With Kings Dominion, drive-in movies and Belle Isle, the River City isn’t too shabby of a place for the summertime, but, in my humble opinion, you’ve got to love it in the fall. The trees that line the streets of the Fan are extra vibrant in 2011 and that’s not to mention the State Fair, the zombie walk the RVA Zombie Film Festival hosted by the Byrd Theater.
"As David Ortiz said, the beer, the chicken and the video games have always been there dating back to 2004, spanning two World Series title runs. Had the Red Sox won the World Series this year, and all of this nonsense leaked out, you would see fans wearing Chicken and Beer t-shirts. It would have been a rally cry, but here we are, distraught Red Sox fans looking for a scapegoat, so we turn to the No. 3 combo plate from Hooters."
"In, literally, what has been the only good Red Sox-related news in over a month, MLB.com beat writers have voted Jacoby Ellsbury as the 2011 Comeback Player of the Year. Ellsbury’s 2010 season was cut to just 18 games when the outfielder collided with third baseman Adrian Beltre. The outfielder hit just .192 in 78 at-bats, going homerless on the season. This past season, Ellsbury rebounded to hit .321/.376/.552 with 32 bombs, 105 RBI and 39 stolen bases becoming the first 30-homer, 30-stolen base player in Red Sox history. He’s also the only player in team history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs out of the leadoff spot. Ellsbury’s MVP-worthy season also put him in an elite class with Vladimir Guerrero (2002), Alfonso Soriano (2002) and Alex Rodriguez (1998), as just the fourth man in MLB history to tally 200 hits, 100 RBI, 35 stolen bases and 30 homers in the same season. Coming into spring, Ellsbury wasn’t nearly at the top of the list for players to keep an eye on. Most were concerned with how Josh Beckett would rebound as Boston’s fourth starter, how Adrian Gonzalez would hit after his shoulder surgery, what Carl Crawford was going to do, and if John Lackey could keep his ERA under 7. Surely, the Red Sox’ collapse will likely cost Ellsbury the American League MVP, but that doesn’t mean that the winner-to-be had a better season than Ellsbury. The just so happened to be on a better team, which will likely be the case. We all knew Ellsbury would be a special player, but I don’t think many of us knew he would be this special."
The open windows allow a cool autumn breeze to dance through our grandparents’ house, Mom’s dad is working on the yard outside and Abuela tells us the Spanish names of the animals on the “Planet Earth” documentaries. Surprisingly, all of this makes for a pleasant and productive homework environment, unlike the excitement I have for our other weekend plans. So far, it has been a successful weekend back home, with pumpkin picking, Halloween decorating and scary movies. There are talks of the seafood festival, but, ultimately, it is probably my decision. I am sort of a guest now after all.
I’ve also started considering actually living in Spain for a year or so… Don’t tell anyone; You’re the first to know.
Today was my second time serving a wedding party, but this time, it was just Mom, Dad, brother and bride. They haven’t lived in the same state for years, so they asked to rent out the entire bed and breakfast for the weekend, leading up to the wedding. That way, it could be like their own home.
For some reason, the family’s attitudes and behaviors made it feel like the pressure was off — The bride came to breakfast in her pajama pants, and family members arrived throughout the day. Still, I conquered the day’s responsibilities, including refreshing their rooms, flawlessly.
I’m finally getting fast. It feels nice to be able to juggle laundry baskets, wine glasses and breakfast plates all at once. This also means getting out of work earlier now, but hopefully having everything down = new responsibilities.