My tickets to the game fell through.
I was supposed to meet my parents down there, but my dad was hospitalized to remove his gall bladder.* He just got discharged from the hospital today and is in no way up for a trip down to Miami, so those tickets were lost to circumstance. I'm just glad that the old man is in the clear and doing well.
I had a few other leads on "reasonable" tickets, but they were all part of PAC events, and (ultimately) too rich for my blood. Plus, the last thing I'd want to do in Miami is hang around with a bunch of DC politicos for 5 days, so I'm sitting this one out.
I've been fortunate enough to go to three of the last five Superbowls (XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXVIII - I voluntarily sat out Jacksonville and Detroit for obvious reasons), and (in retrospect) I'm kinda glad that I'm sitting this one out. Every time I go, I end up in a corporate suite and have to fight through a crowd of loud schmoozing people (who could care less about the game) just to see the field. I'm not sure I could take it - I'd probably snap. Plus, it'll be nice to be able to have the benefit of my Tivo for replays and such.
I'm not even thinking of doing any sort of a party (which I've done every year that I haven't attended). I just want absolute quiet in the room with the surround sound cranked - No conversation, no food prep, no mixing drinks, just football. Well, football and beer, and maybe some left-over pizza, but that's it. I want to get in the zone and stay there.
I'm tempted to invest the money I would have spent on the Superbowl ticket/Miami trip on a 50" plasma screen HDTV and another 5" LCD screen for above the toilet, but I fear that if I do so I'll NEVER get Drinky Joe off of the couch (or out of the bathroom). Yeah, that'll definitely have to wait.
I'm not really upset about having to sit this one out. I'm just glad that my dad's okay, grateful that I've had the opportunity to attend 3 of these things before, and relieved that I will be able to watch the game without any distractions. I just hope that my cable doesn't cut-out (once again) during the big game. If so, I'm storming the RCN/Starpower offices armed to the teeth.
*I'm still trying to convince him to try selling it on the blackmarket for use in ancient-Chinese-boner-pills. That's money in the bank.