Baseball is Back (and other tidbits of the week)

While there are far more important things in the world to be addressed then major league sports, I cannot lie and say that I was not excited for the return of the MLB this week.  Anything that helps to restore some small semblance of normalcy right now is more than welcome.  Plus, talking baseball or any sport for that matter is a great distraction as we all reach the point where we are hitting the limits to what there is to watch on Netflix, Prime, Hulu, etc..

My Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a nice opening day upset by beating the Rays 6-4 last night, in a game that showcased some of the great young talent that the Jays have.  Fun fact, for the first time in MLB history a team had as the first four hitters in the line up, sons of former major league players – Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vlad Guerrero Jr and Travis Shaw.  This year may prove to still be a struggle for our young team but the future is getting closer and closer.  Now I am working on creating a Stadium Day in our backyard for an upcoming game to try and simulate the experience of seeing a game live in the comforts of our own backyard.  Mostly it will be about heating hot dogs and ice cream, but I will share what the final setup looks like once we pull it off.

I am actually writing this on a beautiful, but obnoxiously hot, Saturday morning while enjoying one of the oasis spots in our backyard.  The 100 degree summer weather has taken a toll on some of the plants, but we have a lot of birds still enjoying the water feature and more bees than I can count still taking advantage of the plants.

There were a couple of articles that caught my attention this week:

  1. Amazon announced a new box program that combines a smaller environmental footprint with increased fun for kids and adults.  The newer lighter weight boxes will come with QR codes that direct users to a site providing instructions on how to turn the boxes into cat forts, rocket ships and other fun constructs.  I will be curious to give it a whirl with my next Amazon delivery.  You can see the full article here.
  2. A group of large retailers are getting together to create a design challenge to rethink the single use plastic bag.  Very similar to the effort that was started a couple of years ago to rethink and redesign the single use drink cup.  While we should all strive to avoid single use bags where we can, the reality is that can be quite difficult for many.  Hopefully this design challenge will drive some real results, especially with the weight that the companies behind it bring to the table.  You can see the full article here.
  3. Lastly, the NHL officially announced that the new expansion team in Seattle will be called the Kraken.  I mentioned in my post when talking about their new arena initiatives that if they named the team the Kraken it would be a real test of my loyalties.  Well, they did it and I now officially have a second team in the NHL.  Point me to that “Release the Kraken” merchandise.

I am still working on my epic tale of the hunt for the Appalachian Pygmy Yeti from our hiking trip and hope to share that with you soon.

The Free Range Viking

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