The Sounders rivalry with the Whitecaps reaches back to 1974 when they both joined the NASL, and through the years they have faced each other on and off through many other leagues as soccer struggled to establish itself in North America. Well, we are now into year 4 of the Sounders FC, and the second year of the Whitecaps joining the MLS.

Yesterday proved that both northwest teams are no longer struggling for relevance, but for dominance in the top heavy Western Conference.

On this trip, Crystal and I were joined by my good friends Dan and Dan (aka Dlee, as he was the second of the two Dans I met) in the Sounders away section. We stood with the ECS which had a very strong showing at 800 strong (not including those who made their way into other sections of the stadium wearing rave green).

The conclusion of our 3 hour car ride north had us at Pivo Public House just a few blocks from BC Place. Our plan was to arrive before 11:45am to watch the Chelsea v. Bayern Munich Champions League Final. We spent the first half at the pub enjoying the food. I suggest the triple fries and the chicken sliders.
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At half time we made our way to the stadium to take our seats, as the stadium was also showing the final. We watched the end of regular time on the gigantic screens hanging over the field, but unfortunately didn’t get to see the conclusion as it ran into the start of the game.
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Our 800 strong in the corner of the stadium.

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The game ended in a dramatic 2-2 draw, with Fredy Montero scoring in the final minute of regular time on a curling effort past the flat footed keeper. From our angle in the corner on the opposite side of the stadium we couldn’t actually tell if the ball went it right away, so there was a half second delay between the goal and the supporters erupting in celebration. The way the keeper stood there staring at the ball without even trying for it had me convinced that the ball went wide and had hit the outside of the side net. What a way to end a game against your local rivals.

As it was only a day trip, we explored a few nearby neighborhoods and ended up in Chinatown. I’ve never been able to make it there in the past, so it was a pretty cool experience. We first went to a little bakery which had both Chinese and Filipino pastries and bought ourselves a few snacks. Then we went to a nearby park to enjoy our sweets.
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Crystal showing off her almond cookie.
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We also stopped by a macaroon shop to visit with Dlee’s cousin. She hooked us up with the goods.
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The drive back involved lengthy conversation about politics, religon, The Avengers, comics, my hatred for Avatar, and other lovely things while Crystal tried (unsuccessfully) to sleep.

All in all, a very successful trip and successful Saturday. Something to look forward to is another trip as there is another away game to Vancouver in September….

Little by little, I fully intend to be back into this writing thing. Life has had some funny things for me lately.

But for the lighthearted stuff, funny pictures and hipstamatic.

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Just a small reminder, learn to take a step back from the busy and enjoy what you have now. It’s easy to forget when we have everything to do, but as cliche as it sounds, sometimes you don’t appreciate things enough until its gone.

Life gets so busy this time of year. I have a ton of family, friends and other obligations to meet plus work gets busy at the end of the year. This blog kind of goes to the wayside.

But all that’s past us now, I hope your Xmas/Chanukah/Kwanza/(seasonal celebration of choice) and New Years were fun and exciting. Hopefully you got all the fun stuff you wanted, saw all the people you wanted to, and that you haven’t broken your resolutions just yet.

Mine was to start cooking and buy less fast food. So far, I’m doing well.

My big present to myself was the Watch the Throne tour that came through Tacoma earlier this month. Jay-Z and Kanye West presenting themselves for a 2.5 hour set. No opening act, no fillers, no BS.

Gotta be one of the best concerts ever. Two of the greatest sharing the stage, and trading time between themselves to do their best solo work too. Wow. Seriously, start to finish great.

Well..

Except this one part, with Kanye, kinda getting all weird. But we will get there later.

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To start, both came out on top of 20+ foot tall cubes with screens on them, 1 cube on the main stage, 1 cube on the middle of the arena. Jay-Z was closest to us on this cube, with a freaking shark.

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The laser show they had going on was crazy too. Very effective use of lighting.

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Otis!

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Here’s where Kanye went kinda buzz kill. He spent 20 minutes on his cube all red, doing some songs, but then kinda broke down in his 808s and Heartbreaks stuff, then started on a lecture talking about love, and how it’s all sad, went all emo. That and he would not stop using auto-tune. Gold digger auto tune is not something people should hear. 80% of the show he was great, the other 20% were awkward for everyone involved.

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AGAIN! These guys love N*ggas In Paris. They did it 5 times, 3 of them encore. Apparently LA got it like 9 times. Awesome song though, great energy from them and the crowd. My favorite part was when they would hit the heavy bass at the end of the song. This light show looking like rain and thunder would go off, amazing. Every time the song would hit this part, you would hear Kanye, “I know right? That’s so cool.”

Definitely one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.

Nothing exciting happened during Christmas, went and saw family, it was great to spend time with them all.

Then came New Years

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Spam Masubi!

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First time drinking Hennessy. I like. Had some Jameson too, but I prefer Crown or Hennessy to it.

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Beer pong! I won twice in a row, and unlike Jordan, went out on top.

2011 New Years Eve Beer Pong Champion

I can only hope that 2012 brings the same success.

Behind The Boards: Sabzi (Blue Scholars)- Loyalty from WeveGotTheJazz on Vimeo.

Weve Got the Jazz did an interview w/ Sabzi of Blue Scholars fame, cool insight on how the creative process sometimes happens. Things you dismiss and never mean to get out, end up being some of the best stuff around.

Might have something to do with honesty; if you have no intention of sharing it with others, you don’t mind honest with yourself, putting yourself out there and being silly, weird, funny, or totally different than how you see yourself and how you’re “supposed” to do things. Sometimes you have to get outside the box you put yourself in?

There is now a Tesla dealership at Bellevue Square mall? Weird, but cool. The Model S is still one of the cars I would like to get in the future.
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Went to the Huskies v. Ducks game which happened to be the last home game at the current configuration of Husky Stadium. Pretty cool, and lucky to be able to do it.
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It was also Gus’ first birthday and we all went to Norm’s in Fremont.
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Titan wanted to wish Gus a happy birthday
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Magners. My new favorite apple juice. Don’t give it to your kids.
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