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Sunday, June 27, 2004

Taking inventory after yesterday's big adventure, I find that I'm in better shape than I thought. I knew my legs would be sore from all the walking, but it turns out that hasn't been much of a problem. I didn't use my legs much today anyway.

I could really feel it in both arms, though. On one segment of the BART ride, the train was so crowded that I had to stand in the middle of the aisle, holding onto the bar above my head. Since I was weighted down with jacket, camera and sunblock, I couldn't really switch hands, so I had my right hand extended straight up for about fifteen minutes.

Then when we got to the park it turned out that our seats were in the second deck, high above the right field foul line. And to see the infield we had no choice but to stare directly into the setting sun.

Some people, smarter than I am, wore baseball caps or visors to keep the sun out of their eyes. All I had was my left hand, which I plastered to my forehead for most of the two and a half hours it took for the sun to sink below the rim of the stadium. Shielding my eyes from the glare cost me some of the feeling in that arm, but I guess it was worth it.

Other than that, I came out of the adventure in pretty good shape. I forgot to use the sunblock, but I didn't get burned. I was out in the wind and fresh air for much longer than usual, but my allergies today are no worse than they would have been if I'd stayed indoors all day yesterday (as I do most Saturdays). In fact, I didn't use the jacket I took, either. The only thing I carried that actually got any use was the camera.

26 June 2004

Long shadows on the infield.

Today was way different. I know that there's a big meeting tomorrow, so I agreed to be available all day to do whatever is necessary to prepare for it. Most of it was mindless typing, which I can do while watching racing and baseball at the same time. At least, having given up that much of my Sunday, I can face Monday with a clear conscience. Working all day today doesn't mean there's any less to do tomorrow, but if I work at a comfortable pace (and sleep as late as possible), I'll do a better job anyway. If only they all could realize that.

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I actually did miss great chunks of the game today, but it appeared that the Giants recovered from last night's loss and ground out a methodical 5-2 win over the A's. Some of that late-inning momentum must have swung their way, and it also helped that Barry Bonds led off the scoring with his first home run in two weeks. It's important for him to get going, with a big series in LA coming up this week.

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