I usually don't work this late, but my supervisor has a 3 year old running a frightening temperature, so I'm here for an indeterminate amount of time.
Also, none of the bank employees have shown up, and they were supposed to open 15 minutes ago. It's a weird day.
So, since I don't have anything better to do, I'm going to ramble about hockey. I had vaguely enjoyed watching hockey a few times before moving to Minnesota, but didn't see it that often: it wasn't popular in Iowa, and so wasn't shown on TV. Certainly wouldn't have thought about it unless I happened to flip by it on the TV.
Living in Minnesota has changed that. If you want to do office man-talk around here, knowledge of the local NHL team (Minnesota Wild) is a prerequisite, probably at about the same level as the Vikings(and thus way above any other sports). The teams games are shown on network TV, and lots of employees show up in the morning wearing Wild accessories. Since the team was established in 2000, it has sold out every single home game.
One thing that makes the Wild more popular than they otherwise would be is that they are a fairly good team. This is their second consecutive year in the playoffs, and they did it this year by winning one of the toughest divisions in the sport.
The other thing, at least in this office, that makes them more popular is that there is no NHL team in Wisconsin (why there isn't one is a good question, seems like a good market to me). Since the personnel of the company are a mix of Minnesotans and transplants from Appleton, Wisconsin, football is rather divisive between Vikings and Packers fans. At least, that is my impression from seeing the kinds of stuff people bring in to their cubicles. The Wild, by contrast, us transplants can pick up with no conflicting loyalties.
So, long story short, my plan for a Friday night is to sit and watch a hockey game, probably by myself, and then go to work. And I will have fun doing so, especially if the Wild win. By now I have an idea of how the game works, how it's supposed to be played, and I can tell that I like it. Also, the fights are hilarious.