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I have a confession…

I know this will truly be a blow to many of you fellow Seahawks fans, but I must tell the truth.

I have not been a 12 for very long.  Only since the fall of 2005, in fact.

Egad, does that mean what it implies?  That I became a fan in the winning year of 2005-2006, when the Hawks went to the Superbowl for the very first time?  Oh, dear.  Yes, I’m afraid it does.

But before you write me off as a fair-weather fan or a bandwagoner, understand that I didn’t grow up with football.  In fact, I didn’t grow up following any kind of sports at all.  As a teen, my sister got me involved with horseback riding, dressage to be specific.  So I watched the summer Olympics with great interest for some time, but I must say it didn’t stick with me.

Maybe it’s because I don’t like to be the only one in the room who cares about the outcome.  Or maybe it’s because I’m lousy at learning a game on the fly and require some assistance in learning WTH is going on!

Whyever it may be the case, I never really paid any attention, until in 2005 I found myself surrounded by friends who did pay attention to football.  Very close attention, in fact!  They were tailgaters, boosters, Monday morning quarterbacks, cheerleaders, and more.  Many had played the game as kids, and they dragged me (not unwillingly) onto the field on holidays.  (Not even touch or flag, we played tackle!  Ahhh, the memories…)

So it was that as the “boys of fall” started the season in September 2005, I had reason to come along for the ride.  And what a ride it was!  In August I couldn’t have told you what a safety was, but by January I was able to converse in an intelligent (albeit limited) fashion about teams, players, prospects, and how the year had gone.

Then, the most amazing thing happened: we went to the Superbowl!  I got to watch Mike Holmgren guide Matt Hasselbeck and the rest of our boys to the Big Game.  I also got to watch in horror as they lost said game…  But hey, it was my first year watching, and it was magical.

Now, as Pete Carroll demonstrates a new way to run a team, as Russell Wilson redefines what a winning quarterback is, and as John Schneider builds the least predictable winning roster ever seen in the NFL, I get to see the future unfold.  I’ve been here for the founding of this dynasty, which I do believe will last for a decade or more.

Does that sound pompous and arrogant?  Overbearing?  Overdramatic?  Maybe it is.  But the way Seahawk football is played, the way the team is run and the way the players are treated by management and treat each other, all these factors make me believe we’re seeing something new, something that will stand the test of time and be seen as an alternative to the Bill Belichick/Jim Harbaugh “tough love” meme that’s currently accepted as de rigueur in the NFL.  And it’s pretty tough to argue with results like this, wouldn’t you agree?

Today, I’m a 12.  Tomorrow, I’ll still be a 12.  I stayed a 12 after we lost the big game in ’06, and I’ll be a 12 even if the unthinkable happens and the franchise falls apart next year.  I guess what I’m saying is similar to some Texas bumper stickers I’ve seen:

I wasn’t born a Hawks fan, but I got here as soon as I could.

Coffee Fest part deux

IT.  WAS.  EPIC.

We missed Saturday unfortunately, due to a decided lack of sleep on my part, and Rosi missed Sunday due to a previous engagement.  But still, it was awesome.

Friday we dressed casual and sat in a bunch of seminars.  Learned SO MUCH!  One of the classes was a short version of “Barista 101” which I wished had lasted 10x as long.  Another one wasn’t so good; the presentation had no flow to it and the guy jumped around a lot, but at the same time I have to cut him some slack b/c his laptop had been stolen out of his car the night before.

Then we hit the show floor and checked out some of the vendors.  I’ll be honest with you, we got ignored a lot.  We were surrounded by snappily dressed people who looked like professionals, and we didn’t really feel comfortable.  But we got a little info, and we got a feel for what was where.

Saturday I was soooooo tired that I just gave up on the whole thing.  I feel really bad for Rosi, she got up and get ready and headed down to the ferry, only to have me bail on her.  Mea culpa, seeester!  🙁  It’s really too bad, too, b/c there was a Retailers Roundtable that I was very interested in attending.

But Sunday was really fun.  I ended up on a later ferry than I expected due to a few last-minute things, so I missed the first couple classes I wanted to attend.  Then, the buses in Seattle were rerouted due to the President’s visit, and our driver missed a turn!  So I ended up walking an extra four blocks or so, which made me late for the last class I was really interested in taking.  Fortunately, I got there in time for the Latte Art championship.  I hadn’t planned to attend that at all, but I figured it might be interesting, and the convention wasn’t open yet anyways.  It was so fun!  I ended up sitting near the mom of one of the baristas, and we got to chatting as the contest went on.  It turns out that she beads too!  So I’ll be letting her know when we open the store, and she’ll come visit.  Her son won the competition, and I had a little geek-out moment and got a photo of the two of them, which was funny.

I was so impressed with the art tho.  There are four basic shapes they can pour: circles, hearts, tulips, and rosettas.  They can also add details by dragging the foam or adding syrup, but for this content they only poured the designs.  Sometimes the two baristas in a heat would do very similar designs, other times they would do completely different things.  But it was all amazing.  Made me want to learn it myself!  Perhaps we’ll come up with a design for our store, maybe something evocative of our logo…

After my experience Friday, I decided to dress up a bit more for Sunday.  I took nice shoes to change into, wore jewelry, did my hair nice, etc.  Sure enough, I got a lot more attention from the vendors.  My goal for Sunday was to talk to roasters, which I did quite successfully.  Got a bunch of contact info, took it down to a short list of 4-5 to follow up with.  Accepted offers of lattes and espresso and all sorts of coffee…  And guess what?  I discovered that (while I can’t really tell good coffee from bad coffee) I no longer get the funky headaches!  So I became a coffee drinker today.

At about 1 (I think) I took a break to sit down and see if I’d missed anything I wanted to see.  When I came out of the convention floor, I noticed that everybody was at the windows looking at something.  I popped over and saw that the streets under us had been blocked off.  Not three minutes later, the President’s motorcade passed right under us, on the way to the Paramount.  So I guess my unplanned detour wasn’t for nothing, right?

Short story long, I got a bunch of goodies, and a bunch of information, and even some potential customers.  All in all, it was an extremely useful weekend.

Oh, and as I was waiting for the ferry, I got to hear the cheers from the stadium, telling me that my Seahawks finally won a game.  Huzzah!