A belated post-PAX report

Although I was fairly swamped with work this past weekend, I somehow managed to take the time to go see PAX East, the huge gaming convention and general geekfest organized by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade fame.  Kelly’s brother Matt came up from Philadelphia and joined Patricio and I as we indulged ourselves in a geek’s paradise – specifically, a gaming geek’s paradise.  So go no further if you have a low tolerance for that sort of thing.

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On Football

It’s no secret if you know me and Geoff that I’m the bigger football fan in this family.  While we’re both Red Sox fans, I’ll generally sit and watch a football game on TV with more interest than I will a baseball game.  I enjoy a baseball game live much more than on the TV while I will happily watch football either way.  I am also far more likely to talk football smack with friends and coworkers than Geoff is.  Unless of course you’re a Yankee fan, then all bets are off.

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This year will be a big year of historic anniversaries

It looks like this year is going to be a HUGE year for history geeks like me.

It will be the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  There will be a lot of festivities here in Boston commemorating that event, especially because of the U.S.S. Constitution.

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I think this is turning into a competition

Based on my post from the other day, I think this might be turning into a competition.  Our friends Jason and Shelley are Yankee fans.  Yes, we love them anyway.  (They’re originally from CT, they can’t help it.)  Jason once legendarily got thrown out of a bar, leaving behind a bar tab, after cheering at the wrong time in a Sox vs. Yanks game.  The bartender told him to get out, even when Jason offered to pay his tab, because it would cost more to fix up the bar after the fight that was about to happen than it would if Jason just left.

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More Sox!

I’m popping in from headache land to post some more Sox photos from the game on Sunday.

He threw a good game for his first time in the majors.  He even got ejected.
Our new starting pitcher, Kyle Weiland, in action.

Paps makes his entrance from the bullpen.  Gotta love the music.

There's a reason they play the beginning of the "Jaws" music when he comes out.
Papelbon takes the mound.
He was throwing 96 mph Fastballs.  Consistently.
Papelbon in action.

I like Papelbon, can you tell?  The two Sox shirts I have are Big Papi and Papelbon.

Ok, there’s work to be done.  More later.



Red Sox games this past weekend

Geoff here – I actually had the chance to go to not one but two Red Sox games this weekend, thanks to the kindness of my cousin John and my Aunt Donna.  Friday night I went to a game with John, his brother-in-law and his nephew.  We had a pretty good time, despite the fact that we kept thinking it was going to rain on us.  Thankfully it never did and the game was REALLY good.  In case you hadn’t heard, the Sox stomped the Orioles and almost got into a hell of a brawl.  Then Sunday afternoon Kelly and I got to go together with the tickets Aunt Donna had sent us as a gift.  Kelly brought her camera and she took a lot of pictures.

The Sox warm up before the game - you can see Pedroia, Ortiz, and Youkilis here.
On the screen, the guys selected for the All-Star team hold up their jerseys.
Who's on first? YOOOOOOOOOOOOUK!!!
Pedroia at bat

We got more pictures than that, so I will see if I can find some more good ones to put up.

Pahk youah cah in Hahvad Yahd

One of my funniest memories from back when I first went to Alabama and met Geoff was when we went to his regular Monday night group, lovingly called the “Terrorist Knitters”, and I met a bunch of his friends for the first time.  One of them was Bruce.  Bruce was Geoff’s mechanic and Bruce’s wife, Sarah, was an avid knitter and a member of the knitting group.  Bruce and Sarah arrived a bit later in the evening and when Geoff introduced me to Bruce and told him that I was from Boston, Bruce’s face absolutely lit up and he exclaimed, “Boston!  Say something!”

Bruce was under the impression that I was a native Bostonian and that I had a Boston accent.  I had to apologize and explain to him that while I had lived in Boston for a long time I did not, and still do not, actually have an accent.  He was very disappointed.

I was reminded of this memory this evening when I got home from a Red Sox game and happened upon this article on Boston.com.  If there is one place that you’ll hear varieties on what we lovingly call “Masshole-ish” or “Masshole-ese” it’s Fenway.  Geoff and I were theorizing on our way home that the yellow shirted vendors, who all speak with a Boston accent of one variety or another, are actually trained that way.  We suspect that if you’re walking around Fenway selling “ice cold beer” you’ll sell far less than if you’re selling “ice cold beah.”

Anyway, pictures from Fenway will follow.  Today was the end of a four game series against the Orioles and the Sox swept the series.  Though today the score was 8-6 as opposed to the spankings administered earlier in the series.  We were concerned that the Orioles might actually leave town with a little self esteem as a result.  I think Papelbon took care of that when he closed out the 9th inning.

More later, with pictures.