Last week Mike and I decided on a whim to go to the Ice Flyers game at the Civic Center. Since the Wahoo’s played last week we saw people on Facebook complaining that the “Hangar was empty” even with the Flyers being in the Playoffs. So – we decided to turn it into a date night and head down there and support our local hockey team.
In true blogger fashion I wanted to take my camera with my nice zoom lens, thinking I could get some great shots to write a great post to you know…. HELP FILL THE HANGAR… but I figured I better call first. There is nothing worse than getting to the doors of the Pensacola Civic Center, only to be told that you can not go in because of something in your bag – this time it would be a camera, in the past it may have been a Bud Lite – and have to walk all the way back to your car, and then all the way back to the doors.
For those of you who have never been to the Pensacola Civic Center, it was clearly designed by a man, because no high heel wearing woman would put four 200 foot cement ramps as the means to get to the entrance doors. Let’s overlook for a moment that the Civic Center has been around since the early 80s so the cement has chipped and cracked like the Sphinx, but whatever degree angle the ramps are will make your life flash before your eyes for even a minor stumble in a pair of 4 inch heels. Yes, I am speaking from experience.
Anyway – the camera.
I called and was rudely asked if my camera was a “professional camera.” Honestly, I have no idea. I bought the thing for just under $1k at Best Buy, and bought the zoom lens from Target. (Pronounced “Tar-jay” especially for this post since apparently my camera IS indeed a “professional.”) I was quickly schooled that the Pensacola Civic Center considers any camera with a detachable lens to be “professional.” When I asked if it mattered that *I* was far from a professional photographer, the humor was lost and I was told a very stern “no.”
So we went to the game and as we were walking in I snapped a picture of the “Camera Policy” with my very non-professional almost-as-expensive-as-the-professional-camera iPhone….
Now, I understood some of these, and I know that they have to keep the peace… but how can you smuggle in a stroller? Wouldn’t that be kinda obvious on the way in? God forbid its raining cause with the 200 mile trek up the cement ramp without an umbrella there is no chance you will be dry. And if you are wearing heels chances are you will actually be rolling down said ramps anyway…
And go ahead and cancel my big 35th Birthday Bash at the Civic Center since no one can bring gifts…. it just simply isn’t a party without gifts.
But the one that really stuck out…. “Threatening Jewelry” Even my cousin and I got a kick out of this one:
The Ice Flyers won the playoffs so we are heading back on Saturday to watch another game…. I may have to ask what “threatening jewelry” is.
Maybe they will have some that I can take a picture of… with my iPhone of course.