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8/31/06
Finally got to see Jim and catch up after vacation. Still no idea where things are heading, but it's a lot of fun to hang out.

The official scorer for the Mets wrote a book about scoring, and it sounds great. They were raving about it on the Mets pre-game the other day. Only problem? I can't remember the name of the book or the guy who wrote it. I hate that.

8/29/06
Coworker Chelsea's cat had kittens. Anyone interested in a little bugger? I told her I'd put the word out (and now I have to tell her to get pictures).

It's been raining on and off all day, and now it's really coming down. No game tonight - rained out. It'll give me a chance to catch up on my reading.

later on 8/28/06
We left bright and early last Sunday, to get to Baltimore for the game against the Blue Jays. Surprisingly, no one said anything about wearing Yankees hats to the game. They make the best ballpark food at Camden Yards, no doubt about it. Boog's BBQ = delicious. Anyway, after the game (and no, I can't remember any scores, I never write this stuff down), we drove south on 95, through the pouring rain, to somewhere in VA, where we stopped for the night. Monday was the second big driving day. Very happy that we had part of the Yankees broadcast in North Carolina, but then it disappeared suddenly, so I had to find out via text message that the Yankees swept all five games from the Red Sox. That kind of news can keep you going for hours.

We drove all the way into Charleston on Monday, taking the slow route down the South Carolina coast. There's an awful lot of golf down there. And lots of NASCAR speedways. Two sports I have no interest in at all. So we pulled into Charleston for dinnertime, and drove around a bit of the city. We lucked out in all three cities we stayed in with hotels downtown, so we could just park the car and walk. Charleston is HOT. Maybe it's just because it's August, but it's HOT. And sticky. But a beautiful city, with lots of antebellum houses (and many more that were restored after the Civil War - or as they call it, "The War of Northern Aggression"). We took a carriage tour, shopped in the market, had fantastic seafood (including Shrimp and Grits, delicious) at Hyman's, went to two plantations - including Boone Hall, where North and South was filmed, and to Fort Sumter. First shot fired from the fort was by Abner Doubleday, who did NOT invent baseball there. Or anywhere else.

We caught two games between the RiverDogs (which are actually rats) and the Sand Gnats (whose motto is "fears neither pitcher nor windshield") at the park in Charleston. It was as much fun as the big league games, and I cheered for a player I had seen at Yankees Spring Training in Tampa. Totally a fun time.

So after Charleston (this is now Wed morning), we set off for Savannah. And holy cow, that's one of the most beautiful cities I've been to. At least the historic district is - the rest of the city is probably crappy. We did the hop-on, hop-off tour, and the cheesy ghost tour, and ran into the only other rain of the trip. The Sand Gnats game was rained out, but they were nice enough to let me come in to buy a t-shirt. We managed to have delicious food all over the place, including at the Pirates' House, Paula Deen's restaurant and at a pseudo-English pub. I think I gained ten pounds just in Savannah. The city truly is beautiful, lots of squares laid out in the city, cobblestone streets, boats up and down the river, and some beautiful original houses, most of which claim to be haunted. I never read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and I haven't seen the movie either, but I picked up a copy while I was there.

One thing about the south tho, it's really, really slow. Maybe because it's so hot. I couldn't do it.

Friday, we drove to Atlanta via the interstate, no tootling along for us. We got there in time to figure out a place to meet up with Jay on Saturday, and to go to see the Braves/Nationals game on Friday night. Turner Field is a whole lot of fun, and the game, even tho the Braves lost in the ninth, was a lot of fun, too. They give out a printed program for each series there, and it noted that John Smoltz (one of my favorite National League pitchers) was going to be signing autographs to raise money for a local food bank prior to Sunday's game (which we actually had tickets for), so I said, "Well, there's my Sunday morning plan."

We went to tour the Fox Theatre on Saturday morning (I saw the tour of Rent there back in 1998 with Dona, Sue and Whitney), it's stunning. Done in Egyptian and Moorish influences. Beautiful building. And then we walked up Peachtree to the Margaret Mitchell house, which we didn't go in, because all I wanted to buy was a book from the gift shop about the making of the movie, which I found easily. Then we went to meet Jay and his roommate at the CNN Center. I miss Jay - he needs to move back up here. We did the CNN newsroom tour (no Anderson Cooper, he works out of NYC), and then took MARTA down to World of Coke. They were both as much fun as I remember from my last trip there, and there are still some nasty flavors of Coke from other countries. I highly recommend "Beverly," from Italy. Ick.

Jay picked up tickets for the tour of Spelling Bee at the Alliance Theatre, so after stopping by his apartment and snuggling the kitties, we grabbed dinner at Mary Mac's (another five pounds on my waist) and went to the show.

Yesterday, we got on line and met John Smoltz, and watched the Braves beat the pants off the Nationals. And then there was nothing to do but drive home. We drove up to near Richmond, VA yesterday (7 hours, 500 miles) and did the rest today (6 hours, 400 miles). We came up 85 to 95 and then home (or as Jay put it, we took the scenic route). Got home around 2pm, which is nice, because I have plenty of time to do laundry, unpack, shower and sleep before getting up to be at work at 7am tomorrow.

Tally: Three major league games, two (and nearly three) minor league games, one major league player's autograph, one touring broadway musical. 2000+ miles on the car. Sounds like a week at home. I'm glad to be back.

8/28/06
And we're home. More later, when I'm unpacked and showered and less tired.

8/20/06
And we're off.

8/19/06
It's like the Boston Massacre all over again - three straight wins (where the Yankees scored 12 or more runs in each game) at Fenway. And there are still two games left in the series. All I did yesterday was sit on the couch and watch the doubleheader (which is exactly what I said I was going to do). Yankees won the first game 12-4 in nearly four hours, and the second game 14-11 in the longest (to date) nine-inning game ever, at nearly five hours. I kept thinking, "I have to get up at 6am for work" but I couldn't turn it off. You just can't! And then today they won 13-5. It's really terrific to watch. Tomorrow we leave for Baltimore, and since the Yankees game is at night, the plan is to drive for a bit after the game and find a hotel that has ESPN to watch Moose pitch against Schilling. We'll probably miss Monday's game (darn).

later on 8/17/06
One of my patients gave me today's Daily News when he was finished with it. They had an article about the release of the 911 tapes from 9/11, and I burst into tears just reading part of one of the transcripts. People ask me if I'm going to see the WTC movie - no way. I can't deal with it yet. I probably won't ever be able to.

8/17/06
What I liked best about the Yankee Stadium groundbreaking was all of the elected officials saying things like, "The Yankees opened their original stadium by beating the Boston Red Sox. And in the new stadium, we will continue to beat the Boston Red Sox." And these were people like Governor Pataki. It was heartwarming. I hope he never runs for office in Boston.

Randy Johnson Asks Chien-Ming Wang For Some Pitching Advice For A Pitcher Friend Of His. Maybe it would help.

Counting the days - can't wait to be off from work for an entire week. Can't wait to see the Orioles and Blue Jays and Astros and Nationals (well, for Soriano) and River Dogs and Sand Gnats. And Jay. And World of Coke and the CNN headquarters again. And big southern plantations and Fort Sumner. I guarantee you, my post-vacation entry will read something like "Trip highlights included..." and then that entire list.

I love working in a place where I see my doctor all the time. It was easy enough to say, "Say, while you're here, I can ask you about my left eye, which gets itchy and red in the mornings," and have him prescribe something for it right then and there. Now that's convenient.

8/15/06
Citizens Bank Ballpark is beautiful. Built by the same people who did Camden Yards (and who are doing the new Yankee Stadium, for which the groundbreaking is tomorrow), it has nice wide concourses that you can see the field from. It's really terrific. Too bad the Mets had to come in and stink up the joint - 11 to 4. But Jose Reyes was super, and got three home runs, scoring all of the Mets runs.

Yankees won, too, and Boston lost, so we're three games up on them.

I took advantage of the new "you don't have to wear white pants, wear whatever color you want" dress code at work and bought new, non-white scrub pants. Yay!

8/14/06
This is the last week before vacation. Can't wait. Tomorrow we're going to Philly to see the game, Wed and Thurs I have work on evenings, Friday is a doubleheader against Boston (so I will be parked on the couch most of the day), Saturday I have to pack after work, and Sunday we're leaving! Karen is coming over on Wed before work to see where the cat boxes etc are. I can't wait to get out of here for a week.

When we've had two deaths at work in two days, everyone gets antsy about who the third will be. Because they really do happen in threes.

I wish I'd seen the Indians/Royals game last night - or at least the first inning. The Indians scored 11 of their 13 runs in the first inning. The opposing pitcher made one out, gave up 10 earned runs on 8 hits. I just wish I'd seen it. Or the Dodgers/Giants game - which went 10 innings of no-run ball before someone scored to win it.

later on 8/11/06
Something I think is cool. Veras, one of the pitchers (for whom the Yankees released Bubba Crosby, which I will never forgive), came on tonight to pitch. In his last outing, he walked two batters. Tonight he gave up a home run. Without recording any outs. Which makes his ERA infinity. I wonder how they'll write that on the scoreboard next time he pitches. Can they make that little symbol?

Oh and in the small world category, Tesse and I were having dinner (delicious chicken fingers) at Billy's before the game last night, when someone came up and asked, "Cathy?" Now, no one calls me Cathy anymore. And it took two minutes and one, "How's your brother doing?" before I realized it was Keith Steidle, who we went to high school with! Absolute sweetheart back then, and the same now. He's married with an adorable one year old son, and still lives around here. And funnier still, he was sitting just a few rows ahead of us in the same section.

8/11/06
Even tho I'm disappointed about last night's loss, it warms my heart to see that the Red Sox lost To the Royals. They were swept by the Royals, of all teams.

Warms the heart, it does.

Off to the stadium tonight to see the game against the Angels. Tesse's never been (!) to the stadium, so we're going early for dinner and to go to Monument Park.

8/10/06
Sweeney Todd was, as always, fantastic. Judy Kaye was, as always, fantastic. I adore her. So much better than Patti LuPone, whom I do not adore. The plan was for me to meet Tesse at Don't Tell Mama's on 46th at 7pm, and then we'd go to the HoEd for dinner. Well, as I was walking up 9th Ave to meet her, the skies opened and even with my umbrella, I was drenched to the skin. So we decided to wait out the rain (right) and just go to the theatre. Well, it didn't stop raining, so we got soaked hailing a cab to go the four blocks, and got soaked again getting from the cab to the theatre entrance. By the time the show was over (insert bit about annoying latecomers and rude ushers here), the rain had stopped. So we went to the Westway Diner to make up for the missed dinner.

I guess the Yankee game ran long, because Yankees Encore hasn't started yet. I'm going to go fall asleep in front of it now.

8/8/06
Ow ow, crick in the neck from sleeping wrong. Can't stretch it out. Ow. And while I'm complaining, my left eye has been really itchy lately. There's nothing stuck in it (eyelashes etc), and I keep putting generic Visine in it. Maybe after vacation I should go to the eye doctor.

8/7/06
Happy birthday, Rachel and Meesh! I still can't figure out which one of you is the evil twin.

later on 8/4/06
Cano went 3-3 with a walk, and was fantastic. The park in Trenton reminded me of the one in Tampa, we were so close to the field. And the tickets were $9. Can't beat that. The Thunder has a mascot, Chase the Golden Retriever, who picks up bats and balls that are discarded by hitters. Too funny.

And the real Yankees are, as I like to put in quotes, "in sole possession of first place" in the AL East.

8/4/06
I can't believe Tesse has never been to Yankee Stadium. Well, we'll have to fix that. Since Missy is being smart and spending next weekend somewhere with an actual breeze, Tesse's going to be subjected to the folks I've been spending Friday nights with. It's going to be a busy couple of weeks - next week is Sweeney and the game, and the following week we're going to Philly to see the Mets continue their sweep of the entire National League. And then on the 20th, my weeklong vacation starts, and Mom and I will be cruising to Baltimore-Charleston-Savannah-Atlanta. And then August is over.

8/3/06
I'm so glad it's raining out, because this week has been unbearable with the heat. It's supposed to be a lot cooler tomorrow, which is great because we're going down to watch Robinson Cano make his rehab start with the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees double-A team.

8/2/06
Instead of filling up the kiddie pool, I spent an hour in the lake at Cheesequake. I thought it would be more crowded, but I guess people thought it was too hot to go to the lake. It wasn't. It was perfect to be in the water. After that, I passed out in the middle of the game and went to bed early.

It's still too hot. I'm glad I'm working the evening shift tonight and tomorrow, so I can spend the day in air conditioning.

Got my invite for Dona and Brian's wedding. Have to decline - I can't go to Vegas in November.

8/1/06
Heat wave. Again. Walking out of work into the soupy air was like walking into a sauna. I'm going to jump in the kiddie pool and stay there.

-catherine

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