whether you are young or old, chances are that at one point or another, you had a bucket list. And no, I’ am not talking about the 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
The bucket list I’m talking about is the one where you kept a list of things you wanted to do before you died.
I wrote my bucket list when I was in sixth grade, way back in 1990-1991. With only three items on it, my bucket list was quite short. But I knew exactly what I wanted to do, so I didn’t see a need to add more items to the list.
Anyways, the three things I wanted to do before I died were (in no particular order): see a Rolling Stones concert; go to Wrestlemania; and travel to Dallas for a Cowboys home game.
As luck, and a lot of money would have it, I went to Wrestlemania XIV in 1998, and I saw the Stones in concert in 2002. That would leave only the Cowboys game on my bucket list, but even that was crossed off the list a few years later when the New England Patriots played at Texas Stadium on October 14, 2007.
My friends and I went all out that weekend. The pic above is from game day, and it was taken outside the old Texas Stadium. I’m the good-looking smart one wearing a Cowboys jersey. The scary one with the beard that looks like he just got out of prison is my best friend Laneit, and the jolly giant in the back is Furiated. The other guy is Furiated’s friend whose name escapes me at the moment, so let’s call him Chuck.
We booked our trip with a compaany that offered meet and greets with players, a tour of the stadium and the city of Dallas, a pre-game tailgate party, and even included some meals. It was and expensive adventure, but worth every penny. Not only did we get to see Texas Stadium inside and out, but we got to play football on the field!
After the stadium tour, we were taken to downtown Dallas so we could look around. When our bus stopped, the driver told us “If you look ahead of us, you will see Dealey Plaza, where President Kennedy was shot. However, if you look to your left, you will see the world’s largest Hooters.” Yeah, that bus driver may want to work on his transitions, just saying.
That night we had a private autograph signing at our hotel, and we got to meet Cowboys Jason Witten and Nick Folk. Furiated took the opportunity to tell Nick Folk that he won his fantasy game thanks to him. The meet and greet with the players was made possible because we were staying at the team hotel, another perk from the travel package we got.
All in all, itt was a great weekend, and it’s hard to believe its been ten years already. Those few days were so much fun, that I didn’t even mind that my boys got crushed by the New England Patriots. But the delicious Texas BBQ helped ease my pain.