There are a few traditions that I have grown up with that are important enough to continue even though we are far from home. One of those traditions is to watch the Super Bowl. I’d sit and watch with my dad if I was home and in college, we’d host a party at our place. It’s one of those experiences that, for me, must be shared with other people. Now unfortunately, for us to not miss the game means to get up at 5:30 in the morning (there are two 5:30s?!). Here are my reasons for not missing the Super Bowl, no matter what time it starts:
1. It doesn’t matter who is playing, and whether or not I even like the teams, what matters is the feeling that I’m indulging in a treat. I haven’t been one to be known for early mornings, but the idea of knowing that I’m watching something at the same time as friends and family back home is pretty awesome.
2. It’s fun to get to hang out with cool people so early in the morning, a time when you don’t usually see one another. One Super Bowl party turned into a sleepover at a friend’s apartment since we had to be up at 5:00 am. Note to self: When having a “sleepover” with college students, not much sleeping happens. Our friends baked cookies all night while we talked and watched movies til the game started. The shared early morning, or late night, experience is bonding.
3. This is a chance to get to have breakfast food as celebratory food. We can’t get buffalo wings out here or any other traditional Super Bowl staples, so we’ve had to improvise with quiche, pancakes, waffles, spam and eggs, cookies, and my personal favorite–a fruit pizza. One time we were really lucky and happened to be in Almaty for the game. Our hosts ordered Pizza Hut the night before so we got to have Pizza Hut pizza. Score!
This year we spent the night at our friends’ house (so that we could sleep as long as possible), watched the game streaming live at 720p, ate quiche and whole-grain waffles, and talked and joked the whole time. The teams change every year, but the atmosphere stays the same: good game, cool people, great food. Getting up at 5:30 in the morning doesn’t get any easier and takes a lot longer for me to get over (I’m not as young as I used to be), but it’s well worth it in my book.