Wiffle Ball

Wiffle Ball 001Some of my best childhood memories were with this ball and the skinny yellow  Wiffle Ball Bat that came with it. It’s a plastic ball the size of a baseball, with 8 oblong holes around one side of the ball. It basically will curve wildly whichever direction the “holes” are and is a real challenge to hit. But you just can’t resist taking that challenge!  With it, you could pitch and win World Series games, strike out the best power hitters in baseball and blast game winning home runs while tens of thousands of fans went wild…all in the stadium of my mind…

We played it until the ball would literally fall apart, we would then play with electrical tape all around it and it then became “tape ball” until we could scrounge up enough money to buy a new ball…today there are leagues, from youth to adults and special stadiums that are replicas of famous ball parks like Fenway and Wrigley. And even Wiffle Ball tournaments and Championships. My favorite research was finding out that the state of New York proclaimed that Wiffle Ball, along with kick ball, freeze tag and dodge ball were considered “unsafe” and “a significant risk of injury” and any camp or youth facility implementing 2 or more of these unsafe games would result in government regulations…( I will save you all the 22 minute rant here about the foolishness of the “wise”, and you’re welcome.)

Wiffle Ball was great especially if you didn’t have enough people to play baseball, or you didn’t have a huge place to play. Night games were awesome under the lights (street lamps) and anyone’s yard could become a major league ballpark. I’m sure there’s an app available for kids today to experience all these great times growing up on their phone or something…

 

 

Gateways

photoRemembering these special days to us that were spent with special friends in this building during a season in our life in Spokane, Washington.  We’ll never be the same.

Blessings y’all!

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

 

Baseball season starts this week! I love baseball, and although I am an avid Seattle Mariners fan, I drew Yankee $tadium for one of my friends who is a Yankee’s fan. (Being a Yankee fan is easy.) This is the new stadium that cost $1.5 Billion to build!  The first one was built in 1923 and to watch Babe Ruth play you could get a ticket for $1.10  That same ticket today will run you about $52…and no Babe…and if you wanted a hot dog back in the day it was a whopping .25 cents and today a bottle of water at Yankee Stadium is $5…times have changed obviously, but it’s still a game and what a great game it is! Go Mariners!

 

Trader Joe’s

Trader JoesFinally, Boise has a Trader Joe’s. If you’ve never been to one, it’s a small grocery store where you can buy “unconventional and interesting” products, not your normal everyday brands you’d see at your SUPER market. In fact, you won’t find hardly any. There may be a product that stays awhile, or sometimes, when it sells out, that’s it. But it’s always fun to see what new food items are in, and to just get my staples…you know, cookie butter and  Blonde Joe-Joe’s… I like just about everything there, except I’m NOT a Tofu or Tofurkey guy by any stretch of the imagination but the fresh organic veggies are about the same price as the Chemical Veggies the big guys sell. The workers all run around in Hawaiian Shirts and are friendly and very helpful. The parking,…uh…well…um,…lets just say I’m thankful we have a Trader Joe’s and my timing is bad.  A fun time. Fun food. Check them out at traderjoes.com.