10 July 2006

The Vay-Kay

We're back from a week in Georgia and Tennessee (actually 4.5 days in GA. and 1 in TN.).


— Braves win 14-4 over Cardinals in game we attended. A blowout, yes, but a lot of fun for Shannon and me. Games are ridiculously expensive these days but it was worth it, especially since we don't do this but once in a while. Live baseball is so much fun and the Braves do a great job of making the park fun. Turner Field, though named for a jackass, is a great facility.

— Portable DVD player does the trick, keeps Isabella from asking to go to the potty every 10 seconds. I supressed the voice telling me not to sedate my kids with TV and we had the best trip with the kids watching Boz (a Christian bear animation thing), Strawberry Shortcake and Toy Story 1 & 2 (also known by Isabella as "Woody and Buzz" - TS 1 and "Woody and Jesse" - TS 2). I even got an "Arrested Development" Season 2 episode in at my in-laws house, cause I knew no one but me appreciated this fine television program.

— Oh yeah, we went to the Braves game on "1980s Commemorative Pin Night." Dale Murphy is featured on this pin. Awesome. We also got a Braves welcome mat so all the Hoosiers can wipe their feet on the logo of our team.

— Picked up Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways" a day before its release because the Wal-Mart CD rackjobber didn't want to work on the 4th (it's actual release date). It's a pretty awesome disc. Very powerful and somber but, at the same time, a joyous look at moving on from the earthly body. I also got a few books. Chuck Klosterman's "Fargo Rock City" and Rob Bell's "Velvet Elvis." Klosterman is hilarious and dead-on. The Bell book may have been a mistake purchase (I haven't read it yet though) but I'd heard a lot of good things about it and hoping that it's as good as I've heard. I also finally finished Cash's autobiography. Highly recommended.

— At our family reuinon on Saturday, a family member said "You moved up there with those Yankees?" :-)

— My hometown is kinda dumpy in parts. But it's still my hometown. I thought about that a lot as we drove thorough parts of West Tennessee that I hadn't been to in a long time (Milan, Martin, Bedford, etc.). It's a mix of pride and shame that runs through much of the South, I think. Jasper has really spoiled us on what a community can be. It has its faults, to be sure, but it's a very nice-looking place at the very least.

— Glad to be home. I need a few more days off to recover. That's why we left a bit early and came back Saturday instead of Sunday. We were so busy Sunday, it would've been a nightmare to have not come home when we did.

— Oh yeah, the suburbs are not where I want to end up.

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