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Last December 2013, the San Francisco Bay Area and all of its San Francisco 49er fans said goodbye to Candlestick Park.

I’m not going to regale you about how much little I know of Candlestick. Truth be told, I’m a Raiders fan. (Yeah, yeah, boo hisssss, heard it alllll before.) I’ve been to the Oakland Coliseum 20 times more than I’ve been to Candlestick. But to be fair, I went to Candlestick before I ever stepped foot in the Coliseum — and that was for my first ever baseball game which was back in the 80’s when the SF Giants still played there, too.

But I digress.

The point is, the SF 49ers used to play there. They won a bunch of Super Bowls (that’s five) while they were playing there. Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Jimmy Johnson…these are names that have worn the red and gold uniform — names even those people who aren’t into sports have at least heard of.  Thus, I felt kind of nostalgic about the decision to demolish Candlestick Park and move the 49ers to Santa Clara (oh, and the drive would be further to see a game.)

But while I was nostalgic, the boyfriend was downright…sentimental. Emotional. Heavy-breathing kind of stuff.

So, as one of his Christmas presents, I bought us tickets to the last game at the ‘Stick.

Yeah, it was freakishly expensive, thank god for end of year bonuses to allow for impulse “I-love-you-this-much” moments. But I’ve got to admit, there was some magic there, especially since the 49ers were down with only 1:31 left in the game with the ball in Matt Ryan’s hand — and it was only by that one heart-stopping moment with NaVorro Bowman making an impressive pick and returning it for 89-yards that made me believe in game time magic and had me cheering like a mad diggity crazy eyes fan.  It is now famously known as “The Pick at the ‘Stick”.

Here it is from 49ers.com in sexy slo-mo: CLICK HERE.

And in not-so-slow-but-still-heart-stopping-motion:

And yes, the boyfriend was happy.

(Except it took us nearly 2 hours to get home — Caltrans…why you close 3 lanes on the Bay Bridge?!)

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Look at the HAPPY Smile on his face. =)

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Aw look, I even bought a 49er football-y beanie/scarf combo (because I forgot that Candlestick gets really cold).

On a funny note, there was this guy sitting a few seats away from us, and there was SO MUCH speculation that it was Jerry Rice…and it turned out to be MC Hammer. Haha! How terrible of us.

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Which is who? Who is which?

 

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Today (Sunday, 10/03/10) was one of those days that just flew by so fast because everything was just so great. Not that nothing went wrong–because, have you met me yet? It’s funny how so many people think I’m this responsible Type A personality, when in reality I’ve only learned to keep my mess and klutz in check for the sake of the human race.

Anyway, today, I have a lot to be thankful for so I should get on with it.

with my mom @ the Farmer's Market on the Embarcadero

PERSON: My Mom

There aren’t very many people I can count on to do anything for me, but my mom always comes through. She’s been there through the thick and thin, making the big sacrifices and all. But the little things also matter. Today, I was in such a rush to meet up with my tailgate buddies that as soon as I loaded my small cooler and bags of chips, I hopped into the SUV with them…and forgot my purse in my own car.

I had to call my mom from the tailgate to go to my car and please take my purse so it doesn’t get stolen. She does.

Later, after the football game, I realized that I had also lost my car keys. Naturally, I called my mom and she came driving up to Niles’s house with my spare keys. She was so awesome with her patience and just being there for me that I was so glad and thankful she is who she is.

EVENT: My First Raider Game, aka Being in the Black Hole

I loved my first NFL game. I loved that it was a Raider Game. I loved that it was with Tripps, PMaster, and Tim. I loved the tailgate and the little traditions. One such tradition: the line for the newspaper. Tripps sees my curious look and shrugs, “No one gets to touch the paper, especially the Target ad or the Best Buy ad before Tim.” I see. Tim grunts and pulls out the pages he wants and sits in his beach chair. At which point, everyone takes their piece of the Sunday paper, sits in momentary silence and reads.

 

w/ Tripps and PMaster (and his wolfman beard)

(Because I left my camera in my purse in my car, I had no Game Day pics. But I do have this classic one of the three of us at a Cal Game, which is just fine and appropriate because we’re going to another one next weekend anyway. Though, PMaster really needs some Cal gear…)

 

Another tradition: BEER ME, BITCH! –> apparently, PMaster is the Beer Bitch, and he must refill everyone’s beer or bring them a fresh bottle within five seconds of the last drop being drained from the current bottle. Tim told me that I had to yell at PMaster as loud as I could. Hence, “Beer me, Bitch!” I demand, and off scrambles PMaster to the cooler. It was 10 AM and I was on my third bottle. Wow, look at me.

Tradition III: Tim’s legendary burgers. They were GOOOOOOOOD. I asked Tim if the secret ingredient was love. He gives me a scowl and goes, “This is a Raider game, the secret ingredient is hate.”

Then, when we went into the Oakland Coliseum, we had to go to “The Wall” and rub Tim’s name with our “Non” Hand. The what Hand? PMaster explains, “You rub Tim’s name with the hand that you don’t masturbate with. For luck.” I crook my eyebrow at him, “Say what?” Awkward second ensues. Then Tripps grins, “We’ll be gentlemen and turn our backs when it’s your turn, okay?” Much better.

Music was also pretty fun and they had little dance-offs on the jumbo-tron which was mighty entertaining. They (over)played “I Gotta Feeling…” which annoyed PMaster to no end. He isn’t a fan of any other music other than growling and metal, so all the hip-hop and rave music blasting through the speakers only made him growl. Hahahaha! So, of course, Tim and I took every opportunity to “whooooo-hooooo” to the Black-Eyed Peas as loudly and as enthusiastically as we could.  I pointed out that the Raiderettes could not possibly shake their booties to Metallica, whereas Usher and Pitbull were far more appropriate (and in Tim’s case, much, much more appreciated).

The game was awesome, despite the Raiders’ loss. It’s not like one actually goes to a Raider game anticipating a win (*cough*) since it’s been a good 7 years or so since they were actually good. But a Raiders game is an experience, a sensory assault, and a real test of your virtue and patience. PMaster and Tim are two of the best shit talkers I know…and in a Raider game, that’s multiplied by a thousand other people. Then, there are the characters: Darth Raider, Raider Wolf, etc… the video below will give you an idea of such characters.

Needless to say, I had a helluva time at the game!

 

THING: Spare Car Keys

Well, yeah…back to reality. I’m so glad there are such things are spare keys. Otherwise, I’d have to pay a bazillion dollars to get a fancy-schmancy, inordinately expensive VW key.

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Are you kidding me, Burton? These are the Olympics, not the county fair.  I get that snowboarding has “street” roots and that most gear tend towards the baggy streetwear. But still. the Olympics. Couldn’t we leave the street wear for something like this and go for a little more class?

US Snowboarding Team Olympic Uniform

 What do you guys think?

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The Burton Clash is…A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

I read the reviews, and it was even featured on my “To Carve the Learning Curve” post a year ago. I finally put up the cash to purchase a used Burton Clash 142. No regrets.

I started snowboarding on a Burton LTR. It is probably the most basic of all beginner boards. It’s sturdy, wide, heavy, and will definitely get the beginner up and going. But it was a tough board to carve on. Good for leafing, not so much for the cruising and carving. Definitely do not attempt jumps on a board that heavy and unflexible. Overall, after mastering what my friend, PD calls “the ancient chinese art of Leafing”, I felt the need to move on.

I bought the cheapest board I could find on ebay. It was an Artec Vixen. It was cute; it had hearts. It was longer than my LTR. It was narrower. It was also lighter. I rode that board and didn’t want to go back to my LTR. It was just a lot lighter and easier to maneuver.  But it still wasn’t enough. I was catching edges. It wasn’t flexing.

So, I sold the LTR and used the proceeds to buy my Clash.

I rode it for the first time this weekend at Big Bear (Bear Mountain), and whoo boy…I’m in love. Okay, so I would disclaim that Big Bear had just had about 5-7 feet of snow dumped on it in the last four days, so the conditions were top notch (for Big Bear).  But the board…well, it made my day, too.  It’s responsive and light. It is so maneuverable that it made carving just all that much easier and snowboarding exponentially more fun. It’s got Cruise Control technology which really cuts on my tendency to catch an edge.  It’s slightly directional, so it’s set-back a little bit which makes carving a bit easier (i.e. catching an edge less likely). But it also means it’s not really for those who ride switch often (which is something that only happens accidentally with me).

It’s just great to find a board that fits. This is the board that will definitely help me progress. And to top it all off, it only cost me $70 on ebay. *grriiins*

Snowboarding is love.

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Success! I found a couple of fairly well-done videos of the 112th Big Game between Cal and Stanford. 

This is all just CAL highlights.

Below is one that also features some of Stanford’s points.  I, unfortunately, actually like Toby Gerhart.  I know, sacrilege!!!  I can’t help it.  He’s really good.  Fellow Bears, please don’t hurt me.

Still, a good watch. Only shows how exciting the game actually was.  I was late to a good friend’s birthday dinner…and my only excuse was I couldn’t possibly leave the game. 

I also like the second video for the Spirit. 

Roll on you Bears!

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This will be the MVP of my closet.

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I really want the Nike AW77 half-zip.  But the Men’s version, not the women’s.

I also want the same but in a reversible jacket form.

Mmm…Nike Men’s hoodies are the best.

And it helps that Manny Pacquiao is the model for it.

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