Monday, August 12, 2019

Another Week in SoCal

Tuesday-Monday, August 6-12, 2019

A busy week for a huge home improvement project to be sure!

We were getting a new roof put on Casa Contreras after fighting drips and leaks, off and on, for the last few years with frequent patch jobs.

The morning of Day #1

Our old roof was over 30 years old and truly on its last legs.

 The evening of Day #1

Off with the old shingles and adding a new plywood, insulated base today.

 The evening of Day #2

More plywood work was the order of the day.

The new shingles arrived today

The smart way to get
the new shingles on the roof

The evening of Day #3

We were now poised for a long, 12 hour Day #4 to finish the job.

The evening of Day#4
A beautiful new roof . . .

. . . and a new round of monthly payments for the next few years!

We dropped by Rio Mesa H.S.
with young Mary

She had a ball with Laurena Guizar who is R.M.H.S.'s Cheerleader Advisor.

Laurena was putting her girls through their paces while Mary dreamed about joining them someday.

After leaving Rio Mesa and saying goodbye to Mary, Jacob and Michael, I headed across town to watch a football practice.

7-on-7 Drills at Camarillo H.S.

Team Period

Outside Zone

These Scorpions are looking to have another great season.

Thanks to Camarillo H.S. Head Coach Jack Willard for allowing me to watch his team's practice.

Saturday in Long Beach for some
Vintage 1886 Rules Baseball

All of the uniforms, bats and gloves are 1886 era replicas.

A Vintage Scoreboard

 Jacob is the Redondo Beach
Wharf Rats mascot

Wharf Ratrs' Third Baseman
Michael "Suitcase" Contreras
with the mascot

Jacob is holding a period correct fielders glove in his right hand.

In 1886 is was still legal to have
a left handed third baseman

It's hard to play the "Hot Corner" with that flimsy glove.

Michael at the plate

Michael attempting to "sprint"
to first base

He drove the ball down the left field line for a single on this at bat.

 Our one and only umpire,
also period correct in his clothing

 Jacob and his friend Hudson
losing interest in the National Pastime

Hudson is the son of another Wharf Rat.

The Wharf Rat pitcher did well today 

The cloudy end of Michael's
pop-up slide to score a run on
a wild pitch

 After the game we celebrated
winning today's Silver Medal
with a late lunch at Fuddruckers

A tasty hamburger indeed!

Meanwhile, back on the Euroipean American Football front . . .

A big Flag Football tournament 
starts at the end of the month

The Italian Women's National Team
includes Skorpion Marta Mengo!

Marta is #17, third from the left, in the front row with the headband.


Our Skorpion LB will join our
Europe Warriors in November


 Niklas will be a Running Back
for the Warriors as well

He plays for Germany's Magdeburg Virgin Guards.

Virgin Guards?

Reading Is FUNdamental!

Another good read in Walker's
Bruno, Chief of Police series

Lots of French food and wine in this one as usual combined with local history and intrigue.

A really interesting read about the USFL

The fact that Donald J. Trump, The Leader of the Free World, was an owner in this league and comes off as a complete lying jackass over 35 years ago, imagine that, just added to my enjoyment off this fun read.

1 comment:

David said...

I really want to see a Wharf Rat game one of these days, since my friend Jay is also part of the team (and I think I might have had a part in getting Michael connected with the Wharf Rats).