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.
"Major League Baseball goes into the final day of the 2011 regular season with the wild-card playoff spots up for grabs.
In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox each won their games Tuesday night to remain tied at 90 wins, 71 losses, with one game to go in the 162-game regular season. The Red Sox, who beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 on Tuesday, face the Orioles again tonight in Baltimore. The Rays, who beat the New York Yankees 5-3 on Tuesday, host the Yankees in St. Petersburg, Florida.”
"Richmond to celebrate cycling championships Wednesday"
"Organizers of the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships are holding a celebration Wednesday morning at the James Center in downtown Richmond to mark the city being chosen to host the prestigious bicycling event.
Gov. Bob McDonnell, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and other officials ‘will lead this pep rally as we officially kick off the four-year push,’ organizers said. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Richmond was named the host city last week.
The nine-day championships could bring more than 450,000 people from 70 countries and have an estimated $135.3 million in economic benefit to the Richmond area.
The championships are tentatively scheduled to begin Sept. 19, 2015. It will be the first time they have been held in the U.S. since 1986 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The race will be in the Netherlands next year; then Florence, Italy, in 2013; and Ponferrada, Spain, in 2014.”
Jacoby Ellsbury, leading the team now in runs, home runs and stolen bases, is now the first Red Sox player to become a part of the elite “30/30 club,” which means he now has at least 30 of each of the latter two. As the wild card lead shrinks for the Red Sox, Ellsbury made two home runs against the Yankees today alone.
"Later this week, a retired NASA satellite the size of a school bus will finally fall back toward Earth after orbiting the planet for two decades. Most of it will burn up in the atmosphere. But about two dozen pieces are expected to hit the ground — somewhere.
And the biggest piece will weigh about 300 pounds.”
Today, in Introduction to Broadcast Writing, we were told to give our classmate our “undivided attention” as she presented her media analysis report to the class. I did my very best to do so, only to hear the professor applaud another classmate’s ability for staying on top of and tweeting breaking news. Apparently, for journalism students, getting on social media sites during class is acceptable. Now that’s great news.