Tag: roadtrips

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Farewell Tour II (Day 2): Game Day in Los Angeles Canucks@Kings (Game 4)

Los Angeles, CA These Farewell Tour posts are becoming the bane of my existence. I really love doing road blogs, but only when they are in a timely fashion. I have many fond memories of sitting in bed in various hotel rooms across the League and blogging about my daily adventures. However, when you’re on a tight schedule and traveling a lot, you tend to fall behind with keeping people abreast of what is going on with your life. And soon enough moving to Korea will keep you from telling the world what you did in California for nearly 3 months! The problem is that the memories aren’t as fresh as they were back in Cali, and I’m sure, as far as the readers are concerned, having to wait 3 months for the details of an uneventful trip is unlikely to be worth the wait. Oh well! They can’t all be trips to Nashville.

Think, Katrina, think! What happened during Game 4 of the first round match up between Vancouver and LA?!! Hmm… Well, if I recall correctly I started the day off with a little IN-N-OUT Burger. Well, obviously! I can go one day without it, but definitely not two if I’m in IN-N-OUT country. After my tummy was satisfied, I was off for a massage in Santa Monica. It was thoroughly satisfying. Blyn had the hook ups! There was a cute “surfer” boy there, too. But as I racked my brain to think of the perfect plan of attack, I suddenly remembered that I was in Los Angeles and that this tanned beach man-bunny was unlikely to want anything to do with me unless I was 20 lbs underweight and glowing orange. What an asshole!

Prior to the game, I thought a nice relaxing cruise along PCH (Pacific Coast Highway for those of you not familiar with my November trip to Cali) would be fun. I was also on the lookout for a birthday gift for mother. Yes, once again this season, I was away on a hockey trip during her birthday. After my nice and blissful afternoon, I had no time to clean up before puck drop at Staples Center. Try to picture a gross, blissed out Canadian stumbling around with flat hair (yeah…I somehow got massage oil in my hair), which was great considering I made an unexpected cameo on Kings Cast again that night. I refuse to watch the episode out of fear of discovering what I actually looked like. I’m sure it wasn’t pretty. However, I did get hit on while roaming around on the concourse, but the guy thought my Twitter blue shirt was green, so, you know, only the blind were appreciating me that night.

Game 4 versus the Canucks was by far one of the greatest hockey games I had seen in a long time. It was a high energy game, and the Vancouver fans had come out in droves! I was proud to be Canadian…well…sort of…I can’t really identify with that whole “WESTERN” Canada bit. The Kings fans were going crazy, too. They were probably the loudest fans I had come across since my January trip to The Madhouse in Chicago. Relax, San Jose! I hadn’t been to the Shark Tank yet. Speaking of fans, I was lucky enough to be sitting next to a very knowledgeable sports fan from LA who gave me the most valuable tip anyone has ever given me. He told me about ATDHE.net a live sports streaming website that pretty much saved my life in Korea during the 2010 Stanley Cup run! Thanks, buddy.

Waiting for my rental car after the game, some creepy guys kept asking to go home with me. What was this?! Did they build an institute for the blind within walking distance from Staples Center? Aim high, guys. Go for the girl that looks like she’s been hit by a bus. Anyway, once I was back in the safety of my hotel room (alone), it was time to hit the sheets. I had to be up early the next day to burn rubber Northbound for San Jose and Game 5 of the Sharks/Avalanche series. Luckily, in Colorado the night before, the series was evened to 2 games a piece, and the Psycho Lady in me decided to do something crazy. Upon discovering that Game 6 was scheduled to take place in Denver at the same time that I had a coincidental 13 hour layover in the Mile High City, I was on the Avs ticket site with credit card in hand.

Top Photo: The picture I took of Staples Center did not turn out (naturally) because, like I said, I took it. So, here’s the one I stole from Kings Cast! :D

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My friend says this song reminds her of my NHL road trips…explain that one to me…

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Monday, March 29th, 2010

Farewell Tour (Day 4): Canadian, born Germany.

New York, NY Finally, my last day in New York City, and I couldn’t have been happier. Don’t get me wrong, I love New York, but I personally like to enjoy it in the non-touristy way. My mother, on the other hand (anal retentive), prefers to have a non-stop, boring agenda all day everyday complete with tour maps. Kill me.

Yesterday was another “great” museum day at MoMA. I opted to make my own fun by following around pretentious people and talk through my teeth while standing behind them, “MMM yessss this piece is JUUUUST brilliant!” I was also inspired to create a series of work involving pigs entitled, Mother. The Tim Burton exhibit was really great, mind you. Of course, it was super packed and I would have loved to crosscheck about a thousand people! By the way, what’s up with this painting? I didn’t get close enough to see who painted it, but it’s hanging in the lobby. Yes, I do have the sense of humour of a sixteen year old boy.

When my mom first propositioned this trip to Manhattan for my sister’s birthday, I figured I’d be able to get at least one NHL game in. I can’t believe my terrible luck that not ONE of the three New York area teams (Rangers, Islanders, Devils) were playing at home this weekend. It has been a very long weekend, and I hate everyone. At least I had a Philly Cheeseteak from Katz Deli (When Harry Met Sally) for dinner!

Anyway, I’m off to the airport in three hours and bound for Buffalo! Later tonight Lynxie and I are hitting the road and bound for this nation’s capital, which is also the heartland of the Psycho Lady Hockey haters club! Naturally, I couldn’t leave the continent without first paying them a visit *grins.*Can’t wait!

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Most memorable road track: Philadelphia (Flyers) 2007-08!

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