June 30th, 2006

Attack of the Killer Chihuahua!

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It really was a simple errand: run to a store that sells Vodafone top-up vouchers to get topped up and maybe buy a few food items.

Went to the Costcutter a block away, figuring they were more likely than the corner convenience store to sell vouchers. No go. I was told to go to the (mumblemumble) station. "Where?" "(mumblemumble) station." "I'm sorry, which station?" "Petrol—gas—station." Oh. I know what petrol is, if you'd speak clearly.

Walked to the petrol station next door. A van drives up and honks. Turns out they're honking at me. They want directions. I cannot for the life of me make out more than a word or two of their impenetrably thick brogue. I finally shrug my shoulders and say I don't know.

Inside, I confirm that they do, indeed, sell top-up vouchers. I decide to get a few food items while I'm there. As the cashier is ringing me up, I reach into my back pocket and realize my wallet isn't there. Crap. "I'm sorry. I forgot my wallet. If you can just set that aside, I'll be back in five minutes."

I go back home, grab my wallet, return to the petrol station, apologize again. He starts to ring up the items once more, and I add, "Plus a £40 Vodafone voucher." No problem. He rings up the total, and I hand him my credit card. He looks at it and says, "No chip." "No, it's not chip-and-pin." Apparently, he cannot accept a non-chip-and-pin card for vouchers.

Sigh. I reach into another pocket for my billfold. £30. I never needed to go home to grab my wallet. If only I'd known upfront I'd have to pay cash… "Okay, £20 on the voucher." "And the rest on the card?" "No, cash for all of it." Once more he rang up my items one by one, as the queue behind me continued to lengthen and grow restless.

Hey, but now I can make phone calls and send texts again, for the next couple of weeks at least.
You can't guard me!

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I was mistaken last week when I said there were no more marquee match-ups in the second round. I had forgotten about France-Spain, which was certainly a marquee match-up. And it proved to be a pretty good match, too. I thought Spain would win but felt it could go either way. In the end, the wiley veterans prevailed over the young lions. Spain led 1-0 for more than half the match. Then France equalized. And in the final 10 minutes, France scored twice to put it away.

The first of the third round's marquee match-ups was played a few hours ago, Argentina versus Germany. Argentina was arguably the better team and took an early 1-0 lead. But then their goalkeeper got injured and had to be subbed out. Shortly thereafter Germany tied it up when their all-team leading scorer, Klose, worked his magic again. (Both the assist and the goal were beautiful headers!) Neither team could break through again. It went to penalty kicks, where Lehmann (I wish he would change his name) stopped two and Argentina's back-up stood no chance. Germany advanced.

The current match is not very sexy. Italy and Ukraine. The Ukraine is very lucky to have made it this far. (Well, so is Italy, but I won't go there.) Previous Ukraine matches, I've been torn: I've wanted to root for Tunisia and Switzerland but realized that I should probably pull for Ukraine. No question today, though. The only teams I dislike more than Italy are Mexico (hate them, hate them, hate them) and maybe Colombia, Costa Rica, and Serbia & Montenegro—I even like Brazil better, because at least Brazil plays the beautiful game beautifully and doesn't rely on poor sportsmanship the way these other teams do. So, yeah, go Ukraine! (As I write this, they're trailing 1-0.)

I just spoke to Tania. She says all her friends have been texting or e-mailing her about Ukraine's success, and she has found it loathe to explain she doesn't really follow the World Cup. She admitted she might check in on the score from time to time tonight, though.

The remaining two third-round games should both be fantastic, England-Portugal and Brazil-France. In the latter, you have the two teams who have won the past three cups. In the other game, you have a talented England squad against the team I picked to win this year's Cup. Both teams will be missing key players. England lost their top striker, Michael Owen, to torn knee ligaments, and I believe they have another player who's questionable. Portugal will be without three top players, two because of red-card suspensions (courtesy of last week's red-and-yellow card-fest between Portugal and the Netherlands) and one due to injury. It should still be a close and exciting match. Though I've never liked Portugal much in the past, I will be rooting hard for them tomorrow.

Ohmygosh, I just saw the Panamanian flag hanging in the soccer stadium in Germany! That was unexpected.

another meme

(courtesy of ayelle and alfie1981)

1. Take the lyrics to a favorite song (make sure it's relatively well-known).
2. Go to Google Language Tools and translate the lyrics into German; then from German to French; and finally from French back into English.
3. Post the results verbatim.
4. Invite your friends to guess the song based on the newly mangled lyrics.

It was a challenge thinking of a favorite song whose original language is English and is relatively well known, but I eventually thought of one. I doubt anyone will have trouble identifying this one:

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