One month of summer

Yeah, I know, it’s not summer yet, but I’m out of school so it’s close enough for me. For the first two week of summer, I didn’t do much. I did go to a Sox game, but that wasn’t all that great (they lost), the fireworks show afterwords was good, though.

Just before I went back to work, I went to Ft. Wayne, IN to see my roommate and some of my friends from Purdue. We went to see Shrek 2 when it opened. The movie was great. It managed to work a lot of spoofs into an interesting plot, just like the first movie.

The next day we went to Cedar Point. That was my first trip there, and I’d go back anytime. For the most part, we only went on coasters, but that was fine by me. They’ve got some of the best in the world there. I was a bit nervous, ok, really nervous, getting on Millennium Force (their 300 ft. tall coaster). I was actually holding on rather tightly to the lap bar on the way up the lift, then when we got to the top, I realized that I probably wasn’t going to get to do this again anytime soon, so I managed to get my hands up in the air for the rest of the ride.

Before I went back home, we also went to my roommate’s lake house, just outside of Ft. Wayne. We had a lot of fun there on the lake, although the weather cut things a bit short. I went tubing for the first time. That’s quite an experience, trying to hold on to a giant inner tube while being whipped around behind a boat. My arms ended up being sore for the next few days after that, but it was worth it. I also had the chance to ride a waverunner. That was also a lot of fun. It was the first time that I was able to ride one without my dad on the back yelling at me because I was going too fast for him.

After that trip, I went back to work pushing carts and bagging groceries. Actually, they trained me for maintenance so I’ve only been outside pushing carts twice, and bagging groceries once. Maintenance is, simply put, “clean up in Aisle 1.” Of course, it gets interesting when you hear things like “maintenance, it’s raining in aisle 1.” I wasn’t sure if I would like doing it, but I’m getting used to it. If I’m not cleaning up a specific mess, all I really have to do is walk around the store with a broom keeping it clean, and check on the trash cans every now and then.

I’ve been to two additional Sox games this summer. I had tickets three rows behind home plate for one of them. I took my grandpa with me to that game, and he really enjoyed it. The game was great, since the Sox won, and we got to see a great play at home plate, right in front of us. I was also at a game last weekend with one of my friends from Purdue. The Sox also won that game, and there was a fireworks show afterwords. It was also the first time that our new manager got thrown out of a game. He was arguing balls and strikes on behalf of our pitcher when he was thrown out. The crowd, however, instead of booing the ump for throwing him out, applauded our manager and cheered him on. Two pitches later, the ump’s mask was knocked off by a foul ball. The crowd really liked that.

Also at that game, I got a chance to see a commercial from their new ad campaign, called “Sox Pride.” Here is what the ad says:

The White Sox present…a comparison. Them vs. US.

They: Are lovable even when they lose.
We: Hate losing.

They: Champions in 1908.
We: Champions as recently as 1917.

They: Believe they’re cursed.
We: Agree.

They: Got Wood.
We: Got lumber.

They: Have a fan who says, “Woo.”
We: Don’t.

They: Need tickets? See a broker.
We: Call 866-SOX-GAME

Oh…and the mayor likes us better.

The ad got a standing ovation after it played between innings.

That’s been the summer so far. What’s in store for the rest of it? We’ll see, and you’ll find out about it right here.

Posted on June 14, 2004 at 1:57 pm by Matt Walsh ยท Permalink
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  1. Written by Giovanni Go
    on June 20, 2004 at 9:07 pm

    I loved that ad too ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Written by ?
    on June 27, 2004 at 5:15 pm

    haha, they even made fun of that stupid ad on sportscenter

  3. Written by Harty
    on July 8, 2004 at 3:54 pm

    Good entry, Matt. Sounds like you’re enjoying your summer. Go Reds!

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