Power to Seniors

The Straight Ahead Big Band played for the Golden Umbrella’s “Power to Seniors” Celebrity Soup Kitchen fund raising event and had a blast! Each year the 18 piece big band donates our time to entertain and support the “Power to Seniors” program.
This is a spectacular event that happens each year to help raise funds for seniors who have a hard time paying their utility bills in the winter. I think it is sad that city agencies feel the need to charge high prices to seniors for their utilities. Isn’t their a senior discount for power bills? We are talking about senior citizens who have worked their whole life, are on a fixed income, are not working anymore, and probably have medical bills stacking up so they can keep their blood flowing regular and their stress levels at a minimum. These poor seniors get their power turned off because they simply cannot afford to pay the bills.
So I tip my hat to the Golden Umbrella, who does an outstanding job day in and day out helping those seniors in need. Serving the elder community so that they too can live a happy and fun filled life. Like my grandma says, “If your not happy, It’s not worth doing” I enjoy playing the big band charts from the 1930’s and 1940’s for those seniors at the Soup Kitchen because they light up every time they hear a song that strikes a happy memory from their time.
Their time back in World War II was tough….but music got them through it. My grand parents tell me story’s of how bad it was during the depression….I hear through the great vine that today’s times will become worse than it was in the 1940’s.
If it does get worse and I do get old, I hope their is a jazz band that will entertain me as I sit and eat warm soup on a cold winter day and that the community will pull together as it does now to help those less unfortunate.


Baseball in Arizona

7 games in five days…that is what the Oregon Outlaws played when I traveled with them down to the MABL Arizona World Series. They won their division in 2009 and have been back each year since trying to get another ring. I have to admit, it’s more than just winning that Jostens ring…it is the experience and the thrill of playing baseball on the most beautiful ball fields on the west coast, It’s about playing ball in the Major League Baseball Spring Training Facilities with my teammates and friends from Portland, and it was a fantastic!
I think there are about seven Major League teams who spend spring training in Arizona and each have a stadium in the Phoenix area. (Scottsdale, Goodyear, Maryvale, Tempe) Each stadium is surrounded by 10 auxiliary ball fields, 8 bullpens, 4 batting cages and the hot summer sun. It was like being in a dream…a dream about a land far far away…a land full of baseball fields. We snagged the wild card spot in the playoffs, and got beat 3-2 in the first playoff game. The next day I jumped in the car with my girlfriend and drove the miserable 13 hour drive home to Northern California from Phoenix Arizona. It wasn’t all that bad….as soon as we were out of the Arizona desert heat!
While I was in Arizona I watched the Phoenix Coyotes, the National Hockey League team in Arizona. I have to admit it was a little weird seeing hockey played in the middle of the desert. When you are in the hockey stadium, it’s a little chilly, as soon as you leave the arena and go outside, a heatwave of 90 hits you smack in the face. You can tell many of the Phoenix residents root for the other teams, because when the Coyote’s get scored on the arena goes nuts! What ever happened to rooting for your home team? I guess Phoenix isn’t that crazy about their Coyotes, or they just attend their games to watch the other teams around the NHL. I guess that’s what they get for putting a hockey team in the middle of the land of baseball fields!