As I sit here in my home office typing this blog I hear the zzzz zzzzzz zzzzzzz zzzzzzz coming from my bedroom tv … it’s 6:30 am!! I am sure all my neighbors know when the soccer is on in my house as the unmistakable sounds of the vuvuzela pours from my windows. Well, they know that I am watching soccer or they think I’m being attacked by a swarm of killer bees and they just don’t care!! Can’t say I blame them.
While I know this is a really exciting time in SA, thought I would mention how great it is watching from LA. South Africa looks fantastic, the games have been fabulous, the players all polite, the fans even polite, the sense of pride and a fantastic party emanates everywhere. In LA, certain British and other local pubs are open at 4 am for games, with special breakfast menus celebrating the playing teams’ favorite foods served. Of course the biggest excitement thus far has come from the SA/Mexico game, with the Springbok Bar & Grill being THE place to be! In New York everyone poured into Madiba Restaurant in Brooklyn, with people facebooking from both locations every time a player scratched his nose or other private parts.
At my local LA pub we have a pool, I drew Ivory Coast. Immediately I looked for who drew South Africa, to discover it was Armando, another regular. I quickly began a campaign calling all Armando’s friends begging them to subtly drop hints about what a fabulous team Ivory Coast was every time soccer came up in their conversations. A couple of weeks later I bumped into him and kindly offered to exchange Ivory Coast for Bafana Bafana. He was delighted and before you could say bobs-your-auntie he had agreed. 🙂 🙂 I am now the happy and proud owner of the South African square in the pool! Fingers crossed there’s no reneging when we win the entire thing! Although I am sure that standing on top of the bar and yelling at the top of my lungs “WITNESS, WITNESS, Armando has agreed to swap Ivory coast for South Africa” might stick in everyone’s minds for a while. (In Armando’s defense, as I was trying to subtly approach him to arrange the switch, it did seem like he knew exactly what I was up to! Methinks he’s just being a nice guy accepting the switch, but I’ll never let him know that. wink)
So now it’s 8:30am Monday, Cameroon and Japan have finished playing, I have the entire week ahead of me, and I’m already exhausted. Keep up the excellent work South Africa!!!!
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