Monday, July 31, 2006

Peanuts and Crackerjack

I really hope you don't have dial-up.

Weekend Recap:
1. Friday night Hoop, Hoop's Mom, and I drove up to Georgia for the annual Atlanta trip.
2. Evidently someone forgot to send the Braves a memo that we were coming...
3. ...because they LOST.
4. Nothing like driving six hours to watch your team hand three games over to their biggest competition.
5. This guy pretty much sums it all up:

5. He was drooling on himself by the sixth inning.
6. And when the game ended no one came to claim him.
7. But fortunately the company was great and the chili cheese dogs were yummy.
8. Nash, and Hoop's other brother Tech, drove down to meet us for the game.
9. As Hoop, Nash, and I rode back to the hotel in the bed of Tech's truck we were passed by a bum on a bicycle.
9. "There's a stop sign!" She snapped at us when we drove by. "Oh shut up." Hoop yelled back. "What did you say to me?" She hollered in disbelief.
10. Then she started chasing us...
11. ...on her bike.
12. And let me tell you, that chick was fast. We actually got a little nervous.
13. Fortunately we turned onto a main road. But we looked around at every stop light to see if she had caught up with us.
14. We are the biggest bunch of pussies EVER.
15. Saturday night the three of us entertained ourselves by dropping paper airplanes from the 47th floor of our hotel.
16. Mine won.
17. There weren't any rematches though. My plane landed in the middle of a romance novel convention, swept up in a mass of sequence dresses and crying spinsters.
18. Bottom line, there was no way in hell I was braving that crowd to go and get it.
19. The three of us ended the night at the hotel bar/restaurant...
20. ...where we met a hooker from Nevada.
21. She left soon after we told her about the convention.
22. I guess she realized she was outnumbered and didn't feel like having the competition.
23. Although some of those women looked pretty hard up.
24. She got on the phone as she was leaving. We heard her say, "There's some kind of romance convention or somethin'. Everyone here is in LOOOVE."
25. We're pretty sure it was her Pimp.
26. The next morning we went to the Georgia Aquarium.
27. They boast to have the largest viewing window in Northern America.
28. The pane is made out of acrylic, which is 17 times stronger than glass and easier to mold.
29. So why do we even use glass anymore?!
30. The best part of the aquarium visit was the Sea Lion exhibit.
31. One Sea Lion became entranced with a little boy's blue truck and chased it around for 15 minutes. When the boy would stop rolling it, the Sea Lion would nudge up against the window and do flips.

32. And I swear he looked upset when that little boy left.
33. Nash filmed it. So hopefully I'll have it up for you to view by the end of this week.
34. We got home around 8:30 last night, but I was up until midnight, burning all our photos on a disk for today.
35. All 119 of them!

Contest courtesy of
Odd Mix:



(Some random weekend pictures)

Hotel Angles


Tiny fish zipping around a whale shark.

Don't these Ray look like a flock of birds?

I named him "Louie."

All That Glitters


And because you asked...


At 31 July, 2006, Blogger KTP said...

You must have JUST posted these, because how on earth am I the first commenter? (Don't be scared, I'm not gonna go all Crazy Dooce Commenter on you. I'm just sayin'.)

Anyway, those aquarium pics are fantastic. Makes me want to go to one. And that picture of the golden domed building made my heart skip a beat because I immediately thought it was a picture of the main building at Notre Dame, my alma mater. But no. Still, it's pretty.

At 31 July, 2006, Anonymous OddMix said...

The Jellyfish picture is stunning. Ouch... bad Sqishy! Bad!

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Arabella said...

My goodness, your photog skills are sharp! And I say this even though you're a Braves fan. :)

Mmmmm......chili cheese dogs.

Maybe the prostitute was hoping for a different kind of convention?

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Mignon said...

All that glitters is gooooold, only shooting stars break the moo-oold... Thanks - that's much better than whatever else was happening in my head today.

I love the blue truck story. We went to the San Francisco Zoo a couple years ago and Madeleine called out to a gorilla and waved. And it waved back. I will never ever forget that. I bet that little boy will never forget playing with that sea lion.

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Mignon said...

Oh! And another blog I read is by a woman who was at that convention and wrote so glowingly of it... reading what you wrote felt like some kind of movie where they play the scenes from different perspectives - Eternal Sunshine maybe, without the memory rearranging?

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger F&W said...

Oh Tink! These pictures made me all teary-eyed with their beauty! Thank you for capturing such amazing moments.

When I see living things as gorgeous as that jelly-fish, my heart aches. How can people willingly pollute the environment and knowingly kill creatures like that?

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Jay said...

That sounds like a great weekend. Even though the Braves lost, an afternoon at the ballpark is always fun. Although you took the Braves losing much better than I did the Cardinals losing 4 straight to the Cubs this weekend.

Oh, and a hooker at a hotel bar in Atalnta?? NO. WAY. LOL

Those pictures are just beautiful.

At 31 July, 2006, Anonymous TB said...

Amazing pictures as usual. That new camera makes the way you see the world even more beautiful. I love the sea lion story and Louie the goliath grouper. The ATL is my favorite city in the US. If it was on the water, I'd still be living there.

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Newt said...

I love the hotel angles picture. It is very very cool. All your pics are great. Glad to hear you had a fun trip. Surreal as ever! Only you can combine baseball, hookers, romance convention, and paper airplanes in one story. Seeing as it was a romance convention maybe you could have replaced your little electric buddy?!

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Mike Y said...


Great shots as usual. I agree about the jellyfish-- simply awesome.

LOL about the biker chick bum. Leave it to you guys to find that one.

And who is that in the T-shirt. And is that a request or a command?

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos - the hotel angles are CRAZY!

The romance novel convention is killing me here - y'all didn't go down to get more involved in that?? ;)

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger mamalujo1 said...

You're saying that Hoop will stand up to a great big drunk guy in a parking lot, but is afraid of a girl on a bicycle!? Or is it because beer was at stake?

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Great, pictures!

I am sorry about your team losing. Mine almost lost too, but Milton Bradley hit a three-run home-run in the bottom of the ninth! They needed that win!

I was watching the Mets/Atlanta game on T.V. before I left for church. When I got home, two hour s later, you all were still in the 3rd inning. That was a long game!

Glad you had fun. Like Jay said, a day at the ballpark is always fun!

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger graymama said...

The yellow fish in your beauty shot are so eye catching!

Hubby and I have been looking for a picture to paint on Buddy's bedroom wall, and your hotel shot might just be it :-)

Drunks, hot dogs, baseball, romance novel convention and prostitutes--sounds like my kind of vacation :-P I have to say that I am pleased to hear the Braves lost...sorry.

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

KTP: If I were rich I would totally have prizes for the first commenter of the day. But I'm poor. So you'll have to settle for an e-hug. ((HUG))

Arabella: >>Maybe the prostitute was hoping for a different kind of convention?<< I think the porno one is next week.

Mignon: Whatever you do. Don't direct that woman here. I might have hit someone down there and with my luck it was her.

Chelle P: It really was awe-inspiring. It was especially sad to hear about the Belugas they were rehabilitating after a boating accident. Sometimes it's better/safer for these creatures NOT to be free.

Jay: That was a totally new experience for ME. I guess I can mark that off my To-Do list.

TB: Thank you Teebs. I really enjoyed Atlanta too, although nothing beats the smell and sight of the ocean.

Newt and Chris: No bunnies :(. If it had been THAT kind of convention we would have crashed. As it was, I was afraid to take Nash and Hoop down there for fear they'd have all their clothes torn off them.

Mike Y: The t-shirt came from a local bar. It was the general costume at the pirate party. Would you like one? I'd have to get Chelle's permission first of course. ;)

Mamalujo1: LMAO. Well when you put it THAT way!

Chelle Y: You know how a cat toys with a mouse? It was sort of like that... just as long and just as humiliating. But I still gotta love my boys.

Graymama: If you paint something liek that on Buddy's wall you HAVE to send me pictures! I think I took more shots of the hotel than I did anything else. I felt like I was in a candy wonderland or something with all those colors and swirls and lights.

>>I have to say that I am pleased to hear the Braves lost...sorry.<< Here, you want help pushing that knife into my heart? ;)

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Betty said...

Tink, great photos. That looks like a super aquarium. I'd love to see the whale shark.

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

Those are so REALLY COOL aquarium photos!! Now I want to go... why do I have to live so far away?? :-(

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Peevish said...

Wow, those photos are great!

Can't wait to see the video - I am such a sucker for things like that.

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger eric said...

well you know ... it isn't like we haven't owned the mets over the years. the last time they beat us three games in a row was 1985!

i'm taking my boy down next week. i ALWAYS use a sick in the middle of the week. it feels more right.

cool pictures. particularly the angles one.

"surrender the booty." that was the big beach towel of myrtle beach summer '06. or so i saw on vacation last week.


At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Go ahead, Tink. Get him one! I will post a picture of him in it on my blog! Haha!

I know it can be slow torture when your "boys" are getting beat. It a drag!

The A's play their California rivals tonight, the Angels. Their rivalry is like Mets and Braves. The A's need to beat them, since they are both battling for first place!

At 31 July, 2006, Anonymous susan said...

I think you guys make more fun on your little adventures than anyone else in the world. Or maybe you're just more observant, I haven't quite decided.

Beautiful photos, I love them all!

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger FA said...

I love the south. Nowhere else can you ride around in the bed of a pickup truck and people think it's OK. Put some folding chairs in the back of that thing and you got yourself a regular limousine. LOL!

Your pictures a incredible. The jellyfish is straight out of National Geographic.

At 31 July, 2006, Blogger Charlotte in Pa said...

I freaking love aquariums... and your pictures captured your trip perfectly! I enjoyed your interpretations of the words. This could have been a theme weekend for you... as far as I'm concerned, baseball is a beautiful thing, too... and I'll bet there were many beholders there!

At 31 July, 2006, Anonymous wordgirl said...

How did you get those pictures to look so awesomely colorful? And a chick chasing you on a bike? I'd pay cash money to see that.

At 01 August, 2006, Blogger Freakazojd said...

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At 01 August, 2006, Blogger Freakazojd said...

Woahwoah, crazy photography skills! Those are great photos - I particularly like the one of the jellyfish and the one of "Louie."
The photo (and accompanying story) of the sea lion and the little boy with the blue truck was adorable.
And there ain't nothin' like bein' chased by a ca-raaaazy lady on a bicycle. WOOHOO! :)
Sounds like a great weekend!

At 01 August, 2006, Blogger R. Robyn said...

I really like the photo of the hotel. It took me a minute to figure out what I was looking at.

At 01 August, 2006, Blogger EE said...

OMG, I tried all day yesterday to get your photos to load and my pc was being ick. Finally today they did, LOVE THEM!!!!!! Esp Louie ;)

At 01 August, 2006, Blogger Foo said...

Those are some awesome pictures, Tink! When does your coffee table book come out?

At 01 August, 2006, Blogger Mary said...

Great pictures!! Love the hotel angels one.

LOL rE: the biker. You guys are pussies. Glad you had a rockin' weekend!

At 02 August, 2006, Blogger Alien said...

OMG! You have a picture of a WHALE SHARK! Grace LOVES whale sharks! She loves sharks in general, mind you, but she really likes whale sharks because they're harmless. She gets all defensive when someone says all sharks are bad or dangerous. She's all like, "Nuh uh! Whale sharks aren't!" LOL!


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