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My new life at the baseball stadium...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The first homestand of the Round Rock Express started last Friday night. I score a lot of the games, and having worked in the offices, concessions, and gift shop, I know a lot of the people who work there. On Friday I walked into the offices, which I do before every game to visit with my friend/neighbor, Wendy, who is the receptionist there. I was supposed to see the COO, Jay, before I left, so I went back to his office. He saw me and gave me a huge hug and told me how proud of me he was. The first time I met him, I was at my heaviest weight of 267. He kept telling me how great I looked, and then he started calling people into his office to see me. Okay, I admit I was loving each and every second of this, but I was also quite embarrassed as I don't like being the center of attention. The General Manager, Dave, came in and the 3 of us were chatting. These guys have connections throughout the community, so (half-jokingly) I said to them "If by chance you guys know a plastic surgeon who would donate a tummy tuck, please let me know!" I wish at this point I could say that they did know of someone, and I doubt it will ever happen, especially since I was wearing my girdle-underwear and probably didn't look too much like I needed a tummy tuck (I had to wear the girdle-undies to look good on the first day back, right?) So, you never know where this may lead... But they wanted to know everything I had done, etc etc etc. Finally I ventured to my seat. We have the same seats every season, payed for by the company that we (there are 2 of us at each game, alternated between 3 scorers) work for. So we know a lot of people around us, as they get the same seats every year. I have never gotten so many compliments. Again, I was loving every second of it, but embarrassed. One down-side of losing weight: not as much padding on my butt. Those seats get really uncomfortable, especially when you have several games in a row to do. And we've had 2 very late games (went until midnight) so I had a very sore behind. I guess you can call that a good pain in the butt... The next night I was walking towards the stadium in the parking lot and one of the parking attendant guys (who used to be extremely overweight and worked with me on the 2000 census, so he knew me when I was really fat) yelled my name across the parking lot. I wish I could demonstrate how he yelled my name, but it was almost like a whistle. I felt like I had just been whistled at! Can't tell you how long that has been since that has happened. He did not actually whistle, but you could tell he was quite surprised and he was very happy that I had lost the weight. (Note: he is married and I know his wife as well, so there was no flirting or anything inappropriate going on here...) He has lost a tremendous amount of weight also. So we have made a pact that if either of us look like we are gaining weight, we are to tell the other. I told him he won't have to worry about me as I am not going to gain it back. Anyway, my nickname in the offices is now "Slim" and, yes, I love it. I can't help myself.

So, I have a lot more room in my seat, but my butt hurts now because I have less padding. I had to buy 2 new Express teeshirts as all my other ones are 3X Mens. I have discovered the enjoyment of wearing women's fitted tees. Loving it...

I just mowed my front and back yard (which takes about 75 minutes) and I've showered and now I'm relaxing. I still have to put last night's game into the computer, but it won't take long as it was a quick game (2.5 hours with extra innings...normal game goes about 3 hours) I feel a nap in my near future. I have been all excited for the past week that today I had nothing on my calendar--no appointments, nowhere I had to go. I went out and tried to start my lawn mower this morning. I just about rip my arm out of my shoulder because the pull cord won't pull. I started thinking that I was going to have to take it to the shop, but after looking at it, there was mowed grass stuck in the blade (there is a lot to be said about cleaning the lawn mower after each use!) (Problem is I am usually just about dead by the time I finish mowing, so I don't usually care if it will start the next time or not!) So I did not have to go to the repair shop and my day of leisure stayed intact.

That nap is creeping up on me. I was trying to wait until my hair dried from my shower before I laid down, but who cares if my hair dries funny? I don't have to see anyone today... (famous last wearing your last ratty pair of underwear and you end up in the hospital!) I haven't slept great the past couple of nights as I had to get a cervical pillow to help my arthritic neck (along with wearing a cervical collar off and on throughout the day) and I'm trying to get used to it. Last night was definitely better than the first night though. So nap time it is...
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  • ENUFF81020
    Hi there, You deserve a big emoticon for your success and the compliments you received. Good for you. I understand the thing with hard seats and lost padding. I'll bet that you bring a pillow to the next game.
    Keep up the good work and I hope to see you on our team page soon as well. Thanks for sharing this good news, it was so fun to read.
    3963 days ago
    Wow, what a nice experience. It is great so many noticed how much hard work you have done. I am so glad you enjoyed the attention. You deserved it. Maybe you might want to take a padded seat cushion with you next time you score the game, lol!
    3964 days ago
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