Thursday, August 31, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I was sitting in the Diamond Club tonight six rows directly behind home plate and I will never forget the look on Soriano's face right before he fell to the ground. His face was saying "what the hell just happened to me" and that was it. Ground. A line drive to the head is obviously not good regardless of who's hitting, but Vladi Guerrero hits the ball harder than anyone in the league. Unreal.
I actually screamed out "Oh My God" along with a bunch of other fans right when we heard the sound of the ball hitting his head. It was seriously just as loud as the ball hitting the bat a split second beforehand. Then it was eerily quiet for almost ten minutes as they carried him off on a stretcher and then drove him off the field to the ambulance. I'll truly will never forget it and we are obviously hoping for the best.
Update: click here to see video.
Posted by Trent at 10:21 PM
Monday, August 28, 2006
Is the Bar Closed will NOT run Sept 7th as planned. It now looks as if he will run the following week at Emerald Downs.
We are very excited to announce Is the Bar Closed will run September 7th at Emerald Downs.
For those who do not know, last fall Rachelle and I purchased a horse with a group of friends and through the tutalage of superstar trainer Grant Forster this horse will one day dominate the local racing scene (or so we hope). If nothing else we will have a grand time rooting for him.
Please join us at Emerald Downs on the 7th if you can make it. If you have never been to the track before this would be a great first-time experience. As you all know, everyone remembers their first time. As with most first times this race will be short...because it's Is the Bar Closed's first time racing and as a two-year old they start off at short distances first.
Go Team Forster!
Posted by Trent at 10:32 PM
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Posted by Trent at 6:42 AM
Friday, August 25, 2006
I watched a young singer/songwriter by the name of M. Ward last night on Letterman and he sounded brilliant. He kind of has that old country/folk sound that reminds me of the "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" Bright Eyes record and some of the mellower My Morning Jacket songs. (For anyone who knows that Bright Eyes record it is indeed Jim James of MMJ singing back up on the first song. I digress) Anway, I feel like I was suppose to see this guy because earlier in the day I was listening to our new Sirius radio in the car and M. Ward had a song featured that I enjoyed.
Check him out on Itunes.
On a side not MMJ has a two-disc live CD coming out in a month. If it's anything like their live show you are all in for a treat.
Posted by Trent at 9:26 AM
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Well, summer is over for me as of today, but I feel like I went out with a bang. Thanks to all of you who made summer possible. Specifically I would like to thank all of you who don't believe in Global Warming is actually happening. My consistent tan would disagree with you.
I am exhausted right now but I was wondering if anyone was more active this week?
Here is what I accomplished:
I played hard-core hoops three days.
Ran the lake hard-core four days.
One day of hard-core wakeboarding.
One day of hard-core intertubing.
One day of hard-core kite boarding lessons. Great sport. Can't wait for lesson two.
Sold a car.
Bought a car.
Jammed on the guitar hard-core.
Had a hard-core breakfast with Grandma and family.
Babysat Dane. Totally hard-core.
Watched nine episodes of Greys Anatomy and six episodes of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Semi hard-core.
Hard-core On Demand.
And what did you do?
Posted by Trent at 7:16 PM
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
I like this study because it went beyond the immediate effects and costs of a tunnel and focused instead on Seattle's future. I would have accepted an opposite outcome gracefully, but the results prove what I have saying along: in the long-term this is the best solution for everyone.
Of course the tunnel would cost more money and as of right now there isn't a sure fire way to raise the funds without and large increase in taxes. But wouldn't you rather have something done right as opposed to a quick and cheaper fix?
Driving south down I-5 on Saturday reminded me of the short sightedness of Seattle's urban planning. Lets see, get on at 85th and get over to the left lane like you are supposed to do when you want to go fast. Then you need to get over to the far right lane because 65th traffic gets on the freeway from the left and slows traffic down. But you can't stay there too long because drivers from 50th and 45th need to get on to, so you move to the left. However, you can't stay there for too long because the exit for 520 slows traffic there, so you move to the right. This also helps you avoid the traffic from 520 attempting to merge onto south I-5. But if there is any type of event in Seattle you are screwed because the Mercer St exit will be backed up on the right, so you again move left. But you can't stay there either because Mercer St traffic merges onto I-5 from the left so you need to move right again. It's insane and this is just one example of poor long-term planning. This lack of vision costs of all us time and money every day. And isn't money what worries everyone about this tunnel?
Someday the politicians will think past the next 10,20, or 30 years and focus on the long term future of Seattle. I hope it starts now.
Some people think a public vote will solve everything, which is kind of weird because I voted FOR the monorail three times and all I was left with was a $384 tab renewal in June. Oh yeah, and I sure as hell don't see a monorail anywhere.
Posted by Trent at 12:42 AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Kate Hudson, Jesus to Seperate
Ok, I stole the headline from http://www.celebslam.com/.
However, I rarely laugh out loud while reading the celebrity news and on this one I laughed so loud Kitty Girl ran out of the room. And when she is sleeping Kitty Girl is not easily disturbed.
Posted by Trent at 8:57 PM
Monday, August 14, 2006
Rachelle and I are pleased to announced we are expecting a new Mitchell in very early March. Rachelle is currently around 11-12 weeks pregnant and besides feeling extra tired and having the occassional headache she is doing wonderful. We are very excited to share this news with all of you!
This picture is Rachelle with our friend Amy in Vegas. Rachelle's doctor called us on the fourth of July as we were about to head to the airport to catch a flight to Vegas. She suggested it might be a good idea to take a pregnancy test and this picture was taken after pregnancy test number two.
Posted by Trent at 9:06 AM
Yesterday was the first annual 85th and Stone Block Party. We barbequed, drank, and socialized from about 4:00-10:00 PM. Jeff and Rhiannon provided the sound system, Steve and Tricia provided their yard, and Master Chef Daniel (of Mandy and Daniel fame) cooked all evening long.
Click on the Pictures above for a larger view.
Posted by Trent at 8:29 AM
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
My mother could beat up Willie Bloomquist.
Willie Ballgame has an Isolated Slugging% (SLG-BA) of .032, thanks to his whopping four extra base hits on the season. Among players with at least 100 plate appearances, WFB?s .032 ISO ranks 374th out of 374, unsurprisingly. But how bad is an ISO of .032?
The average national league pitcher has an ISO of .043. Willie Bloomquist has hit for less power this year than the league average hitting pitcher. Yes, he does some things well enough (mainly, steal bases) to keep a roster spot in the major leagues, but the idea that he?s any kind of major league player who deserves regular playing time is a joke.
And yet he is still in the lineup day after day. Hargrove will be fired at the end of the year, I promise.
Posted by Trent at 1:45 PM