A little early to be hitting the panic button

But the way things have been going…

Every few months, my dad will tell me that he wants to move to North Carolina. He’s the only person in our family who wants to move. Short story: dad has two sisters and two brothers (used to be three, but his oldest brother just passed away last year) who live there. Aunt #7 and Uncle #1 (the one who passed) both own restaurants (Chinese Buffets) out in NC. For years, since I was in high school, my dad has talked about moving to NC. All his siblings live out there except for Uncle #2. Uncle #2 lives here in L.A., just a few minutes away from us.

I’m panicking because in a year, it may be possible. Things aren’t going well here. And that is a very real possibility. So I’m freaking out, wondering if I can get my newspaper subscriptions (LA Times and Daily News) sent out there. I very very very very much do not want to move. My whole life is here in L.A. Where I go to church, where my friends live, and of course, the Dodgers.

My cousin (Jenny) is probably right and it probably won’t happen. But just in case…

I looked it up on Google Maps.

The closest churches to my aunt’s restaurant are

Columbia, SC 156 miles, 2 hours and 34 minutes

Aiken, SC – 199 miles – 3 hours and 18 minutes

Florence, SC – 232 miles, 3 hours and 46 minutes

Kingstree, SC -244 miles, 4 hours and 25 minutes

Now as far as baseball stadiums and ball parks go …

Minor League Teams
Asheville Tourists (A) affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
For $462, I could be a field box season ticket holder.
31.5 miles, 49 minutes

Hickory Crawdads (A) Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. It was the former affiliate of the Pirates. Joe Beimel played for the Crawdads, as did Zach Duke, Carlos Lee, Nate McClout, and Magglio Ordonoez.
101 Miles, 1 hour and 56 minutes

Kannapolis Annihilators (A) affiliates of the Chicago White Sox
145 miles, two hours and 28 minutes

Winston-Salem Dash (High A) affiliate of the Chicago White Sox
172 miles, 3 hours and 3 minutes

Greensboro Grasshoppers (A) affiliate of the Florida Marlins
195 miles, 3 hours and 26 minutes

Burlington Royals (Rookie) affiliate of the Kansas City Royals
217 miles, 3 hours and 49 minutes

Durham Bulls (AAA) affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays
247 miles, 4 hours and 10 minutes

Carolina Mudcats (AA) affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds
292 miles, 4 hours and 54 minutes

Major League Teams
Turner Field – Atlanta Braves
181 miles, 3 hours and 17 minutes

Great American Ball Park
386 miles, 6 hours and 38 minutes

Nationals Park – Washington Nationals
502 miles, 8 hours and 23 minutes

PNC Park – Pittsburgh Pirates
505 miles, 8 hours and 25 minutes

Oriole Park at Camden Yarks – Baltimore Orioles
537 miles, 9 hours and 6 minutes

Progressive Field – Cleveland Indiants
573 miles, 9 hours and 10 minutes

Busch Stadium – St. Louis Cardinals
622 miles, 10 hours and 45 minutes

Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia Phillies
634 miles, 10 hours and 49 minutes

Comerica Park – Detroit Tigers
649 miles, 10 hours and 43 minutes

Tropicana Field – Tampa Bay Rays
656 miles, 10 hours and 43 minutes

Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs
688 miles, 11 hours and 30 minutes

Sun Life Stadium – Florida Marlins
772 miles – 12 hours and 19 minutes

Yankee Stadium – New York Yankees
729 Miles – 12 hours and 21 minutes

Citi Field – New York Mets
750 miles – 12 hours and 25 minutes

Miller Park – Milwaukee Brewers (WOLFIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
775 miles – 12 hours and 50 minutes

You know I’d totally drive 13 hours to see Randy!
That’s about it ….

Hmmm wonder what a trip from L.A. to NC would look like if I hit a bunch of ball parks along the way. Never mind the cost. But just wondering…

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