Archive for March, 2008

31
Mar
08

Sucked in again

Those of you who read my blog regularly have a pretty good idea of my current frame of mind towards the Giants. I have not been looking forward to the start of this season.

Today, I happened to turn on the TV as I planned to squeeze in a quick workout on my elliptical machine at lunch. Oh, that’s right! It’s opening day at Dodger’s Stadium today. Like a rubber necker driving by an accident scene, I could not resist keeping the game on in the background.

Within 5 minutes, I felt the surge of emotions return as I took in the green grass, blue skies, excited fans in the stands (even THOUGH it was Dodger Stadium). Baseball is back. No matter how much I rant & rave, scream, punch my pillow and blog with fierceness, I can’t change the fact that I love this freaking sport and the Giants are my team.

MY TEAM…. That’s right. OMG, they stink. It’s now the 7th inning and they are losing 7 to NOTHING. I don’t think any of them knows how to hit a ball.

Oh, it’s gonna be a long season. The good news is I should get some good (angry) workouts in!

29
Mar
08

Lowering Expectations

I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I learned that Chris Russo, AKA Mad Dog, would be coming on my KNBR show today. I rubbed my hands with glee… how fun will this be in light of my current state of disgust with the Giants?

Chris Russo is a sportscaster at a radio station in NY who touts himself as the only SF Giants baseball fan on the East Coast. (These days, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is right!)

Chris is known for his animated banter and has been known to rant and rave on air, especially when the topic is the Giants. As a fan, I have certainly always appreciated his zealousness. I thought this morning, if he gets crazed when the Giants are performing moderately well, he might just combust with anger given the Giants’ current situation.

Turns out, he was surprisingly mellow on the show. Oh, don’t worry, there was lots of ranting and I heard him say, “we suck” about 10 times…. but for Chris Russo standards, trust me, he was mellow. He actually had some good, constructive advice for management. Also, his message to fans was this: “find the good in the Giants this year.” As a rose colored lens kinda gal, I am attracted to statements like this. He made some good points. His suggestion to management is to let the young kids play every day so they can mature into decent players, rather than continuing to let the aging, injury prone veterans play. After all, we’ve seen all those old guys have to offer.
He also gave the advice to fans, “lower your expectations”. Of course!!! Lower expectations. I should have thought of that. I am thinking this is a good approach…. expect them to LOSE every game so that when they win, it is an exciting surprise. Genious! Chris Russo also announced on air that he intends to only watch the games when either Cain or Lincecum is pitching. I think I may adhere to that rule as well.

Thank you Chris Russo for setting me straight! I kinda feel like I just paid to see a therapist.
28
Mar
08

Snap out of it!

Wow. I just got done reading at least 20 anonymous womens infertility stories online. I feel like a nincompoop for complaining so much cause my situation is ridiculously insignificant compared to theirs. Most of the women I read about have been trying (with drugs, injections, IUI, and other advanced treatments) for over 6 months unsuccessfully. I’m crying to anyone who will listen cause I’m too darn impatient to wait for the freaking ovulation kit to give the “happy baby picture” (that’s right, I bought the Mercedes Benz version ovulation kit…. no faded blue lines for me).

My heart goes out to these women who have spent an unbelievable amount of time, energy, and money trying to get pregnant. Many of the stories include mis-carriages. It is just heartwrenching and I cannot even begin to imagine what I would do in their shoes. It amazes me that these women still possess the inner strength to post their stories as well as the compassion to support and advise others in similar positions.

Just goes to show you the strength of a woman. Can you imagine if men had to endure such obstacles?

27
Mar
08

It’s gonna be a long year

The Giants lost to their Triple A affiliate team in Fresno yesterday. Triple A Fresno is the minor league team that grooms players for the major league. I can only roll my eyes and laugh. What else is there to say? The G’s are pretty much already slotted for last place in the National League and let’s just hope they don’t embarrass themselves too much this year.

Thank goodness for the Warriors!

27
Mar
08

It’s gonna be a long year

The Giants lost to their Triple A affiliate team in Fresno yesterday. Triple A Fresno is the minor league team that grooms players for the major league. I can only roll my eyes and laugh. What else is there to say? The G’s are pretty much already slotted for last place in the National League and let’s just hope they don’t embarrass themselves too much this year.

Thank goodness for the Warriors!

26
Mar
08

My Morning Friends

I have these friends who keep me company on my daily morning walk with Lucy. While Lucy sniffs, explores and chases squirrels in the dark, I am entertained by my friends. They are with me from start to finish, at my command. I don’t have to wait for them ever. They each have a unique personality, with different types of humor. I have been known to LOL (at the amusement of other trail walkers, I’m sure) at times. I don’t have to talk, just listen and laugh. I know what to expect from each of them and the beautiful thing is I can do no wrong with these friends and they never ask a thing of me in return.

These friends of mine are the crew of the “Murph and Mac” morning show on KNBR 680. They don’t know me of course, but oh, do I know them!

There is Brian Murphy (Murph), my favorite and who over the years I’ve developed a mild crush on. He’s a man full of heart and personality. Paul McCaffery (Paulie Mac), is a fun loving, passionate guy with a talent for recording current event appropriate musical renditions for the show. Dan Dibley (Dibs) is their utility guy who does everything from report the daily traffic conditions to running ultra-marathons. Patrick Conner (P-Con) is their ultra talented producer who has a knack for inserting the most perfect sound bytes to complement Murph & Mac’s witty dialogue.

My day is not complete without having spent 1 1/2 hours listening to their show. I know the timing of every segment: Top 10 news stories, business, traffic. Of course KNBR is a sports radio station so the majority of the time they are talking about a topic I love! I will have a pretty good idea of topics they will be discussing, based on how the various bay area sports teams performed the day before. If the Warriors win by 1 point at the buzzer, it’s gonna be a fun day. If the Giants lose 15-0, it’s gonna be a day filled with ranting and raving.

How lucky am I? How many gals can say they have such a great group of boypals?

25
Mar
08

Hello my name is Sheila. I am an Internet Junkie.

This made me laugh today,

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/87251

It is actually a notion I’ve thought a lot about and even pondered if I might be afflicted myself. I do have that intense need to be connected at all times. I feel genuinely lost without my “Crackberry” and it makes me crazy if I haven’t checked email in the past hour.

Who knows what nuggets of information may be sitting in my inbox as of yet undiscovered?

The reality is, we’re usually talking about a marketing email inviting me to check out the newest gadgets at Crate and Barrel or another “MyPoints” email presenting me with yet another opportunity to add 5 points (just for reading!) to my growing loyalty program account.

There is no better feeling than to receive an email from a friend inviting me to lunch, or an email from my favorite “email buddy”, Kathy, with an update on what’s going on in her life. Akin to winning a hand at BlackJack, I feel like a winner whenever I check for new mail on my cell phone and see the note “inbox: 1 of 5” signifying 5 new messages are coming in!

So, what do you think? Do I need to start thinking about going to Internet Junkies Anonymous? Maybe… but can we meet online instead?