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Mark Atwood
Thursday and Friday

Because my music teacher had rehersal for the Seattle Men's Chorus on Wednesday, my piano lesson got bumped to Thursday afternoon. We did more of the cursed chromatic scales in the current piece.

That evening, rather than just drive home in the cold and the dark, I went to the Grind. It was a surprisingly good crowd, and I met some people I knew, and got to know some people I met. I danced a lot, and sweated out my jeans and shirt (more than I'm used to wearing while dancing there that much).


Several goodies showed up in the mail. The the long long LONG awaited next installment of Omaha the Cat Dancer. Sixteen pages per installment, every three months, for at least 128 pages. Also the $$$ for a book I'm selling, an unopened pristine copy of Egan's An Unusual Angle. And also REDACTED's holiday present, the REDACTED.

This evening was my employer's annual winter holiday party. This year it was held at SafeCo Field (Seattle's major league baseball statium), in the ritzy rich folks viewing suite. The spread was first rate, tho the wine list was a disappointment.

We got taken on a fun tour, getting to go to the press room where all the teevee interviews are done, to walk out on the clay in front of the dugouts, and to wander thru the visiting team dugout and lockerroom. (Tours used to also include the home team clubhouse, but apparently some fans got sticky fingers, and that ended that.) The visiting team lockerroom has it's own weightroom, and it's own batting practice range, which we got to play with. Apparently, SafeCo Field's visiting team area is one of the nicest in the league, tho the home team clubhouse is reportedly even more plush, and also contains basically a first class diagnostic and stabilization hospital. Consider that it has two MRI machines in the "First Aid Kit".

Because she's a Seattle Mariners fan, I invited jezel to be my "and Guest" for the event.
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docorion From: docorion Date: December 3rd, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Two MRI machines, at a baseball stadium.
Two MRI machines, at a baseball stadium.

Considering how often they're probably used...dayum. That's a lot of idle capital. Did they say if they offered to let others use them when they weren't being used for the team(s)?
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: December 5th, 2005 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
She didn't mention.

But given the fact that these players get checked out for every twinge, bruise, and strain, having a MRI machines onhand makes sense, to avoid the X-ray accumulation. Having them there, because if their is a field injury, the team surgeon (and the refs, fans, owners, and players) will want to know Right Now if he's still in or out of the game. Having two probably isnt twice as expensive as having one, given that they can share helium storage, controllers, techs, and parts.
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