Wednesday, December 15, 2010

a blizzard and a win

When we bought our playoff football tickets for December 4th I figured it was going to be a cold game. But I was excited to cheer on App for a third time this season, and I'd lived in Boone for a few years and dealt with cold games, so I figured we'd be fine going to a December game.

Fine?

Wrong.

The first day I could see the 10 day forecast and see Saturday it said it was going to be cold. A few days later it looked like it was going to be bitter cold. And then with the game just a few days away they started talking about snow.

But it was forecasted for later in the afternoon, and with our game starting at 12 I figured we'd probably miss most of it. The day before the game it looked like it was going to be a freezing game, and it said it was going to definitely snow, but I didn't really look into it. Big mistake. I should have read the snow reports. I SHOULD HAVE READ THE SNOW REPORTS.

Because it snowed. And it snowed good. There were several inches already on the ground when we arrived in Boone and the snow never let up. In fact, it snowed for five days straight. What's crazier is that it snowed back home a few hours to the east where A) it never snows, B) when it does snow it never happens this early and C) it never snows without a whole bunch of hype before it happens! So I guess maybe the whole state was just as surprised with this snow storm as I was.

So naturally we were unprepared for the winter weather. Not only did we not have boots on but the gamer didn't even have on a water repellent COAT! For all the snow gear we accumulated living in the mountains you would think we would have been prepared for a snowy football game, but we absolutely were not!

Upon arrival, this is the parking lot...covered in snow. Yeah, not cool.
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Before the game started we said hello to the gamer's old apartment.
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And then trudged our way to the stadium..
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And then stood in the blizzard waiting for the game to start!
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I was SHOCKED when we walked into the stadium and I saw snow on the field. I mean, I know I should have expected it but in all my time going to Boone games I have never seen a snowy field!
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It was unbelievably cold, and I just couldn't believe the guys were about to play a game!
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My sneakers were definitely not happy standing in the snow..
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We saw a lot of dropped passes during the pre-game warm up. Things didn't look good..
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And during the game it didn't help that the snow would be so heavy you could hardly see!
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I mean, look at that snow! It was crazy!
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I was wearing tights under my jeans, a hoodie, snow coat, toboggan, mittens, and scarf and was still freezing. I don't know how I ever survived living in Boone in the winters, because I am a big baby about being cold now!
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Halfway through the game I relented and bought extra socks - BEST TEN DOLLARS I EVER SPENT! - and put those on along with toe warmers in my wet shoes, and hand warmers for my mittens. I was pretty good for a little while at least!
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And then they had to come out and PLOW THE FIELD.
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Yes, freaking snow plows had to come out and remove snow off the field.
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I knew then that my time at the game was done. I had shown my dedication. I was frozen. We were winning by a LOT (thank goodness!) and it was time to leave!
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And then it took us over an hour to get down the mountain because it looked like this:
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Scary! No visibility at all and no median made it for a very anxious drive down. But once we were down I was shocked to see that the snow had continued...and continued all the way until we got home several hours later.

But it sure made for a pretty backyard view! I have a slight cold now which I blame on being out in the blizzard, but YAY for App making it to the next round in the playoffs! :)

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1 comment:

Lil' Woman said...

That is dedication...I would have had my happy butt in the car.