Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Welcome to the slop season

What fun!  After a delightful, freakishly warm March, northern Minnesota has been thrown back into winter.  Rain, cold wind and snow.  Not enough snow to give the snowshoes one more expedition, far too muddy and cold to go hiking.  So I have been exploring other interests:

Thanks to Joe's work, we won tickets to the Twins Home Opener.  We were planning on attending whether or not we won - we were going to buy SRO tickets if nothing else was available - but we happily took his work's season tickets!!  The seats we won were pretty sweet (box seats, just three rows up from the Super Fancy Seats).  It was cold and windy, but who cares?  Baseball!!!

Joe and I are die-hard Twins fans.  My youth was defined by the '87 and '91 World Series'; Kent Hrbek and (of course), Kirby Puckett.  I heard a statistic (probably fake) that, in '91, if you asked 100 kids who their favorite Twin was, 99 would say "Kirby Puckett".  The other one would say "Kent Hrbek".  I was a Kirby Kid.  Joe was one of the weird ones that liked Hrbek.

Joe and I are always trying new stuff, so this year we've decided to keep score with the game.  It was the first time keeping score for both of us, but we figured it out.  Sadly, our scorecards reflected an Opening Day loss.  There are plenty of games left in the season - and we'll be at many more.

In the meantime, I've been poring over maps, books, and the internet to plan some more hikes and some bikes for when the weather turns.  Stay tuned...

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