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Saturday, September 12, 2009
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, 9/11/09

The Mets continue to lose games I go to. We’re now up to 9 in a row, for a season record of 2-10. If you do the math, you can figure out that means I actually had a winning record of 2-1 at one point this season. It has been downhill from there. I decided to borrow my father’s car and drive to Philly instead of take the LIRR, Metroliner, and subway to get there. I think it was the right decision, as it was certainly easier than lugging all my stuff around with me between trains. A little traffic and rain made for a fairly relaxing two and a half hour drive. I got to Citizens Bank Park about three hours before game time, and took a nice walk around the place, and took a few pictures.

Steve Carlton

Then I went inside, and took some more. It was raining lightly but steadily all night. The tarp was on the field before the game, and there was no batting practice, but there were no rain delays, and the game played as scheduled. It’s a beautiful park, as are most of the newer ones these days. I like the bullpen location, though I should have gone back there again during the game for another shot.

Empty Bullpens

I got my ice cream helmet, to add to my collection. The empty helmets are the souvenirs I am bringing back from each stadium. I’m going to be eating a lot of ice cream this month. In Philadelphia, they had soft serve Turkey Hill ice cream, not the Carvel they have in Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. It’s good, but it’s just not the same. Also had an excellent Tony Luke’s cheesesteak before the game.

Helmet Sundae
Tony Luke's Cheesesteak

I had some friendly Phillies fans (really, I swear!) sitting behind me, so I was able to get a picture of me at the park. Despite the rain, I was also able to get my standard stadium photograph, as well. The stands are unfortunately a bit empty due to the weather, but it’s a nice shot regardless.

Me at Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park

The back of this shirt sums up the Mets this season perfectly, especially at a 4-2 loss where they had plenty of chances.

What a Mess!

As always, more pictures in the flickr set for this game, and the baseball trip collection.

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Friday, September 11, 2009
Florida Marlins at New York Mets, 9/10/09

This is the only stadium on my trip I have already been to, though this game was only my fourth time there. I got there a little early, and walked around the stadium a bit, but it wasn’t quite the same experience I expect to have everywhere else. In fact, when I got off the LIRR, I thought maybe I should skip the game and go to the US Open instead. It’s not like I really needed to see the Mets lose another game. Which they did, by a final score of 13-4. A couple of times in the middle innings, they looked like they might have a shot to tie it up, but then it got out of hand. I didn’t even buy a Carvel ice cream helmet, because I already have one at home. The rain broke through a little bit later in the game, but not enough to stop play or bother me at all. After this game, my Mets season record stands at 2-9. Why do I keep going? Not that it matters if they don’t win any more games this year.

I did finally get a picture of me I’ve been wanting, though. That’s in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda by the main entrance to the park. Of course, the number 42 has other meanings for me than just being Robinson’s number.
Jackie Robinson Rotunda

Double Shack
I had my obligatory Shake Shack burger, and took a few other pictures. They can all be found in the set, and again all pictures from the trip can be found in the collection.

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Monday, September 7, 2009
MLB Stadium Bag and Camera Policies

In a few hours, I’m heading to the airport to get started on my month-long stadium tour. In preparation for that trip, I started putting together a list of the bag and camera rules for all the stadiums I’m going to, so I’d know what I could bring to each. While I was at it, I just went ahead and did all 30 MLB stadiums, because it didn’t take that much more time. I figure this could be useful to some other people, though the rules aren’t necessarily enforced. I take telephoto lenses into Dodger Stadium all the time, even though it says they’re not allowed.

Anyway, here’s the list: MLB Stadium Bag and Camera Rules.

Time to finish getting ready to go…

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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Citi Field Home Opener

I’ve been seriously slacking on the posting here. No excuses.

Baseball season has started! The Mets are off to a mediocre 4-4 start, including a loss in their home opener in their new park, Citi Field. The offense has been pretty good. They struggle with runners in scoring position, but have still been scoring a lot of runs. Pitching and defense, on the other hand, have not been good.

I went to the home opener with my mom, brother, and nephew. It was a lot of fun, even with the loss. David Wright’s game tying two out 3 run homer was incredible. Ryan Church’s dropped flyball the next inning, not so much. A lot of planning went into getting specific tickets for this game. I’ve posted my pics of Dodger Stadium and PETCO here before, and I wanted to get a similar shot at the first game at the Mets new stadium. Getting tickets in the front row of the upper deck was a must, and it worked out beautifully. I’m not sure how I managed to do it, but this is an even better picture than the one of Dodger Stadium.

Citi Field, Opening Day

I have more pictures from the game, and they’ll all eventually be in the Citi Field Opening Day flickr set, but I’m not sure when I’ll get to those.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009
Tour of California

I still want to post fairly regularly, even though I’m not posting a picture of my t-shirt every day anymore. That will make it a little bit harder to figure out what to write about. A little while ago I finally sold my first breakout board. I also just sold my first photograph, after someone contacted me on flickr asking to buy a print. I probably should have charged more. Also, I should set up a store to sell my pictures online, I think. Anyway, now to the real subject of this post…

Tour of California

A little over a week ago, the Tour of California went through Solvang, which isn’t far from me, so I went up there to shoot it. This stage was a time trial, so there unfortunately wasn’t a chance to get a shot of a large group of riders together. Instead, I got shots of each rider shortly after they crossed the finish line. I don’t know who most of them are, because I don’t really follow the sport, but there were a couple I was able to figure out.

Lance Armstrong

Tour of California

Levi Leipheimer started the day in the lead. He won the time trial, and would go on to win the tour.

Tour of California

I don’t know who this is, but he looked right at me and stuck his tongue out, so he gets his picture up here, too.

Tour of Caliornia

All of the pictures can be seen in the Tour of California flickr set.

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Friday, February 20, 2009
Camera On

Camera On

Purchase location: What the Duck
Purchase date: June 1, 2007.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Local Photographer

Local Photographer

Purchase location: Glarkware
Purchase date: June 10, 2008.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Analog Retirement

Analog Retirement

The name of this shirt is a little off. Floppy disks were not analog.

Purchase location: BustedTees
Purchase date: September 16, 2008.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009
Goleta Fog

Goleta Fog

Taken New Year’s Eve, 2008.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
LEDs

LEDs

Finally got my order from Futurlec. Got a large assortment of things from their Value Packs page, including 300 LEDs.

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