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Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 9
Ticket City Bowl1-2-2012
David, Jessi, Rob, Mandy and Rachel
It's said that defenses win football games. For that to be true, it helps if your defense actually shows up. This was my first bowl game trip. While the team was a little upset that they got passed over by team's they had already beaten, it actually made for an easier trip. Airfare to Texas was much cheaper than Florida. Rachel's dad also lives in Fort Worth, so we didn't need a hotel room. Except for the outcome of game, it was a great trip.
The journey to the Lone Star State began very early for the Pittsburgh travelers. Mandy and I woke up and left Pittsburgh before 0430. The layover was in Milwaukee. The plane was delayed and we were the only travelers that didn't mind. It was a brisk 28ºF outside, which we only experienced briefly while getting off the plane.
We arrived in Dallas at 1130. Rachel picked us up at noon and we grabbed a quick lunch at Chili's near the airport before Jessi arrived. Traffic was interesting. All roads to the airport are circles. Exits have names, but no numbers. Jessi arrives from DC and we drove to Rachel's Dad's house in Lakeside, TX. The GPS on my phone was invaluable.
Once we got settled in Lakeside, we sat on the back porch to catch up and enjoying the heat and sun. It was in the low 70's. After getting cleaned up, Rachel's Dad dropped us off at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards for New Year's Eve.
While waiting for dinner reservations, we grabbed drinks at Filthy McNasty's. The main reason that we stepped inside was that there was no cover. The bar itself seems clean enough, until the guy with a snake on his hat came in. Yes, A live snake. Mandy was brave enough to touch a live snake on the head of a guy who was missing all four of his front top teeth. Luckily, our dinner reservation was early and we headed over to H3 with beers in hand. Dinner was excellent.
It was time to head to Billy Bob's Texas for Chris Young and New Years Eve festivities. The place was absolutely enormous at 127000 sq ft or slightly more than 2 football field's worth of covered space. It was interesting just to watch people during the evening. We saw everything from the Guy with Coon skin cap to girls covered in sequins (It's a honky tonk, remember?) The disco ball above the dance floor was a Mirrored saddle, instead of the normal ball. It was a little hard to see the concert and it was very smoky, so we left shortly after midnight central time.
SundayThis morning was a slow start as we all recovered from a long day of traveling and the late, smoky night. We had lunch at Joe T. Garcia's, a wonderful authentic Mexican restaurant. Jessi was excited to have a margarita.
From there, we walked (albeit slowly) from there to Stockyard Station to do some shopping. We also grabbed a Dublin Dr. Pepper. It's from the oldest Dr. Pepper bottler in the world and they still use cane sugar (no corn syrup). Mandy and I both got our pictures taken on a live steer. We also went back to Billy Bob's to see what the place was like when you could actually walk around. It seemed even bigger than last night.
We left Fort Worth and Drove to Dallas to for the pep rally on the steps of the cotton bowl. A large collection of Penn Staters gathered. We were able to pick up our bowl game merchandise. One of the bowl organizers, Coach Bradley, Dave Joyner, the blue band and an assortment of the cheer leaders were there with a blue-clad Santa Claus to cheer on the Team.
Jessi was also surprised to be greeted by David McIntyre (for our undergrad day) with his wife and kid. We got our picture taken with the Lion and while we were waiting in line, Dave Joyner (literally) bumped into me. "Excuse me, thanks for coming," he said as he walked away. We headed back to Lakeside and had dinner at the house. Sleep came early tonight.
MondaySo it's finally game day. It's a little odd to have game day on a Monday. We left Lakeside at 0730 and had no problems with morning traffic other than driving directly into the morning sun.
Not much was open, so we had cheeseburgers and fries for Breakfast at the old mill inn. Jessi had fruit. We watched the blue band play outside on this cold and clear morning. The sun was nice, but it was chilly in the shade. We ran into David again and got our pictures taken with a "Thank you Joe" banner that his friend had brought. He also gave us buttons. My season's collection of buttons is now complete. We all went into the stadium early to watch the bands play. Three skydivers brought in the game ball. With the expectation of the Blue band, Penn State's performance was terrible. With Bolden back in at QB, the offense could barely do anything. Defense also had a tough time with the Cougar's lightning fast offense. They were snapping off plays before we were even lived up. It took quite a while for us to get any points on the board. The score made it look at lot closer than it really was. On the upside, the Houston fans were OK. They weren't mean to us, but didn't really seem welcoming either. The final attendance was 46K attendance, so the stadium was about ½ full. Mandy and I slowly moved around the Stadium to stay in the sun, and eventually ended up on the Houston side. They actually did sell beer in the stadium, but who really wants a bud or bud light for $6? Yuck. Jessi and Rachel stayed on the shady side of the stadium. Jessi bought a Dr. Pepper at the beginning of the game that still had ice at the end of the game.
Rachel's travel plans changed, so we had to head home after the game. We did get a nice dinner at Riskey's before she had to leave. We shared an order of calf fries and I had the best steak I've ever had. The bone-in Ribeye was even better than the steaks I had in Argentina.
SundayRachel's dad was nice enough to drive us to the airport. We headed home. Jessi flew out first, while Mandy and I had a bit of a wait.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 8
"Thank You, JoePA"
Our last trip to State College for the season is typically a time to reminisce about the season and wonder about bowl game prospects. Due to the events of the previous week, this season's final home game was instead a time for Penn Staters and friends to come together to begin to understand the events of the week, mourn for the victims and show the world that Penn State is not defined by the alleged horrible acts of a few people.
Here's a brief time line of the week:
Saturday, Nov 5: It's a bye week, so no football game. The investigation into Jerry Sandusky is made public when he's accused of sexual advances and/or assaulting 8 boys between 1994 and 2009. The Grand Jury report is made public.
Sunday, Nov 6: Athletics Director Tim Curley and Senior VP of finance and Business, Gary Shultz vacated their posts following an emergency meeting. Both are placed on administrative leave and will be arraigned on Monday for making false statements to the Grand Jury and failing to report possible abuse of a child.
Monday, Nov 7: The University is oddly silent while the media is going crazy.
Tuesday, Nov 8: Joe Paterno's weekly press conference is canceled only an hour before it's scheduled to start, with a very vague note from the administration. Very late on Tuesday night, the Board of Trustees issues a statement saying that they were horrified by the grand jury report and would take "swift and decisive action" soon.
Wednesday, Nov 9: Joe Paterno announced that he would retire at the end of the season. His announcement would be short-lived, as the board of trustees announced at 10:30 PM that both Paterno and University President Graham Spanier, are both fired effectively immediately. Tom Bradley is appointed to interim head coach. Students are confused and outraged. As usual, they congregate in Beaver Canyon and some property is damaged.
Alumni at home were also shocked and confused, but alone. I know that I spent a good deal of time sending text messages to people who normally would have been asleep hours ago.
ThursdayIt's time to head to State College. Rob was flying solo this weekend and met up with Team CT at Wal-Mart around 6 PM. The weather was biting cold and windy. We all headed over to Champs for dinner. I got a bunch of texts asking me how it was around town and honestly, it was about the same. After Dinner, Chris and Rob headed to Darkhorse to meet Jeremy, Kevin and Meg. At first, it seemed like the town was a little dead, but it filled up like normal. The only real difference was that there were a lot of news vans around town. We got pizza, took some pig photos and cabbed it home.
FridayIn the morning, we cooked Breakfast in Rob's camper. Next, we headed to the meat lab. Kara was completely confused that Rob bought extra steaks and chops for Christmas gifts. After a brief Creamery stop, we headed downtown for some more flair. You just can't have enough flair.
Rich and Janelle arrive around 5pm. Nathan and Jodi arrive shortly after and we began our trek to the overnight RV lot. We are parked in an area outside of the normal grid. We were able to keep all utility vehicles at our site, which helped block all access to other tailgaters passing through our tailgate. One new item for this tailgate: an old recliner which Rich brought.
We began setting up our space and then we started heating up dinner. Janelle brought homemade pasta sauce, pasta, bread and a salad. Kara brought homemade meatballs and garlic bread. After dinner, we set up the TV and had a movie night. We watched The long, long trailer and Horrible bosses.
SaturdayWe loaded up the wagon and headed over to Join Mad & Suz's tailgate. As always, they had an abundance of great food such as: Beef pockets, bacon and cheese pinwheels, monkey bread, meat muffins, sausage links, etc.while we all discussed the events of the strange and crazy week.
We all gave Mad & Suz a card and small gift to celebrate their 10 seasons of tailgating excellence.
Kara brought Harley down to visit for a little before the game, but Rob left Chalupa in the RV since it was cold. Kara then returned Harley to the RV's and arrived back just into to head into the game, since it was a noon start.
As we settled into the stadium, anticipating the start of the game, a moment arised that will never be forgotten. The PSU and Nebraska football team met in the middle of the field for a moment of silence to honor and pray for the victims of child abuse. The silence that came over them stadium was such an emotional experience. It gave you even more reason to feel proud to call yourself a Penn Stater.
After the game, we headed back to Mad and Suzs' tailgate where we had some Roast Beef, Egg pop-overs and bacon cheddar burgers. As night was beginning to fall, we decided to head back to the RV lot so we could get the chili started for our Chili Cook Off. We also had cheddar beer soup, smoked ham, wings, deviled eggs and other munchies. It got cold quickly so we set up the fire place and heater. We gathered in a circle and began to play BUZZ. Mad and Suz made their way over to our spot and joined in on the game. After all our tailgating friends left, we moved the fireplace under our canopy and watched Bridesmaids. Rich and Chris fell asleep during the movie, so we packed up the TV and called it a night.
SundayWe woke up to a nice warm day. Since we didn't have a horde, cleaning up was easy and fast. We all left before 10 am.
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 7
Things that I did know going into Illinois weekend.
Things I did not know.
My co-worker Jen rode along this weekend. We rolled into the RV lot at 7 Friday night after a trip to the Walmart to stock up on winter boots and long johns. Now Jen was well prepared for the 4 to 8 inches of snow predicted for the weekend! After set-up at the lot, the Halloween weekend adventures began!
Jen and I headed downtown on the loop. As expected, the students did not disappoint. On our short bus ride from the stadium to the corner room, we saw a Trojan man, a sexy Scottsman, a Viking, and a slew of half dressed ladies (Who knew it was possible to make Hermione Granger sexy??!?). A window seat at the Corner Room gave us a fantastic view of the street to watch the costume parade! Over the grilled cheese and bacon and jalapeño burger, we got to see Waldos, nerds, a male pink bunny, Futurama characters, and box people. As if that scenery wasn't enough, after dinner we ventured to the Dark Horse where Total White-out was playing while dressed as the Anchormen! Over a few too many Tonto's Demises we were entertained by the Saturday morning cartoons: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Minnie Mouse, Tinkerbell (KISS was definitely out of place!). At the end of the evening everyone was having pictures taken. Jen's favorite was the guy who said, "It's ok to take my picture, I am a model." After closing down the bar, where better to take a Penn State virgin than Canyon Pizza for dollar slices and fun with the underage Mr. Peanut? If only the evening wouldn't have ended with a looooooong walk to the RV in the rain! Stupid Cabs!
As predicted, we woke up Saturday morning to snow falling and enormous hangovers.
We arrived and Mad and Suz's tailgate for Bacon and toasty cinna-mini buns for breakfast! What could be better?!?! As always, the tailgate was decked out! Warm apple cider on the stove all day long, and the cooking area was nearly a full service kitchen! A neighboring tailgater stops to ask for cooking spray. The response was, "why of course! Would you like Pan, Olive oil, or butter?" Jen's favorite new favorite food...Steak and Cheese pierogies! Yummy!
The 3:30 kickoff allowed us extra time to share goulash with the neighbors and enjoy THE BEST chocolate cake ever for Larry and Carol's wedding anniversary. Even thought it was Jen's Birhtday, she helped out by passing out food to the neighbors. Who knew we'd get to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary while drinking in the snow?!? The snow was coming down so hard all day that you couldn't see Mt. Nittany. We had to make something else to make the group photo interesting. I made a really bad snowman. Madeline, however, made a very good recreation of the Lion shrine with Olives for eyes. You can see it in the bottom of our group photo. Madeline and Suz also gave me a Halloween Flamingo to replace the kidnapped pink flamingo. This one was black with bones painted on the outside. It did look a little odd in the snow. Right before game time, a truck pulled and an seemingly drove of the Snow Lion. Little did we know that the Lion was safe and sound under the rear axle.
Want to smuggle food into the game? Hide it under a giant poncho! Want to eat the food you smuggled into the game? Don't let it fall out in the bathroom! Want to stay warm during the game while sitting in the snow? Buy some hot cocoa and spike with some honey! Jen really enjoyed our section because of the Candyman!! "You've got to move it, move it...".
And the game! What a nail-biter! Glad I am not the kicker for Illinois! Those darm uprights! The student section also shifted to fill in all of the gaps behind the goal posts. It was a sight to see. Check it out.
After trekking it back to the RV through the snow, we had to get updated of the OSU/Wisconsin game on Smartphone. There was too much snow on the TV antenna to be able to raise it. We had a few more drinks and I could tell that it was time to go to bed when I couldn't stand up.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 6
The crew arrived at Sam's club with much less delay then Bama weekend. Matt, Dave, Nancy, Jessi Puddy, Rob, Chris, Kara, Janelle and Rich were the first to arrive. Puddy was having break problems, so he went and dropped his car off at Midas and rode his bike back to meet up with the RV convoy. Matt and Rob arrived soon after. We arrived early enough in the staging area, that we were able to get the first row in the RV lot. We unloaded our trucks and then headed to the Darkhorse for Yuengs and Wings. We got there early enough and were able to get a large table. Chris, Kara and Janelle headed
Once again we woke up to rain. This has become a regular thing for our tailgates this year, all beginning with BWW. The guys walked over to the meat lab while the girls relaxed. There was a massive line, which cause the guys to wait over an hour to get to the counter. I guess when it comes to meat, a guy will wait forever. Once they arrived back, they gathered and drove out to Grice's gun shop in Clearfield, while the girls went flair shopping downtown and out to lunch.
When we finally got back to our trailers, we set up the canopies in out spots. The ground was still sopping wet and muddy, so Rich, Puddy, and Rob when out to get some straw and retrieve Puddy's car from Midas. The support vehicle lot was so muddy that Rich needed to put the truck in 4x4 to go down the hill. We then got back, we grilled up some meat from the meat lab and then headed downtown to watch the parade. It was already on its way, as we were walking down.
Chris stayed back and waited for his sister Kelly and her Fiancé, Matt. When we finally arrived at College Ave, it was 7:00. Janelle and Jessi decided to go to the Saloon and get a seat while the rest of the crew watched to parade. They were able to get two booths.
The parade was great as always, even thought we got a late start. There were plenty of great floats and some funny guys commenting on the slides near us. "America, Yeah!"
The rest of the crew started to trickle into the Saloon around 8 pm. We listened to Steve and Todd and then Velveeta. After consuming an abundance of Monkey Boys, we hit up Canyon Pizza, "rode" the pigs for pictures and then headed home. Matt and Chris decided to head to Marco's to continue to party.
Being it was a noon game, the morning flew by. It was much cooler than expected due to the wind. We decided to take the tarps off of the canopies to let the sun shine down.
We had bird nest sandwiches for breakfast, which were prepared by our amazing tailgaters, Mad and Suz. Before we knew it, it was game time. After the game, we had a nacho bar, which was a huge hit. We also deep fried our usual foods; mozzarella stixs, perogies, poppers, and a turkey. We also tried potato skins, which according to the box we were to bake not fry. We also had a sandwich bar, backed potato bar and ice cream bar. As it got later in the evening, we all huddled around the fireplace.
We awoke to a beautiful sunny day. We packed up our things in record time and hit the road.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 5
You could definitely tell that Big 10 season had started. I arrived on Friday afternoon. Unlike weeks prior, I was promptly directly into row 7, versus row 2 in previous weeks with a later arrival. My solo setup went well and allowed me plenty of time to setup. Josh and Tracey were the first to arrival for our late dinner at Kelly's Steak and Seafood. Oz got stuck in traffic on 322 and joined us during the appetizer.
Saturday morning was chilly but the temperature climbed quickly into the mid 60's as we headed over to Mad and Suz's tailgate. This was the first Caribbean themed tailgate. We enjoyed Mango Mamosas, lime macaroons, coconut shrimp, jerk pulled hawkeye (chicken) and other tropical fare in the warm sunshine.
Another unique creation was the Mexican Sheppard's Pie. This odd sounding but great tasting creation was born out of the planning for East Michigan game in late September. It was a wonderful combination of layers of seasoned beef, cheese, mashed potatoes with sour cream and peas.
Chris S, Al, Kim and Dave joined us at the tailgate. Chalupa was feeling much better this tailgate after he hurt his leg before the last tailgate.
It was finally good to get the Iowa monkey off of our backs. By the 4th quarter, we were cutting thru the Iowa defense with 5 yard running plays nearly every down. It was a good game. Final score 13-3
After the game we returned to tailgate and continued to celebrate the victory until about 10 PM when everyone packed up for home.
On this beautiful Sunday, I called up Jeremy and we hiked Mount Nittany.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 4
"There's a 2 Dessert Minimum"
This was the first college football game for my Mom. In spite of hearing about my tailgating exploits for years, I didn't have the means to host her for a football game until this year.
We departed Pittsburgh on Friday morning in the midst of lots and lots of rain. We arrived in Lot 19 at around 11:30 am and were able to park again in row 2. This time it was spot 13. After setting up the RV, we headed to Herwig's for lunch. We met Jeremy, Lauren, and Carter and enjoyed plenty of Austrian food. Mom didn't quite clean her plate and the Dad actually force-fed her one last bite of sauerkraut.
We went Flair shopping in the rain. I finally got a large print of PSU -ND 2007 white out game photo. We also stopped by Citizen's bank for buttons. This week's button was "All quiet on the Eastern Front" The Farmer's market yielded some fresh apples and apple cider. After visiting nearly all the flair shops on College Ave, we met Steve at the HUB and headed up to Creamery. Rain
When we made it back to the RV to let the dog out, it was still raining. I took a nap for a bit to recharge and dry out. The rain had finally stopped and we headed downtown again for dinner at College Pizza. After some drinks at the Deli, and took Mom back home for the evening. I ventured back to meet the Hasher at the Gaff and Tavern.
SaturdayThe morning's weather was much more promising than yesterday's. It was little cool but there was no rain. We arrived at Mad & Suz's tailgate around 0930. Larry and Carol were already there. Suz made breakfast sandwiches with extremely lean bacon. They were very tasty.
The lure of Orahm's Donuts (from Beaver Falls) attracted Carter and Lauren over to the tailgate for a bit. They were dog-sitting, Oscar, a very jumpy but good dog. Around 11 AM, Mom and I ventured into the stadium. She was amazed by the "sea of blue" walking east on Curtin Road as we headed west. We made it to our seats super early, about 35 minutes until kick-off. It was nice to see the team warm up before the band came on.
The game was predictable but still fun to watch and the sun continued to beam down on the Nittany Lion faithful. Paterno was back on the sidelines for the first half of the game. This was his first time on the sidelines this year. It was Jersey Day. The most worn jersey of the 95,000 fans was #22 for John Cappelletti or Evan Royster.
Senior D'Anton Lynn was injured badly in the 2nd half and had to be taken off the field on a back board. Players on both sides of the field were on one knee as the medical staff lingered longer and longer on the field. One of his attending medical staff fell off of the vehicle on its way to the tunnel. Lynn was later released from the hospital with all limbs working, but it's unknown if he'll be playing football.
After the game, we stuck around to watch the band and drumline play their post-game shows. The drumline was doing a competition for "White diamond."
From a now empty Beaver Stadium, we headed back to the tailgate. We were joined by Chad V., Chris S and Al. The girls made open face turkey sandwiches, for what we thought was going to be a rainy and cold tailgate. Luckily, it was hot and sunny. Suzanne quipped that there was a 2 dessert minimum. I finally went to retrieve the Chalupa from the RV.
Much like the Indiana State tailgate, we spent time telling stories while trying to keep out of the sun. It was dark when everyone decided to head home.
We drove down and had breakfast at the Green Bowl after seeing the typically long line at the waffle shop. Mom said that it was the best omelet she'd ever had. The sunshine made the day feel even more like summer than yesterday.
After grabbing the dog, we stumbled upon Forrest-fest at the Arboretum. After an hour or so of walking around the flowers, we finally packed up and headed home for good.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 3
"We are dominating nature"
Rob has been up at PSU since Labor Day and there was much initial uncertainty about being able to park in lot 19 for the game due to the amount of heavy rain that has pounded the state within the weeks prior to the game. Many e-mails and articles were sent around about the possibility that parking would be changed, but no final word until after we were already settled in.
Wednesday Night:Chad and Andrew arrived and joined Rob at the Fort Bellfonte Campground.
Rob, Chad and Andrew went to the Nittany antique tractor and machinery show while waiting for the rest of the crew to show up at Sam's Club. Around 4 pm we stopped by the RV lot just to confirm that they would let us park there and they indeed would. RV's slowly started to arrive at Sam's club. Rich and Nell needed to detour due to flooding in Rt. 322. Chris and Kara were detoured because of flooding on Interstate 80,
Friday:We woke up to some occasional rain and threatening skies, but it was otherwise OK. We began setting up our canopies and other gear. We decided to dominate nature by having over 1000 square feet of canopy coverage, when you factor in the trailer awnings. All that coverage plus the hay Chad brought to keep the mud down, our tailgate space was the place to be.
The boys made their way to the PSU Meat Lab while the girls stayed back to continue the set up. During that time, we had motorhome drama which gained us some more tailgate space, which was perfect for Jason's homemade beer pong table. Jason was also in charge of the stereo equipment since Carter was unable to make it for the first time in quite a few years. After the boys returned, we added the finishing touches to the tailgate, grilled meat for lunch and began drinking again. We met the Bama fans across the row, and invited them to come join us. Kori and Alaina finally arrived, which made the rest of the girls extremely happy. The girls planned on going out for "Little Black Dress Night", but decided to stay back and have it at the tailgate instead. The girls showered up and got all dressed to party. We made a dance floor under the canopy and had a blast. Good thing we didn't go out, since it began to pour.
After the girls went to bed, the men continued to drink. Rich decided to fill in some bama women how wonderful Nell was and that he doesn't do anything with the dishwasher etc. Matt go so sick of hearing about it, he took Rich for a walk to distract him. The men decided to call it a night around 2am.
Matt and Kori celebrated their 11 year anniversary, so we decorated with blue camo table cloths and had other goodies for them. They were very surprised. It was soon game time and we had to borrow a direct TV box from the Bama neighbors. While some were at the game, we had some drama between some tailgaters. A couple began arguing due to the fact that Bill gave this female some whipped cream. The male got angry and told his girl , "Go be a whore". She walked off and Nell, Kori and Alaina found her sleeping at another tailgate.
After the game, we continued to eat. It cleared out pretty early but we continued to sit around and drink. The girls began to clean up and the boys chipped it. It made it a lot easier for Sunday morning. The girls headed to bed while the boys partied till 3am.
Sunday:We woke up, finished the clean up and rolled out.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 2
Indy State was a quick tailgate. Unfortunately, as the first tailgate of the year, I forgot to take a group photo. It was very warm day. Between the late night and noon game, it made for very little time for tailgating before the game. This was our first tailgate in lot 25. The was also the first tailgate for the hasher bus, although they weren't tailgating with us.
Lots of sun and heat helped to quickly dispatch the Sycamores and the majority of our fans. Post game, the heat even stifled the revelry. Post game, we enjoyed sausages and chicken. Everyone slowly moved their chairs to stay in the shade of the canopy as the sunset.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume VIII Issue 1
"Get up NOW!"
Our Blue/White Crew was divided into two teams: Alpha and Beta
ThursdayAlpha team arrived Thursday and parked at Wal-mart. Alaina and Rob arrived first and set up chairs. We set up chairs and enjoyed a few beverages in the warm sunshine while watching State College commuters head home on Atherton St. Chris and Kara arrived and we got ready to head downtown. About the time we got on the bus, Chad and Andrew arrived with the Scamper. We went to the Darkhorse for Yuengs and wings and were joined by Jeremy and Heather. Chris and Rob grabbed a pitcher at the Gaff while people got pizza and rejoined everyone at the Brewery for Emily's toy box. We got some pig photos and then cabbed it home.
Friday was a busy and beautiful day. We planned a very aggressive schedule based on everyone's desire to see something in particular. We were able to do everything and more. We woke up and cooked breakfast for everyone in Rob's RV. The group headed out to Penn's Cave to "See it by boat."
All six of us squeezed into Chris's truck. On the way out to Centre Hall, we took a detour to get picture's of the Neff Round barn. It's a purely circular barn that's been in use for the last 100 years.
Once we arrived at Penn's Cave, we quickly noted that we were the only boat of adults. The tour was made a lot better, since we all had our own high-powered flashlights to look at cave formations on our own. Midway through the tour, Chris spotted an interested looking formation and asked what it was called. "It's called cave bacon" replied the guide "You should never leave that out of the tour," said Chris.
Next, we headed to the Penn State Meat Lab. As we were pulling in, we saw Mad and Suz. We picked up some sausage and beef sticks. They were out of steak already.
From there, we headed to Lion Surplus, near the new Blue band building. They sell mainly surplus computers and office furniture from the university. There weren't any gems this time, but it was cool to stop.
We the crew hungry again, we went to Herwig's for an awesome Austrian lunch. They even made Jessi a vegetarian platter. The staff's antics were not short of hilarious, especially when the used the pig puppet on Redneck Chad.
The crew meandered down college avenue in the warm sunshine to visit many of the shops to hunt for new Flair. After that, we divided forces. Half of us went to the distributor (no more bombers) and the rest went to the creamery.
Alpha team reconvened back at the camper for dinner. April, Mandy, Erin and many others people stop by to drop stuff off, while we were cooking and eating dinner.
Beta Team finally arrived. Matt and Kori quickly ate and headed to Champ's to watch the Pen's Game. Rich arrives and turns a tiny circle to get the end spot. E
veryone went to the Arena. The band started out OK, but got worse as the evening went on. They were just too loud. Everyone walked home and got some sleep.
We all awoke up to a dizzling rain. We got the convoy up and were at the stadium at 8:01… They had let RVs into the lot early. They did not let cars park with us. For once, we were able to park like my parking plan, only condensed. We had a team of people to set up Rich's new 12x26 tent. We then ate stuffin muffins. Lauren cooked up bird's nest sandwiches, which were also good. Jason and the Hasher crew joined in. People loved the new steareo setup were you could vote for the music.
With the rain and the cold, I had to set up the fire place fairly early. When I got it running, the entire party moved to huddle around it. People also took turns going in campers to stay warm.
Mad and Suz made good stuff for lunch. We had buffalo stuff chicken pork tenderloin along with other goodies.
It continued to Rain, Rain and rain. At several points, it was flowing past deeper than an inch. At least we weren't on the grass. Smitty came over the say hi. Later that evening we had deep fried candy bars. Rich also made Bananas Foster, which was a big hit. We had one more photo for the Stragglers then the tailgate began to wrap up.
It was very windy all night which keep some of the tailgates up all night looking out their windows. Around 5 AM, Matt pounded on all the RV doors and yelled for us to get up. He witnessed a 10x10 canopy fly up and over the scamper and tumble down the parking lot. We all gathered outside to help take down the tarp of the 12x26. There were beer bottles and food EVERYWHERE. We all went back to catch some sleep before awaking again at 8. The clean up process began. We all started to head home around 11 am.
For the Glory,
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