June no longer contains dates or days of the week but is instead measured in how far we are into the World Cup. I saw the game between England and Paraguay on a tape delay, while the match between Argentina and Côte d'Ivoire on Saturday (Day 2) was my first live match of this World Cup. Josten had invited me over to his place, and when I arrived there were two televisions set up in the living room. When Didier Drogba scored at 79' there was cheering from everyone in the room and I jumped out of my chair in excitement, but Argentina were too organized in defense to allow les Elefants a second. Full time, Argentina 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire.
I have my alarm set for 4:45 am in order to catch the game between Australia and Japan tomorrow morning. That's less than five hours away and I still need to read two articles in preparation for my research meeting later in the afternoon. There's a good chance I'll take an extended nap in the afternoon, as I'm also planning to wake up at 4:45 am on Tuesday to see South Korea take on Togo in the first game of Group G. I hate how I have to work during France - Switzerland, but at least France - Korea will be on a Sunday. Hmm. Maybe I should quit my job?