Archive for April, 2009

The handicap

My father-in-law’s health has been in decline for number of years. Now he walks with great difficulty. I never really think about handicap that much. But the other day, when we took him to the Citi Field did I think about it. He gave up his handicap licence when he no longer able to drive. My dilemma was what should I do? And thought about it, many handicaps couldn’t drive, so shouldn’t their drivers get the special licence instead? I asked the Citi Field. No, they won’t give me special parking privilege, but replied within few minutes.

Unfortunately, without the Handicapped Parking tags you are not permitted to access the spots.
We would say to get here as early as possible to get parking as close as possible to the Ball Park.
As an alternative, you may drop him and another member of your party at the Bull Pen gate (on Roosevelt Ave) and then go and park your car.

I dropped him off at the Right Field gate on 126 Street @ 37th Avenue, the dumpy auto repair shop row that made the area so undesirable.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

The recent radio commercial for opening days at the Citi Field goes like .. bring the whole family, tour the new facility for $3 with free parking (during the game day, it’s $18) .. meet Strawberry. It reminded me of Disney has mickey mouse, Buckingham Palace has Queen and the baseball stadium in Queens has Strawberry Field.

I enjoy play softball but baseball is never my cup of tea. However, I know Darryl Strawberry, he’s to baseball to me as LT – Lawrence Taylor, never Larry Taylor 🙂 – or Joe Montana to football: the most prominent and striking figure of the sport when I started getting to learn.

Straw’s pics, two thick black stripes under his playful and curious eyes were all over New York in the 1980s. He’s tall and gracious build, a piece of an artwork. That’s my impression of him, the fearsome slugger of Mets that won 1986 World Series championship with Mets. When later he became of a real artwork with all sort of troubles in life, and even he won 3 more World Series with Yankees, I seldom paid any attention.

He’s been in the news lately, either to promote the Citi Field or his book or both. I was amused to hear one day on SNY where he’s an announcer now, the interviewer asked him about the Mets. And he replied that Mets is a great team with a huge potential – that was the identical word the former GM used to describe him when Frank Cashen refused Straw’s demand, a José Canseco type of contract.

This last Tuesday we took my father-in-law to the game. There wasn’t Straw in the field. Under the above 90 degrees weather, the Mets scored 2 runs in the first inning and one more in the second. But Florida’s Marlins ended up won the game.

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A night out with grandpa

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A night out with grandpa, he really enjoyed it.
Found a fan who wore Lenny Dykstra. He still has fans here.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Three generations attending a Mets game at the CitiField

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Golf course or intercourse?

What?!? A wife enjoys these many privileges and demands? I must be a total mess and failurer ..


Four married guys go golfing During the 4th hole the
following conversation took place:

1st Guy:
‘You have no idea what I had to do to be able to come
out golfing this weekend.. I had to promise my wife that I
will paint every room in the house next weekend.’

2nd Guy:
‘That’s nothing; I had to promise my wife that I
will build her a new deck for the pool.’

3rd Guy:
‘Man, you both have it easy! I had to promise my wife
that I will remodel the kitchen for her.’

They continue to play the hole when they realized that the
fourth guy has Not said a word.

So they ask him, ‘You haven’t said anything about
what you had to do to be able to come golfing this
weekend. What’s the deal?’

4th guy:
‘I just set my alarm for 5:30am. When it went off, I
gave the wife a slap on the ass and said: ‘Golf course
or intercourse?’ She said: ‘Wear sun-block’


Golfer’s foursome consists two married and two singles. It never failed that the bachelors would hurry off from the bar, every time. The two married with children find that amusing.
Waldo, what are you rushing home for?

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The dream sellers

The other day I had lunch in a joint and a guy sat next to me was on the phone throughout, even while he was chewing. Apparently he works at an up scale men’s club.
.. .. Last Saturday he made $350 for an 8 hours shift. Porn is recession proof. The average girls to work at the club are 22.
“After a week, they’d be like a wrack. I often do baby sitting.”
He started out as an assistant chef. For a girl to make $5,000 a night is usual at the club. But many would gamble it all away, they often play Texas Hold’em till 8 am.
“They sell you a dream.” He said repeatedly.
The celebrities who came were countless. His most memorable one was seeing Michael Jordan, and TO, Terrell Owens came together. Robin Williams, de la Hoya .. The air Jordan is cool.

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Crews on the Charles River

Crew refers to the sport of rowing, where teams row competitively in racing shells.

Whenever I visit Boston, I expect to see the crews on the Charles River. It’s just part of Boston or Cambridge.

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Heaven on earth

Ok, the largest swimming pool has finally opened for business in Chile – in Feb 2009. This post was written on 3/12/2009. What a beautiful monster !?!?!?!

The man-made saltwater lagoon has been attracting huge crowds to the San Alfonso del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile’s southern coast, since it opened last month.

DQ promised me that she’ll take me to the largest swimming pool in Central America, Nicaragua next month. How about I’ll warm up there and wait for the Chile one 🙂 .. can’t wait to swim !! hmmmmm .. wondering if the pool has the bottom lines .. and hope my ankle holds up.

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Weighty magnetic health hula hoop

I got this magnetic Health Hoop at the local Korean store for $19.99. The one with 98 projections cost $24.99, heavier.
I have never done hula hoop but can manage to do a few. Pumpkin loved it when she was little. Once we vacationed at Dominica Republic in an all-inclusive resort. In the night, they had some sort of entertainments for kids. One of them was getting kids on to the stage to do hula-hoop. Pumpkin went up, was the smallest kids but won. It looked so easy and nature to her.

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Flo Hyman 海曼

Flo Hyman (1954 – 1986), Lang Ping‘s idol, her enemy on court friend off court, was acknowledged as the best female volleyball player of her time. She built like a man and she was as powerful as a man.

Even better than Lang Ping, Hyman got the best spiker at their time. After her death, Lang Ping got the best spiker award.

One thing worth mentioning about Flo Hyman. She died on volleyball court in Italy when she was representing a Japanese team. With the money she earned, she was supporting 30+ black orphans in the U.S. After her death, the US team fell apart in 1988 Olympics.

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