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My First Baseball Weekend in ’08? Almost

Posted in Astros, baseball, family, illness on 3 March 08 by mikevc

I have been looking forward to this weekend for quite a while. This weekend was to be the first weekend of that most wonderful time of the year: baseball season. Now, I know that the pros don’t actually get underway until the end of the month, but last week was the start of spring training games and this weekend was the always fun College Classic at Minute Maid Park, including my alma mater (UT Longhorns) and my childhood favorites/school I wish I had gone to (Rice Owls). This is a 3 day event w/ 3 games each day. My plan was to catch five games: all the games the Owls and UT played, especially the Saturday night game when they played each other. Well, fate had other plans.

On Thursday (actually Wednesday night), I was hit with the flu. I left work early on Thursday and haven’t been back. The really sad thing is I took Friday off to catch some baseball and then take my wife out to dinner for her birthday. Needless to say, none of this happened. Not only was I sick but I had one kid recovering from and one just coming down with the flu. Friday and Saturday were both complete washes. I was miserable both days. But there is some good news:

For the wife: Even though we haven’t gone to her birthday dinner at Cafe Montrose yet, her friends did manage to finagle (btw, in a completely unrelated comment other than the word “finagle” made me think of it, I love the name Finagle-a-Bagel, which was a bagel shop all over Boston) her some tickets for the Livestock Show and Rodeo Annual BBQ Cookoff, which she has been wanting to go to for the past ten years. It sounds like she had fun but the inevitable happened. As the only one of the four in our house who had been free of the illness, she returned from the event sniffling and miserably ill.

For me: I did make it to the College Classic today. My wonderful wife allowed me to go even though she was sick and the boys seemed to recover. I had hoped to catch the Rice-Texas Tech game and the UT-UHouston game. I made it through the first one before I realized I wasn’t fully recovered yet. Exhausted, I headed home after one game. On the bright side, the Owls won all their games and I got a parking space on Texas Avenue right outside the park.

One last plea to the folks at Minute Maid or Drayton McLain or someone: Next year please keep the Astros FanFest and the College Classic on the same weekend. It just feels like more of an event that way and allows us ‘Stros fans to get into that baseball mode early in the year. I really don’t like that they separated the two this year. Plus, I am going to be in Minneapolis when the FanFest is held this year. I shouldn’t complain I will get to spend Opening Day with the Twins and Angels: my first AL Opening Day.

Screaming Back Pain

Posted in illness, rambling on 10 October 07 by mikevc

I have spent the past two days in terrible pain.  I am not sure what triggered it but my back is in an amazing amount of pain.  It started in a meeting.  I was sitting down for about two hours and then when I got up–there was searing pain.  It wasn’t even that painful of a meeting.

I tried to go to work yesterday but could barely get around and the pain just got worse.  I also felt like a heel when I asked folks to get something for me that was five feet away; the thing is that five feet looked like insurmountable miles with my back in the state it was in.  I went home and rested after three hours.  Same thing today; although I made it to four hours.  I am headed to the doctor tomorrow but fear he will not be able to tell me much other than to give me muscle relaxers.   I am sure he will also suggest losing weight.  Another indication that I have got to put that at the forefront of my plans for the next few years.

Pain in the Ear

Posted in bad decisions, illness, iPod on 26 February 07 by mikevc

I recently recovered from a bout of the flu that lead to a nasty–and extremely painful–ear infection.  The infection resulted from my tendency to take numerous baths when I am feverish and allowing water into the ear canal.  The flu and infection combined lasted two weeks.  I got antibiotic drops from the doctor, which I–of course–stopped taking once the pain was gone.  It jus so happens that right around that time I got my new orange iPod shuffle in the mail.  I–again: of course–could not resist trying it out and listened to it for hours this weekend while reading and playing baseball on the GameCube.  Suffice it to say, that a lack of antibiotic and an earbud in my ear has lead to the ear becoming reinfected and pain returning.  Is it only me who seems to make habitual bad decisions in areas that should be common sense?