Sunday, March 1, 2009
Aaron and I were invited to go to a Jazz Basketball game last night. We got to sit in one of the box seats and feel super special. I'm always excited when we get box tickets because free food is always provided. We had a taco bar and the best homemade guacamole. They also brought in an ice cream sundae bar at halftime. Loved it -- but had to unbottom my pants!!
The coolest part of the game wasn't the basketball or the food though. During the second quarter, Aaron leaned over and whispered, "There's President Monson and President Eyring!" They were sitting about 6 boxes over from us. They looked like they were ready to give talks at General Conference -- all suited up. I was mesmerized. It was better than a Hollywood stars sighting!
The rest of the game was spent staring at President Monson. Everything he did was fascinating to me. He clapped. He cheered. He ate dessert. All of the things that regular people do!! Aaron and I walked down to the room he was sitting in to see if we could get a closer peek. He was standing in the room just visiting with everyone. There was also a guard stationed at his door, so Aaron and I pretended to just be innocent bystanders meandering slowly past each of the rooms, instead of the scary stalkers we really were! I'd have loved to have walked in and said, "President Monson, it's me, Vanessa Heber! I'm a huge fan!" However, I controlled myself and limited myself to a second walkby and lots of staring throughout the game. The lady sitting in front of me had binoculars. I noticed that her binoculars kept turning away from the game and towards President Monson's box. I also caught another lady in our box videotaping and taking pictures of President Monson. I guess I wasn't the only stalker there!
During the 3rd quarter, the scantily clad NuSkin dancers went up to President Monson's box to shake his hand and give him some Jazz T-shirts. Boy, I wish I was a NuSkin dancer. Too bad I can't dance and I'm about 20 years over the age limit! Wait a second!! Maybe I can be the Jazz Mascot! I can leap around like a crazy man hidden in a bear costume. I've been trying to decide on an occupation. Maybe this is it!
Anyways, it was great to find out that President Monson gets to enjoy himself once in a while. Though I wasn't a huge Jazz fan before, I think I am going to get Season tickets from now on!!