It's going to be weird for me this year. In 2006 I was up on the first day of The Crucible, and every year since I've been up for the first weekend. Last year I was there Saturday, Sunday and Monday. So I usually a "I'm going to The Crucible buzz" the week before. No real traditions, though I texted all my mates one year every day for a week going; "Another day of work over, 7 days to go. Crucible countdown continues." ; "Another day of work over, 6 days to go. Crucible countdown continues." ; ""Another day of work over, 5 days to go. Crucible countdown continues." etc.... It got mixed responses.
This year, however I'm going solely to the final, and I must confess I am nervous. Will I get two see at least one player I like? Will it be a good match? I can't judge how excited I am without knowing who is involved, and it has cost me a lot of money.... So I may get a bit nervous.
However, I might take up Smart's options of having plenty of takeaways. I tried a decent pizza delivery place a few weeks ago, where you can get a ten-inch pizza, a box of chicken wings, four pieces of garlic bread and a can of soda for £10. Independently owned place. It was quite nice, so I will use that at least once over Crucible fortnight and it will become the main focus of one of my day's off. Also have a KFC imitation at the end of my road, called Chicken In a Box....
So, yeah. I guess my tradition is to get excited and talk about it in great detail, whether you want to hear ir or not. I've just list two takeaways that I've had recently that were nice. By 15th April, you'll be knowing what lagers I will be buying from where, what snacks I've picked up, what days I'm wearing my Hurricane Higgins T-Shirt, what snooker loving friends Ill be watching snooker with, and pretty much annoying everybody with inane snooker waffle.