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Last Sunday of the Summer

We had beautiful last Sunday of Summer here in Easton, PA. Now looking forward to the cooler temperatures of and the scenic Fall season.

Easton 09-16-18

I took this picture with my Canon G9 X

Sun Shining on the Statue of Liberty

I took this picture of Statue of Liberty this past Wednesday (05/02/18) from the top of Outlook Hill on Governors Island, in New York City. It was about 4:45 pm when I took the picture, approximately 15 minutes before that portion of the Island closed for the day. It was a sunny, but very windy day, with some clouds. It was an almost surreal sight to see the Sun Rays beaming down of the Statue of Liberty at the moment that I took this picture with my iPhone SE.

Statue of Liberty fr Outlook Hill

My Predictions for the 2018 NBA Playoffs

I am really looking forward to the NBA playoffs. I think there is a good chance that for the first time in the three years we will see a team other than the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals this year. Don’t get me wrong, as a serious basketball fan I have enjoyed watching the Warriors and Cavs battle because of the extraordinary collection of talent on both teams and the high level of play that has been exhibited in the Finals by these teams.

Eastern Conference

My pick: Philadelphia 76ers…I definitely feel like I’m going out on a limb picking the #3 seed Sixers, but they did finish the season with a 16 game win streak, led by Super-Rookie Ben Simmons. Always difficult to pick against LeBron James, but I just think the Sixers have a deeper team than the Cavs or the Raptors and in Simmons and Joel Embid Philadelphia have next gen elite stars that can them to the Finals.

Western Conference

My pick: Golden State Warriors. Tough call because the Houston Rockets have a very formidable team and will hold home court advantage as the #1 seed in the West. In picking the Warriors I am assuming that they will have All-Star guard Stephen Curry back by the 2nd round. GS will definitely need Curry to get past the high scoring Rockets.

Champion: Golden State Warriors wins in 6 games over the Sixers. I think the Sixers, assuming they keep Simmons and Embid together and they stay healthy, will be a real threat to win the NBA championship for the next decade, but we have not quite arrived at the changing of the guard year in the NBA, although I think there is a good chance that will happen next year.

The Holiday Season at the World Trade Center

I took these pictures at the World Trade Center last night. One WTC is in Holiday Season mode. The base the tower changes color from Red to Green and back again. Pretty cool. #NYC, #WTC

 

 

 

Bethlehem Steel at Night

I took these pictures of the enormous blast furnaces at the Bethlehem Steel plant, which shut down in 1995. The former steel plant has been converted to a mixed-use development  called Steel Stacks, which now includes a movie theater, indoor ice, bar, restraunts and a Sands casino.

Steel Stacks.JPG

Steel Stacks Stairway at Night.jpg

 

 

 

Washington Square Park on a Sunday

Another stop I made in Manhattan last Sunday was at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. The park looked great on this nearly perfect summer day. Whenever I visit this park these days and can’t help but admire how much it has been been improved in last ten years or so. I’m old enough to remember what this park was like back to late 70’s and 80’s when it dirty and and dangerous and not a welcoming place.

Photo taken with iPhone SE

Wash Sq Park 073017

NBA Finals 2017: Warriors vs Cav’s

Golden State Warriors -240

Cleveland Cavaliers     +200

So, we are finally here, round three of Warriors vs Fav’s. The long awaited third chapter of this era defining rivalry is set to start and looks like it will a competitive series. Fortunately, both teams are healthy and hopefully it stay that way because I think all true basketball fans want to see how these two teams do against each other when they are at full strength.

This should be a very entertaining series, but I don’t see how the Cav’s win unless the Warriors lose Durant or Curry as a result of an injury. I think games will be close, but I think the Warriors win in 5 or in 7 in a worse case scenario.
I think the Warriors are a pretty solid bet at -240


George M. Fattell.

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