Monday, October 1, 2012

Boise vs. BYU

About 4 years ago, I posted "I heart Nevada" about a 24 hour random trip that I took....and I thought you know, I am getting older, this may be the last one of these trips.  I was wrong.

At some point in the last few months I had asked for tickets to this game for a friend and then forgot about the request.  A few weeks before I find that I did get these tickets and the seats are kind of ridiculously, I HAD to go.  And when I thought of who to bring I thought, Jenny and I have not had a fun adventure in awhile (see the Twilight movie post) so this seemed like a brilliant idea. 

Here is how the 24 hours rolled out.....

1.  In prepartion for our trip, I go to get gas.  And my car will not restart....when I finally do get it going I call Jenny to see where she is so that she can stay with my car while I run up stairs and lock up my house because I worry that it won't start again.  That way we can drop it off at the mechanic and drive the MINI to ID.  She then informs me that I can lock my car up and just bring my spare key down to get back I drive a Volvo...the dang things are so safety conscienous that it will allow me to lock 3 doors but not 4 when it is running.  Apparently this has been an enough of an issue that they have now built them this way.

2.  My mechanic is one I have gone to since I was 15, so they know me by name and I can just leave my car there.  Here is the best part, when I introduce my cousin, the guy says to me and her "Eiko always smells so good" and then proceeds to fan my scent towards him and then does the same to Jenny.  So, because we don't look alike he assumes we smell the same?  Boys confuse me. 

3.  Jenny comments to me that this guy likes me.  My comment "he has a tatoo of a baby drinking a beer on his forearm".  Enough said.

4.  All of the hotels are sold out in Boise, so we stayed a few miles up the road in Meridian.  Jenny is in charge of directions....and so she gets us to a hotel.  We go inside I give them my name and it doesn't pull up, which with my name this is a normal occurance.  I then give him the confirmation number and he still can't find us.  When I ask if this is the Marriot Courtyard...he says that this is not a Marriot. Fail on Jenny's part. She tried to check us in to the wrong hotel.  The more embarrassing part is that we didn't see the sign or name on the building or the HUGE rug at the front door informing us of the name.  We fail at being bright some times....well most of the time.

5.  Game was great, seats were amazing and we sat next to some interesting dudes that flew their private jet to the game.  And yes, I did ask if the MINI would fit in the plane and we could go home with them and not have to drive back.  They said no.  I am fairly certain this plan was a win win.

6.  On our way in we were trying to park and got on to some one way road and ended up in some random tailgating/parking area.  But the lady informs me we can walk the Greenbelt to the stadium.  Matt and I have biked this so I kind of know where I am we park and walk.  Side note.  Jenny is still in charge of directions and knowing where we are and how to get back.

7.  Walking out of the stadium with 36,000 other people we head to the Greenbelt.  Let me paint you a picture of what this looks like at night.  It is a paved path like 10 miles long, river on one side, woods on the other and there have been some huge fires in ID.  So, it looks like a foggy horror movie and the dude behind us says "safety in numbers people".  We walk the wrong way and the crowd begins to thin.  Clearly we don't listen.  Jenny's phone dies.  We keep walking.  By the time we decide to walk back to the stadium and take a new route (the right route) it is pitch black, no lights on the path and my phone dies.  Awesome.  I tell Jenny that I hope she was looking forward to dying in Boise because I am pretty sure this path is a serial killers dream and we are idiot girls without phones, nav, light etc.  Good times.

We make it back to the car 2 hours later, when Jenny has to use the bathroom.  I tell her that she will have to go in the bushes and I will wait.  Well, the only other group that was apparently left to get their car has also returned mid-stream for Jenny....which made her pee her pants instead.  Yes, we are full grown adults who apparently can't deal with directions, convince men to fly us home and who now pee their pants in public.  What?  This is pretty normal in my life.

So nothing has changed since our twenties. We kill every road trip.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Boys of Summer - Dedicated to Nick

Tonight while driving home, I hear this song on the radio. Here is the thing I have probably heard it a thousands times in my life, however this time was different. As I am sitting at the light I have this flash back of my brother Nick and I. It was who knows some time in the early 80's and we had just figured out MTV and music videos, but this was so long ago this was when they only played actual music videos, and from what I recall not a huge variety.

So here is the scene, it had to be like 2am or something and EVERYONE was asleep but Nick and I would occasionally wake each other up and sneak into the spare room where a TV as and watch music videos....for hours.

This fabulous video was one of the many that we watched over and over and over. All I can remember is thinking that one day we would be that cool..... .just like those people on the video. And here I am in traffic driving home and 10 bucks Nick is doing the same! Cheers to my Partner in Crime on this random Tuesday.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Things for the New Year

Doing my annual clean out everything and I realized that my love for post notes is much bigger than I thought. I have found dozens with artists, songs and quotes in all of my filing. So in order to get rid of the colorful pile I have accumulated over the years I thought I would just share them here. Things to think about, to live by, to learn from and for a new year.

"Through adversity character is born."

"Living is not the same as making a life"

"Life always gives you a second chance"

"Always do something with an open heart - it is usually the right decision"

"It is wonderful to be needed and great to need and be able to say to someone 'I need' "

"To keep hidden, to lose you because of self defeating ideas is to die. Don't let that happen."

"Where ever you are, love where you are as it all starts there"

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own, after all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday"

"Your heart tells you what the mind cannot explain"

"People will forget what you said, forget what you did but will never forget how you made them feel"

"You can choose to blame your circumstance or fate or bad luck or bad choices or you can fight back. Things are not always going to be fair in the real world, that is just the way it is. But for the most part you get what you give. Let me ask you a questions - what is worse not getting everything you wished for? Or getting it and realizing it is not enough? The rest of your life is being shaped right now by the dreams you chase and the choices you make and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time and the rest of your life starts right now."