Toy Story 3
Toy Story 2
Romance novels. Modern romance novels. You know the type. There's always a bare-chested man with superhero dimensions and long, flowing hair with a woman who through artifice or accident has managed to demonstrate a remarkable amount of cleavage and expose at least one shapely leg from toe to 3/4 of the way up her thigh. She will either be clinging to him as to a life ring in the stormy Atlantic while they gaze intensely into each other's eyes or busily swooning whilst he effortlessly supports her with one arm and stares broodingly into the middle distance.
Also, no modern crime whether true or fictional. I don't need to read vicariously sadistic accounts of gruesome murders.
There are lots of other books I won't read or am not interested in reading, but no other genres spring to mind.
I'm going to take this prompt two ways. (Didn't think I'd finish this, did ya?) Well, I am. One can understand "just" to indicate a small interval of time between conclusion and this writing. But! One can also think of it as indicating that finishing at all was a near run thing and only barely accomplished.
So, to take the latter first, I only just finished Anna Karenina. Don't misunderstand, the book is a triumph. The plot, characters, dialogue (even in translation) were all amazing. But the tale is so relentlessly depressing it's a long, hard slog to get through it. I think I probably read a half-dozen Wodehouse books interspersed with it just so I wouldn't get so down that I'd throw myself under a train. (Too soon?)
In the other sense, I think the most recently completed book I've read is Pandora by Holly Hollander by Gene Wolfe. Yep, you read that right. This is Mr Wolfe's foray into writing a detective novel. Not that none of his other stories have mystery, but I think this is the only novel which is entirely in that genre. The references are not quite as obscure, and it is typically brilliant, as Gene Wolfe's books tend to be.
Thursday for the first (and only) time on the trip we saw the home team win. After driving down to Miami from Tampa earlier in the day (turns out driving across the Everglades on the interstate is incredibly boring), we saw the Marlins defeat the Colorado Rockies in the evening.
The park had its points. Most of it was just your standard, domed, artificial turf stadium, but the giant, light-studded Marlin pinwheel thing in centerfield that goes into action when a Marlin hits a home run was very Miami-esque. At least, so it seemed to me. We got to see it light up twice; once for Giancarlo Stanton. Ichiro got in to pinch hit in the bottom of the eighth and hit a single. So good times all the way around. They even put in their reliever who does the funny little hop at the end of his delivery.
Don't know that I'll go back to Miami, but it wasn't a bad experience getting there for the game like New York. Eesh.
Wednesday was a jaunt over to Lakeland to see the Flying Tigers. The previous day's game there had rained out with what had apparently been a storm of near biblical proportions. As a consequence, they scheduled a double-header of seven-inning games for Wednesday.
There was still a bit of rain threatening, but the first game started nearly on time. We lucked into an all-you-can-eat concession promotion and for a mere $11 we got seats right behind home plate and all the brats, hamburgers, popcorn, pretzels, etc. that we could handle. The Flying Tigers quickly fell behind the Fort Myers Miracle, and then the rain started about the 4th inning and really started coming down after the sixth. After waiting about 30 minutes, we figured it wasn't going to stop and figured we'd gotten our money's worth and left.
Picked up a nice hat with an element I haven't seen anywhere else on a baseball team's hat except those worn by the Seattle Pilots as were. Also, I think this was the largest field of any we visited, and that includes the MLB parks. Once again, the minor league experience was great. Met an usher who used to live near my neck of the woods and gave us a foul ball he got a hold of. With the rain and the mid-week game and it being only Advanced A minors, the crowd was sparse and if I'd been willing to run a bit, I could probably have ended up with three foul balls.
May update with pictures later.
Went Tuesday to see what are now merely the Rays. Apparently the "devil" portion off the name was objectionable? Just being the Rays, however, is a far less fearsome mascot particularly as they now seem to be trying to shift the association to a ray of light instead of the fish.
Regardless, they had the good sense to still have caps with the old logo, so I of course got one off those. The game itself was a bit disappointing since the Rays were dismantled (foreshadowing pun!) by the Angels. They committed 3 errors and gave up 15 hits on their way to losing 8-2.
On the bright side, we did see Pujols hit the home run that tied him with Mickey Mantle. 536 and Mike Schmidt at 548 it's next on the list.
Third loss in a row for the home team. Would this change the next day in Lakeland?
Yesterday we were between major league games and so it was a minor league game in Clearwater, Florida (the Threshers!) and some inexpensive good times at the ballpark. Last night happened to be $13 to get box seats behind home plate and all the wings one could eat. Not a bad deal.
The baseball wasn't tip-top, but it was still baseball. The park is beautiful, the weather was clement (if a bit hot), and the odds of a foul ball are so, so, so, much better here than a big league park.
Can't wait to take my kids to a minor league game when I get home. Pictures to come later. (Maybe.)
That post title is just for you, Leonard.
A brief post about seeing the Braves. First trip to Atlanta. The stadium is nice enough; not much to distinguish it from other parks. When I'm not using my phone perhaps I'll come back and add some pictures.
My dad and I tend to jinx the home team during our baseball trips, and today was no exception. The Pirates won 3-0. Which was kinda poetic justice since they were almost victims of a perfect game when we visited Pittsburgh a couple years ago. Tomorrow we're thinking we'll catch a minor league game and then it's the Rays in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Gerrit Cole is pretty impressive. Further updates as events warrant.