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Yeah, more baseball

Jul. 16th, 2008 | 11:33 am

So the AL won the All-Star game last night.  And the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning is: "Damn, that means when the Sox sweep it again in four games, they won't be home again when the win it all." 

Yeah, I like my dream land :)
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Will you be my friend?

Jul. 14th, 2008 | 03:55 pm

One thing I do hate about LJ is the friends list.  It's very handy to read all the updates on one page, and to share things with only certain folks.  But it sets up cliques and dynamics that just suck.  And yes, I did a bit of housekeeping on my list today - and if it was just about not reading posts, that would be cool.  But LJ had to go and call it "friends list".  Ugh.

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First place again

Jul. 14th, 2008 | 03:51 pm

So my boys managed to pull it off and end at the All-Star Break in first place; a mere 1/2 a game ahead of the Rays.  The Rays are currently on a 7 game losing streak.  But with any streak, they don't last - hence the name.  So come the 2nd half of the season, it's going to be neck and neck.  Now wouldn't it be awesome if the Yankees didn't even get the Wild Card this year and either Boston or the Rays did?  *grin*
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What a weird baseball year...

Jul. 11th, 2008 | 09:22 am

I actually cheered for the Yankees to win. 

Yes, I'm still a Red Sox fan, die-hard, that's not changing!

But this year, Tampa Bay Rays are just hot - blazing hot!  They've been in first place more days than not so far this season.  This is the same team that is normally in last place every year.  Last place by 15-20+ games out of first place.  And this year, they're 1st, and several games ahead of the 2nd place Red Sox.

So when the Yankees are beating them (the Yankees being in 3rd place by several games), I just can't help saying "Yay, the Yankees won!"

And then my Grandfather turns over in his grave.
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FAQ on service dogs

May. 28th, 2008 | 11:36 am

It's rather amazing how many folks have little to no knowledge on service dogs.  Poi Girl has one, for her PTSD.  Would you believe that she has been confronted at places of business that she doesn't look like she's blind - or that the person can't see her disability.  Or that the dog is "too small to be a service dog".  Or whatever reason they want to use to pick a fight.  Damn people!  It's the law, you can not deny her or her dog access to any place that anyone without a dog can go. 

It's bad enough that she travels with the ADA law and the FAQ just to flash at folks. 

So for those of you playing along at home - here is the cover letter law and the FAQ

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Camping weekend

May. 27th, 2008 | 12:00 pm

So this weekend, Poi Girl, Mr Fins and I went camping.  A few things to note for next time - sleeping bags are not optional.  It can get damn cold in May.  Two - try not to sked camping for a time when the tree pollen is high.  And three - maybe not on a holiday weekend?  Too many city folks who brought the city with them.  Each site had water and power, so these folks brought the 50,000 candle lamps and left them on all freaking night.  Ugh!  The only thing we did with our power was charge up the cell phones so we could stay in touch with each other.

All in all though, we had a good time.  It's the first time that we've gone camping just the three of us - and KC too.  We went to a place I hadn't been before, but was highly recommended by several friends.  And I could see why.  The rangers were there all the time, which was very nice.  The sites were crowded, but you weren't on top of each other for the most part. Yes, some sites were definitely better than others, and some sites weren't made for tent camping (they had a lot of trailers there too).  But the bathroom was always stocked and working, the water was hot enough for a decent shower and it was a pretty site.  I'd definitely camp there again - I'm just not sure about doing it on a holiday weekend though.  Some folks were very obviously city folks going camping for the first time - with the lights and the like.  Others were just plain idiots - like the folks who started a fire and then sat in their tent, leaving the fire unattended.  Or the ones who didn't bother to recycle their bottles, even though the recycle bin is right next to the trash bin (oh did I mention that *each* camp site had its own trash and recycle bin? And they picked it up every day??  Damn!)  Or the ones who came in at 10 or so to set up camp - and did it while shouting to each other.  Yuck!  But a lot of those idiots left on Sunday, which made for a peaceful Sunday night and nice Monday.

We also lucked out by finding a farm down there that was selling firewood damn ass cheap.  Cheap enough that I sent Fins home on Sunday to take care of the cat with a truck full of wood for the rest of the summer season - it was that damn cheap.  And sold by super nice folks too.

So yeah, camping was good :)

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Aren't you glad we didn't sign him?

Apr. 15th, 2008 | 11:24 am

When the Sox passed on the chance to sign Pedro Martinez in the '04 off season because they didn't offer him as much money and years as he wanted, the Nation screamed bloody murder. Well, some members did.  I didn't.  I think he's stuck up and egotistic.  He constantly complained that he wasn't getting enough respect.  Afterwards, management explained that they didn't match the Mets offer because they didn't believe he could stay healthy through those four years.

So, now it's 2008.  Pedro is once again on the disabled list, now until May or June.  He spent all of last year on the list after recovering from surgery.

And the stat I like best from ESPN?

[Pedro] has made just 60 starts with New York [Mets], compiling a 27-17 record.

Ouch! :)b
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Tiny shots of wisdom

Apr. 7th, 2008 | 12:10 pm

Last night, I was visiting a friend on the 2nd anniversary of her Dad's death.  She was commenting that the grief was hitting her harder this year than last year.  I replied that grief comes when expectations are over. 

In the sense that, you're suppose to grieve through the wake and the funeral.  And then through the year, and the first anniversary is supposed to be hard.  But by the time the 2nd anniversary comes around, folks have forgotten, and backed off.  I find that it's at this point, when others are not looking at me to grieve that I finally grieve.

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it's one of those days

Mar. 26th, 2008 | 08:54 am

where a 2nd cup of coffee is most needed....
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Now it is spring!

Mar. 25th, 2008 | 01:31 pm

The baseball season has begun - with the Red Sox victory in the 10th inning over the A's while playing in Tokyo.  A great way to being the season :)
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