A lesson in life and business driven home, in the most unlikely of places...
Myself, and the other 4 Wood Group Interns spent a fantastic evening being entertained by the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers in their MLB game (that's Baseball for those of us not quite in the know.... Sarah)
Throughout life it's easy to become distracted, what with massive advertising companies paid vast sums of money to constantly find new ways of gaining the "wow" factor, it's no wonder it's not always easy. The baseball stadium seemed a little bit like another focal point for the advertising companies, with banners, boards, stands, video clips.... You get the idea.
It's not surprising then that concentration and focus can wonder from time to time, but the consequences can be costly. During the game there was more than one occasion when the ball hurled into the stands, rebounding of the roof and walls before smacking an unsuspecting spectator. With Pitches throwing the ball at up to 100mph in and the ball coming off the bat at more than this, it's not something that you wish to miss if it's heading your way! I suppose its one way of keeping you awake, more than one spectator was caught unaware by the 5 oz (about 145g, for those of us non engineers who now work in metric) ball leaving the bat at over 100mph
As a side note: I could not describe myself as a "die-hard" sporting spectator (I lost interest in watching football a while ago) I found the experience very refreshing, a complete mix of Supporters throughout the Stadium, chatting freely with those around, and not a sign of aggressive alcohol fuelled rage associated with football back home. I think the best comparison to be drawn would be with Rugby back home, but on a much bigger scale.
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