Last night wasn't all studying though. As my clock slowly ticked its way toward one o'clock Hye Sung signed online and I gave up all hope of going to bed or finishing my reading to talk with her instead. Weighing the benefits of a conversation versus a four hour nap made it an easy decision to make, and there has never been a time when we've passed up an opportunity to talk. I certainly enjoyed the experience, even if it did make work a little more complicated than usual.
I left my apartment at 5:30 this morning and felt an incredible feeling of exhilaration knowing that I was about to be involved in an experience shared by millions of people across the globe. Forget about the United Nations, the World Cup is what truly brings people together.
The game scheduled for that morning was Australia - Japan, and as both sides seemed fairly equal in ability I had brought a videocassette with me to record the match. Japan scored at 26' through what the American pundits considered an atrocious call and looked set to win. With ten minutes left I had to leave for work, but the odds seemed against Australia managing anything more than a last gasp equalizer. Imagine my surprise then when I saw Tsukasa after work and heard the news that Australia had scored three goals in the last eight minutes of the match. Full time, Japan 1:3 Australia.
I rushed back to the house to check my video and saw nothing but static after hitting the play button. Unknown to me our machine only records when the cable is transferred from the television set to the video recorder. Looks like tomorrow I'll be leaving even earlier to make sure I can get everything sorted before the first match begins. Technological problems aside Australia made history today by scoring their first ever goal in a World Cup, earning their first ever points, and recording their first ever win. I've uploaded a video with highlights from the match here for anyone interested in seeing what took place in Kaiserslautern.