I apologize for being a day late with this post. I’ve been busy watching play-off baseball, and because my team is the Kansas City Royals, we’ve been playing extra innings all week long. I’ve been up watching the games until after midnight, and because we haven’t won since 1985, I’ve been too hyped to actually go to sleep until 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. So. This week’s edition of Photo Friday is happening on late Saturday, and it’s serving as another post in my 31 Days Project.
Last weekend, Sweet Husband and I made our way to Dallas to see the Saints play the Dallas Cowboys. We are a house divided. SH is a die-hard Saints fan – his tattoo is the Saints’ logo with their winning Super Bowl number. I am a die-hard Cowboys fan. A few years ago, we had made our way to Dallas with a bunch of friends to see this same game, and the Saints won. I was, of course, hoping for a much different outcome but I wasn’t too terribly hopeful.
After we had lunch at In n’ Out, we made our way to AT&T Stadium…even though it was 6 hours before game time. We had planned to do some tailgating, but 6 hours? It actually wound up being a perfect afternoon.
We sat in the sunshine, drank Coors light, and talked to the folks who made their way past. Poor SH took hell from the Cowboys fans and the Saints fans both. He finally starting saying that he was happy either way – if the Saints won, he was happy, and if the Cowboys won, he’d reap those benefits too.
We didn’t realize that you had a to have a parking pass to park near the stadium. All we knew was that taking a cab (our original plan) was going to cost us about $80, and that meant not taking our chairs with us. Every other professional game we’ve been to, we’ve been able to pay to park – somewhere near, for a reasonable price.
After some investigation, we got on Stub Hub and bought a parking pass for $50 – in a lot located three-fourths of a mile from the stadium. As we were making our way to the lot, approaching the Rangers’ stadium, which is just down from AT &T Stadium, a woman on the sidewalk was handing out this little green passes which wound up being parking passes that were for the lot we were driving next to – right there. Right there!
And with that, we settled in for an afternoon of beer drinking and laughter. We could have gone in to the Rangers game. I wanted to go in to the Rangers game – it’s been so long since I was at a professional game, and at this stage of the game, I don’t really care who it is that is playing. There’s just something about being at a game. Instead, though, we hung out with our beers, listening to Royals baseball on my MLB app, enjoying the sunshine and the characters that rolled by.
We’ve been inside AT & T Stadium before, so we knew what we were in for. It’s still pretty impressive.
I wish I’d gotten a picture with the Saints fans that we shared a beer with before going in to the stadium. We had a good conversation with them while we finished up the last beers that we had in our leave-behind styrofoam cooler. I didn’t wind up using my camera much at all, even though it was out and even though I had intended to. I sorta of made it a policy a few years ago to not really photograph the events that I attend. I used to be all about it because I wanted to document the occasion and I wanted to practice my skills, but then I realized that I wasn’t enjoying all of these fantastic concerts or events because I was too busy trying to get good pictures.
We went with party passes for the game because a guy I work with kinda convinced me that with the screens in the stadium, it would be just as good…and with a price differential of $130 ($30 for the party pass vs minimum $160 for a seat), we elected to go cheap. If we go back to the Dallas for a game, we’ll get seats. It wasn’t a bad experience, but it wasn’t what we had the last time around.
We handed my camera to the folks around us to get a picture of us together, but unfortunately, even with the settings flipped to automatic, the picture came out extremely unfocused and blurry 🙁 I should have let SH do the arm-length selfie.
We won’t talk about how the game ended, except to say that we didn’t stay for the fourth quarter, and poor, long-suffering SH did wind up happy in the end. I wish it had been a more competitive game. Through it all, SH was wonderful. I’m a lucky girl to have gotten to spend the weekend with him, away from it all and game day – early tailgating and all, wound up being quite a wonderful day.