Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Proposition 2 to save the Astrodome failed

Note: Lots of photos.

I spent most of my Saturday at the Reliant Arena for the Astrodome yard sale & live auction. I waited in three different lines for what seemed like forever. When E told me he couldn't make it due to skate practice, I knew I had to take one for the team and go on my own. And I did. I met awesome people who were just as happy as I was to be able to purchase a part of Houston history. No scratch that. A part of American history. I wouldn't miss this event for anything. 

I had an amazing time. Not only did I meet amazing people, but I heard all sorts of stories about the Astrodome and what it meant to different folks. It was great to mingle with people who cared about the Astrodome as much as I did. Seeing the items up for auction got me all emotional inside LOL! It was neat to see some really old things like the lockers and the Astrodome skylight glass. I bought three pieces of 12x12 astroturf, two shirts and a pair of seats for a friend. If the dome stays or goes, I am happy to say I own a piece of history. A piece of history that means so much to me.

As a kid I went to the rodeo three times in the Astrodome and I remember each of those days. I remember wondering why we needed the Reliant Stadium when we had a perfectly good stadium right next door. I remember wondering why we needed the Minute Maid Park (which was named differently originally) if the Astrodome was used by the Astros. I remember wondering (still to this day) why we have so many damn stadiums when our teams haven't really done anything to deserve them. I don't understand why it's okay to drop a whole bunch of money on new stadiums that have no historical value to our city but not for the 8th wonder of the world?

My morning started off by finding out the Astrodome did not win yesterday and thinking 'Damn you Houstonians!'. Why must we always demo historical buildings. Why must we not give two shits about our city and what it truly means to be a Houstonian. I wasn't born here and yet Houston means the world to me. I talk a lot of shit and say it would be nice to live here or there but in reality I don't think I could ever leave this city. Houston is one of a kind and I am happy.. no PROUD.. to call Houston MY city.

Shame on those who didn't vote and for those that voted against Proposition 2.

Did you know..
  • Elvis Presley performed here multiple times.
  • Selena broke the attendance record twice.
  • The Astrodome is the first stadium in the county to have two separate playing surfaces at it's disposal.
  • Metallica and Guns N' Roses performed here on their Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour.
  • The Battle of the Sexes tennis match happened here.
  • Muhammad Ali fought Cleveland Williams here in '66.
  • Evel Knievel jumped 13 cars two nights in a row here in '71.
  • The Astro Spiral car jump done in '72 was later done in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.
  • The Rolling Thunder Revue Tour headed by Bob Dylan in '76 was hosted here.
  • The Rolling Stones performed three times here.
  • The Jacksons performed here in '84.
  • U2 filmed the music video for Stuck in a Moment you can't get out inside the Astrodome.
  • When Hurricane Katrina came through in '05, the Astrodome was there to help those in need of a dry place and even had a full field hospital.
  • The first artist to perform was Judy Garland in '65 with The Supremes being her opening act.
  • The Astrodome opened with Tifwau 419 Bermuda grass and then installed Astroturf in '66.
  • The Astrodome is the world's first mutli-purpose, domed sports stadium. Nicknamed the eighth wonder of the world.
Crossing my fingers that some private funding will save this place. We really don't need another parking lot. 

..till next time ;]

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