September 23, 2004

Well, we’re back.

The break was lovely, and I really wish it wasn’t over. To Recap, the Frinklins:

-Finally had the long awaited wedding reception, just 2 days shy of six months after getting married. It went very well As requested by the bride, it was very low-key, very casual and fun.

-Following the long-awaited reception, we took a small honeymoon. We went to Disneyland. Cheesy, I know, but at the heart of the matter, the Missus and I are very cheesy people. We stayed at the Grand Californian Hotel, inside Disney’s California Adventure. It was a very nice hotel, if ungodly expensive. We hit both parks for 3 days, and I’m not sure if I can go back to non-hotel Disneyland visits. It was perfect, run around like 12-year olds, back to the hotel for naps or nookie or both, then back out acting like a kid. How can I possibly go back to just drive up-drive back like I used too?

-We hit the Angel-Mariner game on Monday. It was my first trip to the former Edison Field since I moved away from Orange County a couple years ago. I really like Angel Stadium. It always feels a little strange, being really in the middle of nowhere, but it’s a great place to watch a game. I have yet to find a lousy sightline in the place. It’s funny, since I lived in Orange County during one of most baseball-intensive times, I’ve probably seen more games there than any other place, including the Kingdome and Safeco Field. This was also the first time I’ve ever rooted against the Angels there. Everyone was fairly nice; there was a sizable Mariner contingent, surprising since the team is so awful now. There were a few tense moments when Ryan Franklin plunked Vladimir Guerrrero, but they passed. Quick observations:
-The Ibanez-Boone-Lopez-Cabrera infield is just awful on defense. I don’t think Cabrera handled a smooth chance the entire game, and everything Lopez does looks rushed.
-Someday I will tell my children I saw Dallas McPherson’s first major league hit. He’s a bit rough around the edges, but he sure looks like the real deal.
-Thankfully for the M’s, so does Jeremy Reed. He has a very pretty swing; you can see how patient he is at the plate. It did suck that Melvin had him sacrifice a man over at one point. It may or may not have been the right move, but I came to see the kid swing.

-So now we’re back home. We picked up both dogs from the in-laws, whom we thank immeasurably for taking care of the kids for us. As I mentioned previously, the Missus has her Sims 2 game now, so blogging will probably be light for both of us.

It will just depend on how often I can distract her from the computer.

Posted by Frinklin at September 23, 2004 12:43 AM
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