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Topic: 2018 Season Stream of Completely Off-Topic Unconsciousness

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847badgerfan

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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #98 on: January 19, 2018, 07:01:09 AM »
Got it. Sorry for my brain fart. Your post shook me up pretty good and I had to start looking for Robin, because I love the guy. Probably my favorite Sox player, after Ozzie and Konerko.
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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #99 on: January 19, 2018, 07:04:56 AM »
So our big trip this year is going to be going to Amsterdam, then Barcelona, and then a cruise. We'll fly to Amsterdam and then to Barcelona (train was not convenient at all between those two cities). Then we hop on the ship and end up in Miami, where we fly home to Chicago.

I'll add more details as we finalize plans, but that is the general idea.

The following year will be a 3 week tour of Italy. We got our beaks wet last year with a week in Florence and a short stay in Rome. I really need to get to Sicily too, to find my great-grandpa's home in Palermo.
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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #100 on: January 19, 2018, 08:42:31 AM »
 My dream someday is to a do a triple header of Sox, Cubs and Brewers in a single day.  I've done Wrigley, Miller Park on the same day, but love to figure out the triple header.  
Friends of mine did this back in the Day - sort of.Left Ohio drove up to Comiskey and caught a noon Sox contest.Afterwards drove up to Milwaulkee (County Stadium) for a 7:30 Brewers game.Stayed in Suds City overnite.Then drove back down to Chicago for a Cubbies day game at Wrigley.Not in the same day but within 24 hrs - pretty cool
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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #101 on: January 19, 2018, 08:50:17 AM »
So, I was supposed to be in Orlando right now playing baseball.  We had a death in the family so that fell through, and the death part is the important thing as it was not a grandparent situation
Sorry to hear that CD - condolences
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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #102 on: January 19, 2018, 10:22:54 AM »
Badge, your thoughts on flying versus train in Europe show how well that transportation system works. You have options and you can choose the one that makes the most sense. Amersterdam is a long way from Barcelona, and a flight--particularly on the discount airlines Europe has--is a great option. the SF family will be taking the plane likely from Barcelona to Nice and Nice to Vienna because it makes a lot more sense than a 12-hour train ride. And then from Villach to Vienna, to Florence, to Salerno, to Rome, the train will make more sense. Options are great. :-)

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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #103 on: January 19, 2018, 10:25:43 AM »
Badge, your thoughts on flying versus train in Europe show how well that transportation system works. You have options and you can choose the one that makes the most sense. Amersterdam is a long way from Barcelona, and a flight--particularly on the discount airlines Europe has--is a great option. the SF family will be taking the plane likely from Barcelona to Nice and Nice to Vienna because it makes a lot more sense than a 12-hour train ride. And then from Villach to Vienna, to Florence, to Salerno, to Rome, the train will make more sense. Options are great. :-)
I've only flown in Europe once (aside from a connecting flight), from London to Athens, and while cheap, I was convinced the plane was going to break apart during flight.  They also were not enforcing the no smoking, and the lone drink option was red wine in a Solo cup.

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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #104 on: January 19, 2018, 12:44:04 PM »
Got it. Sorry for my brain fart. Your post shook me up pretty good and I had to start looking for Robin, because I love the guy. Probably my favorite Sox player, after Ozzie and Konerko.

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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #105 on: January 19, 2018, 05:25:14 PM »
I swear that's my Mom's favorite moment in baseball history.    She would always make reference it to us when we were talking back.    'come over here and I'll handle you like Robin Ventura.' (imitating the headlock and punching hold)

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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #106 on: January 19, 2018, 05:50:12 PM »
Sorry to hear that CD - condolences
Thanks.  I'm still a bit shook up.  No need to go into details here.

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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #107 on: January 22, 2018, 05:41:22 PM »
116 games attended.
Wow. 
I am at 56 games attended, with many more teams & places I want to experience.
The team I've seen the most is my alma mater, Arizona, at 24, with UCLA, Arizona State, Virginia Tech, & Hawaii (stationed at Pearl Harbor) taking a distance 2nd.
Because my alma mater isn't always worth the frustration during a down year, and since I move around a lot, I've diversified my attendance to prioritize big game experiences and destination bowls I grew up wanting to see for myself. Made a point to check out home games for Penn St, Notre Dame, Auburn, Michigan, and Virginia Tech to name the bigger few during my time on the East Coast.
Would love to someday see Wisconsin, Iowa, LSU, Miami, and Clemson off the top of my head.

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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #108 on: January 22, 2018, 08:28:20 PM »
You tell me when you want to do Madison and I'll try my best to be there.
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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #109 on: January 25, 2018, 01:25:56 PM »
For passing time in the off season, the SF family finally caved and purchased an X Box (in November). Here's a quick review from a near-Luddite:

(1) Wow! Modern video games are WAY more complex/beautiful/interesting than the games I grew up with.

(2) The X Box takes a long time to load up, which is a little annoying. I would like to be able to snap the thing on and play, but it normally takes a bit to get it up and running, then get a game loaded. That's a little annoying when I have a 20-minute window and want to fill it with some game time.

(3) I like that I can play blu-rays on it (I never invested in a blu-ray player), but the app's UI and UX are pretty weak.

(4) Games:
We're pretty limited, but here's what I have and my thoughts:
  • FIFA 17: could have purchased 18, but would have cost an extra $40. Since I was starting from nothing, I knew anything would be a major upgrade. It's a good soccer game, challenging, looks good, is true to the game. Shooting is a bit of an acquired skill, and there are a lot of hidden tricks to it. I like it, despite the frustration of not shooting well (I understand that was one of the changes in 18).
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Again, I could have waited two weeks and purchased II, but wanted to save the money. That may have been a mistake. Battlefront basically offers the same game played a few different ways, but without any real story. It's also a bit annoying how much time lag there is when you restart a mission. Seems like it shouldn't have to completely reload, but the time it takes indicates that's what's happening. It's a decent first person shooter, looks great, sounds good, and is reasonably challenging, but it's missing the Star Wars story. Also, while the flight simulator looks cool to start, it doesn't fit into the game well; it basically feels like a half-baked add on. Full disclosure, I've never played the online version, but my understanding is that--other than getting my ass kicked by 12-year olds--it's essentially more of the same. I like the game, but it's really repetitive. Still, a pretty good option for that 20-minute window above. The other issue I have with it is that my wife doesn't want the kids playing first-person shooters, and that's where the flight simulator part of it really lets me (and my son) down. She'll soften on that as they get older (particularly since Battlefront isn't at all gory), but for now it's an impediment.
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: I love this game. Traditional 2D story board (e.g. Mario or Sonic), that is stunningly beautiful (hand painted, I think), progressively challenging, and fun to play. Sometimes I get stuck trying to figure out where to go next, but overall this has been a great game. My daughter, who is very artistic, loves it too, just because of how good it looks. I thought it might be the game to give her a little ownership of the gaming system, and I was right. Has the added benefit of being age appropriate for anyone. The background story is pretty sad for emotionally sensitive kids, but whatever; it's a game and once you get past the intro, it's just figuring out the map and overcoming challenges.
  • Need for Speed, something or other edition: decent little driving game. Not much to it, but the kids enjoy it. More of a throwback-type game. Basically a fancier, modern version of Outrun.
  • World of Tanks: I like this game a lot. I'm a little frustrated that there's no way to block out the cursing (other than muting the whole game) from other players in the multi-player, which is the best way to play (although maybe I'm missing something). It's frustrating when you get thrown in with people who are much better than you (seems like weighting the player's skill more than the tank's relative characteristics would be a better way to queue players). My biggest complaint is that there is no two-player mode from a single console. That shouldn't be hard to do, but it doesn't exist. It would also be cool if the multi player had a way to (consistently) fight allies vs. axis type battles, rather than just a random assortment of relatively equal tanks. But it has a nice build to it, and so far we've managed to really enjoy it without spending much money on it (I bought my son a $20 starter pack, but two others of us have played it for free, and really like it). The War Stories boards are cool, and the whole thing has--again--amazing graphics. I would like it more if there were more War Stories (and more focused on actual historical events) with more in-depth playing against the AI, but overall, very happy with it.

(5) Biggest complaints:
  • the X Box doesn't seem to have many options for kids (Ori, yes, but not a lot of others). The game choices are really focused on the teen and young adult categories.
  • It also doesn't seem to have any good flight games. I remember playing a really cool Star Wars simulator, I think called Rogue Squadron, that could be great on this kind of system. Similarly, a World War II flight simulator could be really well done, but there don't seem to be any games that have attempted it.
  • It is designed for online play, which is fine, but in a world in which privacy and keeping tabs on your kids' access to the world is important, I wish these games had more of an AI focus.

Anyway, that's one of the things we're doing in the off season. And it has been a fun ride so far.
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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #110 on: January 25, 2018, 02:03:06 PM »
My condolences to @Cincydawg for your loss, and also to @DevilFroggy  for the divorce news.   I hope you both are doing okay and can find some comfort during the tough times.  

RE travel -  Venice will always be special since that's where we got engaged, but I probably won't go back unless there was a stellar deal specifically for it.  I do want to go back to travel other parts of Italy.  

I'm looking to return to Barcelona because  I've been itching for a return trip ever since I did my study abroad over 10 years ago.  If we can get a good flight deal for this year, we may swing it but it's likely not going to happen until 2019.  We always go to Croatia when we visit Europe so that would be part of the trip.    Our last Euro-trip was a few days in Paris, then to Bordeaux (by train), then Bordeaux to Croatian coast (by plane).  Then back home direct flight to HTX from there.     Every time I get back home I start thinking about where to go next, I just love Europe.  

I do hope to have our Board Meeting organized and budding during the off-season, plus we have some minor weekend trips in the works but nothing too extravagant at this time.  Possibly NOLA for JazzFest.  

As far as other busy-distractions for the off-season, I tend to get caught up on tv shows and movies when the football season ends, so I'm compiling some shows that I've heard are good and plan to do more Netflix streaming in the coming months.    Also trying to improve my piano skills with practicing more frequently and setting a timer so that I can get into doing it for an hour a day.  

There's a new Rugby league that started up, and my hometown team plays in a baseball stadium that is the closest one near my home, so we have talked about getting some tickets to check out the Rugby games here and there.  They are priced very well and I do really like the venue in particular, so who knows, maybe it will be a good filler team to watch during the next few months as well.

And some of you have some amazing logs of games under your belt, especially @MarqHusker .
I have a good list of stadiums and games that I'm happy to have been to, as well as a bucket list of stadiums that I haven't yet, but your list is incredible.




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Re: 2018 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #111 on: January 25, 2018, 08:09:20 PM »
Thanks Erin.  We're off to France tomorrow for a second funeral and internment.  I probably will just be spaced out since it will all be in French anyway.  This hit me pretty hard, which is a tribute to the young man I think.

I wish I could have done more.

 

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