What I miss about living in Atlanta #282
Posted on April 4th, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

Going to a Braves game ad hoc. Can’t do it while living in Savannah.

Baseball season has started. I know the Braves are expected to do poorly this year. I can still root for them, however.

GO ATLANTA!


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St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake & Baseball Ramblings
Posted on October 17th, 2015 @ 1:07 pm

Back when Nicki and I went to Missouri on vacation in 2010, one thing we were exposed to was St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. Stasha, our friend out there, decide we had to get to know what St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake was. We had never heard of it. She took us to the near by local bakery and we loved it.

Every since then, when I want some, I get the stuff sold at Walgreens and the Parker’s gas station. One time, at Walgreens, my checkout lady remarked that they usually sold out of the stuff based on one regular customer that bought it. It was something she didn’t understand.

Nicki was craving some this week. She found a recipe to make it.

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Now, Nicki did the recipe a little differently.  She accidentally added an extra egg into the gooey layer.  As a result, she ended up adding extra cream cheese to it.  Just as well. It was good.  I really shouldn’t have eaten it, but This is some of the best cake I have ever had.

So since I’m speaking of Missouri, let me just say that at the moment, in the ALCS, I’m rooting for the Kansas City Royals.  I’ve seen the team, twice, at their home stadium. I actually like the city.  If I had to ever leave Savannah, the Kansas City metro area would be high on that list.

My family, however, are rooting for the Cubs.  Why?  Multiple reasons.  The 107-year drought.  The Back to the Future II prediction. As I was talking to my dad about the MLB playoffs, I realized that none of my grandparents saw the Cubs as a World Series winner. My mother never saw them as winners.  Now isn’t that something?

I just know which ever team that wins the World Series this year, I’ll be cool with it.  At least it won’t be the Yankees, Cardinals, Red Sox, nor Giants.  I was getting sick of seeing them win for the past 20 or so years.


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Where did the nice weather go?
Posted on June 21st, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

The finished product.

I’m not talking about the sun. There is plenty of it at the moment! I’m talking about the nice warm breeze and not being fried in 100+ heat index. Yes, it’s that hot in Savannah!

I have been swamped this month. I am trying to get a huge project completed at work by the 25th. Most of my time has spent on that. However, I have done other stuff this month.

Back on the 5th, I met up with my friends, Lindsey and Chris, and saw the Atlanta Braves play the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates won, as usual. Yes, every match up I have seen between the 2 had the Braves lose. But, I had fun. It was their son’s first Braves game. We taught him the Chop. He was most excited seeing the Chick-Fil-A Cow do the Chop. We also had fireworks that night. It was worth it to be with friends. After leaving Atlanta, I drove over to Augusta to visit my friends Nancy and Angie.

Last weekend, I got to see Jurassic World on 3D IMAX with my family. I left work early because our systems were down. I enjoyed the film a lot. Several throwbacks to the original one. By the way, as much as I love Captain America, Chris Pratt on a motorcycle just looked hotter than Chris Evans on a motorcycle.

Later that night. Lindsey and I went to see Casting Crowns at the Civic Center. It was a last minute thing for us, but we enjoyed it. We met the band Among the Thirsty after the show and got a photo with them. I also liked the fact that Mark Hall from Casting Crowns liked my Instagram photos from the show.

For this weekend, I had a shopping trip with my friend, Shannon, prior to heading to Painting with a Twist.  That where I made the painting above. I couldn’t get a friend to go with me, but I really wanted to do this one. I had a lot of fun.

Today, I spent my midday with my friend, Leslie,that I haven’t seen in forever.  I went to her church, Community Bible Church of Savannah and then lunch afterwards.  I enjoyed the sermon today.  It validate my working arrangement and my thought towards my work.

No telling what life has in store for me, next.


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Rest In Peace, Tony Gwynn
Posted on June 16th, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

I was sad to see that headline today.  I knew who he was, even before I got into baseball.  He came across as a nice, positive guy.  He worked hard and was smart.  He was just likable on TV.

The world is going to miss him dearly.


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The Hopeless Cub
Posted on January 8th, 2014 @ 10:54 pm

If you haven’t figured out by now, I was obsessed with Richard Marx’s music when I was younger and still enjoy him to this day. While I have posted “Take This Heart,” this post is more about some of the players in this video.

Do you know how many Hall of Famers are in this video? Watch it and take a guess.

At 2:59, there is a guy that has just about given up on winning the game.  Today, that man, Greg Maddux, was just elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I saw him a few times with his second team, the Atlanta Braves.

Before I really got into baseball, I recognize him from a cup we got at a gas station.  It was starting he was a Cub and won the 1992 Cy Young award.  I didn’t recognize him from the video.  But, I remembered he was a Cub.

The next time I had a Maddux reference in my life, I caught part of a Braves game.  I want to say it was the start of the season, but I am not going to look at the Baseball Almanac to pinpoint the exact day of the game. I believe it was during spring break.  I just know it was 1993 and it was odd to see him in a Braves uniform.

But the first time I saw him was in person was in 2001.  Nicki and I went to our first Braves game.  During the Braves’ batting practice, we were standing right next to the Braves dugout.  Maddux was out there.  I remember a kid threw him a ball for an autograph and we just watched.  After Maddux batted the ball back to the kid, he looks over at us and just stares at us.  It wasn’t a mean stare. It was more of like “Well, are you going to send over your stuff?” kind of stare as if he was expecting something from us.  My sister and I just shrugged.  We weren’t expecting anything from him.  We knew he had a job to do on the field.  After he left to go back into the dugout, Nicki and I looked at each other to confirmed that Greg Maddux just stared at us.

I never got to see him to pitch a game with an official standing.  The only time I saw him pitch was in 2002 at a Braves spring training game in Kissimmee, FL.  It was a game at the Astros’ home field. I can’t remember if he was the starter or had to come in for extra innings in this game.  But, I remember he did pitch.  My sister, her friend, and I had more fun that day looking at Mark DeRosa.

Now, Greg Maddux, along with Tom Glavine, both were elected to the Hall of Fame today. I’m not in the mood to look up if I saw Glavine pitch for the one Braves game I saw in 2008 or the spring training games.  Normally when I went to Braves game, it was usually a back-of-the rotation guy pitching. I know that they both were great pitchers and glad to see they got in.  I’m pretty certain both will wear a Brave hat.  They will be going in with their fellow manager, Bobby Cox.  In a way, I feel sad because it feel like a close of a great chapter in Braves history.

I know, again, looking at Baseball Almanac or another sports website could give me the name of all the pitchers I’ve seen pitch.

And to bring this back around to the video posted.  I always remembered the hopeless Cub when Strike 2 occurs and then was shocked when Marx wins the game.  Funny, I could name a few of the A’s in the video but none of the Cubs.  A several years ago, after I really got into baseball, I decided to watch the video to see if there was anyone else I could recognize.  I finally recognized Maddux as that hopeless Cub.  So he will always be the hopeless Cub to me.

Back to the question above. Hall of Famers, soon to be Haller Famers, and Ford C. Frick Award winners I recognized in this video:

  1. Bob Uecker
  2. Rickey Henderson
  3. Tony LaRussa
  4. Dennis Eckersley
  5. Greg Maddux

Also, the video was filmed at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, now known as O.co Coliseum. The A’s should be the home team. Both teams are wearing their home whites. But for the dream to work, the Cubs are the home team.


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Cumberland/Galleria and the Braves
Posted on November 12th, 2013 @ 8:30 am

At first, I thought it was a joke.  I noticed Cobb County was trending on Twitter yesterday.  I went to review the Cobb County tweets and saw that the Braves were moving to Cobb County.  It just wasn’t any part of Cobb County.  It was at I-75 at I-285.  That threw me for a loop.

In my time living in Atlanta, Cumberland/Galleria, as the area is known, is where I worked and lived.  Both locations were just barely in the I-285 loop, but Cumberland/Galleria straddles that loop.  I lived east of I-75, but worked west of I-75.

And then, to read exactly where they plan to build the new stadium, I was flabbergasted.  I’m just trying to figure out how they are going to build on that piece of land.  The corner they plan to build at, Windy Ridge Pkwy and Circle 75 Pkwy, is one I drove by constantly.  In fact, Windy Ridge and Circle 75 were my preferred roads to use between my apartment and Smyrna/Marietta to places like Best Buy, Popeye’s, and Target, to name a few.  Places I would go shopping.  In the time my sister and father lived with me, they used the roads, too.  These roads were a lot easier to use than getting on Windy Hill Rd and Cobb Pkwy.

So, even though I don’t live in Cobb County, I’m torn.  I think the part that I worry about is the traffic.  The traffic in that area is horrible as is.  I would use any back road I could use to avoid I-75 or I-285 in “traffic hour.”  My employer’s office is in that area.  If I have to go up there for work again, how will the traffic be to get from work to the Braves?  Will it be worse?  And what about the back roads that are not Windy Ridge Pkwy and Circle 75 Pkwy?  Will traffic increase on them?

Well, I guess this news mean I won’t be able to get a condo in the area like I have planned if I won the lottery.  I really do love the Cumberland/Galleria district.  This move may make trips to the office a lot more pleasant. My co-workers all know I love baseball and combined my 2 office trips with a trip to see the Braves in action.

I haven’t seen it yet in any news report, but I wonder if the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CCID) played a role into the Braves moving to this specific location. The new ballpark will fall in this district.  It’s a self-controlled area in terms of some of the tax money.  They put the money back into the community.  Based on what about the Braves not being able to get Atlanta to re-invest some money back in to the community, I can see the CCID being a enticing factor for them.  That little bit of extra tax money paid to CCID would have to be reinvested into the area.


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“I’d like to see the Riviera and slowdance underneath the stars”
Posted on August 30th, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

This month has been a busy month for me.  It started when my work computer had its Ethernet card killed in a storm as I was working on the last day of July.  It sneaked up on me.  Fried out my modem as well.  The router, which was connected between the two, came out fine. Had to wait nearly a week for my Internet provider to replace the modem.  While I had no Internet, I worked at my dad’s house and used his WiFi.  It wasn’t until I had Internet back at home did I realize the Ethernet card was dead.

I had to drive up to Atlanta to drop off the computer for repair.  Since I was heading to Atlanta for work, I decided to get in a Braves game against the Marlins. The computer had to stay behind, so I had to use a loaner for the rest of the week back home in Savannah.

Then this past week, one of the head honchos on our team wanted me in the office for a day. I sent 2 days up there.  I had a short week this week due to taking a few days off for a vacation I had to since abandoned.  So again, I took in a Braves game.  I had a great time in Atlanta for those 2 days. It was nice seeing all my co-workers again and hanging out with them again.

I did the right thing for me in coming home, but I did love certain parts of my life in Atlanta. After work get togethers, impromptu IKEA shopping and last minute Braves games.

If I win the lottery, I’ll have to get a condo in Atlanta so I can have the best of both worlds.

On the way to the Braves game this week, I had a look into the past.  A doppelgänger for my high school crush was on the train.  It probably wasn’t him. This guy got on at the Buckhead station.  He looked as if he was headed to the airport.  He looked weary and had some thinning hair, but wasn’t bald.  He was dressed in business causal attire. The reason I say he was a ringer for my high school crush is this guy had the same type of nose and reminded me of the kid’s father the one time I saw his dad telling him it was time to leave an awards ceremony we had attended in 10th grade.

No, we didn’t talk. We were in the same car, but he was was in the front while I was in the middle.

I really haven’t thought of the crush in years since this encounter on the train.  I am so different than that girl from high school.  And it wouldn’t have worked.  But, that crush did pay off in my life.  It helped shaped me into who I am.  I don’t think I would have gotten into my line of work if I had been interested in a jock than a computer nerd.  “Home” by Sheryl Crow, when I hear it, makes me thing of how I have changed in all that time.

When I wasn’t in Atlanta, I did drive to Beaufort to find a grave.  My great-great-great grandfather was a Union soldier in Civil War.  He died in Georgia as a POW.  Based on my research on this fact, I believe he died at Camp Lawton up in the Millen area. The soldiers that died at Camp Lawton ended up being moved to Beaufort. Georgia Southern is currently having an archeology dig at Camp Lawton and have a few days open to the public.  I am thinking of going to one of them this fall to see the dig.


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Unconscious Mutterings Week 548
Posted on July 30th, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

I’m just sitting here watching my Atlanta Braves play.  I haven’t watch them for a while.  I’d need to hurry up and get up there to see a game this year.

So, since I really have nothing else to blog about, here’s an another Unconscious Mutterings:

  1. Packing :: Tape
  2. Rent :: No more! I have a house payment now.
  3. Inspire :: Creative
  4. Anti-social :: What I’m sort of doing right now.
  5. Common :: Sense
  6. Repeats :: Offender (just take off the S and it’s a Richard Marx album!)
  7. Dracula :: Blood
  8. Cross :: Red
  9. Short sighted :: Near sighted
  10. Corrupt :: Banker, Cozy the cat. We have a picture of him sitting in a Monopoly box. Nicki called him a corrupt banker.

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As-hohl
Posted on May 7th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

Today, my father and I went over to Mystic, Ct to visit the Mystic Aquarium and to dine at Mystic Pizza today.  The aquarium had a great beluga whale exhibit, and I wanted to see if Mystic Pizza would be better than the time I went there 12 years ago.  We had an enjoyable time.

However, one asshole placed a damper at it all.  As we were leaving Mystic, we stopped at the scenic lookout between exits 89 and 90 in eastern Connecticut. As I was taking photos of the town from that point, some guy, who I can only assume his a micropenis due to his behavior, screams out from the top of his lungs, from Interstate 95, “BITCH!”  Since there were only 2 cars at the lookout, and I was the only one not in a car, I can only assume he meant me.

At the time, I was wearing one of my Braves shirt.  I had had it on all day, but under a hoodie.  By the time we stopped at the lookout, I had taken the hoodie off because I was hot.  I assumed I had the right to wear my shirt, since this is the United States of America, but I guess up here in Yankee land, I don’t.  My father inspected the back of my shirt and said with the length of my hair, and looking at me from the back, you couldn’t even read the name “Heyward”  on the back of the shirt.  All you could see are the digits in 22.  The numbers are in red; the shirt is navy blue.

How insecure are people these days that you have to yell an insult from the Interstate to someone that isn’t a fan of the local team?  I don’t recall anyone in Atlanta, or in St. Louis, being so hateful towards an opposing fan.  Sure, there is joking and ribbing, but in the end, it’s good fun.  It’s not the hate as I saw today in Mystic.  I can’t say such hate can be attached to a certain fan base.  I never saw the asshole. All I saw was a champagne colored car driving by as this happened.

I wore this same shirt in St. Louis last year.  Actually, I had planned on wearing my Cardinals shirt I had bought that day, but due to my sister having a panic attack just before the Cardinals game, so I didn’t get to wear the shirt.  I had been wearing my Braves shirt all day, so I still wore it.  The guys next to me at the game teased me for being a Braves fan, but told me it was OK so long as it wasn’t a Chipper shirt.  In the end, we talked about baseball and enjoyment of the sport in general.

However, after this reaction today, make me rethink people.  Now I see why Yanks have the reputation they do as being rude beings in the south.  This one moron had to ruin it for a whole region.  I think after this trip is over, I will never return back north.  I’ll stay in my friendly south.


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“It Ain’t Nothing But Another Day”
Posted on September 12th, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

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Last weekend, I spent it in Savannah. I was missing Savannah, and wanted to see my friends still down there. I was glad I did go. I saw my friends, my brother, and the kitties still at home. It was just what I needed after working plenty of overtime.

So, imagine my surprise to be in Savannah only 5 days later, again. I got a new car back in July. My old car felt like it was about to break down. The old car is a manual transmission. Driving a manual transmission in Atlanta is too much work. I think too much while driving it. I have been wanting a new car with an auto transmission for a while. So, when the need came about, I got a new car with an auto transmission. The old car is a red 2002 Ford Focus. The new car is a 2010 red Ford Focus. Since the 2002 is paid for, I kept it. I did not need a trade-in for the 2010.

Well, Nicki’s Internet boyfriend (IB) is in town (another story for another day :roll:). She planned on taking him to Savannah on Friday. Well, she was going to take the Jeep down there. Well, she was unable to take the Jeep, so she took the 2002 Focus. She was in Jeffersonville, GA when it broke down on the Interstate around noon. My father and I were planning on taking it back home to get the repairs that are needed to be done as soon as we can afford the work. We were just going to tow it down to Savannah. So, for the car to break down, it just caused us to get it down there sooner.

Since I was at work when the breakdown happened, I had to take the afternoon off and drive down to Jeffersonville. That took just over an hour to get there. We had to have Matthew come up from Savannah with a rented car dolly. So, as we were waiting for him, I took Nicki and the IB down to Warner Robins to tour the Museum of Aviation. We still had time to kill, so we drove over and toured Hawkinsville, GA and Perry, GA. Finally, Matthew and Beth were in Jeffersonville while we were in Perry, so we drove back and had dinner with them before getting the car hooked on the dolly. It just before midnight before we all got to Savannah.

I woke up the next morning and drove back to Atlanta. I had plans for yesterday. I had a ticket to the Braves game against the St. Louis Cardinals and the Montgomery Gentry concert after the game. So, another 4 hours on I-16 and I-75 before I got home. Then, after getting ready for my afternoon/evening plans, I was back off to Turner Field.

The game was a nail biter. It finally ended in the 12th on a walk-off home run. The concert was delayed due to rain. They did get it under way. I spend extra on the on-field pass to be near the stage. I think I got some good shots from the field. I only knew 3 songs: “Gone,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”, and the Kiss song “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Other songs they performed were “Lucky Man,” “My Town,” “Back When I Knew It All,” “While You’re Still Young,” “One In Every Crowd,” “What Do Ya Think About That,” and “Something To Be Proud Of” that I know for certain they played. I think they did “Hell Yeah,” too. I’m not a huge country fan, but I thought it would be nice to go to a concert.

It’s going to be a while before I’m back on I-16 again. Well, maybe just a month.


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