Friday, August 10, 2018

Sandlot Night at The Bees Game

On August 10, the Salt Lake Bees here in Salt Lake had “Sandlot Night” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the films release back in 1993, and especially since it was filmed here in Utah.

I bought tickets online a few day before so I knew we would have seats. We drove over and parked at the Walmart parking lot, then walked over to the stadium to meet my mom. Annie and Nick bought tickets that night, but all that left was the field area behind the outfields. Even though we were 30 minutes early before the game started, we still missed out on getting a free Ham bobble head.

No big loss. We walked in and walked over to stand in line behind the right field seating area to get autographs from the actors. The line stretched all the way back to center field.
The actors walking out onto the field as we arrived. 

There were half of the actors (including the one who played the kid from the rich kids team) at the end of the line we were waiting in, and the other remaining actors and director near the left field area. Annie and Nick found us right before the game started, then they went to sit down. So we waited in the one line until right before the middle of the 5th inning.
Wil Horneff (Phillip (the rich kid player)), Patrick Renna ("Ham"ilton), Marty York ("Yeah-Yeah") and Grant Gelt (Bertrum)

Marty York ("Yeah-Yeah") and Grant Gelt (Bertrum) 

We would have gone over to get the other set of autographs, but the stadium crew said they would have the actors get up at the end of the 5th inning. Luckily, the 5th inning was the longest inning of the game, which allowed us to get the autographs of the first group. Had I known the inning would have kept going even after we sat in our seats, we would had waited in the other line to get the other set of autographs.

They played scenes of the movie during the changing of innings... this was the scene where Squints faked drowning, and the crowd was laughing and clapping when I captured this picture.

We watched until 8th inning, but we left because my head was pounding with a migraine. Amanda and I walked my mom back to her car, then she drove us to my car parked in the Walmart parking lot. We then drove home and stopped to get a bag of ice for my migraine.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Summer 2018 - Week 8 (Day 8 & 9)

July 29

Today, we were planning on driving home, but we made last minute plans the night before to stay in Vegas one more day to have fun with Heidi and playing in the pool.

Around lunchtime, we all drove over to Subway to have lunch, then checked out a Japanese store next door.

Came back, played with the doggies and kept cool while Chloe made cookies.

Later, with it getting hotter, we finally went over and started swimming in the neighbors pool. I started, then I heard that the adults in the neighbors house were playing a math game... challenge accepted. So I went in and started playing that with them. After we grew tired of that game, we brought out Cards Against Humanity. Don’t worry, the kids were still outside having a blast in the pool, and we would constantly check on them.

We continued playing Cards Against Humanity until it was dinner time, then came back to finish the game until someone won. With it now dark, I told the girls that it was time to call it a day, and to get to bed since we would be driving all day tomorrow.

July 30
Since it’s a short story, I’ll add it here. Basically, we packed up our luggage, the dog, and said goodbye to Heidi and her dogs. We headed on the road, made it to the girls house, and said goodbye to them.

We continued on the road and made it home shortly before sunset.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Summer 2018 - Week 8 (Day 7)

July 28

Today was the last day we were going to be in California. We got ready, packed up, checked the room one more time, then headed out to the van to head out. Before we were to arrive to the airport, we had planned to visit a couple well known places in California that I suggested. The first one I discovered the night before while looking at Google Maps while driving back to the hotel. I discovered that the house that was used for the exterior shot of The Brady Bunch house that was shown in the beginning or between scenes of each episode, was nearby. With TJ driving, I had him drive past it. Only us four adults recognized it, because the girls had not even seen the show yet. (I finally showed them months after a quick look at the second episode.)
The house back in the '60s (picture source, NPR)

It's had a brick wall built in front of it since the show... and other yard changes.

After quickly driving by the house, we headed west on the 101, then south down Laurel Canyon, then west over to Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. If you are asking yourself, “Why...?”, this is where Marilyn Monroe and many other well known celebrities are laid to rest. We walked around looking for any famous names we know, and we found quite a few besides Marilyn and Hef.


I think TJ was a little worried that we would be late on getting to the airport, so we headed to Long Beach Airport. TJ and my moms flight was before ours, so we dropped them off and the four of us headed over to get lunch at Wendy’s. After eating, we filled up to top off the van with gas, then drove it over to the car rental car drop off. We grabbed our luggage and walked into and through security. Once through, we actually found the other two sitting in the chairs eating lunch from the airport. That means, they could have come with and joined us for lunch. Long Beach Airport is not as chaotic LAX, just a heads up for those traveling.

We waited and did whatever we wanted to entertain ourselves while waiting for our flights in the airport. Like I said, TJ and my mom’s flight was scheduled before ours. Well, the airplane that was to come from San Francisco into Long Beach to take them home, was delayed in San Francisco... this now meant the four of us would be boarding first and headed out first now.

We waited in line, walked out onto the tarmac, then up the ramp into the plane to find our seats. Took off and flew into Las Vegas.

Heidi met us there to pick us up as my car was still at her house.

We drove over to meet her boyfriend at the ramen noodle place we ate at a few days prior. This was a surprise to the girls because we told them that we were going to eat at the sub shop next to the ramen restaurant.

Chloe took the dare from Aunt Heidi to eat wasabi. She made $7 bucks from it, lol.

After eating, we headed back to her place to have fun in the neighbors pool.

The girls spent a majority of the night swimming with the neighbor kids, while we relaxed. Before going they went to bed, I realized I didn’t want to go home the next day, neither did anyone else. So I wrote the girls mom to ask if we could bring them home the day after. She said yes and we enjoyed one more night at Heidi’s.

After the girls went to bed, Amanda and I went to go play at the near by casino. I drank until buzzed, and then got hungry. So we walked to the 7-11 across the freeway overpass to get food. The graveyard cashier rocked, he gave us the hot dogs for free since he was going to throw them out. Shibby!

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