Saturday, September 04, 2004
As previously mentioned, we were on a mission to find Trader Joe’s pickled snap peas. We found a ton at the TJ’s near our old house. This TJ’s is in the Town & Country Shopping Center at 20th and Camelback. We bought a dozen jars of the peas (see above).
In the same center, we found a cool little store called “The Herb Stop.” The place had a mind-boggling array of herbs—tea, spices, healing herbs, etc… I scored some great white tea and Hawaiian Red Sea Salt. We’ll be back.
From there, we headed to this amazing bakery/gourmet food shop that is at the corner of 40th & Campbell: La Grande Orange. We think we might have seen a Phoenix Sun player in there, but he was only 6-4 or 6-5 given my height. LGA (see above) is something out of Soho in New York or San Francisco: artisan breads, amazing deli good and pizzas that are regarded among the best in Phoenix. La Grande Orange (which, BTW, was the nickname of former Montreal Expos player Rusty Staub) is in the process of opening up a pizzeria at that location.
Last stop was Whole Foods for a quick bite and some fixings for Sunday dinner.
Upon arrival home, a dozen Proflowers roses were waiting for the anniversary girl; the attached card had a really bad typo, and when I checked, I made the typo in the online card. The typo will be a great source of family humor for years to come.
Lastly, we got a lovely gift and card from our daughter. A great day all around and we haven’t even made it to the Wiener Dog Races.
Friday, September 03, 2004
We are going to dinner tonight as our daughter has a babysitting gig. That allows us to do an adult dinner without her. The daughter is not great at restaurants, especially if they are noisy.
Lastly, we are going to some strange Wiener-Dog Races to be held tomorrow at Phoenix Greyhound Park. The races are to raise money for greyhound rescue. We love greyhounds, but we’re on a no-dog edict.
White Directory sold to Hearst Corp. - 2004-09-02 - Business First of Buffalo
Faced With Poor Ratings, Networks Soul Search
Sorry, sports fans, the game is over. The TV networks are dead.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
The question is where and when will Barry Bonds be when he sits home run #700. I was sitting in my car outside Whole Foods in Mill Valley (near Jerry’s favorite 7-11) when he hit #600. Seems like yesterday.
Golden Baseball League
Four men kidnap mother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Our life together is filled with amazing times including things a lot of couples talk about but never do; open a business (and declare bankruptcy, losing every dime); taking a three-month sabbatical (and nearly croaking in the process); adopting a child and choosing where you want to live—twice.
I only mention this in that next weekend is Bumbershoot in Seattle. It’s a weekend festival that coincides with Labor Day and includes great musical acts, exhibits, art, etc… I think it started either shortly before or after I moved to Seattle in 1980. I don’t always like the headline acts at Bumbershoot; in fact they only had one headline act I wanted to see in the nine years I lived there. It was Bob Seger, and he performed on Sept. 4, 1983. I was busy that day.
Alaska Airlines has a deal that they will take your “other airline” status for a year. So, I am a MVP on Alaska for the year. That’s convenient to fly to Seattle and other West Coast cities, but it’s not a solution to fly to places such as Chicago, New York, Boston, etc… My choices are American and Delta. Oddly, one reason I stay away from them is that they fly out of congested Terminal 3 at Sky Harbor. United flies out of Terminal 2 in Phoenix and it’s the easiest user-friendly terminal in the airport.
I already am at Premiere status for next year, having flow 26,000 miles so far. I can hit 50,000 (Premiere Executive) if I continue on United and its partners (US Air, Air Canada) for the year. It might be time to switch. I am concerned that United will cut its customer-oriented services to even lower quality standards, and that’s saying something.
Friendly skies? Won’t be so friendly in the near future.
The humiliating loss will either spark them into a run that will end with a ring in October or will distract them and George Steinbrenner into a funk that will cost them dearly in the playoffs. If I were the Red Sox, with an upcoming series against The Bombers, I'd be worried.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
We're losing our perspective on what's important in leadership qualities to guide our nation. It's one of the reasons I am running for Congress. And, I'll tell you up front: I never inhaled (or smoked anything,for that matter) and did not serve in the Armed Forces. I have bad feet and the Army is not and was not interested in having me serve.
So, last night, my wife was forwarded an email from her cousin in which her cousin’s uncle announced to his family that he and his wife were separated and getting a divorce. They have been married for something like 40 years. He also announced he was gay.
The fact that such an announcement was no shock to me is irrelevant. This man, let’s call him Hal, chose email to inform his children, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc… of this “revelation.” He said he was too emotionally drained to face people directly.
Email? Great to send files and presos but a lousy vehicle to use to escape the closet. A special thumps-down for the person who forwarded the email to a group of extra recipients who were not on Hal’s original list. Nothing like spreading the good word.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Sunday, August 29, 2004
We hopped on BART and were at the game in plenty of time. Honestly, The Net is a dump. Only Wrigley Field is a bigger dump. The lines outside The Net were enormous and the gates are narrow, so it was like funneling people through a small opening. We got to our seats just as the National Anthem started.
The worst handicapped section in captivity
We were in the worst handicapped seats of any baseball stadium. (see above) Folding chairs loosely organized at the back of the section. The handicapped area was supposed to hold 24 people and it has room for about 10. Bad deal; it was like being in a bad press box, plus you couldn’t see the scoreboard, so you never knew who was at bat (well, at least for Tampa Bay). The other problem is that when The Raiders came back to town, they filled in the middle of the park (see below) with football seats, so the place has a scary trapped felling.
Al Davis' handiwork
The A’s won 5-4, but Tampa never should have scored four runs. Mark McLemore has no range at second, first making an error and then waving at two balls that bounded to his left into right field. Eric Chavez and Eric Byrnes hit home runs. Tim Hudson was great.
We left in the middle of the 8th as TS had not eaten and the ballpark food left something to be desired… well a lot to be desired. We BART-ed back to the hotel and then headed off for some sushi at a place near my old office at The Gate. The sushi joint was Hana Zen, and was pretty good.
So, we ended the night at 10:15 p.m. TS had to get up at 4 am to make his early flight back to NY. We wound up with five hours together and he told me about his new job and I told him about my plans to run for Congress. He was not surprised.
I was at the airport this morning my customary two-plus hours before the flight. The flight was on time and we got to Phoenix four minutes early. I asked (out loud) if that made up for my three-hour delay on Tuesday?
I spoke briefly with my wife. Sounds like she had a great time, dancing and seeing family. I really missed her badly but I made the right move. Next time, I need to go further than SF to make the baseball weekend seem a little more exotic—even better, I need to go to a park I’ve never visited.
Baseball weekend is over.
Headed home. Pics and details to come.