Words on Wednesday

29 Jul

Not much in the way of amazing happening on my side of the globe. Awesome Jar moments are few now that our adventures became limited. I mean other than the Dodgers beating the Asstros in Houston as baseball returned.

Well, that one just made me smile.

Hard to get hits when no one is telling you what pitch is coming. I know, I know. Some people neeeeeeed those trash cans to succeed.

So taking in what little sports we get before they shut it down again, is something that fills me with joy.

But magic happens outside sports nowadays. I mean we were supposed to be watching The Olympics and cheering for people on the track and court, in addition to the pool.

Now we cheer for ourselves and our little victories, and catch the moments when we can, outdoors.

And sometimes you catch a good one. Something you haven’t seen in a while.

I remember the first time seeing one was probably at Sea World when I was a kid. You member Sea World? We’d pack in the tan station wagon and make the trek to check out Shamu.

Road trips back in the day, during my Kevin Arnold moments when sitting in the back without seat belts was fine, you know because we were invincible.

But while we were out exploring the aquatic park, my favorites had to be the dolphins. Something about their very nature that intrigued me. I’d seen a few in the ocean after that, every now and then, but it would only be a few and they’d be far away. This week I caught a pod of 10-15 dolphins swimming alongside a paddle boarder, jumping high enough that people noticed. With all that magic, I thought Aquaman himself was gonna come splashing out.

I got up from my chair to take a closer look.

Not many cool things happening that aren’t artificial or produced. But this one was genuine. Pleasant. So much so that I forgot to snap a shot. I just watched them. That paddle boarder had one of the best encounters ever. He stayed the course and kept going, with his posse passing him.

It was a small moment, something to be appreciated.

I enjoyed the early morning when there was no crowd and the spot was quiet, just the sound of the waves on shore. People started trickling in and I was grateful that parking was a hassle, as it was extremely limited. Kept the number of people low.

So with a semi–private space and my toes in the warm sand I welcomed a new day.

Buen Camino my Friends!

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12 Responses to “Words on Wednesday”

  1. Sorryless July 30, 2020 at 11:53 AM #

    I find that while I miss sports, I’ve filled in the void with things that I dig every bit as much. And I think some of it comes from the fact that while I am paying attention to what’s going on in the MLB, the dynamic is just too much of a reminder of what this year has been about- empty stands, cardboard cut outs of fans, canned noise . . . you can’t make this stuff up.

    That dolphins moment . . that is a moment right there. Bob Ross would paint it if he could, and yanno . . so did you. So thank you for that.

    Sunshine and waves hermana

    • The Guat July 30, 2020 at 3:27 PM #

      That’s true. It’s an eerie feeling seeing the stands empty. I mean you hit a homer and there’s no one going bonkers. I mean other than the bench… Different for sure. It’s like watching an intense batting cage session, where they strikeout. Batting cages. Member those 🙂 But that was the series I did not want to miss THAT one. The rest I’m cool with. I do miss the Olympics though. Watching those athletes is always fun. It’s a different vibes every four years. New stories new excitement But those Dolphins… man that was sweet. That was something that was gifted.

      • Sorryless July 30, 2020 at 4:02 PM #

        Such an eerie feeling, Twilight Zone eerie. And yeah, it’s like a closed scrimmage or something when the only applause you hear- live applause- is from the dugouts.

        I do remember batting cages. There were a couple different ones I would go to when I was a teen living in New York- one in Five Towns and one in Flatbush. THAT was summer right there.

        I feel for the Olympians. To put your entire life into something and then not be able to experience it, win or lose, that is tough.

        It was a great moment on account the Dolphins were not from Miami. 😉

        • The Guat July 30, 2020 at 8:14 PM #

          Twilight Zone! Totally. Yes! We are living in it. And I totally agree on the Olympians … another year … maybe? That’s a rough pit stop on your dream journey.

          • Sorryless July 31, 2020 at 11:35 AM #

            It’s just not fair, but hopefully these kids will get a chance to compete at some point in the future.

            Watching highlights of the two LA teams last night was another dose of surreal.

          • The Guat July 31, 2020 at 1:59 PM #

            Right?! Seems like the highlights are more exciting than the game itself. Missing that X-factor. But at least there’s highlights…

          • Sorryless July 31, 2020 at 3:56 PM #

            I have only watched highlights and I’m good with that.

  2. bgddyjim July 31, 2020 at 5:28 PM #

    Having lived without Hollywood, TV and sports for so long, I don’t miss them near as much as I thought I might! I’ve still to watch a Tigers game.

    • The Guat August 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM #

      This is true there are a lot of fluff I’m glad isn’t on but and I can skip some games because the vibe is so different but I do miss the Olympics. Every four years we used to get all jazzed up 🙂 hope you caught a game.

      • bgddyjim August 2, 2020 at 3:40 PM #

        I’ve had better things to do than catch a game (cycling, living, enjoying life, etc.). I’m bummed about the Olympics too.

  3. anotherday2paradise August 3, 2020 at 8:34 AM #

    I loved my visits to Sea World. It seems so long since I’ve been anywhere except for a great beach restaurant on my birthday last week. It was such a treat. Life at the moment is beyond surreal with everyone wearing masks and some wearing plastic gloves. It’s almost like we’re strangers in our own world. I can’t wait for things to get back to normal, whenever that might be. Stay safe and well, TG.

    • The Guat August 3, 2020 at 5:09 PM #

      Getting out to a restaurant must have been great! We don’t go out much and stay indoors most of the time but we did order out the other day and it was an AMAZING treat! Super grateful for the little things 🙂 glad you got to do something special. Happy Belated Birthday!!! Good to connect again 🙂

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