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Six Trees of Separation

But that’s about it between stepmom and stepson.


Diablos in Ensenada

We spent the weekend South of the border for a baseball “experience.” I wouldn’t call it a tournament, as James’s team, the Diablos, played the same team twice. The reason for the trip was to expose the kids to the sport in another country and impress upon them that success in sport comes from hard work and little else. As they lost both games to kids at least a foot shorter than them on average, but who practice daily, I think the point was made. Overall our visit was not the standard tourist trip.

The team families stayed at this “hotel and casino”:

JJ poked his head in the casino and said it looked adequate, but the smoke stench kept me from even opening the door from the hotel lobby. The rest of the place was okay: Rooms were dated but didn’t smell; breakfast was superb; and the pool was clean and had a bar on deck.

Hotel to field was 2 blocks, so the kids rode there in the back of one family’s truck. When in Mexico…

They played ok, but as mentioned, couldn’t quite match the other team. James mostly played shortstop, but got in second base and pitched a little. Osprey parents bringing fish to their young in the background provided some diversion.

After the game, the other team shared Rosca de Reyes with us, as it was (not only my sister’s birthday but) Three Kings Day. As a holiday, it makes a lot more sense to me that kids would get gifts from the wise men who brought gifts for Jesus than from Santa.

That evening, team families were invited to one of our coach’s homes for carne asada tacos, which allowed us to get even further off the beaten path and experience local life. Delaney played Twister with a couple girls there.

A little more baseball and a lot more Mexico tomorrow.

Holiday Bowl Highlights

This was our view of the game. Some people still needed assistance.

His horn was actually a construction project by two 11 year old boys.

Some people felt the view of the Jumbotron was better than real life, even if it was directly behind us.

There were jumpers before the game.

And marching bands and fireworks at halftime.

I admired this woman’s knit hat with bun cut out.

I probably wouldn’t have noticed it had she not made a scene berating her husband earlier. I spent some time deliberating whether to knit or crochet one.

Michigan State was beating Washington State 35-10 when we left at the end of the third quarter. Although it wasn’t much of a game, there sure was a lot to see.

Ski Sandwich

Instructions: on two slices of white bread, glop mayonnaise*. Do not spread mayo to edges. Place luncheon deli meat on one bread slice, orange and/or processed cheese on the other, and close sandwich. Eat with chips and clementines at noon on a ski day, following a 10 am break for hot chocolate and fries. Let us know if you would like to join us on the slopes, and we’ll ensure JJ makes you one, because he is the only person authorized to do so.

*If in New Hampshire, Miracle Whip may be substituted for mayonnaise.