Take me out to the ballgame!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
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Trip End May 14, 2010


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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Caleb and Becky Wahlgren, our fellow techs who we befriended in our first week of training, drove overtime back from their tour in order to get back to California a day early. Thus, we all had Sunday to spend together! They would be flying out on Thursday, so we had a nice few days to reconnect and hang out like friends do.

Caleb, especially, had been planning for a while in order to pack the most fun we could into a few short days.
On the docket for Sunday was the Walk of Fame, a Dodgers baseball game, and the late afternoon at Santa Monica Pier before dinner.

The day went perfectly! We paid for an hour of parking downtown, and we spent almost that entire time walking around the avenues looking at the celebrity stars in the pavement. Becky wanted to see John Wayne (or, his star anyway), so that became the goal of the trip. Along the way, we found Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, Ringo Starr (had a star--ironic), Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby... could you guess we all prefer the old school? It was fun, but we had to make it to Dodgers Stadium for the game!

The stadium sat atop a large hill outside LA, which provided a nice photograph opportunity. Inside, the stadium was huge! We had seats situated above home plate, and just a very short walk up to the overpriced food and drinks. The weather was perfect, albeit burn-your-skin-off sunny.
And the game was pretty good, too. Dodgers faced the Detroit Tigers in interleague play, and the Tigers came up victorious in the end. Kelsey especially didn't know who to root for--the local hometeam? or her Michigan team? I guess all things considered, we root-root-rooted for the hometeam. Especially since they were behind. And since Johnny Damon, a former Red Sox-turned-Yankee, was on the Tigers.
The Dodgers had a chance to tie it up or take the lead when they brought in a pinch hitter with bases loaded. They called upon Manny Ramirez to get the job done. Manny is a former Red Sox fan-favorite. It was increadible and rather humorous to me to see how much Dodgers fans love their Manny! The crowd went nuts when we came up out of the dugout! All that made for a pretty lame anti-climax when he dribbled to short-stop. But hey--it was fun.

And that's not all, no. After the game, the four of us headed to Santa Monica Pier. It was incredibly windy on the ocean, which made for a pretty cold afternoon. But Caleb and Becky had promised each other that if they finished the tour, that they would go stick their feet in the Pacific Ocean. So they did. We walked out on the pier as far west as we could possibly go. The waves out there off the California coastline are larger than any wave I've experienced. Kind of impressive.

But since it was cold and windy, we didn't stay there long. We washed the sand off our feet and headed back toward our humble Camfel condo. Just before we returned, we stopped at Chili's for one last "eating-out". Even though we all start to regret the notion of having to eat out on tour, we all enjoy it when we are with other people. That's the significant factor.

And so that concluded the Wahlgren-Domeny Day of Fun. More days would follow in the week to reconnect the friendship--none as busy and activity-oriented as this Sunday, however.
The Wahlgrens were perfect friends to have especially this past year--they, like us, are newly-married, traveling the country in a van, staying in hotels, dealing with inept school administration... we realized that this past year, the Wahlgrens are the two people who can best relate to our current state of life. So we were very blessed to have been their friends. Now that their tour is over, they are settling down once more. You never know--we might stop by their place this next year. God bless you both, Wahlgrens! Thanks for a great year of friendship--and hopefully many more to follow!
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