As I got into my car last Sunday morning my mind went back to what I was doing ten years ago and I realized how it is true that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Or not.
September 20, 1998 was my 22nd birthday and I was going to attend the Vikings game against the Lions with tickets that had been given to me by my girlfriend as a birthday present.
This past weekend was my 32nd birthday and I was going to attend the Vikings game against the Panthers with tickets that had been given to me by my girlfriend as a birthday present.
1998: I wore a Brad Johnson jersey.
2008: I wore an Adrian Peterson jersey.
1998: I drove a black Chevy Cavalier.
2008: I drove a silver Chevy Malibu.
1998: I drank a Mountain Dew on my way to the game.
2008: I drank a Mountain Dew on my way to the game.
1998: I stopped to pick up my Catholic girlfriend.
2008: I stopped to pick up my Calvinist girlfriend.
1998: I said "Oh, Jesus" as I was forced to stop my car and wait impatiently for a family of four to cross the street on their way to church as I was driving to the game.
2008: I went to church and worshipped Jesus on Sunday morning before going to the game.
1998: I was excited about the Vikings 2-0 start and had high hopes for the rest of the season.
2008: I was excited about the start of the sermon series on John and had high hopes for the rest of the series.
1998: I watched the game from the nosebleed seats.
2008: I watched the game from the 8th row on the 25 yard-line.
1998: The Vikings won 29-6.
2008: The Vikings won 20-10.
1998: The season ended in bitter disappointment, as did the relationship.
1998: I didn't take any pictures.
2008: I took lots of pictures and some video.