I’m *really* trying hard to get the blog updated and hopefully back on track. We had a fairly exciting Fall here in California. Yes, some leaves even changed color.
This was the view from our seats.
At the beginning of October we got to go to one of the Red Sox playoff games in Anaheim. It was my first MLB game so I was totally excited! We went with our friends Andy and Meg that we met here in California. They are from Boston, so they are good people. Since it was on a Friday, traffic to Orange County and beyond can be hellish, Andy suggested we take the Amtrak train to the stadium. Since I work in La Jolla, which is south of everyone else, I got on the train first and everyone else was going to meet up with me on the train a couple of stops up. This was a great plan. So great, in fact, too many other people came up with the same idea. I got on to a packed train. I found a place to sit finally in the café car. When we pulled up to the stop that everyone else was at, I saw them out the window… and I saw them get turned away. It seems they denied people who had already bought tickets online their seat, but were still selling seats to people who wanted to buy a ticket north of LA since it was more expensive.
Luckily, that didn’t stop them. They jumped in the car and beat the train to Irvine thanks to crazy Boston driving. The conductor let them on in Irvine, so we all got there on the same train. The game was so much fun and it was exciting until the very end! The Angel’s Rally Monkey was extremely cute, but got to be a little annoying. There’s just so much monkey jumping around on a jumbotron that you can see before it gets old. Rally Monkey didn’t save them, and the Sox won. The train back to San Diego was full of Boston fans who had a great time singing and talking crap. I definitely hope to see more games next year!
This possum found a car that wasn't moving for a change.
We also had a wildlife encounter at the condo! Pat went out one night to get ice cream and thought he saw a cat on the walkway. It wasn’t a cat, it was a possum. He hid under the car and decided he liked it there. He was nice enough to let us take photos, but he didn’t get out of the way for Pat to back out with the car. So they possum had a nice place to hang out that night and Pat didn’t get ice cream. I had never seen a live possum before, so it was pretty cool.
Stone Brewing IPA
On Halloween we had a small party at our place. We live in the same town as Stone Brewery so we thought it would be cool to get a keg for the party. Stone rented us a keg, but didn’t have any taps. We rented a tap from a grocery store and thought we were all set. Unfortunately, none of us actually knew how to tap a keg ourselves, and some internet research led us to the conclusion we had the wrong tap type. Eventually we got it right. Meanwhile, we had more trick or treaters than I’d ever had before, combined. We went through 6 bags of candy. There were some really cute kids and then a lot of kids that just came around with an empty plastic bag from a store and dressed in sweats. I decided to just give them candy because I didn’t want anyone messing with the car later or anything like that. Overall the party was fun. Most people wore costumes, and I’ve posted Pat’s pirate costume here. The parrot he got to sit on his shoulder didn’t really cooperate. My costume was super-lame. I went as a golfer. I didn’t even take a picture because it was so bad! Everyone liked the keg and we had a fun time talking and playing drinking games. We’re doing alright at making friends here in California… but that may have something to do with providing food and drink. Oh well, we aren’t above bribery!