Life Lately: High School Football and College Friends

I don’t document my real life all that much, but I try to have one.

Recently, mine and Clay’s college friend Brian and his wife Ashley moved back to Columbia. They got married back in 2011 and moved to Iowa shortly after for Brian’s job as a graphic designer. Brian got a new job in Columbia a few weeks ago, so they were able to move back to the South- just in time to avoid the Iowa winter.

Not only is Columbia closer to us to hang out with them, it’s also closer to Ashley and Brian’s parents so they can have grandparents babysitting and finally have a night out. Even if they’re a few hours away, at least they aren’t a couple of states away.

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We got together in Columbia for lunch on Saturday at a restaurant called Carolina Ale House. It wasn’t our first choice for lunch, but when the restaurant we wanted turned out to be closed, it worked in a pinch. Like all good Columbia sports bars in December, Carolina Ale House was covered in everything Christmas and South Carolina Gamecocks.

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We split an order of nachos for an appetizer, and I had the barbeque salmon. Despite barbeque sauce poured on the salmon, I was famished and it was tasty and cheap, so I can’t really complain. Brian, Ashley, Clay, and I caught up on life and spent a long time in the bar just chatting, and it was a lot of fun.

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After lunch, Clay and I headed to Williams Brice Stadium for the SCHSL Football Championships. Hartsville High School (where Clay went) played against South Pointe for the state championship. Clay and I didn’t go to high school together, so it was neat cheering for his team but since I have no real high school football allegiance, watching the game was relaxing.

Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a football game for the game itself and not feel like a mentally drained fan if you don’t win. For the record, Hartsville lost.

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It rained the entire game, but we got to sit in the expensive box seats (the chairs have backs on them and are covered!), which are usually reserved for Gamecock Club and season ticket holders. I also met a couple of Clay’s friends from high school and some guys he played football with.

The game was perfect for people watching- you got to see all crazy of high school football games, especially when it’s a small town team, and the culture revolves around it (Someone should really make a “People of high school football” website like People of Walmart).

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We had a pretty awesome time in Columbia and it made for a fun weekend.

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5 Responses to Life Lately: High School Football and College Friends

  1. harveylisam says:

    I always find this whole sports fan mentality so interesting, like the fact that people are legit upset when their team doesn’t win. Not that I think it’s silly or anything — it’s great for people to be so into something! It’s just interesting, especially since I have no sports teams that I cheer for. I’m missing out!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, and it’s hard to “become a fan” too. I have a lot of friends here who are NFL fans but I’ve never picked an NFL team because… how do you pick? At least here in my state, we don’t have a local NFL team and everyone likes different ones.

  2. allieksmith says:

    I always love life-related posts! How cool that your friends moved back and you were able to have lunch and catch up on life! I love times like that :). And oh man to crazy fans/sports! I have always heard college/HS football is insane in the South! It’s pretty crazy here, but mostly with professional football (because of the Steelers), so I totally get it!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      High School football is insane in small towns! It’s not as insane in Charleston because Charleston has multiple high schools and also suburban communities where people live, but in a small town with only one high school, the whole town rallies around the team and supports them. And it’s not like there’s much else to do in a small town, either ;).

      College football is huge down here too, mainly because South Carolina doesn’t have a pro team (The Panthers are technically based in Charlotte). Everyone has different favorite pro teams here, especially Charleston because a lot of people move here from other places. The Steelers have a HUGE following here!

  3. LilMysNinja says:

    What a fun weekend! We do trivia night on Wednesdays at the Ale House in Irmo. I’m actually tired of their food and don’t each much there anymore. Glad you got to spend some time with your friends!

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