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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Coming Face to Face with Jose Canseco AND What to Do When Life Gives You a Piece of Particle Board...

Aloha All and Happy Tuesday! :-)

This past weekend off did not turn out at all how I had  anticipated, (although I hadn't really anticipated much except working in the garden and catching up on house work).  Saturday I spent ripping out a mountain of weeds and digging up hundreds of rocks from the front of the cottage and replacing it with a lovely garden with edible plants, (eggplant, dill, parsley, beets, etc.).  A good work out and meditation at its best! 

A while ago I found a perfectly shaped, yet small piece of particle board while cleaning out our storage area.  I played tug o' war with the trash can over whether to keep it for something or not; then decided I must find a way to recycle it. 

Entitled, "Blame it On the Tetons" after one of my
favorite Modest Mouse songs that really says
it all for me.
I've stared at it for awhile now and then I just finally decided to grab my paints and brushes.  What to paint?  I decided to paint a place that truly affected me when we were there hiking its beautiful meadows and mountains; The Grand Tetons.  Most of it I painted from sheer memory. Man, I miss that place.  Definitely not an easy texture to paint on, but I had fun and again, it put me in such a state of meditation and relaxation.  Now the particle board has a home on our kitchen wall. :)  That evening I got to spend time with my awesome neighbors, having a few brewski's and playing some guitar and ping pong while Tommy went hunting in Haiku.  Lot's of relaxation on a Saturday, just the way it should be.  
Seeing Double?  Ozzie and Jose are
identical twins.  Ozzie is #32,
Jose is #33.

Sunday I looked up the local Maui baseball teams game roster to see if they were playing since I won tickets off the radio last month.  It turned out Jose Canseco and Ozzie Canseco were going to be playing against the Na Koa Ikaika Maui team with their team, the Yuma Scorpions.  Well, of course I wasn't going to miss that.  I was raised on baseball, watching almost all the O's games with my Grandad.  I even have memories of being 4 or 5 and Grandad suiting up in all the catchers gear to play catch with my brother and I.  Then Dad would always take us to the park at the top of the hill to play ball.  Baseball is definitely, hand's down, one of my favorite sports.  I knew seeing Jose and Ozzie play would be a blast back to my childhood; and it definitely was.  I couldn't believe when we got there that we ended up sitting DIRECTLY behind Jose; I mean, literally, I was 6 feet away from him taking pictures.  He kept looking at me, but I didn't want to paparazzi him, so I waited until he turned away to take his picture.  I guess I could have just asked, but I didn't want to be like all the other fools who I could tell were becoming annoying coming over trying to talk story with him while he's got a game to tend to and to coach.  I do have to say, all this baseball sure did make me miss my Grandad...

Jose sharing a smile with the ball boy.
Jose's name has been slandered a thousand times over, and now especially this past week with his "relationship drama" with ex-girlfriend Leila Shennib on Twitter.  Not to say that Jose hasn't made his fair share of poor choices in his time, but standing closer to him than anyone during the entire game, his demeanor painted a different picture.  Quite, a little depressed maybe, but he seemed nice enough; sharing smiles with fellow players, and even one of the umps when he hit a nice fly ball to the outfield that got him easily to 2nd base.  The ball boy must have had the best day of his life as Jose took the time to talk to him, sign his ball, and share a laugh.  He did wipe out swinging for a home run in the Home Run Derby, but I'd rather not post the embarrassing photos of the guy.  So, sure, maybe Jose's no angel; but nobody is and I think the guy deserves a break.

The hit that took him to 2nd.

Lastly on a different note; for those of you who don't know, I have decided to give real estate a permanent rest as my final closing happened this past week... And I can honestly say, "HALLELUJAH it's over with!". Real estate is meant for a certain someone who can be rough and tough and wear the bull horns, on top of deal with an immense ton of S*@! and stress and be willing to work everyday, 24 hours a day. I decided that I definitely want to live a long, wonderful life, and real estate was not going to give me that with the #1 killer in America being stress. SO, with that being said, I miss "the team", but have moved on to do what I love by working in a fabulous animal clinic, (on top of still doing photography of course!).

I love it when one door closes and another one opens...  ;)

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend as well.  Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings below.  I always love to hear from you!

The view off the helmet.  Can you see me taking the picture above in the white skirt and the guys sitting below?

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