Saturday, July 10, 2004

Baseball and (another) vacation

Saturday night. Last night, I attended my first game at Petco Park, the new home of the San Diego Padres. Because there is no parking at the ballpark (don't ask!), this entailed driving to the old stadium (Qualcomm), parking, catching a trolley, and then walking from the trolley station to the park. I think I liked it better the old way, honestly. In any case, I had awesome seats, about 15 rows directly behind home plate, from which to watch my beloved Padres lose to the Rockies. Boo hiss. I must say that I wasn't impressed with the ballpark at all, it's just a very generic, very boring venue, with nothing special or unique to recommend it. San Diego is a wonderful, beautiful city and we now have a really boring ballpark stuck in the middle of downtown with no parking. Wow, I'm so glad I voted yes on Proposition C (the initiative that authorized the building of what would become Petco).

In other news, I am leaving on yet another vacation very early tomorrow morning. I will be spending the better part of the next eight days in and about Grand Junction, Colorado. I'm going to explore the (beautiful) surrounding countryside and just soak up as much relaxation as I can. I'm hoping to get some natural activity (hiking) in every day in addition to the five days (minimum) of walking I'll do in the fitness center at my hotel. (Yes, I know that I could be out walking in the beautiful outdoors, but I really hate the heat and I don't want to deal with it while I'm specifically trying to get my walking in.) I've got my Deep Woods Off bug repellant ready to go (I am like chum on the water for any and all mosquito type insects) as well as my sunscreen and a hat, so here's hoping that the altitude and the heat don't kill my energy and leave me looking at the beautiful scenery from the comfort of an air conditioned car. My eating plan is, basically, to make the best choices possible given the options available to me at each meal. I'm going to pay attention to my body so that I can tell when it's full and stop eating when it's had enough. I am only really hoping to maintain next week because I fear that I will eat more than I usually do, but we shall see when I return.

With that, I'm off to finish packing. The shuttle comes at 4:30am (yes, I know, I was surprised that they still had that in the morning, too) and I'd like to get a few hours of sleep before then.

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