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TheOnlyRedsFan
09-24-2008, 01:38 AM
I spent much of the day in downtown Houston scoping things out. I plan on back there on Thursday and visiting the underground tunnel of malls and such.

We went on a tour of Minute Maid Park and I watched all of the Reds batting practice from the next to the dugout. I got autographs from Danny Herrera, Bronson Arroyo, and Jay Bruce. I also got a photo taken with Jay Bruce. Hell yea!!!!

I am going to the Houston Space Center tomorrow. I just now found out that they extended the Star Wars exhibit and I get to see it. I was under the assumption and was pretty pissed that it was scheduled to end the week before I came down here. Now I think I passed out in excitement when I found that out.

Loads of fun....back tomorrow with Day 2.

TheOnlyRedsFan
09-25-2008, 12:27 AM
Day 2

Even though it was a Reds loss, it was still a day to remember.

I went to the Space Center Houston today and had a great time. Learned good stuff. Was a little disappointed that the Star Wars exhibit was so small but there were a couple nice things there.

Returned downtown and headed to the ballpark. Got there as the gates opened, got a ball and went down to watch some batting practice. I was able to catch Joey and Jay and ended up standing there with them for a few minutes just chatting it up. I think it's so crazy that they are, 1 a year younger than me and 1 a year older.

I got Joey Votto and Paul Janish to sign my baseball. Good times on day 2.

dougdirt
09-25-2008, 12:30 AM
Sounds like a real good time to me:thumbup:

jimbo
09-25-2008, 01:20 AM
I'm jealous......tell us more, and post pictures. :party:

OldRightHander
09-25-2008, 01:26 PM
You still in Houston? My time here has been less eventful. I'm sitting at the Flying J in Baytown looking for loads. :sleep:

Heath
09-25-2008, 02:04 PM
You still in Houston? My time here has been less eventful. I'm sitting at the Flying J in Baytown looking for loads. :sleep:

Before you wackos and newbies to the board get all riled up, ORH is in transportation.

Chip R
09-25-2008, 02:32 PM
You still in Houston? My time here has been less eventful. I'm sitting at the Flying J in Baytown looking for loads. :sleep:


You going/been to the games, ORH?

OldRightHander
09-25-2008, 03:54 PM
You going/been to the games, ORH?

I got unloaded too late yesterday to make it. I might go tonight if I don't get a load by then.

TheOnlyRedsFan
09-26-2008, 12:31 AM
Day 3:

I just roamed around downtown much of the day.

I went down to the park as it opened and made my way down to catch batting practice. I was able to catch Hairston and we chatted for a minute. Micah Owings was running in to go take some swings and we tried to call him over and he said "I am going to take some swings and then I will come back over"

I got Corey Patterson, Mike Lincoln, Jeremy Affeldt, Adam Rosales, Jolbert Cabrera, Jerry Hairston Jr, Ramon Ramirez, and Micah Owings to sign my baseball.

I thought it was the coolest thing that Owings came back over after batting practice was over and signed our balls. He even said, as he returned, "Sorry you guys waited so long." I said "No problem, dude. Totally worth it."

I really wanted Ryan Hannigan's autograph but as I was talking to Jerry, Ryan kind of snuck by.

I leave in the morning to head to St Louis for the Reds/Cardinals series.

Chip R
09-26-2008, 09:03 AM
I leave in the morning to head to St Louis for the Reds/Cardinals series.


They are going to think you're a stalker. ;)

OnBaseMachine
09-26-2008, 03:34 PM
Day 3:

I just roamed around downtown much of the day.

I went down to the park as it opened and made my way down to catch batting practice. I was able to catch Hairston and we chatted for a minute. Micah Owings was running in to go take some swings and we tried to call him over and he said "I am going to take some swings and then I will come back over"

I got Corey Patterson, Mike Lincoln, Jeremy Affeldt, Adam Rosales, Jolbert Cabrera, Jerry Hairston Jr, Ramon Ramirez, and Micah Owings to sign my baseball.

I thought it was the coolest thing that Owings came back over after batting practice was over and signed our balls. He even said, as he returned, "Sorry you guys waited so long." I said "No problem, dude. Totally worth it."

I really wanted Ryan Hannigan's autograph but as I was talking to Jerry, Ryan kind of snuck by.

I leave in the morning to head to St Louis for the Reds/Cardinals series.

Dude, this is a family board. ;)

But seriously, it sounds like you're having fun. Hopefully the Reds can win a couple for ya in St. Louis.

Unassisted
09-26-2008, 08:23 PM
Finding many traffic lights out there? I just read in the morning paper how they still have pockets of Houston where the traffic signals still aren't working after Ike.

CrackerJack
09-26-2008, 08:35 PM
You still in Houston? My time here has been less eventful. I'm sitting at the Flying J in Baytown looking for loads.


Before you wackos and newbies to the board get all riled up, ORH is in transportation.


Oh good lord my mind did not even go there until I read your response, but pretty funny.

OldRightHander
09-26-2008, 09:56 PM
Finding many traffic lights out there? I just read in the morning paper how they still have pockets of Houston where the traffic signals still aren't working after Ike.

Yep, still pretty bad. Some of the secondary roads have traffic jams like you won't believe with all of the intersections being four way stops. You have more people taking the highways because of that, which is making for terrible traffic there as well. Yesterday it took me almost two hours to go 34 miles.

deltachi8
09-26-2008, 10:07 PM
Yep, still pretty bad. Some of the secondary roads have traffic jams like you won't believe with all of the intersections being four way stops. You have more people taking the highways because of that, which is making for terrible traffic there as well. Yesterday it took me almost two hours to go 34 miles.

Yep. Still many out. Was out and about in the city today - downtown and the Heights and saw some lights still out and highways busier than normal in mid day (of course 45 South going to Galveston was backed up into Houston).

I live northeast of downtown and our subdivision still has no power and the main traffic lights to our section are still down. We should get power soon but the energy company said some areas may be a while, a long while, before they do.

TheOnlyRedsFan
09-26-2008, 11:56 PM
First day in St Louis was off to a rough start. Got here and went to the rental car pickup place and there was no car there for me. After waiting for a half hour for my car to come, I traveled to the rental car facility and they claimed they didnt have an order for me. I had to pull out all my paper work to show them I did , in fact, order a car thru them. That car was given out earlier in the day. I had to settle with a different car. I just barely got to the ball park in time to see the game start. Hope tomorrow goes better. I want to go see the Arch and maybe hit a casino before the game.

Johnny Footstool
09-27-2008, 01:13 AM
First day in St Louis was off to a rough start. Got here and went to the rental car pickup place and there was no car there for me. After waiting for a half hour for my car to come, I traveled to the rental car facility and they claimed they didnt have an order for me. I had to pull out all my paper work to show them I did , in fact, order a car thru them. That car was given out earlier in the day. I had to settle with a different car. I just barely got to the ball park in time to see the game start. Hope tomorrow goes better. I want to go see the Arch and maybe hit a casino before the game.

Try to hit Ozzie's in Westport at some point this weekend -- it has all of Ozzie Smith's gold gloves on display.

Also, be sure to visit the wax museum downtown -- it's only a 5 minute walk from the ballpark, and admission is less than $2. See John Lennon, Jackie Robinson, and Harry Truman sign the Declaration of Independence! See Marie Antoinette riding the Lone Ranger's horse Silver into the sunset while Darth Vader looks on! See two hippies cook a baby in the oven, their drug-addled brains mistaking it for a turkey!

TheOnlyRedsFan
09-28-2008, 12:11 AM
I went to the Arch, Riverboat Casino, Bowling Museum all before the game tonight.