Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm Getting Too Old For This

So, as many of you know Steve and I (along with close to 25 of my family members and close friends) have season tickets to U of U football. Well, a few weeks ago we were all sitting around discussing this year's schedule and someone (I think it was Maddie) said, "Hey, why don't we drive down to Vegas for the UNLV game?" We all thought for a collective 3 seconds or so and said, "That sounds like a great idea! We're in!" So a plan was set into motion for a trip to Las Vegas.

As we all got looking at our schedules it looked like Steve, Kellen, and myself wouldn't be able to leave until Saturday, a day later than everyone else. So, after working all night Friday night Steve and I headed over to meet Kel and head down. 4 hours, lots of hunter-orange-clad rednecks, and one lunch break later we were in St. George. After a quick stop off at Grandma's house to watch the puppies play for a few minutes we were back on the road headed for Las Vegas.

Let me just pause for a moment to remind you all how much I loathe and detest Las Vegas. I was reminded why on this trip. We met up with everyone for a lovely dinner at the Sunshine Station buffet. I opted for salad and prime rib, followed with cannoli and lemon sorbet. Delightful! After dinner we made our way a few blocks over to the stadium to find our seats.

Luckily for us, we were right inside the stadium doors. I'm not sure I'd want to venture much further around that particular arena. May I just say, I love the fact that beer is not served at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Granted, some people have thoroughly partaken before a game even begins, but you don't have to worry about the smell, people driving home after drinking too much, getting someone else's beverage spilled in your lap, etc. This is not the case in Las Vegas. The people sitting in front of us were a testament to alcohol sales.

One woman, we will call her Mrs. X (because I'm convinced she had some in her system), was particularly smashed. Apparently this is the norm for her, since her mom said that last week she was passed out before kickoff even occurred. Awesome. The healthcare professional in me kept a close eye on her throughout the game, but she managed to stay breathing and keep her dinner down for the entirety of the game. There are some CLASSY football fans out there.

Well, we had a great time at the game, despite the Utes' best efforts to give the game away. We ended up winning, which is a good thing. If we'd lost to UNLV I'd have been teased mercilessly at work for some time to come. Maybe next time it'll be a prettier win.

Needless to say, we had a lovely time (as you can see from the pictures) but I'm glad to be back in the safe haven of my Salt Lake City bubble. These 2 day trips are hard on me, it might take me awhile to recover. And next time I head in a Southerly direction I'm staying longer than overnight.


jill said...

ok jonathan, i hope you recover soon. ;) looks like a blast, and i'm totally with you on the no beer thing in the arena.

Tara said...

Gotta love a quick roadtrip! It sounds like a lot of fun :)

Lena said...

I hate driving, so that would have been torture for me. I am lucky if I make it to St. George with out killing someone. I am glad you got to go, and even more glad that the Utes won!


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