Monday, July 03, 2006

Soccer, Prejudice, and Naked People

Not much new to report... just a few random things...

I've been watching all the WORLD CUP SOCCER 2006 games and it's been fun, especially when I record the games on Univision, the Spanish channel. There's nothing like the excitement of the announcers on Univision! Watching these games always reminds me of when I was a kid and I'd watch them all summer with my Dad. We'd get so into it and everytime the Spanish announcer would shout " Goooooooooooooooooooool...! ", we'd turn the volume up REALLY high... It's not the same watching most of the games alone, but it's still one of my favorite sports to watch. It always amuses me how much most Americans hate the game. In the U.S., sport is all about scoring and points and goals... but that's not what athleticism is really about. Whatever. I can enjoy it along with 4 billion other people in the world.

I've mentioned before how I'm a "closet Democrat" at work, right? Well, two weeks ago, it got really bad again. Certain conversations were happening IN MY OFFICE that I seriously cannot even repeat here. It made me feel physically sick to my stomach -- the hatred and prejudice that some of these religious-far-right crazies feel for other human beings. It just doesn't jive with what Jesus was all about. But I guess that's no longer what they base their thoughts on. And then just this morning, one of my coworkers walked into my office holding the new book by that Ann Coulter-witch. Bleh. How can anyone read something so filled with hatred and think it's "so right"!?!? It blows my mind.

And now for what you've been waiting for... Naked People. This morning two of my female colleagues... young, innocent, midwestern farm girls who've never been anywhere except Ohio, Indiana and Florida... came in all excitedly to tell me a story that happened over the weekend. One of the girls was driving with her husband, and all of a sudden, there was a naked man running across the grassy area on the side of the highway. He ran up to the edge of the road and then got on all fours and proudly displayed his ass for world to see. She then got all quiet and mentioned something about there being a "toy" of some sort visible as well... hmmm... they were so disgusted they don't think they can eat today. I sympathized and agreed with the horror of it all, and then they left, and I'll I could think was.... *sigh* That's nothin'! I miss New York!

Alright, I tried for 20 minutes to upload a photo of the Naked Cowboy in Times Square, but something's wrong with Blogger today... You'll just have to imagine him... ; )

1 comment:

  1. Remember the Simpsons episode where they bring soccer to Springfield? It was one of the greatest satirical episodes they've done. There was the bit with two TV announcers- one for the US, one for the rest of the world. The US guy was saying in a very bored manner "He holds the ball. Holds it. Holds it. Hhhh. Holds it. (yawns)" The Spanish guy was SCREAMING "He holds the ball! HOLDS it! HOLDS IT!!!!"

    Eventually a riot broke out in the stands because of how boring the game was.

    Absolutely brilliant. I miss the days of good writing on that show (well, I miss the show entirely since I will not watch it anymore).