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Friday, May 31, 2013

No Right Turn on Red


I've taken the same route to work for the past 10 years, and I have become accustomed to stop at the intersection of the frontage road of I-35 and MLK.

via Google Maps
 
It had been a known rule to obey the street sign at that intersection that read "NO RIGHT TURN ON RED." This rule applied to not only the far right turning lane but also the inside right turning lane too. Police officers would even position themselves down MLK waiting for the next violator.

via Google Maps

For the longest time, I hated using the far right turning lane, more so due to those anxious drivers behind me. To avoid confrontation, I took the inner right turning lane.




That has all changed, recently. The "NO RIGHT TURN ON RED" sign has since disappeared and replaced with another turn right only sign.

Of course, since I expect that "NO RIGHT TURN ON RED" sign, and because of my fear of the possiblity of that hidden cop down the street, I still find myself stopping at the intersection. In fact, I've found myself slowing down a distance away and waiting for the light to green so that I can feel safe to take the turn.

I'll update this blog, if either Austin PD pulls me over for taking the turn on red or if it is confirmed that the "NO RIGHT TURN ON RED" has indeed been removed.

 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Spinnin' vinyls


A coworker and I like to visit estate sales on Fridays during our lunch break. We receive a list of estate sales, a few days before, so we get to choose which sales to visit. My coworker looks for vintage vinyl records and military clothing and gear. I look for sales that have oil paintings, art, and collectibles.

On a recent trip to an estate sale, I came across a vintage Fisher Price record player. It was very similar to the record player I had when I was a kid. Needlesstosay, it brought back memories.

When I was a kid, we had basic cable and HBO. The stations I only watched were TBS, WGN, and the local stations. This was before DVR and TIVO; one had to rely on the TV Guide for show times. So between shows I had my record player to keep me entertained.

At some point in my young life, I had an appreciation for DJs. I mimicked DJs as I would play records on my Fisher Price record player. My radio station played The Great Muppet Caper soundtrack, Michael Jackson's Triller album, and Chicago IX album. I kept away from my dad's Pink Floyd album. Too scary.

I took DJing seriously. When my dad and I would visit Camelot Music at the mall or Wal-Mart, I would get singles of the latest songs.

I was also narcissistic. With my mom's tape recorder, which she used for work, I would record my DJing on tape.

The Fisher Price record player stayed with me through elementary and middle school. As tapes got cheaper, vinyls began disappearing from the store shelves. But that record player kept me entertained when I needed it.


 
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - The Return

Continued.

It's been while since my last "Confessions of a Gym Dweeb" blog entry.

Uh... what was my last entry? Oh yeah, it was about changing my gym time from after work to middle-of-the day. I changed my schedule mainly because my work load piles up between January and April.

Now that my work load has somewhat returned to "normal," I'm able to return to my old routine. 

Since my last visit to my gym, I did notice a change. For example, mildew was growing on the air ducts. It has since been removed. The air ducts look brand new. The machines were also switched around, probably due to the cleaning. New paint also covers the walls.

The same dedicated people are there. The guys look the same. The girls are more toned. There are also new faces--new customers who are starting from scratch. I remember those days.

Although, I love my gym, I do miss escaping during the day to the uptown gym; the staff are friendly, and the gym is practically empty between 10 and noon.

Continue.





 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

16th Game of the Season


Continued.

I can't believe the baseball season has ended. I remember blogging about his first game two months ago. But, alas, the spring season came to a closed with a big win against the Red Sox. 

After watching the Red Sox play hard the first inning, the Yankees came back swinging. Literally. All the boys did great; especially, my son, who hit a ball a distance of 160 feet to left field. It was amazing to watch that ball travel in the air right above short stop before coming down in left field.

While playing second baseman, my son also prevented several runners from advancing. There was great communication between all the players; especially, the outfielders.

When I say the boys did great, I mean they did GREAT.

And with that, my son's season stats are:

Game 1: AB: 2 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 2
Game 2: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 3: AB: 2 H: 1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 5: AB: 4 H: 3 R: 1 RBI: 2
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 7: AB: 3 H: 3 R: 3 RBI: 4
Game 8: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 9: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 10: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 2 RBI: 3
Game 11: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 12: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 13: AB: 3 H:1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 14: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 15: AB: 2 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 16: AB: 3 H: 3 R: 0 RBI: 3
Total: AB: 45 H: 27 R: 13 RBI: 18




Monday, May 20, 2013

15th Game of the Season

Continued.

It was perhaps one of my son's best game of the session. His other best happened a month earlier. Maybe having his grandparents in the stands helped him with his game. They drove to visit him for his birthday from Western New York.

The team as a whole performed great. Everyone brought out their best against the number two team in the coach pitch division. The low-scoring game was neck to neck to finally tie at eight.

My son's stats so far:

Game 1: AB: 2 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 2
Game 2: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 3: AB: 2 H: 1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 5: AB: 4 H: 3 R: 1 RBI: 2
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 7: AB: 3 H: 3 R: 3 RBI: 4
Game 8: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 9: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 10: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 2 RBI: 3
Game 11: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 12: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 13: AB: 3 H:1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 14: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 15: AB: 2 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 1
Total: AB: 42 H: 24 R: 13 RBI: 15


 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

14th Game of the Season


Continued.

Two games away from the end of the season. Although my son's little league team, the Yankees, are placed fifth out of nine teams in the standings, the boys have enjoyed their season.

 
My son performed well in the game. He had a hit, which resulted in a run. There was a play where although his ball was caught, he did bring in a runner.

While playing defense, he successfully stopped plays while playing second baseman.

His stats so far:

Game 1: AB: 2 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 2
Game 2: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 3: AB: 2 H: 1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 5: AB: 4 H: 3 R: 1 RBI: 2
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 7: AB: 3 H: 3 R: 3 RBI: 4
Game 8: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 9: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 10: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 2 RBI: 3
Game 11: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 12: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 13: AB: 3 H:1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 14: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Total: AB: 40 H: 22 R: 12 RBI: 14


 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

13th Game of the Season

Continued

Only three games left in the season.

On Saturday, my son's little league team, the Yankees, played against an evenly matched team, the Astros. Both teams played hard, and in the end, both teams tied at 5.

My son performed quit well. He did have a hit, but was tagged out while advancing to third. While playing second base, he caught a pop fly and tagged a runner.

His stats so far:

Game 1: AB: 2 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 2
Game 2: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 3: AB: 2 H: 1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 5: AB: 4 H: 3 R: 1 RBI: 2
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 7: AB: 3 H: 3 R: 3 RBI: 4
Game 8: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 9: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 10: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 2 RBI: 3
Game 11: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 12: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 13: AB: 3 H:1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Total: AB: 37 H: 21 R: 11 RBI: 13



 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

12th Game of the Season


Continued.

Last Saturday was my son's team's twelfth game of the season. It could have very well been their first game of the season--the way they played. 

This was the same team, the Yankees beat 8 to 3 last month. This meet, howeer,the Cubs came out scoring big against the Yankees, 12 to 7.

Perhaps the boys need to re-focus. Maybe they just need a boost. The Yankees have only four more games left in the season, and they'll be facing tough teams--teams they lost against--before tournament begins.

My son actually did well during the game. He did score a run, but two of his hits were caught.

My son's stats, so far:

Game 1: AB: 2 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 2
Game 2: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 3: AB: 2 H: 1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 5: AB: 4 H: 3 R: 1 RBI: 2
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 7: AB: 3 H: 3 R: 3 RBI: 4
Game 8: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 9: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 10: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 2 RBI: 3
Game 11: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 12: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Total: AB: 34 H: 20 R: 11 RBI: 13

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Joining a softball team


A few years ago, I put together a softball team. Our team went on to play at two benefits tournament but lost both. After my losing record, I decided to hang my manager hat and take a hiatus from softball.

Earlier this year, a friend of mine asked me if I was interested in joining his softball team. I agreed. Our team practiced Sunday afternoons until the day of the softball tournament on April 6, 2013.

This was a double elimination tournament. Since we had 20 players on our team, the team leaders decided to split the team in two. I was placed with the team that played the first game. We won.

I played well. I was at bat twice. Got two hits. One run and brought in one runner.

The second team played hard but lost.

I played the final inning in the third game, and didn't perform as well as I did during the first game. I was cold.

Regardless, playing with these guys was great. I made new friends, and I had a lot of fun.





 





 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

11th Game of the Season


Continued.

My son's team, the Yankees, played against his old team, the Braves. If you follow my blog, you'll probably remember the blog entry explaining how he ended up with the Braves during the fall season.

Naturally, while with the Braves, he made friends. But these old friends remember him and it sort of became a motivation for them to play hard against their old teammate.

How hard did they played? Well, the Braves knew when my son was at bat. An old teammate caught his pop fly. They also tried to tag him out at third, when the play was as first--my son instead held his position at second base.

My son did slide to homeplate to score a point for his team in a dramatic close play. But the Braves, who have yet to win a game, did try their best to beat the Yankees.

The final score, was 4 to 3, Yankees.

My son's stats, so far:

Game 1: AB: 2 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 2
Game 2: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 3: AB: 2 H: 1 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 5: AB: 4 H: 3 R: 1 RBI: 2
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 7: AB: 3 H: 3 R: 3 RBI: 4
Game 8: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0

Game 9: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 10: AB: 3 H: 2 R: 2 RBI: 3
Game 11: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 RBI: 0
Total: AB: 31 H: 19 R: 10 RBI: 13
 

Getting ready

Playing catcher
 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Scary Kitty Meredith the Cat Part 4

Our temporary permenant cat does have a name. Her name is Meredith.

I found this out when I took the cat to the vet, a few days ago. I told the assistant that I thought she may belong to someone. It was verified, after she was scanned. Her name is Meredith and she belonged to a guy named Derek.

The vet quickly made their first attempt to reach Derek, but had no luck. I late called him and left a message, hoping that he'd answer and return my call. So, Meredith still continues to be our temporary permenant cat.