Phillies vs Pirates 7/20/19
This was a good one with in-state rivals between the Phillies and the Pirates. Being a Braves fan, I was rooting really hard for the Pirates. :). Pirates struck 1st with 3 runs in the 3rd inning. Phillies managed to get a run in the 5th inning, but Pirates got out of a jam because the Phillies were in position to score lot more runs. Pirates added 2 more runs as the game moved along. There was a small 45 min rain delay, but no problem. I left in the 8th inning due to needing to get sleep, but the final score was the same. No home runs were hit in this game.
Final 5-1 Pirates over the Phillies.
Still fresh off the mental stress of my car situation and buying literally a brand new one, getting to go on a tour of PNC was a breath of fresh air that I needed. The tour was really good and let’s you really see all the different points of the stadium. My hosts took me to an amazing Argentinian restaurant and beer cellar while exploring town that afternoon. The game I went to was a celebration for the 1979 World Series Pirates team. Both teams were wearing retro jerseys, all the former players and coaches that could make it were acknowledged before the game, and even the scoreboard was re-design3d with the old school ‘79 pixel details. It was a fantastic and much needed day and game. Being at the baseball games helped my stress of the car and route melt away.
7/19/19 This was a very sad day for me. I got in my old Subaru all loaded up, ready to go on a smooth ride to Pittsburg with no problem having peace that my car has been fixed for good. 70 miles up the interstate, it overheated again. 70 miles. The closest to a mental breakdown I’ve had in a long long time. I made it safe and sound to a truck stop to let the engine cool down before refilling it with more coolant. I could see places where coolant was leaking down onto the pavement under the car. I mentally couldn’t handle the stress anymore. I called a dealership up in South Columbus, told them my situation, and made my way over there. I was so frustrated and stressed because of this trip itinerary of not missing a game, and my vehicle. I got to the dealership, checked out their very few in numbers used vehicles, then saw the one I’ve wanted since the new 2019 Foresters were released last year. I know a decent amount about cars and which ones I like and don’t like. I test drove the one I liked, and knew I would buy it. Hatfield Subaru gave me a crazy good deal for it, added on the drivetrain coverages, and 5 hours later I left with a brand new Subaru. I bought a Sport Trim which this one has nearly all the bells and whistles that the Touring (top of the line trim) has. Massive moonroof, all weather floor mats, nice leather trim seating/interior, the 9 speaker Harmon-Kardon entertainment option, back seat durable covers for when I fold them down, and more. I did cry some about my old Subie. I loved it and didn’t want to say goodbye that way. I don’t like giving up on things when times get tough. I want things to work out. Yet, it just couldn’t keep the engine cool anymore no matter all the expensive mechanical work. So many amazing trips and memories and adventures in that old thing. I loved driving it around knowing that not too many people had one like it. I made the decision to go to the Pittsburg game the next day, and then the following day high-tail it to NYC for the Yankees game. My schedule just became even more crammed, but it’s still held together.