Swa-hing batterbatterbatter swa-hing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
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Mike and Sheryl

Flag of United States  , Texas
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

If you don't understand the title of this entry then you really need to see Ferris Beullers Day Off.

Last night we went to a ball game. It was absolutely brilliant. The teams were the Houston Astro’s (the team I now avidly support) verse the Florida Marlins. The game itself was only part of the attraction though, but what a game it was. Bottom of the 9th innings Astro’s lead by 3 so for some weird reason the pitcher lets 3 batters walk thus leaving the bases loaded and the Marlins needing 1 home run to win. The crowd was not happy. Finally the pitcher got it right and struck the batter out . GO ASTRO’S !!!!. Besides the on field action, the whole baseball culture was a spectacle to behold, from $7 beers to $1 hotdogs (I don’t get it either), irate supporters, mad scrambles to claim the foul balls smacked into the crowd (those guys will punch an old lady to get hold of that memento) to the gimmicks they use to keep the crowd occupied during innings changes, for example , best air guitarist, best kiss and various other activities that are all shown on the big screen as the camera pans across the crowd looking for willing participants.

The thing that really amazed us was, initially, we were going to get nosebleed seats which cost approx $7, have a few beers and a laugh. While we were in the queue to buy tickets a man approached Sheryl and offered her two tickets for free as he had some spare. Then another guy gave her two more and shortly after that someone else gave her four more. The tickets that Trace and I used were $54 a piece and were right behind the player’s dugout.....awesome. That’s not all, the batch of four tickets we got were for "Club" level.....right behind the batter......the night just kept getting better and we still hadn’t spent a penny. That would soon change because the drinks prices were extortionate....but a small price to pay for having such a great time.

Well we’ve come to the end of the Texan leg of our trip, tonight we’ll be in New Orleans, Louisiana. So it’s goodbye to giant steaks and the BBQ shack, goodbye crazy bus people, good bye all the new friends we’ve made in Houston, goodbye Shiner (local beer), goodbye awesome accommodation, goodbye Astro’s, goodbye Randall’s (supermarket), goodbye Houston.......more importantly, goodbye Sheryl and Mike.....we’ll miss them the most. Thanks so much for your hospitality guys, for putting us up and putting up with us, for your generosity and your unfaltering willingness to show us a good time in your city....mission accomplished. Hopefully we’ll run into you again somewhere in this vast country within the next 6 weeks.

An observation : I know that the US gets a bad rap in the press all over the world and for the most part, rightly so,...but if you’re on holiday and choose to ignore the politics and enjoy the country, it is really second to none. Especially the friendliness of the locals and the sheer convenience of, well.....everything. We’re quite fond of the place......let’s see if our feelings change over the next 6 weeks. I doubt it.
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