I am sorry that i have not posted anything in awhile. But there were not too many things to report. Everyday is the same, coming in at seven, doing laundry, folding stuff, doing more laundry, leaving at nine, going to bed.
I am still happy to be here and having that chance, but I am here for a month and I am starting to miss things. Some only a little bit, others a lot. Driving, food and people are things I knew before that I am going to miss them. There are other things you would never think of that I miss like working out at DNS, a comfortable chair, TV and the german language to name a few. But the thing I miss the most is the nature. I miss walking the dog, because nothing is in walking distance, you always drive. I miss the saar river, the Mississippi is so dirty. I miss green trees with leafs. I miss the cool wind and the sound it makes going through the trees. I miss the space and freedom, because I spend all day in one room. And I miss breathing as crazy as it sounds like. You cant take a deep breath because of the humidity, the air feels kinda heavy. Can not really explain it.
The most important thing I learned is the appreciation of what you already got at home. I remember Ingrid telling me before I left how good life in Germany is and I doubted it and thought that america is better for some unexplainable reason… That has definitely changed. She will probably remind me of that every time we have different opinions…. Made her day. Anyways, this trip is eye-opening. I might have not learned too much about football, but a lot about myself.
GO GERMANY… C ya soon 😉
The days come, and the days go. We reach the point where everybody knows that we are in camp. That means that you loose track of the date and the day. Everyday consists of two practices, no changes. You feel that everybody is pretty tired and you really wish for some time alone, because you are around the same people all day long. I would love to take a walk in the forest or sit on a porch and listen to the quietness, but there is neither one around. I am still doing a few different tasks every day, which is good, because it is not getting too boring. Do not get me wrong, i am still enjoying my time and i am happy to be here, but it is way tougher than I would have thought. The food is probably the worst. You get every day pretty much the same and it is not good at all. During the practices, I am doing chain-crew most of the time and other than that, i am doing the attendance checking at the meals.
On wednesday, I had enough of the same people and all that wasted time I have during my breaks. I went to the equipment room and ask if they need help after everybody else declined it. The thing I learned, they always have something to do for you. I helped them with laundry and practice preparation.
It finally feels like working. I do not know why people still think I came for doing some form of vacation and not to work, which is pretty frustrating. It also feels good to be around older and more matured people who also have some clue about the sport they are working in, not like the other guys. They also really appreciate the help. I don’t know how often I heard thanks in the last week, but it was not too often. Today, i heard it at least 30-40 times, not that I need it, but you get an idea about the importance of your help.
It is unbelievable how much the fact that I am from Germany helps me. Everybody keeps me in mind. Most of the people I met kept me name in their mind. The ones that forgot it, still remember me as the german guy. I kinda feel like the circus attraction… in a good way. I always hear “ hey, did you met the german guy yet ?“ And then I will get introduced. It is funny how people react to that, but definitely helps me to leave a mark, because they remember my name and background first, and then my good work.
At the end, I keep myself busy and that pays off right now and will in the future.
I am sorry that it took me so long to get back here. The last days consisted of things that were not worth to report or things I was not allowed to talk about.
On monday, the other interns came in. There are 3 guys from oregon (19,19,16 years old), one guy from florida (16) and 2 guys from the area (19,19) who go to LSU. I like all of them and it is fun to hang out. Monday till thursday were for the most part boring, walking around to find work but probably only worked for one hour a day.
Friday was finally the big day. First practice. More than 2000 people in attendance and it was terribly hot. Everyone had a different job. All jobs had a positive and a negative side. I had to drive to golf card and bring VIPs and handicapped people from the parking lot to the entrance. I was busy the whole time. Good thing was, i had some nice conversations and it was not too hot while driving. Bad thing was, i did not see anything from practice. That will change in the future because we will rotate with the jobs.
It was tough, because I also did the attendance checking for the meals, because i am the only one who knows the players names and faces, even better than the guy who is doing it for the 4th year in a row.
So i got up at 6, did the checking, when to practice, did lunch checking, went to practice, did dinner checking, went to bed at 12. The day was tough on the body, everything hurts. And it was only day 1 of camp.
I met all the coaches and they are all ok. Some are nicer, some are more quite. Coach Payton is a real authority, when he walks in a room, everybody gets quite and sits straight .
The players can be really different too. Some just ignore you because of arrogance, while others always greet you and crack jokes. For some reason the DBs are the coolest. I am really close with ‚Kwasi whose real name is akwasi owusu-ansah, he just got signed this week. He comes from a small school and was drafted by the cowboys in the 4th round a few years ago. I remembered his name, because I was watching him killing the eagles in a game few years ago. I am also good friends with Chris Carr, who was really successful with the ravens a few years ago. Chris is around 30, he has been around for awhile. It is his first year with the saints too. He travelled many times to europe before and I think that we will meet there again at some point down the road. The third guy is Roman Harper who is better known. He is one of the guys who are with the saints for a long time. He won the superbowl with them and he made it to a couple of pro-bowls. Roman went to the university of alabama. Every time we run into each other, we say the classical “ Roll Tide“. Ingrid and Bama fans know what I am talking about.
I am glad that there is now work to do, although it seems like it is going to be tough. Sometimes, you get really bored and you think: “ this is only a job too“. But at other times you are sitting with 4 pro-bowlers at lunch :-O ( roman harper- alabama- ss, jimmy graham- miami-te, jon vilma-miami-lb and thomas morstead-smu-punter) that is an overwhelming feeling.
The only sad thing is that everything here works with connections. I am not complaining, I am in, but there are other guys who don’t know anybody and they never get a chance. It is terrible to see some of the other guys i am working with who are doing it only for the money and their dads got them in, although they have no interest in football at all and don’t want to make that their profession either. I think that is really messed up, because others want to do it.
This was an quick resume. Keep checking for updates.
GO SAINTS…and like my friend roman would say… ROLL TIDE
Jay and his son Blake picked me up at 9:45 to go to church. Down here, you can not choose, it is preset that you are going. After that, we drove to NO downtown and through the french quarter. It was a rainy day, so we opted to stay in the car. We passed the Merceds-Benz Superdome. On the way back, we stopped at a restaurant to eat. In the afternoon, jay had to got to the facilities and I went to workout in the weight room. That was really nice. Everybody can use it. We took another tour since nobody else was there.
I got back to the hotel at 6 and stayed the evening there and watched the yankees- red sox game.
We got to the airport at 7 and the flight was at 8:20, we were kinda late.
It was a lot of hustling around the, but I made it. There was something going on at the airport, police and fire-fighters were patrolling. No planes were allowed to take off, so everything pilled up. We started with a 45 minute delay.
The flight was short, really short, less than one hour. When I got out of the security area, Jay Romig of the Saints was already waiting for me. We went to the hotel and I could check out my room. It is incredible.
After that, we drove over to the facilities which are 10 minutes away.
It is amazing how clean and luxurious they are. I got to meet some of the equipment guys. They are all around my age and really nice. I immediately got invited to play fifa with them on the xbox , which is set up in the locker room. The probably think that all germans are good in soccer.
We walked around for awhile and I saw the weight room and the indoor-filed.
There is not too much going on on a saturday afternoon. The veteran players will get here on the 25th and the rookies are done with their lifting sessions at 10 am. Everybody got this last week-end before the camp off to do something with their families. Only the equipment guys are getting everything ready.
We went to get something to eat at McArthurs. Their main thing are sandwiches. Jay dropped me off at the hotel at around 2 pm, because he had other things to do in the afternoon. I ran into the first player in the elevator. His name was Keavon Milton and he is a TE from Louisiana-Monroe Uni.
He is a really nice guy. Other than hime, I have not seen any other people around, because the saints are blocking the whole hotel,but not many have moved it yet.
I spent the most of the day in my room and watched college football on tv.
It was a quite first day. We will see what sunday brings. I cant wait to get to work.
We started of with breakfast at Denny’s which is similar waffle house, but bigger with more restaurants. After that, we went to different sports shops like Dicks sporting goods. We got us some rangers hats for the game. The tour at the cowboys stadium started at 4:15 and took about 1 and an half hour. We got to see: the owners box, the sweets, press box, press conference room, cheerleader and player locker rooms and we also went down to the field. This stadium is really great and the cowboys definitely got style. The cowboys stadium and the baseball park are right next to each other. We just drove down the street and because we had seans moms lexus, we were able to park right in front of the entrance. We met seans friends Madison, Ahmed, Zach and BreAnna. Seans dad joint us later too. Sean booked tickets for the cheapest section since nobody wanted to pay to much. The seats were at the very top of the stadium and right on the foul line on the first base side and they were more than fine, you could see almost everything nicely. No need to pay 80$. The stadium was about 75-80% full and the atmosphere was great.
We left after the 7th inning, because we had to get up early. On the way home we stopped to get burgers, because the waiting time for food in the stadium was about 45 minutes during the whole game.
That was my last day in Texas and to be honest, I already miss it. The weather was great the sights were great and the people were the best. No matter, where you went, the service people are always polite and the people around town are really friendly and always funny. I do think that the germans could be more like the people here. There is that feeling I can not really describe, but there in like a strong bond between the people. They are all a part of Texas and they got no problem with welcoming a foreigner to that.
Bottom line… TEXAS IS THE BEST
Lau had to go to university early and to work afterwards. So we had the time to do a lot of things. At 10AM, we had to pick up seans older brother Scott at the airport. He came home from Kalamazoo, Michigan where he had an introduction into his new job. He is living right in downtown Dallas. Little geographic lesson right here. Sean and his parents are living in Dallas Fort Worth. If your are driving east, you will pass Arlington with the football and baseball stadium after 10 minutes. If you keep on driving for 10 more minutes after that, you will be in Dallas. We parked the car at scotts house and took his car,because it had a better AC. Seans mom and sister left for Chicago this morning, so we met with his dad downtown to go and get something to eat.
At around 2 Pm, we drove back to Scotts place and got the car. Now it was time to do some sight-seeing. First, we went to the place where John F. kennedy got shot. Since the museum ticket would have been 20 dollar a person ??? I received my VIP tour by Sean. We kept on walking through the east-end of dallas, where the music scene is really big and other things as well.
We left Dallas after about 1 hour and headed back towards Dallas Fort Worth. The next stop were the not so well known, but really historical stock yards. This was the place the people dealt with their property ( cows, horses, gold…)
This was really cool to see, because it was like one of the oldest places around here and you could see how the houses and streets looked back in the days and some of these old western movies were pretty accurate.
On the way home sean wanted to stop in this cute, quite, small town called bedford to get something called snoballs ( pictures below)
Sean recommended strawberry so we got that. It was simply amazing.
I am telling everybody right here, if you will ever make it to Texas, this is the one thing you will have to get. It was a cup with crush-ice and strawberry flavor of course, but this was not that sirup stuff everybody was using. It was really made with fresh fruits and that made it way better. They also put hot cream on top that gave the finishing touch. Uhhh, i can not stop dreaming about it.
That was it pretty much for the day. The walking and the heat got us tired so we did not felt like doing anything at night. We watched some „the office“ DVDs like we did back in Germany all the time together and sat on the balcony for a couple of hours again.