Wanting A Quiet Place To Think, I Went To The Houston Astros Game—The Right Mix Of Factors To Get Some Thinking Done In A Public Place
Wanting a quiet place to think where I could have some space, I attended the Houston Astros game this past Monday evening.
Above you see a picture I took in the second inning.
With the roof open on a warm spring evening, the game was a nice and relaxing spot for contemplation.
There was just the right mix of people around to look at and ponder, while at the same time enough room to have your distance from others. The game and the stadium offered all sorts of things to look at while not breaking your train of thought.
The Astros have in 2012 already had the smallest crowd ever recorded at Minute Maid Park for a game. With this being just April, there is plenty of time for that record to be broken again.
It is great to have a public place where you can think.
When I lived in Cincinnati, I enjoyed going to the River Downs horse track with my father. There were always some people around, but the track was built for the larger crowds that attended horse racing years ago.
You’d sit off by yourself and look at the people. Across the way there were some hills. This was just as how you can see tall Downtown Houston buildings with the roof open at Minute Maid.
At the race track you would sit there and be peaceful, and every so often some horses would run past.
Below you see a picture I took at River Downs in 2011. There was no racing that day. You could go to clubhouse and place bets on races at other tracks.
That was a fine quiet snowy day.
What I look for in a public place where I want to get some thinking done is the right combination of action, apathy, things to see such as trees or buildings or horses or a baseball game, and personal space.
I don’t want to be a hermit, but there is only a certain extent to which I want others around.
One to be fully engaged in the world is to make sure that you have some space.
(Blogger’s Note 9/25/11—As it turned out, this game was the 200,00th game in Major League Baseball history.)
I’m attending what may be my final Houston Astros’ game of the season this evening. The regular baseball season ends next week.
I follow baseball but do not often write about in the blog. There is enough sports out there already .
The Astros’ are having the worst season they have ever had since beginning play in 1962.
That does not bother me very much as I simply like to attend the games and not worry about who wins or loses.
I’ve been fortunate to attend a number of baseball games over the years. In 1990, I was able to go to a World Series game in Cincinnati.
I go to between 15 and 20 games each season.
The picture above is of an Astros’ game earlier this season. I picked this picture because I like the patterns on the field made by shadows from the roof above at Minute Maid Park.
I would have voted against the public funds used for the construction of the stadium had I lived in Houston at the time. I did vote against public funds for construction of stadiums in Cincinnati
I voted against public funds to build the Houston Rockets basketball arena in Downtown Houston. The first public vote failed. Yet the issue was brought before the public a year or so later and it passed the second time.
We just had to have our basketball arena.
The best web site to follow baseball is Baseball-Reference.com. Baseball-Reference.com is in fact one of the best web sites that I have seen of any kind.
At the end of this post is the weekly round-up of the Texas Progressive Alliance. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers who are working hard for a better Texas.
Every Texan has the ability has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, and even run for public office. The work of freedom is up to each of us.
With this being Fourth of July weekend, it is good time to note the supremacy of our federal union over the states.
Above is a picture of the Fouth of July fireworks last night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
It seems that for all the talk about so-called states rights and seccession, many Texans have no problem marking 235 years of federal supremacy over the states in a socialist taxpayer-financed stadium.
Please have a good Fourth.
Here is the round-up—
This week WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on the (in)action at The Lege. Quorums were broken and tempers flared: This week’s Political wrap-up, GOP laziness was the theme.
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Here I am with a big piece of infrastructure. It is some type of big pipe or tube at the Minute Maid baseball stadium here in Houston.
Just as we control the environment and our world with man-made things, I manage my image here on the blog and when I deal with people in the world.
This fact does not make either the world we live in, or the person you think I am, any less real.