Today was another one of those days that, when I look back over it, is comprised of snapshots.
Sitting in the parking garage at 8:30 this morning, waiting for my phone to charge.
The concern at only finding a handful of people at the airport when I got there and the ensuing contentedness when we were joined by several dozen others.
The moment when one of the PDX security guards revealed her season ticket holder status. And then the moment when she had her picture taken with a returning Thorn.
The tears in the eyes of players when they saw us, waiting for them, despite their loss in Kansas City.
Leaving the airport while, presumably, Nadine was still hugging people and thanking them for coming.
The walk to the stadium with Nissa. Non-welcoming gestures toward the ECS buses.
A mimosa at Oscar Drake’s. A hug from steward Greg. Heidi flinching every time I moved. More hugs from Sunshine and Shecky and Chris and Kris and Nick and Cindy.
Singing for Special Olympics players. Gorgeous tifo.
Adi’s first goal. Passing the log slice up into the 200s. Resignation.
A few friends at a crappy Mexican restaurant. Something about too much lettuce and a margarita that was too tart. Delicate palates.
An Irish bar, a dram of whisky, laughing at the impossible-to-follow conversation between the Irishman and the Argentine. The warm, fuzzy feeing brought on by a shared distaste.
This was my Sunday in Soccer City, USA. We greeted our returning Thorns the morning after their playoff loss in Kansas City. We filled ProPark for the Timbers, only to watch them lose 4-2 to our most contentious rival.
The results of each game are momentary. It’s everything else that I hope to remember. Much love to all of you.