Monday, January 6, 2014 was my first “official” day back to work after being off for the holidays. Oh, and I also went to the ROSE BOWL!!! Clearly, I am still gleaming from my trip to Pasadena.
Don’t think for a second that I don’t realize how fortunate I am. I mean it’s not every day that your school’s team gets invited to play in the Rose Bowl. In fact, it’s been 26 years since Michigan State last played there.
I didn’t go to a lot of games throughout my college years. There just wasn’t any time between all the internships, working full-time, being a full-time student, and running the university housing channel. But I more than made up for the lost time with this experience. I had the time of my life!
And to think I almost didn’t make it there. Travel was just a nightmare. There were delays coming and going to California because of the arctic air. I met a fellow Spartan in Los Angeles who had traveled from Michigan. Her flight was more than two hours delayed from Detroit! I was coming from Mobile. So while the weather wasn’t an issue in the Port City, the backlog from other flights along the East Coast was.
I flew out on New Year’s Eve. I didn’t land at the LAX airport until 11:58 p.m. I had to ring in 2014 with more than 2.6 million other passengers, according to Los Angeles World Airports. It was definitely a stark difference from the last 10 years or so of celebrating the night with my husband—who’s a New Year’s Eve baby.
Tickets to the game weren’t cheap. We paid $650 for those seats. But they were right in the end zone! The cost of being at that game was priceless.
I still can’t believe my Michigan State Spartans won the Rose Bowl, and I was there to watch it all happen! It was an experience that I will never forget. No amount of words or pictures can do it justice.
I just remember walking to our seats. We kept going down, and down, and down the rows—looking at each other with each step. Each time we got closer to the field we screamed. When we finally made it to our row, row “G,” we started jumping up and down! We were just five rows up from the field!!! Needless to say, we were ecstatic!
I searched high and low for Michigan State gear, but all of the vendor stands at the stadium were sold out. That certainly matched the enthusiasm of Michigan State fans at the game, too. Spartan Nation was so pumped and simply silenced the Stanford people. It’s probably why they brought out the riot gear toward the end of the fourth quarter and only on the Michigan State side. From what I could see, everyone kept their cool, so the riot gear wasn’t necessary.
I was only in California for three days. In addition to the game, I also managed to take a mini-tour of the wine country. It’s amazing what a beautiful country we have. I went to a city outside Santa Ana called Los Olivos. The rolling hills among the vineyards are just breathtaking.
A girlfriend of mine who lives in LA is a producer on a sitcom starring comedian Tim Allen, called Last Man Standing. She was kind enough to give me a tour of the studios. So I got to see the other side of TV—the entertainment aspect. It was pretty cool.
By the way this entire blog was written by voice control. So if there are any typos or grammatical errors, blame Siri (LOL). Man I love technology. I also love those Michigan State Spartans! Go green.