Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rainy Thoughts: Los Spurs

I happen to write these blogs when it rains or when it looks like it's going to rain. It's nice and kind of suspicious. Anyways, if you're into basketball, then you know that the Spurs lost last night to the Golden State Warriors. At the end of the game, everyone cheered and shouted for Manu Ginobli. He has played with the Spurs since he was drafted in 1999. Even though the Golden State was ahead, everyone appreciated Manu for all the years he contributed to his team. It's being speculated that this will be his last season, but it's still not been confirmed. Either way, those people in the arena, and those people posting about Manu and how they're still spurs fans, those are real fans. If you don't know Spurs fans, then you don't know real dedication, as you can see in the pictures below.

Spurs wedding. Courtesy of Spurs Twitter account.

Spurs quinceanera. Photo from My San Antonio Express News.

Photo from Instagram account @c_always_wright.
This made me think about how much I miss being part of my home team. If you've read my earlier posts, then you know that I recently moved from San Antonio to Dallas about a year ago. If you haven't, well now you know! There is a big difference in Mavs fans (Dallas) and Spurs fans. When I was in San Antonio, everyone, with the exception of a few, are Spurs fans and they aren't afraid to show it. There's Spurs merchandise in restaurants, spurs commercials from H-E-B (supermarket), and I always saw at least one person a day with a spurs shirt or jersey on.

Having  been in Dallas the last year and a half, I've noticed one big thing. Dallas is a beautiful and very cultured city, and its super big. With a city as big as Dallas, it's a little hard to feel apart of a smaller community. I can go days without seeing a Mavs shirt. This makes me miss my Spurs family. Yes, spurs family, it's a hashtag.

Spurs fans are the best, in my opinion, because no matter what color we are, how much money we have, whether we're democrat, republican, green party, independent, whether we are on the south, east, west or north side, at the end of the day, we ALL go honking when our team wins. We're a family. We all have spurs shirts, coyote stuffed animals and have painted our nails black and silver. And whether or not we're winning, we all shout GO SPURS GO!

(As a side note, Curry really needs to stop chewing on his mouth guard.)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich

My second review on the Stephanie Plum series by author Janet Evanovich. I know it's a week past my usual monthly deadline, but I had so much stuff to do this month school wise! I was nominated for top 5 best capstone (senior project) so I had to do a whole presentation in front of a bunch of people! It was scary, but I made it through. I'm actually turning my senior project into a book (stay tuned for that!). Anyways, enough with my update! Let's get on to the review! (SPOILER ALERT)

A Little Bit of Background

Janet Evanovich is a New York Times Best Selling author for plenty of her works. Her Stephanie Plum series started back in 1994. This book is her eighth installment out of 24 (I know, I'm a little behind). This book came out in 2002 and follows directly after the 7th book.

As for Stephanie, she is on another round about chase to find a missing mother and child. She ends up finding out that the person she is after and the mother and daughter she is try to find are connected. In Stephanie Plum fashion of course. 

What Was Enjoyable

Janet has done it again! This installment was another fun and laughable read. I kept wanting to read it and was sad when the day would end and I'd be too tired to read.The eighth book makes for another great sequel that still has all the laughs coming at you.A new character, Kloughn, was introduced who was kind of annoying, yet funny at the same time. He also fits in well with Stephanie's unique sense of friends.

"'.,.Maybe we can get fried chicken this time. Unless you don't want fried chicken. If you don't want fried chicken, we could get a burrito, or we could get a burger, or we could-'
I made crackling sounds into the phone. 'Can't hear you,' I yelled. 'You're breaking up. See you at twelve.' And I disconnected (Evanovich 93)."

Something the reader can enjoy from this book is that it feels a little bit different from the other Stephanie Plum books. It's not a bad feel either. There is a lot more Ranger, which is not a bad thing. I feel that Ranger is a more mysterious character, which he is, but it was nice to have him more involved and present with Stephanie.

Another notable aspect were the bad guys. The Stephanie Plum villains are usually very brutal, but these guys had masks on. They were dressed as presidents and in bunny suits. That aspect made these bad guys stand out a little bit. Lots of people are scared of people in mask (at least I know I am).

The reader will also enjoy the fact that her mother kicked a little ass in this book. Towards the end, she ends up hitting the guy in the bunny suit and keeps on driving. Like a lady.

What Was Least Enjoyable

Just like my previous review on Seven Up, this book has almost nothing to complain about. I think that only thing that I have to say is that I kind of missed Morelli being Stephanie's knight in shining cop car. Even though her relationship with Ranger was super hot, I missed Morelli. I was pleasantly happy at the end of the book.


Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. Though I had a busy schedule, I really tried to find time to read this one. It was a happy, crazy, page-turner, and extremely funny book for an extremely hilarious series. I can't wait to read the next one and read more into this fictional, yet very relate-able character.

"Life is complicated," I said to Morelli.
"No shit, cupcake."
(Evanovich 101)