Since I graduated from college last May, I’ve been surprised how many times I’ve run into people from high school or the ‘Gate in some of the most random places.
Like tonight. I got tickets for Rangers-Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum (aka Mausoleum) as it’s not too far from my house (within 30 minutes). When I was younger, these games used to be pretty intense with split crowd loyalties. Now there’s still fighting amongst some of the fans- I saw some from my seat- it’s mostly tons of fellow Blueshirts faithful like myself as the Isles have become maybe the most craptacular team in any pro sport this side of the Pond. And whereas you couldn’t imagine Ranger fans getting off all of their favorite MSG chants back then, now we do, and pretty easily. A good game, Rangers didn’t play extremely well but did just enough to win. Anyway, at intermission, I’m milling about on the concourse before going back to my seat and suddenly somebody yells “Danimal”! It’s four guys from Colgate who made the trip from NYC, three of them huge Ranger fans (which I knew). Why is it so random? Getting from the city to the Mausoleum is not easy to do, as you have to drive or take a bus/cab from a train station elsewhere in Nassau County. Plus I could easily have been anywhere in the arena except where I was at that moment in time. Same for them, and in other scenarios. We’ve all been there. Yet it still happens.
Regardless, nice to catch up with people I hadn’t spoken to in a while. Oh, and also to see that Colgate students don’t just like hockey when they’re watching the Raiders play Clarkson or Cornell!