Archive | April, 2013

The Mariners welcome Michael Saunders back with a win over Baltimore

30 Apr

 

Joe Saunders takes the mound as the Mariners get set to face the Orioles. The game starts with Nick Mirkakis flies out. Then Manny Machado steps up and strikes out. Adam Jones is up next and hits a ground ball to end the inning. In the Mariners half of the inning Michael Saunders starts it off with a home run. Kyle Seager is up next and grounds out. The Kendrys Morlales and Michael Morse follow sit and hit ground balls to end the inning.

In the 2nd Chris Davis starts and hits a ground ball. Matt Wieters is up next and gfrounds out. J.J. Hardy is up next and quickly goes out to end the top of the inning. In the Mariners half of the 2nd Jesus Montero flies out to Adam Jones. Justin Smoak is up next and hits a ground ball for an out. Jason Bay steps up next and gets a single. Robert Andino follows him with a ground ball to end the inning.

The 3rd starts with Steve Pearce popping up to Morales. Nolan Reimold gets a base hit. Alexi Casilla then pops a ball to Robert Andino. Then back to the top or the line up with Nick Mirkakis who hits a ground ball to Andino to end the top of the inning. In the Mariners half Brendan Ryan starts off with a pop up to the catcher. Michael Saunders steps up for his second at bat and strikes out. Then Kyle Seager gets set and gets a single. Next is Kendrys Morales who hits a fly ball out to end the inning.

In the 4th Manny Machado gets an infield single. Adam Jones is up next and hits into a double play. Chris Davis is up next and gets a single. Matt Wieters steps up to the plate and hits a 2-run homer giving Baltimore the lead. J. J. Hardy is next and hits a ground ball to Kyle Seager who throws him out to end the inning. Michael Morse steps in the batter’s box to start the Mariners half of the 4th where he hits a single to right field. Jesus Montero is next and he walks to give the Mariners two on base. Justin Smoak is the next batter and hits a fly ball for an out. Jason Bay steps into the batter’s box and he brings in Michael Morse with a double. Robert Andino is up next and brings in Montero with a single. Robert Andino steals second. With two on and one out Brendan Ryan steps up strikes out. Michael Saunders come up and walks to load the bases. Kyle Seager comes up next and hits a fly ball to end the inning.

Steve Pearce leads off the top of the 5th and hits a ground ball to Seager. Nolan Reimold is next and hits a ground ball to Seager. Alexi Casilla steps up to bat and hits a ground ball to Andino who throws him out to end the top of the inning. Kendrys Morales starts the bottom of the 5th and he hits a ground ball for the first out. Michael Morse steps up next where he hits a fly ball to Adam Jones. Jesus Montero is follows with a ground ball to end the inning.

Nick Mirkakis starts of the 6th and he hit a fly ball to Saunders. Manny Machado is up next and grounds out. Adam Jones steps up and hits a ground ball to Andino to end the top of the inning. Justin Smoak starts off the Mariners half of the 6th and brakes his bat while hitting a single to left fieled. Jason Bay is next and gets an infield single. Robert Andino comes up to bat moving the runners along with a sacrifice bunt. That Brings up Brendan Ryan with two runners on and he brings Smoak in with a single. Back to the top of the order for Michael Saunders gets to first on a fielder’s choice. Kyle Seager the hits a triple to bring Saunders in from first. Kendrys Morales hits a ground ball to end the inning but not before the Mariners get three runs to take a 6-2 lead.

Chris Davis starts the 7th and he walks. That bring up Matt Wieters who hits into a double play. J. J. Hardy is next and he hits a ground ball to Brendan Ryan who throws him out. Michael Morse starts off the Mariners half of the inning who hits a fly ball for the first out. Jesus Montero is up next and strikes out. Justin Smoak steps in and he gets a stand up double. Jason Bay comes up to bat where lines out to third base to end the inning.

Steve Pearce starts off the 8th for the Orioles and hits a fly ball to Michael Saunders. Nolan Riemold hits a ground ball for the second out. That brings up Alexi Casilla who hits a ground ball to Brendan Ryan to end the top of the 8th. Robert Andino starts the Mariners half of the inning and he strikes out. Brendan Ryan is next and grounds out to third. That brings up Michael Saunders who hits a ground ball to end the inning.

For the 9th Baltimore goes back to the top of the order as Nick Mirkakis leads off and he hits a ground ball to Brendan Ryan. Manny Machado is next and hits a ground ball to Ryan. That brings up Adam Jones who strikes out to end the game. The Seattle Mariners get a 6-2 win as Joe Saunders pitches the ninth complete game of his career and the first complete game for the Mariners this season.

Microsoft shows us more of their new Illumiroom technology

29 Apr

 

Anyone that watched either “Star Trek:TNG” or “Star Trek:Voyager” has probably wished that they had a holodeck of their own to live out all of their fantasies. Unfortunately that isn’t available yet but the latest technology from Redmond-based Microsoft is taking us one step closer. Microsoft first introduced their new Illumiroom technology at CES (consumer electronic show) and has just released a new video showcasing the features of this new augmented reality device.

While Microsoft has been fairly tight lipped about their new Xbox console in a 10-page report that they have released they drop a hint that Illumiroom might be integrated into the new gaming system. If it is included in the next-generation Xbox it will give gamers on whole new experience that will make you feel more part of the game then ever before as Illumiroom bring your game beyond the screen and fills up the wall of your room. If you don’t don’t want the game projected in your room you can the Illumiroom can provide you with all different types of special effects.

The Verge interview Microsoft’s Chief Technical Strategy Officer, Eric Rudder about Illumiroom and here is the way he explained it: “The LED is projecting for a frame and then turning it off and Kinect IR is reading those layovers,” said Rudder. “Then the Kinect turns off for a frame and then the projector goes on and then Kinect will go back and forth.” Rudder described the technology as “incredibly sophisticated,” but that the experience is “Oh, my TV got bigger, and I can project on anything because the surface doesn’t need to be flat.”

Of course Illumiroom doesn’t just enhance your gaming experience as it will also make your movies come alive. Imagine watching “The Polar Express” and you get the feeling the train is stopping right in front of your room or watching “Fame” and feeling as though you are part of the dancing routines.

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The Mariners win back-to-back games

28 Apr

 

Peter Bourjus gets a single as the leadoff man. Mike Trout strikes out for the first out in the inning. Albert Pujlos hits a ground ball to Dustin Ackly who throws him out. Bourjus goes to 2nd base on the play. With one on and two outs Josh Hamilton steps up to the plate. He hit a fly ball to Jason Bay to end the top of the 1st inning. In the Mariners half of the inning Endy Chavez leadsoff and hits a ground ball to Howie Kendrick for the first out. Kyle Seager hits a ground ball to Mike Trumbo for out number two. Kendrys Morales steps up next and hits a fly ball to Josh Hamilton to end the inning.

In the 2nd inning Mark Trumbo strikes out to give Hisashi Iwakuma his second strike out of the game. Howie Kendrick hits a double to give the Angels a man on base with one out. Chris Iannetta grounds out to Robert Indino while Howie Kendrick goes to 3rd base. Luis Jimenez hits a fly ball to Endy Chavez to end the top of the 2nd inning. In the Mariners half of the inning Michael Morse leadsoff with a pop up to first baseman Mark Trumbo. Kelly Shoppach strikes out for the second out of the inning. Jesus Montero is up next and works his way on with a walk. Dustin Ackly is up next and hits a single giving the Mariners two on and two outs. Jason Bay steps up to bat and strikes out to end the inning.

Andrew Romine starts off the 3rd for the Angels and strikes out. Peter Bourjus is up next and strikes out giving Iwakuma four “k”s. Mike Trout steps up to bat and strikes out to end the top of the 3rd inning. Robert Andino takes first on an error by Howie Kendrick. Endy Chavez is up next hits a pop up for the first out. Kyle is the next batter and strikes out for out two. Kendrys Morales enters the batter’s box where he grounds out to end the inning leaving Andino stranded at first.

Albert Pujols starts off the inning with a fly ball to Mike Morse. Then Josh Hamilton steps up and strikes out giving Hisashi Iwakuma half a dozen strike outs. Mark Trumbo steps up next and hits a fly ball to Endy Chavez. Mike Morse starts the 4th for the Mariners with a strike out. Kelly Shoppach is up next where he hits a double. Jesus Montero steps up and hits the first pitch right to Josh Hamilton. Dustin Ackly then hits a ground ball to Mark Trumbo to end the inning.

Howie Kendrick starts the 5th of for the Angels and hits a ground ball to Dustin Ackly. Chris Iannetta steps up next and hits a ground ball to Kyle Seager who throws him out. Luis Jimenez steps up and strikes out to end the top of the 5th. Jason Bay starts off the Mariners half of the 5th and strikes out. Robert Andino steps up next who walks. Then it is back to the top of the order with Endy Chavez who hits a single. Robert Andino goes to second with one out. Kyle Seager hits into a fielder’s choice. With runners at 1st and 3rd Kendrys Morales hits a ground ball to end the Mariner threat.

Andrew Romine starts off the top of the 6th with a single to right field. Peter Bourjus is up next hits a sacrifice bunt. Mike Trout steps into the batter’s box and hits a ground ball to Robert Andino. Andino commits an error on the play sending Trout to first as Romine scores. Albert Pujols is up next who strikes out after fouling of four pitches. Josh Hamilton comes up with a man on and two outs and hits a ground ball to Dustin Ackly. The top of the 6th ends but not before the Angels take a 1-0 lead. Mike Morse starts off the Mariners half of the inning with a single. Kelly Shoppach steps up and he hits a long fly ball out. Jesus Montero is up next and strikes out. Dustin Ackly flies out to end the inning.

Carter Capps takes over in the 7th where he faces Mark Tumbo who makes a quick out. Howie Kendrick is next and strikes out. Chris Iannetta is up next and strikes out to end the top of the 7th. Jason Bay starts the bottom of the 7th with a home run to tie the game. Robert Andino hits a fly ball to Josh Hamilton. Then back to the top of the order with Endy Chavez and he flies out to Howie Kendrick. Kyle Seager is up next and flies out to end the inning.

Luis Jimenez starts off the 8th with a strike out. Andrew Romine steps up with one out and hits a ground ball to Andino who throws him out. Back to the top of the order with Peter Bourjus who gets a double. Mike Trout is next and hits a fly ball to Michael Morse to end the top of the inning. Kendrys Morales starts off the Mariners half of the inning and hits a fly ball to Bourjus. Michael Morse steps in next and hits a home run to give the Mariners the lead. Kelly Shoppach steps in where he strikes out. Jesus Montero hits a come backer to the pitcher to end the inning.

Tom Wilhelmsen comes in to pitch the 9th going for his eighth save. Albert Pujols starts off the top of the 9th who hits a fly ball to Endy Chavez. With one out Josh Hamilton is up and strikes out for the second out. Mark Trumbo is next and he hits a ground ball to Dustin Ackly to end the game.

Once again Felix Hernandez shows why he is the king

28 Apr

 

The entire King’s court were on their feet cheering strike and hoisting their “k” cards as they root for the player they all came to see. Then the traditional turkey leg as handed out as the game is about to get under way. The designated fan in the King’s court take the first bite as a hush comes over Safeco field. Felix Hernandez takes the mound giving hope to fans that we wouldn’t see a repeat of yesterday’s loss.

The 1st inning gets under way with Felix striking out Peter Bourjus. Mike Trout steps into the batter’s box and hits a double. Felix comes right back and gets the next to batters to hit ground balls to end the inning unscathed. In the Seattle Mariners half of the inning Endy Chavez gets a leadoff single. He advances on a wild pitch before Dustin Ackly walks. With 2 runners on and no outs it looks as though we could get an early lead. Just like yesterday the next three batters go out leaving the 2 runners on base.

In the top of the 2nd Felix gives up a single but then gets a double play to erase the runner. Now with 2 out and no one base Felix strikes out the next batter. In the Mariners half of the inning Rual Ibanez hits a single once again giving hope. Unfortunately just like the previous inning three straight outs killed what might have been.

The top of the 3rd starts out bad as Felix gives up a home run to Iannetta. With one out Peter Bourjus hits a single. Jesus Montero attempts to throw Bourjus out as he steals 2nd but the throws is wide letting Bourjus take 3rd base. Mike Trout gets a sacrifice fly to bring Bourjus in to give the Angles a 2-0 lead. Albert Pujols hits a fly ball to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning the Mariners get a one out single by Dustin Ackly but he is again left on base.

In the 4th the Angels threaten to score again when with one out Felix gives up his first walk. A single give the Angels runners at 1st and 3rd. The next batter tries to bunt the runner in but Felix hustles in to pick up the ball and toss it to Montero to get the runner out at home. The next batter lines out to right to end the inning. The bottom of the 4th sees Justin Smoak strike out. Raul Ibanez follows up with a fly ball to make it two outs. Jesus Montero hits a single but Peguero grounds out to end the inning.

In the top of the 5th inning Felix gets the Angels out in order. In the Mariners half of the inning Brendan Ryan starts it off with a walk. Endy Chavez hits a single to give us 2 on and no outs. Dustin Ackly then hits into a fielder choice giving us one out with still 2 on. Kyle Seager is up next and walks to load the bases. Mike Morse steps up and strikes out leaving it up to Smoak. Justin Smoak steps up and hits a ground ball to end the Mariners best threat yet.

In the top of the 6th once again Felix gets the Angels in order. In the Mariners half of the inning Raul Ibanez leads off with a walk. Jesus Montero hits a home run to tie the game at 2 runs each. The Mariners get another single by Carlos Peguero. Peguero steals 2nd base only to remain there as the inning ends.

In the top of the 7th Felix again gets the Angels out in order. In the Mariners half of the inning Kyle Seager gets a single. Mike Morse follows that up with a single to give the Mariners 2 runners on base. One out later Kendrys Morales comes in to pinch hit for Raul Ibanez and hits a single to sore Kyle Seager. That is all the Mariners get as they take a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the 8th Felix gets the Angels in order for the 4th inning in a row. The Mariners go in order in the bottom of the 8th. The top of the 9th sees Tom Wilhelmsen come in to get another save. He gives up a one out single to Josh Hamilton but that is all the Angels get as “The Bartender” gets his 7th save.

The Senate delays voting on the Internet sales tax bill

28 Apr


Last Wednesday Jeff brought you thew news about the online marketplace fairness bill that was on pace to be voted on either this weekend or early next week. That was yesterdays news as the bill hit a snag that will delay that vote until early next month. On Thursday the Senate voted 63-30 to put the bill on hold until they get back from their up coming vacation that will push the vote to a week from Tuesday.

“I think it’s going to be interesting for senators to get a response from constituents over this upcoming week,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “I’m not sure that the country knows that something like this coerces businesses all around America to collect other people’s sales taxes.”

When they do vote on the bill on May 6, 2013 it is still expected to sail through the Senate. Then, it is on to the House, were even though the bill has some republican support, it is set to have a tough battle ahead of it get through the Republican majority.

“There’s a lot of political difficulty getting through the fog of it looking like a tax increase,” said Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., one of the main sponsors of the bill in the House.

Of course as with any bill there are the lobbyist that can be a big influence on whether a bill passes or not. In the case of this bill there are some big lobbyist backing it. Not surprisingly one of the biggest groups urging the passage of the bill is the National Retail Federation, which represents the brick and mortar retailers. What is a little surprising is that Seattle-based e-commerce giant Amazon.com is also lobbying for passage of the online marketplace fairness bill.

“The special treatment of big online businesses at the expense of retailers on Main Street will soon be a thing of the past,” said Bill Hughes of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “The overwhelmingly bipartisan support for leveling the playing field is rare in today’s political environment and paves the way for a level playing field once and for all.”

If for some reason the bill doesn’t pass both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives then online businesses will be able to continue operating under the 1992 Supreme Court ruling that allows most sales to be “tax free”. That would mean that if an online retailer makes a sale in a state with a sales tax but doesn’t have a warehouse or stare front in that state then they are not required to charge tax.

A bad day at the Safe

27 Apr

 

Tonight was one of those games that Seattle Mariners fan would just like to forget. The game showcased everything that has gone wrong for the team in their previous loses. There was the starting pitcher having a bad game and the lack of hits to score runners.

Aaron Harang started out by giving up a leadoff single to Peter Bourjos. That was followed by another single and a sacrifice fly. Mr. Harang was able to get the next two batters out to keep the score 1-0 Angels. The Mariners went in order in their half of the 1st.

The 2nd started off well as Aaron Harang was able to get the first batter to hit a ground ball out. A single and a home run made it 3-0 Angels. Harang did manage to get the next two batters out to end the inning. In the Mariners half of the 2nd they again went in order.

The 3rd started bad as Harang gave up a leadoff walk. A double play eliminated the runner. With two outs and no one on it looked as though they inning had some promise to go quick. It wasn’t to be though as the next batter hit a single. The with one runner on the next batter hit a 2-run homer to give the Angels a 5-0 lead. The Mariners half of the 3rd started out well with Robert Andino hitting a single. That would be all we get as the next three batters went out.

Hector Noesi took over the pitching in the 4th and was able to get the Angels out in order. The Mariners half of the 4th started great as Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales both hit singles. With 2 runners on Michael Morse works a walk to load the bases. Then with one out Kelly Shoppach takes one for the team as he is hit by a pitch to force in a run. That is all they get though as the next to batters strike out leaving the bases loaded.

In the top of the 5th Hector Noesi holds the Angels to one hit. The Mariners half of the 5th once again sees the first two batters get on base as Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay both get singles. With one out Kendrys Morales walks to load the bases one more time. The next to batters go out to leave the bases loaded. 5-1 Angels.

The top of the 6th goes fast as Hector Noesi holds the Angels to a walk. The Mariners half of the 6th starts out with Kelly Shoppach hitting a single. Robert Andino then follows with a double to give the Mariners their second run. Endy Chavez hitting a sacrifice fly to move Andino to 3rd base. Brendan Ryan lays down a sacrifice bunt to bring in Andino making it a 5-3 game. That is all they get though as Jason Bay walks right before Kyle Seager hits a fly ball for the third out.

The 7th inning starts out bad with Peter Bourjos hitting a double and advancing to 3rd base on a wild pitch. Mike Trout walks and then Albert Pujols hits a sacrifice fly. With one out charlie Furbush comes in and strikes out josh Hamilton. Yoervis Medina comes in with 2 outs and promptly get an out to end the 7th. The Mariners half of the 7th starts out on a bad note as Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse make quick outs. It looks better when Justin Smoak hits a single. Kelly Shoppach follows up with a single of his own to put runners at 1st and 2nd. Dustin Ackly comes in for Robert Andino and gets a single. Justin Smoak tries to score from 2nd and is thrown out at home plate to end the inning.

The top of the 8th goes quick as Medina holds the Angels to a double. The Mariners half of the 8th once again starts out promising as Endy Chavez hits a single. Brendan Ryan gets a walk to give us two runners on and no outs. Jason Bay hits into a double play and Kyle Seager goes out.

In the top of the 9th Noesi gets the Angels out in order. The Mariner half of the inning sees Kendrys Morales reach on an error. One out later Justin Smoak walks but that is all the Mariners get in the inning.

Seattle loses to the Angels 6-3 in the second game of the series making it tied at 1 game each. Felix Hernandez pitches tomorrow going for win 101.

A few apps to get before you go fishing

26 Apr

 

Tomorrow is, the opening of fishing season, a day that many outdoorsmen in Washington State look forward to every year. Whether you are a seasoned angler or new to fishing we will spend days practicing for this day. Working to get our casting right, buying all the gear we think we will need. Making check list so we don’t forget anything and reading all the reports.

Even after doing all that to get ready for the big day we can still use some help. That is where having apps for our smartphones and tablets come in to give us that extra bit of help to make us better fisherman. Here are just a few of the better ones:

  • Knowing the proper knots to tie is one of the essential things that any fisherman should know so it is a good idea to have an app at your fingertips when your out in the middle of the lake. Animated fishing knots by John Sherry is a handy app to have for your iPhone. It give you 52 knots for all your fishing needs and cost 0.99 cents to download. If you have an android-based device John Sherry has an app for you also that has double the amount of knots. The android app will cost you more at $1.99. For those with Windows phones you are not left out. Fishink knot + by MsiccDev is the app for you but cost $2.99.

  • Knowing when the best times and places to go fishing always makes your experience better. For your android-based device my fishing advisor is a free app that will help you to plan that perfect trip. Fishing Deluxe pro is the one for you if you have an iPhone. If you have an Amazon Kindle Fire then the app for you is fishin pal Washington that will cost you $1.99.

 

T-Mobile finds itself in hot water with the Attorney General

26 Apr

 

Almost a month ago to the day Bellevue-based T-Mobile became the first of the four major cellular carriers to offer a no contract plan. The plans would allow customers to either buy their smartphone in one lump sum or make a down payment and paying the rest of the smartphone off in monthly payments along with your cellular charges. It doesn’t sound all that different from the other companies but since it is no contract you can cancel without penalty.

“This kind of simple, straightforward approach is core to the new company we are building.” —T-Mobile

From the start there have been some people asking if it is as good of deal as T-Mobile advertized. Even though they had their suspensions all the customers that bought into the plan had no complaint. Despite this the newly elect Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, decided to look into this no contract deal. After looking over the plan he discovered an oversight that could cost customers hundreds of dollars if they do opt out before 2 years. It seems that you would still be on the hook for the price of the smartphone and any other equipment.

“As Attorney General, my job is to defend consumers, ensure truth in advertising, and make sure all businesses are playing by the rules,” Ferguson said. “My office identified that T-Mobile was failing to adequately disclose a critical component of their new plan to consumers, and we acted quickly to stop this practice and protect consumers across the country from harm.”

As reported on get Jesse when the Attorney General’s office pointed this out T-Mobile came to a quick settlement. T-Mobile will place a new clause into their plans to they are on the hook for the cost of the smartphone. Along with the new clause T-Mobile will let anyone that signed between May 26 and April 25 a full refund on their smartphone if they choose to end their service and return their smartphone.

Home, sweet home

26 Apr

 

In their second road trip of the season the Seattle Mariners went just 1 and 5 while being out scored 37-15. That one win came against the Houston Astros where Felix Hernandez recorded his 100th win on a 7-1 victory over their American league west foe. After that disastrous it was great to be back in the confines of Safeco field.

 

At approximately 7:10 this evening Rookie picture Brandon Maurer took to the pitching mound looking for his second win of the season. He pitched 6 strong innings before running into some trouble in the 7th where he hit a batter. Maurer was lifted with one out in the 7th and 2 runners on base. Carter Capps came in and quickly was able to induce a double play to end the inning. Carter Capps pitched the 8th where he managed to get the batters out in order. Then Tom Wilhelmsen came in for the 9th making quick work of the Angels giving Brandon Maurer his 2nd win.

 

On the offensive side for the Seattle Mariners the game got off to a good start as Endy Chavez hit a single to lead off the game. Kyle Seager flew out and Kendrys Morales hit into a double play. Thus ending such a promising starting to the 1st inning.

 

The 2nd inning went 1-2-3 as Justin Smoak struck out before both Dustin Ackly and Kelly Shoppik hit fly ball outs. It was look as though the struggles were going to continue for the Mariners.

 

The 3rds inning saw the third longest home run ever to be hit during a regular season game at Safeco field as Carlos Peguero hit a 451 foot blast to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The good fortune in the 3rd continued as Jason Bay hit a single. Robert Andino hit a fly ball out before Endy Chavez put the Mariners back on track with a single. Kyle Seager came through with a single to score Jason Bay. Bad luck continues for Kendrys Morales as he hits into another inning ending double play but not before the Mariners take a 2-0 lead.

 

The next three innings see the Seattle Mariners go in order despite a single in the 6th inning. With Brandon Maurer pitching a good game it stays 2-0 Mariners.

 

The 7th inning starts off seeing Justin Smoak get work his way on with a walk. Dustin Ackly hits a single giving fans hope for more runs. Kelly Shoppik hits a sacrifice moving the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Carlos Peguero is then sent down to 1st on an intentional walk. Jason Bay hits a single to bring in 2 runs before Robert Andino hits into an inning ending double play. The 7th ends with the Mariners leading 4-0.

 

The 8th starts with Endy Chavez once again getting a single. Kyle Seager comes through one more time as he belts a 2-run home run. Kendrys Morales gets his first single but it is a futile effort as Dustin Ackly hits into a double play. Kelly Shoppik strikes out to end the inning but not before the Mariners take a 6-0 lead.

 

Tom Wilhelmsen pitches the top of the 9th getting the Angels out in order to hand the Seattle Mariners a victory in their return home.

 

 

Last night Joint Base Lewis-McChord rolled out the red carpet

25 Apr

 

Last night at Joint Base Lewis-McChord went Hollywood. The military base rolled out the red carpet as soldiers and their families were treated the premiere of “Iron Man 3”. The premiere was awarded to Joint Base Lewis-McChord when the maker of the latest “Iron Man” decide it was time to give back to the real heroes of our country. So they contacted the people at Microsoft’s Skype division and coordinated the event.

“I admire each and every one of you so much,” said Robert Downey Jr. Then Gwyneth Paltrow added: “These are really uncertain times, and we appreciate so much what you’re doing.”

900 soldiers and their family members paraded down the red carpet receiving celebrity treatment. Their were flashes going off as the paparazzi snapped shots of our G.I.s and their families as they walked down the carpet and into the theater. For 4 of those families they were also lead into a Skype room were they were able to talk with the cast of “Iron Man 3” over the now Microsoft-owned video chatting software.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Paula Meler told her son, Spc. Mitchell Meler, 20, from L.A. “I’ve never done anything like this. It’s a shocker.”

Before the special night at Joint Base Lewis-McChord the movie itself had its own parade. When the hard drive containing the movie arrived from Hollywood they loaded it up in a transport vehicle for its trip to the military base. After getting it ready for transport they put the movie under tight security to make sure that no one was able to get a bootleg version of the yet to be released movie. Once the movie arrived there was still the matter of the tickets. The Saturday before the event the soldiers and their families lined up at the theater waiting to get their hands on one of the 900 tickets. As the tickets where distributed it was revealed that 4 of those tickets were to be pick for a special Skype call with the stars of the movie.