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SF 49ers vs New England Patriots – Adventure Showcase #5

What a weekend! Back to back adventures left be pretty dang exhausted, but it’s nothing like what’s coming soon (*wink wink nudge nudge*).  So my dad’s birthday was a couple weeks back, and given my financial situation, I have decided to treat my loved ones to a higher caliber of gift this year. For my dad, that meant something big, really big. As a combo birthday/Christmas gift, I got us tickets to the 49ers’ game against the Patriots at Levi’s Stadium. We both haven’t been to a football game since I was super young, and neither of us had seen the new stadium up close before. I got some very pricey tickets for the second row of the third deck which, as you can tell from the picture, had a pretty spectacular view.

Getting there was no trouble. He was smart enough to know to leave hours in advance which meant we got some prime parking. After that, we got through security no problem (but without my coffee) and checked out the booths where free stuff is given out. I’m actually looking at my little Foster Farms football stress ball right now. We entered the stadium and had one goal, to find our (his) brick.

When the stadium was being constructed, they offered for people to pay for a personalized brick to be displayed. We have one at AT&T Park and my mom got him one as a surprise. levis-brickNow, this sounds easy, and even looked easy from the map I had, but there are literally hundreds if not thousands of names and bricks. It took me a hot second to find it but there it was, for all to see.

The next stop was beer, right at the top of a really cool escalator. I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures but it was covered by a huge array for blue LEDs. It felt like something you might find at an upscale Vegas hotel/casino. We got our cheap (only in quality, not in price) beers and made our way up and up and up until the escalators wouldn’t go any higher. The view of the surrounding city was spectacular from up there, and only gave me a slight bit of vertigo… Our seats were equally as spectacular.

Kickoff approached and the stadium slowly filled up with more and more Patriot fans. Tom Brady has the biggest fan club ever. For one, he is a local boy to the area. And two, some consider him to be one of the best QBs ever. The proportions between Patriot fans and SF fans was staggering to say the least. We got an air force flyover after the national anthem and then the game was on!

In terms of football, the 49ers held on much better than I though. They really only let things get away from them in the last quarter but still didn’t let it be the blowout I figured it would be. But, enough of that, this isn’t a sports blog, its a “listen to me ramble” blog. The thing that stuck out the most, and what made this trip a memory I’ll keep forever, was the rain. field-yes-rainHoly moly it rained and it rained and it rained! We were smart enough to pack ponchos which worked for a while. Even so, I was drenched by halftime. Nearly all the seats were cleared out as people looked for any slice of shelter from the cold and rain as they could find. We thought it would never stop raining. But I didn’t let that stop me from having fun. I pushed my sponges (shoes) to the back of my mind and I enjoyed the fact that I was lucky enough to be there. It will be a memory I’ll cherish forever.

All that heartfelt stuff aside, you can be dang sure that the second I got back to the truck I peeled the shoes and socks from my wrinkly feet and stuck them under the heater. Is there any better contrasted feeling in the world than that? Who knows where my next adventure will take me, but I know that I want to do more things like this.

 

Catching Up: Showcases #1-3

Some quick first notes:

I’ve had this blog for all of 20 minutes and it’s already time to fill in the missing pieces. But before that, I should probably explain what needs filling in.

My grand plan idea for this site is to document my adventures with thoughts and images that may not make it into a video (or might not make for good video). Luckily, my life is not super exciting (yet) so there isn’t much you’ve missed. This will be a modified version of what I expect a normal post would entail, less pictures and only general thoughts.  I would love feedback on the tone, feel, look or anything else associated with these posts.

Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Orion Griffiths – Adventure Showcase #1

My first adventure was to Pier 39 in San Francisco with my friend Alyson. We went to the aquarium, puttered around the touristy areas and watched a street performer. My overall review (another thing I might want to try out in normal posts) was that it was a good time, but felt short. While the Aquarium of the Bay is a great aquarium, I remember it being much bigger from what I was a child. Having become a grown adult (only in appearance though) it took much less time than, say, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is great for the casual tourist who’s only goal is to hit as many landmarks as possible in a short time frame, but left me feeling like there should have been some more. That may also stem from the fact that the internet has desensitized me from anything awe-inspiring so it takes quite a lot to impress me. That is more an issue with me than it is with anywhere I go or anything I do.

Below is the embedded video that goes along with this post (or what a normal post would be).

SF Sightseeing Part 1: Bay Area Science Festival – Adventure Showcase #2

This was part 1 of a 2 part series where I went to San Francisco (again… I know) with my friend Joey. As a giant science nerd, and a nerdy Giant’s fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go check it out because it was free. I went in knowing that it was probably designed for children and I, a child-less 25 year old male, would probably stick out like a sore thumb. I have never been more correct about anything.

The process of getting to the park itself was more about exploring than it was about efficiency. Instead of driving directly to the park like a normal person, we took BART in and then walked from downtown SF all the way there. Sure, we could have taken MUNI or UBER or a cab or something, but where is the fun in that? I got to check out some amazing views of the waterfront which, despite being able to see it from my work, I never really visit. (I use the term “see” very loosely because I can see pretty much the whole peninsula from my work). Once at the park it was pretty cool. There were thousands of people walking around and checking out various stations set up everywhere. Some had hands-on projects, some had giveaways and some were just about knowledge. As I predicted, I was the exact opposite of the target demo but it was still a good time. I would not have felt right waiting in line to show up some 5 year old with my amazing knowledge that “stuff” is “matter” or that how energy is conserved. Seeing as we didn’t want to get lunch in the park, we went to…

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SF Sightseeing Part 2: Wandering and Chinatown – Adventure Showcase #3

… Momo’s right across the street for lunch. This is where the real fun of the trip came into play. There were no more tiny screaming kids to trip over, and there was beer! Being a plain person, I ordered a plain cheeseburger and a Bud Light (because I’m classy like that). This might be a theme with any showcase I put out so I’ll say it now, I am not huge on “fancy” food. Give me a burger or a pizza and I am totally fine with that. Heck, a good portion of my dinners are chicken and veggies. I really want to drive this point home, my choice in plain meals has no reflection on wherever I eat. I went to the Blue Bayou in Disneyland and ordered a plain jane steak and rice instead of the more upscale meals they offer. I can talk about why I’m so boring in another post if it comes up, but that is for a later dates.

Back to my point. Momo’s had a menu with a ton of delicious sounding meals. It would definitely be on my to-eat list if I were that kind of person. Post-meal, we wandered up through the city in search of Chinatown. There was no real method to our madness, just looking for something to kill a bit more time. It was a bit further, and a bit more uphill that I expected which was no bueno on my legs after my 8 mile training run earlier that morning. Once again, I stuck out like a sore thumb. Nothing screams “I don’t belong here” than a 6’4 bearded white guy walking into a Chinese corner store. I’m sorry I am fascinated by looking at knick-knacks, but that’s what I’m gonna do. Joey and I parted ways and I headed back home. Despite the main goal of the trip (the science thing) only being a portion of the day, it was an awesome day. I could walk around a city with no real purpose and call it a successful trip, and that may be what a portion of these showcases are.

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