World Cup Fever!
Monday, June 18, 2018
So there aren't many perks to unemployment, but being able to watch World Cup soccer games during the day, when they're being played in Russia, well, that does qualify as one. I'm rooting for England, for the first time ever, because in the absence of the US Men's National Team (they failed to make it, for the first time since 1986), my rooting interests have shifted away from the teams I liked as a kid (Germany), to the teams that feature players from the club team I root for, namely Tottenham Hotspur, from the English Premier League. There are 5 players from Tottenham, aka Spurs, on England, including the Captain, Harry Kane, who came through in a big way today, scoring two goals to avoid an embarrasing draw against Tunisia. I wandered out to Conor o'Neill's, an Irish pub in Ann Arbor, where Spurs fans gather during the season to watch their game, in order to watch the ENgland Tunisia game. I figured there'd be a few English fans there, people to chat with during the game. Turned out there were 60-70 people there at 2 PM to watch the game, including a good contingent of younger, rowdier English blokes who were already drunk and ready to party. Pretty good atmosphere, even if England seemed headed for that tie, until Harry Kane put home a header with just a few minutes to play, sending those kids into a frenzy. Too bad I didn't have my phone camera ready to go, otherwise you would have been treated to a pic of a pasty white, tall, thin English kid dancing shirt on top the table next to me.
The weekend careened between social and isolated. The social part seems to have boosted the weight back into the (relative) stratosphere, and I'm waiting for the descending portion of the yo yo to take effect. 230.2 as of this morning. I did go play pickleball in the 90 degree heat this morning, after weighing in, but the 80 ounces (thereabouts) of water imbibed while out on the court, plus meals plus a Guinness at the pub seem to have ballooned the weight further. I'm curious what the toll will be in the morning. Not particularly looking forward to it.