Opening Day Blues

I’m still really happy that baseball is back. But that’s about the only thing I’m happy about.

·        Kershaw – on the DL. I mean, WTF. Really? He got hurt in Australia so yay for that stupid waste of a trip.

·        We STILL can’t watch games because Time Warner is an asshole. I mean, greed is so ugly. I’m mad at TW. I’m mad at the ownership for selling out to TW in the first place. I’m just mad mad mad about the whole thing. As an aside, does anyone know any places that actually have Time Warner where we can go and watch games? Because even restaurants and bars don’t subscribe to that shitty cable.

·        Sigh. Despite the fact that we bought a mini plan through the Dodgers, our plan was TOO mini because Opening Day tickets were not included this year. Never mind that it’s been included in min plans for the last few years, this year you had to buy 30 games in order to get Opening Day. So no Opening Day for us, which makes me pretty bummed. BUT!

We’ve got tickets for next week against the Tigers and low and behold, I’ll finally be seeing a game in Anaheim. The place I dread to go. Fake LA team. To see them play the Mets. What makes it all worth while is that Ant will be happy to see his Mets and we get to go with Lex and Marco which makes everyone happy. Anytime I can spend with my SFAM is good. I’ve already been told not to be upset that their stadium is better to which I say, I won’t be because there’s no way that is possible. Suck it stupid fake LA team.

So baseball. We’re in full swing now. I’m excited to see the changes the Dodgers have made to the stadium, even if it’s from afar because I STILL CAN’T GET TO THEM BECAUSE I SIT IN THE RESERVE. *cough* Oh and! I heard a rumor that that wifi is finally up and running. We’ll see how good it is next week. Until then, Go Dodgers!

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100 Happy Days

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I’m a pretty happy person. If someone were to ask if I was happy, I’d quickly say yes. If they asked me why… I’d probably have to take a minute to answer. It wouldn’t take that long because I’m lying, it’s just that answering WHY to a question like that can be thought provoking.

Aside from the obvious answers, what makes us happy?

When I first saw the 100 Happy Days Challenge, I thought, piece of cake. But that wasn’t the reaction I got from a lot of other people. One reaction was, “HELL NO!” and another, “Nope, not with my job” and that made me sad. It’s sad that the first reaction to being HAPPY, to challenging yourself to find the happy was a resounding NO. I happen to know that both of the people that said that to me share very happy moments with the world on a regular basis so why was their first reaction to assume that there was no way they could achieve something like this? Another close friend was very hesitant. She’s been battling depression for some time and her first natural reaction was that this was impossible. I encouraged her to give it a try because I knew for a fact that she has quite a few things in her life that she shares with me that are happy moments. It might seem impossible to her, to anyone, but from the outsiders perspective, we often see the happy that people can’t see in their own lives.

I think this is why I’m so much in favor of this challenge. They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. I think recognizing happiness is a most definitely a habit we can all form. We go about our days feeling moments of happiness but do we realize it when it happens? Or do we just take time to recognize and dwell in sadness, or anger, or frustration? Those emotions are much easier to feel because they come naturally and they are so recognizable in the moment. And they tend to linger a lot longer than happiness does. I know that things like this take encouragement which is why I made a Facebook group for people who are participating but feel like they need that little push sometimes. If you’re interested in joining the group, leave me a comment! It will be like having your own personal cheering section in the next 100 days.

So let’s fight that feeling! I challenge you to take 100 days and find your happiness. It’s there; you just have to learn how to recognize it, appreciate it, and enjoy it.

100 Happy Days! Are you up for it?? There’s no official start date, begin when you’re ready. Just make sure you sign up at 100HappyDays.com where you can specify where you’ll be logging your days. I’m using my Instagram feed, which is right over there to the right. You can also check out the #100HappyDays hashtag on probably any social network and see some people trying to get happy!

Let’s go!



BASEBALL IS BACK!!

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Yes, actually, the all CAPS are necessary. It’s been a long, cold winter. It’s been the polar vortex of the off-season. But the ground has thawed and it is finally spring again!

Spring training is in full swing. The Dodgers played their first spring training game yesterday where they lost to the D-Bags. Kershaw pitched a few innings and we got to see Javy Guerra again, a face we have sorely missed. They beat them today so at least I can write this on a happy note.

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Vin is in Arizona with the team so it was quite a refreshing sound to hear when his unforgettable voice filled the air. I finally got excited y’all!

It took awhile. We went to FanFest. (meh. Every year, MEH.)(I think it’s because I have no interest in autographs? I don’t know. Some people love it.)(We’ll still go next year of course.) We haven’t made any exciting acquisitions in the off-season and the promises of remodeled areas of the stadium have just been kinda anti-climatic. I’ve seen the construction myself (AKA dirt) and maybe when it’s all said and done, it will be a sight to see. But still, if you don’t hold a field level ticket (or even a pavilion ticket?), you won’t even be able to enjoy those new additions. Dodger stadium is still a classist society.

On top of all that was the disappointing launch of the Dodgers’ new TV Network, SportsNet LA. All Dodgers, all the time??! Count me in!

Except don’t because I don’t have crappy Time Warner. Time Warner is the only cable network carrying it. They also have rights to all the games (with the exception of FOX or ESPN games) which means… drumroll please… for the first time in my life, I won’t be able to watch my Boys in Blue on my TV whenever I want to. This is pretty much the worst thing ever. I mean, I don’t even know anyone who has crappy Time Warner. Because all my friends have good sense. Jokes on all of us though. Unless these idiotic cable companies can work their shit out, we’re all SOL.

I see shades of the McCourt years, flashing in my eyes. Fans are back to being disgruntled. Oh Mr. Kasten, won’t you hear our pleas over the sound of the $8.35 BILLION DOLLARS you’ll be rolling in soon enough??!

But enough about my #Dodgerfanproblems.

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Baseball is back and that’s all that matters. We’ve got our ticket plan, we’ve got new seats this year, and maybe we’ll get lucky and the stadium wifi will actually be installed and working this year.

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All photos courtesy of the amazing John SooHoo

Stay Tuned!