You might have heard that last week Southern California experienced some pretty unusual rainfall. Cats and dogs type rain. Rain – that if it were Midlantic snow – would have sent locals off fighting for bread, eggs and milk. But being Southern Californians, we didn’t really know what to do except maybe say, “Man, is it ever raining.”
And we almost always like to see rain here in parched San Diego. Except when the Beloved’s mom visits from the east coast and gets to spend the first four days of her visit housebound. Yay for togetherness.
The rain was bad enough that we began to wonder whether one of our pre-Christmas excursions – a trip to the Poinsettia Bowl – might get derailed. The game was Thursday and the forecast called for the rain to end Wednesday evening. But what about the stadium? Could it be gotten into “game shape” in time?
Well, the elves at Qualcomm stadium worked through the night and day to get the field in shape (in was covered in a tarp and the tarp had about 5 feet of water on it) though the same could not be said for the parking lot which only had a small portion of unflooded spots available.
Fortunately, we were able to take mass transit to the Q which had a great festive “Bowl Game” air – you know, except for the guys that were there preaching that we were all going to Hell.
The Poinsettia Bowl featured hometown San Diego State University versus the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy (who are also sort of a hometown favorite as SD has the largest concentration of Navy bases on the west coast). We were rooting for SDSU and imagine our surprise when our “best available” tickets were right in front of two sections of Midshipmen! Fortunately, they were very polite. I have to say the Midshipmen looked great in their uniforms, and would have been downright dreamy if I was a 20-year-old girl.
One thing the game lacked was, oddly enough, poinsettias. San Diego had been the source of most of the nation’s poinsettias for decades (now they breed and develop them here and grown them in Central America), and yet there were none in evidence at the game. I mean, aren’t there a ton of roses at the Rose Bowl?
Anyway, the game was really fun – and SDSU pulled away in the second half to cruise to a 35-14 victory, sending the mostly Aztec favoring crowd home happy.