Off to a Good Start

The full view of the ice, taken from above where home plate would normally be.
The full view of the ice, taken from above where home plate would normally be.

Happy New Year!

For the second time in five years, I had the great good fortune to kick off a new year at the Winter Classic — the NHL’s big, annual outdoor hockey extravaganza. In 2011, my cousin Kate and I went to see the Caps play on the road in Pittsburgh, but this year’s game was much closer to home. About a mile and a half, in fact.

I went to the game with my brother Brian and sister-in-law Jen — and without our planned fourth, our little sister Eileen, whose sick nine-month-old kept her family home in Texas for the week. We started off the day at my place with cheesy ham & potato breakfast casserole and mimosas, followed by a lot of layering. (When all was said and done, I had on five shirts and a jacket, and two pairs of pants, socks, and gloves, along with a blanket and hand/foot warmers for backup.) That said, though, the weather was just about perfect — cold, but very sunny. Our seats were in the shade, so all of the extra warm things came in handy.

I can’t possibly cover everything that happened (it’s gotten late, and I am very, very tired) so I’ll just share some highlights and a bunch of photos: Continue reading

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