Today is a mad rush of final cleanings and packing as I prepare to head to Dallas to feed my love affair with the Dallas Cowboys. As a few of you may remember, my passion for the Cowboys started when I moved back into the country from the Philippines after living abroad most of my young life. So at 10 years old, the first thing about football I remember was watching Tony Dorsett break for that 99 yard run…and I was in love!
A few years ago, my boyfriend (hubby, now) booked us a trip through Maximum Sports to see our Cowboys play. (Thank Goodness he’s a Cowboys fan, too…or there may have been problems). On that trip we got the opportunity to see the Cowboys play the Houston Texans (we won!) as well as meet Jason Witten, Tony Romo (2 weeks before he became the starter) and Chris Canty (his rookie year…before he became one of the hated Giants). After we booked our trip, the only thing we had to worry about was the occassional lunch and sometimes, drinks. This cemented us as permanent customers of Maximum Sports. The icing on the cake is that the owner of the company, Ronni Sokol, is a fantastic person and a huge advocate for breast cancer awareness…she’s also a survivor. I’m lucky enough to call this wonderful woman my personal friend.
Since meeting her, I’ve gotten the opportunity to shake Emmitt Smith’s hand at the luncheon following his induction into the Hall Of Fame, not to mention watch him get the honor he so richly deserved. We’ve also gotten to hang out with some of our favorite Cowboys in the Bahamas! How many people can say they get a chance to do that?
In fact, this is a picture of my favorite nose tackle, Jay Ratliff, wearing a children’s play helmet at the dinner in the Bahamas the night before we left. He’s one of my all time favorite people…and players!
And here’s a picture of me with Bill Bates, holding one of his 3 Superbowl rings! Pretty cool, right? And he’s a really nice guy.
But my all time favorite guy is probably Everson Walls. For those of you who don’t know who he is…this wonderfully generous man actually donated a kidney for his former teammate when diabetes took it’s toll and began to slowly kill him. Later he co-wrote a book about his experience called A Gift For Ron. Since I heard he will be at the tailgate party, I’ll be buying the book and plan on getting him to autograph it. I’m telling you, he and his wife are such wonderful human beings…I was glad to get the opportunity to get to know them in such a different venue. Here’s a picture of me & hubby with both Everson and Bill, along with Kenny “The Shark” Gant.
Can you guys tell I’m excited? Outside of writing…what are you passionate about? What kinds of celebrities would you like to meet or spend time with? Which celebrities have moved you? Have you met any? If so, who? I love to hear about this stuff…
As you can tell, hubby and I are well matched. And if none of those apply…or even if they do…what travelling songs do you enjoy? Here’s what I’m leaving you with…Ha! You had to KNOW I’d be leaving some music.
When in Dallas…. 😉
Oh yeah… (Michael Clark Duncan will be missed)