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When Life Just Goes Right
Life has a habit of throwing us for a loop from time to time. Along with these loops, there often comes an amount of bewilderness as to why these "loops" happen to good people. Sometimes the "loops" just line up in all entirely positive way that makes one truly believe or rebuild one's faith in the power of positive thinking. I've been fortunate enough to experience this more than once,but this experience was one that I had to share with others.
My day started off at 5 am as I woke up 5 minutes before my alarm went off! That's usually a good sign. I finished packing for my trip to Fort Collins, dropped my computer in my backpack and I headed out the door right at 6 am. Of course there was no traffic and I arrived at the airport and found a perfect parking spot, along with the parking bus waiting on my to grab my things! In the airport, no line at Southwest for check-in, and a new security line opened up right in front of me, so no time spent wasted on security! That alone put the day off on a great start.
The plane arrived on time, and I was able to pick out a window seat with no one sitting in the middle. This allowed me to fall asleep almost instantly (it's amazing at how trained I am to sleep on planes now in less than 5 minutes). I literally felt like I had just closed my eyes and we were touching down in Denver. My bags were the first two off the conveyor and I was the first one into the rental car place. Judy (the rental clerk) was kind enough to hook me up with the pick of my rentals on a free upgrade and I was off and out of the airport in less than 30 minutes!
While I was driving, I suddenly woke up enough to think about seeing if the Broncos were playing a home game today. Sure enough they were (after a few phone calls). I didn't know if the game was going to be a sellout or not, but I drove by the stadium and I was lucky enough to find a parking spot that the guy was willing to let me run up to the will call window to check on available tickets.
Now when I travel, I usually like to attend a football, basketball, or baseball game. I'm willing to pay up to $60 for a decent ticket to make it memorable. So walking up to the ticket window I expected to get a nosebleed seat similar to what I get at Texas Stadium to watch the Cowboys. Boy was I suprised when I see a "half price" ticket special that you can take advantage of once a year. I asked the clerk about it and she stated that since I could get the ticket for half price, why not buy the last FRONT ROW SEAT available for $60 bucks instead of the $120 that they usually go for! I was in and extremely excited. I've never been front row at a sporting event. The closest that I've ever come was 4th row in the corner while watching the Spurs beat the Knicks in game two of the 99 (or 98) NBA finals.
After making myself calm down, I realized that I had a good 2-3 hours to spend before the game began. I ran in and bought a sweater and ran back to my rental to pay the parking guy and grab my jacket. I laughed when I opened up my suitcase and my jacket had three wet spots from my mouthwash leaking on it! Well, at least I would smell minty fresh! I didn't care! I headed back to the stadium and got in line to the Bronco Barn tailgate experience where I was able to chow down on some good ribs, a couple cold beers for $2 bucks (yes $2 bucks!). Along with that, I met some great Bronco fans, got my picture taken with Hall of Famer Running Back Billy Jordan and grabbed enough candy to snack on during the game.
The gates opened at noon and I headed into the stadium. My seat was UNBELIEVABLE, right on the 20 yard line and behind the visitors bench. The fans were great, the game was pretty close for the most part, but being able to enjoy the stadium shaking, the cold and wet environment of Mile High and the other sensory delights (like how much better looking the cheerleaders are up close instead of in the cheap seats). I didn't leave my seat once to make sure that I didn't miss anything.
Denver ended up losing and I was able to make my way back to the parking lot. I figured that I would be in my car for at least an hour trying to make it to Interstate 25, but Karma was on my side as I was able slide right out and hit the highway in less than 10 minutes. I have and will always be a huge advocate of the power of positive thinking and how much good things can happen to you when you keep a positive attitude, even in times of difficulty, be it personal or financial. My business has blossomed in so many ways the last six months, allowing me the opportunity to experience and cross things off of my "bucket list." If you haven't had the time to read or watch "The Secret", take the time to watch it and apply it to your life.
Oh, Mike Shanahan wrote a pretty good book on leadership and did I mention that the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders are knockouts! I guess I've always had a thing for cheerleaders dating back to college and high school. Sarah Karlan is beautiful!