Friday, January 19, 2018

Diana Marie Russo Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Diana Marie Russo is a flautist, an editor, the current Miss Finger Lakes, and (as you may have
noticed) a Yankees fan. As a way of "keeping your friends close, and your enemies closer" I thought it would be fun to have her visit with us to discuss those topics, the Red Sox, and a few more. Thankfully she agreed. I’m sure you’ll be glad she did.

So, let’s see what happens when Diana Marie Russo visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate being crowned Miss Finger Lakes?
I immediately celebrated with my family and closest friends because without their support, my dream of representing the Miss America Organization would have never been possible. Although
my family surprised me with a party after my crowning, I will celebrate the entire year by serving my community. I find joy in being the light in someones life and as Miss Finger Lakes, that is the best way to celebrate this accomplishment. 

Is there a specific goal you’d like to accomplish during your time as Miss Finger Lakes?
My goal as Miss Finger Lakes 2018 is to bring the title of Miss New York back to the region and then bring the title of Miss America back to New York! Besides that, my main goal as Miss Finger Lakes 2018 is to grow my platform, Memories Through Music, Alzheimer’s Awareness. Not only do I watch elders come to life when I share the gift of music with them, but I partner with radio stations to donate radios to Alzheimer’s patients. I want to
spread these programs throughout the Finger Lakes but also New York. I will continue to work with the Alzheimer’s Association and a local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to carry out events that are currently being planned. As I work with both of these organizations, I hope to inspire hundreds of people and leave a lasting impact. 

What aspect of the upcoming Miss New York competition are you most nervous about?
I don’t know if I can say that I am nervous about Miss New York! I am excited and I like to pride myself on being very confident. I’ve grown up with a competition mindset as a gymnast and a flautist, so I am ready for the challenge! I also dreamed of Miss New York and Miss America for quite some time now, so I am ready. 

How did you select your platform, "Memories Through Music, Alzheimer’s Awareness"?
My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she inspired
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East Way Photography
me to create my platform, Memories Through Music, Alzheimer’s Awareness. Although I was young and didn’t understand my grandmother’s disease, I regret not cherishing the time I had with my grandmother prior to her diagnosis. If I can create a moment of normalcy and joy for a family experiencing Alzheimer’s then I feel at peace. 

As a talented flautist, what do you like most about playing on stage?
I like performing on stage because I feel like I am carrying on a family tradition. My grandfather and his siblings were musicians, my mother is a musician and I am a musician. I feel pride as I represent my family and my platform. My flute has the power to change lives because music connects the mind to the soul and when I perform, I know that is exactly what I am doing.

You’re the editor-in-chief of the Cardinal Courier. What do you find most challenging about that role?
Photo by East Way Photography
This is a very challenging role because I am responsible for almost everything. Producing a magazine, creating online content, organizing meetings, teaching students and overseeing the entire group is a lot of work. Balancing that responsibility with other obligations takes passion, dedication and leadership skills, which has taught me how to be a disciplined titleholder. Although it can be difficult, the most rewarding part is watching a young journalist succeed. 

As a Yankees fan, who is your favorite Red Sox player?
I always liked David Ortiz because he is a great player with a lot of class. He respects the game of baseball and he is known to be a clutch hitter. 

What was your favorite Aaron Judge memory?
Besides witnessing a Judge home run at Rogers Centre, my favorite Aaron Judge memory was watching him hit the longest home run in the season by any baseball player. This hit was recorded at over 500 feet at Yankee Stadium. 

What are you most looking forward to about the 2018 baseball season?
I am excited to watch Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the same batting line up. They are two of the most powerful hitters in the league and I can’t wait to see what they do for the Yankees. 


I'm very interested to see how that turns out myself!

As always, I want to give huge thanks to Diana for doing this interview. She did a fantastic job. It was a lot of fun to have my first visit from a New York titleholder. I also want to thank her for providing all of the amazing pictures to accompany the interview. Even the ones with the interlocking N-Y in them really spruced up the post!

As Diana continues her time as Miss Finger Lakes, I encourage you to follow her on the official "Miss Finger Lakes and Upstate NY" Facebook page and Instagram account. 

There are also some wonderful websites you need to see. Definitely check out Diana's personal website to catch up on all the great information posted there. Also, be sure to visit the official websites for both Miss Finger Lakes and Miss New York. If you do all that, you'll be sure not to miss a thing Diana does!

I also want to wish Diana luck when she competes for the Miss New York Crown! It would be so much fun to have a Section 36 visitor bring home that crown!

Thanks again Diana, and good luck!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

36 Pack Wax Match: Pack 3

The Stage has been set. The Match is underway. Who will come out on top? There’s only one way to find out.

Keep going, and open that third pack!

As we dive into this pack, the 1990 set has taken the lead thanks to its pack two victory. Let's go!

Red Sox +2
1988 starts things off much better this time! Not only did it make it past the sticker, but it gets positive points! A great card too. If you're not going to have a collision picture, this is about as good as a catcher card gets. Full gear, trying to make a play. With the head extending into the border, it makes Gedman larger than life.

Yankees -2
And just like that, 1988 falls flat again. Back to even.

Hall of Famer +1
Look at this great card. I was tempted to give it two points for having two Hall of Famers. But, for one thing, Trammell isn't officially inducted yet. For another, the rules clearly say "Hall of Famer card" not "Hall of Famer on card" so, it's just one point even if Fernandez were in the Hall too.

Red Sox +2
One more big score for 1988. Another great catcher card. This would have been a pretty sweet pull for a Red Sox fan back in 1988, and it brings the 1988 pack total to +3. Can 1990 catch them?

Hall of Famer +1
It certainly jumps right out of the gate with another catcher. This one's a Red Sox Hall of Famer, but he's wearing the wrong color Sox on the card, so it's just the one point.

Yankees -2
It's one step forward, and two steps back. The Yankees card drops the pack into negative points.

Hall of Famer +1
And, back to even as the pack closes out with a Hall of Famer. Unfortunately, for 1990, this is where the scoring ends up.

The 1988 pack holds with its total of +3 to take the third pack match.

It also ties the  overall score two to one in this back and forth battle.

Box Bottom: 1988 +1 (1-0)
Pack 1: 1990 +6 (1-1)
Pack 2: 1990 +4 (2-1)
Pack 3: 1988 +3 (2-2)

What will happen next time?

Monday, January 15, 2018

What Style Hat Do You Wear?

Today, on National Hat Day, I wanted to talk know...hats.

Specifically, what hats do you like to wear? Obviously the most correct answer to that question is "A Red Sox Hat, duh." But that answer isn't really specific enough.What kind of Red Sox hat?

Because I'm sure you've noticed that there are about 36 million
different styles of Red Sox hats. There's the classic game hat. Throwback hats. Special game hats. Graphic hats. Hats with stripes, and camouflage, and polka-dots. Hats in all colors. All allowing you to profess your love for baseballs greatest team. So, with so many to choose from, which direction do you go?

I tend to lean towards "official" when I buy my Red Sox gear. My home jersey can't have a name on the back of it, and my hat needs to be navy with the red B on the front. But, I will also branch out every once in a while to different versions of official hat. For a long while, I wore the 2004 World Series version. The classic hat with the World Series patch. If I want more variety than that? I like throwback styles, to retain that authenticity. I especially like the 1975 throwback, because it allows a complete departure from blue with red. Red with blue feels so wrong it's right. I sometime think of going for something with a 40's style to it. But, I fear that most people won't realize that the fatter B on the front is a throwback, and instead think it's just a poorly made classic blue.

The only time I've really diverged from the official is when I wore the Pedro Martinez retired number hat. I had that one on my head until it wore out, and I wish I could get another one. 

Other styles of official hat? Like the locker room hats from championships? My gosh do I think those are hideous. I can't imagine wearing something like that out to the store. Same goes for the holiday hats. Rarely do I find one with a color scheme I enjoy.

What about you? Are you classic blue? Zebra stripes?

Something in-between?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Lauren Fohlin Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Lauren Fohlin is a singer, a choreographer, the current Miss Lake Sunapee Region, and (of
course) a Red Sox fan. After winning her crown just over a month ago, I hoped she'd be willing to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more. Luckily she agreed. I’m sure you’ll be glad she did.

So, let’s see what happens when Lauren Fohlin visits Section 36!

Why did you decide to compete for the Miss Lake Sunapee Region crown? 
I have been competing for a local title for the past two years. I have never won a crown until Miss Lake Sunapee Region and I don't think I could have received a title more fitting.

Is there a specific goal you'd like to accomplish during your time as Miss Sunapee Region? 
During my time as Miss Lake Sunapee Region I would like to continue pursuing my platform, "Keeping The Arts Alive: One Beat at a time".

What did you learn at previous pageants that will help you at the Miss New Hampshire competition? 
This is a tough one! Every pageant is a learning experience. You meet so many different people and each time each judge gets to know you and your story. The biggest thing that I can walk away with to prepare myself for Miss New Hampshire is to always stay true to myself. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't have my title today.

As a singer, which types of songs do you enjoy singing the most? 
I have been performing since I can remember. I started doing musical theatre in fifth grade, so I would have to say I love singing those show stopping numbers! 

Why did you choose your platform, “Keeping the Arts Alive: one beat at a time”? 
I chose my platform because I volunteered my time to choreograph Manchester Central High School's performance of "Godspell". All went well there and I came back for another year to choreograph "Fame". After Fame one of my students, Dustin Blake, passed away from a rare heart condition. He was one of a kind and extremely talented in his own ways. It's not about the affect us teachers have on students, it's about how the student affects us. So for him I will continue to keep the arts alive.

As a choreographer, how does it feel to see something you planned performed perfectly on stage? 
There is no word to describe it. The process of choreographing a single piece starts with myself in my living room creating a whole number for 30+ students. Not everyone comes in with dance experience. Some of my students have none, but by the end of it all they are all dancers in my eyes. It's truly rewarding to see the outcome. 

If you can’t be in Section 36, where do you (or would you) like to sit to watch the Red Sox? 
Any section would do for me! Even my TV screen is a win.

Who was your favorite Red Sox player growing up? Why? 
Although I have love for all of my Red Sox, David Ortiz is definitely my favorite. He's a three time World Series Champion with the most contagious smile. What's not to love?

What was your favorite memory from the 2017 Red Sox season? 
One of the most exciting aspects of the 2017 season was watching Chris Sale's pursuit of the single-season franchise record of 313 strikeouts. Impressive. 


I'm sure we all enjoyed watching that unfold!

As always, I want to give a huge thank you to Lauren for finding the time to visit with us. It's always so much fun, and it wouldn’t have happened without her! Another thank you to her for providing the  picture to go along with the interview. It really spruces up the post, don’t you think?

As Lauren continues her time as Miss Lake Sunapee Region, be sure to keep track of her on the official Miss Lake Sunapee Region Facebook and Instagram accounts! That way you won't miss a thing.

I also want to wish Lauren luck at the upcoming Miss New Hampshire competition. There will be quite a few members of the Section 36 family on stage with her this year. It would be so fantastic to have one of them bring home that crown!

Thanks again for the visit Lauren!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

36 Pack Wax Match: Pack 2

The Stage has been set. The Match is underway. Who will come out on top? There’s only one way to find out.

Keep going, and open that second pack!

As we dive into this pack, the 1990 set has tied the match thanks to its pack one victory. Let's go!

Yankees -2
1988 once again starts itself out in a hole by having a Yankees sticker. Even worse, this was the only scoring "card" in the pack. So, it finishes with a final score of -2.

Red Sox +2
1990 Jumps on the early stumble from 1988, and grabs the lead with a Red Sox card. Pretty nice looking card too, by the way.  Love how the red frames the tightly cropped shot. And, I'm always a sucker for the picture extending over the border.

Not yet...
Luckily for 1990, it didn't need any more points, since this card isn't a Hall of Famer...yet?

The 1990 pack holds its total of +2 to take the second pack match.

It also takes the lead in the overall score two to one in this neck and neck battle.

Box Bottom: 1988 +1 (1-0)
Pack 1: 1990 +6 (1-1)
Pack 2: 1990 +4 (2-1)

What will happen next time?

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