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Tuesday's dead
It's been quite an amazing last few days............................

Yesterday was my mother's 69th birthday, and she decided that this year -- which was her first healthy birthday in a few years thanks to her cancer fight -- she would spend it at Yankee Stadium going all out: dinner at the Audi Club, field-level seats, and with twelve tickets all together for her nearest and dearest baseball-loving friends.

One of those she invited was Meredith, who came up Friday night to make a weekend out of it. Saturday, Wrenn and Meredith went to get their hairs cut. They both go to Madora George Michael, which specializes in long hair (my mother's been going there all her adult life). Vinny, the woman who cuts their hair (and also my mom's) did excellent work, and also gave Meredith a French twist and Wrenn a braid:

After that, we hied up to the Museum of the City of New York, to which neither Wrenn nor Meredith had ever been. I've been a few times, most recently as research for my Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution, which had a chapter taking place in MCNY. We saw all the exhibits, my favorite being a great collection of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's work (she's always been one of my favorite of the New Yorker's stable). My favorite was the area set up like one of her book covers with a couch so you could take amusing selfies:

There was also a great exhibit of photographs of the South Bronx in the 1970s (when it was an arsonist's wet dream and a war zone), portraits of prominent New Yorkers of the 18th and early 19th centuries, art by former grafitti artist "Daze," a history of activism in New York City, and so on. Just some wonderful stuff. I strongly recommend this museum, especially for the staircase, which has lots of great quotes about New York from across the centuries. (My favorite is from John Adams in 1774: "New Yorkers talk very loud, very fast, and all together. If they ask you a question, before you can utter three words of your answer, they will break out upon you again and talk away.")

After that, we joined our buddy Roger for a lovely dinner at Mei Jin Ramen on the upper east side, which was yummy, then headed home.

Sunday was rainy and yucky, and also one in which both Wrenn and I had to work. I had a story due, and she had a book production gig to finish. I taught the Sunday-morning white-belt adult class at the dojo, and then hunkered down. I had written 1500 words of "Ganbatte," the story I'm doing for Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, an upcoming anthology of stories featuring Ledger and the rest of Echo Team at the Department of Military Sciences in various Jonathan Maberry novels and short stories. Jonathan has opened the Ledgerverse up to other writers, and my story involves Lydia "Warbride" Ruiz.

So yeah, the story was past due, and I needed to buckle down.

I finished the story at about 2.40am Sunday night/Monday morning. It was 6800 words long. So yeah, I wrote 5300 words in one day. Yowza.

I think it's a good story. It's a story that tackles subject matter I've never tackled before, but it's something that I think is hugely important. More when we're closer to publication date.

Anyhow, Monday was THE MOM'S BIRTHDAY!!!!! Well, okay, first of all, it was still Monday which meant a) the TOS Rewatch (of "Spock's Brain," which should go up later today on Tor.com) and b) teaching one of my afterschool karate thingies. Because I needed to leave early, and because we couldn't get someone to fill in for my second class, I decided to do both classes in one hour. Normally I have one class of 12-15 older kids and about ten little kids, but Monday I had to handle 20 of them in one shot. I did it outside in the school's playground (this would never have worked in the classroom I normally teach in), and it mostly worked out okay. I don't want to make a habit of it, but it made it possible for me to get to Yankee Stadium in time for dinner.

We started with dinner at the Audi Club, which is a buffet-style restaurant with pretty decent food overlooking right field. Our package gave us all we could eat before the game, but after 7pm, we had to vacate and head to our seats. Which was fine, as you want to watch the game from the stands, not a restaurant. (I really don't get people who go to the trouble of going to a baseball stadium and then spending the whole game in one of the restaurants or clubs where you can really only see the game on one of the TVs in there. It's like staying home and watching it on TV, only way more expensive.....)

Our seats were on left field line at field level. Sadly, no foul balls were hit my way, thus maintaining my 39-year streak of regularly attending baseball games and never getting a ball.

But the best part is THE YANKEES WON! Best of all, they won in incredibly dramatic fashion! After being down 2-0, they roared back late in the game, starting with back-to-back two-out solo homers by Brian McCann and Starlin Castro in the seventh, and then in the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner got back-to-back singles followed by a towering home run to right field by Carlos Beltran to put the Yanks permanently ahead 5-2.

My mother arranged to have her birthday greeting put on the Jumbotron when they did that thing around the sixth inning or so and sure enough.....

On top of that, I tweeted the pic above with me and my Mom with the hashtag #MobilizingNYY which got it put up on the Jumbotron in the eighth inning!

After the triumphant victory, we came home and collapsed, secure in the knowledge that The Mom had the bestest birthday ever.

I had to get up and fuck-me-o'clock to get Meredith to her absurdly early train so she could still work today (she could only afford to take yesterday off), and today I have to give "Ganbatte" a final once-over before sending it off to editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Tonight I plan to go to fighting class for the first time in far too long. Wrenn and I also have some shopping we need to do.

Then I'm up at fuck-me-o'clock tomorrow, too, though this time I'm staying up until then: Dale has to be taken to the airport around 4am or so for his transcontinental flight to visit his daughter and her family for a month and a half. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: "Billboard Love" by Uncle Bonsai

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woofiegrrl From: woofiegrrl Date: June 7th, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shouldn't you be listening to Jumbotron Love? ;)

But the view from those seats right up against the window at the Audi club is actually pretty good. Ours were better, but there are some restaurant seats that still provide a good view of the game. :)

(I am not, however, impressed with the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar views.)
woofiegrrl From: woofiegrrl Date: June 7th, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTW, my version of the Roz Chast selfies:

mabfan From: mabfan Date: June 7th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Like. :-)
archersangel From: archersangel Date: June 7th, 2016 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's a great birthday indeed.
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