Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thankgiving Weekend

My Thanksgiving weekend did not live up to expectations. I had plans, most of which never materialized. I was going to catch up on sleep, get ahead on my work, and have some fun with my parents gone.

The weekend started off well. On Wednesday I went to Bryant Park for the Ranger event at the rink, thanks to a tip from my brother. I got there early, and it was fun to see all the Ranger fans let loose on the ice en masse. The rain let up and the fun began. I went by myself and made some long overdue phone calls while I waited for the Ranger players to show up. I saw the players make their grand entrance. As they went onto the ice I snapped some pictures (I always carry my camera with me because you never know what will be going on in the city and I love taking pictures) which I do not think came out. The players went to the center of the ice and were immedietely surrounded so I just hung out and waited until they came off to sign autographs an hour later. I did get bored during the wait, but a group of us made friends with the security guard. He told me where the Ranger employees were giving out their paraphernalia and I grabbed some for my brother and some for my room. The masks were pretty cool. Finally the players came off for their break (more photo ops for me). I guess dealing with so many fans swamping you can be very tiring, but they were only on the ice for about an hour. Twenty minutes later they came back out to sign autographs. Two players, Hall and Pruka, stayed in my area and the other two, Oartmeyer and I'm not sure who the other one was, went ot the other end of the rink (where you had to walk all the way around). I made sure not to mention to the players that I was a Devils fan as they patientely signed autographs and took pictures with me. Note to those out there, when someone gives you a camera to take a picture don't give the camera back before the flash goes off to take the picture. I had to ask Hall for another picture because the first one was never taken, and he was very nice about it. It's too bad I'm already a Devils fan because I had a lot of fun and the players there were very nice for the most part. Although when I went to try and grab autographs from the other two players they were taking off their jerseys and as they walked by me I asked for a quick picture, but they said they had to follow the schedule and keep moving. They gave me an apologetic smile and looked like they wanted to stop, but as the people directing them kept walking. Oh well. I was not happy, but even though it looked like they wanted to stop I was not going to chase after them. I just let it go and made my way to the bus because by them my toes were froezen and I could not feel them.

This time the bus home had heat. (That morning my toes had froze while waiting for the bus which came late and when I finally got on the bus it was as cold as outside. There was no heat and the bus was 45 degrees. The driver had turned on the heat, but it was onls only blowing cold air for the hour plus trip. My teeth were chattering as I got off early because there was traffic in the city and I couldn't sit still in the cold. My toes took about 2 hours to defrost.)

Over the weekend I did watch some movies, none of which were any good. Shocker. I did not get much sleep. Thursday was a little depressing both outside and in. I crashed at my friends house, where I am considered one of the family, which was a lot of fun. On Black Friday I decided to take my sister shopping and we had to be out of the house before 6:30. Not so much fun and now I have more returns. Saturday night I finally sat down to do some work and someone called who needed an emergency babysitter. I couldn't refuse and ended up watching the late Devils game through bleary eyes. Today, after a late night I refused to get out of bed until after 10 when I got a call from my friend to help with her essays due later that day. I have been working on them all day, but deadline is really tomorrow so the work goes on. Oh and there was no massive party, unfortunately. Maybe next time.

Sports summery: Three straight Giant losses does not make for a fun intro to being a football fan. I hope to get tickets to a Devils game asap because I have not been to one since that first game (I am embarrassed to admit). I am also impatientely waiting for the Yankees so sign more pitchers, my preferences are to bring back Pettitte and Lilly.

More poetry coming soon.


Blogger Pragmatician said...

what an activity packed weekend.
I never had the patience to wait after an event for autographs.

I recognized myself completely in the planning to do but....

5:50 AM  
Blogger Scraps said...

I'm sorry that your weekend didn't live up to expectations; it's always disappointing when you have a decent chunk of free time and you feel like you wasted it. I hate that feeling. I, on the other hand, had to work on Friday, so I had no such long weekend to waste. :-P

I'm looking forward to the poetry. :)

10:06 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Busy busy I understand your feelings it happens to me all the time.

11:01 AM  
Blogger bellanny said...

Prag- yup

Scraps- definitely disappointing...the poetry is on its way

swfm- so frustrating...but a part of life

8:24 PM  
Blogger Joe Schick said...


You have not responded to my e-mails. I need to know whether the tickets arrived.

12:32 PM  
Blogger bellanny said...

They did. I'm so sorry I didn't see the emails. I can't check that account from work and on the home page it said 0 new.

Thanks again.

10:38 PM  

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