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Flashback Friday…The H-Town Experience and Minute Maid Park, 2005 & 2008

wp-1509064839576..jpg With my buddy Josh, May 2005, when Josh had really “short” hair…

Minute Maid Park. Houston, TX. Site of Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2017 World Series, where our Boys in Blue head into with the series all tied at one. Prior to 2013, the Astros we’re a National League franchise dating back to 1962. From 1969 to 1993 the Astros we’re part of the NL West, winning 2 NL West titles in 1980 and 1986. 

wp-1509064567988..jpg Sportin’ my Dodger Blue cap, May 2005. 

Josh and I would make 2 trips here. In 2005, we had a stopover for the day on our rail trip from St. Louis back to L.A. so we decided to stop on by. It was fitting our ballpark rail excursion would take us to Minute Maid Park, especially with all the nods to the former Union Station that once resided on the site. 

wp-1509064742576..jpg The lobby of old Union Station. Now the left field entrance from Crawford Street, this now serves as the grand entrance to Minute Maid Park…

Back to H-Town, 2008

wp-1509063560014..jpg Matt Kemp, making some autograph seekers happy, July 2008

Josh and I would make a return to H-Town in 2008. This time, it would be a 3 day stay. During the 3 days, our appetites would be satisfied, or filled if not completely satisfied, by…

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Taco Cabana. As I said, if not completely satisfied. Don’t go there if your sober. Or as one of my former co-workers from Texas says, “Don’t go there at all…”

We would also venture into a House of Pies. Not affiliated with the one on Vermont Avenue, but both serve diner style food. Though the HOP in Houston charges $2.50 for coffee refills past the second cup, my waitress kept generously filling my cup. Between our HOP and Houston’s, I say it’s a draw…

Our “foodie run” would also take us to Whataburger. Most of their locations are open late, serving up huge hamburgers. But between these two…

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I’ll take my 3X3 animal style any day. (OK, maybe an “occassional” 4X4 if no one is looking…LOL). 

And our final H-Town “foodie run” would take us to Good Company BBQ. The highlight for me, other than the usual BBQ meats, had to be the Czech Sausage. Good Company has to be the only place i’ve had Czech Sausage. If you’re a Houstonian reading this, I’m sure you could probably name other favorite BBQ places of yours, but I sure enjoyed the experience of eating BBQ in Texas, especially Goode Company BBQ. 

Getting our NASA On…

20171026_174624.jpg Johnson Space Center. I like to call these two “The Twin Towers. Hakeem and Ralph…”

Our venture into Houston would also take Josh and I to the Johnson Space Centerwp-1509064058689..jpg

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Speaking of the Johnson Space Center, they seem to have a friendly battle with Pasadena’s JPL

But you know Houston, we do have a prized possesion of our own at the California Science Center

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Back to The Juicebox…Minute Maid Park

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Though the picture above was taken in 2005, Josh and I would return in 2008 to see The Blue take on the ‘Stros. This time, the roof would be closed during the 3 games we’d take in. 

wp-1509064630822..jpgwp-1509064651712..jpg HI MR. CONDUCTOR !!!

A favorite feature among many Astros fans, this replica locomotive chugs atop the left field Crawford Boxes prior to the first pitch and after an Astro home run. 

wp-1509064413116..jpg R.I.P. Tal’s Hill….

The hill, meant to pay homage to past classic’s such as Cincinatti’s Crosly Field, was removed after the 2016 season to make way for more dining spots. Though a nice nod to the past, the hill just looked forced and was hardly in play. But back in ’02, some center fielder for the Dodgers would make a nice running catch on the fly up that hill without breaking stride. I think that former centerfielder would have a future in managing some day…

Minute Maid Park is literally a band box. Very intimate, MMP is a very friendly hitters yard. Because if it’s intimate settings, no seat is really too far from the action. Now, if you don’t mind standing for an inning or two, you’ll want to take in some action at the porch literally located above the warning track in left center field…

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It’s almost game time ! Here’s to the Blue and an H-Town takeover !!!

wp-1509063983683..jpg Josh and I hanging with The Little Pumas, Lance Berkman’s unofficial fan club, July 2008. 

wp-1509064713241..jpg May, 2005. I wonder if this fan would know that orange cap would make it back to the rotation some day…

Astros fans and Houstonian’s we’re so hospitable so we could only return the favor…

20171025_143911.jpg The lil’ bro, Daniel and I, with this nice couple from Houston prior to Game 2. This couple would share with us that everyone in L.A. was very warm with them…

20171025_214543.jpg In the end, one of us will be smiling…The other crying… I intend to be the one smiling…

9th Inning…From H-Town

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LETS GO DODGERS !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beyond The Yard: The Magic of Science and Animation

csc_drei_buzz-lightyearDre gettin’ my Buzz on…It’s Always A, Well, You Know By Now…

I recently had a chance to visit The Science Behind Pixar at the California Science Center in Expo Park. From Toy Story to Inside Out, The Science Behind Pixar is a 12,000 square feet interactive exhibit that features the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) behind your favorite Pixar animations. 

Though the technical aspects behind the making of such Pixar favorites may be a bit advanced for some of the lil’ ones, the interactive displays, divided into eight different themes, “Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Camera, Animation, Simulation, Lighting and Rendering”, provide everyone of all ages the chance to experience the intricacies that behind these Pixar films. Though your young one’s may not know it, they too are taking in the scientific magic behind their favorite animated characters, be it Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley or WALL-E. 

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If you do plan to go it’s highly recommended you  purchase your tickets online especially if you do plan on taking the family on a weekend as it can get extremely busy and tickets have been known to sell out. The Science Behind Pixar will be on display until April 16th.

csc_pixar_mike-n-sully Sully and Mike !!!

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In addition, your ticket from The Science Behind Pixar exhibit also get’s you admission to Space Shuttle Endeavour without having to acquire another timed ticket. 

A visit to the CSC makes for a great visit prior to catching a nearby sporting event, be it the Lakers, Clippers or Kings at Staples Center or hoops at the nearby Galen Center or other USC sporting events. 

Here’s how Drei spent his Good Dre on his Stadium Journey from Expo Park to The Galen Center…