First of all. I want to thank you all for the warm wishes for my move to Texas. I wasn’t able to participate in last week’s thread and I probably won’t be able to view this one till the following day as well. But from the bottom of my heart thank you all for the love and support. If any of you are in Austin, let me know and we can grab a drink or something.
The move has kind of be kind of rough, but only for three real reasons: The grocery store’s unfortunate lack of good dry rubs (which I love to coat my chicken in for lunches), the missing Tank 7s on the shelves, and my dog’s separation anxiety. The latter being the biggest issue, as she’s been taking the move much more rough than I.
She was abandoned at least twice before me, and she had suffered a broken leg from at least one of the previous owners. While I was able to bond with her and and work out her aggression and bad behaviors, almost everything has come flooding back with the move. The biggest problem is that this is her first time in an apartment. I’m worried that the obsessive barking will drive my neighbors insane. Most of my week has been spent unpacking and working with her, but yesterday I finally broke down and took her to the vet to get some doggy Xanax. It’s a process, but she’ll eventually adjust with time.
I realized while working with her however that her separation issues mirror that of Chiefs fans (or at least for me) after the off-season, especially after their Super Bowl win. Having our hearts broken, time and time again by teams that we thought would treat us well. Abandoned by early play-off exits just when we thought things were going so well. Even talking to other Chiefs fans during the playoff run I kept hearing “I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop”. Now that the fan base was finally taken in by a great team that took care of us, we never want to part from it. We soak up everything we can from articles about the winning team, to memorabilia, to interviews with players and coaches. But eventually we notice that there is no more football. We scratch and claw to find anything remotely similar to the love we felt, even watching the XFL to fill that hole. We whine and bark about anything not Chiefs related from basketball, to baseball to hockey.
We worried that we’ll be abandoned again to bad teams and early playoff exits, but eventually the season will return and we’ll come to the conclusion that we still have Patrick Mahomes, he’s not leaving us, and everything is still great.