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  1. I especially like the possibility of Castellanos with the added flexibility he'd give us. His history at 3B would be great if Donaldson's recent injury history pops up. Even if it doesn't we could still spell Donaldson and Swanson/Albies on the same day. I think Castellanos makes a lot of sense if sacraficing some defense is in play. Just depends on the price.
  2. Thanks! Work and life has been pretty crazy the past 6 months or so and I haven't been on the boards much. We're in our winter break at work so hopefully things will settle down some.
  3. CarGo is a meh at best for me. I think he would still be serviceable as a 4th OF for someone, just not us though unless the OF market is just too pricey. A minor league offer with an invite to ST wouldn't upset me, but anything more than that is a no thanks.
  4. It appears that we've at least "checked in" with Detroit on Nick Castellanos. I do like that he has a history at the hot corner should Donaldson have more injury concerns. Link The Tigers are “determined to move on” from outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, Antony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. There’s initial interest from other clubs, per’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). It seems the Braves have at least “checked in” on the 26-year-old, who is projected by MLBTR to earn a $11.3MM salary in his final season of arbitration eligibility. The Atlanta organization has an opening in right field and has plenty of assets that’d be of interest to Detroit. Castellanos certainly has produced the kind of offensive output that’d be of interest — he’s slashing .285/.336/.495 over the past three seasons — but comes with anything but a sterling defensive reputation.
  5. What time of the year did you do the trip? I want to catch the light rays in Antelope whenever I make it out there, but dread the thought of being out there in the middle of summer.
  6. Good to see you again! Some of us are still around. I've scaled back on the boards a lot lately due to life in general and just not having time.
  7. It was easily the best episode in a while. I remember hearing so much hype about Jesus and I never saw it. Was I expecting too much or was his character just underwhelming? As for The Whisperer's, I'm looking forward to how it plays out. The scenes from the 2nd half of the season were creepy with them standing in fields staring at The Hilltop.
  8. This guy wins the interwebs today. I laughed way too hard.
  9. I'm in the same boat about St. Lucia. It's been on our radar for a while, but it seems a bit limited. My wife would be content to just sit on the beach for however many days but I'd be bored within 30 minutes. Dominica and PR are options that we'll look into also. Hawaii would be a dream for the wife and I would love to go also, but I'd want to island hop and spend 1-2 weeks taking it in, so budget wise it's probably out. The SW is my personal pick. Fly into Vegas, check it out for a couple of days and then road trip to the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Zion NP, and then back to Vegas. I just know the wife wouldn't be up for the early mornings and photography.
  10. Aside from that one bus issue, we really didn't encounter too many problems. I'd have to say that my biggest complaint otherwise were the Photopass photographers. Even though I love photography as a hobby, I want to enjoy my vacation to WDW and making memories with my little family so Photopass is a splurge that I add on. I was pretty disappointed with the results this trip. There were some photographers that clearly had no clue how to use a camera other than turning it on and taking a picture. Others were just lazy. Instead of getting on my sons level, they'd nonchalantly stand off center and snap a couple of pictures and just say "Magic band." It was disappointing for the cost. Character interactions were mostly awesome. We were at Epcot and had sat down in Morocco to rest for a few minutes and Jasmine came out from a cast member area to head to a meet and greet. She stopped, changed course, and came over and chatted with my son for about 5 minutes. She left him with a HUGE lipstick covered kiss on his forehead. At AK, we were in line to meet Launchpad (one of my childhood favorites) and the bottom fell out. He and his cast members ran under the hanger that was his photo spot and he waved everyone in line over to get out of the rain. He signed some autographs, took selfies, and really interacted with the kids. Once the rain lightened up, he headed off until the weather cleared. We stuck around and were first in line when he came back out 15 minutes later. He probably spent a good 5 minutes with my son and I. We were at WDW Oct. 6th-13th and did MNSSHP on the 11th. Cast members were really hit and miss. They were either thrilled to be there or a disgruntled teen that was having to work and it was "just a job." Toy Story Land was great. The theming to make you feel like you were a toy in Andy's backyard was amazing. I think Star Wars Land is going to be insane in terms of crowds and will surpass Pandora. I don't know about a 100% increase, but between the Star Wars followers and the "Hey! Disney has a new land so we have to go check it out first!" folks, I can see a 25-50% increase for the first 1-2 years. Then again, I could be talking out of my rear end. I don't think we'd be interested in owning DVC at this time, but if it's possible to rent a week or anything like that, we'd definitely be interested for our next trip.
  11. Thanks! I visited GTNP and the southwestern corner of YNP in June of 2017 and it was breathtaking. The scenery was insane and part of why I want to go back. I did get a once in a lifetime picture while I was out there (it was a photography workshop). It had rained all night and my buddies and I got up at 4:00 a.m. like every morning to stake out a spot for sunrise, hoping that the rain would stop. We went to Mormon Row hoping for at least lightning shot at the Moulton Barns, but no luck. Right at sunrise, the rain turned to a sprinkle, the clouds broke to light up the front of the barns, and a double rainbow crossed the field between the Tetons and the barns. Grand Teton Moulton Barn 1 by Jason, on Flickr
  12. I showed my tail one day because of the buses and probably scarred a young cast member for life. We had a character breakfast at the Contemporary at 7:30. Decided during the meal that we'd go back to the resort and nap until lunchtime and then head to MK as we were doing Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party that night and were planning on being at the park until around midnight. We finished breakfast, took the monorail back to MK and a bus back to Riverside. Our bus stop at Riverside was on the back side and the bus stopped at the front to drop off another couple first. The bus stop attendant at the front told the driver that she couldn't take us to our stop, that we'd have to "disembark" the bus, and the driver would need to take a load back to MK. As big as Riverside is, it was a 15 minute walk to our room. So I got in line at the front desk and was approached by a young lady, probably her first job, asking if I was having a magical morning. I replied with "If by magical, you mean getting kicked off of the bus, then yes, it's been a magical f***ing morning. It was deer in the head lights from that point and she grabbed a manager. I explained what had happened and he hooked us up with 3 extra fast passes each for the day that didn't exclude any rides and we didn't have to select a time. We would just walk up to any attraction in MK, scan our magic band, and hop on. My son got hooked on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so we rode it 3 times in a row. Overall, it was still an awesome trip and we'll be back. I'm a Star Wars junkie, so I really want to see Star Wars Land sooner rather than later (part of why I'm pitching an adults trip to Disney to the wife). I just hope they don't rush it. Toy Story Land looks great, but there was so much paint chipping in line queues that it looked like it had been opened for 4 or 5 years instead of 4 months. We try to stay somewhere different each time we go and I wanted to try either Coronado Springs or Caribbean Beach, but the construction was a turn off. And of course Caribbean Beach opened up their new lobby and whatnot like the 2nd day we were there.
  13. We didn't. Our plans didn't put us over there during a meal time. I wanted to try it though, I've heard that it's awesome. I enjoyed both. We went to AK twice during our trip. First day, I had my wife and son with me and walked as fast as I could to Pandora at rope drop and still had an hour wait for FoP. They rode Na'Vi River Journey while I did FoP because my son was right at the height requirement and I didn't want them waiting in line only for him to be turned away. FoP was pretty incredible though. Second day there, they slept in and I went solo for the morning and was able to run to Pandora. We had fast passes for River Journey at 9:30 that morning so I cancelled my wife and sons since they slept in. I was able to do both FoP and River Journey by 9:45 and the park opened at 9:00. There was a time around 11 that FoP was a 4 hour wait....4.....freaking.....hours. Did you guys stay on property? We were at Port Orleans Riverside and it was nice enough.....HUGE resort though.
  14. That's awesome and was our first time in Pandora. The theming was insane! We still didn't get to do everything that we wanted, but did knock out Magic Kingdom over the course of 2 days and rode every ride. I'll be in Orlando in June for a conference so I'm definitely going to head off for an evening or two to Disney once the conference is over. We're supposed to be able to get tickets for about $40 through the conference.
  15. Yosemite is on my list for sure. I went to Grand Teton and did the SW corner of Yellowstone and barely scratched the surface but would LOVE to go back. The Tetons are absolutely amazing. I can only imagine what Yosemite is like.
  16. So Disney was great and my son had an absolute blast! Meltdowns were at a minimum for a 5 year old, but now it's time to start planning our next trip and need some input. This one will be for our 15 year anniversary in 2020, so we're a little under a year and a half out. We would like to stay in the $2K range for travel and lodging, but can stretch it a little bit. Some of the places that we're considering are an adults trip to Disney (we're suckers for the mouse), Peru, Yosemite, the US Southwest and Vegas/National Parks in that area, Costa Rica, New York (neither of have been), USVI, St. Lucia, Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks, Washington D.C, and Hawaii (if a good trip pops up.) Time of year would probably be late spring/ very early summer. My wife and I are complete opposites on vacation. She's content to sit by the pool or on a beach while I can do that for about an hour and then need to find something to do. I do a lot of photography, so anywhere we go needs to have plenty for me to photograph. Neither of us are big romantics so it doesn't have to be all decked out for that, but we would like a nice place to eat to celebrate our anniversary. We're still very much in the planning and research phase, so we're open to suggestions if any of you more experienced travelers have any input.
  17. Let's revive this now that summer is over and fall is on its way. I didn't go anywhere over the summer, but did take a long weekend to the Smoky Mountains with a couple of photographer buddies. I'm leaving next week to stop in St. Augustine, Fl for a day to visit family before heading to Disney with the family for a week. What about you guys? Any good trips that you've been on or have coming up?
  18. And a potential "safety net" option should Markakis walk at the end of the year.
  19. I started watching it when it first aired and then life got in the way. I'm finishing up on it now and have really enjoyed it.
  20. So it looks like the plug has been pulled on the latest Transformers movie, but Bumblebee is still getting his own spin-off. The first trailer doesn't do much for me, but I'm so glad that they went back to the 1980's version with the VW Beetle. This will act as prequel as being themed in the 1980's. I really wish they had started the franchise with the 80's versions to give us the back story, kind of like the MCU did with their characters. The write up seems intriguing at least. The “Transformers” franchise may appear to be dead in the water after Paramount pulled the sixth film in the main series from its schedule, but that’s not so because “Bumblebee” is still coming right at you later this year. And in the middle of the night Monday night we got our very first look at the spinoff. You can check out the trailer in the embedded video above, or on YouTube right here. “Bumblebee” will take the series back in time to the 1980s, thus serving as a prequel to the main series as well as a spinoff. As often happens in these things, the trailer shows us Bumblebee striking up a relationship with a young woman named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) by accident — while Charlie is poking around under her beat up new yellow Beatle, she spots Bumblebee’s real face. During that bit, the trailer calls back to the first time we saw Bumblebee come into the possession of the human protagonist of one of the movies, with the sequence narrated by Bernie Mac’s used car salesman in “Transformers,” when he tells Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf’) that cars pick their drivers — “a mystical bond between man and machine.” The “Bumblebee” trailer is notably light on the sort of large scale action and wacky humor that the “Transformers” movies are known for. The tone of the trailer is in keeping with how producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has described the film — as being an “emotionally complex story” which he compared to “The Iron Giant.” Though it does give us a shot of Bee catching a flaming helicopter, as well as a villainous Decepticon disguised as a jet. That Decepticon, by the way, is Barricade, who features prominently in the main series. We also get a glimpse of John Cena and John Ortiz with a whole bunch of soldiers — because no “Transformers” movie could be complete without a military aspect. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the continuity of the live-action “Transformers” series, Bumblebee has been hanging out on Earth a while before the events of the film series and even a few decades before this movie is set. As revealed in last year’s “The Last Knight,” Bumblebee has been around at least since World War II, in which he was part of an Autobot team who fought the Nazis alongside human forces. How he ends up in Hailee Steinfeld’s possession is anyone’s guess. But I’ll guess we’ll find out when “Bumblebee” hits theaters on December 21. The film is directed by Travis Knight of “Kubo and the Two Strings” fame, and is written by Christina Hodson.
  21. Yes...We have to appeal to a global audience, not just the US.
  22. A few shots of a black bear that we encountered. She looked like she had just recently come out of a den with her cubs and was far too interested in foraging than caring about the people that were around. Black Bear 1 by Jason, on Flickr Black Bear 2 by Jason, on Flickr Black Bear 3 by Jason, on Flickr Black Bear 4 by Jason, on Flickr
  23. I met up with a couple of photographer buddies in the Smoky Mountains last week for a long weekend of photography shenanigans. Here's my first image from the trip. It's a 6 shot vertical panorama from Clingmans Dome. We left the cabin about 1:30 a.m, arrived at Clingmans about 3:00 a.m, shot until about 5:00 a.m, took a quick nap in the car, and then shot sunrise from there. Clingmans Dome Milky Way Pano 1.2 by Jason, on Flickr