Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2012 Omaha Slumpbuster Day 1

Outlaws in Omaha

Up at 3:30 a.m., Sharon took Jack and I to the airport to catch a 6:05 a.m. flight from Sacramento to Denver. We are traveling with Rod, Julie, Jillian and Cooper. After a short layover in Denver, we caught a flight to Omaha. The Outlaws will be playing in the 2012 Omaha Slumpbuster Baseball Tournament over the next few days. The 13u division has 52 teams.

A number of the families are staying at the Ramada Plaza. I got a rude shock when the GPS led me to the front of the hotel. The hotel looked like it was under construction and not open for business. It turned out that there was a temporary lobby at the back and part of the hotel is open for business. I don't ever think that I have had a comparable experience; the situation seems completely unacceptable. I shudder to think what would have happened if Sharon had been traveling with us.

After getting settled in the hotel, Rod, Julie and I went to a Super Walmart. Again, I don't think that I have ever had a comparable experience. I was dumbfounded at how big the store was.

From there, I took Jack to an Outlaws practice. The team was assigned a field for an hour and a half to work out.

The group headed to an Embassy Suites after practice for happy hour. The Riveras are staying there. I wish we were staying there!

The group went to dinner at Fazoli's. Continuing the experiences of the day, it was a very different Italian restaurant. It was essentially a fast food Italian restaurant with a drive-up window.

With some early games on Thursday morning, Jack and I crashed in the room after dinner.

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