I am now officially in a new territory – a place filled to the brim with Red Sox and Yankees fans. For real. Rabid fans who aren’t nearly as boastful as in years’ past and just full of explanations as to why their teams aren’t doing so hot this year. Yada, yada, yada. Blah, blah, blah.
Well, there’s a new gal in town and she bleeds orange. And, this season is one worth hooting and hollering about… IF you are an Orioles fan. Heck, much of the team has been hurt and missing games throughout the season and Crush Davis is doing the exact opposite from his massive homerun hitting streak last year. But, these guys are good. They play well together, they work hard and they don’t give up. I like our guys. In all likelihood, unless something really crazy happens like them losing just about every game remaining this season, they will be the AL East Champions. We’ll worry about those pesky West Coast Angels down the road.
When we moved up here, I was prepared to be (most likely) the only bird girl in town. But… if you keep your eyes and ears open, it’s just like spotting that rare bird in the branches of a tree on an early morning birding expedition. Those birds are out there.
Here are a few that I have found:
Long Distance Spotting
Even before we moved to Woodstock, VT, I started following on Facebook and Twitter, various businesses and people who live/work in the area just to get a “feel” of the place and everything going on. One of those Facebook pages I followed was the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, and, I would often “like” things on their page or make comments. Shoot, I had even sent away for my “Newcomer’s Package” from them.
Well, it just so happened, that on Opening Day in April, the Boston Red Sox played the Orioles at Camden Yards. I posted a photo about this event on Facebook (no one knew at the time how much the Red Sox would suck this year) and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce reposted it on their page. Surprised? Why, yes! So, I ran over to their page and told them I knew I would probably be the only Orioles fan in Woodstock, but I was looking forward to recruiting some more. Ha, ha.
From out or nowhere, a guy posted that, he, too, was an Orioles fan. He always had been and always would be. Just so happens he owns one of my now favorite restaurants in town. Not only is he smart, he’s a great chef, and maybe, my best friend here.
I’m was at the weekly Market on the Green checking out all the fresh veggies and meats from local farms and spotted an alpaca booth. Well, anyone who knows me knows that after baby goats, alpacas are the bomb.
I made a beeline to the booth and started talking to this lovely couple who own the Vermont Alpaca Company where they breed alpacas and harvest their wool. We started chatting and they asked me where I had moved from. The minute I said “Baltimore”, the man told me had been an Orioles fan for fifty plus years – and he was raised in upper New York state. When I asked him how that happened, he told me that when he was a kid, he was playing ball on a lot with a bunch of other kids who all said they were Red Sox or Yankee fans. Not being one to just fit in with the crowd, he wanted to be somebody else’s fan. So, he ran into his home, flipped the newspaper open to the sports section, and the first article he saw was about the Baltimore Orioles. He ran back outside and told everyone that he was a proud Baltimore Orioles fan. And, he still is.
He has the MLB app that lets him watch all the games and he sees just about all of them. I hope his wife is a fan, too.
A couple of Friday night’s ago, a local farm that supplies many of the markets and restaurants around with organic meats, hosted a Friday night barbeque, music, and hayride event in the fields of their incredibly beautiful farm. Believe me when I say, it was like something you’d see in the movies. Rolling pastures, mountains, wildflowers, kids playing in the fields, horses grazing in a pasture nearby, a great country music band, and happy, happy people eating, sipping wine and beer and having a fabulous time.
And, then I spotted him. An older, distinguished looking man headed back to his seat with a full plate… wearing an Orioles cap! For real. Bob told me to settle down but there was no stopping me. “Hey, you… Orioles fan,” I squealed, which can be quite dangerous in Red Sox territory, especially because they are sooo sensitive about this season. He came over to where we were sitting and I have to tell you, he could be my new best friend.
Get this… he lives IN Boston, but became a big fan of the Orioles the first time he went to a game at Camden Yards in the late 90’s. He goes whenever he can and that’s made easier since his son is a doc at Johns Hopkins. This man knows Orioles baseball and since he lives in Woodstock all summer and fall, we will definitely be carrying the orange banner here during playoffs, and dare… I …. say… the World Series?????
Needless to say, I am a happy woman. I love my new home and the people I am meeting. I really love the fact that I have some other birders living around me. As I tune into the games on my MLB app and twitter or text message game commentary to my two main Orioles buddies back in Baltimore, I am feeling content. Real content.
Come October, watch out.
Any other Boys of Summer fans out there?
Meet Nancy Ferrari
Nancy Ferrari shares her messages of inspiration and positivity as the host of her radio show, The Nancy Ferrari Show, on W4CY Radio within Talk 4 Media Network and iHeartRadio. Nancy is a speaker, author of Discover the Essence of You, and contributing writer for numerous online publications, including as a featured writer for Applaud Women Magazine. Nancy is a co-author within the best-selling books, Selling With Synchronicity, Contagious Optimism and She Shines: A Celebration of Women.
As founder of Nancy Ferrari Media & Mentoring, Nancy’s vision is to help women connect with their core essence and discover their true calling. Nancy serves on the Board for The Little Light Project and is a charter member of Lessons From Network, as a Life Transition Expert. Nancy’s message is to embrace the gift within and let it shine!
People would be surprised to know that: I was crowned Miss North Hollywood in 1972 when I was only 17 years old. This was only my second pageant that my modeling agency entered me in and felt it would be a good opportunity to express myself as a person and not just another pretty face. I was told that it was my speech about my heritage that captivated the judges!
The WTL 5:
What is the conversation that changed your life?
The conversation that changed my life was the opportunity to chat with Jean Houston. I had the pleasure of interviewing her two years ago on my radio show and then met her in person thereafter at the Women’s Journey Conference. Ms. Houston is wise beyond measure and it was when she asked me questions with our chat that prompted me to deep thought. She shared that we all have a story within us, such as she wrote within her book, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story, and prompted me to recall why I loved “Sleeping Beauty” when I was a child. The analogy to my adult life was astounding. In essence, Ms. Houston shared that we all live a mythic life and to stay awake to all the possibilities within our lifetime!
What are you most conscious of today?
As I observe life and shifts therein, I find myself conscious of values and how they appear to have lost their significance. As a mother of three children, and now a “Nana” to my two young grandchildren, my observation is that digital devices are being utilized as a substitute for the one-to-one connection between a parent and child. I also feel strongly that it is not a teacher’s job to parent a child. Their job is to teach and encourage children to be their best in life.
What part of you have you yet to give a voice to?
As I speak daily through any one of my media outlets, radio shows, speaking to groups of people or writing, I feel I have yet to give voice to our young women and how the value of “respect” is needed. Once again, value for life and respect for each other has taken on a new form and if I can make a difference in even one person’s life as I educate and inform how damaging bullying is, then that is my legacy.
What’s the conversation that women need to be having collectively?
A conversation I feel that women need to be having is about connecting in collaboration and not competition. Whether it be a group of career women, a group of mothers, women in transition as children leave the nest and beyond, much can be accomplished when we support one another and implement trust within our relationships. Together, we can achieve a ripple effect which carries forth from connections with each other – which truly is needed in this massive global shift.
What needs to be said bigger, louder, stronger?
Honoring ourselves, loving ourselves and freely expressing ourselves needs to be shouted from within and radiated outward. For all that our trailblazers and pioneers who paved the path for us have done, the question remains, why have we gone silent? Far too often, I hear women share their shame, fear of judgment, fear of retribution and being ostracized which saddens me beyond measure. I encourage women to love and honor themselves and acknowledge that they are unique gifts to the world.
Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your powerful voice
with WomanTalk Live.