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April 13, 2005
8:59 AM

I'm not sure what time I fell asleep last night?? Was it early or late? This is kind of important information for me psychologically speaking. This way I can figure out exactly how many hours I slept. I've been sleeping with the TV on to drown out the noise from upstairs. It's not like they're loud upstairs...it's just that every movement and sound vibrates quite loudly downstairs. It's something I need to learn to deal with. And I will.

Two nights ago was the home opener for the Oakland A's.. I left at 2:30 PM to beat traffic. That put me in Oakland at 3:30 PM. 3 hours and 35 minutes before the first pitch. And what an amazing day it was. Blue skies, light breeze, and I was setting up our little tailgating area. Usually, they don't even open up the parking lot until 5 PM, but since it was opening day, they were letting people in early.

We were one of the first cars to make it in the lot. And as usual, we took the farthest parking spot humanly possible. The far north corner of the coliseum. My simple setup of two chairs, a hibachi grill, a cooler with some drinks, baseball gloves, and food to munch on were set. I love to barbeque. It's so exhilirating. To see the coals get red and hot. I love it. Since we had such an early start, I tried to use some old coals that I thought had some life left in them, but unfortunately I couldn't get them going. I have one of those coal starters. It's a cylinder that holds the coals and you put newspaper on the bottom. Do you know what I'm talking about.

But even after lighting an entire SF WEEKLY, the coals were just laughing at us, so we put some new coals on and our waste of 30 minutes, was just that... Slowly, but surely our friends started trickling in. First Rachel, then Peter and Erin, then Mara, and some new people we would meet for the first time. The food intake was quite large. There was a bountiful amount of grilling including ribs, hot dogs, zuchinni, veggie dogs, and sausage. There was even macaroni salad.

It was 7 PM, so we started heading to the game. The parking lot was now completely full. I don't think I've ever seen the coliseum so packed in my entire life. Our seats were on the third deck on the right field side. Perhaps the worst seats you can get, but that's ok. We opted for seats at the very rear of the stadium. This way we could just relax without any interference from behind. The Blue Jays scored 2 runs in the first inning and at this point it started getting cold. The winds from the bay were starting up and as the sun set, so did the temperature. By the second innning my face was numb. For some crazed reason a fan sitting a couple rows down was shirtless and his rather large girlfriend was wearing a tank top.

Me..I was wearing a flannel, two sweatshirts and a sleeping bag. But I couldn't even concentrate on the game. My mind kept circling back to the shirtless man. How can he be there seemingly unphased as I shiver under all these layers. Finallly, in the third I see him get up and leave. I guess he had enough. And at this point the score was 6-0. My home team was getting killed and I was freezing. Perhaps I had enough too.

I thought one more inning to see how the A's would do on their at-bat, but after the Blue Jays made it 7-0 I said "LET'S GO". And I never leave early, but I was dying out there. And now I sit here two days later with a sore throat wondering how that wonderful day could turn 180 degrees. I've got two days to get my voice back as I am heading to vegas for some house shows. Wish me luck.
Peace, mike

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Anonymous-$50
Vien To-$12
Misa and Kaoru-$15
Brian Quirk-$15
Ellen-$5
Kris Racer-$23.45
Christina Giordano-$3
Dustin Dumas-$40
Scott Butterworth-$14
Jessica Burnham-$15
Ken Lee-$33
Kevin Koegel-$30
Brian Abolins-$25
Mark Veon-$15
Michael Cavaleri-$10
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