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 on: Today at 09:10:55 AM 
Started by Al - Last post by Al
CALLER: Is this Gordon's Pizza?
   
GOOGLE: No sir, it's Google Pizza.
 
CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number.  Sorry.   
     
GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Gordon's Pizza last month.
 
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GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir?   
   
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GOOGLE:  According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called   you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni,   mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust.   
   
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GOOGLE:  May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?   
   
CALLER: What? I detest vegetables!.   
   
GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir.   
   
CALLER: How the hell do you know!   
   
GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records.  We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.   
   
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I already take medication for my cholesterol.   
   
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CALLER: I bought more from another drugstore.   
   
GOOGLE: That doesn't show on your credit card statement.   
   
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GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.   
   
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 on: Today at 06:11:17 AM 
Started by FreeW1ll1e - Last post by John Anderson
Nice travelogue Bill.  I'm glad you got to see Phoenix.  My  B.I.L. and I took in a game when I was staying in Mesa. It was fun to walk all the way around and see the
people in the centre field swimming pool that they rent out for party groups and only two bucks to get to the stadium downtown by rail from Mesa.

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 on: December 13, 2019, 09:35:43 PM 
Started by Hick - Last post by Hick
tup1 good for them, you must have had some nice level fields right?

Yeah, Alberta is real flat!  Wink Wink Wink Wink prd prd prd prd

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 on: December 13, 2019, 07:43:45 PM 
Started by FreeW1ll1e - Last post by Cherryman
Good write up Bill. I enjoyed reading about you trips. like


Mikeee
Yep, interesting that you got all those places.    I think I remember you talking about your mission when we met at the Picnic in '13 in Elkhart, In.

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 on: December 13, 2019, 06:04:37 PM 
Started by FreeW1ll1e - Last post by iwing
Good write up Bill. I enjoyed reading about you trips. like


Mikeee

For sure! Looks like fun.

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 on: December 13, 2019, 02:46:49 PM 
Started by FreeW1ll1e - Last post by Whiz-Kid
Good write up Bill. I enjoyed reading about you trips. like


Mikeee

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 on: December 13, 2019, 09:55:13 AM 
Started by FreeW1ll1e - Last post by FreeW1ll1e
In June of 2017 I decided that I could get to Phoenix and back in a week so we planned a vacation around it.

I would burn miles for a few days and Ruth would fly to Albuquerque. We met there and did a little sight seeing.  Stopping at the 4 corners monument and Antelope Canyon.



The down to phoenix for stadium number 24.



Ruth flew home from there and I hightailed home with a side trip up the Million Dollar Highway (route 550) and across Colorado again on the way home.

Later that month was another long weekend getaway with Dan to NYC and see the Mets at Citi Field.

In August Dan and I worked on a new concept. The Motorcycle road trip to ball parks including stops to play golf!

First real stop was Milwaukee to play in the charity outing that Carl organizes and hosts every year. Rounding out a foursome with Carl and his son Chad.




After the golf outing was a second attempt at hitting Minneapolis. This time it went off without a hitch and another park was in the books.



We continued the golf portion of our trip with a couple of days at a place that used to be a favorite golf resort of ours that I had not been to in a few years.





2018 only saw time to hit one park, since by then I was down to 4 left - Yankee Stadium and the 3 in Southern California.

It was another long weekend to NYC but as usual we had a great time.

Once again we were in the right place at the right time and the PA announcer informs the crowd that in honor of the anniversary of the 1978 World Series Steve Garvey and Bucky Dent were available for pictures at the concession stand we were sitting right in front of.  Dan and I were able to get in line early and take advantage.






That puts my current total at 27 parks with a planned 2 week trip in August of 2020 to complete the quest.




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 on: December 13, 2019, 09:18:58 AM 
Started by Hick - Last post by kenvb
yup.truck just Idled around.

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 on: December 13, 2019, 09:08:30 AM 
Started by FreeW1ll1e - Last post by FreeW1ll1e
Only 1 baseball trip in 2016 and it was the worst road trip weather wise ever.

I have to plan these trips well in advance balancing the MLB schedule and available time off from work so even if the weather is going to be bad I still have to go and push through. I have been extremely lucky on this quest as I have never had a rain out to deal with. On this trip I was headed for Texas and the weather reports were not promising. We managed to avoid rain on day one but the next 8 days on the road saw significant rain on every one of them.

Dan and I made it to Texas on time and hit the ballpark in Arlington.



Riding down to Houston was another downpour and Dan announced that his rain suit had failed miserably. we stopped at a Harley dealer (he is a name brand guy) and he forked out the big bucks for a suit. The good news is that he loves that suit and it kept him dry the rest of the week.

An extra bonus for Houston is that my son lives there so I got to have a few beers and go to the game with my son.

The next day we were headed to New Orleans again. but there was flooding and I 10 was closed and we had to take surface roads. To make it more fantastic there was some kind of issue so the road was a rolling parking lot. Adding an extra 3 hours to our travel time in the heat (it stopped raining during the traffic jam) but we eventually made it.



We did learn from our last trip to this town that the next day had to be short, so we only did 100 miles. We included a bonus game in Cinci on the way home but 2016 only got me up to 23 parks.


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 on: December 13, 2019, 08:33:53 AM 
Started by FreeW1ll1e - Last post by FreeW1ll1e
By 2015 the stadiums I needed were getting pretty far away and it was time to take a trip with Carl, 2 weeks to the pacific northwest!

To keep on my schedule we had to be in Seattle by Wednesday morning and I hit the road after work on Friday. The good news is that me and Carl are used to eating up the miles. I met him along the way on Saturday afternoon in Wisconsin and we made it across Minnesota and into South Dakota. We managed to do a bit of sightseeing along the way hitting Corn Palace and a swing through the Badlands. We even added some miles along the way just for the hell of it taking the pigtail highway and swinging past Mount Rushmore again. Unfortunately that had us on the road after dark because we had a hotel reservation in Wyoming. After both of us noticing some wildlife near the side of the road we decided the best thing to do was ride side by side burning every light that we had. We managed to light up the road pretty well and didn't care about pissing off what little on coming traffic there was.

The next day started on one of our favorite roads - route 14 out of Ranchester WY then up to and across Montana for a much needed relaxing evening.



Another highlight was hitting the Lolo Pass across Idaho on our way into Washington state.




Needless to say we made it to Seattle for the game and got out of town the same day. Another couple of days filled with great riding and incredible scenery.

From Mount Rainier in the Cascades



Down the Bigfoot highway (great road!)



To the Pacific Ocean



Back inland for the redwoods.



And across the Golden Gate into San Francisco



What a fantastic ride and another few parks off the list.

That brings us to what I am still calling the worst place to see a game in America -  the Coliseum in Oakland



As you approach the entrance you are on an elevated walkway enclosed with chain link fence topped with barbed wire over some industrial warehousing. This leads you to a dingy and ominous grey concrete flat walled "fortress" that I would imagine is what it must feel like being escorted to prison.

Anyway that stadium is off my list and I'm glad I don't have to go back.

The return trip was a joy ride across Nevada and Utah passing through several of the National Parks along the way and the fun continued through Colorado as we worked our way back across the continental divide and east to our homes.

At the end of 2015 I was up to 21 out of 30 parks.




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