What’s Your Walk Up Song?

Early this week, in anticipation of a new baseball season, The Tampa Bay Rays asked the question, “What would your walk-up song be?”

In response, fans left their ideas for walk-up songs, including:

  • Welcome to MY House by Flo-rida
  • Super Freak by Rick James
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Williams Hung
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  • Seek and Destroy by Metallica
  • I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
  • Kick the Dust Up by Luke Bryan
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Don’t Believe Me Just Watch by Bruno Mars
  • Thunderstruck by ACDC
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce
  • It’s All About the Base by Meghan Trainor
  • I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen
  • Wild Thing by The Troggs
  • Don’t Look Back by Boston
  • Jungle Love by Steve Miller Band
  • Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood
  • Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobbie McFerrin

Some serious, some funny, some ridiculous.

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That made me wonder, what are some of the most popular walk-up songs? While in search to the answer to this question, I found that the personalized walk-up music which is now expected when a batter takes his final swings while approaching the plate became a staple of the game after the 1989 movie “Major League” played “Wild Thing” every time Charlie Sheen’s character headed to the pitcher’s mound. And better than just a list of popular walk-up songs, Fanatics includes a feature that makes it possible to see which songs are played, but also to find the song played for every MLB Player during the 2015 season, with an option to listen to the song (and of course, a link to iTunes to make a purchase).

With the college baseball season opening this weekend, I’ll be listening to the music that accompanies the game and rating the walk-up songs of the players…and please, no Katy Perry!

Do you have a favorite walk-up sign?

TBT Lesson #89

This week Sarah’s been in California, surfer’s paradise, and has even sent pictures to give the impression of surfing. This reminded me of the summer she saved her money to purchase a skim board so she could slide along the shallow water along the shore.

Unfortunately, she found staying on the board more difficult than it looked and ended her skim boarding adventures less than an hour after it began.

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TBT Lesson #89: Make sure you buy a supply of band-aides and antibiotic ointment when you purchase a skim board. You’ll need it.

Stir Crazy

After four days confined to the house, I was going more than a little stir crazy so on Monday, we ventured to Camper World where we “window shopped” for about an hour. On the show floor were several models with doors open, inviting all to come have a look.

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We traipsed through these homes on wheels amazed at many of the features. An outdoor TV and wet bar under the cover of an awning tailor made for tailgating.

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Features not even found in my year round living quarters: a kitchen island, recliners, lots of leather, and even a fireplace. What luxuries compared to the Coleman stove, stadium chairs, nylon hammock and fire pit found at our campsites.

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A queen size bed would be comfortable after a day on the trails, but a trailer with a garage? That seems a little over the top.

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After checking out all the conveniences of these recreational vehicles, we now know how our camping neighbors are living it up. What a good way to put an end to stir crazy!

Sawgrass Island Preserve

Unfortunately, due to illness, I was unable to accompany John on a first time ride at the Sawgrass Island Preserve last week. We’ve passed this trail numerous times on our trips to visit one of our daughters in Orlando, but only recently stopped to get a quick look in anticipation of a ride later in the week.

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In the parking area, a sign indicates the trail can be used by hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. The trail travels to Lake Yale, located south of SR 42 about ten miles from Weirsdale, and according to John is well used by those on horseback making in less than a desirable surface for bike riding.

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Nevertheless, he said he would return to Sawgrass Island Preserve on foot, especially near dawn or sunset as it appears to be a prime location for observing wildlife. And of course, since the area is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, birdwatchers may also enjoy hiking in the trail.

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Sorry I missed the ride, but I can see an early morning hike on the horizon.

Take the Liquid Stuff

Every year I preach the importance of getting the flu shot, but I’ve paid the price for not following my own advice. Teaching always insured I’d receive a reminder when the flu shot was available as well as a date when I could schedule an appointment for the free shot at my workplace. Not this year. No reminder. No appointment. No flu shot. Instead, four days of fever, chills, headache, sneezing, running nose and cough. Yuck!

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Wrapped in blankets in bed, on the couch and finally sitting on the porch, I wasted too much time popping pills to relieve flu symptoms.

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Finally, I decided to get serious. Only by gulping the nasty stuff can you kick the nasty stuff!

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Hopefully, you were smart enough to get the flu shot, but if not take the liquid stuff.

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Happy Valentine’s Anniversary

Last year on this date, on what proved to be the coldest day of 2015, Sarah and Daniel said their I do’s.

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After some last minute pictures while preparing to tie the knot…

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seriousness settled in as they proclaimed their love and commitment to one another.

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Funny how dancing can make you forget the cold temperature.

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Valentine’s Day 2015: a day of food, family, friends and love. Capped off by a wedding!

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Happy Anniversary, Sarah and Daniel. May you continue to add fun and happy memories to the Patty Party!

It’s Track Season…Again

My first experience with high school track was in 1974, my sophomore year in high school. A couple dozens girls met every day on the track at Pompano Beach High School to form the school’s first girls’ track team. We were an enthusiastic group, even if our coach was reluctant. Coach Brewer was accustomed to blowing his whistle and shouting commands to boys on the varsity football team so he struggled to figure out what to do with a bunch of girls. (Although at the end of the year banquet he remarked that coaching girls was a piece of cake…no arguments and dedicated to both practice and meets.)

We practiced daily and competed rather poorly. But only the second week of the season, my role changed from athlete to volunteer after I was hit by a car and found myself sporting a cast on my left arm. This early training has been used for more than a dozen years. Far longer than the two years I called myself a runner.

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From 1999-2008, while we had daughters on the Forest High track team, John and I were team drivers, cheerleaders, snack providers, timers, announcer, scorekeeper, presenters of awards and clerk of the course.

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These duties continued a few more years after all our daughters graduated, and then after a short hiatus, we’re back. John at the starting line while I enjoy the warmth of the press box.

It’s February. It’s cold. Hundreds of high school athletes are competing in the first meet of the year. It’s track season.

 

TBT Lesson #88

At family gatherings the older cousins were frequently recruited to help out with the little ones. Emily has her hands full with Hannah while holding Noah, who’ll soon be 16. How time flies!

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TBT Lesson #88: Young children are a handful, but they bring a smile to your face.

Big Bugs Everywhere

On January 15, the Big Bug Invasion took over Leu Gardens. An army of enormous ants meet visitors as they enter the gardens.

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Created from natural materials, the creatures lurk around every corner.

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Despite the fact the insects may stand over twenty feet tall, many remain hidden among the plants.

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While others, like the lady bug remain in the open, ready for photo ops.

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The 200 pound assassin bug was quite a specimen.

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But I have an affinity for spiders and this one camouflaged among the bamboo may have been my favorite sculpture.

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The Big Bug Invasion continues at Harry P. Leu Gardens in downtown Orlando until April 15 so there’s plenty of time to get acquainted with the garden’s newest inhabitants.

Land Bridge Trail

Anticipating a rainy afternoon, we set out for a hike close to home with Meghan and Jon at the Cross Florida Greenway on Saturday. We followed the orange trail for a little more than a mile to the Land Bridge where the trail crosses I-75.

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The most notable feature of the well marked trail was the large trees. Several of which partially blocked the path.

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Upon reaching the bridge, we stopped for a quick selfie before returning on the somewhat longer blue trail.

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The blue trail was similar to the orange trail. Well marked, tree-lined, narrow, flat and easy. A good place for walk on a cool February morning before the afternoon rain.

Thanks John and Meghan for sharing your pictures.