Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Second World Series, Game One at AT&T Park

I came in early to work October 27 and ended up asking to leave early and walked a brisk half hour to AT&T Park by game time. Of course I didn't have a ticket. It was a beautiful mild San Francisco evening with flags hanging limp and 61*, thankfully. I got myself a World Series Giants National League Champions T off a sidewalk vendor and went back for three more. The boaters, kayakers and swimmers playing ball in the bay were thick and in it for the duration. Balls were being thrown up to walkers and rubber baseballs thrown into the water to tease the boaters. The line to see the game free through the bars was also thick, and long. Smells included smoke and pot, coarse language was to be heard, there was an air of excitement and also consideration for others. Someone took a movie of me eating my pear in my long pig tails with orange bands and Giants cap. A young woman told me she loved my hair and touched it. I started looking for an opening to see the field and realized I was able to see a "TV size" opening through chicken wire at a distance of home plate at Triples Alley. I stayed there watching batters, catcher and runners in through the fifth inning. A toothless guy on bike stood behind me and another guy came and asked if he could snuggle to see my view. I slipped my new T over my old Giants jersey I had tried to give Paul, when it got chilly, and I wanted to be able to say I wore it to the World Series. Back overlooking the kayakers I would start talking to people beside me and enjoying the general air of being thrilled to be at the first game of the World Series. Dogs were donned in Giants Ts and at one point five gorillas sauntered by in orange Department of Corrections jumpsuits. Children were perched on their parent's head. In finding restrooms locked I lucked out seeing someone leave the clinic who allowed me in. Once I had clean hands I made up some bagels and cream cheese and ate the rest of my pear on a metal bench with a view of a TV set at a distance and all the kayakers. Drummers were making great sounds beside me, vendors hawking their programs and food. In walking clockwise around the park I was thrilled with the two dozen tall palms dressed in tiny orange lights and all the wonderful statues of past Giants greats. I walked through the avenue of the palms and watched from a TV with others, all the while trying to dodge smoke. I jumped up and down and screamed for runners. At around 3-1/2 hours the Giants topped the Rangers 11 to 7, my wedding and sealing dates. So just after 8:30 p.m. I was ready to join the masses and walk along the bay to the Ferry Building, adorned in glowing orange light, and me in my orange Giants windbreaker. I got a fright from the hiding bush guy. A man was selling Ts and a young woman snatched one off to the side. I stood in front of her and blocked her with my hand saying, "Hey!" She gave it over and I told the vendor someone had tried to rip him off. The lights reflecting on the calm water was breathtaking and though getting tired I enjoyed my walk very much, all the while feeling glad for the winning Giants. I was also glad when the first BART car was mine. Being squished beside the door with all the fans was not so bad since we were winners, not losers. I couldn't get away without a bathe before bed as we were cheek to jowl for a while, laughing, hooting, and glad for our experience at AT&T watching the Giants win the first game of the World Series.
Game 2, AT&T, watched the last two hours at home. Score: 9-0 Giants
Game 3, Texas, watched innings 5 through 8 at Taqueria Los Comales, Oakland, and at home. Score: 4-2 Rangers
Game 4, Texas, Halloween night. Score: 4-0 Giants
Game 5, Texas, 3-1 Giants. The San Francisco Giants snatch the World Series! Way to go Giants! Great teamwork and commaraderie all around. I started out at Civic Center but hurried home to watch it in comfort instead of sitting on cold cement for hours. I am thrilled for the Giants. The parade is 11 a.m. November 3 in a very excited city.
Paul reminds me he and I went to the 2002 World Series at the Park October 23, ate some food, walked around the stadium a few times, watched it on TVs there, walked back along the Embarcadero and got some hot chocolate. How soon the mind forgets! Thanks to journaling I was able to go back and relive our experience together. Thank you my son for the good times and memories.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

West Side Story

When I saw West Side Story in 1961, three years before I graduated from high school, I was mesmerized by the dancing, music, and story. I had no clue that 49 years later it would be a play at the Orpheum Theatre a block from where I work. Even at girls camp we immortalized it by breaking into Sharks! and Jets! at a dance.

Monday, October 25, 2010

San Francisco Giants Win National League Pennant

San Francisco Giants Win National League Pennant
By David Chapa Oct 25 2010

San Francisco Giants Win National League Pennant
On Saturday, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 and clinched the National League pennant. The Giants will be playing the Texas Rangers in the World Series starting on Wednesday in San Francisco.
The Giants scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning and 1 run in the 8th for a total of 3 runs on 13 hits and no errors. Jaun Uribe hit a homerun in the 8th inning for the Giants. The Phillies scored 2 runs in the 1st inning and ended up with 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 error.
Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was the starting pitcher for the Giants. He pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 2 hits. Brian Wilson finished the game for the Giants.
Right-hander Roy Oswalt was the starting pitcher for the Phillies. He pitched 6 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 9 hits.
The probable starting pitchers in Game 1 of the World Series are Tim Lincecum for the Giants and Left-hander Cliff Lee for the Rangers.
Cliff Lee won 12 and lost 9 in the 2010 season and had an ERA of 3.18. He has won 102 and lost 61 in his career and has a career ERA of 3.85
Game 1 and 2 are in San Francisco, Games 3, 4 and 5 will be in Texas and Games 6 and 7 will be back in San Francisco.

oc: This is the fourth National League Pennant for the San Francisco Giants. Go Giants!

Friday, October 22, 2010

One Year Anniversary of His Passing

It's been a year and I've relived the last days of Michael's life this week. A few hours from now he left this life for another, one year ago. It begins with his birthday on the 18th, leaving from Mexico the following day, driving north with two Kaiser emergency stops inbetween and 24 hours or less in hospice.

We received some 50 sympathy cards and below is the online guest book entries.

Michael Chavez

This Guest Book has been kept online until 10/28/2010 by Contra Costa Times.

November 02, 2009
Dearest Olie and family,I just opened up my account and we are still shoked in knowledge your lovely husband passed away. We feel so sorry, did he do much for my older boys during our stay in S.F.He always was a friendly man, helping and serving others. Our deepest sympathy Olie and family. May God bless you to get through this difficult time. But: don't we've the great knowledge we'll see each other one day? I know at the moment it's too hard to understand that he had to go too young. We've the privileg to see each other one day that is our comfort, our perspective for eternity.Our deepest condolences, Angélique with Dewi & Maurice, also in the name of my sons Daniel & Mario.My special love to you, Olie
October 30, 2009
Olie and family. . .thought about all day!! HOpe all the services went well. Will miss seeing you on a weekly basis!
Boise, Idaho

October 29, 2009
Dear Olie and family,We send you our love to warm you up in this difficult days. We are very sad to know of your loss.sinceraly.Ximena, Cris and Nicolas
San Francisco, California

October 29, 2009
Our deepest sympathy Olie and family.Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May our Heavenly Father bless and comfort you. Joe and Bonnie Jo Zehrung
Bonnie Jo,
Perry, Utah

October 29, 2009
Dear Oli and family,I don't think I can adequately describe my feelings of sadness with you losing your beloved husband and devoted father...our dear friend Michael. I'm so very sorry, but indeed ever grateful for the knowlege, that you will one day be with him again.
Fresno, California

Monday, October 18, 2010

My New Life


I look forward to serving in the temple and it's a bonus when there's a concert after. Kathy has made a point to have dinner with me and often attends the concerts.

Happy Birthday Anniversary Michael

October 18 marks the anniversary of Michael's birthday and I'm remembering him, especially our last one together. I'm wearing the same magenta and white print dress I wore last year. Missing is the Scrabble game, our last together, and some Hawaiian music. It was a wonderful celebration and I am thankful for him and our shared life together. As if in celebration two coworkers brought in homemade chocolate chip cookies and chocolate or chocolate chip bakery muffins. Here is a 60 Minutes clip of Michael's hometown, 46 years before he was born. This is Market Street where apparently there were no traffic laws whatsoever. My observations: Good grief. Everyone is dressed up. Doesn't anyone watch where they're going? There are no crosswalks? Not for the faint of heart to watch. Extraordinary footage just before the 1906 earthquake. And I thought San Francisco drivers were bad now.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Blue Angels

I was in downtown San Francisco for an appointment and caught the practice of the amazing Blue Angels. My children and I have attended their air shows during Fleet Week annually and it's always a thrill to hear them and see them flying in formation. Today I saw three at once and some singles. Later at the Hawaiian concert at Jessie Square I saw the four in formation that had flown over AT&T Park for the Giants/Padres Playoffs opener at 6:30. Beautiful!