365 Days of Random

Random musings about nothing at all

End of the Season

Today was the last day of our midtown softball playoffs. It’s been a great season with a great group of new and old friends. Last weekend playoffs started with a noon game for our team. We won that one handily and then had an hour break before game two. Game two was embarrassing and we won’t talk about that more than just to say we were spanked. It’s a double elimination tournament and so the deal was if we lost again today we’d be done. Our first game this morning was at 9am … UGH … but we battled through that and won. Which meant that our next game followed it right afterwards at 10am. For that one we fought hard but were down a girl, which unfortunately meant we also had to play down a GUY. As you can imagine we lost and our tournament play was over by 11am.

But, the cool thing about the end of the season in midtown is that it’s an all day party and most people stick around all day to watch the other games – even after they’ve lost and are out of the tournament. There is food and beer and camaraderie and all that. So although we were finished playing at 11am we stuck around until about 5:30 or so to watch most of the other action. The team that smacked the crap out of us last weekend was favored to win the entire thing so we spent most of the day watching their games and cheering for whatever team was playing against them. Partially because they’d beaten us so completely but mostly because a lot of them are just jackasses that don’t have any real sense of sportsmanship.

So, we spent the rest of the day drinking water (and a little beer) and moving between fields in the park the tournament was being held in seeking out shade to watch the games and hope for a Camelot loss. As we (my BF and I) left the park to come home and get cleaned up before our Sunday night True Blood party, Camelot had yet to lose. We’re both hoping that when we hear the results of the tournament tomorrow it won’t be a Camelot victory. But, if it is then I wish them well and would argue that we had a better time during the day because we could stop running around in 100 degree temperatures in full on sunshine playing softball. We got to chill in the shade with some cold water, cold  beer (ok… kinda warm beer) and good food.

All in all the end of the season tournament was a very good day. It’s kinda sad to say it’s done until next summer. But, I am very glad that we played with the team that we did. This year my BF and I both joined a new time (the coach has been a good friend of mine for years) because we wanted to play on the SAME team this season. We’ve both played in the league for a few years but had been on different teams. This new group we joined up with was an incredible amount of fun. There was lots of laughs and lots of great softball to be had.

So, as the season winds to a close I can look back and say that even with the crazy heat wave on the East Coast this summer, it was some of the most fun I’ve had on the field in a very long time. I hope that we can keep up with our promises to get together and hang out a few times during the ‘off season’ because I think this group could result in a whole lot of really good friends. Plus, it never hurts to build up some real chemistry as a team. To have stories you can share and inside jokes you can tell just because you’re truly friends and not just teammates.

It’s been a great year for softball. Already looking to next season… and MAYBE a little fall ball …we’ll see.


July 31, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dinner and a Movie

That’s the plan for tonight. My BF and I are heading into Shirlington for dinner and then a little indi film action (not yet sure which of two movie options). On a hot and steamy night in DC it seems like just the perfect thing to do. Good food, a cold and refreshing beer and a (hopefully) good flick. I think we’re going to leave as soon as he’s ready so I need to make today’s post pretty quick.

Today was a good day, I got to sleep in this morning. After a late breakfast I went to pick up X and we met Squeaks at the climbing gym. We’d promised X that we’d take her and teach her how to climb. It was so much fun. She was a natural at it. After climbing we went for frozen custard as a treat to celebrate our successful climbs. It was just generally a peaceful and relaxing few hours with two of my favorite girls. We talked, laughed and challenged ourselves with stuff that’s physically difficult and new and interesting. I love doing that and I especially love sharing it with other people.

So, I can’t think of any better way to end the day than spending a super relaxing evening with my BF. It’ll be nice to get out and do something but neither of us were thinking we wanted anything super taxing and going someplace that would equal more than one or two drinks was at the bottom of the list of options for  this evening. We have a rather early morning (9am start to our softball tourney) and most of our day tomorrow will be spent outside in the sun and heat. It’ll be fun, but not exactly what you want to be doing if you’ve been up late running around, partying, drinking, dancing or anything else that takes any significant amount of energy.

Dinner and a Movie is a perfect ‘date night’. We can talk about pretty much anything so dinner is full of good conversation, not to mention the good food and beer. It’s a chance to people watch a little bit and tell stories and laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Then the movie is just a great place to unwind and chill out for a little while after dinner. It also (at least for us) provides a great deal of conversation AFTER the movie is over because we like to talk about how good (or bad) the movie was and what we liked or didn’t like about it… like I said, we can talk about just about anything for a long time 🙂 It helps that we both just generally love movies.

So, that’s about all the time I have for tonight. And honestly, what else is there to say really about dinner and a movie – unless you’re on that TBS Weekend TV Show where they turn a regular movie into a ‘cooking show’ and pair some ‘themed’ dinner recipe with whatever movie they’ve chosen to play… now that I think about it the show may not even be on anymore… I hope that everyone is enjoying their Saturday night. I am off to Dinner and a Movie with my favorite movie going partner in crime.

July 30, 2011 Posted by | Food, Movies, People Watching | , , , | Leave a comment