When the time came to choose a present for our current exchange student we realized after spending enough time with her, we knew we could find something she would like more than a play. Not that there's anything wrong with tickets to a play, but we know this girl, we could do better.
One night the Cheeky Reaper picked up the exchange student and me to go to dinner and a movie and we got talking about sports in the car. The exchange student said one of the things she wants to do while here in Canada is go to a Raptors game. The Cheeky Reaper started the process the next day.
We managed to get three tickets in January to see the Lakers in Toronto and printed off a poster for her to open at the Rotary Christmas party. She was so excited! Talk about making a 16 year old girl happy! She said it's the best Christmas present ever!
We all piled into the car last Sunday morning and made our way into the city, found food, and most importantly, a bar, then armed with cups of vodka and snacks we found our seats. None of us had any idea we would be above the clouds! I blamed the lack of oxygen for my exhaustion by the time I got to the top, but it is probably more about me being out of shape, and a little tipsy (yeah, I get it...worst chaperone ever).
I learned a few things - basketball is a very quiet game, basketball fans are not. The game starts and stops without much fanfare, fouls are called for what seems like nothing (hurting someone's feeling perhaps?), and food/drink vendors are not Sherpas and will not climb to the rafters.
The only one of us who is into basketball is the exchange student so the Cheeky Reaper and I spent a few hours glazed over, checking emails, looking around...the Raptors Girls came out and he perked up quite a bit, until the exchange student said, "It doesn't seem like you need to do much to be a cheerleader" *snicker*
I had no idea what was going on, something about point lines - heck, all this time I thought we were the purple team! The exchange student had the time of her life and we had a fabulous day together. A couple of hours later we were all home full of stories of the day.
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