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Meeting Amanda McCarthy and Brooke Sizemore and a return to my home away from home

Meeting Amanda McCarthy and Brooke Sizemore and a return to my home away from home

Or: That awkward moment when you meet someone that you’ve interacted with on Twitter and can’t think of even 140 characters to say.   I have this friend Becky.  She’s a lawyer, but I try not to hold that against her.  She’s also my baseball buddy and a diehard Padres fan. So, it was only natural that when the Pads came to Oakland to play my beloved Athletics that we go to the game.  I managed to score a 4 pack of tickets and off we went, with her boyfriend and my buddy Cody to my home away from home, the O.co Colesium.   By the third inning, with the A’s leading 5-2 behind a Josh Reddick 2 run triple and a Brandon Moss 2 run homer, we decided to make a beer run.  One of the hidden gems in the Coliseum is The Field House Irish Pub.  It’s the one place you are certain that you can get a good beer at an A’s game.  You can’t go wrong grabbing a Ruben sandwich and your choice of a Guinness, Harp or Smithwick’s Irish Ale.  And with the TV’s inside the bar you don’t have to miss any of the action.   Tonight was also a fundraiser for the Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation, a non-profit with a strong focus on kidney disease.  The A’s stepped up and donated a portion of the proceeds from certain tickets and several of the A’s wives, including Kurt’s wife Renee ran a table selling limited edition shirts and mystery balls (with A’s player autographs) in addition to hosting a silent auction.   After we had received our beers, I noticed a lady in a Sizemore jersey standing in line.  Being smarter than the average bear, I quickly deduced that this must be Scott’s wife Brooke, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of talking about our mutual love for Nikon cameras and equipment on Twitter.  I took the opportunity to introduce myself and quickly turned into a stammering idiot.  *facepalm* Brooke was quite gracious and asked if I had had an opportunity to stop by the table to support Kurt’s foundation.  I had not, but told her I would be sure to do so at some point in the evening.     That moment arrived later in the game when I made the trek back to The Field House for another beer.  I browsed the table and settled on buying a mystery ball, of which they had only six left of the over two hundred that they had started the night with.  I held up my money, which was promptly taken by one of my favorite people on Twitter...

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Why does the pig have to be you?

Why does the pig have to be you?

I do need to get off my butt and write up part 3 (or more) of my Vegas Vacation recap, but I’ve been swamped and haven’t had a chance.  I did feel the need to write something so I’m taking the opportunity to showcase a couple of incredibly nerdy things that I like and think you should too.   The first is obviously The Micros.  If you haven’t watched the series then stop right now, Taylor Caby would not approve.  Go fire up Youtube and remedy that immediately, if not sooner.  I’ll be the first to admit that it’s probably not for everyone.  If you’re not knee deep in the online poker world then many of the jokes are going to fly right over your head.  My favorite moment though was in Episode 5.  I’ve chatted with John Wray, one of the co-creators of the series, on twitter and we both expressed a deep affection for the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer.  So when Pierre the Flamingo Hat tells our hero, “Don’t move until you see it.” I actually LOL’d. Now I told you all that so I could show you this.  One of the fans of the show decided to make Lego mini figs of the characters.  Poker, cartoons AND LEGOS!!!!  It’s like the perfect melding of some things I love.       Rose in action   The Micros prototype     I just love the creativity of these.  And following her on twitter it was awesome to see updates about finding out the melting point of legos and see the creation in almost real time.   *******   A couple of weeks back I was out of town for the wedding of one of my best friend’s daughter.  I’m not a huge fan of weddings, but I wasn’t missing this one.  In part because a few years back my friend and his family moved to the East Bay Area (a place I love) and it was a good chance to see and hang out with them again.  Even if it was going to be only for a short period of time since I knew that they were going to be swamped with wedding related stuff most of the weekend.  My other ulterior motive was, of course, going to see a couple of baseball games when not actually at the wedding.  I finally got to see Brandon McCarthy pitch and for the A’s to score enough runs for him to get the win (something they’ve struggled to do all season, especially when he’s been on the mound).  And Sunday’s game was not a day to show up late for the first pitch. ...

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Vegas Vacation – Part 2

Vegas Vacation – Part 2

Golfing with Team Moshman   When we last left our intrepid hero, he was getting ready for an o’dark thirty tee time with a few Team Moshman people.   Wednesday was the long day.  Started at 5:30am so we could make it to Angel Park Golf course with enough time to hit a few balls on the range and be ready for our 6:50am tee time.  Now in the weeks leading up to the trip I spent hours on Skype with HotJenny314 talking about golf and how excited she was.  I later found out why.  She had NEVER played a full round before.   This was going to be fun.   Knocking the ball around at Angel Park   So the two of us, along with Simon and Louis headed over and teed off just before 7am.  As we were leaving the first tee, the group behind us had a player smoking a cigar.  Being the huge fan of smokey treats that I am, I ask what he was partaking.  Turns out it was a cigar from a local shop (the Las Vegas Cigar Company) and the owner was playing in the foursome.  He graciously offered me a cigar, which I light and smoked while playing the front 9.  It was an excellent cigar, and with the shop being located near the airport, I know where my first stop will be next time I’m in town.       Before I got out there Katie and I had talked and figured that a good plan would be for her to get an inexpensive starter set of clubs.  The thinking was that with club rental at one of the local courses it would only take a couple of rounds to “make up” the cost.  Even if it turns out that she didn’t like the game and playing she’d easily be able to sell them and not be out much.  The key thing was that she wanted them to be pink.  We did a little research and found her a pretty decent set for a reasonable price…and it was pink.     The biggest thing for me when playing is to make sure I’m having fun and enjoying the group I’m playing with.  I couldn’t have asked for a better three people to play with.  I do think Katie was a bit surprised when the cart lady came by and we got two Newcastles at 8:30am.  A good beer, a good cigar, good friends and great scenery…everything I love about golf.     The nice thing, as bad as we are at the game (I tend to score in the 120’s when I’m not counting all my...

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I have to vent

I have to vent

Part 2 of the Vegas Vacation recap is in the works but I have to vent so it’s taking a back burner for a day or two.   First, I was supposed to be at a baseball game tonight.  That didn’t happen when a storm decided to roll through and they cancelled the game 3 hours before first pitch.  It’s freaking June for crying outloud.  This is March weather.  I had finally gotten the top off my jeep on Saturday and had to put it back on almost 48 hours later.  Combine this sudden summer showers with the fact that we’re supposed to have triple digit weather this weekend and suddenly all the nutjob envioronmental wackos are starting to sound incredibly sane.   But surprisingly enough, that’s not what set me off.  With the game cancelled, I rolled over to my folks place for some beer can chicken and to steal their internet, since mine has been wonky and AT&T is being dumb.  After we ate my folks decide to make a run up to Costco.  About 10 minutes after they leave I get a phone call.   Dad: Can you grab your mother’s spare keys and meet us at the McDonald’s down the street?   Me: Did you lock yourself out of the car?   Dad: Yes.   Me: Be right there.   I went into the house grabbed Mom’s spare keys, saw his spare keys and grabbed them too, jumped in my Jeep and headed off.  I pulled into the parking lot to see them sitting in the car.   Ok.  He told me they were locked out.   I pulled up next to the car and rolled down my window.   Dad: I’m gonna wait for AAA to bring the gas and you can take your mother home.   Had that been what he wanted to have happen been clearly communicated to me I wouldn’t have taken my jeep.  My mother isn’t the most agile of people and watching her try and climb into my lifted jeep is akin to a comedy of errors.  Fortunately there was a planter box type thing next to the door and she was able to get in with minimal fuss.   On the way home we discussed my father’s obsession with playing chicken with the gas gauge.   I think I need to have him read that section on Playing Chicken from Collin’s new book The Math of Hold’em.   *sighs*   ***************   Cross posted at teammoshman.com where you can feel free to leave...

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It’s a bigger issue than we may want to admit.

It’s a bigger issue than we may want to admit.

  So the month of April was a bit of a rollercoaster for me.  I started the month with a quick trip to Oakland to see part of the A’s opening series vs Seattle.  Then a few days later I was off to spend a week in Chicago.  A lot of people have that one “dream” city that they would love to visit.  For most it’s some place like New York or Paris.  For me it was Chicago.  Three years ago I got to spend about a day and a half there and go to two Cubs games.  It wasn’t enough time.  So, when my friend and I saw that the A’s were going to Chicago for a series with the Sox, we booked our flights and hotel and hit the road.   It started off a little rough.  Not so much for me, I got there on time and with little hassle.  But my friend Geoff had to take a different flight and got stuck on the tarmac for three and a half hours.  This wouldn’t have been an issue except for the fact that we had tickets to see the Improvised Shakespeare show at i/O that night and because of the delay he was going to miss the show.  When I heard this I sprung into action and managed to get a hold of a former student of mine, Daniel, that lived in the city (and who is also a fan of improvisational comedy) and was able to finally meet a student of mine face to face.  The show was great and it also gave me a chance to meet a new favorite comedian of mine, Liz Thompson of How to Liz fame.  *swoons*  Liz is as adorable in real life as she is on youtube.  And as cool as it was to get to meet her, the real highlight was getting to meet Santa (her Mom).       We bummed around the city for a couple of days, over the weekend, doing the typical touristy type stuff and some non-typical touristy type stuff before the A’s series started on Monday.  We got lucky the first night, it was half price ticket night and we managed to score some pretty good seats next to the A’s dugout.  The really cool part is that Geoff used to live in San Diego and worked at an establishment that was frequented by some of the Padres players, including Kevin Kouzmanoff, the current A’s 3rd basemen.  As the pregame stuff on the field was winding down, Geoff managed to get Kouz’ attention and went into the “you probably don’t remember me but I used to work at…”. ...

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