I went to Qwest Field or Xbox Pitch or whatever the sponsor is for the day to see the Seattle Sounders play the Kansas City Wizards. This is the first year Seattle has had a Major League Soccer Team in quite some time, and amazingly we appear to be the most rabid fan base in the country. The MLS owners are scratching their heads right now as to why they didn’t get here sooner. Now they’re scrambling to profit from this unique part of the country where people like soccer. Either that or we’re Anglophiles.
I brought in my camera as usual and displayed it prominently during bag check. It’s a Pentax K100D and I had a 28-300 zoom lense on it. I was able to get the pictures you see below before some security person yelled at me if I could take my lenses off. Of course I can, I said. Then she yelled “Put it away.” Learn how to say SLR lady. If you can’t even call a camera what it is what business do you have telling me to put it away.
I wish I could have assured them that they needn’t have worried about my photographic skills taking over the sport, but I could tell any effort would be wasted. Some people enjoy criminilizing another person’s innocent actions. I don’t think you’re going to get many professional shots with a lens that goes to a mere 300. There’s always Photoshop I suppose. What I really wanted to do was wave my ticket which I purchased from TicketBastard, I mean TicketMaster, where 50% of my ticket’s money went to for a convenience fee. Paul Allen, owner of Qwest Field and part owner of the Sounders owns TicketBastard. I wanted to wave it and say I have a right to take pictures during my life and I paid just as much for the convenience of purchasing this ticket as I did for the services of said usher and the game combined.
How can that be legal? Surely I am allowed to take my camera anywhere I damn well please. I wish there was money in it and then someone could start a class-action law suit about how unfair it all was.
Anyway, Keller our goalie was thrown out of the game with a red card and his backup was injured. The backup’s backup did a pretty good job although we did lose the game by one. Enjoy this photo of Qwest. It may be the last time I visit.