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Star Wars Night Pictures, Suntrust Park V Turner Field

Star Wars Night Pictures

Star Wars night was excellent. We got to the park a little later than we wanted, but still early enough to walk around a little bit. I wasn’t able to take as many pictures as I wanted because I had my 50mm lens which on a cropped sensor really is closer to an 85mm lens. That’s why I’d like to move down to a 35mm equivalent or a 50mm equivalent. Here are my pictures and read below the pictures to see what I thought about Suntrust Park vs Turner Field.


Suntrust Park V Turner Field

I’ve been to quite a few games at Turner Field. I went to Smoltzie’s 3,000th strikeout. We went to Bobby Cox’s last game. We’ve been to a few. We even went to this game:

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That was the longest home run I’ve ever seen.

But when it comes to parks, Turner Field was just alright. It had horrible parking, it was a pain to get to, and it was made for the Olympics and then turned in to a baseball field. It may have always had Turner Field in it’s mind, but it was made as an 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium.

It was a good park. It was solid. Food wasn’t bad and it was big. When the chop was going, it was a killer park. But living in the suburbs meant taking the hike to the stadium. It could take anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours. I hated driving down there, especially knowing that Atlanta has the 8th worst traffic in the world. Which is also why saying, “Well, Suntrust will have bad traffic” is ridiculous. All of Atlanta will have bad traffic, but Suntrust won’t be as bad.

Suntrust Park is way better than Turner Field to me. Putting aside all the controversy surrounding how Suntrust is being paid, those concerns are justified, the park is everything Turner Field was not. Here’s what the AJC said about what Turner Field was hoped to be:

Turner Field, about 2 miles south of Centennial Olympic Park, is not really downtown — but rather south of downtown. Surrounded, even cut off by highways, the area doesn’t blend into the city. And the communities around Turner Field never flourished as hoped.

The lack of easy access to public transportation was an ongoing, nagging issue. The Braves shuttle was far from ideal.

In addition, the Braves wanted to control and develop city-owned property around Turner Field in hopes of turning it into a mixed-use development that would buzz with activity even when the ballpark is empty.

The area around Turner was empty. It never flourished. The area around Suntrust is buzzing already. I left in rush hour, on a Saturday night, to a sold out game, and it took me 48 minutes to get to the park. That would have been an hour and 48 minutes to Turner Field.

Suntrust Park was built from the ground up for one thing: baseball. It shows. The park is beautiful and has so many little details. The lineup card is at the entrance:

The clubhouse store is huge. There are tons of places for food. Good food. Ton’s of things for kids. And there’s parking. Oh boy is there parking. 14,000 spaces compared to around 7,500 for Turner Field. We parked and walked over 75 to get to the park. It was an easy walk.

And then there’s the Battery. You’ve got the Roxy, tons of store and more restaurants coming including:

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Yeah, they’re bringing a Wahlburgers. Marky Mark himself even said they’re excited to come to The Battery.

If you haven’t been to The Battery or Suntrust Park, go. It’s excellent. You’ll love it. It reminds me of Downtown Disney.

-Woody

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Booster, Day One, Cameras, Braves.

So I’ve decided to start a daily blog where I recap my day. I already do this on my Day One app. Day One is a journaling app that is on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I’ve had it for years. I think I’ve had it for about 5 years or so. I’ve been digitally journaling in it for a while. I have over 1,400 entries in it. Every day I would recap my day and just simply talk about what went on that day. It’s one of the best things you can do at the end of the day.

So I’ve decided to also write on a blog. Talk about how I’m adjusting to a job after working in retail for a long time, apps I’ve encountered during the day, starting a YouTube Channel this year, buying cameras. Pretty much whatever comes to my mind. So let’s get to today.

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Booster

Our son has Cystic Fibrosis and this weekend he’s had a runny nose. He’s doing ok, but that means that we need to do extra treatments. Breathing treatments 4 times a day is tough. Ask any parent of a child with CF (cystic fibrosis). We will have to do breathing treatments 4 times a day for maybe the next two weeks even though he will be feeling better soon. It’s tough, but as long as he feels better than it’s all worth it. You get used to this sort of thing as a CF parent.

We also have opened his T-shirt Booster for one more week. Some people said they didn’t get a chance to get the t-shirt during the last run. We have to sell 13 t-shirts this time or the shirts won’t get printed. I think we can do it.

Day One App

Day One added a brand new feature that I’ve been wanting them to do for a long time to their app: printed physical books. It was inevitable. They look amazing and are reasonably priced. You can tag certain posts and then just make a book from a certain tag. So I may pick out certain entries and tag Finn’s first year of life and make a book from it. Here’s a quick look at what they look like:

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It’s literally exactly what I have been wanting. I can’t wait to print some.

Camera

I’ve decided to get a new camera as an every day camera. I love my iPhone and it takes some amazing photos but the tiny sensor limits it a lot. I want a little more zoom and I want a little bit better IQ. I believe that I have narrowed it down to the Panasonic LX100. It’s super cheap now and is the exact style that I want. Fixed lens, micro four-thirds sensor and a great lens. It also has the same killer 4K video from the GH4. The only internal conflict I have is Fuji. I really want a Fuji camera, but I would rather wait and save up for a Fuji camera and some lenses. I want a cheaper smaller camera for my every day camera. That’s why I think I’ll get the LX100 and save up for an X-T20 or something. Here’s what the LX100 looks like, I love the classic design and manual controls:

 

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Braves

The Braves have got to start winning again. That’s pretty much it. 6 losses in a row will not cut it. Our starting pitching has been good, but our defense and relief pitching has been horrible. Jenn and I are going to the Star Wars Night game May 6. Super excited to see the new stadium!

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