Happy Birthday, Fenway Park!

There cant be many major sports stadiums that get used for 100 years, but here, now at least, we have one! Yes, today marked the centenary of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, quite something.

I suspect things, and the stadium looked different way back then, though beyond one grainy black and white picture, I dont really know. And as Chicago folk would tell me, Wrigley Field is only 2 years away from joining the centenary club as well. I’m fortunate, I’ve been to both, and so glad I have. Just dont ask me to pick between them, OK? Both are wonderful in their own ways.

My next baseball stop, that relative baby, Safeco Field, only around since 1999 lol!

I’d heard a lot about Fenway, long before I got there. Indeed, I got to see it, from the observation deck of the John Hancock Tower 23 years before I finally got to visit it. Also, I was once quoted on a sports forum that getting to a game at Fenway was an impossibility, proved them wrong, but as it was about 8 years before, I didnt go chasing off to tell him so, lol! I guess what is also amazing about the place, given the setting for modern stadiums, its in the centre of Boston!

Oh, and I also know of an adorable dog, named after the park as well. Though obviously that Fenway sees things as being the other way around lol!

So, happy centenary, Fenway Park, thats an amazing achievement, and I toast you, and hope for many more years of baseball there.

Sorry, no music, just a brief report about this event

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg3Kg_wPg4s

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One big change

No, I havent suddenly developed cleavage that would make a basketball seem tiny or anything, thank goodness lol! Actually I’m talking about Seattle, where I will be flying to on Saturday.

I suspect in fact that there are probably a lot more changes than that, since I was last there, the Sonics scooting out of town for Oklahoma being one obvious one! And the local WHL Ice Hockey team has also scooted out of town, though only to Kent, and still calling themselves Seattle anyway! I suspect a few shops will have disappeared, new ones arrived, and all that, though still plenty of coffee shops I suspect lol!

I remember from my first visit, a massage place in the Pike Place Market which was still there the last time I was in town about 4 years ago, I wonder if its still there? That was my first ever massage, and my back has been grateful for it ever since lol!

But no, the change I’m talking about is my daily route from the hotel (I always stay near the airport, habit, plus the fact they are cheaper than downtown) into central Seattle. Since my last trip, the light railway has been completed, and I’m really looking forward to trying it out. Judging by the film I’ve found, its nothing exciting, just something new for me. And alright, by the end of the week, I’ll probably be longing for the old bus route again lol!

I’m looking forward to seeing the city again, though I suspect it will be a while this time before I go back again after this, as I find it harder year by year to do really long flights, and the West Coast is about 50% or more again as opposed to East Coast destinations, and the body really is beginning to object to matters like that. Add on the flight boredom, and the extra jet lag involved, and you get my drift. Mind, as I can make a case for Wichita, Kansas being East Coast…on the grounds its only an hour or so extra from Chicago, well…thats not until September 2013 anyway lol!

So granted, this film of the light railway will have you saying, been there, done that, and indeed so have I, many times. But it will be a first in Seattle, thats for sure. First journey on it, heading to see the Mariners play, that will be nice. During the rest of the week, downtown, thats for sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KmEwqK-QQQ&feature=related

NFL Bosses, please listen carefully

I’ve read it in a couple of places, so I’m beginning to assume its true. The NFL schedule for next season will seemingly be announced on Tuesday evening at 7 pm ET. Funny thing is, its not on the NFL website yet, but is in a few other places so…fingers crossed it will be, then I can get my Autumn holiday dates sorted out at work before going away next weekend.

Given that the announcement will therefore be at midnight my time, I’ll find out Wednesday morning!

Itrs funny, this year is the first year when I actually care where a fixture is scheduled, namely the Bills at the Patriots, which if all things work out, will be the first regular season NFL game that I will see live, thereby giving me a full set of all 4 major American sports leagues live. Ironically two of the teams I’ve seen have since moved, hope they werent trying to tell me something lol!

So, if any schedulers for the NFL should read this, somewhere between Week 2, and Week 5 ideally, the Bills will play at the Patriots, OK? 😉 No, I’m not expecting them to listen, somehow lol. But hopefully, they know, and have… Regardless, I’m looking forward to meeting up with Kate again, and hopefully at least James at one point as well. Maybe more? Hint, hint, especially to one person. 😉

Kate might kill me for posting this, but hopefully I’ll survive, and its the meeting I enjoyed last year, unlike the return fixture!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4BSjE3zZuE

Go Bills!

These boots are made for walking

No prizes for working out the song, though there might be some for the artist, assuming you dont check the categories of course, lol!

Had a very pleasant surprise this morning, dont worry, I’ll keep the story short.

About 9 years ago, or so, I spent a long while in the US, and obviously I was using credit cards as an easy way of paying for things, though I was paying my bills, as far as I know (given the whims of US bamks) paying all the bills on time. Cant be 100%, someone was feeding me the info,  given I couldnt be sent statements in the US as I was moving around. So all fine as far as I’m concerned.

However, when I get back, I get letters saying that for ‘administrative reasons’, my credit cards were being stopped. No other reason given! I assume it was late payments or something, but anyway… Either way, i got by over the years, paying cash for most things, and using friends cards when I needed to, mainly ironically for paying for future holidays lol! The last couple of years I’ve been using these new pre paid currency credit cards when away, well, because hotels like a card imprint more than anything else, but agreed they are handy.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I needed a new pair of boots for the summer, my fleecy winter boots will be far too warm for Seattle, or even August here lol! Got a discount voucher in my email box (yes, I have these things sent, shock horror) this morning for some company called  Fifty Plus, rather apt for me. More amazingly I found a pair of ankle boots, in a colour I like (tan), my size (size 8 UK, pretty large in female sizes over here), and at a very reasonable price pre discount, even better when you apply them (just under £10, $15-16 I guess?). And hey, guess, I’ve got just enough left on my Canadian $ pre pay card to buy them.

Yes, the funny thing, a couple of minutes after I type in my details, I’m being offered credit! Hey, I’d forgotten what that was like lol! So anyway, I gave them 5 minutes or so to see sense, but they didnt seem to want to change their mind. Of course, what it might be is that I’ve changed name since then, moved home many years ago, so it probably doesnt tie up. But that means I have no credit history whatsoever at 54! Hey!

No, I’m not going to abuse it, no chance of that. I’ll pay it off straightaway with said card when the statement appears. Nor will I be applying for any mortgages lol! But hey, for the first time in nearly 10 years, I’m getting credit offered again, nice feeling.

Alright, the song is obvious, and relates to the purchase, but no, its not Nancy Sinatra, though some might wish it was lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb7icyVTAj0

What would happen?

I suppose this came about because of a recent story by one of my favourite writers, Redecoration, by Tang. For those of you who need a link, its

http://www.asstr.org/~mcstories/Redecoration/index.html

To save you reading it all before reading this blog, I’ll summarise it as Nicola, an administrator in an office, gets changed into Nikki, motorcycle courier rider. Yes, the clothes look changes from traditional to leathers, as you would expect from her new role, but also goes from hetro to lesbian. All this because she has a rival who wants her job!

Its a great story, you should read it if you get the time, and let the author know Merry sent you. Of course some of you will have read it already of course. But yes, you get an idea of where this is heading. If this happened in real life, how easy would it be to cope with a whole new identity, let alone a whole new sexuality, and fashion style? I think its fair to say, probably as hard as Nicola does initially in the story. Of course, because of the fictional mind control, and magic involved in this story, she soon learns to cope. But in real life…?

I suppose a lot depends how dramatic the changes are, as I have proved to myself, just changing your name isnt that difficult a thing. Well, alright, I did once or twice early on, sign my old name, to amusement at work, but anyway…I soon got the hang of it lol! But a whole new look, a whole new job, and a whole new sexual attitude, maybe not so easy!

As much as I’d love to arrive in my hotel in Seattle in a few weeks time, and find a US Passport in a different name (yes, one of the obvious ones, but I have my reason for not mentioning it just yet), an address in the country, and preferably a job, that would be great, and no reason at all I couldnt cope with that, though it might make my current pre pay credit card fun to use lol. What might come as more of a shock would be if the picture looked ‘a bit’ different to the current me, say. Even more so if I got up in the morning, or just went in the bathroom straight away, and looked very different. Sexuality with me, hey, lets face it, if I was interested in guys, girls, or both, then that would be a change for me anyway!

But lets face it, how weird would it be to go to the address given on your ID, and know that you live there. Even more so when you have no idea what to expect, though I suspect knowing ‘me’, the apartment would probably be fashionably decorated 20’s style, though complete with internet and cable TV lol! As for my wardrobe at home…

Even more so, the job. If you go by the story, people would know you at the workplace, and you would know the job too. I mean, I suppose a call centre operator, I could probably cope, but anything else nowadays…? Not sure if interesting would be the right word as much as fascinating would be. Especially if somehow or other I know how to drive a car! Now that would be something.

The where, well I think its fair to say that unless I’m a farmgirl, or worker in Cherryvale (in which case I do hope I can drive), then the obvious places for a certain new me would have to be either Wichita, or Rochester, NY I think. Yes, you know who I’m hinting at looking like lol, not that it was ever hard to work out I guess, if you’ve read any, or many of these.

But if anyone is actually thinking, I can provide her with that experience, feel free to do so! I’m sure I could cope with being a Brooksie lookalike, I really do! 😉

Funny thing is, I discovered by typing into You Tube that there is a famous Meredith Brooks, just shows how out of touch I am with modern music. Yes, either Meredith, or Mary would be the obvious christian names for the ‘thoroughly modern brooksie’, I think. And funnily enough, she recorded a song called “What Would Happen”, even if it wasnt about a situation like this. One of her other songs (I Need) actually mentions Seattle in the lyrics, and she was born in Oregon, the next door state.

But no, I dont want to be her, I want to be plain Meredith (call me Merry), or Mary Brooks, from Kansas lol! Middle name, please, do you really have to be told? The song, the obvious one given the title of this blog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGS3TaHHNBw

3 weeks from now…

I will be sound asleep, it will be 4.51 am in the morning, so I certainly hope I am at least. I have no idea if these things time date, so lets just say that in my current time zone, at the time I started typing this, it was 12.51 pm. Well everything permitting I will be at least, its only 2 years ago that a certain Icelandic volcano ruined all those plans for me, so never assume, I guess?

Yes, I’ve been counting down towards this holiday for a long while now, I might have had breaks from work in that period, but havent had a trip away from here since that memorable trip to Boston last September. And when the NFL pull their finger out, I’ll book for this years trip to New England as well! Definitely looking forward to that, it has to be said.

But for now, its Seattle to look forward to, I wonder how much has changed in the 5 years since I was last there? 2 obvious things, the Seattle Sonics are no more, they are now in Oklahoma City, and seemingly doing quite well there too. The other big change will be getting from the airport area, where I will be staying, into downtown Seattle. Back then, you rode a bus into town, a decent service, every 40 minutes or so (midweek, daytime), that took, yes, a while to get there. Now there is a light railway into town which I’m looking forward to trying out. What else has changed, no real idea, will be interesting to see when I get there.

It is a city I love, and if money was no object, and working in the US was an easy thing to do, I’d love to settle there and work. But yes, comparing Seattle to the likes of other places I’d love to live and work (Wichita, Rochester, Albany, and several in New England), its an expensive place to live! Probably cheaper than San Francisco, but is that saying much? Why do I love Seattle? I guess its because the climate is similar to here, maybe? Also, the people seem friendly, easy going, and generally a great place to be. It has to be said that the only one of those things that Boston or Toronto fail on is the weather one, lol! I would comment on the other 3, but as I have never visited one, and the other 2 were only visited nearly 25 years ago, well I have nothing to go on there!

But no, unless you have a need to know, or your name is Kate, or James, I’m not saying where I’m staying at Seatac lol! But if you do have a need to know, then feel free to ask. This is my last planned west coast trip for the foreseeable future, not because I dont love the area, I do, but as my body ages, the journey time is just getting too long for my body to really enjoy. So it will be much further east for the foreseeable future, though some might say that Kansas isnt that far east, all the same. But the other 2 planned trips for the next 20 months are definitely much more easterly than that! I do hope to get back to San Francisco again some day, and maybe at some point another return to Seattle, but they will definitely not be as regular as they have been. Thats why I wanted 1 more trip to Seattle before cutting back on them. But I certainly hope the old body can hold up to East coast trips for a good while yet.

Well, unless someone wants to solve the whole need for me making Transatlantic trips of course, lol! 😉

Take me out to the ballpark

Hard to believe its come around already, but the season starts tomorrow. Alright, only for 2 teams, and all a long way from the good old US, but… it includes my team. Yes, the Mariners will play 2 games in Tokyo, starting tomorrow against the A’s. Doesnt seem that long ago that St Louis were winning the World Series, but anyway…a lot has changed since then, but dont expect the details of that from me. You either know it, or you can go to www.mlb.com to find out anyway lol.

The daft thing is, these 2 teams come back and play pre season games again after this! Ah well, money and commercialism is a wonderful thing? I guess its so they can adjust back to the correct time zone mainly?

No, I’m not going to try and forecast things, thats not my style. But I think its safe to say that I wont be sat nervously wondering if the Mariners are going to make the play offs in September all the same, it wont be happening. I will, for the first time, see the Mariners play this year, the game against the White Sox on April 22 being the one, hope they can win that at least. Back to the cheaper seating areas after Fenway, it has to be said, not that I really mind, but that was fun admittedly. But no, I’ll keep my budget funded for other matters lol!

I could also mention that the cricket season is about to start over here, but as I suspect most of my readers here are from North America, I’m sure that detail will be lost on most. My own blog, where I have more English readers, then yes, probably nearer the time.

So yes, next month I will be taking someone out to the ballpark, me!