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1st - got tired of having all these baseball posts w/ no baseball icons, so, made a few. If you're reading on LJ or IJ, you can't see it, but the current one looks like this:



2nd - local MiLB team didn't lose tonight! \o/ The game was really good and I took lots of shiny photos that I'll show once I have the film processed. (Film will be processed at anywhere that is not Target.)


writing stuff: k_b card finished, kind of working on an extra, no idea if I'll finish it; bigbang is in final edits; and I found this nifty site that explains common English usage errors... all kinds of errors. It's a good read. (*cough*sneaked-not-snuck*cough*)


Premiere dates for shows I'm planning to watch this season:

* 9/20 - House, MD (tho it's gonna have to work real hard to keep me interested - I love Hugh, but fuck-all if I'm not angry about the current character arcs)
* 9/20 - Chase (is a maybe)
* 9/21 - Glee
* 9/22 - L&O:SVU
* 9/29 - L&O:LA - which will get about 2 eps to hook me, just like CI did

In Plain Sight - whenever it starts up again

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Local MiLB team won a game! They grabbed the lead early and held on through the end! Which is completely the opposite of what they've been doing most of the season.

Unfortunately, I think their luck might be tied to either playing on Friday the 13th, or [personal profile] katernater also being at a MiLB game at the same time near her hometown-ish place. *shakes head* As cool as the latter would be, I don't know if [personal profile] katernater can go to a MiLB game each time my $local_team has a game. I'm not sure she wants that much of the team's success on her shoulders in any case anyway. =)

The team actually made some minor line-up changes that might have helped a bit too. And maybe they got a strong talking-to by the coach as well. Either that, or he threatened to piss in their beer if they didn't play better. Who knows. *shrug* Maybe they got the pitcher breathing through the right eyelids. Anything's possible.

They're still in the bottom of their league, but a win's a win, right? =)



ION: 1.5 more [community profile] kink_bingo stories down! What can I say, baseball's good for my writing muses. =)

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'Had a day off today. Days off are win. Today was pretty lazy, b/c my only real obligation was to have lunch with [personal profile] diamond9697 and family. =) We met at a local pizza place that has really good pizza (which is saying something coming from me, b/c I don't really like pizza) and there was fandom talk and baseball talk and other talk and pizza having and just stuff. Then there was ice creams and random Trivial Pursuit questions - the ice cream shop had cards in baskets on the tables, don't ask me why. The in-coming T-storm sort of made the decision for us to part ways... otherwise we probably would've been standing at the ice cream shop for most of the night. =)

[personal profile] diamond9697 - on the way back north-ward, depending on what time ya'll head out, there are breakfast-y places we can go. Ping me closer to then and we can try to work something out.


In other news:

I've been trying to catch up on reading the ever-growing stack of comic books that have been collecting over the last few months. Astonishing X-Men I'm still reading and keeping up with mostly, Wolverine Origins I'm really behind on - it's more regular than AXM - but that subscriptions all expired and I don't think I'm renewing that one just now. Probably wait for the TPBs. Dark Wolverine I'm just gonna let run out. It's not that appealing. Dresden I'll keep up with no matter what, b/c it's Dresden. Buffy and Angel I may shift over to TPBs with, mostly b/c comics are just too expensive. Honestly, I'll probably mostly keep AXM going b/c if I can get a couple issues in the middle, I'll have an unbroken string of them and my collector mind thinks that's pretty cool. =)


And: Local MiLB team won their away game tonight - \o/ team for finally winning a game. However, their AA MiLB affiliate didn't fare as well - they lost in the 13th for the 2nd night in a row. Sad sad sad showing for them. I'm only paying attention to the AA team b/c the catcher there was here until mid-way through the season and he got promoted. Which is great, but we kinda miss seeing him play. The AA team isn't that far away, so we may go to one of those games if we can work it right.

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...ballgame rainout... lots and LOTS of rain. Probably a good thing though, b/c OMG was the team doing poorly. I mean like they were down by 6 after the 2nd inning. The 2nd. That's their worst start in the last 3 games. Hopefully they can pull their heads out of their butts and play better on the road.

Me? Imma try to dry out.

Also, I've realized I don't like working 1st shift b/c, even though it gets me out of work in time to go see ballgames during the summer, it is fucking impossible to get OUT of the place on time. Or close to on time. Even when I'm all set and ready to get out of there at 17:00, no dice. It's always at least 10 after before I get gone. Yeah, think I'll keep my 2nd shift, tyvm.


And, one of the greasemonkey scripts that I really miss not being able to use else-journaling sites? The collapse/expand entry one. That one needs to be standard on all the journaling sites b/c it makes for lovely 'bookmark' style reading... 'oh, left off here... next entry' - you know, if you leave and come back type of thing. =)

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The one in my icon? Yeah, he's apparently decided to play for the one hockey team I can't stand. *sigh* Why? argh. There are 30 teams and when you left one of them you had to go to THIS one? Yes, yes, he's from Michigan and blah blah blah... but argh! <- me venting, deal.

This means if I'm gonna get a Dallas Stars Modano jersey (a new one, he signed my other one so I don't wear it) I either have to find one already done or get one before the official change, b/c IIRC, those shops that do custom player work don't tackle the name on any jersey but the team that player is currently signed to. *sigh - again* B/c, no, Modano or not, I will not wear a Red Wings jersey. Ever. Just won't happen. Steve Yzerman was the only thing I ever liked about that team, but Federov totally ruined it - punky little brat.

In other news... more [community profile] kink_bingo fics in the 'ready for beta-almost' bucket. 'Almost' b/c they're written, they're just not digital yet. What? I can't lug a PC to baseball games or doctor's appt's - that's just silly. But, when you have to wait 30 minutes for a 2 minute appt (which is also silly, lemme tell you), you can get a lot of writing done. =)

updated k_b card )



In other, other news - local minor league baseball team failed AGAIN. They lost last night in the 11th and tonight they just crashed around the 6th. They were AHEAD both games, then just - FAIL. *shakes head* I don't know what they were doing. Though, tonight, they didn't roll through nearly as many pitchers as last night. Hell, we thought they might have to pull the 3rd baseman who has some pitching experience as the back-up relief pitcher last night, they went through so many! Tonight's game, though, was REALLY good for the first four or five innings. It's really sad when they just 'flop' in the middle of the game. Also - the guy who was catching tonight totally needs to hit a homerun or imma tell him he's not allowed to catch here no mo'. It's an unofficial rule - catchers for this team have to have good batting averages. =)


ETA: this edit just out of curiosity to see what the 'crossposts' thingy does after edits. B/c typically it just links to my IJ entry, but this time it also linked to DJ (after typo edit); so, if I edit again, will it pick up LJ or Inksome? test test test....

ETA2: yes it does. First post: IJ; 1st edit: DJ; 2nd edit: LJ; so, I should be able to get Inksome linked there now too. Though, I'd figure it should link 'em all the first time...

ETA3: additional peculiarity - after ETA2, it reverted to just IJ. *ponders and skips off to file a Support Request* b/c that's just weird.

ETA4: and with that last edit - all evidence of crosspost-y-ness went away. hmmmmm

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Kind of more 'forgot abouts'... 'cept there's just the one. A fic I wrote for the 'A Fic Walks Into a Bar' challenge:

Average Night, Unusual Bar | DW | H2sMsK | OTW

I forgot to post about it/post it/etc... it was done back in like March or so. Whoops!



And - baseball stuffs. Okay, really, is there some special measuring stick they use for measuring the height of these guys? B/c I swear the ones they say are 5'10" or 5'11" are closer to 5'7" or 5'8". I mean, I've been close enough to a couple to be pretty damned sure they aren't the height the roster says they are. And there's one guy on one of the other teams and the roster claims he's 5'10" and I'm certain the only way he's that tall is when he stands on a milk crate. I'm pretty sure it's a conspiracy against average-height people and they add 2" to all the players 'real' heights to make them all feel taller. Way to go making us shorter folks feel shorter than we already felt. We already have to wear heels just to be the same height as everyone else. Stop this 'padding' thing already! =)

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Summary of tonight's baseball:

game 1: \o/ home team wins!

game 2: /o\ home team not win so much - in fact, home team got skunked :(


Double-header tonight as a result of last night's torrential rain out.

And - I wish they'd let the awesome-hot-catcher catch both games, rather than having the mediocre catcher catch the 2nd game. Blah. Also - awesome-catcher is like 6'4"! I don't think they lied on his stats. Not like that guy from the away_team they played last week who claimed to be 5'10" and clearly was *not* as he was shorter than the mediocre home_team catcher who *is* 5'10".


On the bright side -- I got quite a bit of writing done while sitting at the ballpark. Yes, I write while watching the game. I write while doing lots of things. But ballgames are pretty good for the writing, as long as someone doesn't sit directly behind me. I have this thing, I feel really cramped when ppl sit right behind me like that. It bugs the life out of me and invariably, there will be a WHOLE FUCKING ROW OF SEATS behind me and ppl will sit DIRECTLY behind me. No matter where on the row I'm sitting. ARGH!

More about the games... home_team's 1B threw his bat into the stands during one of his at-bats. The guy who caught the bat had to give it back so the 1B could finish his batting. =) No fewer than 3 of the home_team players had tears, rips or holes in their pants. The 2B (SS in the 2nd game) has a 2" rip in his pants that's been there for nearly 3 weeks. The RF hit a homerun and got an RBI to go with it. There was also a case of pockets being inside-out, which I'm not sure I get - is that a trend or just a 'whoops'? B/c as least 2 of the guys manages that one. =) Oh! And the CF (who has run into the center field wall at least 3 times this season trying to catch fly balls) caught a fly ball without running into the CF wall! \o/ So there was some 'yay' and some 'not-so-yay' tonight, but all-in-all, not bad.

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Drive-by posting:

Well, after Friday night's rain-out, Saturday was a double-header. And, boy was it ever!

* First game: damned umpire got in the way of the 3rd baseman's plays TWICE! TWICE! (The 2nd one, he was also in the way of the catcher - 3B was backing him up). And we're talking good, solid, $other_team was going to be called 'out' plays. Bad umpire!

** The first play he was in the way - he was standing in front of 3rd and JUMPED OVER the ball that was thrown to the 3B, so that runner ended up safe.

** The second play he was in the way - he was standing up the catcher's ass, nearly blocking him from moving to catch the pop-foul. The 3B was coming in to back up the catcher on that play, but the ump was between 3B and C! OMFG! ump - get the fuck out of the way!

** $home_team lost that game :(

* Second game: new umps! (yay) but the 7-inning game went on for 14 freaking innings!

** $home_team won this one! \o/


We noticed that our usual catcher wasn't playing tonight and that we had 2 new guys catching. So, checked out the team's webpage -- DUDE! The hottie catcher got bumped up to Double-A! This is a guy that, fans last year in their old affiliate city, were counting out of the running and as a 'bust' based on his being drafted straight out of high school. He was the #1 batter on $home_team and his catching was strong. So go him! If he makes it to the majors, we'll be doing a little happy dance. He's a good kid. Oh - and my nephew has his autograph (twice) on a baseball. =)

Me? I'm going to bed - have work in the AM - ugh.

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Broad subject, I know.

* My 'other' 3w4DW project is on a mini-hiatus until I can get some coding things worked out. Hopefully next week I won't have a million things going on all at the same time and I don't have to work late, so all should be cool. (Or I'll go to 'plan b' until stuff works out.)

$day_job stuffs under here )

* $local_milb_team won tonight! woot! No, this is big - they had a big honkin' losing streak while on the road last week. They needed a win. I still don't recognize half the players yet - they're all new b/c the team changed affiliates this year, so it's taking a little while. Our catcher's pretty awesome though - hit a homerun tonight. =)

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First: This was posted by PONDcast on twitter -> http://twaud.io/RYx

It's from after the 4/10 game vs. Minnesota - possibly Modano's last game. :(

Anyone happen to have that game DVR'd or taped or something somewhere? And would they like to share it with me? I a) have no DVR and b) if I did, still wouldn't have been able to catch it b/c the only station I have that airs NHL games doesn't run either the Stars or the Wild. :(



Second: double-header at $local_milb game tonight. OMG so so long. Also - cold (though not nearly as cold as last night OMG!). They won the first game, but lost the 2nd one.

This year's team is not the same guys from last year's team b/c they changed affiliations. Got some good players though. I seem to always like our catchers - they're usually good all-around players on our team.

Also - our mascot is hilarious! If you've seen Glee, specifically ep 4, you know 'The Dance' Kurt does as a 'warm up' for kicking the football - to that 'Put a Ring on it' song. Yeah, our mascot did that dance - as well as a mascot can do that dance given the outfit. It was definitely fun to watch. I still hate that damned song, but the dance was fun!


Third: (not related to hockey or baseball - tho, vaguely indirectly) - I was reading some answers Jennifer Morrison posted to questions she'd been asked on twitter (she's @jenmorrisonlive if anyone wants to follow) and found this:

2. I continue to produce and write. I am one of the producers that found GLEE and brought it to Ryan Murphy. I did not stay involved creatively, but I am credited as an associated producer on the first season for my involvement in finding it and helping to get it into the right hands. I am working on pitches for other projects of my own as well.


I need to start reading the credits more closely on the shows I watch. XD

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$local_milb opening day was a rain-out... as in, it's still raining 2.5 hrs after the game was supposed to start. So, opening day is now tomorrow. Maybe it won't rain again.


And, NHL - tonight is, possibly, Mike Modano's last home game as a Dallas Star (possibly as an NHL player). There's one more game for the Stars tomorrow night, then that's it, b/c they're out of the playoffs. (If they're higher than 11th in their conference, I'd be surprised - I haven't checked lately.) If he's planning to retire, he says he's not deciding until sometime in the summer.

This makes me sad. Mike's why I started watching the Stars. He's one of the few players who hasn't moved away from the team the whole time I've been following them. Langenbrunner is in NJ; Nieuwendyk retired; Ludwig retired; Sydor left, came back, left again; Zubov's path is a lot like Sydor's, 'cept he's now retired from the NHL and playing in Russia; Hatcher left for Detroit, then retired... all gone. :( Morrow and Lehtinen are about the only other ones left. Though Nieuwendyk is part of the management staff for Dallas and Ludwig is doing some commentary stuff. =) It's just not the same.

I've been to about eight NHL games - 2 NY Rangers, the rest Stars - so I've gotten to see my boys play (including Gretzky at those 2 Ranger games - why d'you think I went? XD). But with this year - 3 of these guys might not be back next season. (Lehtinen and Turco, along w/ Modano)

I think what makes it harder to deal with is that since the whole 'hullabulloo' between ABC/ESPN and the NHL regarding televising, I haven't been able to watch games like I used to. (online streaming wouldn't have been much help until a year or so ago, b/c we still had dial-up - even radio broadcasts were annoying on dial-up) I want my hockey guys to stick around for a while longer.

The nice thing is, Modano wants to keep working with the Stars organization, so, he likely won't go far. But, I think a lot of what he'll do will depend on whether or not the Stars decide to renew his contract or not.

Gotta wait and see.


minor ETA: I'm better than 1/2-way through Changes... it's really hard to read and watch hockey at the same time... reading and other TV, no problem, reading and hockey? Harder. Why?

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Granted, it didn't start out that way. Today actually started out pretty normal. Standard things like waking up, walking the dog, breakfast, e-mail, DW, LJ, IJ checking, things of that nature. More walking of the dog, etc. etc. Dinner with former co-workers, then off to the local minor league baseball game where there was talk of Rick-Rolling (for some reason the guy at the stadium likes to play "Never Gonna Give You Up"), the catcher's dirt-covered ass, the players who were swinging at shitty pitches, the guys in the outfield who were doing a damned fine job catching the ball and figure-skating Iron Man (more on that one later). Pretty standard stuff.

That is - until my nephew (he's 8) starts running around the concrete steps around the seats - he was heading over to talk to the mascot like he typically does - but during one of his 8-year-old fits of 'I must BOUNCE!' he falls and scrapes his head. Mind, the only part we all saw was him getting up and brushing himself off. Well, he walks a couple steps away, then turns around and comes walking back with a statement of 'my head is bleeding'. We're all thinking, little scrape, no big deal. Nope. WRONG. He's scraped himself a nice 1/2 inch long gash about a 1/4 of an inch wide. So, he gets a trip, first, to the stadium first aid station, then to the little area outside the ticket window to wait for the EMTs, then off to the ER (but not in the ambulance, b/c he was stable and it would save my sister the whatever-hundred-dollars transport fee (hooray for conscientious EMTs)).

As of right now, that's all I know - other than, he's gonna be fine, just needs to have the wound cleaned and stitched up. Sis, Grandma and nephew are at the ER, niece is here with me and Grandpa - and the dog *g*. Updates as I have them. and if I forget to update, just poke me - I get forgetful about stuff

ETA - 13 Aug: Nephew got 4 stitches and was sent on home - after 5 1/2 hours in the freaking ER. Someone please tell me *why* there is a need to make people wait that damned long for *anything* in the ER? Especially kids. whatever... i'm too tired to think about that anymore - yes, at noon, still too tired and i can't go back to sleep because i have to go to work at 3

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So, this week - ummmm - busy. Started training at new job on Monday. It's boring, but it's a job. Tuesday, still training, then went out to dinner with people from old job - b/c they're still cool even if I don't see them every day like I used to. *G* Wednesday - more training, then fairly normal evening. Thursday, training again and normal evening until the midnight showing of Wolverine - which was awesome! (more in a bit) Then Friday, training, which was more 'doing the part of the job for which you've been trained, b/c it's busy busy busy - sort of for realz', which isn't all that bad b/c it's a job I'm familiar with, so eh, whatever. Then minor league ball game - after the 1 hr nap, from which I woke up having no idea what day it was - whoops! And Saturday - trip to DC Metro area (see [info]dcmetro for detail-ishness) for OpenBeta party thing with lots of DW folks!

Wolverine )


ballgame )


DC Metro - ZOMG OpenBeta! )


ETA: I also have several DW invites to distribute if anyone is interested. Send me your email address via PM and I can send one out to you.


fixed small typo

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So - went to the local minor league team's game tonight. Admittedly, they're usually not that good, however, this year, they seem to be off to a decent start. I think mom said that they've only lost one game so far this season and we're two weeks in, so that's actually pretty good, despite how many decent players they've lost. (I don't know if that means that all the other teams just got crappier players than ours did or if our team's just been lucky or they're just good this season. *g*)

Anyway - this is the 2nd game that I've been to and they have Rick-rolled the crowd both times! Okay, I'm sure they don't realize that's what they're doing and it's not like they're saying 'hey, we're gonna play song X' then turn around and play "Never Gonna Give You Up". But, it's amusing all the same. Sadly, the people that I go to the games with, have *no* idea what a Rick-roll is, so it's not funny to them. :( I will have to educate them...

Anyway - local team won 9-6 tonight - they pulled in 3 runs in the last inning b/c the guy they brought up to bat after they walked a 'good' hitter hit a homerun - apparently just to show the other team who was boss.

Honestly - that's about all I remember b/c it was freakin' COLD. 69F isn't all that cold until there is WIND. I don't like being cold dammit!
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So - went to the local minor league team's game tonight. Admittedly, they're usually not that good, however, this year, they seem to be off to a decent start. I think mom said that they've only lost one game so far this season and we're two weeks in, so that's actually pretty good, despite how many decent players they've lost. (I don't know if that means that all the other teams just got crappier players than ours did or if our team's just been lucky or they're just good this season. *g*)

Anyway - this is the 2nd game that I've been to and they have Rick-rolled the crowd both times! Okay, I'm sure they don't realize that's what they're doing and it's not like they're saying 'hey, we're gonna play song X' then turn around and play "Never Gonna Give You Up". But, it's amusing all the same. Sadly, the people that I go to the games with, have *no* idea what a Rick-roll is, so it's not funny to them. :( I will have to educate them...

Anyway - local team won 9-6 tonight - they pulled in 3 runs in the last inning b/c the guy they brought up to bat after they walked a 'good' hitter hit a homerun - apparently just to show the other team who was boss.

Honestly - that's about all I remember b/c it was freakin' COLD. 69F isn't all that cold until there is WIND. I don't like being cold dammit!

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