|Chief Osceola and Renegade before the game started.|
(photo by Alan)
All our trips usually centre on precision timing since we cram so much in. But we were dependent upon my nephew to find us a parking place. This is not totally true, one of my dear friends and sorority sisters had graciously offered her parking permit in the Civic Centre and sent directions to get to her house to collect it and then we would have had to locate the Civic Centre, park and take the Spirit Bus to the game. Sounded ok in principle, but I was dreading the heat and knew we would not last the whole game, so what would happen if the bus didn't run until the game was over? Not to mention, our time was too tight and I believe we would have missed the tail gate party and meeting up with my nephew, Bobby, if we had followed our original plans. Meeting him was critical since he had our tickets!
So far we have not had time to shop so we didn't have a little throw away phone to use in the US and were not contactable unless we stopped at somewhere with WiFi to get on the internet. Halfway to Tallahassee, stopping at McDonalds for breakfast and to check messages, I discovered one from Bobby asking me to call him, which was impossible! We also could not use FaceTime or Skype since he was already at the tail gate party and didn't have the right technology with him there. He did have a more convenient place for us, but I had to finally use my work phone, which I carry with me since I can access the internet with it and that is the ONLY thing I do with it when out of the country.....no idea how much that call will cost, but it was an emergency and it save our bacon! And when I needed to follow up with another call to let Bobby know where we were in relation to meeting him for his parking ticket, it didn't work and we had to find another WiFi location.
I felt bad not being able to let my friend's husband know we would not be needing the information and permit he was waiting for us to collect. It was not til after the game and at least 6 hours after he expected us that I was able to send Carmen a message - using Chik Fil A's WiFi.
But the chaos and confusion surrounding the simple idea of parking was totally forgotten once we arrived. This was my first tail gate party! I had not been to an FSU game since 1977 and this just was not done then.
So far this trip, the weather has been atrocious and game day was no exception. It was absolutely pouring and could have been totally miserable, except this was warm rain and felt good. And it kept the temperature down so Alan and I did not really suffer, we were just wet. Not as wet as we could have been since Bobby met us at our car with fabulous FSU rain ponchos!
Alan and I were given wonderful seats close to the 50 yard line by one of Bobby's friends. We are so grateful for the wonderful location of these seats, and these had seat cushions with backs on them, ok they were wet, but you could swipe the water off! There was water everywhere! But like I said, not miserable at all.
|The FSU Marching Chiefs take up quite a bit of room!|
How on earth can they do this so well with so many members? Wow, wow, wow! And then, of course, they came on for half time.
The whole package of FSU football is amazing and I am so grateful to Bobby for organising this. Alan was thoroughly impressed with all of it, there is just nothing like this in Scotland.
Since FSU camera is so restrictive, we only had one small camera to use. The following game pictures are all Alan's:
Alan and I did leave the game a bit early to beat the traffic because -
1. we were looking forward to seeing Morgan
2. We had plans to see my sister and brother-in-law and wanted to spend some quality time with them before the big family dinner later and
3. we were very tired!
We drove out to meet Morgan, as planned at her place of work. It was so funny because she looked as shocked as if she did not know we were in town at all. Turns out she thought we were staying for the whole game. We had not seen her since April and it was great to be back together. Then we were introduced to Chick fil A's food and it was delicious! However, eating was a mistake because those 7 hours we had slept in the past 3 days caught up with us big time and we had to go to Morgan's for a serious one hour nap.
There is nothing like a family get together and I am so grateful to Nancy Anne for going to such trouble to make delicious food and maintain such a relaxed atmosphere. This is one of the things I really miss about not living in the US, or is it just not living close to family? Not sure.
|And the night ended with dancing in the street! |
There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled. ~Edward Lucas