One of these things is not like the other

Let me first say that I am a big fan of Fred Hutch. Both of my parents had cancer treatments at the Hutch and/or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Data from my dad’s care was used in ongoing Hutch research.  Additionally, I was on the Hutch Award luncheon committee for a few years and have been attending the luncheon for close to 15 years.

This year I came away from the Hutch Award luncheon very disappointed, however. As you can see from the picture below they have a mystery baseball box at every table. This is a great fundraiser as part of the lunch each year. The list of players to promote bidding on the auction is a list of past Hutch Award winners or the guest speaker from the auction. That is a high bar. Many years, like this year, with Jim Rice, you have a member of baseball the Hall of Fame as the guest speaker.  The award winner generally has played for years, been to an All-Star game, played in the playoffs, etc. As you can see in the box I bid on was a Jesús Montero signed ball. Jesús is neither an award winner nor a guest speaker. Currently Jesús is playing for the Toronto Blue Jays AAA team or rather will be playing for that team once he serves a 50 game suspension for using an illegal substance at the end of the 2016 season. I am sure it was in the mystery box as a donation from the Mariners. Maybe the Hutch should have said thanks but no thanks? After getting a September call up for the Yankees in 2011 he played with the Mariners from 2012-15 but spent much of his time in the minors while with the M’s. Failing to make the squad in 2016 the Blue Jays picked him up off of waivers and he played all of 2016 in AAA for the Jays.

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This picture show the promotion of the centerpiece. Also inside the box lid which show the contents of the box.

Maybe there should be some appeal of an ex-Mariner signed ball? I guess I am really disappointed that the list promoting what could be in the box was at a much higher caliber of player. I think next year before I bid I might just open the box first. The other perks inside the box are great but a Montero signed ball is far from being centerpiece worthy!

Update/side note:

I went to the Mariners fan fest a few days after the Hutch Award Luncheon and saw these prices at the Mariners garage sale booth. On ebay I saw you could by his ball for as low as $9.95. Not that price is any indication of the value.

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Mariners trades for 2015

As I started to think about what teams made the playoffs this year I started to think about players that had played for the Mariners this season and now were on playoff teams.  As I looked at all of the trades the Mariners had made all but one were to teams in the playoffs.  Do you remember what the Mariners got in return?  Here are the trades the Mariners made to teams in the playoffs this year and what they got in return which in many cases is still to be determined.

Trade Date Position Player Trade To What Mariners got in return Games back in division Games back in wild card
5/19/2015 P Yoevis Medina Cubs Wellington Castillo (C) who was then traded 15 days later (AZ) with Gabriel Guerrero AA (OF), Jack Reinheimer AA (SS), & Dominic Leone (P) for Vidal Nuno (P) & Mark Trumbo (OF) 8 4.5
7/15/2015   All Star break     7 7
7/30/2015 2B, LF, 1B Dustin Ackley Yankees Ramon Flores AAA (LF), Jose Ramirez (P) 12 8
7/31/2015 P J.A. Happ Pirates Adrian Sampson AAA (P) 11 7
7/31/2015 P Mark Lowe Blue Jays Jake Prentz A (P), Nick Wells A (P), & Rob Rasmussen (P) 11 7
7/31/2015   Non waiver trade deadline   11 7
8/27/2015 P Fernando Rodney Cubs (during DFA) Player to be named later or cash 12 7
8/31/2015 CF Austin Jackson Cubs Player to be named later & an international signing bonus slot 12 8
8/31/2015 OF Justin Ruggiano Dodgers From AAA with cash for player to be named later and/or cash 12 8
10/4/2015   End of season     12 10

Note as to who made the trades: Jack Zduriencik was the General Manager until 8/28/15. Jeff Kingston was interim GM until 9/28/15. Jerry Dipoto was hired as GM on 9/28/15.

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Why is Windows Phone still missing so many apps?

I guess I would be classified as a Windows fan boy having worked at Microsoft for over 2o years but now a bit removed from the company I am more and more frustrated by Microsoft’s lack of ability to close the app gap in mobile. In fact many things that I found cool like Office on my Windows Phone are now supported on Android and iPhone. I am going to ignore games and focus on apps that I might use daily, weekly, or at least once a month that I find missing. Below is a table that I will try to keep updated when I see an app I would like to use but it is unavailable for Windows Phone. It started with a list that I put together in about 15 minutes and I am sure I will remember many other apps soon that I am disappointed have not been available for Windows Phone.  Maybe Windows 10 will change things with universal apps and the claim of a compiler that will help you port your iOS and Android apps to Windows 10 but those seem like they are far from free recompiles or will suffer from emulation issues if that is how it is implemented. I know I am not alone with these complaints as a quick search will find multiple articles that lament the lack of “popular” apps on Windows Phone.

 

If you have ones that you would like to see please add them in the comments.

App name Link iOS Android Why I want Date Added
1Password https://agilebits.com/onepassword Y Y Currently the best software to manage your passwords. They have a Windows version but not a Win Phone. Maybe this will change with universal apps in Win10? 6/28/2015
Amazon app https://www.amazon.com/treasuretruck Y Y So there is an Amazon app for Win phone and it was even update recently but there is not support for Treasure Truck which is a new Amazon service starting this week. 6/28/2015
Bank of America https://www.bankofamerica.com/online-banking/mobile.go Y Y There used to be a BOA app for Win Phone but support was stopped for it. Check deposit! 6/28/2015
BECU app https://www.becu.org/business-banking/mobile-banking Y Y Boeing Employee Credit Union.  Check deposit via the app 6/28/2015
Burger King http://www.bk.com/ Y Y   7/10/2015
Chase Bank https://www.chase.com/online/digital/mobile-banking.html Y Y Check deposit. 6/28/2015
Density Companion App http://www.bungie.net Y Y In Bungie’s Destiny game you can manage your inventory on the phone 6/28/2015
FIFA http://www.fifa.com/mobile/index.html Y Y No official FIFA app. 6/28/2015
GameStop http://www.gamestop.com/gamestop-app Y Y Manage PowerUp Rewards associated with GameStop account 6/28/2015
McDonalds   Y Y There is a UK app in the store. While not health when the Mariners score 5 or more runs you can get free fries but only if you have the app! 6/28/2015
MLB.com Ballpark http://mlb.mlb.com/mobile/ballpark/ Y Y This has a bunch of features not in the MLB at Bat app which is on all platforms including Win Phone. 6/28/2015
MLS mobile http://www.mlssoccer.com/mobile Y Y Soccer update. There is a Windows 8 version so maybe there will be a universal Win 10?? 6/28/2015
Periscope https://www.periscope.tv/ Y Y To be social. Also you cannot watch periscope streaming in browser on phone 6/28/2015
Snapchat https://www.snapchat.com/ Y Y To be social. Many companies use for contests 6/28/2015
SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/mobile Y Y If you are playing from the browser you cannot go anywhere else. The app is needed. 6/28/2015
Star Wars http://www.starwars.com/ Y Y It’s Star Wars! 7/10/2015
Subway   Y Y e-pay 7/10/2015
Tinder http://www.gotinder.com/ Y Y OK maybe I am not looking for a dating app but the option would be nice. 6/28/2015
Topps  http://www.topps.com/topps-apps Y Y They have some good apps related to Topps trading cards 7/10/2015
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My 2015 SIFF picks

With my busy schedule I was able to schedule in these films in the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival.  There were many films I wanted to see but they did not fit into my schedule.  If you are going to one of these please let me know and maybe we can sit together or at least chat in line.

 

14-May

7:00 PM

mccaw hall

Spy

15-May

3:30 PM

uptown

Results

16-May

12:00 PM

uptown

Personal Gold: An Underdog Story

16-May

3:30 PM

uptown

Guidance

16-May

6:30 PM

pacific place

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

17-May

3:45 PM

pacific place

For Grace

18-May

9:00 PM

egyptian

Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh ich she)

19-May

3:30 PM

uptown

Behavior (Conducta)

21-May

7:00 PM

harvard

Boulevard

22-May

6:30 PM

egyptian

I Am Michael

22-May

9:30 PM

egyptian

Before we go

23-May

11:00 AM

egyptian

Manglehorn

23-May

1:30 PM

egyptian

Time Out of Mind

24-May

1:30 PM

egyptian

People, Places, Things

24-May

7:00 PM

pacific place

Banana

25-May

1:00 PM

egyptian

808

25-May

4:00 PM

pacific place

The Forecaster

25-May

7:15 PM

egyptian

The Tournament (Le Tournoi)

26-May

7:00 PM

uptown

Gazelles

28-May

6:30 PM

egyptian

Being Evel

28-May

9:30 PM

egyptian

It’s So Easy and Other Lies

29-May

4:00 PM

uptown

The Price of Fame (La Rançon de la gloire)

29-May

9:45 PM

egyptian

The Primary Instinct

30-May

11:30 AM

uptown

Fiddlesticks (Quatsch und die Nasenbär-Bande)

30-May

8:30 PM

egyptian

Chuck Norris vs. Communism

31-May

11:00 AM

harvard

Krisha

31-May

7:30 PM

uptown

The Little Death

1-Jun

4:30 PM

egyptian

Out of Nature (Mot Naturen)

2-Jun

3:00 PM

uptown

Most Likely to Succeed

2-Jun

7:00 PM

harvard

Cooking Up a Tribute

3-Jun

7:00 PM

egyptian

The Glamour & The Squalor

4-Jun

4:30 PM

egyptian

Love at First Fight (Les Combattants)

4-Jun

7:00 PM

pacific place

Inside Out

6-Jun

11:00 AM

egyptian

The Wolfpack

6-Jun

1:30 PM

egyptian

Experimenter

6-Jun

9:45 PM

egyptian

I Kissed a Girl (Toute première fois)

6-Jun

11:55 PM

egyptian

Cop Car

7-Jun

1:30 PM

egyptian

7 Chinese Brothers

7-Jun

6:00 PM

cinerama

The overnight

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SIFF picks for 2013

I am way behind this year on deciding what movies I might see in the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) let alone buying tickets but here is the list I think I am going to go with.  As always there are conflicts with Mariners and Sounders FC games that mean there are movies I want to see that I cannot.  This year I did pick a few mainstream movies that will clearly have big releases but I do get to see them a bit earlier than most.

These links point to the SIFF site.  When I add the movies to the list of films I have seen I will link to IMDB.

Much Ado About Nothing
Middleton
The Fruit Hunters 
The Deep (Djúpið)
What Maisie Knew
I Declare War
Scrapper
Television
This is Martin Bonner
Touchy Feely 
Geography Club
The Spectacular Now
The Way, Way Back
In a World…
Her Aim is True
Sand Fishers
The Land of Eb
Kings of Summer
The Otherside
Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs du Palais)
Twenty Feet from Stardom
Prince Avalanche
SOMM
Putzel
You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras mon fils)
Clutter
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Love is in the Air
Monster University
Bling Ring

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Justin Smoak is the home run hitter for Safeco Field

With all of the talk about moving in the fences at Safeco Field, something that I am opposed to, I went out to look for who are the players who hit home runs in Safeco Field.  I assumed outside of the Mariner players it would be players in the American League West because they have the most opportunities.  I wish I had stats around at bats in for each hitter in Safeco but the site I used, Home Run Tracker just lists who hit the home run and also has true distance, speed off of bat, elevation & horizontal angle, and video for most hits. You also get mapped location in the park.  The data only goes back to 2006 but I stopped a bit earlier than that.  I let you look for yourself who has hit home runs over time in Safeco.  What I was surprised to see was that Justin Smoak is the leader since 2010 and 4th on the list since 2009.  It should be pointed out that he has only been with the team since the end of 2010 (only 30 games played that year).  Second he has recently said that it is extremely hard to hit home runs in Safeco.

 

2012    
Player Team(s) Grand Total
Pujols, Albert LAA 3
Montero, Jesus SEA 3
Smoak, Justin SEA 3
Dunn, Adam CHW 2
Doumit, Ryan MIN 2
Cespedes, Yoenis OAK 2
Jaso, John SEA 2
Olivo, Miguel SEA 2
Seager, Kyle SEA 2
Wells, Casper SEA 2
Andino, Robert BAL 1
Davis, Chris BAL 1
Jones, Adam BAL 1
Middlebrooks, Will BOS 1
Nava, Daniel BOS 1
Pedroia, Dustin BOS 1
Ross, Cody BOS 1
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod BOS 1
Konerko, Paul CHW 1
Santana, Carlos CLE 1
Fielder, Prince DET 1
Callaspo, Alberto LAA 1
Morales, Kendrys LAA 1
Trumbo, Mark LAA 1
Ethier, Andre LAD 1
Hairston Jr., Jerry LAD 1
Crisp, Coco OAK 1
Smith, Seth OAK 1
Sogard, Eric OAK 1
Weeks, Jemile OAK 1
Alonso, Yonder SD 1
Ackley, Dustin SEA 1
Carp, Mike SEA 1
Figgins, Chone SEA 1
Liddi, Alex SEA 1
Ryan, Brendan SEA 1
Saunders, Michael SEA 1
Suzuki, Ichiro SEA 1
Cabrera, Melky SF 1
Posey, Buster SF 1
Beltre, Adrian TEX 1
Moreland, Mitch TEX 1

 

 

2011-12    
Player Team(s) Grand Total
Smoak, Justin SEA 13
Olivo, Miguel SEA 12
Wells, Casper SEA 8
Carp, Mike SEA 6
Kennedy, Adam SEA 5
Suzuki, Ichiro SEA 5
Ackley, Dustin SEA 4
Peguero, Carlos SEA 4
Pujols, Albert LAA 3
Teixeira, Mark NYY 3
Montero, Jesus SEA 3
Beltre, Adrian TEX 3
Moreland, Mitch TEX 3
Davis, Chris BAL 2
Jones, Adam BAL 2
Pedroia, Dustin BOS 2
Dunn, Adam CHW 2
Cabrera, Asdrubal CLE 2
Kendrick, Howard LAA 2
Trout, Mike LAA 2
Trumbo, Mark LAA 2
Wells, Vernon LAA 2
Doumit, Ryan MIN 2
Cano, Robinson NYY 2
Swisher, Nick NYY 2
Cespedes, Yoenis OAK 2
Sizemore, Scott OAK 2
Willingham, Josh OAK 2
Victorino, Shane PHI 2
Bradley, Milton SEA 2
Cust, Jack SEA 2
Jaso, John SEA 2
Langerhans, Ryan SEA 2
Saunders, Michael SEA 2
Seager, Kyle SEA 2
Hamilton, Josh TEX 2
Kinsler, Ian TEX 2
Bautista, Jose TOR 2
Lind, Adam TOR 2
Freeman, Freddie ATL 1
McCann, Brian ATL 1
Uggla, Dan ATL 1
Andino, Robert BAL 1
Hardy, J.J. BAL 1
Reynolds, Mark BAL 1
Wieters, Matt BAL 1
Ellsbury, Jacoby BOS 1
Lowrie, Jed BOS 1
Middlebrooks, Will BOS 1
Nava, Daniel BOS 1
Ortiz, David BOS 1
Reddick, Josh BOS 1
Ross, Cody BOS 1
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod BOS 1
Youkilis, Kevin BOS 1
De Aza, Alejandro CHW 1
Flowers, Tyler CHW 1
Konerko, Paul CHW 1
Lillibridge, Brent CHW 1
Quentin, Carlos CHW 1
Viciedo, Dayan CHW 1
Hafner, Travis CLE 1
Hannahan, Jack CLE 1
Santana, Carlos CLE 1
Fielder, Prince DET 1
Raburn, Ryan DET 1
Francoeur, Jeff KC 1
Gordon, Alex KC 1
Hosmer, Eric KC 1
Callaspo, Alberto LAA 1
Hunter, Torii LAA 1
Morales, Kendrys LAA 1
Ethier, Andre LAD 1
Hairston Jr., Jerry LAD 1
Dickerson, Chris NYY 1
Crisp, Coco OAK 1
Kouzmanoff, Kevin OAK 1
Miller, Jai OAK 1
Pennington, Cliff OAK 1
Smith, Seth OAK 1
Sogard, Eric OAK 1
Suzuki, Kurt OAK 1
Weeks, Jemile OAK 1
Alonso, Yonder SD 1
Bard, Josh SEA 1
Figgins, Chone SEA 1
Halman, Greg SEA 1
Liddi, Alex SEA 1
Rodriguez, Luis SEA 1
Ryan, Brendan SEA 1
Cabrera, Melky SF 1
Posey, Buster SF 1
Joyce, Matt TB 1
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1
Zobrist, Ben TB 1
Andrus, Elvis TEX 1
Cruz, Nelson TEX 1
Napoli, Mike TEX 1
Encarnacion, Edwin TOR 1
Hill, Aaron TOR 1
Lawrie, Brett TOR 1
Patterson, Corey TOR 1
Rasmus, Colby TOR 1
Thames, Eric TOR 1

 

2010-12    
Player Team(s) Grand Total
Smoak, Justin SEA 13
Olivo, Miguel SEA 12
Wells, Casper SEA 8
Saunders, Michael SEA 7
Branyan, Russell SEA 6
Carp, Mike SEA 6
Gutierrez, Franklin SEA 6
Suzuki, Ichiro SEA 6
Teixeira, Mark NYY 5
Kennedy, Adam SEA 5
Kotchman, Casey SEA 5
Beltre, Adrian BOS, TEX 4
Matsui, Hideki LAA 4
Ackley, Dustin SEA 4
Bradley, Milton SEA 4
Peguero, Carlos SEA 4
Lowrie, Jed BOS 3
Ortiz, David BOS 3
Callaspo, Alberto KC, LAA 3
Kendrick, Howard LAA 3
Pujols, Albert LAA 3
Cuddyer, Michael MIN 3
Swisher, Nick NYY 3
Pennington, Cliff OAK 3
Cust, Jack OAK, SEA 3
Langerhans, Ryan SEA 3
Lopez, Jose SEA 3
Montero, Jesus SEA 3
Sweeney, Mike SEA 3
Cruz, Nelson TEX 3
Hamilton, Josh TEX 3
Moreland, Mitch TEX 3
Bautista, Jose TOR 3
Jones, Adam BAL 2
Davis, Chris BAL, TEX 2
Hall, Bill BOS 2
Pedroia, Dustin BOS 2
Dunn, Adam CHW 2
Cabrera, Asdrubal CLE 2
Ordonez, Magglio DET 2
Gordon, Alex KC 2
Rivera, Juan LAA 2
Trout, Mike LAA 2
Trumbo, Mark LAA 2
Wells, Vernon LAA 2
Napoli, Mike LAA, TEX 2
Doumit, Ryan MIN 2
Cano, Robinson NYY 2
Barton, Daric OAK 2
Carter, Chris OAK 2
Cespedes, Yoenis OAK 2
Kouzmanoff, Kevin OAK 2
Sizemore, Scott OAK 2
Suzuki, Kurt OAK 2
Willingham, Josh OAK 2
Victorino, Shane PHI 2
Bard, Josh SEA 2
Jaso, John SEA 2
Seager, Kyle SEA 2
Kinsler, Ian TEX 2
Murphy, David TEX 2
Lind, Adam TOR 2
Freeman, Freddie ATL 1
McCann, Brian ATL 1
Uggla, Dan ATL 1
Andino, Robert BAL 1
Hardy, J.J. BAL 1
Reynolds, Mark BAL 1
Wieters, Matt BAL 1
Wigginton, Ty BAL 1
Drew, J.D. BOS 1
Ellsbury, Jacoby BOS 1
Kalish, Ryan BOS 1
Middlebrooks, Will BOS 1
Nava, Daniel BOS 1
Reddick, Josh BOS 1
Ross, Cody BOS 1
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod BOS 1
Scutaro, Marco BOS 1
Youkilis, Kevin BOS 1
Colvin, Tyler CHC 1
De Aza, Alejandro CHW 1
Flowers, Tyler CHW 1
Jones, Andruw CHW 1
Konerko, Paul CHW 1
Lillibridge, Brent CHW 1
Quentin, Carlos CHW 1
Ramirez, Alexei CHW 1
Rios, Alex CHW 1
Viciedo, Dayan CHW 1
Choo, Shin-Soo CLE 1
Hafner, Travis CLE 1
Hannahan, Jack CLE 1
Santana, Carlos CLE 1
Cabrera, Miguel DET 1
Fielder, Prince DET 1
Inge, Brandon DET 1
Raburn, Ryan DET 1
Betemit, Wilson KC 1
Butler, Billy KC 1
Francoeur, Jeff KC 1
Hosmer, Eric KC 1
Maier, Mitch KC 1
Abreu, Bobby LAA 1
Bourjos, Peter LAA 1
Budde, Ryan LAA 1
Hunter, Torii LAA 1
Morales, Kendry LAA 1
Morales, Kendrys LAA 1
Ethier, Andre LAD 1
Hairston Jr., Jerry LAD 1
Kubel, Jason MIN 1
Morneau, Justin MIN 1
Young, Delmon MIN 1
Dickerson, Chris NYY 1
Thames, Marcus NYY 1
Crisp, Coco OAK 1
Ellis, Mark OAK 1
Fox, Jake OAK 1
Miller, Jai OAK 1
Smith, Seth OAK 1
Sogard, Eric OAK 1
Weeks, Jemile OAK 1
Alonso, Yonder SD 1
Stairs, Matt SD 1
Figgins, Chone SEA 1
Halman, Greg SEA 1
Liddi, Alex SEA 1
Moore, Adam SEA 1
Rodriguez, Luis SEA 1
Ryan, Brendan SEA 1
Wilson, Josh SEA 1
Cabrera, Melky SF 1
Posey, Buster SF 1
Crawford, Carl TB 1
Joyce, Matt TB 1
Longoria, Evan TB 1
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1
Zobrist, Ben TB 1
Andrus, Elvis TEX 1
Young, Michael TEX 1
Encarnacion, Edwin TOR 1
Hill, Aaron TOR 1
Lawrie, Brett TOR 1
Patterson, Corey TOR 1
Rasmus, Colby TOR 1
Thames, Eric TOR 1

 

2009-12    
Player Team(s) Grand Total
Branyan, Russell SEA 22
Griffey, Ken SEA 13
Gutierrez, Franklin SEA 13
Smoak, Justin SEA 13
Olivo, Miguel SEA 12
Suzuki, Ichiro SEA 12
Lopez, Jose SEA 11
Beltre, Adrian BOS, SEA, TEX 8
Teixeira, Mark NYY 8
Wells, Casper SEA 8
Matsui, Hideki LAA, NYY 7
Carp, Mike SEA 7
Saunders, Michael SEA 7
Cust, Jack OAK, SEA 6
Cruz, Nelson TEX 6
Rivera, Juan LAA 5
Swisher, Nick NYY 5
Kennedy, Adam SEA 5
Kotchman, Casey SEA 5
Langerhans, Ryan SEA 5
Sweeney, Mike SEA 5
Callaspo, Alberto KC, LAA 4
Ackley, Dustin SEA 4
Bradley, Milton SEA 4
Peguero, Carlos SEA 4
Davis, Chris BAL, TEX 3
Lowrie, Jed BOS 3
Ortiz, David BOS 3
Hall, Bill BOS, SEA 3
Cabrera, Asdrubal CLE 3
Hafner, Travis CLE 3
Maier, Mitch KC 3
Hunter, Torii LAA 3
Kendrick, Howard LAA 3
Morales, Kendry LAA 3
Pujols, Albert LAA 3
Cuddyer, Michael MIN 3
Pennington, Cliff OAK 3
Suzuki, Kurt OAK 3
Kouzmanoff, Kevin OAK, SD 3
Johjima, Kenji SEA 3
Montero, Jesus SEA 3
Hamilton, Josh TEX 3
Moreland, Mitch TEX 3
Young, Michael TEX 3
Bautista, Jose TOR 3
Lind, Adam TOR 3
Reynolds, Mark ARI, BAL 2
Jones, Adam BAL 2
Scott, Luke BAL 2
Drew, J.D. BOS 2
Pedroia, Dustin BOS 2
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod BOS, TEX 2
Dunn, Adam CHW 2
Ramirez, Alexei CHW 2
Francisco, Ben CLE 2
Garko, Ryan CLE 2
Hannahan, Jack CLE, SEA 2
Ordonez, Magglio DET 2
Gordon, Alex KC 2
Betancourt, Yuniesky KC, SEA 2
Guerrero, Vladimir LAA 2
Trout, Mike LAA 2
Trumbo, Mark LAA 2
Wells, Vernon LAA 2
Napoli, Mike LAA, TEX 2
Doumit, Ryan MIN 2
Cano, Robinson NYY 2
Jeter, Derek NYY 2
Barton, Daric OAK 2
Carter, Chris OAK 2
Cespedes, Yoenis OAK 2
Sizemore, Scott OAK 2
Willingham, Josh OAK 2
Victorino, Shane PHI 2
Balentien, Wladimir SEA 2
Bard, Josh SEA 2
Cedeno, Ronny SEA 2
Jaso, John SEA 2
Johnson, Rob SEA 2
Moore, Adam SEA 2
Seager, Kyle SEA 2
Wilson, Josh SEA 2
Lewis, Fred SF 2
Longoria, Evan TB 2
Blalock, Hank TEX 2
Kinsler, Ian TEX 2
Murphy, David TEX 2
Montero, Miguel ARI 1
Upton, Justin ARI 1
Freeman, Freddie ATL 1
McCann, Brian ATL 1
Uggla, Dan ATL 1
Andino, Robert BAL 1
Hardy, J.J. BAL 1
Wieters, Matt BAL 1
Wigginton, Ty BAL 1
Bailey, Jeff BOS 1
Bay, Jason BOS 1
Ellsbury, Jacoby BOS 1
Kalish, Ryan BOS 1
Middlebrooks, Will BOS 1
Nava, Daniel BOS 1
Reddick, Josh BOS 1
Ross, Cody BOS 1
Scutaro, Marco BOS 1
Varitek, Jason BOS 1
Youkilis, Kevin BOS 1
Colvin, Tyler CHC 1
Beckham, Gordon CHW 1
De Aza, Alejandro CHW 1
Flowers, Tyler CHW 1
Jones, Andruw CHW 1
Konerko, Paul CHW 1
Lillibridge, Brent CHW 1
Quentin, Carlos CHW 1
Rios, Alex CHW 1
Viciedo, Dayan CHW 1
Carroll, Jamey CLE 1
Choo, Shin-Soo CLE 1
Gimenez, Chris CLE 1
Peralta, Jhonny CLE 1
Santana, Carlos CLE 1
Sizemore, Grady CLE 1
Cabrera, Miguel DET 1
Fielder, Prince DET 1
Inge, Brandon DET 1
Raburn, Ryan DET 1
Betemit, Wilson KC 1
Buck, John KC 1
Butler, Billy KC 1
DeJesus, David KC 1
Francoeur, Jeff KC 1
Hosmer, Eric KC 1
Pena, Brayan KC 1
Teahen, Mark KC 1
Abreu, Bobby LAA 1
Bourjos, Peter LAA 1
Budde, Ryan LAA 1
Kendrick, Howie LAA 1
Matthews, Gary LAA 1
Morales, Kendrys LAA 1
Ethier, Andre LAD 1
Hairston Jr., Jerry LAD 1
Kubel, Jason MIN 1
Morneau, Justin MIN 1
Young, Delmon MIN 1
Dickerson, Chris NYY 1
Thames, Marcus NYY 1
Crisp, Coco OAK 1
Ellis, Mark OAK 1
Fox, Jake OAK 1
Holliday, Matt OAK 1
Miller, Jai OAK 1
Smith, Seth OAK 1
Sogard, Eric OAK 1
Weeks, Jemile OAK 1
Alonso, Yonder SD 1
Gonzalez, Adrian SD 1
Gonzalez, Edgar SD 1
Headley, Chase SD 1
Stairs, Matt SD 1
Burke, Jamie SEA 1
Chavez, Endy SEA 1
Figgins, Chone SEA 1
Halman, Greg SEA 1
Liddi, Alex SEA 1
Rodriguez, Luis SEA 1
Ryan, Brendan SEA 1
Wilson, Jack SEA 1
Cabrera, Melky SF 1
Posey, Buster SF 1
Rowand, Aaron SF 1
Bartlett, Jason TB 1
Burrell, Pat TB 1
Crawford, Carl TB 1
Joyce, Matt TB 1
Navarro, Dioner TB 1
Pena, Carlos TB 1
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1
Zobrist, Ben TB 1
Andrus, Elvis TEX 1
Barajas, Rod TOR 1
Encarnacion, Edwin TOR 1
Hill, Aaron TOR 1
Lawrie, Brett TOR 1
Overbay, Lyle TOR 1
Patterson, Corey TOR 1
Rasmus, Colby TOR 1
Thames, Eric TOR 1
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Book I read in 2012

Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tails

Author: Brothers Grimm

Released as a companion to the Once Upon a Time TV show this is a collection of the Brothers Grimm fairy tails. Each was only a few pages long and it an interesting read on stories that you might only know the Disney versions of.

 

The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

This looks to be a great trilogy of books. A strong female lead. I cannot wait to see the movie adaption this year. Great book for teen or perhaps a pre-teen but adults will enjoy it also – I did.

 

Jedi Twilight (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights I)

Author: Michael Reaves

First of the three books about a Jedi hiding in the underworld of Coruscant (Imperial Center) shortly after Star Wars Episode III. A droid with uninhibited AI and an alien news reporter search for the Jedi at the same time Vader is looking for him. I was almost all the way through the book when I realized I had read it before. Smile

Streets of Shadows (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights II)

Author: Michael Reaves

The crew from the first book in the series is tasked with helping get a rebel off of Coruscant only to find that the person they are tasked to help as been murdered. They then need to find the murder. Additionally, a Force skilled bounty hunter is tasked by Vader to try and kill the Jedi from their crew.

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)

Author: Suzanne Collins

The trilogy continues as Katniss has to return to the Hunger Games but this time she has allies known and unknown in the rebellion against the Capitol.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and Son

Author: Jeffery Brown

A cute picture book about Darth Vader as a parent to a young Luke Skywalker.  Many lines from the movie are used. I can’t wait for the next book with Leia which comes out in April 2013.

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Mary Blair at Disneyland

A few years ago I got this great card from a friend in Japan and I did not know who the artist was.  It turns out it was Mary Blair who was a big part of Disneyland and Walt Disney’s life.  I later learn that she of course designed the it’s a small world attraction and characters and was part of the group that Walt took to South America.  There is lots of good info about Mary in the Disney family museum in San Francisco.  Long story short, her artwork was on display at Disneyland on my last visit and I snapped the following shots on my way out of the part one night after the fireworks.  In retrospect I could have done a much better job framing the pictures to give you a perspective of the size and many of the wall hangings were very large.  I also should have zoomed in so you could see more of the text for many of the images.  Anyway I hope y’all will enjoy if you cannot make it there to see the exhibit yourself. 

 

Click on this album to see bigger full sized images.

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Concerts I have attended (2011)

This post will be used to list the concerts I have attended in 2011.

2/18  Showbox at the Market – The Presidents of the United States of America (PSUA) with the Black Whales and “Spider” John Koerner.

3/16 Showbox at the Market – Tres Mts.  (first public show)

4/16 Paramount Theatre – Bryan Adams (unplugged)

5/10 Showbox SoDo – The Cars (their first show in 24 years!)

7/16 Benaroya Hall – Eddie Vedder with Glen Hansard

9/25 Pacific Coliseum – Pearl Jam with Mudhoney

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Disney trip March 2011

Becca shared her pictures and videos in this Picasa album.  Here are my photos and videos.

 

King Arthur Carrousel
Francis’ Ladybug Boogie
Mickey’s Fun Wheel

 

Mickey’s Fun Wheel with construction

 

Dance during meal at Ariel’s Grotto
I wish big kids could go on this.
This was her first time on the harder course
Treasure!
Treasure found!!
The Magic, the Memories and You!
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