcher who was a great fielder). The Reliquary is located in Monrovia, California, home town of former White Sox pitcher Cisco Carlos.


1969 Cisco Carlos baseball card (source: psacard.com)

Ironically, Cisco is not enshrined at The Baseball Reliquary.

Water is a fascinating liquid. It freezes at 32° F (0° C) and turns into steam at 212° F (100° C). Usually the temperatures stay above freezing here, but yesterday they didn’t, and look what happened.

It’s started to thaw, and (hopefully) by Tuesday morning, when I have one of my last sessions of therapy, it will be all gone. See, when we go bye-bye car I walk out the front door and out to the stairs, then sit on the top stair and push myself (carefully and one step at a time) to the bottom. I’d end up with a wet behind if the snow isn’t gone by then.

I took that picture with this.


iPhone 8 (source: Apple)

I decided it was time to replace my iPhone 4S and that this was the time of year to do it. Mary decided she wanted the old one, so as soon as I get a new SIM card for it (the one she has is too big) it’ll be hers. So far I like it, but am more than a little annoyed with Apple, who gets it in their head that you have to sign up for iCloud and Apple Pay and keeps nagging you to do so.

All for now.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now this word from Velveeta. Velveeta: liquid gold.

At some point I’ll tell the story of Walkie’s delicious concoction…

13 thoughts on “Baseball Reliquary, Snow, and New Phone #socs

  1. Interesting about the baseball museum. I’d never heard of it. I’m looking to get the new iPhone 8 as well and giving my husband the iPhone 6 I have. He would be switching from his Motorola Droid because it is acting up and I can’t help him with it since I only know Apple. Nice of him to let me have the new one, isn’t it? No snow here but it sure is cold. Happy Saturday.

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  2. I liked each element of this post. I am intrigued and would like to visit the baseball reliquary. Road trip to CA! Woo hoo!

    Here’s hoping that snow melts. As pretty as it is, it does hamper getting around. I think my snow in 32 year increments lasting for a single day which is what we just had here in San Antonio TX.

    And yes Apple iCloud and Apple Pay being forced on me is no bueno. I put up with it because it is all I know. If I were more techie, maybe I’d make the switch. As much as they irritate me, Apple is user friendly for the most part.

    Velveeta was the only cheese we ate growing up. Well not only, we did get government cheese one year. Cost for the real cheese like cheddar or mozzarella was pricey. Now Velveeta is just as pricey. I buy it once a year to make a casserole but that’s it. Cute commercial.

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  3. My iPhone 6 left me alone on Apple Pay after the first signup request. It’s actually safer than using a credit or debit card, though, so I may sign up for it.

    Used to use it on the old iPhone 6 that had a GPS failure after a battery replacement.

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    1. I don’t disagree, and I’d rather not give my credit card info out over the Internet, even with encryption. Thing is, both Chase and Capital One (my credit card issuers) have their own

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    1. I think it depens on where you are. They’re sort of complementary, when you think about it. Reminded me of this…

      I had known the word “reliquary” since grammar school (Catholic education does that to you) but never knew about baseball one.

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  4. Thanks for the information on the reliquary. I see where Moe a Berg is an inductee. Don’t know if you ever knew about him, but he was a mediocre baseball player but served as a spy for the U.S. During the World War 2. He was a brilliant man who spoke something like 10 languages fluently.

    Watched the weather channel about the weather in Atlanta. Wow! Stay warm.

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    1. Moe Berg was a classic, a guy who chose the “tools of ignorance” over law, who read ten newspapers a day and who spied for the US during WWII. put his name into Amazon and there must be fifty books written about him, none of which I’ve read….

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  5. I must tell my brother about this link since he knows baseball inside and out. This is an interesting concept. I love snow but I don’t like reading that you must sit down to go down the stairs and ramps can be expensive to put in. I wonder if grabbing a plastic bag and attaching it to you until you are down the stairs would help when it rains or snows?

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    1. I think I’d just get tangled up in a plastic bag. Which, when you think about it, is a pretty funny idea.

      The Baseball Reliquary is great for both baseball fans and writers, because the qualification seems to be that you have an interesting story to tell. A few of the inductees have written books, most notably Jim Bouton, whose “Ball Four” made me a fan for life.

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