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Dan Holohan

Dan Holohan

Joined on March 4, 2009

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@ August 31, 2002 9:20 PM in In case you missed it - Dan H.

they're aware of it, Ron, but they may not have the time. We'll do it again and maybe they'll make the next one.

We're very well represented

@ August 31, 2002 8:56 PM in In case you missed it - Dan H.

when it comes to boilers: Monitor MZ, Munchkin, Slant/Fin, ECR, Viessmann. What a great mix!

Pete Caruso

@ August 31, 2002 8:51 PM in In case you missed it - Dan H.

of Monitor MZ fame bought 20 tickets to Wetstock this afternoon. We're close to being sold out, lads. And what a fine time we will have on November 23.

@ August 31, 2002 4:29 PM in Play Ball!

Well said!

No

@ August 31, 2002 4:28 PM in Play Ball!

and neither can our Yankees, hb!

You should

@ August 31, 2002 10:43 AM in O is for for oops I did it again hr

have a mural painted in the center. Please!

And don't forget the wise words of Professor Royko!

@ August 30, 2002 8:33 PM in Play Ball!

October 5, 1993 Three Ex-Cubs Assure Spurning of Atlanta The experts have spoken. The Atlanta Braves are the best of the playoff teams. The bookies have made them the favorites to get to the World Series and win it. Some sports pundits already talk of them as one of the great teams of all time. The experts just never learn. As always, they ignore that strange, mysterious, and almost-always fatal malady known as the Ex-Cubs Factor. Regular readers of this column know about the Ex-Cubs Factor. But bear with me as I explain it to newcomers. Twelve years ago, a Chicago sports nut named Ron Berler stumbled across an amazing statistic. Since 1946, 13 teams had entered the World Series with three or more ex-Cubs on their roster. Twelve of these 13 teams lost. Berler theorized that it was a virus. Three or more ex-Cubs could infect an entire team with the will to lose, no matter how skillful that team might appear. When Berler revealed his findings, the sports experts sneered and scoffed. Stupid and meaningless, they snickered. No scientific basis, they hooted. Then came 1990, and they were still sneering, scoffing, and making their mindless predictions. That was the year about 99 percent of the experts declared that the Oakland A's could not possibly lose the World Series. Even before the games began, they hailed the A's as one of the greatest teamsmaybe the greatestin the history of the game. As the Washington Post's resident baseball genius put it: "Let's make this short and sweet. The baseball season is over. Nobody's going to beat the Oakland A's." As Ben Bentley, the Chicago sports savant, said: "Could the Oakland Athletics be the greatest in baseball history?" Yes, cried the experts: the greatest, a dynasty, a team of immortals. They could win while yawning. But out there were two lonely voices: Berler and this writer. We warned of the Ex-Cubs Factor. We pointed out that the A's had foolishly defied the terrible virus by signing a third ex-Cub. And before that World Series began, Berler publicly stated: "As good as they are, they will lose. And they can blame their own arrogance for ignoring history." So what happened? Not only did the A's lose, it was world-class humiliation. Four straight defeats. One of sports' all-time flopperoos. That made it 13 out of 14 teams with three or more ex-Cubs to collapse in the World Series since World War II. The A's haven't been the same since. Once it struck, the ex-Cub virus burrowed into the fiber of the franchise. In only three years they have gone from a dynasty to limping mediocrity. Sources say their hot dogs don't even taste as good as they once did. Have the experts learned anything? Of course not. As the late Mayor Richard J. Daley once said: "Duh expertswhat do dey know?" The sports experts are now hailing the Atlanta Braves as the super-team of this era. On Sunday, Dave Kindred, columnist for the Sporting News, wrote: ". . . Atlanta has become baseball's best team since the Yankees of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra . . . the NL's best team since the Brooklyn Dodgers of Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, and Pee Wee Reese." He may be right. They have thunderous hitters, overwhelming pitchers, and a seamless defense. But they also have the dreaded virus. Of the four teams in the playoffs, only the Braves are afflicted by the Ex-Cubs Factor. Only the Braves have three former Cubs. They are Greg Maddux, the superb pitcher, Damon Berryhill, the reliable catcher, and . . . Even a bleacher creature would be hard-pressed to name the third ex-Cub. But Berler, the virus discoverer, knows. "I have it all in my computer," he says. A relief pitcher named Jay Howell. Although he has been in the major leagues for 14 years, he's not a big name, not a big star, no flashy stats. A solid journeyman. Probably good to his family, a nice neighbor, a patriot; and he doesn't kick little dogs. But he is one of the three skeletons in the Atlanta closet. He has a sordid past. For a brief time in 1981, when he was a mere lad, he was a Cub. He pitched in only 10 games, a total of 22 innings, and wasn't very good. But as Berler says: "That is all it takes. He is a genuine, bona fide, star-crossed ex-Cub, the poor guy. He is a carrier. It always comes back to your roots. Once a Cub, always a Cub." Berler, who is a free-lance writer and teacher, recently interviewed Maddux, who chose to become an Atlanta Brave multimillionaire, rather than a Chicago Cubs multimillionaire, because he wanted to play on a winning team. "I told him: 'You think you're leaving a loser? Ha! You are a loser. And you're going to infect your 24 teammates.'" He explained the Ex-Cubs Factor to Maddux. And the star pitcher responded by shouting: "I don't believe it, I don't believe it, I don't believe it!" So if the Braves defeat the Phillies and make it to the World Series, bet on the Braves at your own peril. But this puts a Chicagoan such as myselfa devout Cubs fanin a difficult position. Those who are true fans of the White Sox or Cubs loathe the other team. This crosstown rivalry takes precedent over city pride. So if the Sox play the Braves, I must root for the Braves. It is the only decent thing a Cubs fan can do. Sox fans, being dedicated haters, will understand. It will be the first time I will be cheering for a virus. [Editors' note: The Philadelphia Phillies and the virus beat the Braves, four games to two, in the playoffs.]

And don't forget the wise words of Professor Royko!

@ August 30, 2002 8:31 PM in Play Ball!

October 5, 1993 Three Ex-Cubs Assure Spurning of Atlanta The experts have spoken. The Atlanta Braves are the best of the playoff teams. The bookies have made them the favorites to get to the World Series and win it. Some sports pundits already talk of them as one of the great teams of all time. The experts just never learn. As always, they ignore that strange, mysterious, and almost-always fatal malady known as the Ex-Cubs Factor. Regular readers of this column know about the Ex-Cubs Factor. But bear with me as I explain it to newcomers. Twelve years ago, a Chicago sports nut named Ron Berler stumbled across an amazing statistic. Since 1946, 13 teams had entered the World Series with three or more ex-Cubs on their roster. Twelve of these 13 teams lost. Berler theorized that it was a virus. Three or more ex-Cubs could infect an entire team with the will to lose, no matter how skillful that team might appear. When Berler revealed his findings, the sports experts sneered and scoffed. Stupid and meaningless, they snickered. No scientific basis, they hooted. Then came 1990, and they were still sneering, scoffing, and making their mindless predictions. That was the year about 99 percent of the experts declared that the Oakland A's could not possibly lose the World Series. Even before the games began, they hailed the A's as one of the greatest teamsmaybe the greatestin the history of the game. As the Washington Post's resident baseball genius put it: "Let's make this short and sweet. The baseball season is over. Nobody's going to beat the Oakland A's." As Ben Bentley, the Chicago sports savant, said: "Could the Oakland Athletics be the greatest in baseball history?" Yes, cried the experts: the greatest, a dynasty, a team of immortals. They could win while yawning. But out there were two lonely voices: Berler and this writer. We warned of the Ex-Cubs Factor. We pointed out that the A's had foolishly defied the terrible virus by signing a third ex-Cub. And before that World Series began, Berler publicly stated: "As good as they are, they will lose. And they can blame their own arrogance for ignoring history." So what happened? Not only did the A's lose, it was world-class humiliation. Four straight defeats. One of sports' all-time flopperoos. That made it 13 out of 14 teams with three or more ex-Cubs to collapse in the World Series since World War II. The A's haven't been the same since. Once it struck, the ex-Cub virus burrowed into the fiber of the franchise. In only three years they have gone from a dynasty to limping mediocrity. Sources say their hot dogs don't even taste as good as they once did. Have the experts learned anything? Of course not. As the late Mayor Richard J. Daley once said: "Duh expertswhat do dey know?" The sports experts are now hailing the Atlanta Braves as the super-team of this era. On Sunday, Dave Kindred, columnist for the Sporting News, wrote: ". . . Atlanta has become baseball's best team since the Yankees of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra . . . the NL's best team since the Brooklyn Dodgers of Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, and Pee Wee Reese." He may be right. They have thunderous hitters, overwhelming pitchers, and a seamless defense. But they also have the dreaded virus. Of the four teams in the playoffs, only the Braves are afflicted by the Ex-Cubs Factor. Only the Braves have three former Cubs. They are Greg Maddux, the superb pitcher, Damon Berryhill, the reliable catcher, and . . . Even a bleacher creature would be hard-pressed to name the third ex-Cub. But Berler, the virus discoverer, knows. "I have it all in my computer," he says. A relief pitcher named Jay Howell. Although he has been in the major leagues for 14 years, he's not a big name, not a big star, no flashy stats. A solid journeyman. Probably good to his family, a nice neighbor, a patriot; and he doesn't kick little dogs. But he is one of the three skeletons in the Atlanta closet. He has a sordid past. For a brief time in 1981, when he was a mere lad, he was a Cub. He pitched in only 10 games, a total of 22 innings, and wasn't very good. But as Berler says: "That is all it takes. He is a genuine, bona fide, star-crossed ex-Cub, the poor guy. He is a carrier. It always comes back to your roots. Once a Cub, always a Cub." Berler, who is a free-lance writer and teacher, recently interviewed Maddux, who chose to become an Atlanta Brave multimillionaire, rather than a Chicago Cubs multimillionaire, because he wanted to play on a winning team. "I told him: 'You think you're leaving a loser? Ha! You are a loser. And you're going to infect your 24 teammates.'" He explained the Ex-Cubs Factor to Maddux. And the star pitcher responded by shouting: "I don't believe it, I don't believe it, I don't believe it!" So if the Braves defeat the Phillies and make it to the World Series, bet on the Braves at your own peril. But this puts a Chicagoan such as myselfa devout Cubs fanin a difficult position. Those who are true fans of the White Sox or Cubs loathe the other team. This crosstown rivalry takes precedent over city pride. So if the Sox play the Braves, I must root for the Braves. It is the only decent thing a Cubs fan can do. Sox fans, being dedicated haters, will understand. It will be the first time I will be cheering for a virus. [Editors' note: The Philadelphia Phillies and the virus beat the Braves, four games to two, in the playoffs.]

Cubs fans can give you guys a run for your money

@ August 30, 2002 8:26 PM in Play Ball!

21 major events that have occurred since the Chicago Cubs last laid claim to a World Series championship: 1. Radio was invented; Cubs fans got to hear their team lose. 2. TV was invented; Cubs fans got to see their team lose. 3. Baseball added 14 teams; Cubs fans get to see and hear their team lose to more clubs. 4. George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays. 5. Haley's comet passed the Earth. Twice. 6. Harry Caray was born....and died. Incredible, but true. 7. The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league. 8. Man landed on the moon, as have several home runs given up by Cubs pitchers. 9. Sixteen U.S. presidents were elected. 10. There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution. 11. Prohibition was created and repealed. 12. The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered and became the subject of major motion pictures, the latest giving Cubs fans hope that something that finishes on the bottom can come out on top. 13. Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League. 14. Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants. Those flag poles have since rusted and been taken down. 15. A combination of 40 Summer and Winter Olympics have been held. 16. Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown; several thanked Cubs pitchers. 17. Bell-bottoms came in style, went out of style and came back in style; disco did the same. 18. The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins have all won the World Series. 19. The Cubs played 14,153 regular-season games; they lost the majority of them. 20. Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma and New Mexico were admitted to the Union. 21. The United States fought in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Unlike the Cubs, the US lost in only one of them.

#30

@ August 30, 2002 3:46 PM in Friday Joke

The Lost Art of Steam Heating! What a wonderful anniversary gift! How did you know this is exactly what I wanted?

@ August 30, 2002 12:27 PM in You and Me in the Basement - Dan H.

I had a few people ask me about this afternoon session that we're going to be doing at GasNetworks' Heating Professionals Fall Conference. Here's the deal: This is a Steam, Hot Water and Electrical Seminar that's dedicated to the fine art of Troubleshooting! This seminar springs from the letters and calls that have come to Carol Fey and me. Carol, in case you don't know, is the author of the Quick and Easy series of books about electricity and hydronic controls. Most of the heating professionals who get in touch with us have nagging steam and hot water heating problems or are stumped by controls problems. Carol and I offer them advice and together we come up with solutions (or at least more questions!). This seminar brings those letters to life. It's not a theory seminar. The problems are all real. They actually happened, and now you'll be "down in the basement" with Carol and me and the contractor who's having the problem. Everyone in the room will work together to come up with a solution. You'll become a better troubleshooter You have to see the world in a special way to be an effective troubleshooter. You have to think analytically and visually. The problems you'll work on during this exciting seminar will make you sharper and give you a greater insight into the underlying principles of steam and hot water heating and electricity. After leaving You and Me in the Basement, you'll be better prepared for that next real basement! You'll be challenged. You can't sit back and relax at this seminar. You have to think until your head hurts. We'll get your blood pumping and your brain churning. There's no time to rest. After all, the customer is waiting upstairs! You'll make new friends. Some of whom you may want to punch in the nose by the end of the day! Come and see what happens when a group of heating professionals (some old, some young, some experienced, some not so experienced) get together and exchange ideas and opinions on the best way to solve challenging heating and controls problems. You'll have fun! No one ever falls asleep at our seminars, especially when we start telling stories. At this seminar, the stories are real. They flow freely between steam and hot water heating and controls, and they run the gamut from very simple to very tough. But as with any good puzzle, you'll have fun solving them. It's a great way to spend an afternoon, and you will profit from it. We promise. And it's the best deal going! The conference includes breakfast, a mid-morning break, six repeated sessions and the afternoon with Carol Fey and me, PLUS lunch, the manufacturer's exhibits, Weil-McLain's glass-piped steam boiler and a reception/trade show (FREE beer!) at an UNBELIEVABLE price of $65 per person. For four people or more a special rate of $55 per person. I don't know how the heck they're doing this because they're giving away $77 worth of food alone to each person. Not counting the beers! The weather's getting cool and this is a perfect time to get together and make an investment in yourself. Just do it. For complete conference schedule check their website at www.gasnetworks.com To register for this conference, call 1-800-662-9222. DON'T DELAY This thing is practically sold out.

#25

@ August 30, 2002 11:07 AM in Friday Joke

And I won't go into Boston and spend money while you're hanging out with the brightest people in the business. I'll just wait for you in the room

Number 22

@ August 30, 2002 10:46 AM in Friday Joke

Why don't you go spend some more time with your buddies on the Wall. I don't mind.

We have 59 tickets left for Wetstock

@ August 30, 2002 7:35 AM in Price increase - Dan H.

The price for each is $109 but on Sunday the price will be $119. You a smart shopper?

A well-deserved rest

@ August 30, 2002 7:13 AM in A toast to John Gates carreer!

Thanks for the inspiration, John. See you at the Gathering!

Marlborough

@ August 29, 2002 8:54 PM in The Gathering

is a 15-minute drive from Worcester, which has an Amtrak station.

Looking forward

@ August 29, 2002 8:49 PM in Miss this and you'll miss a LOT! - Dan H.

to working with the hundreds who are already signed up, Mike. What a fine day (and evening!) it's going to be!

I'm helping Chip post the photos of the pipe

@ August 28, 2002 9:18 AM in Radiant Heat Piping - Have you seen this pipe?

Does anyone recognize this product?

But then

@ August 27, 2002 10:45 PM in California Steamin' (on such a winter's day) - Dan H.

I wouldn't get to use that cool title! But then, there is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Hmmmm.

Thanks

@ August 27, 2002 10:44 PM in California Steamin' (on such a winter's day) - Dan H.

Much appreciated, Alan.

Alan

@ August 27, 2002 4:38 PM in California Steamin' (on such a winter's day) - Dan H.

do you know of a new hotel near the Sheraton called Woodspin? The Sheraton can't accomodate a group our size and they recommended Woodspin, which is supposed to be right next door. Can you see it from your window? ;-)

because

@ August 27, 2002 4:28 PM in steam latent heat

the boiling point of the water (sensible heat) goes up. If you add the two numbers together you'll see that there's really not that much more total BTU in higher-pressure steam than there is in lower-pressure steam. The temperature goes up significantly (for the purposes for which we use it - cooking, process, etc.) but the BTU content isn't that significant.