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|Sunday, October 17th, 2004|
If you don't know why I'm posting this, it's not for you so don't worry about it. ;-)So show me what you know I need
I've been dying to come down
I do not blame you or tame you
Turn from me, count to three
Your hide and seek will not reveal
The sorrow that I feel
But should you find the me you see
Sooner or later, you just might feel it
A "real" post is coming soon; I'm way past due. Current Mood: contemplative
|Thursday, August 19th, 2004|
|Day 5: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
While driving into Kansas City MO, mcrochip
and I noticed a sign at exit 4B for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
. We decided pretty much on the spot that we would stop there before leaving Kansas City.
After breaking camp in the morning and a quick stop at Cabela's
, we went to the museum, which shares a building at 18th & Vine with the American Jazz Museum (which we did not visit due to time constraints). Admission to the museum is $6 for one museum or $8 for both. A ticket stub from any Royals' home game is good for a $2 discount on admission for either the Negro Leagues museum or the joint admission; I do not think the discount is available for the Jazz Museum only. Photography is not permitted in either museum's exhibit areas, and you will be asked to check your camera at the admission desk (no charge for doing so).
This was an extroadinarily well-done museum that is well worth the price of admission. There is a short (15-minute) video presentation that runs every half-hour that gives a brief overview of the Negro Leagues from beginning to end. I recommend watching this video before continuing on to the museum's exhibits as it provides some context as you work your way through the remainder of the museum.
The museum itself tells the story of how the color barrier was established in baseball, the evolution of black baseball from a collection of independent teams to organized leagues, and the eventual dissolution of the leages following the acceptance of black players into Major League baseball.
What is compelling about the Negro Leagues was that the leagues were by their very goals designed to engineer their own demise. That many of the owners put the social importance of the integrattion of baseball ahead of their own self-interest makes for a moving story which is told very eloquently in this museum. I truly consider this museum a "must-see" for any serious fan of the game.
Following our visit to the museum, we headed north, ultimately stopping just outside Des Moines, IA for the night. We are heading northward to Minneapolis today for the Twins/Yankees game tonight. Current Mood: impressed
|Wednesday, August 18th, 2004|
|Day 4: Seattle 16 at Kansas City 3
What an ugly game. Royals' starting pitcher Darren May gave up 9 runs in 2+ innings in a game that ended up as a 16-3 slaughter of the Royals by the Mariners. Highlights of the game included 3 errors (two by KC, one by Seattle), four hits batsmen (three by KC, one by Seattle), plus countless misplays.
The good news is hte stadium was as beautiful as the game was ugly. Opened in 1973, Kauffman Stadium rivals many of the new ballparks opening today. The park features great sight lines from all concourses, unobstructed seating throughout, and some good food options (though in my opinion overpriced even for a ballpark). There is a local barbecue restaurant that has stands in Kauffman stadium -- their sandwiches are excellent and the spicy barbecue sauce has quite a kick; the original is tangy and flavorful as well. I highly recommend one of their sandwiches along with a Boulevard wheat beer (surprisingly smooth for a wheat beer).mcrochip
got a little under-the-weather yesterday, but is feeling a bit better today. This was nothing serious, just a runny nose/congestion. It seems some hot tea, Claritin, a decongestant and sleep has helped, as he is significantly (but not 100%) better today. I'm sure any well-wishes left in his journal will be appreciated.
Our next stops today are Cabela's and/or the Negro Leagues museum, then on to Iowa.
|Tuesday, August 17th, 2004|
|Day 3: Cincinnati 5 at St Louis 10
Apologies for the belated entry... we got right to sleep after getting back from the game last night, then on the road early this morning.
Saint Louis is an impressive city, and I got some great photographs there. I'm really looking forward to getting those edited and uploaded. As for Busch Stadium itself, the park is one of the last of the "big bowl" type staiums. The stadium was built in 1966, and as was typical of that era, the construction is such that the fans are set back pretty far from the action. I guess it's no surprise that thefans are looking forward to a new park ischeduled to open in 2006.
The food has been reasonably good at both ballparks so far. I had bratwurst for dinner both nights, and in both cases they were surprisingly good. This was of course supplemented with snow cones, frozen lemonade and overpriced sodas. Steve and I also split nachos at St Louis. They were not bad at all.
Today's drive took us across the entire state of Missouri to Kansas City; in fact, we're staying at a campground about ½ hour over the border in Lawrence, KS. I guess I should not have been surprised that they've given the roads within the campsite names like Yellowbrick Rd, Oz Ave and Widard Ln.
Tonight's game will be in Kansas City, the Mariners at the Royals. Tomorrow we're going to try to make it to the Negro League museum, which we drove past on our way through KC. I know very little of the story of the Negro Leagues and am eager to learn more.
More to come! Current Mood: relaxed
If you're ever in Louisville Kentucky, I highly recommend Kingfish. It's a seafood restaurant on the riverfront in Clarksville, IN (just across ht erivern from Louisville). The food is outstanding, the prices are reasonable and the service is the best I've had in a very long time. Figure on about $30-40 (plus tip) on average for dinner for two people, more if you're drinking.
|Sunday, August 15th, 2004|
|Day 2: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Tour
We have an extra day in the schedule between Cincinnati and St. Louis. After the game last night, we drove as far as Louisville, Kentucky to the KOA Louisville Metro campground. We set up camp and finaly got to sleep about 3:00 AM. We're <i>reeeeeally</i> roughing it at this campground. Their wifi access is only 11 Mbps. All kidding aside, it's a nice facility and turned out to be a good choice.
The tentative plan for today is Waffle House for brunch, then the Louisville Slugger museum. We'll break camp in the very early AM tomorrow and make the 4-hour drive to Saint Louis.
Pictures will be coming!
|Day 1: San Diego 5 at Cincinnati 11
Today was a great come-from behind win by the Reds. Though they trailed 5-2 going into the bottom of the 6th inning, Cincinnati managed to score unanswered runs to win the game 11-5. Reds' Centerfielder Wily Mo Peña was on fire, going yard twice and making a couple of spectacular defensive plays.
As for the park itself, I was quite impressed. Great America Ballpark is a terrific venue to watch a game; I highly recommend it. The bratwurst were surprisingly good, the sight lines are amazing from anywhere in the park. My one complaint is that the big scoreboard is not visible from the left field stands, and probably also from the rear rows of some of the 3rd base side as well. Most of the information that appears on that right-field board is not duplicated anywhere else, so this is something the Reds may wish to give future attention.
After the game, we continued on for 1½ hours to Louisville, Kentucky. We're staying at a KOA campground there (actually just across the river off exit 1 of I-65 in Indiana), probably checking out the Louisville Slugger tour before eventually continuing on to St. Louis. Anyway, I need some sleep. Current Mood: tired
|Saturday, August 14th, 2004|
|On the Road
We're on our way! This morning I left for a 2½ week baseball road trip with mcrochip
. As I type this, we are crossing the line from Allegany to Garrett county Maryland. Is it just me, or is there something fundamentally wrong about typing a LiveJournal entry in a moving car in rural western Maryland?
I'm really looking forward to this. It will be a lot of driving, sure. We're going to be camping some nights and staying in hotels for others. Along the way I'm looking forward to meeting some online friends (mostly from DPChallenge
Anyway, our first stop on the trip is Cincinnati, Ohio for tonight's Cardinals/Reds game. Steve and I will both be updating our LiveJournals throughout the trip, so watch this space! Current Mood: optimistic
|Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004|
|Sunday, September 14th, 2003|
| Current Mood: tired
|Thursday, August 14th, 2003|
Your Name: Terry Auspitz
Your Date of Birth: 03/11/1974
PastUruz - Used to create change, healing, vitality, strength, to boost energy of magickal work.
PresentEihwaz - Banishing magick, removal of obstacles and delays, invoking foresight, clearing up hidden issues and situations.
FutureIsa - Cessation of energy, freezing an issue where it stands, cooling relationships, separation, division.
Cast the runes here:
Current Mood: contemplative
|Tuesday, August 12th, 2003|
|Monday, August 11th, 2003|
|Song of the Moment
All day staring at the ceiling
Making friends with shadows on my wall
All night hearing voices telling me
That I should get some sleep
Because tomorrow might be good for something
Feeling like I'm headed for a breakdown
And I don't know why
But I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
I know right now you can't tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me
I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired
I know right now you don't care
But soon enough you're gonna think of me
And how I used to be...me Current Mood: melancholy
|Wednesday, August 6th, 2003|
veggimommy (15:36:13): Computer geek.
veggimommy (15:36:14): ;-)
ClubJuggle (15:36:22): Takes one to know one ;-)
veggimommy (15:38:40): Not I! I still think 'Linux' is a Peanuts character! Current Mood: amused
|Friday, August 1st, 2003|
|You may have already won...
... and I did!
Today I got a letter in the mail from Major League Baseball. Apparently I was a 4th Prize winner in the 2003 Radio Shack/MLB balloting sweepstakes! In other words, I won on that contest entry they attach to the All-Star ballots. Woot!
I'll be getting a "Major League Baseball fan prize pack." It included a postcard to select my favorite team and mail it back, so I checked off the Phillies (of course) and dropped it in the mail today. I should be receiving a selection of Phillies merchandise valued at about $75! Current Mood: bouncy
|Thursday, July 31st, 2003|
I have a real live photo shoot lined up! Saturday morning I will be press pack and web photos for local musician Nora Whittaker
. I'll post to let you all know when they're up (there are photos there now, but they are not mine). Current Mood: excited
|Eagles rescind hoagie ban
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bring-your-own hoagies are back at Philadelphia Eagles games.
The team said Thursday it would allow fans to bring small quantities of food in clear plastic bags into the football team's new stadium, reversing a ban on outside food that had fueled fan outrage and generated a raft of negative publicity.
...http://c.moreover.com/click/here.pl?r82495450 Current Mood: hungry