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RIP, Veterans Stadium

So you may be wondering what I’m doing awake at this hour on Sunday morning?

I attended my first Phillies game when I was six. I’ll never forget the feeling as we entered Veterans stadium. After scaling ramp after ramp of bland concrete and handing in your ticket, you finally caught a peek of the bright green Astroturf and the yellow and orange seats. I sat very still, afraid that if I leaned too far forward, I’d tumble down. To a small 6-year old girl, and to the 31 year old woman she had become, it was majestic and beautiful. It was our local Colosseum.

I attended games with family, friends, boyfriends, and a husband. I froze my butt off there during early spring games. I dumped water on my head during scalding hot summer days. I saw amazing July Fourth Fireworks displays. I only left a game early once. (Home opener a few years ago…MomandI up in the cheap seats…folks throwing full cups of beer)

Minutes ago, in the name of progress and competition and greed and keeping up with the Joneses, it tumbled to the ground section by section, like a baseball crowd sitting down after one final group wave. Naturally, the news media have been swarming around the area for weeks as they do for any execution.

Standing tall in its wake is the corporately-named Citizens Bank Park. A jewel of a park (which is what the Vet was when it opened I assume) with all the modern accouterments (for the “ADDers” who can’t sit through a freakin’ baseball game — what’s next, playgrounds in movie theaters?) and gourmet food. Oh, and fewer seats, so they can charge more for tickets, and so seats will sell out to the corporate cronies first, and the true fans will be left watching TV.

Now the Vet is gone, and the dust is blowing straight to NJ. So maybe I’ll have more memories to hold on to! 🙂



I retired to bed last night right as Thor headed to work. I don’t think I moved until the alarm went off. I have the radio portion set to the sappiest easy-listening station in town. Yes, it’s annoying but it gets the job done. If I had better music as my alarm, I’d never wake up on time and my dreams would be choreographed like the beginning of the Austin Powers movies. However, that doesn’t stop me from wondering what the heck Elton John’s “Daniel” is about. I assume Daniel’s dead and Elton has cataracts (clouds in my eyes).

It appears that MTV is killing the Real World Philadelphia concept. If it wasn’t for the historical aspects of the city, Philly would have died like a lot of other cities ages ago. Between the corrupt Democratic government and the obscene kissing-up to Unions, they’ll never draw any modern business. I’ve had no hope for Philly since they dropped the ball on DisneyQuest.

Poor Mogo Mogo tribe. Those Survivor AllStars can’t seem to get it together. They lose every challenge, and last night, they lost their grill, 3-pronged spearfishing thing, and a bag of rice. Again, it’s fun to sit on my chair with my Mac and Cheese and watch others voluntarily be miserable. Unfortunately, Mogo Mogo is down to 4 tribe member to Chapera’s 6, so I think next week they’re going to reshuffle the tribes. If I may be so bold, I think I’d be a better Survivor candidate than Shii Ann. She’s more worthless than Jerri! (Much luv to Boston Rob — he’s a playa!)

Mood: Groggy and cold. Then again, I’m still in bed — have 5 minutes left before ducking into the shower.
Work docket: I have training today from 9am to 1pm on managerial stuff. A project launches this morning, plus I’ll start going through How-to stuff.
Lunch: Maybe they’ll feed me in training! Nah. Probably not. I’ll pack a frozen.
Evening plans: I have NO idea what I’m going to do now that Survivor aired tomorrow night! There’s a guild meeting I’ll probably attend at 10pm. Maybe I’ll (gasp) clean!

Housekeeping: WeatherPixie’s back.

Thor’s home. He says it’s snowing out. Bliss.

House Inspection and Flower Show

Ooooo….I love the house. OOOooooo…I love the house. OOoooooo….I love the house. Reader, there are rosebushes in the backyard and quite possibly more storage space than what I’m living in right now. There are some problems, yes, but they’re fixable. And that’s fabu.

Most notably, there’s a problem with the birds and the bees.

No, I’m not being saucy, you devil you! 😉

There is a vent in the attic that doesn’t have a screen on it. SOooo…some birds managed to enter the attic through the vent and create a nest. Not just a nest, but a NEST that goes from the floor to the vent. Yeesh! There are also a few carpenter bees who have entered. But they’re fixable.

This afternoon, Mom and I went to the Philadelphia Flower show and had a wonderful time! Rather than cropping the photos meself, I decided to let Ofoto do all of the hard work. To see my gallery, you’ll have to create an ofoto account. But it’s free, and the don’t really harrass you much via email. My souvenir? A leeeeetle lucky bamboo plant. Luck is always good, my friend.

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