Tim Dehring

Just a random guy with a website

Month: January 2020

Ned Skeldon Stadium

Once a racetrack for the Lucas County fairgrounds, Ned Skeldon Stadium originally opened as Lucas County Stadium to bring the Mud Hens baseball team back to life.

For 37 seasons (1965 – 2001), Ned Skeldon Stadium was home of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team, based in Maumee, Ohio. The Mud Hens are part of the International League and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.

The stadium capacity is listed at just over 10,000 fans, though I don’t recall a game I attended having even half that for attendance. Regardless, it was replaced in 2002 with Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

I recently took a trip to the old stadium to see if it was still standing, and was pleasantly surprised that not only is it still around, it’s being used as a rec center. While I was unable to get inside the stadium to take some closer pics, I did walk away with a few shots of what remains of the stadium itself.

I’m thankful that the stadium wasn’t demolished before I could get some pics. Simply standing outside of the field brought back memories of watching games here.

I grew up watching minor league baseball, starting with the Kinston Indians, so there will always be a part of me that enjoys small stadiums such as this.

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20 Years of Aqua

Screenshot from an early preview build. Yes, the Apple menu was removed from the left and was placed in the center. Thankfully, that changed. But still…

From Stephen Hackett:

At Macworld 2000, Steve Jobs unveiled the user interface for Mac OS X. It was called Aqua.
512 Pixels

Has it really been that long since Steve Jobs demoed Aqua to the world? Seriously, I was just 19 when this was announced and a freshman in college. I still remember the keynote to this day and I could not wait to try out the new interface; hell, my computer was supposed to support it so I was definitely excited.

Damn, time flies by too fast. Now, get the hell off my lawn.

52 Week Savings Challenge – January, 2020 Update

Keeping up with my progress on the 52 Week Savings Challenge, at the end of December I had a total of $91.15 saved up over the 3 months. Small change, sure, but it’ll definitely increase more this month and the following months.

In fact, this month alone will almost double the amount ($80 by the end of the month added to the account).

Luckily, the interest rate hasn’t dropped (yet, anyway). Here’s to the next update in February!

Setting Up Goals For 2020

Last year, I wrote a post regarding my goals/resolutions for 2019. Halfway through the year, I switched web hosts and embarrassingly enough, I didn’t keep an accurate backup of my site when I did. Not that I had much posted to begin with, but it still sucked to lose that work and half to start over.

It’s funny though, really, because I think starting over is what I had to do in order to get myself to start posting more. When I first grabbed the domain and setup the site, I was posting 3-5 times a week, if not more. Of course, I wasn’t working at the time so I had plenty of time to do that. But even after I started working again full time, I was posting 2-3 times a week, maybe more.

I have no excuse to not post that much, considering we’re a family of 5 and there’s always something going on in our house to share. Looking back on the past 7 months when I restarted the blog, I haven’t posted like I should and I’m going to change that.

With that in mind, here’s a small list of goals for 2020 that I am going to follow as best as I can, and when the end of the year arrives, I’ll look back and see how well I disciplined myself.

  • Post more. This is a given, and so I’d like to have at minimum, 5 posts per month. More would be great, of course. Less would be considered lazy.
  • Photograph more. My oldest just turned 13 last month and let me tell you, I have no excuse to not take pics at any time to record memories. My phone has a camera, and I have two pocket Canon cameras that can be conveniently carried if needed. Plus, I love to take pics.
  • Write more. This is different than posting more, as I love to write but haven’t really written anything to share in a long time. Even if it’s personal, I need to start writing more for my own sake.
  • Save more/invest more. This will become a post of its own but the short version is self-explanatory: save more and invest more for my kids and their futures. For now, see my post on the 52 Week Savings Challenge.

That’s a start for now. It wasn’t too long ago that I was also earning an extra $1,000 with affiliate links and all that and I’d love to get back to that. But until then, I have to build up the blog and an audience.

It’s officially 2020.

A new year and a new decade wrapped in one. The holidays are officially over until next November but if it’s anything like this year, it’ll fly by.

Food for thought: this is my 5th decade of existence.

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