2019 Season Opener

Our view for the Republic FC season opener

I was so excited to finally attend a Republic FC game. I knew that I wanted to become a regular spectator once we moved to this city but, unfortunately, we didn’t make it to any of last year’s late fall games. Attending the 2019 season opener was good in that we started off on the right foot, for this season.

The club does a great job with the fan experience. There were a ton d of food trucks, providing a lot of variety for things to eat. This was in addition to the “build in” concession stands which had the regular sport park eats. There were also some community booths that had some fun carnival-type games for the kids. It made for a great pre-game atmosphere.

I bought tickets in the middle sideline section, which happened to be where most of the longtime season ticket holders sat. They looked at us, wondering where the “regular” seat holders were. It was amusing but, I get it. They were all longtime season ticket holders (most from the beginning of the club’s existence) so, they had all been watching games together for five seasons.

It was a very cold night; we were as bundled as we could be, even wrapped in the blanket we purchased right before the game started. And the team played hard, even more so in the second half.

I’m not sure I want to buy season tickets yet. I want to move around the stadium a little to see where we might want to buy seats. The park itself looks like there won’t be a bad seat (view) so, it will just be a matter of finding the view we want. All in all, it was a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to attending many more games this season.

Five songs for the week

Five things for the week, music edition.

Be Be Your Love (Live at KCRW) [Spotify link], by Rachael Yamagata. I first heard this track on KCRW, and immediately fell in love with her music. Since then I have purchased every one of her albums on release day. It came up through shuffle, earlier this week, and reminded me of the time I first heard it.

Personal Jesus [YouTube link], by Depeche Mode. Memories of long drives, at night, through canyons and along PCH, as a teenager, with this blasting crazy loud in the truck. I played it when I took a drive, mid-week, to get out of the house. And yes, I played it loud.

Seven Nation Army [YouTube link], by The White Stripes. They played this to pump up the crowd, leading right into the opening kickoff at last night’s Republic FC game. It was effective; made for a fun atmosphere.

Scoff [YouTube link], by Nirvana. Another one that came up in shuffle during the week. When I think of Nirvana, this is the track that I think of. I know their hits but, for me, this is Nirvana. And I dig the drums! Nothing fancy, just hard hitting.

Matador [YouTube link], by Mariachi El Bronx. There were a few times when I used Mariachi El Bronx to unwind; just sitting and letting them play through the headphones.

Recently Read, Watched, and Listened

Read

The People Who Eat the Same Meal Every Day I have tried this (throughout my life) a few times and I just, can’t. I like my variety too much. I’m spoiled that way. Like my music tastes, my food choices depend on my mood and what is happening in that moment.

Workism is Making America MiserableWe all know this to be true but no one (corporation, organization) is really doing anything abut it. There are a lot of hypocrisies round work-life balance, and what our work leaders communicate on that front.


Watched

Crazy Rich Asians I held off for a long time before watching this movie. One, I’m not one for rom-coms. Two, there was so much hype about the Asian representation, I didn’t want to be let down. And three, I haven’t yet read the books. But I caved. I liked it, every minute of it. There are some things wrong with the plot and the casting and the, and the, and the… but I liked it.

Ant Man and the Wasp Halfway paid attention to this as my wife watched. The only thing I like about the Ant Man movies is when Luis tells his “stories”. Like (my feeling on) all of the Marvel movies, meh.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?I don’t know why this was made into a movie. The main character is a horrible person and this tries to make the audience sympathize with her? Fuck no. She did nothing to make me like her, or any character in this movie, really.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Could have been my mood when we watched this but, I felt this movie just went through the motions. It wasn’t good. It was just… it just exists. I loved Rogue One (as a spin off from the main trilogies). This attempt was just flat.

Free Solo A great documentary and definitely intense as you watch him ascent El Capitan. I have a lot of respect for the physicality and the mental strength that must have taken.

LosersI binged the first season. Their quick (less than 30 minutes) stories on people who didn’t quite make it to the top in sports. They’re heartwarming in their own ways.


Listened

Iditapod (podcast) – Blame Blair Braverman’s twitter feed for getting me hooked on the Iditarod this year. This is the first time I’ve ever watched this race’s progress so closely. This podcast has some great interviews with the mushers, and good overall updates.

Project done, tacos please?

Tacos al pastor

I finished a project that I had been working on for a few months, so I decided reward myself with a chili relleño (I love them so much). I also ordered two tacos because you’re in a taqueria and what kind of MONSTER doesn’t order tacos in a taqueria?

Being back in California, I love that there are so many taquerias everywhere. So many to try, so little time.

I hate when they serve tacos with a plastic fork. It makes me wonder if I’m eating tacos wrong and whether I should use the fork for something…

Sorry, no wifi

Flat white at Chocolate Fish Coffee

I had a few hours with no conference calls. What a perfect time to get out of the house for a change of scenery and maybe pump out some work. There are plenty of intriguing coffee shops throughout the city, making it difficult to choose. I settled on one located near the first rental we stayed at, in East Sacramento (while waiting for our escrow to close).

Immediately, I liked the atmosphere. It was on the smaller side but there were plenty of seats available. I ordered a flat white and an avocado toast to snack on, then found a place to settle in.

There were 18 different SSIDs to choose from as I searched for a wireless network to join. None of them seemed like they were a part of the coffee shop. I went back up to the counter, “Do you offer wifi here?”

“No, not here. We have it at our downtown location. We’ll offer it here soon.”

“Ok, thanks”, I replied, though as soon as I turned back to my seat I could feel the “frown” on my face. Plans obliterated. No *work to be done here.

But… is this a detriment? Really, do I need to be connected? Do I need to do work? Can’t I just sit and enjoy my coffee and toast? I thought about this for the remainder of my visit. It was a very good flat white.

This tweet (above) isn’t about, nor from, me. It came into my timeline, this morning, and I thought it was coincidental and hilarious.

*Most of my work is web-based.

I want to live in a van and chase my dreams

I want to live in a van and chase my dreams.

Not really. I would definitely miss my different rooms, full size kitchen and appliances, and full size couch. Or…. would I?

I watched “Free Solo” last night, and see where the “nomadic” lifestyle helps Alex Honnold achieve the things he does. I also found it fascinating how he is able to block/cut out the distractions he needs to (even if sacrificing human relationships in the process).

Absolutely, the documentary (and Alex’s feat) was amazing, inspiring, and absolutely harrowing. But it got me thinking about my own goals, and what I might need to do to achieve them.

I don’t need that van nor the nomadic lifestyle. I do need to find ways to intensify my focus. I also need to work on “training”, not physically, but mentally.

Above all, I need to spend time with the goals themselves. I need to revisit, refine, define, and then piece together plans to achieve them.

Five things for the week

AvoStart Feb 27, 2019
  1. I’m considering (again) putting together a weekly newsletter. There are a few reasons for this (that I won’t go into here). There’s just something about that medium that calls to me. I really enjoy the newsletter subscriptions from others.
  2. I found a lot of excuses to keep me from creating, this past week. Of all of those excuses, 100% of them are invalid. That should speak volumes to me.
  3. I started another avocado seed (photo above). I’m thinking I want to keep this on my desk until it’s big enough to transfer to a good size pot (and place outside). Speaking of which, I need to go and get some good size pots.
  4. The phone call came a little after 10 PM, last night. Some minutes later, we threw on our shoes and grabbed the car keys. A friend needed help. I’m so happy that we were here, in Sacramento, to help.
  5. The decision was made and communicated to the team. It was difficult. Very much so, especially factoring in the guilt. I know, deep down, that this was the right call. I need to prioritize my health.