I have not posted anything since Christmas Eve so is long overdue! Here a picture of some of my Christmas presents (some from me to me )
1. Dodger blanket! I love love my Dodger blanket! Now I know why Lorena loves hers! Bought this at Dodger Stadium. It is so soft! perfect for this cold weather. It has been raining lately and for me is too cold. It is currently 43 degrees at 10:40 p.m. PST. You can see snow from the San Gabriel mountains.
2. Dodger hats. My two teddy bears are sporting my two new Dodger hats. Bought these hats at Dodger Stadium
3. Dodger piggy bank! Found this one at Big 5.
4. I included my season ticket mug. As I had mentioned before, I have lost my last two on the train so I welcome having another one.
5. Baseball nutcracker! I added the LA logo on the hat. Victor found this one at Target. It was the last one they had.
I included the two baseball related Christmas cards like the one the Dodger included with Tommy Lasorda and the one my friend Kent sent me from Maine. He gets special Red Sox Christmas cards from the Jimmy Fund foundation. I would love to be able to buy Dodger Christmas cards.
Hope everyone got nice gifts for Christmas but more important that everyone is healthy.
Thursday 12/27/2012 I went to the see an optometrist to spend my flex dollars. Yeah…procrastinating until the end. I thought I would get my eyes examined, get new glasses and be on my way home. Well, after the doctor dilated my eyes, he said “What kind of insurance do you have?” I said “Why” then he said “you have a horseshoe retina tear in your left eye and you should take care of that as soon as possible” So off I went from Pasadena to Kaiser Urgent Care. The family doctor that saw me had the nurse call the ophthalmologist. I was sent to the building where the ophthalmology offices are. About 15 minutes later the doctor showed up, he examined me and prepared me for laser surgery. It was a long day but I am glad that it was taken care of.
My advice to anyone is that if you are having an eye exam, have your eyes dilated, don’t keep postponing having your eyes dilated. If you noticed you have a floater, have your eyes checked. My eye tear could have progressed into a retina detachment. My left eye is feeling fine but i do have another appointment on Thursday January 3, 2013.
I’ve been posting this for what? two years. Made just a few changes to the one two years ago.
It was a Night before Christmas
Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All baseball fans were clicking their mouse
They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
And now it was time to sit down and see what everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.
A nice break to read what friends had posted was just what they needed but they frownded!
When they went to click on their sites, none could be found!
Oh no! we’re afraid everyone is out of town!
Is the internet down the reason we cannot read?
How could this happen in our time of need?
The users all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.
“Did we misspell the links? Did we hit the wrong key? Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key, One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.
Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled. And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.
Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids, But it’s still such a mystery where all links had hid.
Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see? Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?
Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list
And good bloggers and posters he vows never to miss.
It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,
So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.
But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end, They heard
“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”
Look what Santa Dodgers sent me. (it was sent to all Season ticket holders. The coffee mug at the end. The items before like the stadium in 2008, the Globe with the glove and the replica seats are from prior years. The Christmas card with Tommy is next. Miss Piggy bobblehead is in the back. I have Kermit too somewhere.
I saw this as a Daily Post Challenge in the WordPress.
From the link above:
This week, we want to see your year-end posts. They can take all forms, from a “top X” list to a reflection on a particularly influential experience to month-by-month recaps to a look at things you’d like to do better next year. Include photos — how many cities did you visit? Include statistics — how many visitors did your blog have on January 1, and how many did it have yesterday?
I have a confession, I am obsessed with the statistics here. I don’t have the time to post a blog post every day but I check the statistics to see what countries are visiting my blog, the search terms used to find my blog and the most popular posts.
Top 10 countries visits
1. United States
4. United Kingdom
8. Republic of Korea
Top 10 Search terms
1. dodger stadium
2. mamie johnson
3. patron saint of baseball players (I still need to get me this medallion)
5. woo hoo (haha)
6. dodgers emma
7. crzblue (lol)
8. sandy koufax
9. devon ethier
10. matt kemp parents
Note: #17 was frank McCourt girlfriend (lol)
Top 10 Blog Posts
We will never see another day like this in our lifetime. It’s the century’s last sequential date.
In honor of LA Dodgers wearing # 12.
Tommy is always very nice at the Stadium or anywhere he is representing the Dodgers.
I used to sit in “Bakersfield” back in Dusty’s playing days. We used to throw gum to him when he took his spot in Left Field. Dusty and a bat boy would pick up the gum. Dusty would pick up the gums and acknoledge us fans. Fun days.
For us women that took the Women Baseball clinics with Jeff Kent, we got to know what a nice guy he was. He just put a grouchy face with the media but to us fans he was nice. He was very patience during -what was it 5 years of Women Baseball clinics_ teaching us how to pick up ground balls, teaching us baseball terms, catching us in the bullpen and giving us suggestions how to throw the ball and overall clowning around there.
So enjoy the date 12/12/12. We wont see it in our lifetime again.
Dodgers have had a busy December signing Zack Greinke and Ryu, having press conferences for both, renovations at Dodger Stadium, Holiday autograph tours. January will also be busy with the first Winter Fanfest but first this Press Release from the Dodgers.com:
12/10/2012 3:22 PM ET
Tickets on sale now for a Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly, hosted by George Lopez, January 24
Dodger manager Don Mattingly’s event at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles will benefit Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation
LOS ANGELES – Dodger manager Don Mattingly’s “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” is set for January 24, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles. This charitable event’s proceeds will benefit Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF). Tickets are on sale now. Hosted by George Lopez, the night features entertainment by several comedians and a tour of the museum’s collection of Dodger artifacts dating to the franchise’s infancy in Brooklyn. The night concludes with a Q&A session with Mattingly. Dodgers scheduled to attend include Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.
“I’m really excited with the night that we’ve put together to assist both Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation,” said Mattingly. “I hope all Dodger fans, sports fans and comedy fans will come together on January 24 for these great causes.”
Tickets to “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” are $195 and include access to the cocktail reception, with hosted food and beverages, and silent auction (6:30 p.m.), opening remarks by George Lopez (8:00 p.m.), comedic performances (8:15 p.m.), Q&A with Mattingly (9:00 p.m.) and an autographed Mattingly photograph. Fans can visit http://www.dodgers.com/mattingly or call (323) 224-1413 for complete details and to purchase tickets. VIP sponsor packages are also available.
Silent auction items for “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” include a Dodger game experience for two with Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a Yankees VIP game day experience at Yankee Stadium for four and items featuring Hall of Famers, unique sports experiences and items from some of country music’s biggest stars. A full listing of silent auction items can be found at http://www.dodgers.com/mattingly.
Mattingly Charities was created to serve disadvantaged youth by supporting programs which promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities. Mattingly Charities will provide funding, services and equipment for baseball, softball and ultimately other sports, and related youth development activities, for the benefit of disadvantaged youth, youth leagues and social welfare and related organizations. All efforts of the organization will be focused on these activities. More information can be found by visiting http://www.mattinglycharities.org.
Founded in 1998, DDF was created to provide educational, athletic and recreational opportunities for the youth of the Greater Los Angeles community. The Foundation places special emphasis on helping traditionally under-served youth. The DDF Community Diamond is divided into four bases: youth sports and recreation, literacy and education, health and environment. More information can be found by visiting http://www.dodgers.com/DDF.
Here is the video the Dodgers posted of Jenni Rivera when she was at Dodger Stadium on Sunday August26, 2012. She performed at the Viva Los Dodgers festival that Sunday then she sang the National Anthem. I love that she said she grew up a Dodger fan and that she and her brother collected aluminum cans so that they could get money to go to Dodger Stadium.
Rest in peace Jenni.
Vin Scully is the Voice of the Dodgers and Jaime Jarrin es la Voz de Los Dodgers. Jaime has been covering the Dodgers for the last 53 years!
Jaime Jarrin was born on December 10th, 1935 in Ecuador. Jaime Jarrin studied philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting at Central University of Ecuador in Quito in Ecuador. He had been the announcer for the No.
What a difference a year makes! Last year the Dodgers were shopping in
Now they are shopping in
What a weekend! My prior post said that it was going to be a busy weekend but I had no idea how busy!
Welcome Zach Greinke!
Rest in peace Jenni Rivera and all that were aboard the plane. Condolences to all the families.
Is that time of the year when our weekends are so busy but the Dodgers Holiday Mall tour continues encouraging fans to give the gift of Dodger Baseball. Fans that purchase a 2013 mini plan or season tickets at the mall Saturday will receive an autographed Fernando Valenzuela bobblehead while supplies last. Cool ha? but what about us that already have season tickets?
Location: WestField West Covina 112 Plaza Drive West Covina, CA 91790
Time: Saturday, December 8 , 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Autograph times: Fernando Valenzuela from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Kenny Landreaux from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00
Bob Hope Garage Sale
I was reading the Daily News when I ran into an article about a garage sale at Bob Hope’s Estate. The garage sale is December 8 & 9. The sale according to the article is for Christmas stuff. This reminded me of Bob Hope’s Dodger bobblehead
I wish I had this bobblehead. The information from the daily news here http://www.dailynews.com/ci_22133815/garage-sale-this-weekend-at-bob-hopes-toluca.
From the article:
Fans of Bob Hope can buy a little piece of the legendary entertainer this weekend at a garage sale held at his Toluca Lake estate that will be a prelude to its eventual sale.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, admirers of the comedian, movie star, perennial Oscars host, tireless USO tour emcee and golf nut can purchase Christmas decorations and other items he and his wife collected after they built the place in 1939. Bob Hope died at age 100 in 2003, and Dolores died at age 102 in 2011.
“The house is not currently on the market,” their daughter, Linda Hope, explained regarding much recent speculation. “The garage is being cleaned out of things to prepare it, but it’s not ready to be on the market yet. Eventually, it will be sold.”
Hope noted that furniture, artwork and other items from her parents’ home will later be auctioned via Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, probably in the fall of 2013.
She also mentioned that this is the last time to enjoy a special display at 10346 Moorpark St.
“We have the Nativity up that was sort of a Christmas tradition with my parents,” Hope said. “This will be the last year that it’s up there, but it’s for all of our neighbors and friends for whom it’s kind of a highlight to have that up there at the corner for the holidays.”
I would love to see this huge nativity set.
Allendale Holiday Literary Festival and Tree Lighting
Saturday is also the company (where I work) Christmas party but I already had RSVP to a different event. I am going to the “Allendale Holiday Literary Festival and Tree Lighting” My brother Vic said “The Allendale event is more what you like to do.” He is right.
From the email I got from my friend Terry Cannon who works at this branch “A stellar roster of poets and authors will explore the “true meanings” of the holidays in works ranging from the irreverent and satirical to the spiritual and devotional….”
When: Saturday, December 8, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106/
Some of the poets and authors participating:
Dorian Cohen, Monica Lee Copeland, Chris Erskine, Michael C Ford, Naomi Hirahara, David Kipen, Abel Prudhomme, Luivette Resto, Ellen Snortland, Lynne Thompson.
The evening’s festivities will conclude with the lighting of the Allendale Park Christmas Tree at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Shauna Redmond at (626) 744-7260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like I said, busy weekend.