Sunday, February 8, 2009
In the wake of the Big Win . . .
When we arrived at Jim and Nancy's home it was already obvious from the driveway that this would be no ordinary Super Bowl as the posters announcing we had arrived at "Steeler Nation" were hanging from the front edge of the roof. And then, there he was, resplendent in his "uniform" - Brother Jim bounding from the house to assist with carrying the requisite beverages into their home.
Inside it was quite the sight with various home-made posters lining the walls (including the bathroom - there were even yellow-gold towels on the towel bar and a Steelers logo bath towel on the shower curtain rod). And of course the Steelers Shrine!
The game was truly exciting and until the final seconds with that miracle catch in the end zone there was lots of opportunity for screaming (and I mean screaming) at the tv, hand wringing, cheering, praying - all the usual things that go with a close, meaningful sporting event.
And then there was the food - amazing dips (including a 35 year-old balsamic vinegar with lobster oil - you have never had balsamic vinegar until you've had an aged one - absolutely no bite and smooth smooth smooth!), oysters, gigantic prawns, chicken wings and even some champagne to belatedly toast Jim and Nancy's wedding anniversary.
So now, in the wake of the Big Win, things have been strangely quiet this past week. Just lots of work to do and organize, a trip to try to get ready for (to the Big Island of Hawaii), and now, as of this past Friday night, a lovely litter of whippet puppies to think about (should I? do I? will there even be one for me?).