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my first bulls game

Last night was my first Chicago Bulls game. I never went to see Michael Jordan play. Yes, that’s very sad. The Bulls handily defeated the worst team in the NBA, the Atlanta Hawks, 105-91.

I went with a couple co-workers. We had very nice seats. We were about 20 rows behind the visitor’s basket. Some United Center employees handed everyone signs that said “CLANK”. I don’t think the signs worked too well. Maybe it would have been more effective if we made the signs into giant paper airplanes and threw them at the Hawks.

I was surprised at how shiny their uniforms were. You don’t see that on the television.

I was also surprised at how fast the game moves. I have been to some high school and college basketball games, but the NBA is like hitting the fastforward button.

I was also surprised at how small the court appeared. Perhaps it was because we were behind the basket.

And of course there were the standard t-shirt tossing guns and races on the jumbotron. I was very excited to win a free cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee even though I hate coffee. GO TWOOOOOOOOOOO! GO TWOOOOOOOOOOO! (Everyone in the stadium was handed a flyer with either the number 1, 2, or 3. If you number wins, then you win whatever little prize they have to offer.)

They also had t-shirts falling from the rafters on little parachutes. One was coming down in my general area and some dude started pushing me. It got a little crazy for a couple minutes. The shirt wafted to another section and I was without a free shirt. They cranked up the air conditioning so the shirts would travel farther distances.

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Tom Saaristo
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Wow! You hate coffee?!

I wish I hated coffee. I get the worst headaches and nausea by Noon if I haven’t had my coffee. Isn’t that terrible? I never drank coffee until a S.O. asked me one morning for a cup of coffee. I didn’t have a coffee maker, I didn’t even have instant! I went out that day and bought a nice coffee maker, a coffee grinder and some nice fresh-roasted whole bean coffee. I’ve been addicted ever since :^[

Matt Maldre
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i drank from that same non-labeled glass jar in the back of the fridge too. I thought it was Kool-Aid, but it was really bad. REALLY bad. I never touched that container again.

Laura K.
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Laura K.

i would probably like coffee if i drank enough of it. i learned to drink tea properly in England – with milk. i get strange looks from American baristas when i ask for a cream to go with my hot tea these days. tea really toots my horn.

Tom Saaristo
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Oh! I LOVE Coffee Ice Cream … but only Haagen Dazs. I liked it before I even started drinking coffee. I loathe coffee breath too and always have some Eclipse mints or gum on hand

Matt Maldre
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wouldn’t it be funny if we loated gum breath?

Matt Maldre
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i mean “loathed”

Kristina J.
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Kristina J.

okay, i’ve also sampled from dad’s clear unlabeled glass jar. first time – yuck! it was cold. second time – i zapped some in the microwave not bad.

grad. school and student teaching made me a daily convert. nothing like a 5:00 am wake up call and a 7:45 performance to encourage a love for coffee.

Kristina J.
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Kristina J.

hey erik – maybe you can get a chocolate donut from dunkin donuts instead!

try a late-night run. the folks are usually nicer ’cause they’re not as busy.

avoid weekends in the ‘burbs!

Laura K.
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Laura K.

yes, chocolate has caffeine too. so a chocolate donut is really like solid coffee in a ring formation. mmm, tasty!