Royals Game on Memorial Day

After providing music for the 9:00 Mass for the Memorial Day Mass, the family spent the day at Kauffman Stadium watching the Royals.  It was a fun game to watch with lots of offense; unfortunately just a little too much offense in the 9th inning from the Los Angeles Angels gave the game away – we lost 10-8.

The afternoon started off quite somber – a touching tribute to Paul Splittorf, a former Royal pitcher and broadcaster who died last week.  Then there was a tribute to the individuals effected by the tornados in Joplin, MO and Reading, KS.  Finally, a moving tribute to the service members from Missouri and Kansas that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A 21-gun salute and taps playing, it brought a tear to my eye.

Before the game started, Linda turned and said, “This has been quite a downer so far”.  But the game was off and running before we knew it.  Thanks to a few home runs and some nice plays, we were up 6-1 after the 2nd inning.  However, the Angels worked their way back through the innings and then Soria gave up the save in the 9th inning with 3 runs, partly off a Torri Hunter home run.  Oh well, the game was fun.  The weather was nice.  The company was perfect!

Tour de Brew

This past week found Linda and I celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary.  We celebrated by participating in the Tour de Brew bicycle ride.  This is a ride that helped raise money for Bike Walk KC, an organization that promotes and lobbies for healthy living in the Kansas City area.  The tour travels along a route connecting historic Kansas City breweries; most of the buildings are now gone and some are still there, but in the form of loft apartments.

We met with neighborhood friends and did the 30-mile ride.  We averaged about 12mph and finished in just over 2.5 hours.  We had a great time and enjoyed the food and beverages after the ride.