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June 14th, 2006

condensation nuclei

The weather was supposed to be fairly nice today, with a slim chance of thunderstorms, which led to my going without a coat when I left the house this morning. As the second half of the South Korea - Togo match was getting underway I heard a strange noise coming from all sides of the house, and when I peeked out the window to see what was going on I noticed hail the size of golf balls cascading down from out of the sky. I actually went out in the deluge with someone from the house to check on his car, if you can believe that. Despite our best efforts to huddle under his umbrella to avoid the worst of the precipitation we were still stung by several stones that came in from an angle or bounced up from the street.

I called my flatmate to share the news with her, and as I had gone two days without sleep by that point my internal clock was screwed up to the point where it felt much later than seven o'clock in the morning. After she answered the phone I felt rather guilty for calling when I did, but the hail had already woken her up and she seemed happy to receive an update on how Korea had equalized through a 54' strike from Lee Chun Soo. Once again I left for work with ten minutes left on the clock, but Ahn Jung Hwan's volley at 72' was enough to earn Korea their first victory outside Asia in the World Cup. Full time, South Korea 2:1 Togo.



Surprise, surprise. After last evening's results Australia are at the top of Group F ahead of Brazil, Croatia, and Japan. Who would have predicted that at the beginning of the week? Congratulations to the Socceroos!

blue kick scooter

While walking to the bank after work this afternoon I spotted Aya sitting on a patch of grass along the side of the road. At first I thought she might be waiting for a bus to come, but that seemed a little strange considering how the grass was still quite wet from the rain last night. As I drew closer I noticed another person walking toward her, with much more urgency, and began to worry that something might be wrong.

We both got there at the same time and I could see blood covering Aya's knuckles and her legs set in an unusual position. She explained how she had tried stopping her kick scooter with her foot but had fallen and hurt her foot in the process. She had most likely twisted her ankle, and as the other guy was waiting for his ride to show up he offered to drive us both over to the university's health clinic so a doctor could check on Aya's injuries. We helped her get into the car, but she said it didn't hurt enough for me to accompany her - even though I had offered to wait with her at the clinic.

I called her a few hours later to check on how she was doing but had to remain content with leaving a message. Aya did call me back later in the evening; she'd actually broken her ankle and been taken to Moscow for treatment. That was the first time she'd ever broken a bone, and as I've never broken anything myself it was a surprise to see how stoically she took the injury.

Her mom is flying in from Japan next week and they had planned to see New York during her visit; I hope this doesn't keep them from having a good time in the Big Apple.