Wednesday, October 26, 2011
We did it. Part II.
Saturday could have been one of the best days of 2011. Let the record show that I am NOT a morning person. But there is something to be said for activities that require you to get up super early in the morning, there's like a built-in excitement for whatever lies ahead. Like an early morning flight...way more exciting than an afternoon flight. For some reason, waking up with the sun just makes it more fun! So Saturday morning we did just that. After going to bed around 1:00 a.m. (there was support needed in the beer batter making that was going on), we woke up around 6:30. The sun wasn't up yet but we downed some coffee, the boys packed up the portable party wagon (to the fricken BRIM) and we donned our maroon and gold. We were on the road to campus as the sun was coming up.
Sidenote: Since the ground breaking on the new TCF Bank Stadium on Campus I have been jealous of students at the U. When I was there (another way of saying, "Back in my day") we had to attend football games at the Metrodome. Which is, in case you're unaware, the WORST place ever to watch any sporting event. Especially when said sporting event is a Minnesota Gopher Football game. We hardly filled the stadium (which automatically takes excitement away). PLUS, it was no where near being "on campus" so you had to board a nasty, sweaty Campus Connector bus that was full of way too many drunk people. The threat of being vomited on was enough to keep me away. Now they get to walk to games, to a stadium on campus. And best of all, the tailgating is a HUNDRED times better because it's RIGHT ON CAMPUS. Lucky. So damn lucky.
So, back to the recap. The amount of stuff in Jeremy's car was out of control. Luckily Sae is small and she fit in the back (barely) next to a tank of propane. I sat three across in the front of the car with two former football players. We were cozy. Maybe I just had too much fun, but I also kind of feel like getting all cozy in a packed car adds excitement too?? (It's possible I was just excited and anything that happened that day seemed to make it more exciting...it's entirely possible.)
Awww, campus! Those house fronts are terrible (couldn't get over this one). We should buy mittens. How come we can't get into the lot? Oh the guy is hungover and didn't show up for work...Oh college! Let's listen to Party Rock! Quick unload the party wagon! Let's get coffee and bagels! Ha, look at Pat trying to get out of the car, he's crying like a baby being born, hilarious! Let's listen to Party Rock! Drink this coffee...getting wide awake! Chris Howard is so fun and he even has a baby! Remember when Homecoming was on a Tuesday? (WHY AM I SO OLD?!) Look it's Joe and Tripod! Hey BK is here! BK remembers the game on a Tuesday! Bloody Marys! Pickles! Wait, are we listening to Party Rock again? Hey it's getting warm, remember when we thought we needed mittens? How come all the men have capris on?
mins. Then there was a nice little calm before the storm. We even sat in chairs for a little bit. Got in a few games of bags, chatted about Pugs with Amy, and slowly gathered a larger group as people started trickling in. And then time literally flew by. I felt like minutes were passing like hours. People starting pouring in, other cars showed up. The lot was full and it was 3 hours into tailgating and it felt like 5 minutes. Beth came and brought champagne which quickly became Gopher Juice. Then more Alpha Chi's showed up and we suddenly had a group of AXO's. My BFF's came and it was official. We were doing it. Max Tailgating. It was like I had finally experienced a legend I had only heard about (and seen pictures of on facebook.)
Jeremy deep fried everything within reach. SERIOUSLY. He had a deep fryer and he was a master chef of tailgating. Other groups got wind of this and came over to witness his wicked tailgating chef skills. I talked about Price is Right with some kid. The band came and played while Howard stood in the middle of them. We listened to Party Rock 235 more times. BK played DJ and we had an oldies dance party in the tent.
(and for the rest of us to continue drinking...)