This is is the first fanpost I've ever made on this website, although I've been here for a few years now. I think enough of you cover the X's and O's of the football season, but I thought some of you might be interested in seeing a few of the photos I've started compiling of my travels around the world with the hope of showing a guy from Kansas City showing off Chief pride in some interesting places.
I enlisted in the Army back in 2009, and my sole goal was to let the Army foot the bill while letting me seeing the world. Being a Chiefs fan in the military has been difficult, because it has been quite difficult to follow a team that isn't the media darling of America like the Cowboys or from a huge market like the Giants, Jets, Patriots, etc. And while that has been difficult, it's even when worse when you're stationed right outside the DC area and your team goes 2-14 while the Skins manage their first year of being relevant since Gibbs was their coach the first time, but I digress. It hasn't been all bad though, because it's let me show my team off in some interesting places whether that was in Hawaii, Afghanistan, Virginia, or now Germany and Romania.
Being in the military can be a complete drain on a person's psyche. I've missed the birth of my oldest son, birthdays, Christmases, doctor appointments (my oldest son Eli has special needs), and everything in between. Sports are one of the few things that seem to be universal though in the military world, and have helped me keep hope when sometimes it's difficult to have anything to root for. I'm not saying when I returned home that the Chiefs suddenly made my transition any easier, but they gave me something to look forward to being there, a constant if you will, six months out of the year. That stability, it's helped me keep my perspective on other things that seemed to spiral for awhile.
Before this past November, I hadn't been home to Kansas City since I enlisted. I hadn't been to Arrowhead since the first Thursday Night game we had (a game I remember fondly, playing the Broncos while jockeying for the division crown that year), so my brother and I bought tickets to the Broncos game at Arrowhead this last time around. We may have lost, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the best feeling in the world to be back in the stadium I called home. Tailgate, facepaint, and four hours later leaving with no voice, I was deflated and felt really good for the first time in a long time. The week prior my dad had surprised me with tickets to the Chargers game, where we froze our tails off in the nosebleeds watching a collapse of the defense I never expected to happen this season. Still I wouldn't trade it for the world to be home and part of that crowd, screaming until nothing came out. Some of the best memories I have of back home (the trip to LegoLand notwithstanding, I MEAN SERIOUSLY WHERE WAS THAT WHEN WE WERE KIDS? I ONLY HAD KALEIDOSCOPE).
So I hope you all enjoy these photographs, they're the ones I have most recently, first from Arrowhead, and then from different parts of Romania. Some of the pictures aren't the greatest, but I still thought you all would enjoy seeing them nonetheless!
My Brother and I at Arrowhead for the Denver Broncos game on December 1st.
Arrowhead, Broncos vs Chiefs, December 1st, 2013
My dad and I, very underprepared to freeze our butts off, at the Chargers vs Chiefs game November 24, 2013
Bucegi Mountains in Busteni, Romania
Massive cave in the Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Chiefs hoodie underneath, forgot to pull it out for the photograph at Bran Castle (one of the reported Castles of Vlad Tepes, ie Dracula) in Bran, Romania
Pelisor Castle (one of the last Kings of Romania) outside of Sinaia, Romania
Pelisor Castle, outside of Sinaia, Romania
Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Bucegi Mountains, Romania
My son, Eli, and I in Kansas City for Christmas this year
I hope you all enjoy the photographs, because I had a great time everywhere I went to take them! There's more, but I couldn't find them at the moment. Still I think it's been a great ride, and I can't wait for next September to get here already. So far the only times we've made the playoffs since I've been in is when I'm out of the country, so hopefully the next two years are more of the same. Thanks!