The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Getting Emotional About ..... A Building?

I am watching the last baseball game that will ever be played at Yankee Stadium..... The "original" Yankee Stadium. The "new" Yankee Stadium is being built across the street and will open next season. Before the game, there was a special ceremony, featuring guest appearances by some of the greatest Yankees ever. Some of these greats were represented by their widows or children. And of course there was some wonderful video from classic moments at the stadium. DH and son #2 are both at the stadium. I'm willing to bet DH was crying. He and I both grew up in the Bronx. He's been going to Yankee games (and Giants football games for a while) since he was 3 years old! Yankee Stadium and baseball are woven into his soul.

I didn't start to appreciate baseball until I was out of high school, but when I "discovered" baseball, I really took to it! I would watch Yankee games with my dad. I can still hear him saying, "It's 0-2, he's got no business throwing him anything he can hit." When I went to school in Boston for 4 years, I cemented my loyalty to the Yankees while surrounded by rabid Red Sox fans (thank you Bucky Dent). When I came back to NYC and got married, Yankee history became part of our history. We were at the final game of the '96 World Series when Wade Boggs jumped on the horse with the policeman. I remember taking son #1 to his first game at Yankee Stadium. When we ran out of food in the 2nd inning, he wanted to go home!

I have a friend from high school who is still a beer vendor at the Stadium. He's been working there for at least 35 years. The man is a C.P.A., but he sells beer at Yankee Stadium. I always see him when we go to games. I hope he is there tonight selling beer, closing down the stadium, making his own memories.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Gone Gone Gone

Gone Gone Gone.
That is what has happened to my swimming fitness. I now realize how far I had come because I'm back at the starting line. The good news is that I expect I will be able to get it back relatively quickly, if I stick with it. There are also 2 other women who have joined the team and have joined me in the slow lane. So I have company. The next day I was a little bit sore in alot of places-- my shoulders, my back, even my quads. But it actually felt really good to be back in the pool. The hardest part was making it happen.

The bike club had a dinner meeting on Wednesday evening with a presentation on nutrition. The speaker is a woman who has an education in nutrition and health counseling AND she's also a triathlete. Other than some specific suggestions, she didn't say anything I didn't already know. But it sure is good to hear it again and reinforce these concepts. Oatmeal for breakfast. Lots of greens. Smaller portions of animal protein. Reduce the dairy. Hydrate!!! I know what I should be doing.

I saw my friend Mabel at the dinner and she told me she has started swimming. She is also taking some lessons, starting this week. She wants to do a tri next season, and she wants me to do it with her. So that has got me thinking. Do I want to do another triathlon next summer? And the answer is yes and no. I am hoping that blogging about this will help me decide, so more to come.

Monday, September 15, 2008


The new session of the Master's Swim Team starts tomorrow. I will be there. I emailed the coach to let him know I am coming back. I told him it won't be pretty but that's the price I will pay for staying away for so long. His response: I promise it won't be as ugly as when you first started! Ouch!

Meeting and Greeting

Yesterday was the Golden Apple, the bike club's big event. It's a self-paced bike tour through northern Westchester County. You have your choice of 25, 50, 75, 100 and 125 mile routes. We had about 900 riders. The profits bankroll most of the club's events for the year, and we donate a nice chunk of money to various charities. The club needs over 100 volunteers to run smoothly-- registration, food stops and marshalling along the route, SAG and mechanical support, putting up signs, taking down signs, etc. The week before the event, there are "volunteer only" rides so we don't feel like we are being deprived of the opportunity to ride. There is also a big "thank you" party for the volunteers. So yesterday I was the Gatorade lady at one of the busiest rest stops. I spent several hours scooping Gatorade powder into a 5 gallon cooler while Cathy poured in the water. And in that time, I got to visit with so many people! When I ride with the club, I tend to see the same group of people all the time (other "slow is beautiful" riders). But yesterday, all the rides came through, from the speedy big mileage riders to the pokey beautiful scenery people. I got to spend a few minutes with some of them. I even met some new people. I met a whole group of guys from Ecuador who are all living in Brewster. I was delighted to see Judit, who had a nasty biking accident in the early spring and has gotten back on her bike. DH came through with his buddy Jim who had the most interesting case of helmet hair I have ever seen! When we packed up our rest stop, I headed back to the main event, where lunch was been served and club socks were being sold for $2/pair! I met up with more of my people and had more than a few laughs, took more than a few photos. It was a great day NOT to be on a bike!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Summer. The End. Not Really.

I hate what Labor Day has come to symbolize-- the end of summer. Yes, it does mark back to school, and that means back to work for many people. Yes, the daylight hours are noticeably shorter, and that means indoor workouts more of the time. My mother won't wear white shoes after Labor Day, but I don't have white shoes anyway. Yes, summer is transitioning into autumn, but summer is not over. There is still much ice cream that needs to be consumed, and we are getting into apple pie season to go with the ice cream. Apples, peaches, tomatoes, corn, so much good food. And then there is Indian Summer, which we seem to have every year thanks to global warming. These days are glorious and the great outdoors beckons. I spent the last 3 days riding and photographing, two of my favorite "hobbies." On Sunday I went up to Red Hook for the day. A whole bunch of bike club people spend Labor Day weekend up there, riding and exploring northern Dutchess County. I opted for a 30 miler over country roads with virtually no traffic and beautiful vistas. Later in the afternoon, Betsy and I went on a little "photo safari." Before heading home, I drove over to Bard College, home of the Fisher Performing Arts Center, designed by Frank Gehry. More photos. Then I stopped at a local farm to buy some peaches. I asked if I could walk around and take some photos, and the farmer lady even told me where to go to get some good views. Then the farmer girl asked me if I wanted to see the pig and the baby chicks. So I had a private tour of this beautiful farm. More photos! This morning I went for a club ride, another 22 miles, another beautiful day. When we were done, Billy pulled a big bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies and brownies out of his car. No photos of the cookies, just some good eating. That got me thinking about food, so I made gazpacho, a classic summer soup. So, if somebody tells you summer is over, tell them the truth, that this is a big fat lie propagated by corporate America to get you to buy notebooks and sweaters. Fight back. Eat a peach (and then listen to the Allman Brothers). Go for a run. Take some pictures of children in their summer clothes. Turn on the air conditioning. Drive with the sun roof open all the way. Go to the beach. Get on your bike and ride!