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What do we do with the Astrodome?
KHOU ^ | 03/21/2013 | Doug Miller

Posted on 03/22/2013 1:25:34 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

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To: Responsibility2nd

My first job, sold popcorn, sodas, etc when I was 11 years old....lied about my age, sposed to be 12. Great life lessons in those years there, big dorky white guy working with all kinds of teens, grown men, old men, most had just been paroled. I was stuck once selling hot dogs, carrying around a metal box with a sterno can keeping those dogs warm. I hated it, heavy and hot, up and down those stairs. One old black man knew I was struggling, not selling many. He said, “lemme show ya how to sell them dogs.” I reluctantly let him strap that box on that held my hot dogs and therefore, all my money. He started sliding down the aisle, all smooth and suave. He yelled out, A loaf of bread, a pound of meat, and all da mustard you can eat, HOT DOGS!!!” He sold 5-10 real quick and when he got back up the stairs, he just smiled and said, “dats how ya do it boy!” Somehow it never sounded the same coming out of my white bread self.


51 posted on 03/22/2013 2:33:03 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Oh, you live in New Hampshire. My husband worked in Manchester for years. We still have many friends in the area.


52 posted on 03/22/2013 2:35:53 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wxgesr

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it. :)


53 posted on 03/22/2013 2:37:02 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Hadlock Field, the Portland Sea Dogs stadium is small, but an order of magnitude more pleasant. It is in downtown South Portland, but there’s plenty of on street parking and reasonable parking lots, the views are great, the fans are great.

Half the idiots who go to Fenway, go there to be seen (e.g., John Kerry) and the other half are tourists who watched Field of Dreams and Fever Pitch and don’t the difference between the on-deck circle and the infeild fly rule.

You either have to park in a hospital parking lot a mile away and walk or take the Green Line packed in like a sardine. It’s easy to find because the wave of humanity walking from Kenmore Square T-stop to the security maze outside the Park.


54 posted on 03/22/2013 2:37:08 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: trisham

Why is it that any thread about any ballpark in North America is hijacked by Fenway lovers?


55 posted on 03/22/2013 2:39:45 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Fiji Hill

I would assume it’s short for astronaut, it being Houston.


56 posted on 03/22/2013 2:40:29 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Responsibility2nd
I remember when it was the eighth wonder of the world. Sigh.

One day at work I referred to artificial grass as "Astroturf." A guy in his thirties laughed.

"Astroturf?! It's called 'field turf' these days."

Man, that made me feel old.

57 posted on 03/22/2013 2:44:41 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I don’t know. Perhaps because Fenway Park is baseball perfection?


58 posted on 03/22/2013 2:44:54 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wolfman
Make it the capitol building of the newly formed Republic of Texas.

We have a winner!

59 posted on 03/22/2013 2:46:10 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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Make it section 8 housing. Then in 5 years it will be gone without having to pay expensive demolition people.


60 posted on 03/22/2013 2:46:45 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Grams A
That would be great but Houston is not exactly the place to go to find Conservatives.

No worries ... if they didn't leave on their own if a Republic is formed, then we'd kick 'em out.

61 posted on 03/22/2013 2:47:49 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Maybe DHS can claim it as a future concentration camp for us bitter clingers.

Hell, you know they've probably thought of it already.

62 posted on 03/22/2013 2:48:46 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sell it Chiny and they can put a facory in there, along with dorms and a village . .


63 posted on 03/22/2013 2:55:22 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: nascarnation

>> “Even though we taxpayers owed more on it in bonds than it cost to build originally” <<

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A small part of why the financial gurus are correct in saying that we are more than 200 trillion in debt, not ‘just’ 17 trillion.


64 posted on 03/22/2013 3:00:29 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I am afraid I am seeing this from different eyes than all of you.

I am a life long Astros fan, and many childhood to adult memories were played out in that lonely looking place now. This was the first indoor stadium and absolute state of the art back in the day, and it saddens me to see the old stadium as it is. It was amazing in the time, not to have to worry about a rainout. Also seeing the greats there in the '60's - 90's will not be forgotten

I still have great memories of the first lighted scoreboard and the snorting bull and light show.

And I will tell you one damn thing.... It was a heck of a lot easier to get to the ballpark, park, and get in, than that pinball stadium we have downtown now. Lastly, I hope Bud Selig burns in hell for sending us to the AL.

65 posted on 03/22/2013 3:01:47 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Grams A
That would be great but Houston is not exactly the place to go to find Conservatives.

Yeah, but I bet there are at least twice as many conservatives live in Pasadena, Deer Park, Pearland, Friendswood, Sugarland, Katy, Woodlands, etc. than were you do.

66 posted on 03/22/2013 3:05:56 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Call this bunch:
http://www.controlled-demolition.com/


67 posted on 03/22/2013 3:16:28 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Grams A
>" I’m surprised the Mussies don’t buy it and do the refurbishing."

The muzzies usually burn it down for the insurance money first.

68 posted on 03/22/2013 3:21:35 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Someone call Mickey Gilley.

Now THAT would be a Texas sized bar!


69 posted on 03/22/2013 3:23:54 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

FEMA prison? 8)


70 posted on 03/22/2013 3:25:20 PM PDT by WCH
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To: texanyankee

B-I-N-G-O


71 posted on 03/22/2013 3:39:48 PM PDT by magna carta
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I can remember a comment in the baseball book “ball four,” by Jim Bouton. It was a quote by one of the Astro ball players when someone asked him what he thought about playing in the brand new “8th wonder of the world.” The player said, “it’s not much, but we call it home.”


72 posted on 03/22/2013 3:41:48 PM PDT by reaganbooster (The democrat party symbol should be the grim reaper instead of the donkey.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

My mom worked for a little local paper in one of the suburbs when I was in high skrool.

Dad and I got press passes to some of the tractor pulls in the late ‘70s and saw Bigfoot 1 before they figured out what to do with Monster Trucks.

Bob Chandler had barely gotten the truck back from the body shop in time to make it to the Astrodome after it was torn up making the movie “Take This Job and Shove It.” He was still mad as a hornet about how much they tore his truck up.

Soon a whole industry was formed from what happened in the movie and what got him so mad.


73 posted on 03/22/2013 3:43:07 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: hillarys cankles

Was it really as cold as they said it was watching Giants night games in Candlestick?


74 posted on 03/22/2013 3:57:16 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: 21twelve

“I imagine they could sell those seats and other junk off as “memorabilia”. When the old outdoor stadium for the Vikings was torn up they sold the stuff. Folks bought sections of seats to put in their game rooms and basement TV rooms, etc.”

That was *exactly* what I was thinking!

Contractors are looking for another lucrative gov’t contract. Let the fans have at the pieces and you’ll probably get back at least a hunk of the money.


75 posted on 03/22/2013 4:24:11 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It may be the last place you can go and have that kind of a baseball experience. Ebbetts Field is a parking lot. Forbes Field? Who knows? Tiger Stadium? Gone. Fenway Park deserves to live if for no other reason than it is the last place like it anywhere.


76 posted on 03/22/2013 4:45:45 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I've all but given up my crusade to rid the world of fools; there are, I found, just too many.)
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To: TexasCajun
But I do remember going to see Elvis at the Rodeo.

I was there too

77 posted on 03/22/2013 4:47:48 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I never saw a game there, but I saw a few concerts there.

And what about the Astroworld Six-Flags park across the street? That's been gone for a long time now. :-(

-PJ

78 posted on 03/22/2013 4:52:58 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: nascarnation

What is it about Democrats that when they smile they look like they’re in pain?


79 posted on 03/22/2013 5:18:05 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: nascarnation

Isn't that the "House John Kerry Built" ?

Fenway is the house that "Manny Ortez" built.

80 posted on 03/22/2013 5:46:58 PM PDT by dancusa (Molon Labe)
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To: US Navy Vet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TARNVwF7Yg


81 posted on 03/22/2013 7:17:30 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Flood it and make an indoor wave park...surfing 24 hours a day...stock it with fish.....fishing 24 hours a day.....let loose exotic game and fowl....hunting 24 hours a day....fill it with hookers and blow....you figure it out.


82 posted on 03/22/2013 7:25:31 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Massachusetts: America’s attic.


83 posted on 03/22/2013 10:11:43 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Fiji Hill

It’s the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club. Get it?


84 posted on 03/22/2013 10:15:03 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
It’s the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club. Get it?

Didn't the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club play its last game in 1887?

85 posted on 03/22/2013 10:29:42 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=12486682


86 posted on 03/22/2013 10:36:18 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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