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Either I’m Well Dressed, Good Looking…Or Quite Pale

In Uncategorized on 9 December 2008 at 22:47

Had to do a little clothes shopping after work this evening. Christmas meals/events are springing up left and right and I needed to update a few outfits in order to be appropriately dressed and festive.

Though I had already purchased a dress shirt and tie from H&M I was still making my rounds to other promising retailers nearby. A walk through John Lewis—the equivalent of America’s Nordstrom—was unsuccessful, as was Top Man—a mix between H&M and Urban Outfitters. The only store left between me and my chilly walk home was the very familiar Gap.

Unfortunately, a quick stroll to the back of the store completed my growing disappointment for a store I knew I could usually count on. Not a single tie in the store; not even a decent sweater on the tables.

As I was about to walk out, Jenny dropped a more-than-subtle hint that she wanted to try on a pair on jeans. I conceded. As some men know, this means that we are to stand awkwardly outside the dressing rooms, as there is rarely a resting area within. (If there is, we are thankful to rest ourselves upon the seat even though this does nothing to alleviate our unease.) Instead, we are involuntarily transformed into pseudo-stalkers and pedophiles trying as hard as possible to look busy or trying to overact a scene of eternal waiting while enduring the hostile glares of shopping women circling us erratically like sharks.

As I carried on such uncomfortable postures, an older lady who I had watched questioning an employee about an oversized sweatshirt passed me on my left. As she passed, I shifted a quarter turn towards her in order to glance at the dressing room with a look that innocently said, “I’m waiting for my girlfriend. Really.”

The old woman’s eyes opened wide as if surprised by my presence. Seemingly startled she exclaimed, “Oh, I thought you were a statue!”

Midway through my faked amiable and forgiving laugh I smelled what is not uncommon of shoppers in England—sweet, pungent alcohol.

How many of these intoxicated shoppers have I crossed paths with, sometimes at nine and ten in the morning? What a sight to her I must have been, a still, thin, young figure in a black winter pea coat (a Gap coat, at that!) simply turning towards her or rather ‘coming alive.’

Oh, how pale I must be!


Football’s Turning Point: The Penalty Shot

In Uncategorized on 7 December 2008 at 21:32

I entered a new realm of in the world of football (soccer) this afternoon. It created such a feeling inside in me, I thought I should note it somewhere.

We (Darwin) were tied 1-1 against a heavily favored opponent (Long Road) when we conceded a penalty. Now I’m used to playing goalie in ice hockey, but I’m still getting used to the way football works. Nevertheless, I found myself dwarfed within a monstrous net only six yards away from a shooter who was all but guaranteed this gift of a goal. My heart was beating quickly, the adrenaline rushing through all of my limbs, my breath heavy and visible in the cold.

To everyone’s surprise I blocked his “free gift” and the rebound that followed.

The next thing I knew I was standing tall (the ball wrapped safely in my arms) looking into the distance as if I had conquered the ground on which I stood. All while my teammates jumped upon me and the opponents looked on in disgust.

That seemed to be the turning point in today’s game, as I knew it would be, as it typically is. We went on to score two more goals in order to win 3-1.

It was just such an amazing feeling standing there after the save and the moments afterwards. It was equal to any successful sports feeling I’ve ever had–including winning a hockey championship in a shootout. It was just one of those moments where I felt completely on top of the world…coming in a sport in which I feel so inadequate.

At the pub after the game, a fellow goalkeeper (matter-of-factly) said, “If they had scored, we would’ve lost.”

But they didn’t score. And Darwin College won.

Winter/Christmas Holiday Booked!

In Uncategorized on 6 December 2008 at 22:04

This evening, Jenny and I booked our trip for Winter/Christmas Break.  After much deliberation and as much searching on the Internet, we’ve decided on seeing Switzerland and Northern Italy.

It’s exciting for many reasons, one of which is that we’ve not traveled much since living in England.  Granted, we’ve only been here for two months, but with so many destinations within reasonable reach, we just haven’t take appropriate advantage.

I’m not really sure what to expect from our trip.  I have these images of mountains, snow, trains, and what looks to be a Red Cross flag.  Along with these obvious and natural images I also see myself reenacting this Ernest Hemingway pose while skiing in the Alps in only a sweater.  It seems so posh to have booked this trip, but again, for an hour-and-forty-five-minute-flight, it’s anything but.

Also just wanted to state that this was not our first idea for the Christmas holiday.  Originally, we were planning on meeting family in St. Louis and Orlando, but that had since fallen through.  While it is disappointing that we will not see our families during this time, I think we are both excited and thankful that we can take in something new and rare.