Based on the season, looks like The Prof and I just attended our last Sox game of the season this year. This New England mentality must be rubbing off on me; I actually feel sad. (Although I'm ready for some Stiller football and Bruins/Penguins hockey -- WOOO!)
With the World Cup starting today in Africa, I thought it timely to (finally) share some photos of Jessie + Zach's trip to the continent in Spring of 2009. The two went on an outreach mission with their church to help remote villages start food gardens. When I first saw these images, I was struck by the contrast of stark villages, vibrant citizens, and beautiful nature...
Having never played soccer (really, except for a co-ed nighttime league in college,) I can't full comprehend the complete excitement most of the of the world has surrounding the World Cup, but I can recognize its importance as the first World Cup to be held on the African Continent.
"Football on the African Continent represents opportunity," says Danny Jordaan, CEO of Africa's World Cup Organizing committee. "It represents ambition, achievement. The game represents a success story."
The end of a great (relaxing but not particularly productive) weekend...today started with a rainy trip to Todd Farm in Rowley. Despite being "Open," there were only about three vendors out braving the weather; Cho and I plan to return on a sunnier day. A nap and some laundry loads later, The Prof and I ended up at Pleasant Cafe for some pre-game pizza and beer before the game.
Date night/game night at our place The Pleasant Cafe. Unfortunately, Syracuse lost...that's the end of my bracket since I picked the Orange to go all the wayl. On a more lighthearted note, The Prof sent Jeffé a text message in response to some friendly game-time jabbing that said, "Go ahead and rub it in, you ducker!" Yep, it was supposed to be much more offensive, but the iPhone changed the swear to something out of Howard the, well, you know what.
Only three days left before the midnight sign-up deadline for the Boston Derby Dames' tryouts! I seriously pondered joining these roller ladies a few years ago, but (honestly) never had the rocks...or time, unfortunately.
"The Boston Derby Dames have been getting their blocks
off since May 2005 when the first intrepid rollergirls began training
at rinks and hockey courts throughout greater Boston. The league now
boasts more than 50 active skaters on three home teams: the
Cosmonaughties, Nutcrackers, and Wicked Pissahs. Our all-star travel
team, the Boston Massacre, has been in action since October 2005 and
has traveled to play teams in Las Vegas, Long Island, and Seattle, and
has hosted Charm City (MD), Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dominion (VA), Maine,
are Boston’s first and only all-female, DIY, skater-owned and -operated
flat track roller derby league and proud members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA)."
Come on! How cool is women's roller derby?!?! If, like me, you crave alternative forms of exercise which help release repressed anger (or if, also like me, you've always wanted to get into a bar fight,) the BDD could be your personal trainer and therapist. HA!
I'd join for the team names and "uniforms" alone. Plus, the BDDs are serious about their sport and look like they know how to throw a great soiree. What's to lose?