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Petshark: Talking Stick

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The Church

Wednesday, I went with a friend to watch the Sharks beat the Blackhawks.  I imagine a loss must be in the cards for me one day this season, but so far so good.  My friend (who had not been to a game for a very long time) commented that I did not have enough fan gear on.  I did not understand how he could miss the loud teal eyeshadow, teal shirt and Sharks scarf, but I guess he expected a fan to wear a jersey.  He had good reason: a whole lot of people wear jerseys to games.  Our colors are how we know each other, they create an inflated sense of kinship that, for the evening, goes well beyond a common rooting interest.  To me, it feels like religion.  This isn’t a novel concept, I know, but it’s a new feeling for me, since I’m not religious.

Before leaving Vancouver, I wanted to go to a Canucks game.  But when Sunday night came, I almost had to blindfold and sedate myself to get out of the hotel.  I was reluctant to leave my laptop, my only sure connection to the imminent Sharks game.  Kicking and screaming on the inside and reminding myself I could watch the Sharks game when I got home, I dragged myself down the street until I fell in with a bunch of Canucks fans.

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