A Softball Game & Getting Pulled Over… Oh no! (CA) “DAY 121” – 11/2/10

November 3, 2010 - 11:18 am - (CA) “DAY 121”

When I got up this morning, I was well aware that by the end of this day I will be 1/3 done with this trip!  Unf$$cking believable! 🙂  I can honestly write to you now that I never thought I would have made it to Northern California when I planned this journey.

I gave myself credit to make it to Chicago (week 6) but after that... I thought it would have only been a matter of time before my trip came to an abrupt end!

I thought that because well... I started with so little and am trying to do so much.  Plus... I didn’t know anybody or have anywhere to stay for 8 weeks straight (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana).

Anyway... I’m here and thrilled to have made it this far.  I have had only two rules for this trip and so far I’ve lived up to both of them.  The first was to write every day.  I’ve done that. 🙂  And the second was... to have fun!  AND MAN HAVE I DONE THAT! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Onto “DAY 121”
I woke up this morning (11 am) and immediately started writing because I still was one day behind from a busy Halloween weekend. 😉  Dutchy got up soon after, then we headed down to his bar so I could use the internet and he could do his stuff.

As I was writing in his office, one of the owners came in (Brian).  Brian was a real cool dude who was a piano player but owns a piece of the bar as well.  They say... he is kick ass but I haven’t heard him play yet.  I hope I do, I love all music with piano in it (usually).

Anyway, I finished my post but Dutchy still had work to do, so he gave me the key to his place and toldme I could go back there to shower, relax, whatever.  Thanks Dutchy!

As I was leaving the bar, Brian mentioned he was playing softball at 6 pm.  Huh?  I love softball so I gave him my number and told him to call me if they needed an extra guy.  He was cool about it but said, “No, we have enough guys and usually to many.”  No biggie... I tried. 🙂

Dutchy’s Place
I got back to Dutchy’s around 3 pm.  When I got there, I figured I’d do something nice for him for all he has done for me, so I did all his dishes!  But it wasn’t a little bit of dishes... it was a months worth of dishes (maybe more).

Dutchy told me earlier that if he was Superman... dishes would be his cryptonite!  So I didn’t mind at all, I was doing a favor for somebody who has been super cool to me!

I got done with most of the dishes by 5:30 pm and called Dutchy to see what he was doing.  He was still at the bar and told me to stop down if I wanted.  That sounded cool, I left the few dishes I had left to do and headed out.

On my way down to the bar, I got a call from Brian (from earlier) asking me if I still wanted to play softball.  Cha-ching!  He said that a few of the guys of were out of town and that they could use me tonight.  I told him I was in!  (I called Dutchy and told him I was playing and would stop down later.)

I got to the field and it was a very nice field but it was so foggy it looked like Ray Liota was gonna walk right out of the outfield from the corn (‘Field of Dreams”)!  It really was bad, the pictures don’t even do it enough justice.

Anyway, the team I was on was sponsored by “Humboldt Glassblowers” and everybody’s jersey number was the same... 420!  LOL 🙂  Crazy, what a different world I am in here in Northern California.

I told Brian (who was the manger) that my shoulder is stiff iffy, so I’d be best playing catcher (rather OF which I usually play).  So... I was playing catcher and batting 5th for the game.  (I told him I could still hit good.) 🙂  F.Y.I.- They use wood bats in this league.

The game was a battle the whole way as we came back from a 9-1 deficit to tie the game 9-9 in the 5th inning.  Then, in the bottom of the 6th we took the lead 11-9.  Even though I was 2-3 with a walk in the game, I grounded out with the bases loaded during that rally!  Ahhhhh!!!!! 🙁

The next and final inning (due to time), we gave the lead back and were now down 13-11. (I made a play at the plate to save a run in that inning. :))  We were the home team, so we had the last Ab’s of the game.

We scored a run and had a few men on with two outs but... our last batter hit a smoker up the middle that was stopped by their 2nd baseman and the game ended with us losing 13-12.

I had a great time and am glad I got to play with the “Humboldt Glassblowers”.  Before we left the field, I got the team together for a group photo.  Thanks guys!  Now, does that look like a team that just lost in the bottom of the 7th. 🙂

Softball - Game 2
After the game ended, the next team who was playing was short a few players, so I jumped in and played for that team as well.  Also playing with me was Brian and another guy from the Humboldt Glassblowers team.

At this point in the night (about 7:30 pm), the fog was so much thicker you barely the see the ball from the outfield.  I know because this game I was playing right center instead of catcher.

The fog was so bad that our left fielder got hit right in the face with a fly ball!  He wound up being OK but he did have a cut under his eye and I’m sure he will have a nice shiner in the morning. 😉

The team I was on was bad (or at least played bad) and the team we played was good )or at least played good) because after just two innings we were down like... 12-1?.

The fog was getting worse and we were getting killed, so they called the game after just 3 or 4 innings.  I went 1-2 in this game and made a few plays in the field.  I did play left field one inning (which had the worst fog) and I couldn’t even see ball being pitched!

I now know how our left fielder got plunked in the eye because the one ball that was hit to me (in left), I didn’t see until it was 5 feet from my glove (I missed it).  Regardless, I still had a great time and am glad I stayed to played another game.  Thanks guys!

November 5, 2010 - 1:21 am - (CA) - Addition to the post, just this next line.

After the second game I met a cool guy on the other team (who killed us) named Adam.  I told him about my journey and gave him a card.  I am writing this part because he came to the website and commented that I didn't put his picture up.  So Adam, my bad... here it is.  It was cool meeting and good luck in life! 🙂

The Bar (The Red Fox)
After the game, I went to Dutchy’s bar to see what he was up to.  At the bar tonight was a few punk rock bands (Koffin Kats) that truly rocked!  I don’t like punk rock music to much but I can appreciate a good show and these bands were great performers.  Nice!

I talked with Dutchy for a bit but like I said... I don’t like puck rock music to much so I left before the show ended.  Thanks again Dutchy for the VIP entry (no cover for Rooster). 🙂

Getting Pulled Over By The Police
As I was leaving the bar (luckily I didn’t drink), I turned down a street and thought it was a one way only going in the direction I was headed .  It wasn’t... it was a two way street and I was driving on the wrong side of the road.  Oh no! 🙁

When I got to the stop light where I was gonna take a left, a guy on a motorcycle told me I was on the wrong side of the road.  Oh shit!

I immediately pulled in front of him but now I was hanging out in the middle of the road.  The light turned green and when I made the left turn... cherries went on behind me!  Shit!  The first time on this trip that I have been pulled over!

Meeting Police Officer Travis ....?
The officer approached my car and asked for my information. Then, before I even handed him all my stuff (he only had my license), he asked me about Wheresrooster.com.

I started to tell him what I was doing and he was super interested.  He kept asking me questions about where I was staying, things I did, etc...  It wasn’t a police technique to get things out of me... he was genuinely interested!  Sweet!

During our conversation (30 minutes at least), he told me he wasn’t giving me ticket and even a took a Rooster card so he could follow my journey.  He said he couldn’t take a picture with me, so while we were talking, I put my camera on timer (on my truck) and took one anyway. 😉

Thank you Travis for being so cool and understanding why I was on the wrong side of the street.  I wish you nothing but health and happiness as well as safety on the job!  Be good bro!

Back To Dutchy’s
After my Close Encounter of the Police Kind ;), I made it back to Dutchy’s place around midnight.  I was tired from a long day of running around and softball, so I called it night and crashed on the couch.

I had another great day as I played softball (4-6 batting) and met a cool police officer.  Humboldt County is pretty cool!

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Adam says:

    Dude, Rooster, you’re the real deal…enjoying your website. I’m the guy who you ran into after the softball game parked by your car (the maroon Intrepid). Loved the description of the game (I was one of the guys in the orange and white “Freeballers” shirt in the 2nd game you played), especially the part where you threw out the comparison to Ray Liota and Field of Dreams. Nice.
    I also happened to be the guy that hit the liner that drilled the left-fielder in the face. That was rough! Glad you’re enjoying your time in northern California…would love some of those pics (didn’t see the one you took of me in my car…how random!).

  2. jermaine says:

    Glad you are enjoying humboldt!

  3. DAD says:

    It’s hard to believe you’ve been gone 4 months.
    When you look back over the archives and thousands
    of photo’s, it’s amazing. You’ve met so many nice people,and experienced so many new things you never would have if you stayed in NJ.
    Now it’s onto the next 4 months of warmer weather
    and new stories with people you know and some you haven’t yet met.
    When do you get back to playing poker?
    Talk to you soon.

  4. dave says:

    Hey Adam! My bad. I just updated the post with your picture in it! 🙂 Be good.


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