I went to the opening ceremony of the US Figure Skating Champoinships tonight that included the pairs short program. But before that, I had tickets to this gathering at the performing arts center. The govener showed up as did the mayor. It was great, and there really weren't many people there. I'd say around 100. The hors d'oeuvres were outstanding! They had Salmon and beef, shrimp and antipasto that was really good and all kinds of other stuff including all kinds of cheese that went nicely with the wine. Plus the drinks were free! They had imported and domestic beer, and three kinds of wine. All you could drink and eat! It was a total bonus because I didn't have any dinner and was a little worried about starving. After I got stuffed, and listened to a few speeches, we went outside to view the fireworks.
Then we went to the arena for the competition. There were these huge lines. But I had practice passes, so we went right to the front. The passes didn't matter as they opened many doors and we went right in. It all worked out really well and we had good seats. It was on one end of the rink. As always the judging didn't seem fair. I thought the pair in 3rd position should have won. The crowd even voiced it's opinion on one judgement, so we will see. I have tickets to the pairs finals/ long program on Friday. That way we can see who won.
I learned some things about what to expect taking photographs. Here is one shot I took. I'll post some more tomorrow night and again Friday night to give you an idea of what it was like. I can't tell you who it is in that photo right now. I'll get the book at work tomorrow and let you know.