Mar 282012
 

Remember when I used to talk about my sleep? Well that’s back.

Sleep report for March 27-28, 2012

Sleep report for March 27-28, 2012

So I’ve been averaging less than 7 hours of sleep every night…maybe that’s not a big deal.

I’m pretty sure I did dream last night, but nothing memorable. The other night I was embarrassed to realize I was dreaming about work. That’s the last thing I want to do. I give those people enough of my time. Gives me an idea, though, for when I finally get sent to the official training–I’ll blog about it. If anyone ever wondered what it’s like to work for the DMV, I’ll let you know, but who knows when they’ll actually send me to training…

As for last night, my sleep was cut a little bit short for two reasons. Both relate to me being a little excited.

Firstly, at ~3 am PST, the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics officially started the 2012 season of Major League Baseball. I didn’t quite make it for the opening pitch, but I did wake up early enough to catch the 6-12th innings. I almost wish I didn’t, though. It was a bit of a disappointing game. Stellar performances from Brandon McCarthy and King Felix, but the A’s couldn’t produce runs when they needed to, and were defeated in the 12th inning. Ichiro had a great night. Or morning. Or however you want to look at it. They do it again tomorrow, this time starting an hour earlier (closer to 2 am). Not sure if I’ll wake up early enough for that one, however, because tonight…

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary concert comes to San Francisco! I’ve been looking forward to this since they first announced it, and the day is finally here. I brought my camera, hoping to make a video review to share on this website (some day). I also plan to make a new radio show in the next two days based on music from The Legend of Zelda.

And I haven’t forgotten the movie reviews. The Lorax and Metropolis are almost done, I would have posted yesterday but I felt like adding pictures to break up the text. Just gotta do that and those’ll be ready. Then on to John Carter and Casa de mi Padre.

So a lot on my plate today and the rest of the week. Let’s see how many of these goals I can tackle fully in this compressed time/sleep deprived week.

Feb 242012
 

Well, spring training has started and that means, very soon, we’ll be having professional baseball every day.

I’m gonna leave the serious baseball blogging to websites like Athletics Nation, or The SF Chronicle. There’s also an interesting website about the A’s new ball park, as well as other new sporting venues around the country, at newballpark.org.

I’ll be honest, I’m a little less interested this season. For one thing, I wont have as much time to go to games or watch games or otherwise get invested. For another, both of my teams seem to be in a little bit of a funk. Either you have the A’s, in their never ending rebuilding mode, or you have the Giants, who just spent gobs of money on a few players, and both teams are only going to be in it if they get lucky. But that’s what you hope for, right? Your teams getting lucky.

If the Rangers and the Angels get injured or otherwise screw up, that opens the door for the Athletics to really surprise people, ‘cuz the Mariners are shit right now. Same could be said for the Mariners, though. Maybe they have some trick up their sleeves. The Giants at least have money to spend, and they have a chance if they can stay healthy, but they just have to score more runs. The statistic for the average number of runs the Giants scored last year is pretty sad, something like less than 2 per game, right? It felt like that’s what it was, anyway.

One thing I have done the last few years is get a new cap every season. Last year I got 2. I don’t think I’m gonna get 2 this year, but I was hoping to get 1 cap that acted like 2. I mentioned this on twitter yesterday. Here’s what I came up with:

First there’s this one:

SF on the Green and Gold

Not perfect, but probably the best option

Then there’s this one:

A's on an Orange & Black Cap

Not bad, but I'm not 100% on the stitching

And then there’s this abomination:

Small A's logo on a multicolored cap

That's probably going too far

Modern A’s and Giants fans would probably look down on caps like these. They look at other teams that share markets, and they say “those guys don’t mingle” as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. “Cubs fans don’t like the White Sox” “Met’s fans don’t care for the Yankees” and in the old days “Giants fans hate the Dodgers.” Oh wait, that last one’s still true.

But anyway, that doesn’t have to be so! There was a time when people rooted for Bay Area sports more than any specific team. My cousin and I still feel this way, we’re pro-Bay Area. We’re boosters.

I have always wanted one of these caps:

Split A's/Giants Cap

The best of both worlds

To me that’s a sign of good sportsmanship, of friendliness. Just what the world needs more of. And besides, we can’t all be New Yorkers with their excellent insult vocabulary. We’re out here in the best place for everything, and they’re all just jealous.