Super Bowl 2014 – Dinner with QuarterBacks

We flew in to New York as the sun set. It was a beautiful sight, with a gorgeous pink sky as a backdrop to the lights of a big city beginning to twinkle. Upon arrival at our hotel, The Palace, we were whisked up to the second floor where there was a reception desk set up, given all our credentials and shown to our room. After a brief freshening up, we headed back down to cocktails and dinner.

Following dinner, we were entertained by Ron ‘Jaws’ Jaworski, and two well known quarterbacks: Eagles Nick Foles and San Francisco’s Collin Kaepernick. Jaws gave us his analysis of the upcoming game, and asked the young QB’s various questions about their own careers and their opinions of this years game match up. Then it was opened up to our small group to ask questions.

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Being the shy mabel I am, of course I stood up and asked the only NON-football oriented question: “Who, in your life, was the most pivotal, inspiring and motivating person in your life? Who was it that helped you to get where you are today?”

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I was extremely pleased to hear both young men answer that they were inspired by their hard working, self-sacrificing parents who instilled self-discipline, drive, and a work ethic that has helped them to succeed. As a parent of two young adults, it was rewarding and affirming to know that we are instrumental in the creation and development of a successful person!

These young men were just charming. After the Q & A, we had the opportunity to chat personally, and grab a photo with them. I found both to be honest, humble and a true delight. With the over-hyped characatures the media puts on display for public consumption (our Vikings escapades are a horrifying example), it’s easy to stereotype all football players in a less than flattering light. It was a pleasant experience to have those preconceptions shattered. These are athelets I would be honored to have my child look up to and role model!

That about wraps up day one. Tomorrow: Dinner with Dione

*I currently have no photos to attach, as I’m trying to figure out how to get the photos off my phone and on to my ipad (apples streaming isn’t working for some reason), and so I will have to add the pictures later. (One of these days I WILL master technology!)


SuperBowl Bound-Day One

I didn’t expect my first post back from hiatus to be a trip to the Super Bowl, but, well, my life is unconventional at times, and I’ve learned to roll with it! So, instead of sharing my travel advice from sunny Puerto Rico, (to break my writers block) I am going to give a day by day, blow by blow, of our fun filled time headed to New Jersey for the All American event called ‘The Super Bowl’. (I will be sharing my Puerto Rico traveling tips, and gluten free experiences when I get back, be patient!)

Currently as I type, (I intend to keep it current daily, yeah, nothing like good intentions!) I am winging it from snowy frigid Minnesota to snowy but less frigid New York City. Yes, I know, the Super Bowl is in New Jersey, but we are staying at the Palace Hotel in NYC. It’s ironic really, as my husband and I are not football fans. In fact, we really are not sports fans in any traditional sense of the word. Our girls were equestrians. Yep, we lived the horse world, from which we are recently, (and too be honest quite happily) divested. Not only are horses a budget buster, (the things we sacrifice for our children!) but it is a sport which can be rather singularly individualistic. Me, being well, me, I made it a party. Loving to love on our group, it was not unusual that a typical ‘show’ would consist of a chicken cesear salad ‘luncheon’ to be eaten in lawn chairs in the scorching sun surrounded by a lot of hot dirt and dust. Equestrian is not a ‘team’ sport in the normal sense of the word. The girls did have ‘teammates’ who rode with the same trainer but when it came down to the wire, it was my girls and their horses who did the competing. It most certainly is not an environment where a bunch of fans all congregate, have a huge party and get noisy wild! No, it is a slow paced, patience testing, mentally challenging, endurance sport. Lots of hurry up and wait. The sport is stamina testing, learning how to keep calm and relaxed under duress for extended periods of time, (so as to keep the horse and rider calm and yet focused) which can be a grueling marathon for both horse and rider. So, when I say that the game of football is lost on me, I mean it sincerely. It is a world which, having horse-loving girls, we did not experience.

So, you might be wondering, why am I excited?

IT’S A PARTY! And that, my friends, is right up my wheel house! Parties? I know those! I know how to host a party and I know how to appreciate being a guest, and we are lucky enough to be guests of a group that knows how to not only have fun, but knows how to make their guest feel special! That, is a party I cannot refuse.

When we arrive in NYC there will be a reception and if past experience holds true, we will be meeting with the new up and coming rock stars of the NFL. More to come….