A New Job at the Ballpark – By Jose

My new job is working at Chase field inside the Doubleheader restaurant. I am a prep cook. My job is to make sure food is prepared before it is cooked. I have an important job. I like my job because I am a hard worker who is strong willed and ready to learn. My boss’s name is Richard. I like him. He is always friendly and helpful when I am lost and don’t know what to do. My coworkers are nice. When I go to work, I always find the first thing to do so my boss doesn’t have to stop what he is doing to help me. This is because he wants me to learn it first so I can do the rest on my own.

My hours are long, usually from 11 in the morning to 9 o’clock at night. It is not the usual workload I‘m used to, but it is what it is. I plan to be there in one week for my next assignment. The ballpark is a big place. I can get lost if I don’t pay attention to my surroundings and I go quickly to my required station.

One thing I will say about work is how nice a view I get from the work area on the other side of the counter. I wrap hot dogs in bacon, squeeze mayonnaise into containers, wash dishes and mainly do all things in that particular area. In the morning, we all go to the underpass beneath 7th st. and Jefferson. We wait for the levy to call our name and we go inside. It is nice because it is the only break we get.

At Seeds I learn important social and job skills for work. I have learned about being friendly to other people and asking them how their day is, not ignoring them; This is an important lesson. I also learned to be an active participant by paraphrasing back to others when they are trying to show me something. And, I know that sometimes you have to keep listening so that you get it the first time.

I have already run into a few offenses at work where I could have been fired, but my boss was very kind and merciful towards me. He once told me “I won’t give up on you, you don’t give up on me”. I try very hard to always stay focused even if the job is very easy. I don’t want to lose my job because I messed up. I know that they have been very nice to me and I want to work hard for them, too. Getting to see the stadium and get in for free means I can see more of the building and have access to areas the fans do not get access to. I am very proud of that. I earned a special privilege by working at the stadium. The privilege being, My job allows me to be a public servant and serve 40,000 hungry fans a day. I would like to keep working here as long as I remember my social skills where I am an active participant and listen carefully to my instructions, remembering the rules always clock in, no stealing! And, I need to get the job done and stay on task the entire time by focusing on how to do everything right and not mess up so I do not get fired. All in all, I have gained friendship in working here which means I will always learn the way we treat others at work by following the rules and staying on task. Thank you.

Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite for the Playstation 4, XBox One & Microsoft Windows.

 

In my opinion, this is definite sequel towards Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe. But this time it involving characters from both the Marvel comics universe & the Capcom games universe.

 

In this game, Ultron (Marvel comics) allies itself with the Maverick villain Sigma (Mega Man X) and together the use the power of the Infinity stones to merge themselves into Ultron Sigma as well as forcefully merge their respective universes together. Thus the heroes & villains of both Marvel & Capcom unite to save their universes and themselves from Ultron Sigma.

 

The heroes & villains of Marvel consist of Black Panther (hero), Captain America (hero), Captain Marvel (heroine), Dr. Strange (hero), Dormammu (villain), Gamora (heroine), Ghost Rider (hero), Hawkeye (hero), Hulk (hero), Iron Man (hero), Nova (hero), Rocket Raccoon (hero), Spider-Man (hero), Thanos (villain) and Thor (hero).

 

The heroes & villains of Capcom consist of Arthur (Ghosts ‘n Goblins) (hero), Chris Redfield (Resident Evil) (hero), Chun-Li (Street Fighter) (heroine), Dante (Devil May Cry) (hero), Firebrand (Ghosts ‘n Goblins) (villain), Frank West (Dead Rising) (hero), Jedah Dohma (Darkstalkers) (villain), X (Mega Man X) (hero), Mike Haggar (Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3) (hero), Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers) (heroine), the Nemesis (Resident Evil) (villain), Rad Spencer (Bionic Commando) (hero), Ryu (Street Fighter) (hero), Strider Hiryu (Strider) (hero) and Zero (Mega Man X) (hero).

 

In conclusion, I believe that this game will be an even bigger success than Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe in all manner of entertainment.

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Disney’s Villains’ Revenge(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the PC game Disney’s Villains’ Revenge for Windows & MAC.

 

In this game, The Villains steal the happy endings of their respective stories resulting in Captain Hook sword fighting Peter Pan(who is now a decrepit old man), the Wicked Queen putting both Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs into a deep sleep with her Poison Apples(with no prince to break the spell), the Queen of Hearts placing Alice’s head & body in separate locations within her Hedge Maze, the Circus Ringmaster Strips Dumbo of his ability to fly and forces him to do his humiliating skydiving stunts.

 

In this game, you team up with Jiminy Cricket & the Blue Fairy(Pinocchio) to help Peter Pan defeat Captain Hook(Peter Pan), save Snow White from the clutches of the Wicked Queen(Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs), rescue Alice from the grasp of the Queen of Hearts(Alice in Wonderland) and liberate Dumbo from the humiliating stunts forced on him by the Circus Ringmaster(Dumbo) as well as recover & restore all the happy endings stolen by the respective villains of each said story.

 

In conclusion, I believe that this Disney game is another one of its good VS evil masterpieces while it also involve point & click puzzle solving scenarios.

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Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the PC game Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey for Windows & MAC.

 

In this game, Wishbone (Our favorite snack & book loving hound) is accidentally sent into a virtual storybook setting of the Odyssey by Homer where he unintentionally takes both the role & identity of Odysseus.

 

In this game, you follow the story of of Odysseus for by doing so will you eventually free Wishbone from this virtual storybook setting.

 

Along the way, you meet timeless characters from the Odyssey consisting of Eurylochus (Odysseus’ 1st Mate), Polyphemus (cyclops & son of Poseidon), Athena (goddess of wisdom), Poseidon (god of the seas), Circe (witch), Tiresias (blind prophet), Hades (god of the underworld),  Zeus (king of the gods & god of lightning and thunder), Calypso (demi-goddess), Penelope (Odysseus’ wife) and Telemachus (Odysseus’ son).

 

In conclusion, this game teaches you history, mythology and culture as you play. Thus, I hope you find this game as educationally fun as I do.

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Jeff’s Eccentric People, Places and Things: J. P. Patches

image from lunchwithcasey.com

 

Will someone please explain to me whatever happened with the image of clowns? When did they go from beloved bringers of merriment to soul-eating demons, pedofile serial killers, and even a depressed living metaphor for the meaninglessness of life. From the Joker to Pennywise (who is floating back to Derry, Maine on the big screen this September) to real life evil clown John Wayne Gacy, and the “Evil Clown Sighting,” fad last year doesn’t help.  In fact, I think the only mainstream clown people do not fear is now just Ronald McDonald, well maybe except for health inspectors and PETA.

 

First of all I want to apologise to any readers who have coulrophobia, but I feel that this may help you get over your fear. Besides look at that glowing, grandfatherly figure with a red nose. Do you really feel terrified by good old Chris Wedes? Known by children of three generations in Washington State as Julius Pierpont (J. P. to his friends) Patches, Mayor of the Seattle City Dump.

 

A local gem of great value, J. P. was the star of one of the longest local American children’s television. The character first appeared in 1953 in the Minnesota station WTCN Channel 11 played by Daryl Laub. He created the clown and played him for two years, however he left for a rival studio and Chris Wedes took over the role. Chris, already a professional local actor, was unsure at first; as he already was playing several characters on various shows and didn’t want to be overworked. He soon took to the clown like a frog takes to water and even took him to Seattle in 1958. The clown would perform on his own Emmy-winning tv show for over twenty years on KIRO-TV with over 10,000 on screen hours viewed. The show would be improv without a script, with most of the characters being played by the same person. There was Ketchikan the Animal Man, Miss Smith the delivery woman biker, J. P.’s arch enemy Boris S. Wort (Second meanest man in the world!) the Swami of Pastrami and especially not forgetting the Mayor of the City Dump’s pain-in-the-kester love interest Gertrude. All played by the versible and equally talented Bob Newman. One special gimmick the the show had was an amazing magical machine called the I.C.U.2.T.V. This miraculous device, which was most certainly not cardboard with a tv camera in it, J. P. could look into the homes of young Patches Pals (name for fans) on their birthday and tell where to look for presents, that had nothing to do with parents sending in letters ahead to the studio. The I.C.U.2.T.V. also worked as a teleporter to send J.P. and others to North Pole to help Santa with his naughty and nice list for Christmas

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The J.P. Patches Show aired twice a day, six days a week, for the first thirteen years. The next eight years it only ran in the morning and just Saturday morning for the last two. While the cast was small there were quite a number of famous guest stars including cartoonist Al Capp, the Harlem Globetrotters, Colonel Sanders and many more. The show entertained both children and adults and had over 10 thousand hours of on-air time. It had at least 100,000 viewers especially in the Puget Sound area and southwest British Columbia. The Mayor of the City Dump also visited the Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood for the sick kids free of charge. The show was canceled in 1981 but this was far from the end of J. P. Patches

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You can’t keep a good clown down apparently. Chris Wedes and Bill Newman would continue to perform their roles in television specials as well as numerous public and private events across the state. Sadly even this circus has to close its doors eventually. On September 17 2011 J. P. put on the makeup and tattered, old, button covered, hat and coat for the last time at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. Fans all hoped for him a long and happy retirement but that did not come to be. Chris Wedes died ten months later on July 22, 2012 from a long battle with Multiple Myeloma, a type of cancer for white blood cells. He was 84 and survived by his wife, daughter and granddaughter. All of Puget Sound was moister than usual from the tears of Patches Pales of all ages.

 

Like many other long running local children’s show host in other states, J. P. Patches remains a minor cultural icon and almost a folk hero to the people of the Rain City. There are clips and episodes are on VHS, DVD, and the Internet. Archie McPhee, Seattle novelty company that created the “Horse Head Mask” for the internet menu, has among other weird goodies, J. P. Patches lunchboxes, socks, Christmas Tree and scented car ornaments. Along with Oregon’s clown Rusty Nails, J. P. is said to have inspired the Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown and had a shout out in the episode “Radio Bart” on Krusty’s “Birthday Buddies” list. The biggest monument, aside from the memories in fan’s hearts, is the statue, Late for the Interurban, in Fremont, Seattle, dedicated on the show’s fiftieth anniversary

 

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You know what, I won’t do this for every article from now on, but here’s another YouTube video. I’m just in the mood.

Jessica Mendoza: The First Female Baseball Commentator For ESPN

 

By Jake M.

Jessica Mendoza being interviewed on Sports Center.

Entertainment Sports Program Networks Program (ESPN) is an American sports network that is a broadcast provider to 81 percent of American households. It was founded in 1979 as a stand alone network. It is now a part of the Disney umbrella company along with all of it’s sister networks including ABC (also known as the Family of Networks) and its slogan is the Worldwide Leader in Sports. It is a progressive company especially by their history of hiring women. ESPN’s early employment of women included sideline reporting, locker room and commentators of women sports. Over the years the network began assigning women to host television shows on the ESPN networks and later with the inclusion of female commentators for male dominated sports like baseball.

Jessica Mendoza is the epitome of ESPN’s progressive business policy. She is a Stanford graduate where she played college softball and she later went on to win gold in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as a member of the US Olympic softball team. She’s one of the top softball athletes of all time along with U of A alum and former Olympian Jennie Finch.

Little League Softball World Series Q@A with Jessica Mendoza and Jennie Finch.

Mrs. Mendoza was a commentator for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) College Softball World Series before beginning her climb up the ladder in her broadcasting career for ESPN back in 2014. She is a co-host of Baseball Tonight an evening sports talk show with Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian, and in 2015 earned a permanent position as a co-commentator for Sunday Night Baseball telecast with Aaron Boone and Dan Shulman. Jessica Mendoza also became ESPN’s first female commentator for the World Series.

Sunday Night Baseball. Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone (from left to right)

I love baseball and I’m extremely excited to see the game being diversified. As a lifelong fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks (D-Backs), I see Jody Jackson host the D-Backs postgame show  on Fox Sports Arizona many times and I got to meet her at a game once when we had tickets right behind the broadcast booth. Jessica Mendoza is the ESPN equivalent to Jody Jackson and it’s pretty cool to see her on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight after spending years watching the show.

Jody Jackson with Todd Walsh during the Christmas holiday

We see women like Jessica Mendoza setting a trend that it’s cool to be a woman in the sports industry which is still very much of a male dominating industry. I think more girls in this country would be less afraid to be interested in sports especially baseball if they knew about Mrs. Mendoza’s incredible example. It’s time to close the gender gap in Baseball.

Inuyasha: The Secret Of The Cursed Mask (Review)

Charles did not see himself as a writer, until he was introduced to the SEEDs for Autism blog. Realizing that he could focus on the things that interest him, and share his thoughts with a larger audience – he discovered tremendous motivation and dedication in creating these reviews on the various video games he enjoys. (Ed.)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Inuyasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask for the Playstation 2. This game features an all-new storyline designed specifically for this game which takes place during Japan’s Feudal Era.

 

This game’s protagonists consist of Michiru (human male) or Kaname (human female)(Universal Magic/Shikigami), Inuyasha (half-demon male/hanyō)(Giant Sword/Tessaiga), Kagome (human female)(Bow & Arrows), Shippo (male fox demon)(Fox Magic), Miroku (human male/monk)(Magic Talismans as well as his Wind Tunnel), Sango (human female/demon slayer)(Giant Boomerang/Hiraikotsu) and Sesshomaru (Inuyasha’s older brother and a full-fledged demon/yōkai)(Cursed Sword/Tokijin).

 

This game’s antagonists consist of Naraku (demon warlord/male)(Poison), Kagura (female demon/wind sorceress)(Wind-Controlling Fan) and Utsugi(Michiru/Kaname’s ancestor)(Universal Magic/Shikigami).

 

In conclusion, this game is a definite blast to the past and I hope that you enjoy or enjoyed this game as much as I did.

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