Close Shaves

My buddy John was here visiting this weekend, so we had lots of fun times. On Thursday night, we headed out to Rustico, which has a nice long beer list. I had one of my favorites, Festina Peche, on tap, and also had the Rogue Half-A-Weizen (much hoppier than a normal hefeweizen) to go with my shrimp pizza.
On Friday night, Lisa had her book club, so John and I took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese. We had originally planned to go to the Nats game, but it was raining, so we wimped out. The Nats ended up playing the whole game in the rain, good thing we didn’t go. We arrived home in time to catch the Yankees comeback against the Red Sox. It would have been hard to miss it, it went so damn late. I had better starting storing up the sleep for the postseason.
On Saturday, we headed out to Glory Days to catch the first half of the MSU-Pitt game. Another decent win for MSU, and hopefully they will pummel the Irish this week too. We tried to go down to Mount Vernon for some stuff they had going on there, but the parking lot was packed, no spots anywhere, so we ended up going to a little park by the river for a bit, and then out for ice cream. We got home to catch up on the Spartans second half, and to watch the Yankees get crushed. Lisa and I combined to make a fine dinner of pecan crusted pork chops, broccoli and mac n cheese. I even popped open the Liefman’s Kriek, since I had someone to drink the big bottle with. Very cherry, yum.
On Sunday morning, we headed out to the Fractured Prune for donuts before taking John to the airport. The Orange Creamsicle donut was better than I expected, and the Black Forest one was just okay. In my baseball game Sunday, I was at third base, and the pitcher was throwing from the windup, and not looking at me. I told myself I was going if he didn’t look over at me and I was able to get a walking lead, I was going. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened, and I took off. Unfortunately, I paused coming up against the right-handed hitter, and had to make an awkward slide around him, but managed to stick my hand on the corner of the plate. Safe! yelled the ump. I think it’s time for me to retire, there’s nothing left for me to accomplish. We won the game too. I got back home and iced my arm while watching the Giants fourth quarter implosion against the Packers. Hey, they really weren’t doing that awful, but after the Packers went up 21-13, they fumbled the kickoff giving Green Bay a short field, and Eli threw that awful interception when they were driving for a score. Ah, who am I kidding? They made Brett Favre of 2007 look like Brett Favre of 1995. They are going to have to retool that defense, especially the linebackers, who can’t cover a tight end to save their lives. Thankfully, the Yankees came through late against Curt Schilling, and Mariano held on for the save, which they really needed after the Tigers crept up on them by sweeping the Twins. Hopefully the Yanks can solve the O’s for a change. They could use a sweep.