As I was driving back from the stadium this morning, it dawned on me that Scorpions in Scottsdale is a reality. Mascots are rarely selected at random. I’m glad I waited to publish this post because right when I picked David up after practice today he yelled out, “Oh my gosh! Guess what the clubby said today?!” I replied, “Yes, there are scorpions.” “How did you know that’s what I was going to say?” He asked. “Well, because it dawned on me this morning.” I told him. Anyhow, I will now be on high alert for these crawling critters.
David and I made it to Arizona in one piece yesterday after a good 8 hours of travel. We flew out of Ft. Lauderdale at 7 AM (have you seen the price of flights out of Miami these days!?!) and had a quick layover in Dallas/Fort Worth before finally arriving in Phoenix. That was the first time I’ve had a pit stop in Dallas and I have to say, I was very impressed. If the airport is any indication of what the rest of Texas is like, the expression “everything is bigger in Texas” is definitely true. I would love to visit at a later time and actually experience the Lone Star State as a visitor…or even a resident? (We never rule out the possibility of a trade). 🙂
Nevertheless, once in Phoenix, we had to pick up our rental car. Let me preface this by saying that before making any final decisions as to how we would travel out here, we looked into all of our options. We priced out shipping one of our cars, as well as driving versus flying. At the end of the day, everything was outrageously expensive and we just decided it would be best to fly out and rent a car for convenience. Well, monthly car rentals will rape your wallet at a whopping >;$350 per week for an economy vehicle. Fortunately, we discovered Phoenix Car Rental Company. This family-owned, small business, has been around for 40 years and were able to offer us the most competitive price.
Back when we were still in Trenton, I made it clear that I wanted to make a mini road trip out of our travels to Arizona. It’s not often that we get to visit the west coast and I thought it would be fun to take our time and visit cities along the way. This idea was received with many wide-eyed faces as most of David’s teammates highly discouraged this plan. I’m not going to lie, after a 20-hour drive home only two weeks ago, the idea of driving 35 hours was a bit overwhelming. Still, with the prices of flights these days, I thought it would be cheaper and more convenient making the trip by car. I was overruled.
As far as our living arrangements go, we were very lucky to have a longtime teammate of David’s open his home up to us. In the baseball world, we know all too much about short-term rentals and how hard they are to come across. We would much rather pay rent to a friend than to a hotel or an overpriced apartment complex. Suffice it to say, we are very grateful to have a friendly place to live.
I will only be staying out here for a week before I have to fly back out to Miami. Oh, did I mention – I HATE FLYING. David and I are pretty frugal and we always say that “once” he makes it, we would rather put 90% of our money in savings. These are our feelings regardless of whether he is making MLB minimum or $10MM a year. Yet, one thing I would, without a doubt, spend money on, is FIRST CLASS FLYING… and if that doesn’t ease my pain, private flights. Oh yeah…private flights. I am really not high maintenance, I promise, but heck, a girl can dream. With the amount of traveling you do as the wife of an athlete, it wouldn’t hurt to soothe the flying sorrows. Truthfully, I am not entirely opposed to buying an RV and living out of that. Just saying. Those things are NICE.
I am still working on finding things to do out here and I should have a post all about that pretty soon.
Sayonara from Scottsdale, pretty people. 🙂