University of Virginia football game!
Charlottesville, Virginia
September 9, 2006

I took Mike to his first US college game last weekend! I graduated ten years ago from UVA, so it was really exciting for me to be back and show him around my alma mater. We ate at Baja Bean, bought UVA goodies at Mincer’s, and wandered the Lawn. Then we climbed into the nosebleed section of the stadium to cheer on UVA’s narrow win against Wyoming. We both had a great time!

A couple more pictures


UVA games have changed quite a bit since I was a student there. One of the biggest differences is that they have added a marching band. I would have LOVED to have been in the marching band during my time there. I was in the color guard in high school, and I absolutely loved it. I almost chose not to go to UVA, just because they didn’t have a marching band. It made me a little sad to see the band on Saturday, because I felt jealous that I missed out on it. They were great, though!


A great surprise of the day was running into my sister-in-law’s sister, Caitlyn! I’ve known Caitlyn since she was 6, when her sister and my brother started dating. She’s now a second year at UVA. Has that much time really gone by so quickly? Amazing. It was great to see her, and it made me miss my sister-in-law a lot.


The little girl sitting a few rows in front of us. It’s funny to look through our pictures from that day. One of us took pictures of the marching band, cheerleaders, mascot, and people in the stands. One of us took pictures of football. 😉

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FYI… UVA on ESPN tonight (Thursday 9/21 at 7:30pm ET)

*ahh* I’d wondered how that happened. 😉

Yeah, that’s right. I was actually in the Pep Band for the first few weeks of my freshman year, but I hated it so much that I quit. It was just a group of drunk people telling offensive jokes and acting dumb.

When I started at UVA, the Pep Band boasted that they were forever banned from performing in the state of West Virginia, due to some unappreciated inbreeding jokes. I think it was my third year when UVA banned their own Pep Band. The band still gathered outside the stadium and performed, unsanctioned by the university. Halftime shows became very boring, but at least they weren’t annoying.

Then a few years ago, a big donor gave lots of money to UVA to start a marching band. The Pep Band disappeared, and now the marching band carries on in its place.

Re: How fun!

Of course Mike thinks that your school has its priorities straight. 😉

It was so fun to show Mike around my college. Man, those were good days. 🙂

Oooh, is there a Baja Bean in Staunton, too?

Looks like fun! I love the first picture!

As I recall (from being in the Peach Bowl twice against y’all), you did have a marching band; it was just a Scramble band instead of a more traditional band. (It also got into some serious trouble with the UVA administration; didn’t it get banned for a year or something?)

How fun!

You look like you had a blast! My University didn’t even have a football team! But tell Mike that we had an awesome soccer team where many of the guys went off to play for DC United and other teams! ;0)

I miss going to college football games. A ton better than the pros.

mmm baja bean… mmmm staunton memories…. mmmmmmmmm

wow! you too looks like you really had a good time there! 🙂
I miss my college days too 😛

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