This evening I am writing from my hotel room in Visalia California.  The heartland of California!  The Central Valley does not get much more Central than this.  When I checked into the the hotel, they gave me a small bag with pretzels, cookies and bottled water, as well as a ticket to the the local minor league baseball club.  The locals were losing the game, pretty badly.

Tonight I am grateful for free baseball tickets.  It really is a fun sport to watch, and all of these players are trying to make it to the bigs.