Monday, February 2, 2009

Superbowl in Tampa 09

I am going out of order by jumping to the Superbowl when I have not yet finished posting my Anna Maria trip from December, or any of my other travels in the last 2 months. But when you get a chance to spend the weekend in the city that is hosting the Superbowl, it trumps the rest. Besides, it's my opportunity to expand my technical abilities since I am anxious to try and imbed the Superbowl commercials. I am, afterall, an ad girl at my core! My favorites: the Clydesdale generation spot and the CareerBuilder screaming spot.

It was a whirlwind weekend in Tampa. My hubby has been "moonlighting" from his day job for his mother's employer, (a limousine service), acting as a greeter for their corporate client, Phillip Morris. This time, the whole family got involved at the Clearwater Beach Sand Key Resort. We joined Gene's mom and her boss Robert in Tampa to help coordinate transportation for PM's clients, who were gathering to attend Superbowl 43. It was a blast. We met Michael Strahan from the Giants, and Taryn got her SB 42 jersey signed by him, as well as a picture with him and a signed football. He was very nice, very tall and had his beautiful girlfriend with him, who is a model and I believe the ex-wife of Eddie Murphy. We also met Roy Firestone, sports commentator and author. We were given an autographed copy of his book, Up Close.

There was more black and gold going on in Tampa than I've ever seen, and the Steelers fans outnumbered the Cardinals fans by at least 4 to 1. My daughter attended the NFL experience on Saturday, while I worked the Tampa Int'l Airport greeting guests while Gene was over at the Corporate JetPort. Not only did we have fun, spend time with my mother-in-law and Gene's cousin Kathy, and meet some great people, but we also made some dinero to save for our summer cross country trip. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. And for those wondering, no... we didn't make it IN to the Superbowl this year, but we got as close as they come. And, after a couple hours watching the crazy crowds of fans outside the stadium, Taryn and I drove home in time to pick up a pizza and watch every second of it from the comfort of my cozy bed! And, what an exciting game it was!

Can't wait for next year in Miami!

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