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    Friday, June 15, 2007

    As Someone Who Gives NOT ONE RIP About the CWS...

    ...can I just say what a PAIN IN THE ASS this next week is? OK, so specifically my pain in the ass has already occured, and has soured me for the whole event. Not that I gave a fat rip about it to begin with. Seriously. Biggest waste of money in the state. You know how many kids we could feed with the money that gets poured into this stupid event every year? How much we could contribute to cancer research or medication for the elderly. It's insane!

    Anyway, the whole damn thing specifically bothered me yesterday. Barbie and I took the kids to the zoo to participate in a class for 3-year olds, all about zoo babies. Well, we TRIED to take them. This was to be Samantha's first "class" of any kind, her first formal educational experience and she'd been talking about it all week. We arrived more than an hour early, and while the thought that it was the first day of activities for the CWS crossed our minds, there were no games scheduled, and we'd been assured that zoo parking is for "zoo patrons", so on we went. As we pulled off the interstate onto 13th St, we knew the chaos had ensued already. It took us SUCH a long time to even GET to the zoo parking lot, which was blocked off with big signs that said "ZOO LOT FULL". WTF??? Barbie asked if that meant even for zoo MEMBERS who had classes scheduled. Yep, he told her, but we could go try to park in the visitor parking around the corner...next to the stadium...

    Yeah, right, OK. We couldn't even get INTO the lane to get INTO the parking lot, and there were only about 15 spots left, and at LEAST that many cars in line waiting to get in. What a madhouse! I've been going to that zoo for twenty years, and have NEVER been unable to find a parking space, no matter the day. So I find it hard to believe that ALL those cars were for the zoo. We left and went to Barbie and Turk's house, with crying kids in tow. They were heartbroken, and the moms were NOT amused. We managed to placate them with lots of fun playing and a trip to DQ.

    If I had known the CWS had "Fanfest" going on the day before games even started, on the day of our class, I probably wouldn't have even scheduled her for that class. And for THEM to schedule a class on this day was insane. THEY live next door to CWS Central, you'd think they'd know when parking might be an issue.

    Two unsuccessful calls to the zoo and one email later, they STILL have not told us whether they will refund our money. But they'd better. RIGODDAMNEDICULOUS.

    Another reason to think college baseball (and pretty much every other sport) is a WASTE OF TIME. Just my opinion...

    3 comments:

    wildrose1c said...

    Not that I care, but what is CWS?

    Aside from that it sounds like a major PIA. (I'll let you know what it means if you need a translation. ;))

    Anonymous said...

    They really should just close the zoo when the College World Series is going on. Years ago I tried to go during this time and there really was NO parking. I think they keep it open to get all the tourists through. They should just call it tourist time and announce to all of us that there is NO parking and it is closed. I like how they are talking about revamping the stadium and adding more seats, etc. How about a parking garage? How about not putting any more money into it when the only time they fill the place is during the CWS. It is BS!*Jenny*

    Crazy Momma said...

    Cathy did you ever get your refund or your answer? just checking for an update...