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1mks  (Level: 221.3 - Posts: 5931)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 10:29 AM


As many of you know, Dallas was yesterday packed with a sea of red and orange. The Red River Shootout took place in the newly renovated Cotton Bowl. We got out there very early due to the kickoff time of 11 a.m. Parking around the fairgrounds is horrendous on this particular day. We always try to park inside because it is $10 vs $30 on the outside. Total hassle. We are walking as a family by the Cotton Bowl and there is a man there holding up 2 tickets. He is telling everyone that is passing that he wants to give those tickets to a grandfather and his grandson. We immediately stop and because our grandson was indeed with us, Austin and his Poppy got to see the game. 40 yard line, 30 rows up. Now, those tickets had a face value of $95 each and the man would accept nothing for them. He could have sold them for $300 each but yet he gave them to my husband Ben and my grandson Austin. Why? He said that he always had such very good memories of always going to that game with his own grandfather and wanted to pay back some of that. I still get tears thinking about it. AND OU was ranked #1 and Texas #5. What a fabulous game and we won that game 45 - 35! Now how wonderful of a memory is THAT for a grandfather and grandson? I plan on having the tickets framed, along with some other stuff and giving it to Austin for Christmas. Life is definitely good in this household today and I just wanted to share this with my Sploofus family.

Taco24  (Level: 142.3 - Posts: 589)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 10:35 AM

Fantastic, Marsha!
Love the grandson's name. UT did him proud.

"Hook 'em, Horns"

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 10:54 AM

What a great story! Wish that guy would come here - can't get Saints tickets to save me.

And...after today's home game they are gone for 5 weeks because their next "home" game is being played in London. Bummer.

Geaux Aints.

Boo LSU.

Boo Red Sox - there's always next time.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 12:46 PM

Thanks for sharing that story, Marsha. It's encouraging to hear of acts of kindness. They made a great memory yesterday.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 12:55 PM

Thats amazing Marsha, what a terrific story! And the game was awesome!
Hook 'em Horns!

I was reading on the Steeler website -- and checked out the ticket availablity section!
Good news! Single tickets are available!
In June....
Go Steelers! ( and hurray for bye weeks, my boys are beat up!)

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 2:50 PM

Serendipities everywhere at the State Fairgrounds yesterday. We have entertained angels unaware.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.7 - Posts: 4464)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 2:56 PM

That's a wonderful story, Marsha! I'm so happy for your husband and grandson, and you too. A memory to cherish forever!

-- Geri

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 3:08 PM

what a wonderful gift and the memory of it will last for a long time .and good that they won xxx j

Suzannec  (Level: 260.3 - Posts: 616)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 3:15 PM

What a great story. Perhaps some day Austin will get a chance to do the same thing for someone.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 4:07 PM

Beautiful, Marsha. And congrats to Texas!

Kaufman  (Level: 270.2 - Posts: 3942)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 4:54 PM

Beth, I can't help you with Saints tickets, but if the need arises, I can send you a paper bag or two. HTH

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 7:42 PM

Such a great memory.. that's what it's all about, right?... we just had thanksgiving dinner.. great food (cooked by me, and awesome if i do say so m'self!), great family and great memories... Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 8:22 PM

Thank you , Marsha, for sharing that sweet story with us! I would love to see more posts like this one! Glad you all had such a memorable time, Marsha.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 8:47 PM


I don't need no stinkin' bags. Saints rock!

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 11:35 PM

What a touching story! Your grandson will remember it all of his life and tell it to his grandchildren. The framed tickets is a wonderful idea. Having this kind of memory is such a rich family experience. You're very lucky.

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 7:07 AM

how awesome! i bet your grandson will be the most popular guy at school this week!

thanks for sharing with us. it restores my faith in humanity when i hear things like this.

it's so sad that in most cases, acts of kindness aren't good enough for the 6 o'clock news! the world would be so much better if we were exposed to the positive side of things.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 9:44 AM

Thats true cheynn -- but I like to think of it this way -- the stuff on the news, is news because its unusual -- not the norm -- I try to believe that acts of kindness are to numerous to report!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 854)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 3:21 PM

Wow, that is so nice!

I have wonderful memories of attending Dolphins games with my grandfather, too. Great times!

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