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Memorial Day Weekend 
Baseball!
It's about loyalty...
It's about dedication...
It's about being champions...
It's about tradition...
It's about never giving up...
It's about never givin' up! Neva eva!
It's about the ballpark...
It's about superstition...
It's about recognition...
It's about heroes...
It's about friendships...
It's about family...
It's about teammates...
It's about history...
It's about doin' what it takes to win!

If you've heard this, it means you've been watching MLB.TV and know it's the single ad at the start of every commercial break. If you've memorized this, it means you're obsessed with your team at the moment. Like me.
The Phils are on their typical May winning stretch, which happens year after year and is always exciting to watch. May is the single most fun month to watch Phillies baseball besides September, because they always play well this time of the year somehow. This is the time of the year when the Big Bat starts to shine (Howard, formerly Thome), the rotation and bullpen start to settle in (well...that's debatable), and the typical school year converts to a summer full of golfing (again, in years past).

Sunday, my initial plans for the day included golfing. It was a beautiful day as usual and the course was oddly uncrowded. I made the hour drive to get on the waiting list at Los Verdes, and was only 2nd in line when I ran back up to my car to get my clubs. All set to play, I picked up my bag and headed to the pro shop. Only, something seemed wrong: either my recent working out has really paid off, or something was missing from my bag making it a lot lighter. Turns out, I was missing FOUR irons. Four of my most important irons to play, also: the 5,6,7, and 9 irons. I wasn't about to pay for a tee time missing half my clubs for a round, so needless to say I didn't play Saturday. What I did end up doing was driving 40 minutes up to El Segundo, where I accidentally left my clubs 2 weeks ago when a few of my lefty coworkers were borrowing them and I left early to go to Yosemite. Real dumb move on my part, luckily I retrieved them all...

On the way to El Segundo, I passed through Hermosa Beached and just by chance, noticed a festival going on (wouldn't have known about it otherwise). So luckily I had this to keep me busy instead of golfing. I actually thought for awhile that losing my clubs and going to this festival would somehow be a good omen, some sort of twist of fate that led me here. Unfortunately, nothing extraordinary happened.
After looking for a parking spot for about an hour, I became frustrated and settled into a spot approx 1.5 miles away from the festival. So a walk down the beach boardwalk to the festival gave me a nice tour of Hermosa Beach. The festival was pretty big -- carnival rides, arts sales, tons of food and music. I have no pictures from this event since it was spur of the moment, but one cool display at the event was an "Intro to Hybrid technology" by Toyota. It was basically a large truck with a hybrid museum inside, where there were trivia questions and information about alternative fuels. Inside, there was a "hybrid simulator" where you press an accelerator and brake and meters show how the energy is being distributed.

EDIT: During this simulator, I noticed a webcam and was wondering what it was for. Curious, I went to the Toyota website and discovered a photo they took of me while "driving" the simulator. Creepy! But here it is (lmao!):


Outside, there were hybrids which you could climb inside and check out the controls. And at the end of the event, everyone who took part in the full experience got their own induction flashlight (shake to power, no batteries needed to be replaced).
I did have a few arguments with some of the trivia questions asked in the museum. For one, a question asked "Select the types of alternative fuels which have 0 emissions: Diesel, Biodiesel, Hydrogen, Electric, Ethanol"
I picked electric, and the computer said I was wrong! Their answer was electric AND hydrogen. This is completely inaccurate, because Hydrogran fueled cars DO have emissions: water! It's not harmful obviously, but that wasn't the question. I told the Toyota reps about the flaw but they stuck by the computer's response. Then they asked another trivia question to the crowd: "What does E-85 stand for?" I yelled out immediately, "Ethanol-85, the ratio of ethanol to gasoline in a fuel".
"Wrong!" he yells out. The answer he was looking for was "the PERCENT of ethanol in the fuel". It's the same friggin' thing!!! Stupid PR. Some lady won the pencil. She offered it to me after I complained, but I didn't want the free pencil anyway. It would just have been a hassle. Besides it was not even sharpened, so I would have had to go out and buy a pencil sharpener to use it anyway. What a mess. It's the principal of the thing...

Today I spent the day on the beach playing beach volleyball with interns, and for the first time ever I went swimming in the Pacific Ocean. The water is finally warm enough to swim in -- about 62 today. I came out with my feet covered in tar, thanks to LA's low water quality standards and recent chemical and pollution spills in the area. Oh well...

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