Early this year, I went to to one the monthly pizza projects that Hiccups Payaso puts together to feed the homeless. I have not updated my blog lately, but one of the posts I’ve been meaning to do is this about Hiccups project.
Hiccups Payaso along with all the volunteers _many of them Dodger fans meet at 6th and Gladys once a month. Members of Team Doryan were also there.
Below are some pictures I took that day.
Here is a video
Using public transportation to work, I do get to see a lot of homeless. I do notice the women that are homeless because it must be extra hard on them. There were these two particular women that I used to see at Union Station but I have not seen them lately. I remember some time ago, I went to use the women’s bathroom at Union Station and I found one woman there applying a wet cloth to her face. I could see bruises on her face. Sometimes I see women that probably have just arrived from somewhere, maybe a bus has brought them to Los Angeles. They don’t look homeless with the exception of carrying a lot of stuff but after seen them day in and day out, living on the streets start taking a toll on them
The next Hiccups Payaso pizza project is SUNDAY MAY 25h AT 1130 am 6 st and Gladys ave in downtown LA skid row.
From Hiccups Payaso’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/hiccupsclown?fref=ts
I always wonder what happened to this quiet homeless woman, i only saw her twice the first two times when we started the pizza project.She only whispered “thank you” and smiled gently.i wondered if she had children,or was someones aunt or …perhaps was a teacher.This was when i was just learning. Theres many women like this in skid row,forgotten human beings surviving the mean streets of a forgotten city in out city of angels. join us on Sunday May 25th for our next feed the homeless event,we will be serving 300 homeless friends a decent meal that includes hot pizza,cold bottled water,a banana,a frozen boli,cupcakes,and a new pair of socks,,,in addition honoring mothers day month this may,,we are collecting gently used or new women’s clothing (only blouses,tops,jackets or dresses that can be hanged on racks) we will distribute 100 tickets to all the women that line up this will allow them to shop and choose two garments and two pairs of shoes,,they will also get a large zipper bag were they will each have,other goodies,,basic women needs ,,including a new pair of summer shorts,sun hat,perfume,and roses,,,if you know someone that can add other basic needs let me know,,,,we will need 100 pieces,,,and also our goal is to gather at least 200 women’s clothing and 200 pairs of shoes so they can grab 2 each ,,,,,,,,,if you are planning to volunteer please bring a case or two of water,,they will be a large ice barrel to place them in,,thanks friends ,,,anything counts,,,everyone is welcomed.,,,,1130 am in skid row downtown LA wear blue,,,,,sunday may 25th
For Ned Colletti to the tune of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTHxMjVivg
Neddy Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Neddy got runned over by a reindeer
Walking from the bar one Winter Eve.
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Dodger fans, we believe
He’d been overpaying too much dough
And we begged him to please forgo
but he likes them long in the tooth
so he was booted out the door into the snow
When they found him Christmas nornin
after he had his food and wine
he had hoof prints on his forehead
and incriminatin’ Claus marks on his behind.
Neddy got runned over by a reindeer
Walking from the bar one Winter Eve.
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Dodger fans we believe.
Now we’re all so proud of Dodger fans
They been taking this so well
See them in there watching reruns
drinking beer and playin games with cousin Guido
It’s not Christmas without Neddy
All the Dodgers dressed in black
And we just can’t help but wonder
Should we keep his acquisitions or send them back?
SEND THEM BACK SEND THEM BACK!
Now the squirrel is on the table
and the pudding made of fig
and a blue and grey candle
that would have just matched the hair in Neddy’s wig
I’ve warned all the MLB owners
“Better watch out for yourselves
They should never give a checkbook
To a man who wears boots and a toupee”
The following is the copy of the latest Dodger Magazine:
In it, it shows Dodger fans that have had their season tickets for 30 years or more. Although I started 30 years ago as a season ticket holder, my total years do not equal that. I do have friends in that picture.
The September magazine saluted us fans as the 10th player! Is nice to have a magazine dedicated to us fans. In addition to a salute to the long time season ticket holders, the Dodgers took the time to interview a lot of Dodger fans for the magazine like the Aisle 2 Crew in the Reserved and yours truly.
Jorge Martin approached me in the last Viva Los Dodgers event when he spotted me wearing a Javy Guerra batting practice jersey. I had spotted the jersey in the club level and although it fits me big, I just had to buy it. Here is the article in the magazine with the pictures
EMMA IS HERE . Emma Amaya shows her loyalty is True Blue By Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne
WHEN EMMA AMAYA calls Dodger Stadium “my second home, my second family,” she’s not kidding. Amaya is a fixture in the Top Deck in her season seats, but when the Dodgers are away from home or out of season, her passion for the team remains strong.
She Flew to Minnesota this year to catch the Dodgers during an interleague series. She is a regular at autograph signings around the southland. Often camping out for hours to assure herself a great spot. She even visited Citi Field in New York to see the Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia, especially the Jackie Robinson exhibit. Amaya even gave Dodger Reliever Javy Guerra a book about the history of Mexican baseball players who have played in Los Angeles, something that Guerra had started to read.
You see, Amaya takes this “Dodger family” stuff really seriously. Amaya said she grew up a football fan. A boyfriend took her to Dodger Stadium one time and she was hooked. Before long Amaya began coming regularly to games with a friend who educated her on the Brooklyn Dodgers, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.
Now it’s her doing the educating. During the Brooklyn days, the biggest superfan was Hilda Chester. Chester was a regular at Ebbets Field, but achieved fame by banging a frying pan with an iron ladle from her seat in the bleachers. people took notice.
(Left) Amaya posed with Duke Snider’s half of Fame plaque.
Including Dodger players who in the 1930’s presented her with a cowbell. After suffering a second heart attach, it is said that former Dodger manager Leo Durocher visited her in the hospital. She returned to the bleaches with her Brooklyn accent and cowbell to cheer sounding as strong as ever. A sign near her seat would proclaim, “Hilda is Here!”
Amaya doesn’t fashion herself exactly as a 21st Century Hilda Chester, but she did come to Opening Day last season dressed as the legendary fan. a curious usher asked about her costume.
“Look her up,” Amaya told the usher. “When I come here tomorrow, you tell me something that tells me you did look it up.”
The Next Day, the usher saw Amaya and yelled out one of Chester’s favorite lines, “EAT YOUR HEART OUT, YOU BUMS!”
Amaya speaks affectionately and nostalgically about the Dodgers, pointing out that the first year that she had season tickets was 1981–The year of Fernandomania and the World Series against the New York Yankees. A computer programmer from El Monte, Amaya has also helped build communities both in and around Dodger Stadium. sh has developed bonds with Dodger fans on Twitter and the regulars at her Top Deck seats at Dodger Stadium, and has even gone to Dodger related events with the people she sits with at games.
One of those events led to a memorable exchange with a Dodger player. After Matt Kemp hit a 10th inning walk-off single on August 12, Amaya and a friend immediately left from Dodger Stadium and headed down to Redondo Beach. They They camped out outside of a store where Kemp was to sign autographs the following morning. amaya finally made her way to the front of the line and met Kemp, who after hearing about her coming striahgt from the game asked Amaya, “Did you eat?”
Kemp might have been thinking about theat interaction when he did another autograph signing on Aug. 26. On that day, Kemp ordered pizza for everyone in line.
Amaya smiles easily when she talks about the team she has pent more than three decades following closely. she summed up so much of what keeps brning her back day after day, year after year when she said: “I love watching a triple, I love watching a pitcher’s duel. I love watching a well-executed double play. I love the game, and I love the Dodgers”
Thank you Dodgers! Thank you Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne and all that contributed to the article. I am humble by it all.
Here is a picture of Jayv Guerra holding the book I gave him:
From the Divisionarivalry.com where I purchased my Vin Scully t-shirt:
Divisional Rivalry Shirts have teamed up with “Dodger Fans
against Stadium Violence” to make some Tees available to purchase to show
we do NOT promote Stadium Violence. What happened on 3/31/2011 is
unacceptable. It’s ALL for the LOVE and SUPPORT of Baseball and your team
and should not go beyond that. The proceeds of these shirts will be donated
to help Bryan Stow and his family.
A women’s size is in the works.
Note: The reward to capture the rats (ratas con dos patas) that did this to Bryan Stow is up to 100,000.
When we went in the boys were exercising
I ran into Jose Mota of the Angels talking to his dad Manny Mota of the Dodgers. Jose was on the outside of the fence.
Camelback Ranch Scoreboard advertising the Dodgers against the Angels
Emma, Margie, Lorena & Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy prior to the game
I spotted Mike Scioscia signing autographs so I headed to the visitor’s dugout. He signed my Union 76 giveaway pictures from back in his playing days.
Jason: It was great that you got to serve as the bat boy!
As bat boy Jason was getting back to the dugout after giving the umpire some baseballs we yelled “LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BAT BOY!” Jason turned around and waived. Some fans behind the Dodger dugout turned to see who was yelling that.
“Lemonade, lemonade, just like grandma used to make!” Yum yum! Also try the Island noodles with vegetables and Teriyaki Chicken.
Dodgers defeated the Angels 5-0. We spotted Efrain with this t-shirt. Here is the front
Here is the back of Efrain’s shirt:
We had a great first day.
next post: Spring Training 2011 Pictures, Part Two
We got swept at Fenway Park. The team failed to show up but we Dodger fans represented!
Here are pictures of Dodger fans.
The hats say “Viva Los Dodgers”
These guys that sat in back of us had us laughing for all three games.
I ran into Arlene who also sits in the Top Deck section 3.
Dodger fans at the Fenway Park tour. At the end I asked the tour guy why no tour of the Press Box and the dugout like we get at Dodger Stadium. He said our group was too big. Also he failed to tell us that .30 minutes later they were letting fans on the field for Father’s Day. Not cool.
Here is one of the pictures from the ESPN game that was being sent to cell-phones while we were watching the game. I was next to this Red Sox couple who had gone to Dodger Stadium so they were on the mailing list. When the opportunity of this trip came up , they signed up. They are from Washington DC. .
When the chant “Beat LA” started this Dodger fan had a sign that said “CANT BEAT LA LAKER PARADE TOMORROW”
and he also had this sign that reads
and this sign that says LAKERS WIN BOSTON SOXS.
With the exception of a couple of racist Red Sox fans we encountered we had a good time. There was a lady in the group that was asked “Why are you a Dodger fan? You are no Mexican” The Dodger beat writer for the LA Times, Dylan Hernandez was complemented on speaking English. He thought it was funny that he was asked that. Dylan actually speaks three languages. Lorena had someone else made a racist remarks to her also.
I have lots of more pictures from the Fenway Park tour and also the historical places we visited.
Ugly loss yesterday but other than this first game, I am having a wonderful times with friends Lorena and Elisa.
Like I said a couple of days ago in the ITD blog, they should have given Jeff Weaver a start.
Too funny that these guys in back of us sometimes sit in the same row where we have our season tickets. They know our friend Chuck who has those season tickets.
Having a hard time uploading pics. They keep coming out too big. This one with Tommy at the luncheon offered with the Dodgerlife event did come out. Tommy recognized me when he saw me and gave me a hug. During the Q&A I asked him where does he gets all his energy. He said when you love what you do, is not really work. He loves what he does and we all love him!
well, I better close to go meet for Dodger fans friends!
Thinking Blue! Go Dodgers!