Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mini SoCal HLOG Convention

Last night I finally met another HLOGer. Actually, I met two: Finny and Cassie. Several weeks ago Finny emailed me and asked if I was going to the Kings v. Minnesota game because for some unknown reason she was going (I guess she's just that dedicated to hockey!). Unfortunately I didn't go to the game but we soon found out that we would both be at the Kings v. Oilers game. She gave me her number in case I wanted to meet up and the day of the game I emailed her my number and suggested we meet up during warm-up behind the Oilers bench, since I figured it would be less crowded than near the Kings bench and I assumed she would want to ogle Penner. I mentioned that I was tempted to make a sign, something along the lines of:

"PENNERSQUEE, you're overrated!"
"PENNERSQUEE, you're a sellout!!"
"PENNERSQUEE, you're not worth the money!"

But I was worried that (a) my signs would never be able to live up to those that Heather made for her Sabres and (b) people might think that I was defending Anaheim...and that just could not happen.

Finny immediately called me and of course I missed the call. Her voicemail went something like this:

"Hey, umm, so I don't actually know your name!"

She also mentioned something about making signs, meeting up, and giving her a call. I went to Hockey and High Heels and as soon as it was over I called Finny to find out where we should meet. To my delight, Finny and Cassie were watching the warm-up near the Oilers bench. It was great to finally meet them and I had a blast for the 5-10 minutes that we hung out next to the ice shouting, "PENNER!!!!" everytime he skated by us. The first thing I noticed when I saw the Oilers was the size of Penner. Holy Hell, that guy is HUGE!!!!!! I literally could not get over it. Every couple minutes or so I would say softly, "He is huge! He is enormous! How big is he?" He was one of a few guys not wearing a helmet during warm-ups which also helped make him stand out more. I wish he had his mountain man beard because I think he looks even better with all of that scruff.

The first thing Cassie said to me when I moved to stand next to her was, "Oh wow, you're shorter than Finny!" Yes, I am. In fact, when I bought a pretzel during the second intermission, the guy serving me kept trying to make jokes which I never got because I couldn't really hear him and he finally asked, "How tall are you?" and when I told him I asked, "How tall are you?" Seriously, people....WTF?! Why does it matter that I'm really short? Have you honestly never seen a petite lady? I'm not a midget...but I am short, but there are plenty of people out there who are shorter than I am.

Finny and Cassie are a hilarious pair. They told me some great stories of spotting Ducks players around the Orange County beach areas. It was too bad that I couldn't experience an entire hockey game with them because I can only imagine how much fun they have watching hockey together. No offense to ckim, it is fun to watch her shout, "YOU FUCKER!!" amidst a surprisingly quiet crowd and watch people turn around to see who shouted it, but I couldn't stop laughing at Finny and Cassie when they were talking about Penner. He finally looked over at us near the end of the warm-up and we completely cracked up in a fit of laughter. Here's a pic of Penner bending over.

oh yeah, check out that mean, those hockey pants.

Unfortunately, we never got a pic of the three of us but I'm sure we'll meet up again.

x-posted to HLOG


Kirsten said...

We should have a giant west coast HLOG convention.

CKim said...

God, he looks even more like a line backer from this view. Penner, those pants make you look fat. =P

Kirsten said...

YES! "Do these pants make my butt look big?" Joe Thornton has totally made me like him and overcome his poor performance for Team Canada with that.

Rinslet said...

Speaking of meeting up...

I might be going to the Kings game on dec 26? Big might.. but I really want to, even if it kills me.

But in general, I'd be in socal for the hols... mostly be in San Francisco, but the parentals are planning to take us to LA/Anaheim and Vegas as well.. and I already told them I'm spending my time watching hockey in LA (Jack *heart*)...

Anyway. I'll email you or something when I get closer to my departure to discuss meeting up deets or something. :)

KMS2 said...

Kirsten, we should! I think Tracy is going to start talking shit about us if we don't.

Penner, those pants make you look fat.
*gasp!* Don't ever say that about Penner!! He may have dolphin teeth but he's still a hottie! Besides, the dude is big-boned, not fat.

Rinslet, last year I went to the Dec 26th game with my fam but not sure if we're doing it this year. But let me know if you do go because I'll try to go if you do.

Finny said...

pens looks bigger than he was last season - but i can't figure out if that's just cuz we haven't seen him in a while.

i was just happy to have seen him =) i posted my pics too - most of them have his butt in it ahhaah I have no idea why I couldn't capture his face! ugh.

seriously, we need a big HLOG convention down here: I say we hit disneyland together AHAHAHAH. that'd be a fun way to get us all together and get us to know one another!!!!

ooh. totally want to do it now...

Rinslet said...

:P Hey, that's what I said about Pyatt.. TURNED OUT HE WAS ACTUALLY FAT AND NOT BIG BONED !!!

hahahaha *laughs at her own joke*

Sorry Pyatt, I still love you. :D hehe