Friday, May 23, 2008

Road trip part I

As I mentioned, I graduated. Graduation was alright, if not a little silly. But it was a graduation ceremony, which are pretty much always silly, so what do you do? Anyway, here's a picture of me along with a few friends in our graduation dresses:

Anyway, that's all done and behind me now, and I'm in the process of moving back to P-Town. So Willus and I are now in the middle of a cross-country road trip. Most of my two or three readers already know about the trip, but in case I haven't told you, here's what we're doing:

We're taking 2 weeks to stop at as many baseball games on the way home as we can see. Along the way, we're going to stop and take in some other sites as well. Here are the parks we've either seen, or are going to see:

Fenway Park (Boston)
Yankee Stadium (NYC)
Progressive Stadium (Cleveland)
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
Busch III (St. Louis)
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City)

Other teams' home schedules didn't cooperate, or we would have stopped there too.

We've already stopped in and visited Mike and Cyrus, two buddies of mine in dental school in Boston. We went to a Red Sox game, and also went out on Martha's Vineyard to do some salt water fly fishing. This was some of the most fun fly fishing I've ever done. The weather didn't completely cooperate with us, so the fishing wasn't fantastic, but it was good, and we did catch some stripers and blues.

Anyway, back to baseball. One of our key missions to this road trip is to decide which stadium offers the best overall baseball experience. Perhaps the most important measure is which stadium has the best hot dog. So far we've only been to games at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, and the consensus view is that the Fenway Frank is the runaway winner thus far.

I also had an Italian Sausage at Fenway, and it was pretty tough to beat. Come to think of it, Fenway's food BURIES Yankee Stadium's food. I was definitely impressed with Fenway, and definitely unimpressed with Yankee. The hot dogs I had in Yankee Stadium were terrible. Cheaper than the Fenway Frank, but they were gross. Overall, Yankee Stadium is a dump. Sorry Yankees fans. Fenway Park is heads and shoulders above Yankee Stadium in terms of the quality of the experience. Better luck with your new stadium, because the old one sucks. But they did give me a free hat, which was cool.

The game at Fenway was pretty cool too b/c we got to see Jon Lester pitch the first no-hitter in the majors this season. This was Willus's first major league game too, which was pretty cool. So the Sox won 7-0 over the Royals. The Yankees also beat the Oriels 8-0. So thus far, the home team has won in a shut out. We'll see tonight if the Indians can keep the streak alive.

Now that I think about it, I'm going to develop an objective scale to rank the stadiums we visit. I'll post this soon, and keep you updated as the trip progresses, and as my access to WiFi allows.

Later today we're going to Progressive Stadium to catch an Indians game. I've heard really good things about Progressive Field, so I'm excited about that. Then on Memorial Day, we'll be catching a game at Wrigley Field, which I'm really excited for. Between now and then, we're going to stop in and visit Kirtland, the NFL Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and possibly the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

So that's the road trip to this point. I'll be posting more pictures when I can. (Most of the good shots have been on my brother's camera, and he didn't bring the cord you need to upload pictures to a computer, so I'll have to wait until I get home to upload those photos).

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Final count

So any of you have been suffering through the last 3 years worth of blog entries know that one of my lame goals in law school was to make it through the entire 3 years without buying a single highlighter.

This was surprisingly easy to do. By the end of my second year, I had a large enough stock pile built up to last me through my third year. But rather than stop there, I decided I would pursue the goal to an absurd end, and build as big of a stock pile as I could.

Final stock pile count: 151.

To put the picture into perspective:

You know the saddest part of this whole thing? That I actually find that the excess of the situation only makes it all the more amusing. Over the last two semesters, I have used them at a rate of about one every 3 weeks. By my estimate, at that rate, this stock pile would last me until approximately February 4, 2017, all else being equal.

Here's the funny part: they don't always respond too well to altitude changes, as sad experience with them in airplanes has taught me, and I just loaded them into a box to be shipped across the continental divide. Realizing their air pressure sensitivity, before I packed them, I double bagged them. So here's hoping that 2 Hannaford shopping bags are enough to stop 151 markers worth of bright yellow ink.

How would I explain that to the insurance adjuster when I filed a claim? That might be a tough sell.

Friday, May 09, 2008

5/9/08, 12:00 EDT.

As of a couple of hours ago, I am OFFICIALLY FINISHED WITH LAW SCHOOL!

That means that my relationship with this woman has permanently changed:

Don't get me wrong. I'm sure we'll still find unhealthy ways to continue this bizarre love-hate collusion we've got going on. But things have changed between us. Oh my, things have changed.

Anyway, I gotta say that it feels AWESOME to be done.

Graduation: I highly recommend it.
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