The Timbers, meanwhile, started their season last Saturday in Burnaby, BC, against their rivals from the North, Vancouver Whitecaps. I've got some pictures from the trip, and some other observations from the road:
- Apparently, we hit every patch of bad traffic between here and Vancouver, including phantom traffic in Shittle. I swear for a city that big, they never seem to open their express lanes, and when they do, it's always in the opposite direction I'd expect them to. I think they enjoy trapping people there just trying to get through town.
- I'm going to be happy once passports are required at border crossings, because there is no excuse for almost a 1 hour wait going up, and over an hour and a half coming back, and we we weren't at Peace Arch. While I admit our secret crossing spot may not be much of a secret anymore, it still bugs me that we wait that long for essentially a 30 second conversation about your trip. I'm honest with the border guys and don't mess around, and I appreciate the hard job they do, but I think having universal ID would speed up those processes quite a bit. I'm just sorry I never got around to getting a passport until a few years ago.
- I love Vancouver as a city, and the downtown buzzes quite a bit, but the construction for the Olympics makes it tough to get around. Everything is being ripped up on Granville street, which makes it hard to get about. I can't wait to see it once it's done, but after not being in downtown for a few years, I can imagine driving about is just a pain.
- Swangard is a nice stadium, and a good road trip experience. Girl and I were walking from the SkyTrain, and heard our fellow TA chanting almost a half a mile away in the park, and that made me feel like I was home. I also got asked if I had tickets to sell a couple of times, but the park wasn't full at all, so I'm wondering if people stayed away for whatever reason. We had a big group, and we were loud.
- I like our team a lot, they haven't been this creative in the midfield in years. Now, if we can only get people to put the ball in the net afterwards...
- Thanks to the Chateau Granville for a great stay, the Morrissey Irish Pub for some great food and drink, and the G Sport Pub for giving us a back area to watch the Trail Blazers - Rockets game 4 and for providing good food and drink.
I also enjoyed seeing a lot of folks in the shed that I hadn't seen in a while, and it was great to see the Cheerful Bullpen and Bitter End pubs full of Timbers Army. The sea of green is always a site to see, and we get to do it again today with another match versus Carolina.
Thursday was also special because Girl's birthday was Wednesday, and our Row N crew took care of her with drinks and attention all night. We have some of the most amazing friends, and it was great to see them honor her and she appreciated it a lot. Birthdays can be a stressful time, but it's nice to see friends do nice things because they care. I got her a collection of tulips on Wednesday with a special card, but she also got a neat flower to put in her hair from Sele, and the remaining Row N folks poured on the suds. She's doing pretty well now, and we even have evidence of our picture with her happy face. We are the famous Row N Infantry.....
I'll have more to post this weekend, but for now, that's all I have. Peace out, and enjoy the spring time weather.