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A trip to Canada? Holiday dinner, CVS and Seating...

// Dec. 24: Christmas Eve and Flight Day Eve


Good morning Owl Country,

The preparations are well underway for my flight tomorrow. I depart from San Antonio at 8:30 a.m., land in Dallas at 9:30 a.m., I have a one-hour layover, and then continue into frigid Detroit, and should land around 2 p.m.

The majority of the fans that I've spoken with are coming in between 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., and some are coming in noon-time on game day. Safe travels to everyone.

The weather is going to be cold, but apparantly clear tomorrow. That bodes well for the travelers coming in Christmas Day.


The hotel said that it's a $40 cab ride from the airport to the hotel. So, I went another route and reserved an "executive sedan" from one of the hotel's preferred vendors. Not including tax or gratuity, it's a $52 ride.


I rather know someone is going to be there to pick me up than take my chances on a cabby. And, Checker Sedan is going to track my flight, which makes me feel more comfortable that I'll have a ride when I land. If fans are still looking for a ride, check them out.


The TSA travel rules

Hair gel, hair spray, contacts solution, cologne (I have to bring the good stuff since the DT will be there! *wink*) and other liquids, as everyone knows, is restricted based on size. The TSA web site says:

"3 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. one-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure"


I received an e-mail from Ted Hutton today saying that there is a CVS inside the hotel, but he was unaware of the holiday hours. So fans that will be going, you have some comfort in knowing that the necessities can be bought at the CVS inside the hotel.


Going to Canada?

A hotel receptionist  said "the strip" in Canada is a huge tourist attraction for those staying in Detroit. It's a $3.75 ride, each way, through the mile-long tunnel. According to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel web site, you'll need a US Passport and Driver's License to get back into the States.

Being from SoFla, I think all of us may think that the words the reception used to describe the attraction, "the strip," is a little ... well.. in accurate. The traditional SoFla definition of "the strip" means bars, clubs, bathing suit shops, people in bathingsuits, beaches, loud music and people jay walking across the street from the beach to the bars. Ex: Fort Lauderdale, South Beach, Delray, etc.


Anyway, The DW Tunnel was constructed in 1930 and is the only underwater vehicular tunnel connecting two nations. It handles nearly nine million automobiles a year.


And how close are we to Canada? Check this out:



Zoom out until you see the US and Canada on the map. The line in the middle of the map is the border. Depending on which hotel room you get, and how high up you are, you can see Canada from your window.


Holiday Dinner

We have organized a small group (about 15 to 20) that will enjoy holiday dinner together on Dec. 25 at the Forty Two Degrees North restaurant located inside the team hotel. Not including tax and gratuity, it's a dinner buffet for $26. And the menu items? Well, not too shabby if I do say so myself:

    Fresh salad bar; fruit salad; grilled vegetable salad; pasta saladCarved turkey breast; carved Dearborn HamSweet potatoes, mashed potatoes; stuffingSalmon with dill cream sauceWild rice; green beans; vegetable medleyTraditional holiday deserts
Rumor has it that the team meetings will end at 7:30 p.m., so hopefully we'll have a few minutes to chat with the players before we eat.


I don't know if I want them joining us for dinner though. After all, we do have some big boys on our team and I'd like to have some food left at the buffet when I get in line! *laughing*


Hockey Town Café

What I forgot to mention yesterday is that I called the Hockey Town Café earlier this week and tried to set up a dinner and/or lunch for fans. But they said that CMU alumni had the place reserved pre-game and the team had it reserved post-game.


That's OK. Our fans will be reveling in victory in the hotel while they are sulking in defeat at the Hockey Town Café (hopefully). 


But for some reason... after New Orleans last year... why do I feel like I'm going to get a call from "Dirty Mike" asking me to come and save him from the grips of the Chippewa fans when he sneaks into their "party" at Hockey Town?


The tickets for this year's game aren't as aesthetically pleasing as the tickets from last years game. HUGGEEEE difference.

I don't know how many sections FAU has, but FAUALUM05 told me he was in 105, as am I.

When sitting in section 105 and facing the field, we are between the 30 and 40 yard line to the left of the bench. Hopefully it's FAU's bench.


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