|Road Trip to Texas A&M for OU Basketball Game - Feb/March, 2003
For this little quick trip, my buddies Ty and James decided to come
along. We left Friday morning and headed to Texas, cash in our pockets, ready to see some
hockey, watch some OU basketball, and drink a few beers.
Our first stop was Body Beautiful in Lewisville, TX. It is a tattoo shop
that Ty and James like. Tat2Mike is the proprietor, one heck of a tattoo artist, and a
good friend of Ty and James. They have known Mike for a long time. Two Rows Brewery was next on our list. It was a
disappointing visit. The beer was average to below average, but they had a very good
Caesar Salad. Their Imperial Stout cost $5 for 10 ounces. I asked why, and they said it
was very good and had won many award. It was TOO sweet. Oh well, how do you know if you
like things, unless you try them. I did get a couple of pint glasses. We won't be going
We zoomed over to Fort Worth to check into our hotel, a Radisson
in downtown Ft. Worth. It was a great location, only one block from the hockey arena and
near many restaurants and bars. We checked in and went to the Flying Saucer for a pre-game beer. I got a couple for
glasses for my collection. They literally have hundreds of beers to choose from. We all
went for the Black-and-Tan, then took off for the hockey game.
The OKC Blazers were playing the Ft.
Worth Brahmas that night. The crowd was pitiful. Less that a thousand in attendance, and
it was a Friday Night! Very sad. The Blazers lost the game in the shoot-out, it was fun to
watch, but we wish they would have won. James and I cruised back to the Flying Saucer to
listen to a band, while Ty called it a night. The band was great, we made some new
friends, and it turned into a tattoo show after few more beers. It's amazing who has
tattoos (just about everyone)!
March 1, 2003
After stopping a McDonald's for breakfast, we drove to College Station. We
thought we would see David Koresh's compound along the way, but it wasn't to be. Probably
for the best. We arrived in College Station, found the arena, and hunted for a place to
eat. We got very lucky and ate at a restaurant called Los Cucos. Very good food, I would
definitely eat there again. Our seats were pretty good at the arena, but we could have
moved closer to the action - it was not sold-out. OU won the game by a score of
69-64, although they lead by as many as 17 points. The trip back to Oklahoma City wasn't
too bad since Ty and James did all the driving. We had a really great time - we got some
beer, saw a hockey game, made some new friends, saw OU win, and made it back safe and
sound. Next trip, Dallas, for the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament!