this is ohio.
the greatest state in the nation.
today we had a day off, sort of. there wasn't a show so we went to cincinnati and did a little press and hung out with friends and ate traditional ohio food. this is cincinnati style chili, a skyline 4-way (spaghetti, chili, cheese and onions) and a coney (hot dog, chili, onions, cheese and mustard). it's amazing. and people here love it. i saw it no less than 5 times today. here are three of them.
the best part of the day is the reds game we went to. i haven't been to the new stadium yet and it was great. there were 14 of us. it's funny that when you are a tour manager it doesn't matter if it's a day off or not, you manage both. i was in charge of getting the tickets and i always feel like a sheep dog herding everyone around. it was a gorgeous night and we walked from the hotel to the game. as we got closer to the game it became apparent that we were not the average baseball fans. although a few of us are hardcore into baseball it seems obvious that we don't look it.
i remember my mom giving me a lot of grief in high school about wearing all black all the time. and i don't do it now, actually. tonight i was dark brown and blue. but i don't see what the big deal was, it seems a lot of people like black. i guess it could have been the hair cut and the occasional eye liner. and maybe the times she had to pick me up from the cop station.
so we get to the game and we have seats in section 131 row GG seats 5-18. i walk down the aisle to seat 5 and this lady in 4 starts flipping out. i mean she really screamed at me that this was her seat. i calmly told her that i thought she might be wrong because i had a ticket that said differently. but i didn't belabor the point. i just said we would ask an usher. someone else in my party came up and asked what was going on and that set her off again. i said, "listen, it's cool. i'll just go ask an usher." and i started walking away and she is yelling at me about how these seats are for her sons. the only thing i could think of was that her sons must be really bummed that this lady is their mom; that it was good that they were off getting funnel cakes or whatever so they didn't have to see her acting like an ass in front of 50 people. the game was starting and people were wanting her to shut up. so i got an usher and in 2.6 seconds he told the lady that she was indeed in the wrong seats, she was in section 132 not 131. she blamed it on her husband, which may be true. but i was bummed for him too. hopefully she is bi polar or something. i would just like to point out to you that if you want to try to start some shit with me about most things you will probably be wrong. but if it includes something involving planning or scheduling an event, co-ordinating 2-20 people being in the right place at the right time, there is a 99.7% chance that you will be wrong. this is what i do for a living and i will school you at it. i am not going to say that when i am alone or almost alone i don't have doubt in my abilities and that i don't fret and dread that i have made a mistake. but when it gets down to it it's gonna happen the way it should and if you are yelling at me i will make you look foolish with my calm steely manner and my meticulous planning skills. and if you want to yell at me just know that i have probably been yelled at by better screamers that i cared more about (at least cause they were paying me to care) and that i will relish you opening your yap at me. because i know i will make you rue it. hah.
here she is, sort of, sitting in seats 1-6, row GG, SECTION 132. where she belonged. and that's her tubby son self medicating his annoyance with his mother with a giant beverage. she's right behind his big cup.
but to the game and the stadium both were beautiful. the reds scored 5 runs in the first inning and proceeded to whale on the brewers. eventually beating them 15 -5. bronson arroyo was pitching but he didn't hit a home. there was a woman holding a sign up that said:
I am HERE!
she pretty much held the sign up the whole time he was pitching and batting or on base. the problem i have with this is that she had a boyfriend or a husband sitting right next to her. you can't really respect a guy for being with a woman that obviously has a huge crush on another dude. so much so that she makes a giant sign and holds it up for an entire game trying to get his attention. sure we all have crushes on other people but if it gets that far you are probably a cuckold.
dude. no matter how much one team is slaying another only dorks start the wave. why did you have to be sitting in section 131? your nerdiness cramped my style.
plus if a place is only like 20% full. the wave is gonna blow.