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12 August 2010 @ 10:57 am
Real-life Friday night lights.  
There are only a few weeks left before fall-mode begins.  I'm not particularly pleased about this.  Summer in Western Washington has been mild to say the least.  Mild is good when you compare it with deadly heat waves and floods and such.  But mild is not good when you endured another nine months of Pacific Northwest doom and gloom and just wanted to be rewarded with some nice weather and sunshine, dammit.

In a way, though, I am very much looking forward to this coming fall.  Sure, there's That One Book that's coming out on October 5th.  There will be multiple book signings and a trip to New York.  Even before that, I'll be receiving my author copies and, I predict, being a double threat singing and dancing around with them.  There might be trade reviews.   Good ones, bad ones.  Who knows!

Right now, though, the thing that I'm most excited about (because it has nothing to do with me and therefore no pressure whatsoever) is Texas Shorecrest High School Football.

Here's the truth: I became interested in high school football because I like the TV show Friday Night Lights.  It's as simple as that.  In aught-eight, Dwayne and I decided to go to some local games so I could check out what it's like in real life because when I was in school, I went to private school where there was no such thing as football unless it was flag football for P.E. class

I have to say, I'm in love.  Although . . . not with the game itself.  I mean, I watch the kids on the field doing their thang and that's fun.  But there is so much more!  The marching band.  The cheerleaders.  The dance team.  All the students milling around.  Hot chocolate. Peanut M&Ms.  Popcorn.  Bundling up in fleece blankets.  Wearing gold and green and plaid.  Homecoming.  Our team vs. the team from the other high school in our city.  It goes on and on and on.

I've already printed out the schedule and determined that we'll be able to attend five games!  (All the home games, plus an "away" game that takes place at our stadium.)  Hooray! 

Or as Tim Riggins would say,  "Texas forever."
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KD Kimkdkim on August 12th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I have friends that go to Shorecrest! Haha, I never was really into football myself, but the two games I went to in high school were fun. I've only gone to HC games - one in freshman year, and the second this last year, in my senior year. I spent most of the time asking people what was going on. xD And talking to my bandling friends. :) Funfunfun.

And yayyyy, book signings! If you have one around the UW-Seattle area, I'll be sure to get out to one. :) Yayyyy!

- Kristine
Mindi Scottmindiscott on August 12th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yay, Shorecrest!

I'm always asking my husband what's going on. :-)

No signings for UW so far, but my launch party will be in Lake Forest Park at Third Place Books on October 17th! It would be great to see you there! http://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9781442402782
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Mindi Scottmindiscott on August 13th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
That sounds very fun!

And, see, I write characters who get to do that stuff since we didn't have anything like it when I was in high school. :-)
shannywritershannywriter on August 13th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I always want to go to the games in town, and I usually make a plan to do so. But when Friday night hits, I end up wanting to put on my jammies at 5pm and snuggle up to the TV (or a book). But usually what happens is that its raining. I don't think the levy to cover the stadium passed so that's why I don't go. But isn't it fun? Doesn't it just take you back? I will go to a few games this year, no excuses!

My dad went to Shorecrest :)
Mindi Scottmindiscott on August 13th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
We're very lucky to have a covered stadium. I'm not sure that I'd be willing to go to very many games if that weren't the case.

Yay for your dad! Now it's sounding like everyone went to Shorecrest! :-D
Jennifer Rushjengt on August 13th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
I can remember going to football games, not to watch, but to hang out. :)

I'm really looking forward to fall this year. It has become my favorite season. Here in Michigan, it's been in the eighties and HUMID. It's like swimming, but without water. I can't wait to wear my fleeces again, and see my breath puff out white! Also, I'm looking forward to buying a certain book in October!
Mindi Scottmindiscott on August 13th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Hanging out seems to be the best part of the going to the football games.

We have had no humid. Which is good. But where the KOMO4 is our summer? How can I appreciate fall where there is no summer misery from which to escape? Whine, whine!

Hey yeah! The new David Levithan/Rachel Cohn book comes out the end of October! I'm looking forward to getting that one, too. ;-)
eileenalana on August 13th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
How cool! When I was in San Francisco I went to see a Stanford game, and it was a lot of fun. Even though we left early because my friend was tired and in a mood. Also, I still don't actually understand the rules of the game. If I get to go to anther American football game, I'd quite like to go with someone who can explain the rules to me.
Mindi Scottmindiscott on August 16th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
I've now been to a dozen or so games and I'm picking up on things, but I don't totally get it yet. Even with Dwayne there to explain. :-D