Happy Halloween!

Scary Pumpkins

Where have all the children gone? It seems like every year, there are less and less children trick-or-treating. We went over to the Marcantels tonight because there seems to be kids in their neighborhood but I was wrong. I think Kenny answered the door about 10 times. I guess that means more candy for Krissy, Kenny, Bob and me.

Celebrating the Championship, St. Louis Style.

All of Us

Today, Jen (the most awesome wifey in the world), Kim, and Katie were fortunate enough to accompany me to the Cardinals Rally at Busch Stadium. Kim’s initiative set this process in motion, and our sitting and waiting skills came in handy when we sat and waited by the computer for 45 minutes to get the free tickets for the celebration.

Kiener Plaza

Upon arriving downtown, we quickly noticed the Sea of Red that engulfed the area around the ballpark. People were lining up hours early to pay their respects to the 2006 World Champions. We were fortunate enough to find a metered (free on Sundays) parking space in the 1100 block of Locust and walked the 7 or so blocks to the new Busch Stadium. As we approached, it became clear that we were not going to be able to eat at Hooters, Fridays or Bread Co. Fortunately, Max and Erma’s was pretty much empty so we were able to grab some grub before heading in.

Once we finally entered the Stadium, we had some time before the rally started, so I went to purchase a World Series Champion T-Shirt. The lines and prices were outrageous, but I got what I came for. Thankfully, I wasn’t looking for a pro-model hat with the (fugly) World Series patch plastered blatantly on the side. They wanted forty (40) motherfucking dollars. OMG LOL!

Anyway. We made it up to our seats in the 4th deck, right field, and marveled at the fact that despite not being able to see much of right field, these seats weren’t too bad. They were playing highlights on the Jumbotron and brought out the dude that does the between innings banter to hype up the crowd. He clumsily tried to put relevant lyrics to our Favorite Sports Anthem Written By A Pederast, Rock and Roll Pt. 2, but other than that, succeeded in sufficiently hyping the throngs. I’ll be honest, we were an easy crowd.

As the parade started, they broadcast the procession on the Big Screen, jumping back and forth between the various local Fox personalities, and they got a number of interviews as they came towards the stadium. LaRussa rode on the Budweiser Beer Wagon and carried the trophy at the head of the convoy.

The Wagon's Entrance

Once all of the players made it to the stadium, they brought the Wagon out through the Wagon Gate in right field, pulled by the majestic clydesdales, accompanied Ernie Hayes’ always interesting rendition of the Budweiser Song (is there a real name for that tune?) on the organ. The ponies took a spin around the warning track before despositing the trophy at home plate, where some of the cuter Fredbird girls were tapped to bring the spoils to the main stage at second base. Nice work if you can get it.

Making The Delivery

Once the Wagon took its leave of the field, a number of local and ownership type dignitaries bage breif speeches, and then, finally, LaRussa led his boys out from the dugout to rapturous applause. Tears came to my eyes. Seriously.

The players

Tony gave a great speech and introduced the staff, and they went through speeches from some of the major players. None getting more applause than World Series MVP David Eckstein. All in all, the speeches were pretty much what we expected, short and sweet, and there weren’t any bombshells (like Jimmy Baseball promising to be back next year (we can always hope (can’t we?))), but it was nice to hear from some of the major players.

Once the speeches and introductions were done, they set off fireworks from the Hole In The Ground That Will Become Ballpark Village, and the whole thing came to an end, but the most lasting image was Jim Edmonds hoisting the World Series trophy aloft. Hopefully we will see him representing again for the Birds on the Bat. That, and many other questions face the team in the off season. For now though, I’m happy to enjoy this moment.


That’s a Winner!

The Cardinals are World Series Champions!

Can I just say: Fuck the Naysayers!
The Naysayer

Karl Ravech (can I call you Ravvi? OK. ) — Ravvi: You are the man. Originally, I thought you had jinxed us, but now I realize you are the only one who saw the true path. Can I say, it’s total bullshit that Berman preempts you on the set when Sportscenter cuts to the Baseball Tonight set? It’s true. Berman couldn’t analyze his way out of a wet paper bag. As far as I’m concerned, you’re with me, leather.

In other, less bitchy news:
The Naysayer

Yeah! World Champions, motherfuckers! And that’s a winner!

What A Good Guest!

Last week, while Krissy and Kenny were on vacation, we got to watch Kala-Wala. What a sweetheart! She charmed her way into everyone’s hearts who met her because of her sweet face and sweet nature. Everyone wanted to cuddle with her once they knew that she was able to jump up onto the couch (we needed to give her an escape plan in case she didn’t want to play with Kuma). And how could you resist such a look as she begs for food? There may have a couple of “Whoopsies” that happened during the week but I don’t really remember (wink, wink). Our kitchen floor has never been so clean!

Yes, we even let her sleep in our bed (we wanted to make sure she wouldn’t be homesick). Well, of course, if Kala was going to be in bed with us, Kuma was going to as well. So, every night, as soon as one of us was in bed, both dogs would jump up and settle in for the night. Usually, it was Bob who had to fight his way into bed because both of them would be taking up his side. Tee-hee!

So, it basically comes down to this: if you bring your canine to the Sherron Doggie Hotel, I can guarentee when your dog is returned to you, he or she will have been SPOILED and probably picked up some bad habits (like sleeping in your bed or sitting on the couch). Hey, when you’re on vacation, your dog is on vacation also!

Don’t worry, Kuma was spoiled as well. She got all same goodies, got to sleep in bed, got lots of bellyrubs and was even able to get some people food without us chastising anyone. We did draw the line at her getting up on the couch though. No neglect for her!

Moved to Dreamhost

If you are reading this post, you are reading it on our new host, Dreamhost. I moved this and the other sites over today. I have to say, I like it a lot, and if you sign up at that link, I get $$$.

(If you see anything weird, let me know)

Yay Dreamhost!