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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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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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