Monday, August 26, 2013

My Steelers Weekend

First off: How’s 96,530 words? That’s my word count for BITE ME before I start reading it today (and making sure I didn’t screw anything up). That means I’ve got 3,470 words to play around with. That means if my editor likes what I did with my character…well, I just can’t get my hopes up too much. Not yet, anyway. Let’s just say I’m stoked I did it!

I had a wonderful weekend in Pittsburgh. Warm, but not too warm. Not at all humid, either (yay). We arrived in time for lunch and walked up to Peppi’s (which is almost a requirement anytime we visit the city now!). While we were walking there, some idiot was talking on his phone when he leaned over and screamed at my husband. My husband, being who he is, yelled and raised his arm in such a manner that he knocked the phone out of the guy’s hands, in which it then fell apart upon impact. Needless to say, the man was angry and we got a lot of f’in’ this and even the N word (really??). No, he wasn’t black (and of course, neither are we). My husband said that maybe the guy would think twice before being an a$$ the next time. I told my husband I hoped he’d think twice also!! I’m just glad the guy didn’t chase us down the street!!

After Peppi’s we walked on over to the Rivers Casino. Last year my husband joined their club thinking we’d earn points for something good (not realizing they expire after six months - oh well). We did get a lot of free money promotions we couldn’t use. Ah, but this time they gave us $20 which we COULD use. Now, we couldn’t just cash in the money and say thanks, we had to spend it on gambling. So after spending the first $10, I made $9.60, which I gave to my husband (after he lost $10 of our own money-which he used while we figured out how to get our promotion money!). I then spend the next $10 and made $13.45, after which I went and got my own card (since we figure we’ll get double the promotions). So, with my new card, I played the $13.45 and stopped when I reached $24. So basically, we spent $10 and made $14 (but bet a total of $151 including the promotion, our own money, and winnings). I know, we’re lame gamblers. But we had fun! J

Anyway, here are some of the pictures we took at the game.

Taken on our return walk from Peppi's. Heinz Field is on
the left (but you can't really see it here).

This fountain wasn't working at Point State Park
when we visited last year.

We're here!!!

This is the Steeline Team (percussion band). They play
during the game, too.

I ordered seats 5 (bottom of picture) and 6 (where my
husband is standing). The map showed them together.
Apparently they aren't! How ridiculous! I'm glad I didn't
order 4 seats! We moved after half-time to two seats that
sat together.

Our seats might not have been together
but we weren't that far from the field (Row K).

Pregame scene. Notice the ketchup bottles on the scoreboard.

Whenever the Steelers are in the red zone, the ketchup
bottles lower and make it look like they're filling in the
screen with ketchup! I thought it was cool.

Had to get a picture of Troy Polamalu (#43). He moves
around so much, I had to wait until AFTER the play! :)
I won't bore you with more football game pictures, but I could! We have enough of them.
I do have to say, I felt relatively safe at the game. The guys with the guns were on the field and not in the stands (I can deal with that). But that bag policy is whacked out. I had a small camera bag, no bigger than my hand. The signs all say I'm allowed a clutch (about the size of my hand). While I was able to take it in, I was told the bag is not really allowed. It was smaller than a clutch! Give me a break!
We certainly got our money's worth. Game went into overtime. Unfortunately, the Chiefs won. Bugger! Overall, it was a fun experience and now we can say we've been to a game at Heinz Field.

So, what'd you do this weekend?



Jennette Marie Powell said...

Gratz on making word count! Your weekend sounds great. I'd love to do that for my DH - he's a big Steelers fan. He would have done the same thing yous did to the jerk on the phone LOL. My weekend was boring but I got some writing done!

The Happy Whisk said...

Wow, yours is the first post I'm reading this week and it's filled with goodies. Much congrats to you for all your continued hard work.

Looks like a fun day, too. Very cool beaners.

Happy New Week :-)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - Getting writing done is great. And boring weekends are good for that, too (at least, I think so!).

Ivy - Thanks! I'm hoping to have a good week. I head on back down to Atlanta on Wednesday for Dragon*Con!! Busy, busy!

The Happy Whisk said...

You are busy busy.

JeffO said...

Polamalu's scary fast. Glad you had a great time!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - I'm glad I got to see Troy play. It was also nice wearing his jersey and not get booed (not because his name is on it, but because it's a Steelers jersey).

Jen B said...

Wow looks like you had a great time. That is weird about all the bag restrictions, glad the crazy security didn't ruin your good time.

Congrats on the word count too! I'm excited that you are going to Dragon*Con next weekend! Take lots of photos - that sounds like so much fun.

I had a great weekend up here. On Friday I went for a 11.5 mile bike ride. Felt so good!! :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jen - Yay to riding your bike. I went on an 11.5 bike ride today. Was a bit warm, though, but it still felt good!

The Happy Whisk said...

Came by to tell you that Tim's mom got him a Steeler zombie gift today. Very cool looking. Will take pictures and post it. Fun stuff. It's a zombie, wearing Steelers stuff. Which works for Tim as he loves both zombies and Steelers.