A Football Season Ends, But a Giveaway Begins!

I always get incredibly sad on Super Sunday because, as the pre-game shows drag on, I gradually come to grips with the realization that another season has ended and I won’t be getting my weekly football fix for another 6 months. Thank heavens we have an Olympics this year to help fill the void. I forget how much I enjoy speed skating until it returns to television.

My Saturday volunteer shift in Times Square was a wee bit busier than Wednesday night. The dense crowds shuffled down Broadway between exhibits like extras in The Walking Dead. But everyone was in a very festive mood, enjoying the day and the excitement leading up to the game.

This NYPD mounted patrol was the subject of many tourist photos. The officers kindly allowed little kids to pet their horses.

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Shiver. Smile. Repeat.

This volunteer reported for her first Super Bowl XLVIII shift last night, braving the arctic temperatures at my station outside the Lexington Avenue entrance to Bloomingdales. I came prepared with facts about the week’s activities, bathroom locations, and eateries. Unfortunately, the folks who wander around Midtown East are born and bred New Yorkers. Confused by our presence, I think most assumed the yellow-clad troops were some unpublicized initiative by Mayor DiBlasio.

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And So It Begins…

Super Bowl Week unofficially kicked off yesterday with an NHL hockey game at Yankees Stadium. The Rangers spanked the Devils 7-3, delighting the heavily blueshirted crowd. The game was delayed an hour due to sun glare off the ice. It wasn’t a warm glare, mind you; game time temps hovered around 25 degrees. Snow showers later in the day made for great television and a terrific experience for freezing fans.

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“I Gotta Go!”

Congratulations to the Seahawks and Broncos. Their fans are happily scrambling for Super Bowl tickets, flights and hotel rooms. If you’re heading to NY/NJ for the festivities, I’d like to address the issue that strikes fear in the hearts of travelers everywhere. What do you do when someone in your party screams, “I gotta go!!!”

When the kids were little, this cry from the backseat would set off a complex chain of events that once resulted in a wrong-way detour down a one-way street to access a Johnny-on-the-Spot on a construction site. Mothers become experts at gauging, to the minute, how much time they have to locate a restroom based on a child’s gyrations and the urgency of their whine.

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Dressing the Part: Super Bowl Volunteer Uniform

I headed down to the Meadowlands Hilton yesterday morning to pick up my Super Bowl volunteer uniform. The line snaked Disneyworld-esque, filling the hotel lobby. Very patient senior volunteers circulated throughout the crowd with sample jackets so folks could try them on.

The wait was over an hour but well worth it. We received our photo id badge, a “thank you for volunteering” certificate, our volunteer playbook and a large mystery box:

©The Open Suitcase LLCIt was like Christmas all over again!

P1010553We were reminded not to wear our gear before reporting for our shift and not to share items with non-volunteers. My daughter said it was like college; apparently there are very strict rules about who can and can’t wear fraternity and sorority letters.

Since I still embrace my inner Girl Scout (“Be Prepared!”), I’ll spend the next couple of weeks prepping facts about my shift locations: 59th and Lex and Midtown/Broadway. If you have a favorite restaurant or sight that you’d recommend, please let me know!