Archive: Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard

The Annoying Guy in our Section

In light of recent events--a losing record, a frustrated team and an even more frustrated fan base--I can't help but wonder: What is good baseball behavior? Where I come from--Philly by way of New Jersey -- it is acceptable to curse, kick and scream at your team and fellow fans....

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | August 15, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (10)

A Little Winning Goes a Long Way

I have to admit that when a friend asked why I had not posted a blog entry in the last month, I changed the topic of conversation to something much less frustrating: like the current state of our economy. Gas prices and the housing market were a whole lot...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | August 8, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (4)

Value in the Value Pack

Last week my husband and I visited the park for the first time in nearly a month, and all I wanted was a ball park hot dog... and a win. (Spoiler alert: I got both!) As we made our way up the escalators to the 300-level, I suggested we...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | August 8, 2008; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Flogging Will Continue ... Part 2

Wasn't it just spring? Didn't we just have a bright, new season ahead of us? Weren't the concessionaires nice? I try to be positive, despite the climbing temperatures, the growing belly and the team's win-loss record, but I can't help but wonder where our happy-to-serve-you concessionaires went. You know ......

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | June 30, 2008; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (17)

Difficulties for the Impaired

A few weeks ago, I watched as a hearing impaired family struggled to communicate their food order to a concessionaire not prepared to deal with the challenge of taking an order from a family that could not simply say what they wanted to eat. The couple and their two children...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | June 24, 2008; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Long, Forgotten Block

South of East Capitol and just under the Southeast Freeway, I ride along a stretch of road that I call the forgotten block. The block begins on 4th Street SE at I Street SE with a collection of sand and loose gravel and ends at K Street SE with a...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | May 6, 2008; 06:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bike Valet: Tip or No Tip?

Last night as I left Nats Park, bobbleheads strapped securely in my bike basket, I noticed a man tip the bike valet attendants. I honestly had not thought about tipping the very kind gentlemen who bring me a pen and tag and tape it to my bike before I move...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | May 2, 2008; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (8)

Clint: Love Him or Hate Him?

I sense that, after reading various comments and posts, most people don't like Clint--the young fella who runs around the park interviewing fans and playing silly games with lucky contestants. This year, I haven't seen much of Clint in or around the park. Is it because the audio-visual systems at...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 30, 2008; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Highlights for Nats Fans?

I clearly remember the times I spent in the doctor's office as a child, losing myself in the back page of Highlights magazine, where I was challenged to find hidden or misplaced objects in the illustrated photo. Now, at each game at Nationals Park, I challenge myself to find what...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 29, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

Teddy... Oh, Teddy

Teddy gets tripped up in the Presidents Race on April 27. (Photo courtesy of The Ardvaark from LetTeddyWin.com) I have to admit that I found Teddy's near-victory Friday night to be anticlimactic. As the presidents made their way to first base, I noticed that Teddy had cut the corner...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 28, 2008; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Testing Out the Bike Valet Service

A man with a Nationals badge approached me and my husband as we stood at the bike rack located outside of the Center Field Gate and suggested that we try the new bike valet service. Dedicated bikers with enough locks to keep even a detachable basket permanently affixed to a...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 22, 2008; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chef Recommends!

Initially, most attendees seemed a bit shocked by the concession prices at Nationals Park. (I know that I can get five bottles of vitamin water for $5 at Safeway, but I get only one bottle for $5 at Nats Park.) However, I do believe the prices are comparable to other...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 9, 2008; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Missing the Flexibility of RFK

Only a week into the 2008 season, I know what I miss about life at RFK. I miss the freedom with which I could change my season ticket game plan to accommodate a busy summer schedule. I have tickets to two games this week. Lucky me, you say? Well let's...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 7, 2008; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cycling to the Game

I began cycling in the District in 2005, when I moved to the outskirts of Capitol Hill. Nearly a mile from the closest Metro stop, I hated the long walk to Union Station, and I hated waiting for the irregular X8 bus even more. I decided to try biking to...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 4, 2008; 02:26 PM ET | Comments (9)

BYO Straws

I am a fan of the straw. The girly-girl in me loves that I can skip an extra lipstick application when I have a straw in my drink. The clumsy girl in me loves that I am less inclined to spill down the front of my shirt when I am...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | March 31, 2008; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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