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Baseball Has Not Been Bery Bery Good To Me!

posted 9/30/2007 7:45:21 PM |
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In a last ditch effort to prolong the fun of summer, I purchased Cincinnati Reds tickets for Saturday's game against the Cubs. The game was slated to start at 7:10 p.m., and my son was all excited because I got an extra ticket to the game so he could invite a friend.
The Cubs are winning, so it was decided that Saturday's game against the Reds should be televised. But in order to put the game on TV, the time had to be changed. Game time was moved from 7:10 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
I purchased the tickets way back in July, so it never dawned on me to check for any time changes. It turns out that my son's friend overheard some adults talking about the game time change at his soccer game that Saturday morning. As soon as the kid got home he was on the horn to us, letting us know about the change. Unfortunately, it was about five minutes to three when he called!
My son and I jumped into the car, drove over to his friend's house, picked up the friend then headed to the game. We made excellent time (of course going 70 m.p.h. in a 55 zone helped) and we ended up only missing the first inning.
The game itself was depressing! The Reds played terribly, while the Cubs really showed their stuff! Our seats just happened to be right in the middle of Cub Fan territory, too! Seeing as how I'm not a huge baseball fan, I got my entertainment for the afternoon watching the fans rooting for the Cubs. They were totally hilarious! They brought all kinds of signs and they were constantly trying to get on TV!
The Cubs killed the Reds in record time, too. 2 hours and 19 minutes was how long the game lasted. The kids and I headed back to the parking garage where we parked, walking in a huge stream of people headed in our same direction.
We wait on the elevator and luckily made the second 'vator headed up. We got off on the fourth floor, and lucky for me, the kids remembered where we parked. I unlocked the car and the kids jump in. As I'm opening the driver's side door I just happened to look down and notice that my front tire looks funny. Upon closer investigation I see that it's FLAT!
It's a time like this when I really miss having a man in my life! I wasn't a member of Triple A, and had no road side assistance to call to help me get the spare onto the car. Do you think I know how to change a tire? HELL NO!
So I'm wracking my brain, trying to decide what to do, and just for the hell of it, I call Triple A, thinking they might be able to give me the number of a local garage.
10 minutes and $84 later, I'm a bona fide member of said Triple A, and they have dispatched a truck to come and help me!
Now I'm sure many of you have kids- so you know what I'm about to describe. An hour's worth of down time with two 11-year-olds who have nothing to do and are bored out of their minds!
My son's friend even had to go to the bathroom while we were waiting on the truck to come to us. Of course this parking garage had no restrooms, so he ended up having to just hide behind a pillar and do his thing!
Finally, after 45 minutes of agony, the Triple A dude calls my cell. Turns out he's driving a HUGE flatbed truck and says there's no way he can get inside the parking garage. Could I drive down to street level and meet him?
OMG- I was only going about 5 miles an hour, but with each turn the tire made more and more funny noises, and I was convinced it was going to blow before we made it to the street.
We finally get out of the parking garage and I look for street signs. When I figure out where we are I call the Triple A guy and give him our coordinates. I can see him rounding the corner in my rear view mirror as we talk.
So there I am, two kids in tow, at 8:30 at night, standing on a street corner in downtown Cincinnati! It was pretty darn scary!
It took the tow truck dude all of two minutes to change the flat to the spare, and the kids and I got back on the road.
By this time, both kids being boys, they are STARVED to death! So on the way home we stopped for dinner. We're sitting in Chili's eating dinner at 9:30 at night!
We finally make it home, and the boys are wired for sound! They end up staying up until 2 a.m.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The boys woke up this morning at 8! They played a while then the friend's dad came to pick him up a little after 11.
I then headed out to buy new tires. And what a total racket that is, let me just say!
So my little end-of-summer venture ended up costing me upwards of $700 by the time it was all said and done!
And this is why baseball has not been bery bery good to me!

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Sep 30 @ 7:55PM  
Yep Triple A is a life saver! My Brother gets it for me every year for Christmas!! He knows I wouldn't get for myself and he knows I can't change a tire to save my life!!!

Sep 30 @ 8:16PM  
Well, hopefully you had your son watch and learn how to change a tire. I'll bet you will always have a can of fix-a-flat in the car too from now on as well as become a life member of AAA.
It does sound like a Mastercard commercial gone horribly wrong as it wasn't priceless.

Oct 1 @ 12:35AM  
Yeah, I knew about the change in time two days prior to it. I'm surprised the reds office didn't alert you and others about the change. I too have AAA and I would hate to take a chance not having it.

Oct 1 @ 4:05AM  
Well... even though the Cubs spoiled your chance at seeing The Reds kick their ass, at least we ALL know that The Cubs are just going to choke...

Just like they have since 1908. Cubs Suck.

Go Brewers, Go packers.

By the way, I hope you didn't fuck up your rim by driving on the flat.....?

Oct 1 @ 9:47AM  
Baseball has not been very good to you; sorry no sympathy here, I am a cubs fan and am still waiting for a World Series win to happen in my lifetime,lol.

Oct 1 @ 9:57AM  
I'll have to ask my daughter if she can still change a tire. When my kids turned 16, they all got a tire changing lesson before they were allowed to take their car out on the road. When I was a kid the cars all had those unsafe bumper jacks that were as likely as not to fall over if the vehicle wasn't parked on a hard surface. The new ones all lift the body and are VERY stabile.

FYI, Milwaukee moron...... the Cubs are in the playoffs because Milwaukee choked up their lunch.
Or were you hoping nobody would notice..........

Mar 7 @ 3:06PM  
I just saw this,a little late but it will help ya out.Get a can of fix-a-flat and keep it in the trunk.Easy to use,shake the can for like a minute,attach the hose to the valve stem on the tire and push the button.The can empties itself into the tire sealing the puncture unless it's up on the sidewall.After you drive on it it will distribute itself in the tire and form a seal.You'll need to add some air to the tire later on but the stuff works great.I use it alot since I drive the beaches here in Nj and always wind up with a few flats a year.The only biggie is,when you get new tires,make sure to tell the guys doing the work that there is fix a flat in the tire.Like 7 dollars a can,works and has like a 3 year shelf life.Good stuff.

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