Great Baseball Game

Great baseball game this evening at Glenmore Park. The final ended 7-5 for the home team who got an early lead and never gave it up. There was some great offence and good defensive plays throughout. Those are the types of games I enjoy umpiring.

Now I have a couple of days off, Friday and Saturday, back to it with a double header on Sunday, presuming the weather forecast isn’t correct and it stays dry.

It’s the Canada Day long weekend, no other plans for me, other than taking it easy. If the weather is good, the dogs and I will go to the park and they’ll likely go for a swim in the river. I do have some stuff to do around the house as well, domestic chores – the staff are in strike.

Happy Canada Day to all, Canada’s 151st birthday. Enjoy 😀

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The Man-Cold…

I had trouble sleeping on Tuesday evening, the dreaded man-cold hit me.  Not just a regular man-cold, this is the summer man-cold – an even worse variety.  It was slow coming on, I had a sore throat and partially lost my voice to start with.  I umpired Tuesday night and felt ok, other than losing my voice.  When I went to bed, I was freezing.

I felt like total crap yesterday morning and actually canceled the umpiring I was supposed to do last night.  They found a replacement for me so that’s good.

Tylenol Cold and Sinus has helped greatly.  I had a 3 hour nap yesterday afternoon so I figured I’d have a hard time sleeping last night.  Not at all.  I went to bed at 9:30 and slept very well, all night.  I woke a couple of times, blocked sinuses but that’s pretty typical.  Blondie may have known I wasn’t feeling well, she slept on the bed with me which is rare this time of year.  What a good dog, taking care of her Dad.

Feeling much better today.  I am going to umpire tonight, will likely spread my germs via the baseballs to the players.  I am sure they are likely the ones who gave me my cold to start with seeing as I avoid most contact with people…  LOL

The man-cold – at least I survived…

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Quick game tonight…

More umpiring tonight. Back at Foothills Stadium, Babe Ruth A League. It was a 5 inning shortened game due to the mercy rule. The pitcher for the winning team threw hard and his opponents weren’t able to get much off of him.

So, nothing much interesting happened, the game was over in 1 hour 40 minutes. Nice and quick.

Three more games this week, nothing going on Saturday which will be nice. I’ve got a Cal Ripken double header on Sunday, Canada Day. It’ll be a good weekend.

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Another quick weekend…

The weather was excellent today and the baseball diamonds were open again, at least the diamond I was scheduled to umpire on. As of last night and even early today, I didn’t have a partner scheduled. Shortly before I left the house at 9am, I checked and a partner was assigned. This is good, I didn’t really eat to do two games by myself.

Good games today, 10am and 1pm. The second game was over at 3 so it was a pretty quick day as well.

I stopped at Canadian Tire on the way home. I finally bought an extension cord so I can use the trimmer and the hedge out front can use a trim. I also replentished the dogs biscuit supply.

I’ve been relaxing since getting home, still need to have a shower before hitting bed. This week will be busy, I have games Monday though Thursday. The forecast is calling for some rain so I might lose a night or two. This weekend is the Canada Day weekend so there isn’t a lot of ball going on, I do have a double header on the first, Cal Ripken.

Tomorrow is Monday, so if you’re looked most of us, it means heading back to work. Enjoy your week.

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The weekend is here…

I’ve had the last two evenings free, no umpiring on Thursday or Friday. It was a nice, needed break from the action. I’ve umpired more this year than ever before, I’m at the diamond as much as I was when I coached.

Back at it tomorrow, other than the weather forecast which is calling for rain all day. Forecasts are very often wrong though, so I’ll wait and see what happens. I will have a nice relaxing day if the parks are closed.

Sunday is supposed to be nice though so my double header will go, I’m sure. As of now, I don’t have a partner for either Sunday game, hopefully that’ll change. Next week will be busy too, with games Monday through Thursday. It’ll be a tiring week.

Today was my bosses last day at work. He was likely the best manager I’ve worked for and I’ll miss him. I wish you well in your future. Last week, my co-worker in my group left. We got to know one another on our trip last year to Mauritius. Best of luck to both of you. I have a few added tasks to my job now. I’m hoping for a promotion. We’ll see.

I got details on my trip to Missouri in August yesterday. We leave on August 1 at 6am and arrive in Branson just after 4pm, via Houston where we have a few hour layover. Coming back, we fly though Denver. Guess I’ll be adding three more states to my visited list of the US. I’m looking forward to the trip.

Well, it’s the weekend, do try to enjoy it.

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First day of summer

Last night I umpired for the 3rd night in a row at Foothills stadium and this was the 7th game in 5 days.  That’s a pretty busy schedule, at least I don’t do any physical work in my job, just sit at a desk all day.

It wasn’t a bad game, a bit of back and forth between the two teams.  Some good plays were made.  It ended in a tie and no extra innings were played because of the 2.5 hour time limit so I guess they will have to finish it at their next outing.

I have a few days off from umpiring, today and tomorrow.  I have some running around to do after work today.  I am scheduled for two more double headers this weekend but at the moment, the forecast is calling for rain on Saturday.  I will believe it when I see it, forecasts are so often wrong.

Other than that, nothing else planned.

Today is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.  Sunset tonight, in Calgary is right around 10:00pm and it will still be light out until well after 11.  Days start to get shorter now, guess that means winter is on its way.  Well, before winter, let’s enjoy some summer.

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Let’s just relax, on our new couch…

I umpired last night, that’s no surprise – I seem to umpire most nights.  That’s OK though, for the most part I enjoy it and the extra income is good too.  It was a pretty good game, weather was perfect for baseball.

I had arranged to pick up my new (used) couch after I finished umpiring, so I figured I’d arrive shortly before 10pm.  We had it loaded and were off heading to my place by 10:20.

We took apart the old sectional, discovered many “lost” dog toys that the dogs were happy to have back and put the old couch outside on my covered patio.  Off to the dump with that one, hopefully this weekend.

We had to remove the front door to get it inside, it was just a little wide with the attached legs.  Setup was a breeze and the couch wasn’t that heavy at all.

I then let the dogs back in, they seemed as excited as I was.

Blondie is just relaxing on it, watching the world go by – the life of a dog 🙂

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A new couch, how exciting?

Almost four years ago, I bought a large sectional from the Brick.  It was leather and it was on sale.  It was something called bonded leather, I asked the sales rep if it would be good with dogs, he assured me it would – he lied.  Bonded leather, for those of you who don’t know, is a thin layer of leather bonded chemically to another material that the couch is covered with.  When I say thin, it’s paper thing.  IT is also CRAP when it comes to dogs.

Now, the couch itself has held up just fine, it’s comfortable and works well.  The surface though, over nearly 4 years, has been destroyed by three dogs daily use.

It looks like crap.  So, I have been looking, not seriously, here and there for a replacement couch.  I had a few parameters for it.  I like sectionals, sharing it with three dogs makes having enough room mandatory.  I have also come to like having a chaise section that I can sprawl out on.

So, on Facebook, they have a Marketplace area.  I looked last night and saw a great brown sectional couch for sale.  It’s from Ashley furniture which makes great stuff – I doubt I could ever afford something new from there.  The seller was asking $600, I offered $500 and it was accepted – awesome.

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So, this is my new couch, well, as soon as I pick it up, likely tonight.  I like brown leather and this one looks nicely broken in but still in great shape.

I could ban the dogs from this new couch, but I won’t do that – I don’t have floor dogs.  I may but some throws for it to keep it looking great, we’ll see.

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Busy weekend…

This past weekend flew by, as most weekends do.  I umpired a total of 4 games and did two of them alone so I will get paid for 5 games.  Not a bad weekend, profit-wise.  It was some good ball as well.

Saturday, we made it through a rainy game at 1pm, we had a 20-25 minute delay during the game but we got it in.  I didn’t think that the parks people would allow the 4pm game to go on, but they did.  The mound wasn’t in good condition at all, any more rain and it would have been done.  We got through it in record time, 1:40.  Not a bad game at all, 3-1 was the final.

I did another game by myself on Sunday which went into extra innings.  I did have a partner for the second game, thanks to GA for helping out and coming into Calgary early on Father’s Day to boot.

Umpiring two double-headers makes the weekend zoom by.  It almost seems like there was no weekend but it’s enjoyable.  This week is a little lighter of a load, games tonight and Wednesday at Foothills so nice and close to home.

Another month until I start my vacation.  I am looking forward to it.  Last week, one of my co-workers in my group left and this week, the Manager leaves.  It leaves our group, Service Delivery rather short.  I am sure some changes are coming, I don’t exactly know what those changes will be.  Time will tell, I guess.

Well, it’s Monday, enjoy your week.

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Damn baseballs hitting me…

I umpired tonight, big surprise, I do a lot of that this time of year. I was at New Brighton field, about 40 minutes away from my house. Only one slowdown heading there at 545, rush hour had pretty much wrapped up.

Good game tonight, ended up being an 8-4 ball game in just over 2 hours.

I got hit once, just above the wrist, hurt like hell. I don’t bruise easily, but I think this one will. There are stitch marks from where the ball smacked me. The arms are pretty much the only exposed body part and normally I keep them out of the way. Not tonight. I’ll survive.

Good drive home, uneventful. I love coming home to three wagging dogs, Hera also gives little crying sounds, it’s nice to be loved.

I’m supposed to umpire tomorrow evening but the forecast is calling for all day rain, so I’m thinking it’ll be off. A nice quiet evening with the dogs will be good.

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