Friday, May 3, 2019

Life Gets in the Way - How to Flood A Home

Regular readers of the blog may have noticed that I haven't posted in a while. The reason for this is because of stuff that's occurred in The Real World™. In late February, a small pipe burst in our kid's bathroom whilst we were at work and school. We live in a 3 story house, with the kids bathroom being on the middle floor. Throughout the day the pipe proceeded to empty about 20,000 litres (5000 gallons) into our house. That's about how much water is in a normal backyard pool.

We came home that evening to discover that most of the middle floor of the house had been flooded. The water had then collapsed the ceiling of the bottom floor and destroyed most of the contents down there.



The upshot of this is that for the last 9 weeks we've been living in temporary accommodation. Fortunately, it's been paid for by our insurance, but because of the difficulty of finding family sized short term accommodation locally, we've actually moved 7 different times in those past 9 weeks.

The repairs on our house have started, but it's still at least a good 6 weeks until we're likely to be back into our home.

Fortunately, none of my card collections or my computer were affected by the flood, but they are currently in storage and inaccessible. The posts that occurred in March on the blog were ones that I'd scheduled up in the weeks preceding the burst pipe, but obviously, once those ran out, I haven't been able to post anything more. I do have more card designs to put up from the 2018-19 ABL season, but it will likely be a while before I get to post them up.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Nick Hosie - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Having been a developmental player for the Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season, Canberra youngster Hosie finally made his ABL debut during the 2017-18 ABL season. In 2018 he toured the USA with the SSA All Australian  17 & Under team.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Nick Hosie card front - ©2019 Adam East

Monday, March 25, 2019

Thomas (Tom) Holland - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

The grandson of Australian test cricketer Bob “Dutchy” Holland, Thomas (Tom) Holland made the shift from Newcastle to Canberra to make his ABL debut with the Canberra cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. He was a former team mate of fellow Cavalry player, Jake Amos.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Tom Holland card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tom Roberts - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

I’ve struggled to find any info on Roberts, a 19 year old pitcher who made his ABL debut with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2017-18 ABL season. He appears to have been born in New Zealand, but to have grown up, at least in later years, in Sydney.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Tom Roberts card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, March 18, 2019

Hung-Wen Chen (陳鴻文) - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

Chen is a Taiwanese import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2017-18 ABL season. Chen spent 5 season playing in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system between 2007 and 2011, reaching triple A level. He played in his native CPBL with the Brother Elephants between 2013 and 2017, before moving to the Fubon Guardians in 2018.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Hung-Wen Chen card front  ©2018 Adam East

Friday, March 15, 2019

Lake Bachar - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Bachar is an American import from the San Diego Padres organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18ABL season. In 2017 he played both Rookie level ball for the Padres as well as their single A farm team, the Fort Wayne TinCaps. In 2018 he also played with Fort Wayne as well as the double level San Antonio Missions.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Lake Bachar card front - ©2018 a
Adam East

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tyler Chappell - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

Chappell is a local player who had his second season with the Adelaide Bite during the 2017-18 ABL season. He spent the 2017 northern summer playing for Třebíč Nuclears in the Czech Extraliga.

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Tyler Chappell card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jake Green - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Green is a Canberra youngster who played for the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. Green made his debut, pitching in two games during the season. He was also a member of Australia’s U23 World Cup squad in 2018.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Jake Green card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, March 8, 2019

Todd Grattan - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

The 2017-18 ABL season was Grattan’s seventh ABL season with the Sydney Blue Sox. The season saw him used for the first time in the Blue Soxes’ starting rotation in three games, the first time he’s stepped out of the bullpen at ABL level.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Todd Grattan card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Taylor Saucedo - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Saucedo is an American import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. In 2017 he played for the Lansing Lugnuts and Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto’s single and advanced A level teams. In 2018 he continued on with Dunedin before moving up to the double A  New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Tayler Saucedo card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, March 4, 2019

Mitch Nilsson - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

Nilsson returned for his eighth ABL season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2017-18 ABL season. Nilsson has been spending the Australian winters playing in the German Bundesliga, playing for the Heidenheim Heideköpfen in 2017 and 2018.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Mitch Nilsson card front ©2018 Adam East 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mark Zhang - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Zhang was a local Canberra player who made his ABL debut with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. As a developmental player he only managed playing time in two games, with a single at-bat in each. Zhang signed on to play with Bay College in Michigan over 2018-19.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Mark Zhang card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Mark Zhang alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tom McGarry - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

McGarry is a local player who had his second year with the Adelaide Bite during the 2017-18 ABL season. In 2017 he played as a senior for Cameron University in Oklahoma, having spent the previous three seasons also in Oklahoma, at East Central University and Redlands College.

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Tom McGarry card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, February 25, 2019

Michael Click - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

The 2017-18 ABL season was American import Click's second season with the Canberra Cavalry, having played two years earlier during 2015-16. Since 2016 he has spent his northern summers playing with the York Revolution in the independent Atlantic League.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Michael Click card front - ©2018 Adam East



Friday, February 22, 2019

Sam Holland - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

The 2017-18 ABL season was local player Holland's fourth season with the Brisbane Bandits. Holland spent 2017 playing for the Inland Empire 66ers, the LA Angels affiliate in the Advanced A level California League. Unfortunately for Holland he became a free agent at the end of the 2017 northern summer and it appears that he wasn't picked by another organisation for 2018.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Sam Holland card front - ©2018 Adam East