Having a Snack and and Afternoon to Remember

19Nov12

Wow, I got lots of good responses about snack cakes! It’s obviously a subject that many people feel quite strongly about. Michelle and I decided that if she hits the PowerBall this week we’ll take some of the winnings and buy Hostess so we can be sure we’ll have all the snacks we want :). I think a lot of people like to think of the snack cakes one, because they like the taste of whichever one they close, or two, it beings back good memories from your childhood. For me, I was never a big Twinkie fan myself. I can’t even remember the last time I ate one. I do like the Hostess cupcakes, but as far as those cakes go, I would probably choose Yodels or Ring Dings over those other snacks. However, for me, it is all about the fruit pies. I can remember going to the Hostess outlet store when I was younger and you could get all the fruit pies there for like fifty cents. It was great. And Hostess fruit pies are good, but I think Drake’s fruit pies might be even better. Everyone loves opening those package to get those two iced little squares so you can eat the crunchy corners off and as soon s you would bite into one of them, the filling would start to ooze out. I am partial to the apple, although the cherry is good too. It was always a treat if you could find the rare blueberry Drake’s pie. everyone once in a while I would catch one at the convenience store and pick one up. I guess now I just have to wait for someone else to buy the brands and see what they do with it. I read in the paper that people are selling packages, boxes and cases of Hostess items for hundreds of dollars, which seems a little crazy to me, but hey, if you want them that badly, go for it. It is sad that 18,000 people are going to lose their jobs, but it sounds like things have been running poorly at Hostess for quite some time and this may have been eventuality. I am sure some other food giant will at least buy the brand names to keep some of the items going.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer me on here, or Facebook or Twitter. A special thanks to Amanda Freitag, David Cone, Alec Baldwin, Boomer Esiason, Tracie Thoms and Debra Messing for taking the time to answer me on Twitter. It was fun to get feedback from all of them on it.

Last week I got the chance to do a tour of Citi Field. I know they were just pitching me so I would buy tickets, which I did, but they arranged to do it on a day when I could bring Sean with me. It would be fun for me because we would get to walk through the whole stadium and down on the field. It might seem silly to some, but for a big baseball fan like me, it was a big thrill and it was even better that I got to share it with Sean. I know it might not have been as much fun for him, and maybe he did it more to do something with me, but it created a memory for both of us that we will both have for a long time.

There are a couple of reasons that it was important to me. I never got to do anything like that with my Dad. We went to a few ball games together over the years, but not many. My Dad worked a lot when I was younger, so he wasn’t home very much to do things like that with us when I was a kid. He was trying to provide a good life for the whole family, that was his priority, and I respect that and thank him for it. I do wish we had gotten to do things like that though. It may not seem like an important thing to Sean right now, other than he knows that it made me happy to have him there, but I hope it gives him something special to look back on when he is older as a good memory for the two of us.

Sometimes I feel like I owe more to him and don’t do enough to try to make up for the time I lost with him when I was sick and what he must have been going through and thinking at the time. I want to do more things like with him and create more memories like that for the two of us. We went to Cooperstown last year, just the two of us, and I think that was something else for us to build on. We go to ball games throughout the year, and I know he doesn’t share my passion for baseball, but that’s okay. We still go and enjoy our time together, even we don’t stay for the whole game sometimes or he would rather be walking around getting pizza than watching the action on  the field. So I guess going to the stadium was kind of a secondary thing than to what it actually meant, at least to me.

It’s funny for me to think about, but I can’t believe how lucky I am that he is such a good kid. Sure, I get on him for his messy room, for not being organized, for not trying harder in school, the things parents get on kids for. But when I  look at it from another side, he is a great kid who is always good to me. He is almost twelve and gives me a hug every day. He tells me he loves me every day, even at 12, when it might not be so cool to do with your father. And he always asks how I am feeling to make sure I am okay. I can’t even begin to know what he went through when I was sick, and I have never sat down with him and asked him about it. I don’t know if I am more afraid to talk about it and find it out than he is to talk about it.All I can say is that it is my goal now to create better memories with him so we can leave that one bad memory behind us.

That’s it for today. I’m not sure what I’ll get to next time; I’ll have to check my notebook and see what I can come up with. Enjoy the rest of your day, go out and hoard some Yodels and try to create a good memory with someone today, one that you can both look back on and smile about.

By the way, Sean took a lot of the pictures of Citi Field himself, he loves photography. You can see the pictures on my Facebook page. If you want you can also follow Sean’s own blog right here.

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