Monday, September 12, 2011

do: game day.

this past saturday was one of the most important sporting events of the year for iowans. since we don't have a professional football team, the iowa vs. iowa state football game is huge. an epic rivalry. as i've mentioned before, i didn't grow up in iowa and didn't attend a state school, so i never had a strong devotion towards either team. but, it's way more exciting if you're actually rooting for one team or another, so...i finally chose a team. it all started with a little trip to iowa city i made one day last fall. it's so beautiful there and i have a little pipe dream to attend the iowa writer's workshop (though it's about as practical as me deciding i want to be a supermodel). i took the next step and bought a bumper sticker and the next thing i knew, i was rootin' for the hawks.*
*lifelong hawk fans might scoff at this, gotta start somewhere!
anyway, i had the crazy experience of tailgating for the game. my friend nicole is a die-hard, born 'n raised iowa fan and her family gets up at 4 am to tailgate every year! that's what i call commitment. i love it. anyway, nicole & i weren't able to leave quite that early (no sane person would babysit our children at 4 am), but we were still up bright & early and made it to the lot just in time. (by the way, this is just one small lot of many. i was shocked at the endless sea of tents and trucks. it was pretty awesome.)
i was super-excited. i wanted the full tailgating experience and nicole's family was the perfect group to do it with. one of the fun things about being there is, although it's a pretty intense rivalry, inevitably you have friends and family members that are rooting for the opposite team. so we put up with a lot of stuff like this...
we started the day off with boil-in-a-bag omelettes and busch light. i had never seen omelettes made this way, but i have to admit--it's pretty genius. you get a scoop of egg mixture in your bag and then they have all the ingredients for you to add. you squeeze out all the air, seal it up and write your name on it. then all the bags are thrown into a huge pot of boiling water and take about ten minutes or so to cook. they come out a little bit square, but taste great!
while we waited for the omelettes to finish, i got to witness nicole's brother perform one of the greatest tailgating feats i will probably ever see...
that lid was removed with his teeth, and the beer consumed in ten seconds.
after breakfast we walked down to the student lot which was a whole different experience. i definitely felt very....old. i even fell for the old,
"hey! you live in my dorm!" trick. which, i didn't even know was a trick.
i naively answered, "no dude. i'm old. i don't live in your dorm." to which he said, "no, i swear! floor 6!" and i'm like, "nope. i'm married. i have two kids. i don't live in your dorm." and we go back & forth until he finally admits it's a line. man, i'm old. and obviously my pick-up-line sensor is senile.

walking around the student section was seriously like being at the state fair. so many crazy outfits and crazy people. it's a people-watching dream. by the way: there aren't just students. all kinds of people are there.
like this guy...
his hands were enormous. freakishly large.
and apparently he goes to all the games cause all the students knew him!
and this guy... 
wow. just, wow.
and these two...
they weren't even together. i just got bossy and made them pose together.
and crazy kids doing a shot off of a water ski...
oh wait...
anyway, we walked around for a while, stopped at different tents and hung out with an ever-evolving group of people. there were bags games set up everywhere and pretty much everyone you met was in a great mood.

until....the game ended.


  1. i can't get over that huge-ass chair!!!! you certainly party with and around some interesting folk, and i have never heard of the dorm pick-up line. u of i fans will be back to the good moods this weekend, i'm sure. enjoy!

  2. That huge chair is awesome. And boil in a bag omelets? Genius tailgating idea! Looks like you had a great time!


  3. FUNNIEST BLOG POST I'VE READ IN A LONG TIME, YOU CRACK ME UP! HAHAHAHA, it was GREAT hanging out with ya...that shirt still cracks me up!!

  4. ha. i've never tailgated before. looks like a crazy time. p.s. i have been to the iowa writer's conference! you must do it! :)

  5. Where did you get that awesome shirt?!!!!

  6. shirt where is it from honestly SSSOOOO AMAZING
    iowa city is even better for tailgating ITS A MUST!

  7. Sounds like a great time! Haha- I love that you fell for that line and you guys went back and forth that long! Too funny :)

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