Friday, September 02, 2005

My (almost) first Bears game...

So my old friend Andrew Muchoney, Esquire, who I hadn't seen in a couple of months--he's a lawyer and works pretty much constantly--called me yesterday at work. Four Bears tickets for that night's last preseason game had just fallen into his lap. The tickets were even free, which considering the face value was probably like $65 a pop, is something. I'd never been to a Bears game before--I'm not a big sports guy other than being a rabid Cubs fan, assuming that qualifies one as being a 'sports' fan--but it sounded cool, and like I said, I hadn't seen Muchoney for a couple of months.

We were sadly unable to find anyone else to go on such short notice. In any case, I left work and took the El down to the Jackson station, which was like a hundred yards from Andrew's law firm. When I got to the office, a guy there wouldn't let me in. There was some complicated situation going on with an unaffiliated lawyer that Andrew knows who had been hanging around and acting in a manner that alienated several people, including Jen (Andrew's fiancee). After Jen cleared me as not being involved in this matter, I was let in, but nobody knew where Andrew was. We figured he was making himself scarce until this other guy had definatively cleared out.

But no. Come close to 7:00, Andrew comes stumbling into his (personal) office, and tells Jen and me that he had gone to the law firm's library, "closed my eyes for a minute," and basically passed out dead asleep on the floor. (Which is why Jen hadn't seen him when she had poked her head in there looking for him.) Finally he came to, although a button had popped off his shirt in the meantime. I should mention that aside from his normal insane working habits, Andrew had as well been to a Tori Amos concert the night before, and thus was running on even less sleep than usual.

So we finally head out, and grabbed a taxi. The driver laughed when Andrew told him to take us to Soldier Field, noting that it was more than a little busy and crowded out that way. But we told him to go ahead and try. After a short while, though, we got caught in jammed traffic while still many, many miles from the field. The game had already started, and we had no idea when we'd eventually get to our seats, given the traffic and our unfamilarity with the stadium.

And so, and with Andrew yet in a near narcoleptic state, we decided to just head back to the 'burbs and just catch Zombi 3, which I'd rented a month ago after Gangrene Widescreen hilariously reviewed it, and which had been sitting atop my TV waiting for Andrew and I to get together and watch it. The driver mocked us when we basically told him to return us exactly where he'd picked us up, pointing out that he'd warned us we'd never get near the field. And what could we say, he was right.

So anyway, we took the El back to Park Ridge, stopped for a burger, then headed to my place and watched Zombi 3.

And that was how I almost attended my first Bears game.

18 Comments:

At 8:00 AM, Blogger baby copernicus said...

And boy, did you miss a good game!

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Yes, that was the tragic part of it. (Bears 6, Whoever 16.)

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger Andrew Muchoney said...

Well, at the end of the day, Zombi 3 ruled. Although I still can't wrap my mind around how some of the zombies cold be karate-chopped to (re)death, while others could apparently still attack (and open refrigerator doors, and fly through the air) after being reduced to nothing more than a frozen severed head.

 
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At 10:18 AM, Blogger baby copernicus said...

Beth,

Being a new mother can be very hard, but it can also be very rewarding. Hang in there, girlfriend!

Ken,

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At 10:23 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Great, now I've got to leave the spam up to justify the 'wacky' response.

The movie was awesome, but I disagree with Andrew. At the end of the day, the cab driver ruled.

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger baby copernicus said...

Ken,

Delete them both.

This one too.

I'm tough. I can take it.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Future historians would quail at your suggestion! Warts and All! Warts and All, damn you!

 
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At 1:43 PM, Blogger Cullen M. M. Waters said...

Closer than I've ever come...

 
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At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Chris M said...

So you skipped out on watching drug addled behemoths bumping into each other for two hours on a patch of grass in order to watch a movie about drug addled actors bumping into each other for two hours.

I, for one, salute you.

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Tork_110 said...

I'm glad this wasn't a rant about how crummy the Bears are, since I'm a Skins fan and I have no pity for the fans of any other team right now.

 
At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Tork_110 said...

Wow, that came off as bitter.
The Redskins have been consistently bad and it's starting to get depressing. We also recently got a baseball team and I would have been fine with just that, but then the Nats had to tease us into thinking that they could make the playoffs. Gah.


So forget what I said. Sorry about that. Ken, I'd buy you a beer but I think my paypal account expired.

 
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