Saturday, November 29, 2008

We saw Stanley

look what i did without a kid!

This was a great idea by the wonderful Monica over at Knocked Up, Knocked Down. Check out what she did without kids here.

So I am bummed out because I can not find the pictures I've looked and looked but they are no where to be found, which BTW is so unlike me. It looks like I have some reorganizing to do. Anyway the story will have to do.

This Look What I Did without a Kid time was actually from before we were technically "officially" trying to conceive but we were also not doing anything to prevent pregnancy at this time. And this would not have been possible at all with children.

My DH is a huge, I mean HUGE, sports fan. So much so he will go into anybody's house even if he has never met you, and take over the TV so he does not miss anything. It drives me crazy but I Love him so I deal with it. I am a sports fan as well just not quite to the extent of DH. I grew up watching football with my dad and playing softball, volleyball,swimming, and bowling. I had never watched hockey. My dad didn't like it so I never learned anything about it. My DH on the other hand loved it! So when we met he taught me everything about hockey and I grew to love it as well. It also did not hurt that my home team the Detroit Red Wings were getting very good at this time. My love started for hockey in 1993 and then in 1997 the Red Wings won there 1st Stanley Cup in 40 years. So in 1998 the Red Wings were going for their 2nd straight Stanley Cup and we did not want to miss it. They were playing the Washington Capitals in Washington DC. It was the final game and we were going to go downtown and celebrate with everyone when they won.

The night before game day we decided, screw that we are going to drive to Washington DC. Now we only had about 160.00 to our name and no tickets but we both called off work hopped in the car and drove 13 hours over night which BTW was a feat in itself since I at the time was having panic attacks something like 4-5 times a day. It was not fun. But I figured we would never get a chance like this again so we drove. When you are having panic attacks you don't really like leaving the house let alone driving to an unfamiliar place. My DH (boyfriend at the time) was so patient because I pretty much made him stop at every rest stop on the way there just so I could see the map that says "you are here". He never complained one bit.

Anyway we got there and stood out side the arena hoping they would release tickets or someone would be selling some. We were there all day and no one was selling them and they did not release any. It was like being in Detroit though because everyone was there for the Red Wings. We had fun hanging out but when it got close to game time we headed to a bar to watch the game. At the bar we started talking to a couple and telling them our story and they were like "I can't believe you did that with no tickets". We said "we had to try". I heard someone come in and say "I have 2 tickets for sale: and I think I dove over 4 table to get to the guy. He then told me it would be 400.00 for them and I said sorry I can't afford that. Well the couple sitting next to us said they would sell us their tickets for 160.00 and they would buy the 400.00 tickets since they were better seats anyway. We bought them and raced to the arena. We sat in our seats as the sang the National Anthem. We got to see them win the Stanley Cup that night and it was amazing! I have some really cool pictures that someday when I find them I will post them. We then drove 13 hours home but this time we didn't need to stop every time because I knew where we were going. Plus we were high from the excitement of the win.

It was a day I will never forget and something that would definitely not been possible with kids.


Monica LeMoine said...

Uh, yeah - that 13 hour drive would have been rather hellish with kids. Can you imagine? Especially the totally ADD-kids of today.

Cara said...

Wow! What a story. I often think back to the thousand-kinds-of-flexibile we were before kids.

C said...

What a fantastic story, I love it! (And not just because I'm a Red Wings fan.) :) That's a memory to hold on to forever.

Kahla said...

That is an awesome story, definitely one for the books. :o)

JamieD said...

What an awesome story!! My Hubby is a sports freak so I know the feeling. The amazing thing is, since we have been together he has completely turned me and I might get more excited than he does.

I love spontaniety. It doesn't happen often but that makes it all the more special.

April said...

just caught up on soon as i saw your title, i knew it was about the wings :)

sorry to hear about your crappy t-day. i don't get it sometimes...


Shelby said...

What a great idea for a post and what an amazing story! I love last minute surprises like that and am so glad you guys got a chance to do that!

Lori said...

Well now, that's such a great story, except for the Red Wing part.


Very cool that you followed your bliss, though.

chicklet said...

I'm with the rest - this is a great story.