Opening Weekend with the Philadelphia Phillies

Opening day 2017.  Quite possibly the only sell out game the Phillies have all year.

Expectations are far from high this year but it’s still great to get to the ballpark and soak in the atmosphere.

Friday:  Opening Day vs The Washington Nationals (Loss)

We got to K-Lot at about 11am to start the celebrations and get ready for another season.  Although it was pretty cold and slightly raining it didn’t stop the hundreds of cars from piling in and partying with us.

The promo for this year was a pretty sick winter hat which came in handy for those who didn’t bring one already.

Saturday:  Opening Night vs The Washington Nationals (Win)

This night is always fun and become a bit of a tradition with my friends since it’s commonly fallen on a Saturday.  The Promo is usually a McDonalds sponsored t shirt that’s 5 sizes too large.

The real gift came in the first inning as the Phillies pounded 12 runs on the board, setting a franchise record.

Weather was warm the beers were cold.  Made for a perfect opening night.

Sunday: First afternoon game vs The Washington National.  (Win)

Sunday afternoon games are just fantastic and this was no different.  70 degrees and sunny.  Phillies got some early runs on the board and felt like they were Going to hold on to the win until Ryan Zimmerman belted a 3 run homer in the top of the 9th to tie the game.

I didn’t feel confident that we’d come back in the bottom of the 9th but I was totally wrong as Cesar Hernandez hit a game winning walk off single.

Happy Gotcha Day!  How Rescuing a Dog Was One of The Best Decisions I Have Ever Made. 

Today marks one year since I brought home the newest member of my family, Cody.

Cody is a Chiweenie that was fostered from the highways of Georgia by Shelly’s Foster Babies and brought back to my home in Philadelphia, PA.  I found out about Cody from friends Mike and Stacey who were actually showing him to another friend and I became instantly interested.

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Cody Shortly After Being Found on the Highway

I wanted a dog for years but I wasn’t entirely sure I could provide the time and resources needed to properly raise a dog.  I knew a rescue puppy would need a ton of attention.

I remember Shelly coming to visit my apartment not only to introduce me to the pup but also to make sure that my home would be suitable.  I told her before she arrived that under no circumstance was she to leave Cody with me.  I wanted to make sure that I took some time to really think about it.

You can see how tiny he was the first day I met him.  It was unreal that this was a living creature.  And of course, I fell in love.  She left with him about 90 minutes later and left me with my thoughts and every bit of information I would need if I were to go ahead with the process of adopting him. IMG_1727 It was really important to me that I raised him around other dogs.  I have a family full of dog owners and I wanted him to be able to have fun with them.

I recall sitting on my couch staring outside trying to think of a name for him.  His original name was “Rudy” but I wanted something that would bring out his personality a bit more. “Something Beachy” I kept telling myself. The name Cody jumped into my head while listening to Springsteen’s Live 1975-85′ albums and I started running over to Doggie Style Pet Store to go get tags made.  (One of the items I would need to adopt him).  I couldn’t get this one photo of him out of my head.IMG_1734
I guess at this point my mind was made up.  I slept on the idea (thinking I wouldn’t get too many good nights of sleep for a while) and texted Shelly in the morning that I wanted to adopt him as quickly as possible.

The very next day I went to meet Shelly at the rescue shelter IMG_1735to sign the paper work to make all 4lbs of Cody mine forever.

Shelly was fantastic and gave me an entire grocery bag of toys and treats for Cody as a parting gift.  The night before I went on a shopping spree as well to make sure he’d feel right at home.

Being a rescue dog, I expected Cody to need a lot of attention.  He was only 9 weeks only and 1/3 of that life was spent wandering around a 4 lane highway of Georgia.   I had a crate full of everything I hoped he’d like and he started to settle in quickly.

Since then, having Cody has been one of the greatest gifts in my life.  Any dog owner will tell you, there is nothing better than coming home after a long day to the unconditional love of your dog.

Cody house trained so quickly.  Within a few months he was taking care of business outside 90% of the time.  He LOVES other dogs.  He doesn’t seem to really understand how small he is.

img_1738I was lucky enough with my job being close to my home I could go let him out every lunch hour Monday – Friday.  I did this everyday for over six months.  Somedays it really wore you out as you’re jumping from on meeting to another but once I got there he was always so thrilled to see me.  Sometimes I even bring him into the office with me.

Cody quickly became the center of attention in my department and is now welcome anytime.  I was bringing him into work with me sometimes 2-3 days a week and he would just run from cube to cube visiting people.

It was important to me that Cody kept up with, what I hoped would be his love for the beach.  As soon as it was warm up enough we’d hop in the Jeep and go.

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He LOVES the sand!  Not so much the water… Swimming is going to take some time.  He gets pretty cold very easily.  We’re both looking forward to some more chances this summer.  Perhaps some GoPro footage.

072CAD7C-6970-4831-8D9A-BA9F377B4A0EIt’s so important to spend as much time with them growing up as you can.  Even if you’ve got a yard I think it’s really important to get your dog outside on a leash as much as much as you can.  Even better if you’ve got a dog park nearby, try and get there as often as you can.  I really think socialization early was the key to developing Cody’s confidence and personality.  You can see how much he loves running in the park.

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B10C7172-4CB1-4BFE-BBDB-42F2C4BFFF04It’s crazy to think it’s been one year ago when I picked him up for good.  The point of all this is I’m so happy that I did and that he seems as happy as I am.  Rescuing a dog is a serious commitment that I honestly wasn’t sure I was ready for at the time.  I was however looking to challenge myself with new responsibility and this process did just that.

I could go on and on about Cody but I’ll spare you the rest for now.  In the meantime if you’re considering, take the time and really think about it, be willing to give up some of your free time, but be prepared for it to well worth it in the end.

For anyone interested here is the information to Shelly’s Foster Babies.  I highly recommend her.  She made the experience extremely simple and went over the top with making sure Cody was starting off in a great home!

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F*ck it. It’s Friday!

Well if today wasn’t one of the longest fucking weeks of my life.  Between being sick, having my bathroom flood, smashing my shin because of ice and more, I’m ready for the weekend more than ever.

I’m not typically one who looks forward to a certain day of the week because I try and make the most of any given day.  But today I needed to start off with a kick.  That’s right.  Give me the boss. (Press Play)

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band – Out In The Street (September 9, 2016 Philadelphia, PA)

I’m astonished it’s taken me this long to write about Bruce Springsteen.  Possibly the greatest walking human being to ever exist.  

There are times, I need to jump start my mind into realizing that there are so many good times ahead and most days I do that with music.  Today of course I kicked it back to one of the greatest nights of my life.  Seeing Springsteen front row two nights in a row was an experience I will NEVER forget.  Even better they record every show. I hope you’re enjoying this great blue collar anthem of his.  

Check out some great iPhone shots I was able to capture from that most memorable night.

A Few Weekdays in Philadelphia

Been lucky enough to be living in this awesome city for about 3 years now.  The past 3 weeks I’ve been carrying my SRL with my almost everywhere.  Between working two jobs and being a grad student I still try to find time to capture what I see as beautiful.

Feel free to enlarge each photo for specific metadata. (Please comment as well)

Still Think Global Warming Isn’t Real?

If you were expecting a smart or scientific post about the global warming crisis you’ll be disappointed.  Today’s weather  here in Philadelphia is an absolute gift.  I’m home sick today as I fight off the worst cold I’ve had in years.  Cody (My Rescue Chiweenie) was stoked about having the sun shining through the windows on this 67 degree day.  Trust me no one appreciates warmth more than a 9lb short haired dog.

 

 

Like most dogs he always follows the sunny spots around the apartment on this particular winter day if fell right at the top of my bed.  All was good until I told him we’re expecting 4″-7″ of snow tomorrow…  His reaction says it all.  With that… Bring on the snow.  Really hoping to get some great shots of the city in the snow.

 

The best camera, is the one you have with you.

An old photography professor used to tell me that all the time.  With the advances in iPhone it’s not wonder it became the worlds most popular camera too.  But I’m still in love with carrying around my crumpler full of DSLR goodies…  Here is a shot on my walk into work today in beautiful Queen Village Philadelphia.  Photo taken with my Canon 60D and Tokina 11-16 but imported onto iPhone 7 w/ lightroom for tweaking.

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