Peanuts and Cracker Jack

A friend of Steph’s and mine was kind enough to take us out to the ball game this evening. We went to Pacific Bell Park to catch a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins. I have to give the Giants one thing: their stadium is a heck of a lot nicer than the Metrodome. We had a beautiful view of the bay from our upper-deck seats, and as the evening grew darker and the clouds rolled in off the ocean, I actually wondered if I could enjoy watching baseball.

Then I came back to my senses.

Still, it was a fun evening in spite of the fact that I have the worst head cold I’ve had in years, and deadlines creeping ever closer at work. The one thing that stayed with me from the entire evening was a sign that one of the many homeless men held as the crowds filtered out of the stadium. True to form for overly-individualistic San Francisco, his sign simply said, “No lies. It’s for beer”. I decided not to put anything in his cup. The possibility that this sign might be effective in San Fran sheds some light on the character of the city.

In other news, in only 10 days we’ll be coming home (that’s the 14th if you’re not sure how I’m counting) to Minnesota. It will be truly great to see the crew again and see how people are doing. The fact that we also get to attend the wedding of a close friend is just a bonus! Then you throw WWDC on top of that on the 23rd, and things are really looking up. Now if I could just get rid of this cold…

7 thoughts on “Peanuts and Cracker Jack

  1. Why the dislike for baseball? Are you into any major sports?

    I myself am going to a Phillies game tomorrow. The game over the weekend we went to was rained out, so this will be my first one of the season.

    Hope you feel better!

  2. Ah yes, the age-old question of “How can any grown man in America not enjoy watching sports?” That, I think, is best left to another blog altogether. 🙂

  3. Hey, my friend John was at that game too! You probably don’t know him but you might recognize him if you saw him. He just went to San Fran to watch the Twinkies. Honestly though, you don’t like watching any sports? Not even the funny ones like lumberjack competitions or Scottish Highland games?

  4. Amen Kevin! This man knows me.

    I’ll have to concede that watching funny sports is entirely different from watching sports in general, but funny sports aren’t common or popular, so I don’t get much opportunity to watch them. But I think if I was surfing channels and saw a lumberjack log roll competition I might stay for a few minutes.

  5. I’d like to argue that marriage is Josh’s sport. But it’s a sport in which he’s already won the prize(Steph) and the challenge is in what he does with it(her). What makes him successful, and he is successful, is that he plays by the rules(God’s)and he has cleaved to his Prize(Steph)and the prize to him, making him so much better than if he’d be playing by himself. But the game of marriage is only a part of the grander game of life, in which we all(believers) have the same end zone in sight and the opponent is within ourselves. Josh, also, is a leader in this game(consdiring his mentor, PK, I’m not surprised). I’m glad I’m on his team, and thank God for our Coach, Captain, and Breath!
    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIENDS!!!!

    Psalm 27: 13-14
    I am still confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the LORD
    in the land of the living.
    Wait for the LORD ;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the LORD .

    Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
    Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970)

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