Just stop for a minute, and take this in: A team who was mired in bankruptcy, with a payroll of $55 million, just beat a team that basically expects to go to the World Series every year because it’s what they do. And now the Rangers will go to the World Series. The Rangers, not the Yankees. Some fans have waited patiently since the team came here for this. Some just noticed that there’s a baseball club in Arlington, and the debit card charge at Wal-Mart for their Rangers shirt hasn’t even cleared the bank yet.
But I think Ron Washington has summed up the feeling best. Here, and here. Â Wash’s heart and gut beat (as someone aptly pointed out to me as we all watched the game) Joe Girardi’s binder. It sounds like a story book ending, because it is. These are your Texas Rangers, y’all, and they’re going to the World Series.
Between Cruz’s homer and Kinsler’s double, an immature chant broke out.
Two of our talented D Magazine interns, Taylor Walker and Meredith Stein, visited the Travel and Adventure Show at the Dallas Convention Center this morning. Â Below is their report (and a lovely little video presentation due to some technical difficulties, this won’t happen) to show the fun they had (and the fun that you could have there this weekend).
Alright, we get it. The Rangers own your Friday night. But assuming there’s no game 7 (which is the option we’re supporting), we’ve got an adventurous alternative to couch surfing to fill the remainder of your weekend.
Dallasites can head over to the Dallas Convention Center for the Travel & Adventure Show. In addition to speeches and travel tips from the likes of Arthur and Pauline Frommer (Frommer’s Travel Guides), guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of more than 30 cultural performances, which range from Bollywood to belly dancing, as they weave their way through a maze of more than 100 exhibitors, each representing a different travel destination. From Egypt to Alaska, these destination booths will be ready (and able) to offer you exclusive “show only” discounts on the vacations of a lifetime.
But the show isn’t all work and no play. Guests can also partake in rock climbing, ziplining, scuba diving, and our personal favorite, camel rides. And don’t worry about safety, we went ahead and tested them out for you! (Here’s where we’d show you their fantastic video. Perhaps the technical gods will take pity on us and let us show you the video Monday. Until then, happy weekend!)
Our own Mary Candace Evans, who has more enthusiasm for talking about the real estate game than anyone I’ve ever met, is departing her posts with DallasDirt and D Home.
Candy bids us farewell here.
Paul Stewart, who succeeded Doug Adams as president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, wants the DSO to solve its multimillion-dollar budget-deficit problem by raising $150 million over five years. That would represent a huge increase in fundraising compared to the recent past, when scaring up $6 million-$8 million annually was a challenge for the symphony. It would also “resolve the orchestra’s funding issues for a generation,” Stewart says.
Is it a realistic target, though, given the sputtering economy? Stewart thinks it is, based on the early thinking of a big national fundraising consultant called CCS, which he says has been working with the symphony for about six months. Ideally the dough would bolster the DSO’s so-called Great Orchestra project plus add funds to the symphony’s endowment, Stewart says. The endowment stood at about $96 million recently, down from $120 million a few years ago.
If you missed it on FrontRow, well, now you have no excuse. Get on it.
A PR-being FrontBurnervian sends along word that Yankees first base coach Mike Kelleher, third base coach Rob Thomson, pitching coach Dave Eiland and batting coach Kevin Long ate steaks and lobster macaroni and cheese at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House of Dallas.
Word is that they didn’t choke. May the reverse be true tonight.
Every so often we invite someone we’re curious about to come talk to us during the lunch hour in our capacious main conference room. Today, we played host to the lovely and talented Krys Boyd, she of KERA fame. Not long before she told us which local media person she’s not real fond of, she stipulated that everything she said had to be off the record. So I’m not going to tell you who that local media person is. But I will tell you the following: Krys told us that sometimes when she’s nervous and not on the air, when she’s trying to impress someone she thinks is cooler than she is, she’ll use salty language. Then she demonstrated how she uses this crutch, uttering a hypothetical cool-sounding sentence. WOW. You know what? That [redacted] woman can curse. So hot.
Hallelujah, readers. Friday is here, the weather is tolerable, and the Rangers are one game shy of playoff victory. Life is good. My only wish is that we had more hours in the day, because this weekend is packed full of great things to do in Dallas.
Raya, keeper of our Dallas shopping blog, points out that designer Derek Lam will be at Forty Five Ten today to meet fans and show off his spring 2011 line. And when Raya mentions an event, we should listen. That woman knows what she’s talking about.
For the guys out there: The Woodworking D.I.Y. Show gets under way at noon today. So gentlemen, I suggest you ask for a half day off, take some power tools for a test drive, belch once or twice (mood depending) and then go watch the Texas Rangers win.
If you simply can’t get excited about baseball and would sooner eat a roach than sit through a whole game (heretics), Dallas still has plenty to offer this evening: a cowboy gathering, Don Giovanni at the Winspear Opera House, and Mendelssohn at the Meyerson (with a little Shostakovich for dessert). For the rest of your weekend, click “more” and thank me later.
Yesterday, I essentially taunted a burglar to come back and take the stuff he missed the first time. Smart? Not really. Never been my strong suit.
ANYWAY, a couple of updates. First, when I got home yesterday, a police officer stopped by, just to check up. Nice, unexpected move. He mentioned that someone else down the street had been the victim of a similar burglary. Reports of maybe someone in a white car. I may or may not have implicated my recently RIF’d lawn guy.
Also — after a follow-up discussion via e-mail, where I mentioned some details I didn’t want to throw online — one of our sweet, sweet commenters left a copy of How To Train Your Dragon, one of my son’s DVDs that was taken, on my porch. Pretty much the nicest thing ever. Thank you thank you. I’ll forget how much I enjoy our regular commenters soon enough when we get into a pointless discussion about “Obamacare.”
An alert FBvian points us to news of a Harris interactive poll that asked Americans which city they’d most (and least) like to live in or near. New York, not surprisingly, tops both lists. And there are a few big cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles) that make both lists. Dallas only makes the list of cities that Americans don’t want to live in. We’re No. 9. By the year 2050, the population of North Texas is expected to double, to 12 million people. I’m just saying.
Back in early summer the Paws in the City crowd had a “Dancing with the Stars” event at which they had a couple pooches up for adoption. One was a pretty tough story. The poor dog had had scalding grease poured on its back. Not a very pretty sight.
Ah, but Kelly Stafford (pictured) couldn’t resist and adopted the canine to join her other three rescue dogs. All four dogs are spoiled rotten since Kelly owns C.L.A.S.S.Y. Ladies by DT, a very unique pet boutique.
Kelly was spotted at the Family Gateway‘s “Celebrity Waiter Luncheon” at the Ritz-Carlton Friday all in black from turtleneck to boots.
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Thanks to the ALDS and the ALCS and a few nights of NAPS, I just now got around to watching last week’s episode of The Good Guys. But imagine my surprise when I noticed, in a ransom letter, that D had made somewhat of a cameo in the episode.
1. Pastor Stephen Broden, the GOP candidate facing off against incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson for the 30th Congressional District, gave an interview to WFAA’s Brad Watson and, well, I’m pretty sure county GOP head Jonathan Neerman wishes he hadn’t. Â I’m pretty sure that while I was watching the interview yesterday, I heard this continual thud that could only be described as someone headdesking somewhere in the city.
2. Tommy Lasorda said that Cliff Lee should be compared to Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson. I can’t argue with that at all. Can we keep him?
3. So a bunch of doctors over in Grapevine were busted for allegedly using IUDs they bought from a Canadian online pharmacy, because they’re cheaper – about $500 cheaper. But there’s a couple of slight problems with that, apparently: For one, some of them aren’t even FDA approved, and at least one patient says her insurance was charged full price. But one of the accused doctors said they had many patients who couldn’t afford the American prices.
4. Tom Hicks wants out of sports. And hiring A-Rod may have been a mistake. I like pie.
5. It’s Friday. Tonight the Rangers play the Yankees for the shhh. Maybe Vlad Guerrero will quit swinging at every freaking pitch. Maybe Colby Lewis will finish off the Yankees. Maybe the game will go so well that I won’t wish fervently for bourbon. Maybe I won’t be reduced to rocking back and forth on the couch and sucking my thumb. Â Or maybe we go to game 7.