OMG! Once In A Lifetime... for me
Let me warn you, da first day action is kinda long so if you at work, you may not have enough time fo' read. 😉
So it's Saturday night and about eight hours before we check-in and you'd tink we'd (I) be all set.
Nope. Not quite.
We had to drop off one of our dogs to my in-laws, build a 6x6 kennel for our other, take the clothes out of the dryer, cut the grass, move da cars and finish packing. Yeah, finish packing.
As I was done weed wacking the front yard (in the dark), I walked back up towards the house and see a silhouette figure in dark clothes walking along side of our house. The dog is barking wildly and this person looks like a he's staking the place out so I ask,
BL: "Excuse me?"
BL: "Excuse me?? Can I help you?"
BL: (ready to throw down) "OH JESUS!"
It was my father-in-law. 😯 He's a very soft spoken man (literally) so I couldn't hear him between the dog barking and my visions of some wacko lurking around da house that I'd might have to go shmall kine nutz on.
Oh crap. Then it hit me. Is it that late already?
My FIL (very punctual) was picking us up at 7:45pm and I still didn't finish packing and have yet to take a shower.
Anybody dat knows me knows it's classic BL action.
Da Wife asks me about certain clothes and she's throwing it in my suitcase (yes, she was all done with her packing a few days before), I'm walking around half naked grabbing all da electronic cords I can find, the cameras, the laptop.... watevahs and throwing 'em in my gizmo bag. My FIL mentions not to forget my phone and a few oddah things laying on da tv stand.
We're in da car driving down and Da Wife asks,
DA WIFE: "Did you bring your wallet?"
BL: "Uh, yup."
DA WIFE: "You got your ID?"
BL: "Uh, yup."
DA WIFE: "Did you bring the money and travelers checks?"
BL: "Oh no! I tink I forgot it!"
DA WIFE: "What?! Are you serious?"
BL: "Nope. I got 'em. Relax Babe..... no worries."
We get to da airport at 8:45pm (our flight is at 10:05pm) and there's dis HUGE line to check-in at United. OMFG! All dis time traveling red eye we've nevah seen a line like dis. Well, it didn't help dat da game was a blowout and it seemed like half da Wisconsin nation left da game early to catch their flight home at da same time. 🙄
As time ticks on and we move a foot a time, I start doing da "checklist" in my head. Cords, memory cards, cameras, clothes, no puka underwear, wallet, ID, cash, phone..... phone. Uh, wea's my phone? All I remembah was my FIL mentioning NOT to forget it and I made surah I nevah forget 'em on da tv stand...... cause I grabbed watevah was there and threw it on da couch!
Ai-goo. Bachi yeah?
Luckily my FIL nevah get home yet so he was able to turn around and go back to our house and look for it. Even mo' lucky I left da car/truck/house keys with him cause he was picking us up too. We finally got checked in at da kiosk and now it was a waiting game to see if he could make it before our time was up. Oh yeah, did I mention I thought I lost my small camera and while franctically looking for it for 15 minutes at da airport.... it was undah my carry on? 🙄 Not a very good start to da trip.
Wassap Wit Dat! (BL in da house!) 😉
He found da phone on da couch, made it back in time and we got through security quickly and boarded right away with about 10 minutes to spare before they closed da airplane doors. Oh yeah, I forgot my thermos so he brought dat back too. 😀
Whew! All of dat in less than two hours (had to omit some oddah WWD! moments cause dis only a blog eh).
Aftah catching da red eye from Honolulu, stopovah in LA, flying to Seattle and driving to our hotel - we've been traveling for nearly 10 hours and we only just begun.
It took us awhile to check into our hotel... well cause first I missed da cutoff and normally there's always one shortly aftah but of course, dis is WWD! so wat happened? Da very next exit was CLOSED! We had to drive about 10 mins before we hit anoddah one and at freeway speeds, dat's far.
We finally we're able to check in but we knew our room wouldn't be ready so we went to get breakfast - more on da hotel latah. 😉
*** I gotta say, Da Wife is da bestest in world cause believe it or not.... she planned our WHOLE intinerary to da very hour (give or take) using of course da excellent tips and suggestions we got from my co-workahs and da bestest posters in da blogesphere, Da WWD! Hui! 😀 ***
For those who love da Travel Channel and Food Network (Da Wife does too), we made surah to check out some places our two favorite foodie personalities have tried out. Guy Fieri stopped by Voula's Offshore Cafe and da buggah was packed! Both da line to get in AND da grindz! Funny da place, if you no back in your car... you get one ticket!
I tink EVERYTHING came with hash browns!
I had da HOBO. Seriously, it's called da Hobo. I tink I only got it cause it said Hobo. 😆
Da Wife had da Guy Fieri special... sorry, forgot da name but it was a twist on eggs benedict. It had whole wheat muffin, corned beef, sauerkraut, poached eggs and a thousand island hollandaise sauce.
You would miss it if you didn't look up cause it was high above da door
Da food was..... edible. Da hash browns tasted unseasoned and mines which had sauteed onions and mushrooms with sausage was surprisingly bland. Da Wife's "Fieri Special" was ono to her and I have to agree dat if you're a corned beef and sauerkraut fan, you gonna love dat concoction but dat thousand island hollandaise? Let's just say you gotta love thousand island dressing. Da portions are HUGE and you won't leave hungry I can gurantee you dat - most left with a doggy bag - but if you're in a hurry... dis place not for you.
We waited for quite some time in da cold and once seated, we ordered fairly quickly. It's da food dat takes forevah. 🙄 Das why had so much hash browns cooking one time on da grill cause it takes forevah. Unfortunatly, it took a bit longer than we wanted and guess wat? We missed da opening kickoff. 😥 I wanted to get in early and check things out but breakfast ran so long we couldn't make it in time for da kickoff
If you don't know by now, I'm a HUGE 49er fan! While I may not know every single stat or player today, I bleed red and gold evah since I could carry a football. It's been a life long dream of mine to watch a 49er game live (preferably in SF but Seattle did just fine) and now I can finally cross it off my "bucket list".
Before I post da ukumillion pictures, I gotta say, if you're a football fan and have nevah watched a pro football game live, YOU GOTTA! Man, da vibe and electricity you feel being surrounded by rabid fans is unrealz! There were quite a few Niner fans dat made da trip and although they were drowned out by da true blue and flourescent green fans, it only added to da energy. Let's just say - for those who've were at Aloha Stadium wen UH upset BYU with Ty Detmer - it was about 10 times more intense.... and these were two NFL teams with losing record teams playing each oddah! 😯
Qwest Field is very loud and it is frickin' hugemangeous! Although I was little disappointed - being a pro stadium and all - dat da walking areas around da stadium mezzanine and promenade looked almost ghetto. Nothing fancy, nothing glitsy - just sporadic vendors spaced around. Da stadium game field and seating was awesome and it took a long while to absorb everything!
Oh yeah, da game was pretty damn good too even though my team lost! 🙁 Da Wife was laughing at me cause while I was just estatic to be there, I was cheering silently everytime da 49ers made a good play.
And to keep da WWD! moments rolling - cause it hasn't stopped since da night before - Da Wife and I get to our seats and it is some FANTASTIC seats! I can't say enough about it but check out da Shout Out at da end. We were right around da 30 yard line about 18 rows up and a perfect view of da field both near and far. Luck would have it too dat da two seats right in front of us was empty and most of da action was happening on our side of da field so I had a clear view snapping away pictures. My first few shots were kinda messed up cause I had da wrong settings but at da start of da second quarter....... it got worse.
Da empty seats in front got filled by a wahine and her boyfriend.... who was 6'7"!!! Now instead of seeing da whole field, I could only see from da goal line to da 15 yard line on my left and maybe da same on da right. I blame my parents for being short but even if I was 6 foot it would have only made a small difference cause dis guy was wide too!
Wassap Wit Dat!
See wat I mean? Well I couldn't.... literally
I was on my tiptoes and trying to see in between shoulders of da oddah fans and caught glimpses hea and there. Like I mentioned before, da stadium is electric and NOBODY sits down! Da seats are for nothing! Seriously, no joke. 😆 Da whole game - except for called and tv time outs - EVERYBODY watches da ENTIRE game STANDING UP! Now those are some fans!
Nonetheless, I had a blast and even da guy in front - cause I told Da Wife he was 6'7" and had to find out so I asked - he sat down at times so I could see and later wen he found out I was taking pictures he moved to da side so I could take some pictures. Cool guy. He looks like Greg Oden both in size and features.
Da pictures doesn't do da stadium nor da game any justice but hea they are...........
Just in awe walking up da steps to dat....
Da second 49er touchdown (missed da first) and you can tell I had da wrong settings.... but it is kind of a cool pic no?
You know me and my 7's..... could it be a sign dat I was destined to be hea? 😀
Da Wife noticed dis.......
Do you know who numbal 90 is? 😉
Jus for you Uncle Rodney 😛
Now only if I was a Seahawk fan.... I definitely would get me one of those!
Kinda on cue - aftah da first Seahawk score, dis bird flew straight across da stadium
Maybe if they offered a Heine at a UH game............
Can you tell I'm happy? 😛
Now.... not so happy 😆
Can you tell it's cold?
Dis should have been da game winning catch but Vernon Davis missed da ball.... right through his hands into his face mask and almost intercepted
My man Patrick Willis
😀 😀 😀
SHOUT OUT: I gotta send one uku-hugemangeous shout out to a Kwonic who wishes to remain anonymous for da game ticket hook up!!! Not only did dis Kwonic drop it off at da hotel, but also gave us a goodie pack filled with travel info, gummy candy 😀 , chocolates and da bestest lifesaver yet.... pocket hand warmers! Da Wife absolutely LOVED dat one!