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Mariners batting: Ichiro Suzuki was everything the sportscasters describe him as - a major newsmaker, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs, and a stolen base. Raul Ibanez went 3-for-3 with a run scored, and Jose Vidro went 1-for-4 with 2 sacrifice flies and 2 RBIs.
Padres batting: Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored, while the catcher Bard went 2-for-3 with an RBI, but he was also thrown out when he overran first base, which was mainly stupidity on his part. One of the best parts of the game came in the bottom of the ninth, Mariners 6, Padres 4, Mitch Headley up to bat. Right before he came to the plate, I remarked offhand that I could feel it and that he was going to hit a 2-run home run right then. AND HE DID! I called that bad boy, which tied the game and sent it into extra innings!
Mariners pitching: Miguel Batista went 6.0 innings, allowed 3 runs on seven
hits, and struck out 7.
Beyond that, the game was awesome, ending in a 6-6 tie (apparently known as 'kissing your sister'), and we left at just past 10pm in the beautiful 75-degree night air. After the game, it was too early to just go back to Flagstaff right away, so we decided to hit up the Big Bang, a dueling piano bar on Mill Avenue on the ASU campus. We were there for about 2 hours listening to them jam out to everything from piano-played rap (an interesting combination to say the least) to 80's rock-and-roll to hip-hop tunes and everything in between. After that, we were all pretty exhausted, so we drove back to Flag, and crashed into bed around 4am.
That was pretty much my Spring Break adventure, the rest of the time being spent sleeping, watching the rest of Season 4 of "24" and being on call in my building for 72-hours. Now it's back to the grindstone, and an exam on Monday (today) for which I am cursing the name of my professor, a paper tomorrow, and another paper Wednesday. Thank God I only have about 7 weeks left until I'm done with school, because Senioritis has hit me BAD!
19 March 2008
One from a job placement service in Washington, DC, which places college graduates and others who want political-based jobs into positions in DC and other places along the East coast. Another from the campaign for Representative Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA) for a three-to-four month job as a campaign staffer until after the primary in June, which I couldn't really follow up on because I won't be graduating until May, so the whole one-month thing didn't work so well. And the third I had a job "interview" - more like a meet-and-greet, really - with Coleman, Dahm & Associates in Phoenix on Friday. I was meeting with Matt, who is the brother of Greg, Congressman Rick Renzi's campaign manager in 2006, and who has been helping put me in touch with a couple places which might be interested in me.
Overall, I liked Coleman Dahm for its relaxed atmosphere and for the variety of things they're doing right now. A big portion of the office was dedicated to McCain stuff - buttons, direct mail, etc - when I was there, but they've also been working with legislative stuff, corporate clients, and the campaign of Jim Ogsbury for CD-5. That's Matt's big project. While there, I got to talk with Matt and Bert for a bit about myself and about their offices, and I really liked what I saw. It would be a great place for me to learn more about different communications-based stuff that I didn't learn already through the College Republicans, like direct mail, and somewhere I can develop the stuff I have already had practice with to make myself better.
It's also close-to-home so I could have someplace to get on my feet before going outside Arizona like I would like to do. I'm going to keep in touch over there while I keep my other options open and keep scheduling interviews, and who knows, come May I might be working in Phoenix again.
Also on Friday, I saw that Coleman Dahm is in the same office complex as my friend Michelle's place of work, Gordon C. James Public Relations, so I decided to walk over there and say hello. Fortunately she was in, and it sounds like she's been doing very well. It was nice to see her again, if only briefly (she was busy).
Otherwise, today's been all about being on call. As an RA, I'm required to work part of my Spring Break being available in the building for at least two days. I elected to swap a day with someone else so she could leave for her vacation and so I could have one less on-call shift later in the semester. So I've been in the building from 7pm Sunday night and I'll get off at 7pm tonight. 72 full hours. With no one else here because they're all gone for break. But nonetheless, the free time let me catch up on some work, watch a bunch of episodes of "24", and do a puzzle (I love puzzles - they're relaxing).
I also bought a laptop computer off my friend so I could have something to do work on outside the building. It should greatly come in handy once I reload the ethernet hardware onto it, and put Microsoft Office back onto it. My friend wiped the hard drive clean (of all his old files), and it took some of the programs with it. I think I have some of the install discs at home, but we'll see. The computer is a Gateway Solo 5300, so not a bad piece of equipment, with Windows XP installed. It came with all the cords, and ethernet port card, a wireless card, a USB external port, a DVD-ROM drive and interchangeable floppy drive, and a nice laptop bag. I paid $80 for it, so not a bad deal for an older laptop I can use for word processing and basic internet - not to mention DVDs from time-to-time. The only downside is that I need to reinstall the ethernet and wireless drivers, and the battery doesn't carry a charge very well. But not bad, really.
For tomorrow, the plan is to drive to Mesa to see a Spring Training game between the Rockies and Cubs with some friends, and then chill out for the remainder of Spring Break. Good times, indeed!
17 March 2008
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my friends out in the blogosphere! Today is that time of year when we celebrate Saint Patrick with a feast day that includes lots of green in just about everything. Green food, green clothing, green-themed events, and so forth. It's the national holiday of Ireland, and celebrated in several countries around the globe. Here's a couple interesting tidbits about the day that you may not have known:
1. The color for St. Patrick used to be blue, not green. However, throughout the years, the color green came to prominence as the color of the country, the color of the symbol of St. Patrick (the three-leafed shamrock plant), and as a sign of nationalism to Ireland.
2. The shamrock was used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to pre-Christian Irish. The shamrock's three leaves symbolized the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
3. Some cities in the United States have created rather unique little ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Among these are: painting the center stripes of roads green just for the day, Chicago dying their river green (since 1961), the streets of Rolla, Missouri are painted solid green the night before St. Patrick's Day for their festivities, the Sons of Erin (think "Erin Go Brea") have held a classic car show, parade, and three-day festival in Henderson, NV, and in New York City, they boast, of course, the largest St. Pattie's Day parade in the world!
In my hometown of Fountain Hills, Arizona, home of what was the world's largest fountain until 1981, the town's officials dye the 560-foot plume of water coming out of the fountain green at noon on St. Patrick's Day. When it's windy, the water is carried by the wind a short ways over the lake and creates an awesome waterfall effect which is totally green! This is usually accompanied by a parade and other festivities. Some people have big picnics in the park there, and watch the dying of the fountain at noon. The photograph above is of the Fountain at night.
At least 14 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams now also celebrate the day by wearing green caps, jerseys, and other gear on St. Patrick's Day, started by the Cincinnati Reds in 1978. Now the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, Mets, Braves, Phillies, Tigers, Pirates, Padres, Royals, Mariners, White Sox, and Cardinals all also wear the luck 'o the Irish on this day. (However, there's not a lot of stock in that whole luck thing today, because 7 of those teams lost or are losing games right now, and 7 teams are winning or have won their games today right now.)
So today, go have yourself a big plate of corned beef and cabbage, with some Guinnes, Harp, Murphy's, Beamish, or Smithwicks, or just some good old Irish whiskey (the alcohol being a reference to the Roman festival of Bacchanalia, the God of wine, whose festival was also - you guessed it - March 17)! Make sure you wear some green, lest you get yourself pinched (another uniquely American ritual, with no roots in Irish culture at all), and make sure you remember your history - George Washington's holiday for the Continental soldiers on 17 March 1780 known as the St. Patrick's Day Encampment of 1780 or the first public celebration of the day in Boston by Irish settlers in 1737.
But most of all, enjoy the day, and if you see any leprechauns - who were traditionally described as wearing red from head to toe, not green, and who make the shoes of faeries - like those which notoriously change the city of New London, Wisconsin to New Dublin for a week, make sure you get his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but watch out for his tricks, as they are notorious for being tricksters!
Erin go brea!
10 March 2008
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