March 13, 2007

SUN DRILL

We interrupt the regularly-scheduled programming of feng shui class review and recap of my recent get-togethers with other knitters with an emergency Sun Drill!* (Picture-heavy post, and because I am traveling and just winging this blog entry without my usual computer and Photoshop to edit photos, the editing is somewhat haphazard.)

Scott has a business trip to Phoenix, and I got to tag along on the trip. But it hasn't been all business -- here we are in Peoria last Sunday, catching the Mariners at a spring training game:

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Adrian Beltre at bat --

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Ichiro at bat -- my favorite! And he was the favorite of the Japanese family sitting next to me, too. The father sat down next to me with a big shopping bag and proceeded to pull out, one by one, the various souvenirs he'd bought. They had a photo of the whole team, and damn if the little boy (probably 7 or 8 years old) hadn't collected about half of the autographs of various Mariner players. The dad pulled out three different autographed baseballs in those cube cases. He had signed and framed photos of Ichiro Suzuki, Matsui Sasaki, and Kenji Johjima. Scott and I felt very inadequate with our one Sony camera -- the father had a rotation of three different cameras -- telephoto, video, and one of those credit-card sized digital ones, and recorded much of the game.

And the first six innings were really fun and worth recording. The Mariners were ahead of the White Sox, 3 to 0. But in the seventh inning, the White Sox brought a total of 14 batters to the plate. (Our pitching sucks, what can I say?) The Mariners managed a grand slam home run of their own, but still lost, 12 to 7. Interestingly enough, the Japanese father sitting next to me was rooting not only for the Mariners but also for Konerko of the White Sox. I hope the Japanese boy got Ichiro's autograph in person, when the game was over.

Yesterday, while Scott was in a business meeting all day, the other wives and I had a tour of the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

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Our docents, Larry and Sandy, originally from Ohio but now retired to Arizona and volunteering at the DBG. (Seems everyone in Arizona has moved here after retirement.)

We learned to identify various flora. Docent Larry sprayed water on this creosote bush so that we could experience "the smell of the desert."

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Obligatory photo of a Saguaro cactus. My photo doesn't begin to convey the scale of this guy -- he was probably 20 feet tall. Saguaros grow slowly, and have to be 50 years old before they will sprout an "arm."

*Some years ago I worked as a teacher's aide in an elementary school; I was assigned to a classroom of 2nd and 3rd graders. That spring, after a couple of nonstop rainy weeks with nothing but indoor recess day after day, the sun finally broke through one afternoon and the teacher and I took the kids out to field for a Sun Drill. Like a fire drill, only for sunshine. We just let the kids run for a half an hour. It made quite an impression on them, this Sun Drill. And it must've made an impression on me, too, as I still remember it fondly.

Posted by Karen at March 13, 2007 09:21 AM
Comments

Sounds like you're having a terrific time! Will you have time to visit any yarn shops while there?

Posted by: Jewel at March 14, 2007 06:34 AM

I loved the 'sun break'. You make it seem like we actually have light in Seattle. Poor Terri. Do you think she even suspects? She must...

Posted by: Rebecca at March 14, 2007 04:42 PM