Mystery Solved, Loud Noises, Clarification Needed

The TinCaps opened a four-game series against South Bend with a 3-2 win yesterday. Today, they look for their fifth win in a row. Chris Fetter takes the hill against the Silver Hawks’ Keith Hessler, who is making just his second career start.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, a chat with Fort Wayne pitching coach Willie Blair:


Checking in with yet another great question, here’s @drkensf:

The backpack in question is this one, and it belongs to Johnny Barbato:

Courtesy of the TinCaps Amateur Photography Department

And here is the answer, right from the source:

If you have any questions you’d like answered, you can find my contact info at the bottom of the post. Remember, folks, it’s all relative.


On the bus over to South Bend today, I was listening to my new favorite podcast, Q from CBC Radio, and the host interviewed Cara Buckley, a writer for The New York Times.  Buckley recently wrote an article about the high volumes that we encounter in restaurants, gyms and other places–and how the decibel levels at these places can be dangerous to our health:

“At the Brooklyn Star in Williamsburg, the volume averaged 94 decibels over an hour and a half — as loud as an electric drill. At the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten in the meatpacking district, where workers can log 10-hour shifts, the noise level averaged 96 decibels. No music was playing: the noise was generated by hundreds of voices bouncing off the metal skeleton of the High Line.

At Beaumarchais, a nightclub-like brasserie on West 13th Street, the music averaged 99 decibels over 20 minutes and reached 102 in its loudest 5 minutes. “It definitely takes a toll,” a waiter said.

Workers at these places said the sound levels, which were recorded over periods as long as an hour and a half, were typical when they were working.

One spin class at a Crunch gym on the Upper West Side averaged 100 decibels over 40 minutes and hit 105 in its loudest 5. At a Crunch gym in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the noise level averaged 91 decibels. At the Fifth Avenue flagship store of Abercrombie & Fitch, which has designed many of its stores to resemble nightclubs, pulsating music hit 88 decibels, just shy of the limit at which workers are required to wear protection if exposed to that volume for eight hours.

By way of comparison, a C train hurtling downtown in Manhattan registered at 84 decibels; normal conversation is from 60 to 65 decibels.”

The piece goes on to mention that certain venues like bars and clubs will play faster music to get people to subconsciously eat and drink faster, especially at peak hours.

I have a feeling next time I go to a restaurant, I’m going to be acutely aware of this, but then purposely eat slower just to thwart their attempts at turning over my table faster.


This sign hangs on the concourse here in South Bend. I believe it’s in need of some additional information:

Clarification needed

Do I have to lay down a $50 deposit just for the season seat information? That seems a bit unfair. What if I’m not pleased with that information? The It’s All Relative investigative team is on top of this…


Pearl Jam…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

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