Monday, March 23, 2009

You look pretty in your fancy dress/But I detect unhappiness/You never speak so I have to guess

Here’s the deal…I suck at baseball blogging when there isn’t a lot of baseball to watch. I don’t have gameday or any fancy radio stations to catch the games so I am flying blind here folks. I do promise that I’ll be back in action now that things are happening. Girl scouts oath!

Here are some baseball related updates:

* I started a baseball Twitter that if you want to follow during games/baseball things you can. I can’t guarantee I will be all that sober during the Twittering of stuff (you know since baseball = beer.)

* Home Opener tickets have been purchased and the partial season ticket package is on its way to me as I type this.

* Next Sunday I will be participating in A League of Their Own’s Baseball Roundtable. I have to do a little studying up so I can represent well/accurately/non-stuttering (oh, and I have practice not stuttering. Yup.)

Kinda Baseball-ish
Hey, any East Coast blog readers out there?
I am heading to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and maybe Virginia this summer and I need ideas of things to do. My list already contains a Baltimore Orioles game (the Royals are in town) and a minor league team in Delaware. (Also includes Delaware State Fair, Hershey, ocean time, a scenic drive somewhere, and probably shenanigans but I digress.)

Non-baseball but no less important
Zeppelin The Dog Update

Further proof that you can take the dog out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of the dog.

Music of the Day – Feeding my Jack White Obsession Edition
Raconteurs – Old Enough

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

So I won’t hesitate no more, no more/It cannot wait, I’m sure/There’s no need to complicate

Home again Home again – Jiggity Jig
We gotta give mad props and thanks to Ames for ditching her bookclub early to purchase Home Opener tickets for the posse. (I was in Duluth seeing David Archuleta in concert – details below.) I will be there for the Last Home Opener in The Metrodome! Will you?

27 and Counting
27 days until home opener. This off-season was pretty damn boring. I mean, if it wasn’t for A-Rod’s Steroid bust there would have been nothing to talk about. (I know, I know…that is inaccurate but it’s what I am going with.)

WWBJD (What Would Baby Jesus Do)

Looks like the talk around town is that Joe Mauer may not be as healthy as we (meaning “they”) assumed. Whoops.

Non-baseball but no less important

Moment of Truth
Hi, my name is Jen and I saw David Archuleta in concert.

Saturday night I took Olivia (age 12) to see him perform at a sold-out DECC concert hall. In case you, the baseball blog readers, don’t know who the fuck David Archuleta is let me clarify – he’s the runner up from last year’s American Idol.

There is one bit of detail from the show I wanted to share with you. You see, I feel like I am the ONLY person in the world that thinks perving out on a barely 18-year old guy is kind of gross. Especially when I think of that 18-year old as a Fraggle Rock character. There were two grown, married women behind me who attended the concert with their husbands (no children). I may have started off feeling bitchy towards them because they were saying mean things about David Cook (my American Idol crush, if you haven’t ever read my blog before) but here’s an example of their conversation that proves they are nutter-butters:

Grown Married Woman#1: “He’s 18 so it is okay that I find him attractive.”
Me (inside my head): “Whatever it takes to get you through relationship counseling.”
Grown Married Woman#2: “He really wears those jeans well.”
Me (inside AND outside my head): “Ew.”
Grown Married Woman#1: “He fills them out almost too well.”
Me (inside my head): “Jen! Don’t look. Don’t look at what they are talking about. For the LOVE OF GOD DON’T LOOK!”
Grown Married Woman#2: “I KNOW! He’s packing isn’t he?”
Me (inside my head): “I am gonna throw up.”
Grown Married Woman#1: “That’s gonna make some lucky girl very happy, if you know what I mean.”
Me (inside my head): “OR a lucky boy. What? AND yes we all know what you mean.”

For the record I DID LOOK because I am a horrible human-being who doesn’t listen to the voice inside her head and I am ashamed and sorry and embarrassed and now must take up a religion that will cure the sins inside my heart. God Damn.

Concert Calendar - Wishlist
Here are all the shows that I am interested in attending. Alas, all these shows cost $ so I am cutting down to the ones I really, really want to see AND that aren’t on a night with previously made plans. Oh, and to U2 and NIN/Jane’s Addiction – thanks a-fucking-lot for skipping the Twins Cities on your tour. Haven’t we been good to you? Haven’t we??? (Although U2 may extend tour and hit us up a later date.)

3/13 The Honeydogs CD Release Show @ First Ave
3/14 Andrew Dice Clay @ Myth
3/22 Black Label Society @ Myth
3/24 Katy Perry @ First Ave (attending)
3/30 Bob Mould @ Varsity Theater
4/6 The Ting Tings @ Varsity Theater
4/6 Lez Zeppelin @ Fine Line Music Café
4/6 Morrissey @ State Theater
4/7 Nickelback @ Target Center (may attend much to my chagrin)
4/12 Mates of State @ Varsity Theater
4/13 All American Rejects @ Myth
4/14 Kris Kristofferson @ Pantages Theater
4/16 Ezra Furman & The Harpoons @ 7th Street Entry (attending)
4/17 Travis @ Fine Line (attending)
4/18 Chris Cornell
4/21 Peter Bjorn and John @ Fine Line
4/25 M. Ward @ First Ave
4/25 Rocco Deluca & The Burden @ Fine Line
4/26 Neko Case @ State Theater
4/28 Franz Ferdinand @ First Ave
5/2 Queensryche @ Myth
5/3 Leonard Cohen @ Orpheum Theater
5/11 The Kills @ First Ave

Album Releases Today
Kelly Clarkson – All I Ever Wanted (I am soooo getting this one)
Chris Cornell – Scream
Handsome Furs – Face Control
Taylor Hicks – The Distance (Not. Gonna. Happen.)
New Found Glory – Not Without a Fight
Madeleine Peyroux – Bare Bones
Razorlight – Slipaway Fires (love these guys!)

Music of the Day – Just saw this fraggle rock in concert Edition

David Archuleta – I’m Yours

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Melmak, is nothing but worse for cats/Melmak, is really no place for cats

I know the upcoming season will be filled with talk of the new Twins stadium (Target Field) and look-backs on the Metrodome. I know the Dome isn’t as epic as Yankees Stadium but to me it houses all my memories of baseball (except that one roadtrip to Kauffman Stadium.) Seriously, all my baseball memories revolve around the blue plastic seats, bright green turf, dingy grey roof, lights, railings, steps, cup holders (running into them with my shins), crazy revolving doors with air-pressure, cement, dome dogs, losing the ball in the roof, dugout, unprotected bullpens, homerun porch, my favorite seats under the Oliva banner, flasks, 31 rows of pain, those weird seats in the “V” section on lower level (left field/third base line), realizing the turf isn’t that cool up close (kind of gross when you think about it)…man, the list could go on and on. This is the LAST SEASON IN THE METRODOME!

Spring Training is upon us
I will (as Baby Jesus is our witness) start blogging spring training! Girl Scouts honor (not that I was ever a girl scout.)

Kind of baseball-related
In August I am going to be on the East Coast (mostly the Pennsylvania/Maryland area) for a real vacation. I have a couple things on the schedule (including a music festival) but I also want to check out some non-Twins baseball. I am going to try and score tickets for the Orioles and/or The Nationals.

Non-baseball but no less important

I bought the new U2 CD at Target (yup, you can see the sticker right there). I am excited to give it a complete listening to. There are a lot of a.) U2 haters and/or b.) New U2 music doubters (who are fans but just like the “classic” U2 styling’s.) To you all I say, shame on you! This band has given us 30 years of epic (and some not-so-epic) musical moments. The least we can do is support their new stuff and give it a chance. Hell, you don’t have to like it/buy it/listen to it BUT you do have to shut her yap if all you are doing is talking about how they are sell-outs. Sell out this! *insert rude hand gesture* Yes, I am passionate about more than baseball.

You can go your own way (go your own way)
I saw Fleetwood Mac and it was pretty epic! I mean, the crowd was a little underwhelming BUT the music more than made up for it (as did the beers, dancing, twirling, and tambourine hands).

You know the tendency of my Monday Night Happy Hour Crew for flashing The Shocker in every photo that they can...Exhibit C

I don't know why but I have been on a Corona kick lately. Maybe because it reminds me of summer (and being drunk in Mexico when I was 18)

Music of the Day – Memory Lane Edition
Last weekend I pretty much fangirled (probably harder than I fangirl David Cook) because I caught a couple episodes of ALF on TV. Yes, ALF, as in the cat-eating alien!

Alf Theme