Saturday, April 05, 2014
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
When you're blessed with good friends who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who can get a block of tickets to a Major League Baseball game in the nosebleed section, you swallow your pride and accept them with appreciation! We did! We're not too proud to beg!
So we froze our okoles off (that's Hawaiian-speak for your derrière) and we braved what I felt was a below-zero wind chill factor. I wanted to be there at Angels Stadium, to be in the crowd, to hear the National Anthem and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" sung, and watch the vendors sell their Churros, popcorn, pretzels, and sodas up and down the aisles and keep their vertigo under check and not fall straight down into the abyss.
It's baseball season!
To the Max
Some things I'm thankful are:
I have him to thank for providing Steve and I the time for our walks around the neighborhood.
I have him to thank for getting me out of the house more often to walk between one to three miles daily when exercise seems non-existent with my busy schedule.
I have him to thank for being a good listener when I need to vent sometimes.
I have him to thank for cozying up by my feet while he waits for me -- no matter how wee into the night I am up working, blogging, writing, or photo/video-editing.
I have him to thank for giving us a good scare a few months ago when he jumped over the fence to get "friendly" with the neighbor dog even though he got bit in the paws, yelped to high heaven and Christopher had to hop over to rescue his poor little butt. A dose of good ol' American humble pie!
I have him to thank for our instant house alarm and doorbell when someone is here visiting - friend or foe.
I have him to thank for being a big little brother to Panther even if he thinks he's the alpha dog (now quit trying to hump all the time).
I have him to thank for being Max.
The Day in the Life of Panther and Max
|Panther waits to play ball.|
|Max is begging for food at the table.|
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam packed a full house at Angel Stadium 1/26/13
|Aaron, Madi and I enjoying our night at Monster Jam.|
Left and right, people poured into their seats to catch a glimpse of their favorite Monster Trucks: Captain America driven by Chad Fortune, Blue Thunder® driven by Dan Evans, Titan driven by Donald Epindendio, Monster Mutt® Dalmation driven by Taryn Laskey (who secretly happened to be my favorite -- powered by a female driver), Iron Man™ driven by Lee O'Donnel (who got robbed of a great Freestyle round), El Toro Loco® driven by Aaron Basl, Tropical Thunder driven by Andrew Peckham, and Grave Digger the Legend® driven by Adam Anderson, the ultimate crowd-favorite.
Titan was the clear winner of tonight's qualifying rounds advancing to the sem-finals to face off against Blue Thunder. After intermission, the stadium roared when Titan revved up for the Freestyle event and was gaining momentum before it upended and became sidelined.
|A panoramic view of Angel Stadium during the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam January 26, 2013.|
Dalmation kept up with the big boys by zipping through the obstacles and clearing many jumps, despite losing her tail during a tight-squeezed turn.
But the highlight of the evening was the beloved Grave Digger the Legend, who even after shedding its doors, sides, and everything in between, scored a whopping 31 points to be crowned the Freestyle Champion.
Missing from tonight's show was 10-time World Racing Champion, Tom Meents who drives Maximum Destruction™whom I interviewed a few weeks ago about Monster Jam returning to Anaheim. "Freestyling is my favorite part of the show because it's where I get to display two minutes of my own choreography," said Meents, "and mostly because of the fan's excitement." It's quite alright, Tom, there was plenty of excitement to go around. We'll catch you next time.
Next year should be just as exciting and more -- as new Monster Trucks will be revealed. Don't miss it.