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December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope the Christmas season is treating everyone great so far. Only a few more days for most of us to finish our shopping. Its been rather warm down here in Florida, definitely not winter weather, there is a high of 80 degrees for Christmas day. Sometimes its nice to have the seasonal changes you see in most other states, but then again would I really be saying that if I had to shovel a foot of snow off the driveway and break ice off my windshield, probably not. We are doing the usual for Christmas this year, we have a big family dinner planned for Christmas eve and a nice brunch on Christmas day after we open presents. Lindsay will be up in Bama with her family through Christmas and then make her way down here around the 29th or 30th. I have helped run the Holiday Baseball Clinic in Venice for the last 10 years or so and I'll be doing that again on the 26th and 27th.

Its getting to that point in the offseason where I'll really start picking up the pace on my hitting. I've been going just once or twice a week, but now I'd like to start trying to get after it everyday. One of our buddies that works out up at IMG, Joey Votto (played with the Reds this year) is getting JB and I in at the Reds spring training facility in the mornings so we can all hit together. It makes it a whole lot better when there are a few of us doing our baseball stuff together. Votto said there will be a few more guys joining us after the new year.

Last Saturday a group of us went to a cool spanish styled place for one of my friends birthday. We ate some really good food and had this amazing cake that Matt's wife got for him. I forgot where she got it from but this thing was huge. The label on the outside of the box said one slice had 1700 calories and 100 grams of fat in it. It was so good! After cake we went up onto the roof of the restaurant where they have a bar over looking downtown Sarasota. Sure wish Lindsay could of been there with us, we had a good time.

With all this time I have on my hands without Lindsay here I've been reading through some good books and doing a lot of fishing, but I've just added another thing to my list.... playing the guitar. Dad has a really nice acoustic guitar that just sits around at my parents house so last time I was home for dinner I brought it back up to the place I'm staying. A long time ago Dad taught me some of the basic chords and I messed around with it but didn't practice much. Then came the time in college where my roommate Beau and I thought we could master it and we spent like a week straight playing every night until 4am and barely learned to play one stupid song. Here I am again thinking I might have a chance at playing a little so we will see how it goes. Last night I got on the computer and looked up the chord sheets for a few country songs and also went on youtube to get some videos of guys teaching you how to play those songs. With all the stuff on the internet, it was like I had my own personal guitar lessons. I played for about 5 hours and today my fingertips are almost raw. There will be no guitar playing tonight, maybe tomorrow.




The guys at dinner in Sarasota


 

The waitress just heard how many calories are in that cake.




I forgot to mention that we had a jam session at Karl's this week.  Matt and Scott seemed to take over on the vocals and spent most of the night singing together, it was hilarious.  





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