Miles From Fenway

Where I’ve Been
August 10, 2008, 12:41 pm
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For the last month, I feel like I’ve been in my apartment for all of two hours. There was a trip to RI for a family BBQ, my yearly trip to MN for Eddypolusa, two straight trips to Boston for Sox games. It’s been hectic and tiring absolutely fantastic. A full post to come a bit later, but for now, some photos from the trips.

Three generations of my family (though we're missing about a dozen people at least)

Three generations of my family (though we're missing about a dozen people at least)

At my NYC birthday party with some of my friends from high school.

At my NYC birthday party with some of my friends from high school.

The Thom's regulars the night of my NYC birthday party.

The Thom's regulars the night of my NYC birthday party.

Jason Varitek waits on second base in the Aug. 2nd blowout of the As.

Jason Varitek waits on second base in the Aug. 2nd blowout of the As.

More photos from the last month.


Alone Time
July 24, 2008, 11:12 pm
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I forgot how nice it can be to just sit and be silent. People watch. Read a book. Walk around your apartment in your underwear.

For the last few months, alone time has been tough to come by. That was never more true that during Eddypolusa, where even when sleeping you were with at least 10 other people. So last night I took the opportunity to go to dinner by myself. I had forgotten how much fun it can be. Eavesdropping on other people’s conversations (though I came dangerously close to jumping into the Project Runway talk the couple sitting next to me was having), enjoying some good thai food. Of course that was before running off to meet friends for drinks, but I’ll take my alone time where I can get it.

Tonight was spent reading in the park until it got too dark to see, and then polishing off the rest of the book in my overstuffed arm chair. I haven’t uttered a word in hours.

When I was a kid, my mom called it my “alone time”. She knew when I needed it, could tell when my mood turned sour that I’d been over stimulated. Now I can see it in myself. I get cranky. Little things annoy me. I came within inches of yelling at a woman yesterday morning on a crowded 4 train for popping her gum in my ear for 5 stops.

So these two nights of semi-solitude were just what the doctor ordered before a few more weeks of controlled chaos. Tomorrow I head for Rhode Island where I’ll pick up my brother for Saturday’s Sox v. Yanks game at Fenway – continuing a tradition of us attending a game together the weekend of our birthdays (his is the 23rd, mine the 27th). That will be followed by birthday drinks Saturday night, birthday brunch back in RI with the fam on Sunday, more birthday drinks on Wednesday in NYC, and potentially yet another birthday shin dig earlier in the week with a couple of my girlfriends who can’t attend any of the others.

I’m savoring the rest of my night – it looks like the last bit of alone time I’ll get for a while.

Recipe for Disaster
July 22, 2008, 10:31 pm
Filed under: drinking, friends, travel | Tags: , ,

Take one trip to Hastings, MN. Throw in 20 friends, showering in a river, and more cheddarwurst than you can shake a stick at. Mix in two firsts: first lap dance received, first jet ski ride taken. Douse generously in beer, red bull vodka, and a particularly nasty absinthe bomb. After baking for 5 days in the sun, smoke for four nights by a campfire.

Your end result? A thoroughly neglected blog, a sleep deprived yet contented Kim, and a suitcase whose smell could knock you over when opened.

Enjoy. I sure did.

In the Flash of a Firefly
July 8, 2008, 9:24 pm
Filed under: Brooklyn, Life, misc. | Tags: ,
photo curtosey of jamelah e.

photo courtesy of jamelah e. via flickr

I emerged from the 2 train this evening at dusk tense from a day filled with work stress, financial worries, and concern for friends. As I walked around the rotary that is Grand Army Plaza, I tried to focus on a calming and upbeat playlist I had made for myself earlier in the day, consciously willing the muscles in my shoulders to relax.

And then suddenly a flash of yellow light caught my eye on the edge of the wooded area to my right. As I walked the three blocks to my apartment the flashes became more and more frequent.

There, in the middle of Brooklyn, I was surrounded by fireflies. And in an instant a huge smile swept across my face. The respite from reality may have only lasted for as long as I could hold one of them in my hand (I forgot how they tickle!), but it made all the difference.

A Question That Should No Longer Be Asked:
July 8, 2008, 6:05 pm
Filed under: baseball, sports | Tags: ,

Are the Rays for real?

Why is anyone even asking this anymore. It seems to have become a favorite topic on sports talk shows, radio broadcasts, and in print and online media. What more do these guys have to do? They’ve got the best record in baseball, lead one of the toughest divisions by 4 games in July, have the 3rd best team ERA in all of MLB. Exactly where do the questions come in?

Sure, they’re unproven in the postseason, but this isn’t the postseason. And right now these guys are clearly in it to win it. Even as a Sox fan, the team they are leading by 4 games at the moment, I kind of feel bad for them. Doing this well and they can’t even get decent representation on the All-Star team. Of course if you went up to most MLB fans, they wouldn’t be able to name a single guy on the team. MAYBE Longoria, if only because they’ve heard jokes comparing him to Tony Parker’s wife.

From my perspective, the question no longer needs to be asked. What needs to be asked is: “How do we beat them?”

A Few Glitches
July 7, 2008, 10:56 pm
Filed under: misc.

Well, less than 24 hours back and there are already a few glitches I didn’t quite anticipate. I didn’t set my time zone before importing all my content from blogger, and then when I tried to fix it later the times on ALL of my posts was changed … making it appear as if I’m the worst insomniac ever. Anyone know how to fix this? With almost 500 posts over a number of years fixing it manually isn’t all that appealing.

Geeky Pet Peeves
July 7, 2008, 2:10 am
Filed under: writing

I often wonder about how language, grammar, and style evolve. Who was the one person who first thought “you know, dashes should be different lengths”? And how did they convince others to follow suit?

Along those lines, I’ve got some pretty geeky pet peeves. For example, I have a severe aversion to hyphenating the word “email”. Ten years ago, I could understand. When email was still a new tool, there was a reason to emphasise that this was “electronic mail” as opposed to conventional mail. But at this point, “e-mail” should be a thing of the past. The culture as a whole has gotten the message. We all know what email is at this point.

But the thing that’s been bugging me lately is this new trend in phone numbers. When did we decide that periods should replace the dashes when including phone numbers in invitations, programs, ect? It’s become so pervasive that I saw a phone number the other day on the side of a moving truck that looked like this:


I’ve heard a couple different argumens for this – the one that infuriated me the most was that this looks “classier”. Um, how? It actually makes it harder to read, nevermind that the dashes indicate a pause, not a full stop, which of course, you’re not doing in the middle of a phone number.

Damn, I think I just bored even myself. And on my first post back, no less. I’m seriously out of practice.