Has to be a record
If there was a record for the longest tailgate for a football game, then I do believe that I experienced it this past Saturday. I did not show up for the very beginning (which was rumored to have begun around 10am) but some of us (you know who you are!!) managed to hang until the wee hours of the morning. I was looking at the pictures I took throughout the night and the last one I have is time-stamped for 4:44 am. Is that possible? I mean, what makes us want to just sit out in the cold all night?
*we have a wood burner so it never really got that cold
*we can’t leave the tailgate on a bad note (i.e. losing to Miami), party up!
*you never know when you will hear manly voices from someone dressed like a woman
*you get to say hello to the dump truck drivers who are emptying the tailgating lot
*you get to remove your friend from the dump truck and try to convice that he doesn't really need to ride the dump truck like he’s a garbage man
*some random girl stays at the tailgate (all night) because we look like fun people
*you get to hear your friend trying to convince a girl to make a two-hour drive at 4am
*you pack up the keg only to have someone screaming at you to re-tap it 5 minutes later
*getting a chick’s phone number and immediately dialing it to make sure she didn’t lie to you
*getting many phone calls from your friend’s protective sister
*witnessing the purchase of 3 cigarettes for $20
*speaking to your friend’s mother and having no clue what she is saying
*listening to “celtic rock” music then asking for a new DJ
*apparently being in the port-a-potty for 20 minutes at a time is OK.
*you get to hear pick up lines like, “So, do you text?”
*watching the bicycle police ride by your tailgate at 2am
*you spend hours (ok maybe only 5 minutes) convincing your friends that walking home is a bad idea….especially when it’s at least 2 or 3 miles away.
*you get to play cornhole with people from Tennessee who actually know about the game
*OH! you get to have birthday cake!! (Well, if it is in fact your birthday.)
*you get to guard the wood burner from people who want to dance it, or fart in it, you know all the normal things people do around fires
*you get to tackle boys and injure their wrists
*did anyone know that cornhole boards can double as comfy loungers??
*eating an insane amount of bar-b-q chips that you find left over from the tailgate
*you get to witness how fast a tailgate can be brought down by very few people
*you get to witness how everything from the tailgate will fit in the bed of a truck
*then you get to wonder how everything will stay in the truck once it is in there (hopefully it did)