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my first bulls game

Last night was my first Chicago Bulls game. I never went to see Michael Jordan play. Yes, that’s very sad. The Bulls handily defeated the worst team in the NBA, the Atlanta Hawks, 105-91.

I went with a couple co-workers. We had very nice seats. We were about 20 rows behind the visitor’s basket. Some United Center employees handed everyone signs that said “CLANK”. I don’t think the signs worked too well. Maybe it would have been more effective if we made the signs into giant paper airplanes and threw them at the Hawks.

I was surprised at how shiny their uniforms were. You don’t see that on the television.

I was also surprised at how fast the game moves. I have been to some high school and college basketball games, but the NBA is like hitting the fastforward button.

I was also surprised at how small the court appeared. Perhaps it was because we were behind the basket.

And of course there were the standard t-shirt tossing guns and races on the jumbotron. I was very excited to win a free cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee even though I hate coffee. GO TWOOOOOOOOOOO! GO TWOOOOOOOOOOO! (Everyone in the stadium was handed a flyer with either the number 1, 2, or 3. If you number wins, then you win whatever little prize they have to offer.)

They also had t-shirts falling from the rafters on little parachutes. One was coming down in my general area and some dude started pushing me. It got a little crazy for a couple minutes. The shirt wafted to another section and I was without a free shirt. They cranked up the air conditioning so the shirts would travel farther distances.

10 Responses to my first bulls game

  1. Tom Saaristo March 22, 2005 at 11:20 am #

    Wow! You hate coffee?!

    I wish I hated coffee. I get the worst headaches and nausea by Noon if I haven’t had my coffee. Isn’t that terrible? I never drank coffee until a S.O. asked me one morning for a cup of coffee. I didn’t have a coffee maker, I didn’t even have instant! I went out that day and bought a nice coffee maker, a coffee grinder and some nice fresh-roasted whole bean coffee. I’ve been addicted ever since :^[

  2. Erik Maldre.com March 22, 2005 at 1:41 pm #

    i made the mistake as a child by taking a giant chug of my dad’s chilled coffee in the fridge. There was nothing else to drink and I was desperate. I never knew exactly what was in the unlabeled glass jar in the back of the fridge. So I took my chances hoping it was Kool-Aid or somethin’. It tasted just plain awful. Nothing like Kool-Aid. Ever since then, I have had an aversion to coffee.

    Plus, I don’t like it when people have coffee breath. Major yuck-o.

    I tried cappucino or expresso or whatever the foo-foo coffee is called when I was dating a girl in college. She had one of those fancy machines. It had lots of white fluff on top. She tried convincing me it would taste good. We stopped dating sometime after that episode.

    I also tried some cappucino frozen yogurt when I worked at the ice cream shop. That was bad. You know you don’t like a particular flavor when it ruins the wonderful world of ice cream.

  3. Matt Maldre March 22, 2005 at 2:11 pm #

    i drank from that same non-labeled glass jar in the back of the fridge too. I thought it was Kool-Aid, but it was really bad. REALLY bad. I never touched that container again.

  4. Laura K. March 22, 2005 at 6:09 pm #

    i would probably like coffee if i drank enough of it. i learned to drink tea properly in England – with milk. i get strange looks from American baristas when i ask for a cream to go with my hot tea these days. tea really toots my horn.

  5. Tom Saaristo March 23, 2005 at 1:51 pm #

    Oh! I LOVE Coffee Ice Cream … but only Haagen Dazs. I liked it before I even started drinking coffee. I loathe coffee breath too and always have some Eclipse mints or gum on hand

  6. Matt Maldre March 23, 2005 at 1:51 pm #

    wouldn’t it be funny if we loated gum breath?

  7. Matt Maldre March 23, 2005 at 1:51 pm #

    i mean “loathed”

  8. Kristina J. March 24, 2005 at 11:15 am #

    okay, i’ve also sampled from dad’s clear unlabeled glass jar. first time – yuck! it was cold. second time – i zapped some in the microwave not bad.

    grad. school and student teaching made me a daily convert. nothing like a 5:00 am wake up call and a 7:45 performance to encourage a love for coffee.

  9. Kristina J. March 24, 2005 at 11:17 am #

    hey erik – maybe you can get a chocolate donut from dunkin donuts instead!

    try a late-night run. the folks are usually nicer ’cause they’re not as busy.

    avoid weekends in the ‘burbs!

  10. Laura K. March 24, 2005 at 1:05 pm #

    yes, chocolate has caffeine too. so a chocolate donut is really like solid coffee in a ring formation. mmm, tasty!

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