Monthly Archives: August 2014

Where are the fans?

I’ve always heard that Kansas City is a “good baseball city” and if you give fans a winner, they’ll show up at the park.

Well, it’s almost September and the Royals are in first place. And this week, they had pathetic crowds of 13,000 and 17,000. That’s awful.

Dodger fans have an undeserved reputation of not being passionate. But we lead the majors in attendance almost every year, so how could that be?

The a Dodgers are averaging 46,883 fans per home game — that’s 3,400 more than the second-best average in MLB.

That’s all I need to say about this issue. ­čÖé

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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


After a hard, hot day of school (and after-school)



Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized


How does he do it?

Clayton Kershaw missed a month of the season due to injury. And he still has better numbers than anyone else.

How is that possible?

The guy is the best pitcher of his generation.

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized


So proud of my little girl today

The kids at school walk around the gym each morning from 7:30 to 7:45. It’s a very popular social activity and good exercise too.

Tonight I asked Maisa who she walked with this morning. She told me she walked with a couple of girls and a boy in a wheelchair. (The same boy I saw her give a high-five last week before school.)

“I pushed his wheelchair,” Maisa proudly remarked. “He asked me to push him.”

I got a little teary-eyed when I heard this. Jill and I have always encouraged Maisa to be accepting and supportive of people who might not look like everyone else.

(Daycare was a big help in this regard. She was friends with kids of diverse ethnic backgrounds and abilities. Jill and I are grateful she had that opportunity.)

Her eagerness to help someone with a disability made me feel really good.

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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


An almost unbelievable stat

From Dodgers Insider:

In the third inning Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw pitched with the bases loaded for the first time all year.

Wow! Kershaw had not allowed an opponent to load the bases this season until last night. The guy has made like 25 starts!

Kershaw and the Dodgers won 3-1.

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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


Funny, funny stuff

Wanna laugh? Check out @Slooowmotion on Twitter.

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


We ranked our summer events

Jill, Maisa and I ranked our major summertime activities. #1 was our favorite, #2 was second-favorite, and so on.



1. Kansas City

2. Adventureland

3. Lake Panorama

4. Ankeny SummerFest

5. Westphalia Picnic

6. State Fair



1. Lake Panorama

2. Kansas City

3. Westphalia Picnic

4. Ankeny SummerFest

5. Adventureland

6. State Fair


MAISA (she said she really loved all of them and had a hard time deciding)

1. Adventureland

2. State Fair

3. Ankeny SummerFest

4. Kansas City

5. Westphalia Picnic

6. Lake Panorama 

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized