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My New End Table!

Chris Hammond
The other day when I got home from work I had a package at the door. I was suprised, I always know when I order something, and I hadn't ordered this. Open it up to find it's a Boston Red Sox End Table from the Danbury mint. Only one person could have ordered this, Auntie Carol! I got around this evening, more like this morning, to putting it together! For now it's in the spare bedroom, far away from the dogs. Oliver has been a terror as of late, and I'd hate for him to chew on this nice new table! Here are two...
I've posted two photos so far, from the Dodgers Game today, though I have a few hundred more photos to post over the next few days. Posting them over on...
Well, tonight was a special night. We had a double header in softball. We lost both games, that makes us 0-10 I think, we just can't seem to put it together. I however, had a great night. I hit my first home run, ever, in my life. I played ball as a kid up until 13, never ever hit one over the fence. Tonight I wasn't even trying, was just trying to go the opposite way, reached out and boom, off it went. At first I stood there, thinking wow. Then I thought, damn I need to run that might drop over the guys head. Then by the time I got to first it was dropping over the fence! That was our 4th run that game, we ended up losing 14-4. We've got two more games left, HOPEFULLY, we can get a...
I finally got the 293 opening day photos posted! Here are a few of the "good" ones, though I didn't go through them all.   Me walking into Cheers Me and Auntie Carol after the...

Life updates!

Chris Hammond
I know I've been slow to post here lately! I'm finally processing the photos from opening day at Fenway. What else have I been up to? Looking at Harleys, though I've decided that REALLY isn't a good option right now. Though, unfortunately tonight I may have been talked into an interesting project. More on that later this...

The Yankees Lose!

Chris Hammond
Well, I have two bits of solice for the Red Sox being out of the playoffs. The Cardinals are still in, and the damn Yankees are out! Yay for the Angels beating the...
Baseball season is rolling to a close, and the best time of year is beginning to start! The post season! Last years post season may never be topped, but this years looks like it could come close. The Sox are a half game back from the Yankees for the AL East, because they had a rain out yesterday against the Blue Jays. The Cardinals are rolling again this year, and I've already got tickets to 4 playoff games, we'll see how many I get to go to this year. Jeff Krekeler will use the other tickets I have. Fantasy football is in full swing. I'm leading 3-0 in the league that Brand got me into this year. I've slaughtered folks the past two weeks, which is very good. Now if I can just keep that up for 12-13 more...
So I've know I needed to replace the rear tires on the Z for a while now, they wore too darn fast, but I'm honestly not sure why. So Thursday I ordered some tires from the Tire Rack, the were supposed to arrive Friday or Monday. Thursday afternoon we head to Kansas City to see the Red Sox play. Well, long story short, the game sucked, the Sox lost. Right after the game it started pouring rain. I thought, great, this will be fun to drive home in. So we leave the stadium, go the long way out, but avoid pretty much all the traffic in doing so. On 70 and headed for St. Louis. So it's not the funnest of rides, actually pretty scary, holding on the wheel just hoping the backend doesn't stap around on me. I'm honestly thinking we'll be alright if I can just make it past the storm, knowing it's only been raining for 15 minutes. We end up stopping at exit 28 and crashing in a hotel for the evening, not worth the risk of driving on those tires to try to make it home. So Friday morning we wake up, to more rain. We trek on to Odessa Missouri hoping to find some breakfast, a break in the weather, or some new tires. Odessa is a pretty small down, and none of the tire dealers had anything that would work. So we ate breakfast, and I dropped the tire pressure in the rear tires hoping to gain some traction and make the trip safe. We hit the highway again, less rain now, but the further we go, the more rain we hit. About 40 miles from Columbia the car gets stupid again, not wanting to stay on the road, so I slow it down to ~40 miles per hour, on the highway, flashers on. We stop in Columbia, and $350 and one hour later I have two new Falken Ziex ze512s from the Sears autocenter, not to mention the money spent shopping in the mall while we waited! So we leave Columbia, and guess what we found the whole final half of the trip. Sunshine, and not a single drop of rain.... Lesson learned, replace your tires earlier! Photos of the game up later...
I had an adventure to make it to and from the game on 8/25 in KC, but managed to take a few hundred photos at the game. Please feel free to give me any comments. I'm by no means a photographer, just a guy with a camera, so any tips/suggestions appreciated.You can see the photos here http://chrishammond.com/photos/old/category1068.aspxHere's my story about the darn ride back to St. Louishttp://www.chrishammond.com/archive...08/27/1502.aspxAnd then, of course my 2004 Game 4 World Series...
Vote daily for me in the Ice Mountain Ultimate Cardinals Fan contest! http://www.icemountaincontest.com/ I've entered as a Red Sox fan stuck in St. Louis! I entered this photo of me and Auntie Carol at Game 4 of the World Series last year. http://www.chrishammond.com/gallery/albums/55/4677.aspx Register and vote! Let's see how high in the rankings I can get! Tell your...
You have to love Southwest Airlines! I now don't have to get to the airport near as early as originally planned. I'm taking only carry on items, and was able to check in over the internet, so I have my Group A boarding pass. SW boards by groups, A being first, B and C being latter, and since seating on Southwest is first come first serve, you need to have an A pass to get a decent seat. That generally means getting to the airport two hours early, but not if you check in online! Rock on with your bad self...
If you are looking to purchase the DVD of photos, you can get it on ebay. I'll be touching up all the photos I took at the World Series and compiling a DVD for sale in the next few days. I'll post more information here when it is available!  If you are looking to purchase the DVD of photos, you can get it on...
If you are looking to purchase the DVD of photos, you can get it on ebay. Sent this out to a whole list of folks today, in case I missed anyone. Hello Friends and Family!   Many of you I haven’t talked to in a long time, so here’s a quick update on where I am and what I am doing. I’m in St. Louis working for Emerging Technologies Group, programming web sites, loving what I do every day. I’m moving on November 1st to a new place about ½ a mile from work, if you want the address reply to this email and I’ll send it to you.   Now for the reason I am writing this email!   I bring to you good news!   I must say, I NEVER thought I would get to see a Red Sox World Series Championship, much less get the chance to see it in person!!!! I’ve watched more baseball this year than I have since I was a little boy, and probably even more than back then too.   Monday night I called Auntie Carol in Lexington, Mass. and told her to a flight get to St. Louis because I was going to get us Game 4 tickets. I got tickets from a season ticket holder here in St. Louis, got Carol a flight setup for Wednesday, and then proceeded to watch game 3 on Tuesday night from the couch. Throughout the whole series Sox fans have been nervous, the nervous wait, waiting for the Red Sox to screw it up, lose, and end the historic season in a miserable way. Game 3 was no different.   Watching Game 3 all I wanted was for them to win, so that Auntie Carol and I would have a chance to see Game 4, and see the Red Sox win it all here in St. Louis. They pulled it off and the World was abuzz about the Sox, and the fact that everyone thought it was a guarantee they would win it all. Maybe I was more nervous than most because I went to six Cardinals games this year all in which they won. Including Game 1 of the NLDS and Game 6 of the NLCS, and I know what the Cardinals bats can do, they can hurt you, and they could have hurt the Red Sox.   Carol landed about 3:30pm yesterday, I picked her up at the airport and was high fived and thumbs up’d by all the Sox fans walking around the airport, a change from the harassment I’d received from Cards fans on Saturday while walking around the mall in my Damon Jersey (see my blog link below to read about that)! We drove out to the stadium and found a nice free parking space which Josh Colwell showed me back in August when we saw the Cards beat the Mets, (http://www.chrishammond.com/gallery/albums/38.aspx). We walked up to the stadium and around to gate 7, near Stan the Man. We spent the next 45 to 60 minutes taking in the atmosphere, waiting for the gates to open. I also got a cool World Series blanket for signing up for a credit card, which will promptly be destroyed and cancelled when it arrives (you’re welcome mom).   Once the gates open we headed in to watch the Cardinals finish off batting practice and see the Sox take their practice. We got close to a few of the balls hit to right field, but nothing close enough to grab a hold of. It’s interesting watching people scramble and fight for a ball. We ran into Santa Clause there, he had a gift to be handed out later ( )! After watching most of BP we decided to venture up to our seats, 3 rows from the top in section 334. Not bad seats, but I can’t say that I’ve ever really had a bad seat at Busch (stadium). Before the game I took a photo or two of Albert (), I used to work with him at The Sporting News, he is the head photographer there, I also still occasionally play roller hockey with him.   I won’t go inning by inning, or pitch by pitch, but I will point out the photo of Johnny Damon, in his at bat that Won the World Series! () Johnny’s first inning, first at bat, home run won the game which ended 3-0 after nine. It was surprising the number of Red Sox fans at the game, there were probably 2-3 thousand, I think all of them stayed after the game to watch the celebrations. At the end of the game, everyone in the...

Photos link

Chris Hammond
Since that last entry is so long I wanted to relink to the entry before that for the two Boston fans who were sitting beside us at the game last night. Also to link to a photo of me and Auntie Carol at the game....
If you are looking to purchase the DVD of photos, you can get it on ebay. I took 540+ photos at Game 4 of the 2004 World Series. I'll be selling a DVD of the photos later this week, but for now you can view them on this web site! http://www.chrishammond.com/gallery/albums/55.aspx I never thought I would see the Red Sox win a World Series, much less get to see it in person! More thoughts on the game and the Sox to come soon! For the Gentleman that were sitting beside me and my Aunt, here are your photos http://www.chrishammond.com/gallery/albums/55/4961.aspxhttp://www.chrishammond.com/gallery/albums/55/4962.aspxhttp://www.chrishammond.com/gallery/albums/55/4963.aspx   ' If you are looking to purchase the DVD of photos, you can get it on...
We ordered Chinese yesterday for lunch. It took 2 hours to get here, so it ended up being free. In my fortune cookie it said “Your everlasting patience will be rewarded sooner or later” I don't think this cookie meant lunch yesterday, cause it had happened prior to opening the cookie. This cookie is for all of the Red Sox fans out there! “Your everlasting patience will be rewarded sooner or later” It's late enough, game...
The Red Sox have won seven straight Playoff games. They are now 3-0 in the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Game 4 is Wednesday night, WATCH it! This is history...

World Series Tickets!

Chris Hammond
Get your World Series tickets! Oh wait, I ALREADY HAVE THEM! :) Auntie Carol and I are heading to Game 4 on Wednesday night! She's flying in Wednesday afternoon and out Thursday morning. I've also got a standing room only ticket to Game 5 if it is necessary on Thursday night. I predicted this would be an expensive week, and it has proven to be so! As for me complaining or gloating for the next year. It's not likely, I'll be on a Red Sox Fan high for a while, but I'm not one to make continual jabs, I only made one comment about the Yankees to Brian... And that was after the Sox came back from 0-3 to win the Series! I am still a Cardinals fan, I still have two hats, a Jersey, and who knows what other Paraphanalia, it is all just retired until after the World Series, this is the Red Sox year! Let's do this one right Red Sox, we'd love to see it done in Four, but if it's done in 5 I'll be there...
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