Echo Park 7:00 am,
Coffee and donut time.
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The party has begun, I could hear the sounds from my bedroom.
Cacophonous, like the SAT word.
Gates open early, time to walk to work and see what’s up . . .
My residence is on Scott St., a contentious place lately. The street that has been on the news lately
because of the recently opened “Scott Gate” entrance to the Stadium. My neighborhood doesn’t like
the idea of the traffic that will be running through all season long. Lot’s of people are pissed off. The
complementary tickets the Dodgers send us won’t do much good either. (Shitty seats) I’m not about to
get into the politics behind this new hubbub, but maybe later.
I digress . . . .
The party is popping off!!!
To Stadium Way!
Dodger Ace Hyun-jin Ryu 1-0
SF Giant Ryan Vogelsong, Blah!
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Back at the Stand,
Every one is back: Bossy Lady, the three Flower Shop girls, the Fry Guy(s), Tom,
Judie, and some newbees of course. Awesome! There is just one BIG thing . . . no
No more prepping:
Pickles + Onions + Lettuce + Tomato
Pickles + Onions + Lettuce + Tomato
Pickles + Onions + Lettuce + Tomato!
No more am I, the Main Spoon.
No more Mayo, chillin’ in the fridge . . .
No more fresh ingredients on the silver counter . . .
No more special orders . . .
Bye bye Burger Stand and hello, “Chicken Tenders etc?”
This is heart wrenching!
We sell Chicken Tenders only!!! The "etc." part means the chris-cut fries on the side.
There is no use for a spoon in this operation . . .
I guess, I’m the “Wingman” now.
The Chicken stand has a Beer Bar now.
This is some good planning by the Dodger puppet masters: more beer for everyone,
that, have been drinking, more beer, in the first place.
Starting at 7 in the morning.
Notice the 3-D hologram precedes the fans state of vision come 3rd inning.
Good thing the Flower Shop gals will prevent any over indulgence.
From the Breakroom bird's eye view:
The Color Guard!
The CK Tender Stand is hot as hell. Dropping pounds and pounds of fries and battered chicken is
an arduous task. I used to say that making burgers was a step down from cooking Dodger Dogs but
his is an all time low. There is no creativity involved whatsoever, just FRY! FRY! FRY! The crew
and I had the two Freeway Seris games to figure things out. Our rythm is not set. Thankfully the
Stand radio provides us with a much needed beat to work to. I could easily leave to another work
enviroment but I just can't leave this ship. The Fry Guy and myself have already made a pact:
Stand 740 for life!
Bubble: Kicks Ass!
Back in the Stand the Crew have got all gears in 4th but we break for the National
Anthem . . .
Courtesy of Stadium Bound- Excellent shot!
Next come the intos to the greats like Hershiser, Lasorda, and Garvey-m which I
missed because I'm working, naturally.
Koufax and Vin's first pitch of the game
These pictures don't do any justice to the Ceremony, where Vin Scully is the STAR.
Check out the video of the whole thing courtesy of MLB Network.
Brings tears to my eyes
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Let the game begin!!
Chicken Fryers are firing!
The Ladies at the beer tabs/Soda fountains are handling the fans with sheer diligence.
Fry Guys are getting into the flow.
Ladies on the register are cha-chinging away!
Wingmen are prepping the tenders!
And all of the sudden . . .
Tommy announces, “Dodgers are down 6-0!”
“6 to 0?”
“6 to 0!?!”
Outside the Stand, beer drinkers are seeing double.
Maribel elaborates, “Well yeah! They’ve been drinking since 8 AM in the morning.”
Two fans are in each others face over which one of them gets served a beer first.
People are getting restless.
Maribel elaborates, “We are losing so there is nothing better to do but fight.”
Jazzy the assistant to the assistant spys, “Those two are getting it on!”
All of our collective attention goes to a guy and gal who are deeply involved busting
slobs in front of the helmet fries.
Bubble: People are getting horny and angry?
Supervisor walks in the Stand and tells us, “I’m kind of surprised that no body sits and
watches the game.”
“Because they are drinking,” Maribel admonishes.
“You guys are doing a GREAT job,” the Sup tells us, “you guys have had a stead line all
game, good job.”
A drunk Dodger fans bumps into another drunk Dodger fan.
“Really? You are going to bump me?” the other says.
The offender, looks into the bumbie’s eyes. (Glazing)
Dodger on Dodger haters.
“Dodge fans are punks,” Maribel admonishes, again.
Bubble: Not all.
I hear from a co-worker in the restroom that 5 ladies were pounding on a single gal
right next to the Elysian Park Grill on the 3rd base side of the Reserve.
The Dodgers try to put up a fight but Ryu's shaky 1st inning was enough damage.
Frisco Giants 8
It's been a while since we lost a home opener . . . I forgot how much this feeling sucks.
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Dodger Rookie Paul Maholm 0-0
SF Giant Madison Bumgarner
I like the new walk way!
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I spy Dodger Vendor Extraordinaire Mr. Ronald Nelson.
Bubble: He can't hear me
Here is our conversation.
Ronnie begins to speak of how he and fellow Vendor Mort Rose work in the same
section on the Field Level (3rd base side).
Dodgers fall the Giants
SF 7, Dodgers 2 Final
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Dodger Ace Zach Greinke 1-0
SF Giant Matt Cain (Blah!)
There is a party going on in the breakroom.
For a Mary . . .
@ the Portable Bar,
I find Ronaldo multitasking. He’s cutting limes, moving empty cardboard boxes to one
area and unopened ones to another.
“Ronaldo! Are you still working a the 5 Star Bar?”
S. Main St. Los Angeles
“5 Star Bar isn’t going to get the Dodger games.”
Bubble: He didn’t answer my question.
“They don’t want to pay all of that money for the games on three TVs.
“I would rather have the (Dodger) game showed over the bar, one T.V.!
“I understand but NO Dodger games at any bar in Los Angeles is just crazy!”
“So what do you serve at the Chicken Stand?” he asks.
“We serve Chicken Tenders or Strips, with waffle fries.”
“What does it come with.”
“BBQ sauce and/or Ranch.”
“Do you have Sweet and Sour?”
“Do you have BBQ Honey?”
Ronald begins to stretch out his legs.
He continues, “I made a bet with a guy on Opening Day, I got lucky . . .”
Bubble: Ronaldo picked the Dodgers to lose? What a slime ball . . .”
“You always bet against the Dodger!”
“That’s right! I make a lot of money . . . I even bet for SF to win the series, BUT I
didn’t bet the Dodgers to lose today because of the fans.”
Ha! Ronaldo must have been inspired to loosen up.
I better get back to the CK Stand.
In passing I see Mr. Sanchez the Vendor of Eagle Rock.
“Hey! I hope we don’t get swept!” he tells me.
Bubble: Me either!
Our Ace Greinke holds down the fort and Dodgers avoid the broom.
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