A Night at the Ballpark

Remember this list? Back when we were highly motivated and were going to do all of those things around D.C. in our last summer before we left? Yeah, it didn’t quite work out that way. Turns out, when you hike all weekend every weekend in addition to holding regular jobs and writing 100-300 page texts in between, you don’t have much free time to enjoy the D.C. summer (if 100 degree heat with 100 degree humidity can be enjoyed … and I would argue that it can).

Well tonight we finally accomplished one of our goals off of our last D.C. summer list, making it out to Nationals Park to check out the new stadium. The Nationals were solidly defeated by the Phillies, but honestly, that was pretty much expected. We had a great time with some of our friends, it was a great night to be outside and I’m always up for a baseball game (and Theresa, if sometimes less enthused, certainly doesn’t mind …).

Even if it’s a day late, we’re calling this our third anniversary photo. We just have some kind of “glow” about us =).

If you’ll permit me an aside to talk about baseball stadiums, we did thoroughly check out the stadium, taking the time to completely circumnavigate it. It’s a very nice, new stadium, but I couldn’t help but think of all the things it could’ve been but wasn’t. To me, it lacked that iconic unique aspect. It was in the vein of the nice new stadiums, but felt so generic.

I don’t know if you can even see it in the corner, but there’s the national Capitol building. Really feels small and insignificant, right? If there’s anything that should be prominantly featured, it should be the Capitol building and the National Monument. You couldn’t ever see the Monument. And the Capitol building was blocked by the giant bar underneath it in this picture to everyone but the third level seats. Anyway, it just felt like there was so much missed opportunity.

So back on top a bit, we’re trying to fit in a few more of our goals before we leave. We certainly aren’t going to hit all of them between all of the things that are still left to do. I guess we should’ve taken our own advice and seized earlier moments to do the things we wanted in D.C. Ah, that wonderful hindsight.

4 Replies to “A Night at the Ballpark”

  1. I did my yearly “what do I still need to do this summer” thinking this morning, having suddenly realized it is now August. As I’ve been taking a class, teaching, and starting a new administrative position, I blame that work on the way summer has pretty much steamrolled over me.

    Regardless, I started putting together one of those lists. I put a few must-do’s on the list: camping, Bats(been to four games), Fair, ride bike.

    The Fair and camping are not regular occurrences, while the other two are. Not knowing what else to put on the list, I went back to the comments from that earlier post and found “Bourbon Tour” And “Falls of the Ohio” to add to the list. So I’m up to four. But I’d say the only out-of-the-ordinary requirements are the Fair and camping. I’ve got years for the other two. Oh, and I’d also like to go to a local winery.

    I’m sure I could go find other events/things to put on the list, but, what’s the point of adding things to a list merely to add them? I know you guys have been busy, but I’d say you’ve probably had a pretty enjoyable summer..at times (Thesis writing tends to screw things up).

    I can’t say I am surprised that you did not finish the list because 1)you are busy and life gets in the way and 2)it’s more fun to make those lists than to actually see things get scratched off.

    Or, to rephrase the second one, unless you are going to to take a year off work to make sure you get things scratched off the list, the list is going to remain the list. There, I just gave you justification for your trip.

  2. Isn’t that just a yearly ritual, making a list of things you need to do and not doing most of them. I did it for this summer, and it went as planned. Haha. But I did do many things I didnt have on the list.

    So it usually evens out.

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