Sunday, March 14, 2010

Busy Weekend - And a ride

I've been told that "this is the time of the year you wait for in Phoenix". While I am not sure of that, all that I do know is that it sure as hell isn't the 115 degrees that are lurking around the corner that you wait for. (E.g. Last summer, on the suggestion of Pat, I had a under 20 (minutes) over 90 (degrees) 5K challenge - success. Gun time was 6:00am - and it was 92 degrees.) Never the less, this weekend was gorgeous and I think that I have the next week to look forward to as well:

While I don't mean to brag**...feel free to ask me how the 6:00am
90 degree temps are in 90 days

This weekend I tried to take advantage of as much of the sun as I could. I know that it will soon be bearing down - turning my skin more leathery than Mick Jagger's face...and certainly more leathery than his pants - so I want to get out there as much as I can.

That said, what is more summertime than baseball!? If you said spring training baseball in minor league stadiums - then you are correct! This past weekend I was fortunate to have a wife that was tired of looking at my ugly mug enough to go to ticketmaster.com and buy some spring training tickets. I believe that while she was doing this I was passed out on the couch in a cold medicine educed coma - so she had free reign of my credit card. I'll be watching the mail for leopard print snuggies. Anyway, we had great (grass) seats that only cost $7 each. That is the only way that a game should be watched - cheaply. We even came within 20 or 30 feet of catching a home run ball. The dork THREW IT BACK!? I still don't understand that tradition. Neither of the teams (Royals and Angels) are even based in Phoenix!? Crazy. Here he is for our online mocking enjoyment:

Keep waiving your hat - dork

My seats, my legs, and my strangely veiny feet. No beer :(

On Sunday, I tackled a bunch of weeds and a stump in my back yard that somehow killed 3 or 4 hours. Since I love to scare all of the neighbor kids at any given chance I have, I didn't wear a shirt. Of course, I didn't even think that my pasty skin would need any sort of sunscreen from the sun. Besides, this early in the season I'm just working on getting a good 'base tan'.

My back SMELLS like "base tan"...which strangely also smells like burnt chicken

Finally, to cap off my busy weekend, this morning I decided to make up for my lack of bike riding with a mid length ride towards the closest "mountain" range near my house (15.5 miles total @ 16 mph). I had hoped to get the entire way there this weekend, but with everything else going on, and the ~40 miles round trip it would have taken, it wasn't meant to be. So, I got up at 5:15 and made it about half way.

The "mountain" I was riding towards
only 6 more miles and I would have made it!

One thing that really struck me was wearing sunglasses in the dark is really not a good idea...but the sun never sets on looking cool everything was really green. Because of El Nino, Arizona has had more rain that normal so all of the little desert spots have really started to sprout a bunch of weeds - my 100% rock front lawn included. You can really tell in the pictures of the sunrise that have a patch of undeveloped land in the foreground:




**Doesn't it always seem that people who say "while I don't mean to brag" always mean to brag?? No exception in my case either I suppose...

21 comments:

RunningLaur said...

I love bragging about our weather - it's Pheonix's most redeeming quality by far.

Great job on the ride, and I hope you'll be back running soon.

The Sean said...

We are happy to see 45 degrees right now:) Snowed again yesterday

BrianFlash said...

Baseball season right around the corner - glorious!

Pam F. said...

Love me some cheapseats!!! Can't wait to watch my Cards this season!

GeorgiaSnail said...

He threw it back???What a MO RON!!!

Three words of advice...Aloe, Sunscreen, Aloe....

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
That homerun deck looks like a great place to hang out and watch the game:) What a nice day:) Your back looks like it hurts:( Ouch! Thanks for sharing those great pictures...they were fun to look at:) Way to get out there for a nice ride too!

Kelly said...

I'm so jealous of where you live and the fact that it's warm enough for shorts and sunburns! I got really excited about 55 degrees here the other day.

My parents go to the spring training a lot. Huge Cubs fans.

Colste said...

I'm so jealous. I need sunshine like I need food right now.....

Psyche said...

Too many more of those "base tans" and it'll be Mick poking the fun.

I just realized how wrong that sounds.

BONUS:)

Jill said...

I'll be bragging about my 60 degree 6am runs this summer as Denver just never gets hot at night...I'll be thinking about you! With my pasty-white skin!

My daughter's headed to Tucson in a few days to watch the Rockies spring training camp; the last before the move North to your neck of the woods. She LOVES the Rockies and is bummed they're leaving Tucson. So look for her next year.

Amanda said...

Yeah, you're bragging.

For some reason, I took a picture of my feet this weekend too. And they're strangely veiny as well.

Running Through Life said...

You are fortunate to have such nice weather. I am officially jealous. Looks like a fun time going to the ball game.

That burn looks like it hurts really bad. I hope you tan soon.

Jamoosh said...

Thanks for reminding me that baseball is back. I will now shoot myself.

kilax said...

I bet it would be fun to go to some of the Spring training games. Even if it was to watch the Royals (my husband is from KC so I have to poke fun).

My ideal running temp is about 50, so while I love how warm it is there right now, I wouldn't love it for running!

Running Through Phoenix said...

Love how your skin color goes from Bowie white to 'spanked ass' red in less one day. Sunscreen isn't enough for me, I need to wear aluminum siding. Ahhhh baseball... napping and paying a lot of $$ for it.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Anytime a back gets that red you know it was a good time.

Rio said...

I love watching spring training games (go Padres)! The lawn seats have a beach vibe, don't they! Good job on the ride!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

What a DORK! Hahahaha. That's fun you got to go though. Spring Training in Arizona sounds wonderful. Things in DC are finally starting to warm up but nothing like the temps you guys have!

Glenn Jones said...

So are the Dodgers the only team with $50 spring training tix? Oh yeah. The McCorts are in the middle of a divorce. (I was reading last week that the legal bills have already surpassed $10MM).

Great time of year to be in the desert. No complaining in July okay?

Ace said...

Are those leopard print snuggies moisture-wicking? Just wondering...

Mel-2nd Chances said...

great pics!!