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Road Trip II: Electric Boogaloo
Week ended nicely. A last-minute piece of business came in that was win-win in many ways. No road trips this week, only one scheduled next- and in just under two weeks, Emily and I will be home from New York, putting a much-needed hole in my bucket list by seeing Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.

So what else to do, then, but work out the next road trip?

Don't get me wrong; I love Home. But I also love friends, and mid-March will bring several of them.

First, I got word that bellavaruka had just gotten an awesome Valentine from her husband- a March 13 night on Broadway to see Hedwig and the Angry Itch with the original Hedwig.  (I'd have gone for NPH, but that's just me;)  Ron and Kristin have never been to New York, and I was thrilled to learn of them being in my home state for the first time ever.

As karma would have it, a client may need a court appearance in Brooklyn around that time, so I should have just enough time to file the motion, grow a goatee, find a porkpie hat and acquire some free-range chickens.  I won't see them that night, but the following day, when they are free and around to explore Da City.

Rather, I checked out other post-court plans.

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Despite my leanings towards the Sabres of the past 30-odd years, I grew up as a fan of Long Island's two and only top-level sports teams, the ABA's (and briefly NBA's) New York Nets and the NHL's New York Islanders, both of which were original tenants of the Nassau Coliseum. This arena, one "town" over from where I grew up, was the major-league venue that our community needed and deserved to overcome its inferiority complex relative to "the City." It also opened in an era of county and state fiscal crisis, and thus was never completely finished (the interior roof, for one thing, was never completed beyond framework, and for years its scoreboard was the primitive carryover from the Nets' previous basketball-barn home). Still.  As Mets fans long said about Shea Stadium, It was a dump, but it was OUR dump. I have fond memories of biking over there, usually to cash in free Nets tickets to see Larry Kenon and Super John Williamson in the franchise's pre-NBA glory days.  Somehow, though, I never set foot inside for an Isles game- either then, or in the almost 40 years since departing the Island.

Until next month.

Screwed by a series of bad owners, and most recently hosed by a defeated town referendum that would have renovated the "Nassau Mausoleum" to current NHL arena standards, the Islanders- Long Island's only remaining major-league sports team- will be relocating to Brooklyn beginning with the 2015-16 hockey season. The remaining games in the Coliseum are down to low double figures- but one of them is the night of my expected court date, and also the night of my friends' Broadway visit.

Local fans, pissed at the defection, have made seats plentiful- and I was able to score some, seven rows from the boards for the Islanders' March 13 game against Ottawa.  My dear friend greenquotebook and family, longtime fans of the Fishsticks, will be joining me for my farewell to this frozen piece of my teenhood.   Best of all, since Ottawa is a far more likely competitor for the Sabres' chances at the #1 overall pick (and the Isles, likely, are not),  I will be able to root for my onetime team with a clear conscience that night:)

I'll then regroup in Manhattan on the following day, hope to catch Kristin and Ron, and will then head home, happy and hockeyed:)
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ecosopher From: ecosopher Date: February 7th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I should have just enough time to file the motion, grow a goatee, find a porkpie hat and acquire some free-range chickens.

Ha. This made me laugh :D
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: February 8th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
And I, in turn, am amused that you get that, being about as far from Brooklyn as you can get on this planet while still being on it;)
ecosopher From: ecosopher Date: February 9th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm far too versed in the cultural quirks of certain parts of the United States. Especially given I've never visited, let alone lived there :) Who says you don't learn useful things on the internet?
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