On a whim I attended last night's opening round WCHA playoffs in Duluth, Minnesota. It was the 5 v. 6 match up, Colorado College and Minnesota-Duluth. What follows is a running commentary of events before and after the game:
1:30pm ~ decided to try and find tickets for game. Purchased 3 on the glass seats on the blueline for $20.00 apiece on Ticketmaster. Must not be hard tickets to get.
3:00pm ~ left for Duluth. My boys (ages 14 and 10) are in backseat watching Season 1 of something called "The Amanda Show".
4:02pm ~ stop in Pine City, Minnesota for dinner at local Pizza Hut. Cheese pizza and bread sticks all around. Crabby waitress doesn't appear to be a hockey fan and doesn't bring us a box for leftovers until prodded multiple times.
5:39pm ~ arrival at the Holiday Inn parking ramp in downtown Duluth. For some reason they've set up the ramp so cars must drive on the left-hand side. Designer must have been from Britain.
5:42pm ~ on the glass elevator with what I assume to be a skateboarder. Pants on the ground.
5:53pm ~ on the way to the DECC we stop off and watch some curling action at the Duluth Curling Club. Olympic fever seems to be rampant up here, all curling lanes are full and bar is full.
6:30pm ~ sitting down in our seats we realize that there is no one else in the arena, well at least only about 100 people. We'd have a great opportunity to upgrade our seats had we not been on the glass.
7:02pm ~ last line of the National Anthem: "...and the home of the BULLDOGS!" Classic.
9:01pm ~ Twittered to @bruceciskie, voice of the bulldogs, "Wave!". Ciskie reluctantly agrees and gives a weak wave from press box.
9:47pm ~ Bulldogs win in overtime. Crowd of 3,461 goes nuts.
10:14pm ~ back at parking ramp, car not vandalized. It IS downtown Duluth.
10:30pm ~ kids fire up "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" on DVD player in backseat. Love the movie, especially the part when Pee Wee tells Dottie "there's things about me you wouldn't understand, things you shouldn't understand." True words indeed, Mr. Herman.
12:29am ~ made great time on the highway despite fog that was thicker than Rosie O'Donnell's back hair. Home at last.