I went to a fight…

…And a game of Ice Hockey broke out. Yes, I know, its an old joke, but for me at least, a pretty apt one, as the only 2 games I’ve seen live both included at least 1 fight!

Why do I mention this now, well, isnt it obvious, the NHL season finally gets under way tomorrow, almost as late as a Trans Pennine Express train, and a much reduced service, looks again at my ‘wonderful’ train company lol! In case you’re wondering, no this ranks no higher than a distant 3rd for me in the ‘big 4’ American Sports, only beating the NBA for me. Comes 2nd in terms of regular season matches watched though, but only with 2, a long, long way behind baseball!

I sort of follow (extremely loosely) the Buffalo Sabres, for my pains. Hey, its only because I was following the Bills, Buffalo had an ice hockey team, and so…Funnily enough, their ‘junior’ team in the AHL happens to be in Rochester, but guess what, their last home game (unless they make playoffs) is the Saturday I arrive in town, so no, I’m not likely to add to my collection. I assume even in the AHL that playoff games (should they make them?) sell out to regulars anyway? If not, I might add to my collection, but…There will also be an indoor football league game on the Sunday in Rochester, but its a few miles out of town, so not sure if I will be able to get there or not. If I can, that will be my sports fix for sure, though. Roc City Thunder, I’ll give them a shout, who knows where it might lead? Rochester Americans are the ice hockey team, being fair to one and all.

This weekend, there are also a couple of more important NFL games, not that sadly due to timing, and an early start back to work on Monday, that I shall see much of them. Well, one half of one, none of the other in fact! I suspect the parking at Patriot Place might be quite full on Sunday evening lol. Yes, despite being divisional rivals of my team, I’ll have to cheer for them, I’ve been to their place this year. Stood outside the stadium, visited their excellent display, and had my picture taken ‘wearing’ a Superbowl ring too. Oh, and saw the trophies too! No, I dont think Kate, or the Patriots brainwashed me to say that, I’d have enjoyed it far too much to forget that lol! Hopefully the 49ers as well, given thats the 2 cities I know and love that are left.

Right, the video, back to the ice hockey joke!

We mustnt forget

Some would quite rightly say, one of my more serious posts on here. Tomorrow is the 11th day, of the 11th month, and 94 years ago, it held even more significance than now. Yes, the end of WW1. We cannot possibly imagine what they went through in that war, I doubt we could even imagine it as awful as I suspect the reality was. No, I’m not going to get critical of leaders on either side, just admire those brave men who followed their orders. All survivors are now gone to a better place, to join their friends from those awful battlefields once again. Indeed, earlier this year we lost the last survivor of the Battle of Britain, a whole war later.  So please, wherever you are, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, take a few moments to remember them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4NtSqZcT_4

On a slightly more lighthearted item, it was when I was doing my NFL picks this week, that I noticed one fixture, which probably means more to two people than most, Buffalo @ New England. A better placing in the schedule, and it would have been a game I might have been going to. But as the weather recently has proved, we did the right thing by not waiting for now to take that holiday lol!

One last addition to this, tomorrow is a very special persons birthday, and I just like to mention it here. No name, they will know who I mean, and for the rest, its just a nice milestone in their life. Someone who has done a lot for me, and surely will again, given the chance. Thank you.

 

Holiday, Part 2

And here for your edification is the rest of the week

Wednesday 19th

Much better weather greets us, I’m delighted to say. We meet up with James, and head out of Albany. The only comment I get as we head north on I-90 is that, no, we arent going to Rochester lol, anyone would think it was a well known fact I was a Louise Brooks fan, or something! Yes, for those who dont know, thats where she is buried. I will get there, but next September, under my own steam. In fact, as a signpost soon gives away the game, we are heading somewhere apt for 2 baseball fans, Cooperstown, and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Seriously, its quite some place, and if you have any interest in baseball, try and get there some time. I managed, with a little help from James in distracting Kate, to get her a little gift. Back to Albany, say our goodbyes to James, and settle down for rest of day.

Thursday 20th

The day we head back to New England, and again, I know where we are heading, Foxboro. Yes, where some NFL team called the Patriots play lol. Most of the day was a straightforward long dostance drive, so I wont say too much about that. In the evening, we head out to Patriot Place for a meal, and so Kate can impress me with the stadium. It works, the stadium is impressive, it has to be said. Then the fun starts! We go to a Toby Keith restaurant (no, name didnt mean a lot to me, but to US folks…I gather it does), and order our food. As a good Kansas loving girl, seeing an item on the menu that seems apt to eat, I order it, and enjoyed it. Kate ordered something else, but guess what, they bring 2 of what I ordered! Hilarity ensues, but credit due, before long, her correct meal arrives, though I had already started, as sense, and Kate told me to. But no, thats not the end of the fun. Given its now dark, Kate sets the sat-nav to get us back to the hotel, even though we have a pretty fair idea of the route. Halfway back, we want to go one way, sat-nav wants to go another! So, unwisely as it turned out, we listened to the sat-nav. Ended up in the entry way to a High School! Yes, we eventually convinced the sat-nav to take us where we wanted, but…modern technology is a wonderful thing at times lol!

Friday 21st

Back to Patriot Place, this time on a shopping and sightseeing trip. We both do some shopping, and then head to a ‘proper’ burger place for lunch. Yes, proper in the sense they grill it in front of you, as you order it, not any sign of tired pre-wrapped food here! Absolutely lovely it was too. Then I got inducted into the world of the Patriots lol, at the Pro Shop, and an excellent display called the Hall, over 2 floors. Not only, but mainly Patriots stuff, college, high school, and teams of the past from New England also get covered here. Oh, and I get to see 3 Superbowl trophies too, quite a sight. I also get to ‘try on’ a Superbowl ring at a display point. Yes, I was able to slip my ring finger in it, and for Kate to take my picture ‘wearing’ it. I could also nearly slip another finger in it too, to be honest lol. The evening, we head out for our final meal together, first place we try, very full (and I mean, very full!). Second place, not much quieter to be honest. We eye up a Japanese place, and I say as long as I dont have to eat Sushi…I didnt, had a very nice meal with noodles, and glad we ended up there. Back to hotel, said our goodbyes, as Kate was off early next morning, and I was being collected by shuttle to go back to the airport about midday.

Saturday 22nd.

I get up about 7.15, Kate’s car is still there, so thought I might get to see her off yet. By the time I’ve been to the little girls room, she’s gone, so I didnt. From here, for a while it gets boring for the reader, breakfast, packing, all those tedious things lol! Just after 11.45 I head out to the lobby, thinking I’ll be ready when the car gets there. Wrong, its already waiting, with a cute label over the door with my name on it. I felt a proper lady as he held the door open for me, and put my bags in the trunk. Again, after getting to the airport, nothing all that exciting or noteworthy happened.

As I said before, but will say again, so many thanks to both Kate and James for making the trip so wonderful. Thanks to Fenway, and Kates AO for letting her loose for the week too. Next big holiday, next April, part 1 of what I’m calling the Louise Brooks Memorial tour. LB may not have truly loved Wichita,, but part of her life was spent there, and I want to go take a look. Not sure if there is much of, or any indeed any trace of her left there, but I’ll have fun finding out anyway.

Right, part 2 musically, is a summing up of how most of the British Summer has been. This is so old, I cant find a live video for this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcfGCf7UGSg

The last day of a 3 figure number

Before you ask what thats about, its days to my next holiday! And will I need it by then, you bet I will! Yes, 100 days from today, I fly back to Boston, via Shannon, and team up with Kate. Sounds familiar? Yes, it should do, and I’m really looking forward to repeating it. In a sense, even more so, as I know her so much better now!

But please, dont ask for any more details about the holiday, I dont really know them. Well, apart from the fact that I return home the following Saturday via Dublin, thats about it. But in all honesty, for me, thats all part of the fun, not knowing.

Lets see, what dont I know? Where I’m staying is a good starting point as yet, I know Kate had plans on this front, but I’ve not got any details as yet. At some point she will have to give me my first night staying address, simply because the TSA like to know such things, but beyond that…? And of course, first nights stop, especially given possible plans for the Sunday, it doesnt follow thats where I’m staying for the rest of the week!

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get to an NFL game live for the first time. But equally, maybe not! Tickets for Patriot games are like gold dust, and given its the first home game, even harder to get. Mind, when I saw their prices on the website, I thought they cost gold dust as well lol! Makes our football matches look reasonable, and thats saying something. But trying to tell her not to do it, no, I’m not that brave lol!

Red Sox only have 1 home game that week, the Friday evening before I fly back, so the only Fenway I might see is the far more famous dog! If I get to the NFL, I dont expect to see the Red Sox anyway, but not convinced how much Kate will listen lol!

As to what we’re doing for the rest of the week, nope, I’m none the wiser on that front either, but thats definitely part of the fun for me. One or two ideas have been tossed across the Atlantic, but which ones will be taken up, and what has been planned without me having a clue about, no idea! Should all make for great fun though, it has to be said.

One good thing for the week, and has been hinted at, is meeting up again with a wonderful man by the name of James. There is one more New Englander I’d love to meet too, but suspect she might like her privacy too much for that. Hope I’m wrong though. I’m sure she knows who I mean lol.

So in less than 3 hours from now (UK time), that magic number will drop to double figures. I will be asleep by then, but anyway… And yes, I know, 99 is still a pretty hefty number, but at least there are only 2 digits to it.

And alright, call it pre planning, or call it sad, whichever you prefer, but I know where I’m going for my next 3 breaks to America, and a short list of 3 only, for September 2014. Alright, circumstances might have changed by then, but if not, its all planned out. Next year is settled, just not booked. April is to Rochester, NY, and September is to Wichita, KS. There is a connection there that some might be able to make! 😉

Yes, technically its the wrong way round, but anyway…And on the latter, if I can find any possible way to get to Cherryvale, KS, then I will! Looks Mission Impossible for a non driver, but anyway… April 2014, I’m going to visit someone on his home territory in Albany, and also enjoy the history there.

Video, no music tonight. Lets just say this was one of the more ‘entertaining’ moments of the last Patriots season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj-MGTgo1u4&feature=related

NFL Bosses, please listen carefully

I’ve read it in a couple of places, so I’m beginning to assume its true. The NFL schedule for next season will seemingly be announced on Tuesday evening at 7 pm ET. Funny thing is, its not on the NFL website yet, but is in a few other places so…fingers crossed it will be, then I can get my Autumn holiday dates sorted out at work before going away next weekend.

Given that the announcement will therefore be at midnight my time, I’ll find out Wednesday morning!

Itrs funny, this year is the first year when I actually care where a fixture is scheduled, namely the Bills at the Patriots, which if all things work out, will be the first regular season NFL game that I will see live, thereby giving me a full set of all 4 major American sports leagues live. Ironically two of the teams I’ve seen have since moved, hope they werent trying to tell me something lol!

So, if any schedulers for the NFL should read this, somewhere between Week 2, and Week 5 ideally, the Bills will play at the Patriots, OK? 😉 No, I’m not expecting them to listen, somehow lol. But hopefully, they know, and have… Regardless, I’m looking forward to meeting up with Kate again, and hopefully at least James at one point as well. Maybe more? Hint, hint, especially to one person. 😉

Kate might kill me for posting this, but hopefully I’ll survive, and its the meeting I enjoyed last year, unlike the return fixture!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4BSjE3zZuE

Go Bills!

Superbowl

Well if you’d told me before the season started that the Superbowl would involve the Patriots, I wouldnt have been surprised in the slightest. Mind, after 3 weeks, especially week 3, well I was dreaming of something else. Yes, unfortunately my moment of celebration when the Bills beat the Patriots was where things started to go off the rails for this Bills fan. And yes Kate, I’m putting week 17 down to one of those things you just forget about, though alright, I wasnt when we were 21-0 up, but the rest is best forgotten lol. Next season, with luck, and favourable scheduling, hopefully I’ll be at Foxboro for that game, though I might have to tone down my rooting for the Bills while there lol! Though I suspect that fan segregation isnt quite as critical at the NFL, as at the soccer over here! But even so, I suspect Kate might bop me, if I cheer too loudly for them lol!

Dont think I’d have picked the Giants though, was expecting it to be the Packers, or Saints in all honesty, but anyway…

Funnily enough, 3 weeks later, we played the Giants in New York, and lost by 3 points. No, I cant remember the details of how it ended, but seemingly we ran them close. So on that logical basis, the final should be close. Of course things never work out that way, a bit like the last time these 2 met in the Superbowl, the unbeaten Patriots were red hot favourites…and lost! Mind, as with all things NFL, despite only being 4 years ago, there arent many left from that occasion. Retirements, free agency and other matters have whittled down those who were there on that day, being in Indianapolis on Sunday.

But the fans remain, and yes Kate, I am including you! Funny thing is, there’s an equally big Boston & New York rivalry in  baseball as well.  😉

Me, I’ll be rooting for the Patriots, despite them being divisional rivals. I guess the AFC thing is the payback for that, also I want to stay on the right side of Kate! I know, James will now tell me he’s a Giants fan lol! Well, he might if he still commented here, so… 😛

And much though it hurts me as a Bills fan to  post this, its the best I could find,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D73UV1QCDPU&feature=related

Mind, Kate could be planning to transform me into a Patriots fan in September anyway, by one means or another lol!

Seeking out fond memories

And yes, not only is the title of this piece a corny wordplay on the group in the videos, this blog only really came about through what I term a You Tube hunt.

Alright, the least fond memory, 3 months ago, about this time, I was getting crazy ideas that the Bills might well be play offs bound, given the way their season had started. Sadly the wheels did finally come off the rails halfway through the season, and this Sunday was the day they were eliminated of having any chance of doing so. I know, they beat the Patriots (sorry Kate), but suspect the rematch isnt going to be so pretty on current form lol.

So yes, having pounded through some reading, I thought I’d hit You Tube for a while, and amongst things. I found 2 songs from a group of my youth. Yes, the videos are black and white, though one of them is from 2002! Both are covers of songs from the 60’s by the way.

The first is a Bee Gees song, though not the era most remember them from. I dont actually remember the lights going down any night while I was there, but I suspect they did, it was just that I was asleep by then.  I had a lovely time in Massachusetts, got to meet 2 lovely people there (well more than 2, but 2 principally come to mind) and this song let me look back on that. This is a 2002 video apparently, you can tell by the age of the group, because the black and white film wouldnt give it away otherwise lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=CUfUNNN68eQ

Ironically the older song has some colour images mixed into the film! Island of dreams might rank as a fanciful title for ‘The Cape’, but it certainly seemed a lovely place on my first visit. Planning to have a few more ‘dreams’ there next September too, really looking forward to that. There is Seatlle inbetween, which I’m looking forward to going back to, just hoping the long plane journey isnt too much for my aging limbs, thats all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrny8mK6gCg&feature=related

The really frightening thing is, I  do 95% know what area I’m going to in April 2013, somewhere in Northern NY state, just the final destination to be decided even now. You could say its a B.A.R choice! 😉 Think it will be the B, but dont quote me on that!