16 November 2008

Lessons For Spectators

Jesse and I were determined to watch UFC 91, Couture vs Lesnar. We were also determined to make it as smooth and as cost effective as possible. We went to a place called The Dirty Martini for the last fight. It cost is $10 to get in and while there weren't drink specials, there was plenty of seating and the fight was on every screen. But The Dirty Martini is not in our neighborhood. It's not even close. So we looked for another bar Saturday, and still ended up back at the DM.

We found a nice looking bar near our place, but the cover was $20, and that didn't include any food or drinks. We're not the type to go to a sporting event and just sit there. We like to get in on the whole experience, with the eating, drinking, and yelling. Twenty dollars (we felt) was a mighty high starting point. Instead, we decided to go Hooters. We read they charged $5 and assumed it was because of all the food people buy. However Hooters is right across the street from the DM - as in not close. So we headed back up to Fisherman's Wharf.

We waited 30 minutes for a bus that's supposed to come every five. We saw one of the buses detach from its power lines. The driver was in the middle of a turn when it happened, and ended up blocking four lanes of traffic while he sorted it out. Once our bus came, it was extremely crowded, and remained so for the majority of our trip. We eventually did get to Hooters though, where we learned they were *not showing the fight, just delivering food to people at The Dirty Martini. With no other ideas and a half hour before the fight, we decided to pay the $10. But when we got there, the cover price had doubled. We spent $40 just to get in the door to see the fight. Typically we would have spent the same on Pay-Per-View, but we would have also had our own food and drinks. Three hours later we were entertained, but out of $130.

The fights were all really good. I enjoy watching what I call "hungry" athletes. When they want it, they really fight for it. I object to Brock Lesnar in the UFC, because I think he's setting a ridiculous bar. He weighs 300 pounds. Fighters shaped like regular human beings don't have a chance. I also wish he had a better standing game. How is it fair to fight someone 35 pounds smaller? I'm looking to Dana White and Lorenz Fertita to think about that. The Lesnar fight did bring in a lot of money though, so I doubt they will.

We walked by our new apartment on the way home. It's in the back of the building, so we didn't see it, but I took a picture of our street. It was very quiet for a Saturday night, minus the hum of the streetcar tracks. We walked the rest of the way to our current place thinking about design ideas and vacations. I'm looking forward to a cruise sometime in 2009. Jesse has some crazy idea about taking me to Thailand. Either way, adventure awaits.
~ Danie D.
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