Hi everyone! *waves* I thought I would finally introduce myself since I have some time to kill at work.
So I'm sure you hear it all the time, but I am a long time lurker, short time poster. I tried joining all of last year, but for some reason I was being flagged as spam and could not for the life of me get anyone to read my messages and let me join the forum. Until one day last year - I offered up an extra ticket to the Stanley Cup parade and met the infamous "JT" who told me how to get my membership approved. So unfortunately, it was because of him, that you all have to deal with me now. I'm sure he won't mind if you send him the hate mail.
So who am I? My name is Amanda, I am *gasp* 30 years old, I live in Riverside, CA and sadly have to admit that I officially became a bandwagoner fan when I bought my season tickets last year. Well, not really. Last year was just the year that I was finally able to afford season tickets since I didn't have to pay my ex-husband anymore alimony! *happy dance* But, I have been a Kings fan for quite a few years.
My hockey loving started years ago when I was 6 and had an older brother who wanted to be a hockey player when he grew up. Living in Southern California, there weren't many ice rinks around so we played hockey on roller blades in the middle of our street with all the other kids. The highlight of my summer would be going to the sports store and buying a new hockey stick, taping up the blade, throwing my gloves on and beating some boys butts on the blacktop. My brother decided that his little sister and him needed real jersey's so we could look bad ass when we played. My father took it upon himself to order us matching Ducks jersey's (it was around the time that those Mighty Ducks movies came out) that had our last names on the back, and I got the A in front (thinking it meant "Amanda" until my brother pointed out I was just the assistant). I still have that jersey - only for sentimental reasons though. My brother never liked the Ducks and pissed that my dad bought us Ducks jersey's, so he saved up all his money and bought his first Kings jersey. He was so proud of it that he decided to frame it and hang it up on the wall. It was a Luc Robitaille jersey - and thus I was introduced to the Kings. My dad never took us to a Kings game because he said the fans were too roudy and would be a bad influence on us (haha, if he only knew his little girl turned out to be one of those fans!) so we never went to a live hockey game.
So then I got older, I grew up and decided to get married. My ex thought hockey was the dumbest sport ever. (yeah, probably should have seen the red flag at that point). So the only time I got to watch hockey was when I was home alone (which didn't happen much since he was a loser who didn't work... /bitterness). Then I had a baby, my husband decided to leave me for my next door neighbor (thank God!) and I finally got to watch hockey again. Unfortunately, the judge decided that I had to pay my ex-husband lots of money every month since I was the bread winner in the family, and I never had any extra money to go see a hockey game in real life. Until one day I met a guy who loved hockey as much as I did (and his favorite team was the Kings too). He decided that he would take me to my first hockey game. We went and I knew I would be a fan for life. It was that point that I decided that no one would ever take me away from hockey again. I tried for many years to get season tickets, but I just couldn't afford them. A few years later, my alimony ended and I finally had money to spend - it just so happened that it was 1 month before the Kings made it into the playoffs where they won the Stanley Cup (hence why I will always be known as a "bandwagoner"). I plan on being a season ticket holder for the rest of my life and have told every single man that I have dated that if they don't like hockey, it will never work out. (do you know how many dates I have had to cancel because they hate hockey???)
So here I am today...happily a single mom to my amazing 6 year old son who loves hockey as much as his mommy does. I'm a nurse who loves her job and couldn't imagine doing anything else (expect maybe being Kopitar's personal assistant). My season seats are in section 309 & 329 (but I always sit in 309) so if you are ever at a game, stop by and say hi. *waves*