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Baseball Part II, or how a Winter Person Wound Up in Clearwater

Phillies

Now you know my dad loved those Yankees. I think I liked them because I lived in NY, met a few players and got to go to the World Series. After that, my interest in the team and baseball in general waned.

I married The Big Guy in 2008. He asked if we could go to a ballgame, so off we went to a Phillies game. I got the cheap seats, and we went to several games. By the middle of the season we could both name the players, knew what a can of corn was (easy catch by a fielder), the positions, and the names of everyone on the team. The Phillies won the World Series! We were hooked. We spent as much as $300 a ticket. It was nuts, but we did it. Howard, Rollins, Werth, Victorino, Ibanez, Ruiz, they were all golden, and young.

We kept going to the games, still buying too expensive seats, until TBG decided we should try spring training instead. It’s cheap! There are no bad seats! It’s warm! Same bad hot dogs and obnoxious fans.We haven’t been to a game in Philly for several years, but we actually bought a really nice mobile home so we can go down in February and watch The Boys of Summer. It doesn’t really matter that the young team from 2008 is gone;. Going down in February makes me feel hopeful and happy. There are new players to see, more baseballs to bring to get signed, and more hot dogs to eat. 

Put me in coach, I’m ready to play.

Patty

 

The Next Person Who Says, “Is It Hot Enough for You?”, Will Be Summarily Executed!

Yes, it is hot enough for me. Beyond enough. Probably 20F hotter than I could possibly enjoy. On the good side, everywhere we are going to be today will be inside, and our AC is still chugging along. This is a minor miracle in itself, because the last two times we came down here, it did not work.

I am not really complaining, merely whining. Hey, I brought my Mustang down here so I can drive down here in the fall and winter with the top down. If I did that in Delaware, 15 inches of snow would fall directly on the driver’s seat. 

I am an Army Brat. Although it’s been years since I held a ration card or walked onto an Army post, it affected my life so profoundly, I feel proud to say that I had that experience. OK, enough expounding. When I was living in Korea and my dad was a commanding officer, I did something with one of my two best friends that might have gotten my dad written up. Seriously. Back then kids could indeed do something that would get their dad reassigned to some place like Guam.

Back to the snow and Korea. Barbi and I were typical 15 year olds. We were inseparable. We egged each other on. It starts snowing in October in Seoul. We walked around base a lot because for some reason we both felt the Teen Club was too scary to ever enter. 

We were walking to our homes, when we saw a Military Police jeep running and empty, in front of the PX. For whatever not-too-bright reason, we began FILLING the jeep with snow as fast as could! We had both seats full up to the roof before the two MPs came running out of the PX, cursing at us. We went running home, absolutely joyous. The MPs were still shoveling out the jeep when we disappeared down the hill to safety. 

The reason for this little memory. I am a winter person. I like ice and snow. Stay cool out there. 

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89F Today, But The Heat Index Made My Feet Melt

I am not a fan of hot weather. So, what pray tell am I doing with a beach house in FL, and why am I down at the end of June when it’s so hot and the heat index makes it so much worse???

My husband is a wuss. He is a bit obsessive about his health, and tend to whine. I am a stoic, so I am less than sympathetic. He told me he thought he had a blood clot in his leg. I really didn’t think he did, so I dragged him to one of those free standing medical aid places, and the doctor said he didn’t have a clot. I knew it!!!

Turned out the doc was wrong. He had one from his ankle to knee. He had to be on a blood thinner for months. He had 3 mini strokes; he was in the hospital all the time. One doctor was afraid he might have stomach cancer. I was scared to death, freaking out, and very guilty about not believing him.. We went down to Clearwater for the Phillies pre-season games that year, as we have for many years

So there we were in Florida for the games, paying a fortune at the Clearwater Hilton. I honestly thought this might be it. Someone suggested we buy a mobile home, so we picked out the ugliest one available.

He did not die, he did not have cancer and now we have this house in what seems to be the Devil’s Waiting Room. I am very glad he is alive, but my favorite season is fall, and then winter. The seasons here are Hot, Hotter, Hottest and Slightly Less Hot. I may be hot here, but I am glad I still have The Big Guy. Oh, and the house looks much better without the cigar stains on the walls.

More on that later.

Patty