Festibond 2016 Date with Skye: Brent

For our Festibond date this year Skye suggested we watch a hockey game together, something we’ve enjoyed doing in the past. I was thrilled at the suggestion. The Portland Pirates are no longer a team here, so I suggested instead we take the Downeaster Amtrak train to Boston to see the Bruins. I’ve been wanting to see them since we moved to New England back in 2007. I got us two of the last seats available, then booked business class tickets on the train.

The following day, Thursday, Skye got out of her last block a bit early. I picked her up from school and we headed to the train station in Saco. The ride down was uneventful. We both planned to do work so brought our laptops and iPads, but it occurred to me on the train that we would not be able to bring our backpacks into the TD Garden, and because of terrorism we would likely not find public lockers at North Station. Fortunately, a Google search pointed me to a blog that suggested we might be able to leave them at Sullivan’s Tap for a small fee. When we got to Boston we found the dive bar and, sure enough, they let us leave our bags for $10 each.

We were early to the game, which was fine. We found our seats and got some food. Skye got fried chicken tenders and I got a sausage with onions and peppers and a few beers. And shelled peanuts.

Before we settled into our seats we hit the souvenir shop. I got an overpriced t-shirt and Skye got a knit winter hat and foam finger.

The game was a lot of fun. Skye wanted more fights. It was fun to watch her shout and raise her ridiculously large foam finger when the Bruins scored. I enjoyed explaining to her the rules of hockey and telling her about when I played when I was a small boy. We both enjoyed watching fan reactions to being on the large display above the ice. Humans are interesting.

The Bruins lost to the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. They trailed the entire game, so it was never super exciting.

After the game we retrieved our backpacks and boarded the northbound Amtrak. I slept most of the way home, waking up only a few stops before Saco. I don’t think Skye got any of her homework done, which is fine. We had a great time, as always. We talked about her future plans and struggles we’ve faced being without Kirsten. Skye is really good to talk to, and I highly value her perspective and feedback. I love how our relationship has developed as she matures.

Taking the girls on dates for Festibond is an integral part of our celebration. It gives us undivided and intentional time to focus entirely on each other, make lasting memories, and get to know each other better. My date with Skye certainly achieved these objectives. She’s a super cool human. I hope it’s not so long until we see another Bruins game at the Garden. With more fights.

Skye and I rode business class in the Amtrak Downeaster from Saco to North Station in Boston for the Bruins game.
Skye and I wait for the puck to drop to start the game versus the Edmonton Oilers.
Skye and I go find some concessions food before the start of the game.
Skye celebrates a Bruins goal.
The Bruins play the Edmonton Oilers in the TD Banknorth Garden.
Looks like Chara got himself into trouble.
The Bruins scored late in the third period to get within one goal. They would not get that other goal.
The Amtrak Downeaster departs Saco after we got off.

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