Monday, July 31, 2006

As Promised

So I'm back from my session at the driving range (more on that later), so as promised here are some things on my mind:

Stamford -- OK, so I've lived here for two and a half years now. I've been downtown to the bars before, I've eaten at some of the restaurants in the area...but I'm just starting to realize how nice it is out here. Those of you who know me know I'm not much of a city person -- I enjoy going into Manhattan from time to time to see a show or meet up with friends, but it's just not a place I'd want to call home. I need things like yards and driveways and all the other things that come with suberbia. And Stamford has all that if you go a mile in pretty much any direction away from downtown. But Stamford can offer you a slightly toned down version of city life when you want it.

I think I really learned to appreciate Stamford when I attended my first Alive @ 5 concert last Thursday. I think it says a lot that this is my third summer here and I only just found out about it. Anyway, for those of you who don't know what it is -- it's a free concert series every Thursday for about 10 weeks in the summer, and it's in the heart of the downtown area (where most of the bars are). I think the best way to describe it would be like one big block party -- the roads are closed off, and it seems like everyone in Stamford under the age of 30 (and a lot over 30 as well) is there. You can BYOB if that's your thing, or you can hit up one of the many bars/restaurants in the area, who all extend their outdoor seating substantially. And then there's the music, which isn't too bad either. This Thursday is Hootie and the Blowfish, and I'm definitely looking forward to it. My little corner of Stamford is also great -- there's the Cove Island Park a short walk away that has beautiful sandy beaches (ok, not at all, it is the Sound after all), lots of open fields for just about any sport you'd want to play, a beach volleyball court, and tons of picnic benches and grills for a fun barbeque with friends. It's also got a few paths for biking/rollerblading/walking. Perhaps the most amusing part of it is that you'll hear about 10 different languages while you're there.

So Stamford is pretty cool -- and I hear that the golf courses are both nice, and being a resident they're also dirt cheap. So just another great thing about Stamford.

Ok, for more thoughts....

Baseball -- I'm not sure if Abreu is the right guy for the Yanks, but they gave up practically nothing for him, so it can't hurt. I'm not sure I like him over a healthy Matsui or Sheffield, but who knows if we'll see either at 100% before the season is up. And for all the media coverage of the whole A-Rod situation....enough is enough. I don't think he'll be the pre-Yankees A-Rod until he has a successful postseason, which hopefully will be this year.

Golf -- so I was very pleased with myself at the driving range today. I was there yesterday, and I was hitting my 6-iron well, and I wasn't doing too badly on the rest of the short irons, but I couldn't hit anything else at all. So I go today, and I'm making solid contact and hitting the ball mostly straight. So that's something to look forward to. Maybe I'll beat my Dad next time I play him (I was up a stroke going into the last hole last time I played him until I shot a 10 on the 18th). I must say that there's something therapeutic about hitting golf balls. Even when I wasn't doing well yesterday it was still calming and it really put my mind at ease.

Mountain Dew -- don't drink a 32oz Mountain Dew about 2 hours before you plan on going to bed.

I'll probably put one more post before I head to bed which will go over some of my goals for the rest of the year. I figure if I put them down publically I can't go pretending I didn't have them as goals later on when I get tired of reaching for them. So it'll be your jobs to keep me honest when it comes to them.


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