Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

R&R in western Mass.


Hello, little newt
Originally uploaded by bostonian71.
The wife and I took a much needed break last weekend at Stump Sprouts, in western Mass. While we weren't quite as pampered as we were in Ogunquit (we'll take care of that Columbus Day weekend), it was nice to hang out with our dance buddies.

A bunch of us took a hike on Saturday afternoon. Usually it's a smallish hike -- 45 min. up to the top, half an hour on the way down -- but this time we got a little lost, which added an extra hour. We did get to see an orange newt that one of the hikers spotted. She said she almost missed it, because it was the exact color of some of the leaves. I took a couple of pictures, which unfortunately came out kind of fuzzy.

The usual Saturday-night dance featured at these get-togethers didn't last very long, since many of the participants, us included, were exhausted from the hike. We did have enough energy the next day to do a little Rosh Hashanah service, complete with tashlich walk and a mini-celebration afterwards with challah, grape juice, and apples with honey. Not a bad way to start the New Year!

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Red Sox 3, White Sox 2


Tavarez on the mound
Originally uploaded by bostonian71.
When my wife and I learned that Julian Tavarez was starting last night's game, we groaned. Since we hadn't been to Fenway in a while, we knew we'd enjoy being there, but we were convinced the game itself would be a blowout for the other side.

The last thing we expected was six -- count them, six -- shutout innings against a very dangerous lineup. Yes, he tired in the seventh, but as my wife pointed out afterwards, there's no shame in giving up a homer to Jim Thome. And he's certainly earned another chance to start, as well as a hell of a lot more respect from Sox fans. In a game that featured the return of Tek, Trot, and Manny, that might've been the best thing of all.

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Going to a game!

The wife and I thought we had the holiday weekend all planned out: drive up to NH after work, spend Saturday and Sunday with family, and come back to Boston Monday.

Friday, just as I was getting ready to leave, my boss called me into her office. "Want Red Sox tickets for tomorrow?" she asked. My initial response of joy ("Yay! Tickets!") immediately turned into dismay, and I regretfully turned her down. The next day, as my wife and I struggled with the issues of a not-so-modern house (showers that don't stay hot, faucets that keep losing their handles, etc.), I couldn't help thinking, "I turned down the Sox for this?"

Despite that, we spent a nice Saturday afternoon hanging out with relatives, including some cousins we hadn't seen in a while, and the weather was better than expected, allowing us to do some kayaking. Sunday we woke up to a gray, rainy day, and decided to leave a day early. That paid off in more ways than one; not only did we have less traffic to deal with, but it meant we were home when a friend of ours called and offered us two tickets for tomorrow's Red Sox-White Sox game, between third base and home plate. Even though we need to be up early Tuesday, we jumped at the chance. I figure if Opportunity's going to knock on our door not once but twice, we better let her in!

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