Workamping at Spring Training

What a gang!

I have been working at the LAA Angels home Spring Training games at the Tempe Diablo Stadium since 2/23.  I was assigned to work with Phil who I met while workamping at Amazon last winter.  Here is a pic of our group lined up in front of our booth the Triple Play Grill.

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We are located on the third base side of the field and every now and then a foul ball happens to come our way.

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Watching batting practice…

We come in 2 1/2 hours prior to each game and get the stand ready for all the food and drink sales.  Sometimes when we are all set up we can watch batting practice.  Today I got to see the Angels hitting.

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I was really lucky to get this shot of Albert Pujols at bat.  How great is that!

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Busy, busy, busy…

But once the game starts it is very busy.  The orders are flying left and right and sometimes it is hard to keep up, but we all have a very good system of staying on top of the orders and getting the food and drink to the fans as quickly as possible so they can enjoy the game.

Her are a few pics of our group in action and our work area.

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We have a great group and everyone gets along really well.  We are always laughing and everyone enjoys each others antics at times when there is a lull in customers.  We are all kept very busy but still have a good time together.

Last game coming up…

Our last game will be on 3/27 against the Angels arch rival, Texas.  It should be an exciting game.  Then the Angels are off to Anaheim and we workampers are off to points unknown.  It has been a great experience working with this group and we sure have had a lot of laughs.

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My first day of towing

Leaving Quartzsite

Sunday I left Quartzsite to travel to Mesa, AZ where I will be staying for 2 months while working the LAA Angels spring training games.  John and I hooked up the rig before they left to show me the ins and outs.  It is not too complicated as I have a ball hitch and their is no brake buddy.  I had packed away most of the stuff on Saturday and there were only a few things I had to take attend to on Sunday.

There were 5 rigs left after I left.  Everyone is going in different directions, but we hope to all hook up together again either at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in the fall or at Quartzsite next winter.

Who is that guy tailgating me?

I pulled out and headed on down the road.  I could see this guy that kept tailgating me in my rear camera.  It went on for miles.  Just kidding!  it was my new to me Suzuki.  I can not see it in either rear view mirror, but I was watching it closely all the way to Phoenix in my rear camera.  I bought the rear camera on Ebay for about $150, but it cost me over $600 to have it installed.  I have not had a need for it until now but I knew when I bought it I would appreciate it once I got a toad.

Got gas in Vicksburg, AZ

I pulled into a gas station in Vicksburg to fill up with gas.  Since it was my first time towing a vehicle I wanted to make sure I had plenty of space.  NO PROBLEM!

Drove through Phoenix

I am glad I chose to travel on Sunday.  I did not want to hassle any rush hour traffic on Monday.  I think everyone was getting ready to watch the Super Bowl as the traffic was busy but not too busy.  My trusty Garmin led me right to the park and was I ever glad to get there.  I felt pretty proud of myself on my first towing experience.  It went without a hitch … or should I say it went with a hitch.  HA!

No electric!!

I unhooked and moved into my spot and started getting set up.  It has been a while since I stayed in an electric site and I should have plugged in first, but I didn’t.  Needless to say once I got everything in place, I plugged in and realized I didn’t have any electricity.  BUMMER!  I called the manager and she sent over the maintenance guy, who confirmed I had no electricity.  She offered to let me move, but it was late and I still had plenty of power with my solar panels.  If I have to move in the morning, so be it, but I wasn’t going anywhere tonight.

I then hopped in my trusty Suzuki and found a Walmart less then a mile away where I bought a few groceries.  It sure is nice having a toad.

Tomorrow evening I have my first training session and another session on Wednesday evening.  Then I don’t have another training session until the 20th.

Below is a Quartzsite sunset.  I am not sure when I will see another sunset for a while since I am in a very populated area.

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