Five years ago I went to the Sporting Good store and a bought a set of cones.Â I had recently signed up to captain a rec team and as captain I needed to have cones to setup fields.Â So I purchased my cones and promptly rushed home to write my name inside each and everyone.
See, ever since the minute I have purchased cones I knew there would come a day when the innevitable would happen.Â I lived in fear of it, carefully guarding my cones with fear and mistrust of all whom would touch them.Â Yet, I knew some day the cone gods would turn against me.Â Someday, I would lose a cone.
Well, friday that day happened.
About halfway through our game friday, which we were winning handily, the sky gods looked down on us and took offense at our laughter, at our merriment, at our impressive disc skills.Â They decided to smite us for the brazen way in which we loft our frisbees unto the heavens.Â One minute it was bright and sunny, two minutes later there was strong winds, terrible thunder, a horrendous outpouring of rain… oh, and did I mention the hail? Anyways, there was a mad scramble to get off the field and into cars and under shelter as quickly as possible.Â And in the process, one of my cones went missing.
I went back and looked for it, but it was not to be found.
So, yes, the day I dread has come upon me and I am sad and confused.Â For now I am the owner of a set of seven cones, which is completely without value.
Jennifer and I along with my friend Scott went to DC last night to check out the Nationals.Â Scott and I are big Red Sox fans, and Jennifer’s a red sox fan by extension, so the only game we would go to would be the Red Sox ones, of course.Â Well they finally are playing the nationals for the first time and we took advantage of it.
First, let me just say that charging extra for some games and less for others is a completely dick move.Â For some games at the nationals, ticket prices are normal.Â For other games, because they are more demanded, they charge extra.Â Prices for the Red Sox series were nearly double.Â That’s bogus and it really will affect my buying decisions with regards to that club in the future.Â The red sox play the Orioles 9 or 10 times in Baltimore and you don’t see them charging premium prices.Â Bad form.
The stadium itself is very nice.Â Extra large, extra comfortable, lots of options.
The food at the stadium basically sucked.Â Jennifer stood in line for 40 minutes to get a turkey sandwich only to find out that they were out of turkey at the deli place, and in fact out of all kinds of lunch meat.Â And we really would have liked some Five Guys burgers, but the line was crazy long.Â Now, admittedly, we didn’t get a chance to sample some of the more specialized food offerings, but what we did have was fairly unimpressive.Â Decent beer options though.
The game was good though with a 3 run jack by Big Papi and only one error by the nationals, a record low for them.
So, would I go back?Â Maybe.Â I’d want better selection when buying the seats, no premium prices, and I’d definately take more time to find some of the specialized foods.Â I almost certainly would not go back if the Red Sox were not the visiting team though.Â Unless the Nationals start playing much better baseball.
Upgrades and Hacks
I just finished upgrading the site to the new version of WordPress (2.8) which was a bit painful because the automatic update feature in wordpress died halfway through.Â So I had to recover and manual do the upgrade, which once I figured it out was fine.
On somewhat related news, in the process of upgrading I noticed some hacker has been dropping crap into my file space.Â Hi Hacker!Â All crap has since been removed along with the usual processes one undertakes when they discover a hacker.