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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Case's Vacation Journal: A Dinosaur Figures Out The New Tech

Posted 08-25-2021 at 06:37 PM by case44

Your writer got some needed R&R (and didn't want the trip to end) in Houston for the last few days. All in all, things went great. The weather was perfect (even if it was hot), food was mostly good, and on the day I took in a baseball game, the home team won.

There was one thing you should know, however. The baseball game I attended was not at Minute Maid Park, unlike what many of you would have expected me to do. Yes, the Houston Astros did me proud last night, winning 4-0. But the game I decided to take in was in nearby Sugar Land, as the Astros' Triple-A team, the Sugar Land Skeeters, got a visit from Case. Constellation Field is a very nice place to watch any kind of a baseball game, and it had good sightlines. Sunset was real enjoyable from where I was sitting. Even got to see some planes taking off from a nearby airfield.

But you're probably wondering how I ended up getting into that park in the first place. How? Read further.

Because of the stupid plandemic we've had in the past year and a half, many sports teams have had to revamp their ticket-purchasing systems and how they should be done. As a result, ticket offices had to be closed to in-person sales, leaving us to resort to doing things online. I had to learn how to purchase mobile tickets, so that required a login on my computer using a specific ticket site which many teams are using. It got to a point where I had to get some counsel from the Sugar Land Skeeters ticket office over the phone, but the way I'd gotten established with the system ended up doing fine. Un----------til I got to the ballpark, and, using my smartphone, the ticket page would not come up. Embarrassing, uh? I had to go through a greeter who actually was more technology-savvy than I was. In order to get both the parking and the seat barcodes scanned, that's what I ended up doing. The parking attendant decided to give me a free pass, but it was the guy inside the park offering the help. Folks, I'm such a dinosaur.

I did see some fans walking in with paper tickets, so I guess this guy will have to print out his tickets if I am to attend future games without enduring delays on my smartphone. That option is available.

Before I head off to Lubbock in October, Ol' Case may try an impromptu road trip back to Houston where I can make up for my Minute Maid absence. It'd have to be a there-and-back trip for a Sunday afternoon game (with no hotel). I can check the Astros' schedule, now that I have an idea of this mobile ticketing thing and how it rolls.
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    I’ve done the E-ticket thing once. Hopefully I can figure it out again as I’m scheduled to do that a few more times. They probably won’t go back, unfortunately. People have saved ticket stubs for years for big-name concerts & sports events that greatly exceeded expectations.
    Posted 08-27-2021 at 07:50 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline

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