Friday, June 22, 2018

Book Review - Red Sparrow

I found Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews intriguing and annoying.  It’s a normal length book but at times I felt I was slogging through the Gulag. Then other times it was fast paced and interesting. I kept reading, skimming, reading because I wanted to know what the heck happens to the girl.

It’s present day Russia and Dominika is recruited to be a “Red Sparrow” – trained seductress, spy, and assigned to American CIA officer Nate Nash. That’s all well and good. I liked her story line and I liked Nate’s . I liked their interactions and what ultimately transpires between them. However, there was a lot of other background material with a lot of Russian names that were damn confusing. Hence, the skims at times.

The writer is a former CIA officer and obviously knows his stuff…maybe too much.  To me, there was almost too much about many of the other horrible Russian agents, and then the annoying cat and mouse games. I am committing sacrilege but it’s like reading John Le Carre (always praised by critics).  I say – Jesus, get on with the story, man……

The cool things about Dominika is she sees in colors –It’s like an extra sensory skill and that helps her cull out trouble and evil from decent and good.  Nate has a purple aura – he’s a “good” guy.
The movie starred Jennifer Lawrence. It got so-so reviews, but after reading the book I’m now curious for it to show up on Netflix. I wonder if they cut out many of the annoying bits and hit the key plot points.  A friend lent me this book, so I got to read it for free.  That’s the best….so if you think you are interested, go find Red Sparrow at your local library.  Da! And a vodka shot for you

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Book Review - Explosive Beginnings by Susan Flett Swiderski

Explosive indeed - this book is filled with richly developed characters with plenty of secrets. I read it in one weekend because I wanted to know what the heck was going to happen to these folks. Archie is complicated and I can't say I liked it him, and yet he truly is human with flaws and flashes of redemption. Maddie - saint or sinner? Kids - Scott and Samantha - have a lot of spunk. Often kids get shunted into cliched writing, but not in this book. I can't write more about the plot line because it goes from tiny pops to huge blasts in no time. I've read the author's blog and previous works, appreciating her humorous takes on life. Explosive Beginnings has a deft touch with some funny quips, but it's far deeper as a family saga with mystery, drama, and plenty of life land mines. I highly recommend Explosive Beginnings by Susan Flett Swiderski for a charged weekend of reading.

Available on Amazon

Monday, June 18, 2018

Movie Review Madness - Ocean's Eight

Ocean’s 8 is a glossy fun goof filled with a great cast, fantastic jewels, nice clothes, a spiffy NYC, the fabulous of the Met, and an awesome larceny.  Sandra Bullock, Debbie Ocean, is out of jail but her life is crime and she had plenty of years to perfect the best heist possible. The Met Gala, a Cartier necklace, starlet Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), and an awesome crew = hi-jinks and a slick plan.
Lou (Cate Blanchett), Rose (Helena Bonham-Carter), Nine-Ball (Rihanna), Constance (Awkwafina), Amita (Mindy Kaling), and Tammy (Sarah Paulson) all bring a skill set – petty crimes, tech guru hacker, street hustling tech support, diamond expert, design, and a swindler. No guys allowed. Well, maybe for part of the fall.

We get some back story. We see the plan pull together. We see a few chances of hiccups, but these ladies are quick on the fix. There’s snappy dialogue, eye popping settings, friendship, and female dynamics. Ocean’s 8 is crooked, breezy, and it’s a joy to watch Sandra Bullock lead a film. They are all good, and Anne Hathaway’s Daphne is annoyingly awesome. You can tell Hathaway had a blast playing her. Summer movie time deserves a chance for the ladies to stretch their legs and pull off a killer heist – no guns needed. No blasting, no death, no destruction. All you need is a blind spot or two – anything is possible.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day Weekend Wheelin'

 Ray with youngest son Kevin
 clean and tidy and ready to roar
and the results of Father and Son 4-wheeling weekend.   I told Kevin, "Bring your father back in one piece."

Happy Father's Day to all!

 I chatted with my dad. My sister is there doing yard work - weeding, mulching, etc. My brother will join her this afternoon to make my dad's place respectable.
  I'm the lazy far away daughter.  There's one in every family!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Review - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan is a historical novel with a noir feel to it. The world is populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Anna Kerrigan is twelve when she accompanies her father to a meeting with Dexter Styles at his beach home. She senses money, power, and is mesmerized by the sea.  Years later, Anna’s father is mysteriously gone. The country is at war and Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard.  Striving hard to become the first woman diver, she encounters resentment in the tough world of the docks. But this is a young woman with a strong character and a commitment to succeed. Meanwhile, she meets Dexter Styles again at his nightclub. He does not recognize her or remember her from his past. She however does and works to uncover the connections with her father, the mysteries of the underworld.

This book had an ebb and flow to it. I liked Anna as the diver and her current situation. When the book went to the past and to the father’s side of the story, I tended to skim. However, Jennifer Egan is a rich writer and Manhattan Beach kept me turning pages.

A rather symbolic passage and good writing –

p. 433   “Look her father said, “Here it comes.”
She was surprised to find him watching the fog. It rolled in fast: a wild, volatile silhouette against the phosphorescent sky. It reared up over the land like a tidal wave about to break, or the aftermath of a silent, distant explosion.
Without thinking, she took her father’s hand.
“Here it comes,” she said.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wacky Wednesday

 Ray and I headed to Dallas on Saturday....the ultimate goal was Maroon 5 concert that evening. Whee!  Meanwhile, we stopped for BBQ at Ferris Wheelers.  Damn tasty BBQ and unique setting. I took these pics after we ate indoors (it was too freakin' hot outside).

 I loved this one!
And our destination hotel - W at Victory Park.  Here's our view from the room - not shabby on the 5th floor.  I did not take a pic but the infinity pool on the 16th floor was way cool....filled with 20/30 somethings imbibing a great deal of alcohol.  All seating was reserved.  We stood around awkwardly, then got sodas. The young lady serving just said they were "on the house.". I'm calling it the Pity Pepsi...."please, 'old folks', take your free soda and go back to hide in your room."   It was funny!

Happy Wacky Wednesday.  Please let the rest of the week zoom by.....

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Moment

Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is featuring works from Lands of Asia through mid-August.
I like to promote time at a museum. This exhibit has stunning costumes, Buddhist statuary, porcelain, ivory, and jade carvings. Sam and Myrna Myers collected for over fifty years - they appreciated a broad panorama of Asia's cultural heritage and unique customs.

China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, Korea, and Vietnam are represented and honored. It is quite an array of beauty, splendor, and history.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Movie Review - Book Club

Book Club, the movie, is a good Sunday morning matinee -  beat the heat of TX summer – chick flick time killer. I went in with low expectations and came out amused. I like all of the actresses and I try to support “more mature” women.  Entertainment Weekly summed it up well – enjoy the novelty of four of the best actresses of their generation splash around in a film that actually lets them live, not just tastefully fossilize in some designated elder-citizen corner of the screen.

The book club meets monthly – federal judge Sharon (Candice Bergen), widow Diane (Diane Keaton – my fave), chef Carol (Mary Steenburgen), and hotelier Vivian (Jane Fonda). Vivian decides to liven up the club with E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey – shocking. The group protests and groans but end up reading it secretly embarrassed and yet fascinated. From there, we have sensual re-awakenings, however contrived. Diane meets a pilot (Andy Garcia) on a trek to  AZ to see her daughters who are convinced mom should move to assisted living. Sharon tries on line dating and meets Richard Dreyfuss – a normal schlumpy guy just trying to connect. She realizes there is more to life than her cat. Vivian runs into an ex (a very scrumptious Don Johnson) and learns that maybe she should not just love ‘em and leave ‘em. And Carol works to put some spark back into her marriage to Craig T. Nelson. He’s newly retired and has issues of his own.

There are funny lines, lovely homes and d├ęcor, and great fashion. The ladies look great and aren’t plastic scary. There are some poignant scenes along with some silly stuff. This is fluff – plain and simple. I think critics gave it a solid C.  I’m more generous and was entertained – I’ll go with B.  B for Book Club

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday Wow

 Captain Jack Sparrow - Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean
 Lara Flynn Boyle wore this in Land of the Blind (I never heard of it but the dressing is breathtaking)
 Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility
Keira Knightley in The Duchess

Cut! Costume and the Cinema is an exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art  (  Thanks to Cosprop Ltd - England for sharing a fabulous exhibit.  Over 43 costumes from 27 period films - many Merchant Ivory winners.  Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, The Prestige, and more.

The detail and sewing is stunning. And the waistlines for these actresses are tiny.
They did have a two leather coats from Daniel Craig in Defiance.  One was quite fresh, the other had been beaten with a hammer and aged for late in the film.  Nifty to see.

Beat the heat at a museum and feast your eyes on treasures of any sort.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Book Review - You Think It, I'll Say It

Curtis Sittenfield hit the world with Prep, American Wife, and Eligible. Now her short story collection brings to life modern day characters with interesting flaws.

Cover blurb – Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfield upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. In “The World Has Many Butterflies” married acquaintances play a strangely intimate game with devastating consequences. In “Vox Clamantis in Deserto” a shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life. And in the “Prairie Wife” a suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie.

I enjoy Curtis Sittenfield’s writing and she is quite deft in striking to the heart of an issue, stroking it with finesse, and completing the full story with grace. Her dialogue is current. Her characters are well developed. From the promise that was Prep, this author has emerged as a strong American writer who commands her art with wit and depth.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Movie Review Madness - Deadpool 2

Deadpool  2 is NOT for children. Do NOT even think about taking kids to this flick.  If you liked Deadpool,  you will be very happy. Even had a debate with my husband. He liked this second one even more. I felt the first was fresher, but still felt that 2 was worthy – rude humor, snark and more snark, and just laugh out loud inappropriate at times.  Clever snappy dialogues and monologues keep this film a hoot. There are lots of references  to current flicks, Ryan himself, Canada takes a few kicks, he jokes about Marvel vs. DC, and sometimes talks to the camera.  The movie is ridiculously ultra-violent and fast paced. It’s definitely in its own league in the action hero arena.

Basically Wade (Ryan Reynolds) as Deadpool grieves his dead wife and wants to die. However, he does come to help Russell (Zazie Beetz) a teen mutant who can create fireballs with his hands. A soldier from the future, Cable (Josh Brolin) is trying to kill Russell because he knows what the kid does as an adult and how it affects his family. Despite Deadpool’s supposed jaded spirit, he convinces Domino, Colossus, and more to join forces and try to just stop the kid. Turn him away from his future.  This all gets very convoluted. As I read this paragraph I realize I am not conveying the urgency of the situation. Just go with it and trust me.

You will laugh, groan, and laugh some more.  Leslie Uggams as Blind Al is a hoot.  The credits are hysterical, and stay for the bonus two extras during final credit time.  Deadpool 2 kicks off summer movie season with a blast. Enjoy air-conditioning, big screen, popcorn worthy entertainment. And yes, it’s all SO wrong….keep laughing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wordless Wednesday Wow

Pictures are courtesy of my sister.  My dad is having a bumper crop of rhododendron.

(I have some movies to review and books. However, I've been floating in the pool a lot. Tough to write when swimming.)

Happy Wednesday. Almost June!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day.   Remember and honor

War with its million horrors - Percy Bysshe Shelley

There never was a good war or a bad peace - Ben Franklin

Peace hath higher tests of manhood
    Than battle ever knew  -  John Greeleaf Whittier

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Filler Fun

Last Saturday we attended the birthday party for Skylar who turned 3 early May, and Dakota's birthday is today - age 1.

Life is good when you are wearing a birthday princess dress.

Happy Birthday!

And now happy start to Memorial Weekend - use your sunscreen, everybody.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Wow

While I enjoyed a weekend of art museums and local theater, Ray was tramping the countryside in San Saba.  He enjoyed a visit to his aunts, did not see snakes, and took some artsy pics there.

For a brief period, the cactus are in bloom - wow!  Bursts of color

And after an all day rain on Friday, his Saturday dawned clear. Ray looked up while walking and was struck by the sky, the tree, and the composition. I am dang proud of him.  Thanks, Ray for sharing.

That's our Wednesday wow........

Monday, May 21, 2018

Book Review - Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is just brilliant writing that sweeps you into a family saga. I was captivated by this story – curious, caring, and interested.

Cover blurb – “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” What an opener of a tale about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But that’s a lot of pressure.  When her body is found in the local lake (not a spoiler), the delicate balance act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

Hannah, the second daughter, plays second string. But now she has to deal with the shadow of Lydia. What happened? And she’s her own person who misses her sister, cares about her parents, worries about her parents, and tries to make up for the huge missing link that is Lydia.  Nathan, the son, also has to grasp the gravity of Lydia dead. It’s all surreal.

Parents, Marilyn and Lee, both worked hard to overcome a “mixed” marriage.  Dealing with prejudice can take its toll too.  This book has so many layers of issues, but it does not beat you over the head as you read it. You just flat out care – you care about the parents and where they are coming from. You care about the pressures on youth these days. And there’s a sadness too. Celeste Ng captures a family in chaos and pulls the past and present together with her story. Everything I Never Told You will grab your gut and not let go.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Local Theater - Lone Star Love Potion

Support your local theater.  I enjoyed a cheap Saturday night ($22) at Onstage Bedford. The group did Lone Star Love Potion - an adult farce.  It was corny, slapsticky farce and yet had enough twists and turns to keep me interested.  The actors worked hard and gave it their all. The small theater was sold out and I was five minutes from home.  What's not to like?

Who was scheming over whom?  Who was jumping into bed with whom? Property, a potion, a will...oh, there's trouble over land, and you can bet that multiple parties are involved.  The heiress, the butler, the neighbor, and the lawyer....all might have a hand in the game.

This was silly,  amusing fun. And I was out past 10 pm on a Saturday night......big time!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Movie Review - Tully

Tully is part of a trifecta and is not for everyone. I personally love director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody, and actor Charlize Theron.  I loved Juno, Young Adult, and now Tully proved trickier but good. Had to think, not for everyone, seriously – not for everyone, and yet well done. A couple  behind me  - the woman kept saying “ I don’t like dark movies. This is dark. It’s depressing. I don’t like this.”
I wanted to turn and say – Crap, lady – just leave!!!!  But no, I contained myself and she shut up for most of it.  Yes, you had to THINK!!!!

Charlize plays Marlo – pregnant in her 40s with two kids.  One – Jonah – is a challenge – definitely on the autism spectrum and being kicked out of his school as “quirky” in kindergarten. Not good. Husband (the ever patient and solid Ron Livingston) is working hard and giving it his best but is still clueless.  His brother (Mark Duplass) is highly successful and  he and his wife just have it all. Marlo and crew are scraping by.

So we watch her waddle, give birth, and then try to be the perfect mom for all. Can she make the cupcakes?  Can she help Jonah? Is she setting a good example for her daughter? Tough call.  The brother has offered to pay for a night nurse – a woman who will come in, help, and allow Margo to sleep, pull herself together, and be what she needs to be for the family.  Too good to be true?  Mackenzie Davis is Tully – a free spirit young lady with lots of New Age wisdom. We watch Margo relax, seemingly get her crap together, and become the mother she needs to be.

But there’s so much more to this journey.  Motherhood is hard.  Motherhood in the 40s is harder.  This movie has weird twists and turns…….you have to go with it to complete the full creation.   Like I said, it’s odd and yet it works.  Charlize Theron is just beyond fantastic – she can play dumpy and feeling awful, and then be luminescent and real and beautiful. If you see this, you will root for her.
But it’s a tough one!   Enjoy??

Monday, May 14, 2018

Movie Review Madness - Avengers-Infinity War

Who’s not in Avengers: Infinity War?  Ant-Man who has a movie this summer with Wasp (Paul Rudd), the Arrow dude (Jeremy Renner), and maybe someone else I can’t think of as I am not a fanatic.  Otherwise, the whole gang is around to battle Thanos (Josh Brolin) who’s huge and just wants to have all the power and kill half of humanity. No other reason that I could fathom, but what the heck. He was busy gathering Infinity stones from various planets and sacred keepers.  The stones represent Power, Soul, Time, Reality, Mind, and Space.  So it’s up to our favorite super heroes to try to work together, avoid death, and save the planet. Just another day.

This movie is filled with non-stop action, battles, quick quips, power struggles, team work, and off the cuff maneuvers. It’s fun and trippy and keeps the sagas moving along.  Loki (Tom Hiddleston) vs. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Thor with Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Spider Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther and Captain America and Black Widow and….the story circles between different planets and Wakanda and the USA as different stages occur in the fight. Dr.Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is holding onto the Time Stone – you think he’s in danger?  And Vision with the Mind Stone embedded in his head. The Scarlett Witch does her best to keep him safe.  If you have not watched any of the Marvel movies, then you will be lost. If you are up on the saga, then this movie will blow your mind. And poor Mark Ruffalo keeps trying to summon the Hulk, but the big guy isn’t angry enough. How can that be?

Fun, fast paced kick butt blockbuster – Avengers: Infinity War ramps up the summer movie season.  And yes, stay for that after the credits Marvel teaser….whoa!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday Flashback

 some seriously random moments for a Friday

First swan at Clark Gardens in Weatherford PA
 second - shall we jump, dive, or just back away?
 Dad, when he was upright and mobile - with me and Lori. It wasn't that long ago, and yet it seems light years.  He was SO good at 80.  Now approaching 87 and it's a tough hobble.
 Me  - back when I was an author with fresh production. Writing?  Now?  What's that?
Maybe, a muse will hit again
and finish with spring hope...... hope you folks are all well on a Friday

Just carry on!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Review - The Gunners

The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman is a winner.  Finally I can give a thumbs up review.  I was hooked from the beginning.  Mikey Callahan is a very sympathetic character. At thirty years old, he’s the only one of the old gang to stay in the same town. His vision is degenerating and he really has no life – he works, he lives, he has a cat. But he learns a childhood friend, Sally, committed suicide. Dang. This is a blow. Slowly we learn that the strong friendship as kids deteriorated and Sally left the group in high school. No one knew why.  Now, as everyone comes back into town for the funeral, the group gathers and stories come out.  The Gunners was the name given to their private clubhouse group.

Cover blurb – Mikey especially needs to confront dark secrets about his own past and his father. How much of this darkness accounts for the emotional  stupor Mikey is suffering from as he reaches his maturity. And can the Gunners, prompted by Sally’s death, find their way to a new day? The core of this adventure, made by Mikey, Alice, Lynn, Jimmy, and Sam, becomes a search for the core of truth, friendship, and forgiveness.

I liked all of the characters and could feel their pain and concern, and their need to find the truth.  Sally, in death, is also a hovering ghost that you, the reader, will care about.

Kauffman is a solid writer who writes deep characters and a  solid plot that keeps moving and keeps you guessing. The layers of life in The Gunners are deep and worth exploring.  Excellent read. I am delighted to give a solid thumbs up.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Monday Moment - Sheer Energy - future

 Monday Moment fun.  My book reviews last week were far too serious.  Time for some goofy.
How's this - Dakota will turn 1 end of May.  She's exerting personality.  Third girl in the family. Oh, is she learning from those big sisters?  Yikes
Two birthday girls.  Skylar turned 3 on 5/2. She's a stinker.  And then Dakota is right there in the middle of trouble.   Big sis Makyla isn't pictured here.

Lots of energy in that household.  Hope I made you smile on a Monday.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Book review - Atlas Grace

As much as I was enamored by The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, I was a bit beat down by Alias Grace.  I can't fault the writing. Ms.Atwood has a tremendous way with words and a rich style. Perhaps it was the characters. I was interested in Grace and her story, but bogged down by the doctor who was interviewing her. The book seemed to drag on and I found myself skimming. Yet, I did want to know what happened to Grace.

She was convicted for her involvement in vicious murders of her employer. Was she a misguided innocent, caught up by the older co-worker? Or was she a scheming cold blooded killer? She did not seem to remember a thing from the murders. Now Dr. Simon Jordan, an expert in the new field of mental illness, has been hired to explore her mental condition and seek a pardon. In the back and forth of the circumstances leading up to the murders, Atwood builds quite a foundation of hardship for an orphan girl in Gilead.

I also tried to watch the series based on Alias Grace and was not pulled into the show either. So, perhaps this was just not my cup of tea all around.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Review - The Rocks

The Rocks by Peter Nichols was annoying.  The premise was good, but the execution was very disjointed and disconcerting.

From the cover blurb -  What mysterious catastrophic event drove honeymooners Gerald and Lulu apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island?

Let’s just say, she is really annoying.  Gerald – I liked.  His kid is good and his intentions are fine. Lulu and her son, Luc……….really annoying. I kept reading, waiting for a redeeming moment……..and it never came. The back story – eh.  The front story – eh.  I bought this book on a half-price sale table and can’t say it was worthwhile.  I hate to give up on a book……….

No, don’t get this from the library or buy it half price

Just stupid

Monday, April 30, 2018

Z - Monday Zounds

 What the heck. Monday shout out to Philly
Zounds - great Z word.  Awesome history. Nifty city. Cobblestone streets, Liberty Bell, go visit and walk where Ben Franklin trod, Betsy Ross, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton.

Seriously what's not to like?

Awesome cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, and Italian food. Need more.......go!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Book Review - An American Marriage

An  American Marriage  by Tayari Jones is absolutely an awesome read.  It’s an Oprah pick. It should be one for every book club in America. I finished this book, shut it with a whoa in my brain, and had to pause. I love a book like that. The writing is brilliant. The characters are rich. And Ms. Jones just taps into so many themes.  Awesome. Get this book from the library or buy it. Huge thumbs up.

From the cover blurb – Love makes a place in your life. It makes a place for yourself in your bed. Invisibly it makes a place in your body, rerouting all our blood vessels, throbbing alongside your heart. When it is gone, nothing is whole again.
Before I met you, I was not lonely, but now I’m so lonely I talk to the walls and sing to the ceiling.

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are heading to her parent’s home in LA when he’s arrested. Say what?  It’s a young black man, wrongly accused. Ultimately what occurs for him and her is still a part of the American nightmare. He was on the road to success. She also  has her dream coming true.  But  An American Marriage brings home the challenges for young successful blacks in real America.
Ms. Jones is a skillful author who writes the truth.  Read and be in awe of an amazing author.

This couple could be any of us – black or white, young or old. I truly loved this book, the characters, and the dilemma faced.  Sad, heartfelt, and heartrending. Read and judge yourselves,

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

V for Victory (or not)

 Tuesday evening was perfect baseball temperature - 80 degrees, light breeze. And The Ballpark in Arlington was a ghost town.  I liked this Eat More Fowl sign on the 3rd base line. Notice lack of fans
 The Ranger mascot waved his flag to no one, except us - we were in the 2nd deck - great seats and view.  Except when the only four people to arrive late plopped right in front of us. Seriously?  You don't have to sit in your ticketed seats when there are lots to choose from. Must we all cram together?
Even I (with bad eyes) can see the monster screen.  We were counting on Cole Hamels to pitch well, but he seems to have lost his mo-jo.

So, V for Victory (or Not)....the or NOT prevailed once again...and another decent player got injured and will be out for awhile.  Sad baseball times in Arlington Texas and it's downhill for a long hot summer.

Happy Wednesday!