Sunday, June 18, 2006

Lack of Links and Wind Tunnels

"They" say you learn something new everyday. Well, here's what I learned at today. Oh, I'm in Seattle by the way and was at both Friday and today's win. Ok so...

1) For whatever reason, this iBook G4 I'm using doesn't allow me to put in links to a post. So, if you're reading this at work, I apologize. No fun links to keep you from actually doing your job.

2) If you sit in the right (or I guess wrong) area at Safeco in JUNE, you will freeze your ass off. It was like sitting in a wind tunnel. People had blankets. I almost didn't bring in my hooded sweatshirt. Thank God I did. It's June Seattle. Seriously. I loved it though. So much better than the stifling heat I would be experiencing in Baltimore.

3) Richie Sexson's walk to the batter's box song is "Hypnotize" by Biggy Smalls. Am I the only one who thinks that's weird? I guess the whole Big Richie thing, and Biggy Smalls was big. Er something.

4) It's really fun to watch Barry Bonds strike out.

5) It's even more fun to watch Barry Bonds strike out three times.

6) It's the most fun to watch Barry Bonds strike out to end a game and complete a THREE GAME SWEEP!

7) My mother is still a little bitter about Griffey. You know, there really are a lot of people who don't like how Griffey left. And, rightly so. I will fully admit that I'm blindly loyal to my first real baseball hero. I think the M's should retire #24, and that if Griff isn't a first-ballot Hall of Famer, there's something wrong with baseball.

So, all in all, I learned a lot today. Let's update the "if the Mariners didn't have to play the Athletics" board:
Record vs. A's: 1-9
Record vs. the rest of baseball: 33-28.

9 games in NL West stadiums. They're keeping me interested. I have this feeling the A's are going to start to separate themselves from the rest of the division. But for now, the Mariners are making baseball fun to follow.


  1. Neddy Ballgame11:02 PM

    AS the temperature rises - yes even at the Safe it does warm up--the M's chances also go up--this was a terrific weekend- our pitching is living up to its expectations -Ichiro is HOT - Beltre as #2 is working out- Lopey is our All Star along with Ichiro-and Raoul is our rock---looking forward to a hot summer

  2. Re: my defense...i am fully aware of the impact Griffey had on M's baseball...there might not be M's baseball anymore without him. and in fact i love all the memories of the time that he played here. he was great while he was here. but i also think his complete loyalty has always been to cincinnati, and i don't begrudge him the right to have that loyalty. but that is why i wouldn't retire his number. i just don't think Griffey loved us as much as we all loved him. so i guess that does make me bitter! he certainly was more gracious than a-rod and randy(who i am really bitter about!) i think edgar is the only M's player that deserves to have his number retired. of course, i could be wrong...i'm sure you will all let me know if i am!

    and it was fun watching our pitchers flummox Bonds...especially the way Putz put himself on the map with his two performances. Go Blue! o.k...i'm going to be in trouble for that.

  3. 23There's probably some truth to that. By the end, he definitely wasn;'t happy in Seattle. But I think with him part of his unhappiness stemmed from his inability to deal with the media. Maybe he thought being in Cincinatti would be easier for him. Of course, he had just as many issues with the Cincy media his first few years there when he was injured and ineffective.

    The M's front office isn't innocent in all this either.

    But, like I said, I'm blindly loyal to Griffey. He should be a first ballot HOFer based on what he did with the Mariners alone. If he goes in as a Red, I will damn him to the fiery depths of hell, but I don't think that will happen. It's the Hall's choice and he clearly established himself as a HOFer with the Mariners.

    But what about Randy and ARod? Randy will probably go in as a Diamondback, but what will ARod go in as? He spent 6 years in Seattle, 4 in Texas, and now he's in New York. He's an HOFer right now, and he's spent the most years in Seattle. If he stays in New York for 5 or 6 more years, does he go in as a Yankee? I don't know that's an interesint one.

  4. i was bitter about griffey leaving for awhile too. after saving baseball in seattle, he had every right to get whatever he wanted - even if that included leaving. i just want you to be happy giff, even if it isnt with me. but, i was annoyed when he made it public that the only place he would go would be cincy. that forced the m's to take far less than what he was worth. he was more valuable then than pujols is today, and i just turned down an offer of jason bay, chase utley, paul konerko, and jake peavy for pujols; so, the reds really stole junior. but, after arod showed just how deep the depths of greed can be, i respected the fact that griffey went to a team that he really wanted to play for, and i forgave him completely.

  5. Neurolinguistic Programming

    In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

    At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

    Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

    Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

    Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

    Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

    Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

    Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

    Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

    Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

    Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! personal development


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