Trains, Planes, & Automobiles
So WAY back in March 2008 - I stewed up my yearly attempt to surprise Jim with SOMEthing for his June Birthday - anything! I nailed down 4 Broncos Tickets, and roped-in R. Blatny & his wife, Darcy to conspire. However, Rick (ex-college football star) had his contingencies. Back in the day Rick played for The Nebraska Huskers. And since then, has remained an Allstar Fan! The deal was... if we could come to The Huskers' Saturday Night game in Lincoln - He and Darcy would tag with us to the Sunday Afternoon game in Denver. Hmmmm... and how might that happen Ricky Bobby? Try... a private flight to Lincoln; A midnight train after the Husker game - to Denver (AKA Hell); A commercial flight back to Omaha; a drive to Lincoln, and back on the private plane to SLC. Holy Moly.
Phase 1: Chuck Liddell
Much to our surprise, Darcy & I found ourselves at Chuck Liddells' private party... who is Chuck Liddell you ask? I still don't know. Sweet picture guys - now you're famous!
Phase 2: Go Huskers!
Who looks better in the corn-head?
Does anyone look good in the corn-head??
Rick is a Doctor by trade... but based on his photo-ops, I'm thinking most of the world would mistake him for a frat-boy-clown. And THAT, my friends - is what is extraordinary about Rick Blatny... He's sincere, super smart, and an exceptional MD - but he also knows how to play!
Phase 3: Here comes the train.
The delay from midnight - to 2AM started the night (or should we say morning) off with a kicker.
The nap from 12-2 sent us racing to catch the departure; and once aboard, I realized I was missing my purse. There was a FURIOUS passenger aboard who wanted to fight Jim & Rick for waking her, and our 'suites' turned out to be closets. Mmmmmm... the train is awesome!
Phase 4: Denver Broncos
There was Sunshine - and OH, there was rain. Broncos win!
We stayed at a great downtown-hotel in Denver - and went for sushi after the game. Rick & Darcy are hillarious and fun, AND - they love eachother - that's why we love them!