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Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Trip to Chicago to Watch My Favorite Rugby Team Part 2

Hi guys.

I have to tell you about one of my many fetishes.  Taking pictures.  As I've gotten older, my eyesight has gotten worse.  I hate wearing glasses.  They really restrict my peripheral vision.  I feel like I'm looking out of a TV set.  I see a border, a frame around things.  It drives me crazy.  So ... for years I tried taking my pictures without my glasses on.  You're right.  My photos really suffered for it.  SO!  I quit taking them for a while. 

Then came rugby 7's National Championships right here in my neighborhood.  I went to see what I could get my decent, inexpensive camera to do.  It has a wonderful larger screen for me to see the pictures as I take them.  That little camera did pretty good.  It got me hooked!   AGAIN!!!

SO, I found an Alaska airline $11.20 round trip ticket to Las Vegas (my first trip there) so I could watch more rugby!!!  I'm so hooked on this sport.  If I was younger, I'd be out there.  Anyway ...  My little camera did okay.  I missed taking pictures with my old 35mm Canon.  BUT!  I couldn't find a way for my eyes to work with it.  I came home thinking about buying a new 35mm digital.  BUT!  I decided I needed to go watch our wonderful team in California instead.  Being retired only allows so much screwing around, as my income is all but gone.  EEK!

As I'm writing this post I realize I didn't like my pictures in CA enough to post any of them.  SAD!!!

I went to Burnaby, BC after CA and got a few good pictures.  But, I took one that broke my heart.  It should have been a winner.  It was a little on the blurry side instead.  DARN.  It was a picture of one of the Canadian ruggers Phil McKenzie.  He stood there so I could take the picture of him and a wonderful man who volunteered at the matches.  There were 3 games that day.  When I got home I checked my pictures to see how they came out.  Not great.  Part of it is my seat that's too far away for such a small, inexpensive camera.  The rest is the user.  It made me nuts. 

I GOT ANOTHER $11.20 round trip ticket.  I HAD to go watch our rugby team play in Chicago.  2 days before I was leaving for Chicago, Verizon came up with a better cell plan for me.  I decided I could afford $5 more a month for 3 times the data that I could use.  SO!  I go to Best Buy to spend my $5 and what happens???  I ask this sweet young lady there if they have a camera section.  She says sure and points me in the right direction and said ... there's 12 months same as cash financing right now.   DING DING DING!!!

I buy everything I own with that type of financing where I can.   SO!  I came home with a new digital 35mm camera AND one bigger lens.  I figured I was going to buy a new camera before I go to Vegas to watch our rugby team in March anyway.  Why not buy it now while the financing is here and Chicago is just 2 days away.

That was a really long way to say I bought a new camera and here are some pictures of our National Rugby team that is right now at the Rugby World Cup in England.  So far they have played one game (my alarm went off at 3:50 am so I could watch this) and lost.  It's okay.  They'll get the next one:  Scotland.  If you want to check out any information on this world cup, click anywhere on this sentence to go to their official website.

Here are a few of the 1780 photos I took on my trip to Chicago and Minnesota!!!  YEP!  I did!  1780 photos and that doesn't count the ones I knew were bad and were erased!!!  Like I said:  FETISH!
Australia is one of the very top in the world.

Rugby banners were every where! 
Thank you CHICAGO!

While I love a good team.  I love players more! 
I ALWAYS have my favorites.

This is getting high in rugby!  That's Lou Stanfill.  You
met him last year on a blog post.  Click here ... he's the
guy in the dunk tank!!!  He's one of the nicest guys!

I am clear across the field and up the stands. 
Way up there!

Mike Petri, a high school teacher, floating in the air.

My favorite play, the line out.

Half time score. 
This is an excellent score to have against this team.

That's Danny Barrett going up for the ball. 
The ball is at the top of the picture.  Can you see it???

That's Lou during the game. 
He played a very good game!!!

Look how high Danny jumped.  WOW!

See that bearded man on the left of the ref? 
That's Phil Thiel our hooker. 
He hooks the ball with his foot. 

We played an excellent first half.  BUT! 
Our second half wasn't too good.  That's okay. 
They still did a great job!

I hope you didn't fall asleep during this post.  I don't know why ,,, but, I just kept going on and on.  Not next time when I show you some fun pics of wonderful textures I found on my trip to Minnesota!  Take care and thanks so much for stopping by!  Shell


  1. Oh my goodness, you got terrific deals on everything.

    WOW, I don't watch Rugby, so I am amazed at all the lifts.


    1. They are amazing. Some of these guys they pick up are well over 200 pounds! They make it look so easy. I love getting a good deal. With one income you have too. I just got another one. I booked a hotel room in Vancouver to go watch a hockey match. I found a better price, said so and got the better price ... PLUS a $50 coupon to use on my next trip. SCORE!!! I had no idea. It was a wonderful "thing" to find on a Monday morning. Have a great week!!!