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01.   I woke up later than expected last Friday and decided to stay at home instead of rushing out to catch the second half of the match between Argentina and Serbia & Montenegro. With some extra time to spare before leaving for work I turned on the computer and noticed a friend signed in at the same time. This is someone I always look forward to seeing online, although this time it was actually her older sister on the computer as my friend was watching the game. Her sister offered to get my friend for me but, despite her efforts, the prospect of having a conversation with me was no match for the dazzling play of the Albiceleste.

You might expect a person to be disappointed in such a situation. I was happy knowing that my friend was so interested in the World Cup and only slightly bemused at not getting the chance to talk with her. Finding girls who play football in the United States isn't hard - the real challenge is finding girls who enjoy watching the sport. Plus, it didn't hurt that my friend's sister called out the fourth, fifth, and sixth goals from Argentina for me as the match reached its conclusion. A girl who can't talk because she's watching a World Cup match gets two thumbs up from me. Really. Or perhaps a Ronaldinho 'hang-loose' sign would be more appropriate ...

02.   As of yesterday afternoon I am 500% happier with my job. One of the lecture halls in the VTH is showing all the World Cup matches, which means a big screen, loud volume, and other fans who have no qualms about shouting in response to bad calls, missed shots, and fantastic goals. And I don't have to worry about missing the last 15 minutes of the early morning games as I walk to work - I'll already be there.

I've heard that some of the faculty don't agree with using university property to televise the World Cup, but the information technology supervisor went straight to the hospital director and explained how it would 'improve facility, faculty, and student morale' to show the games - and the director agreed to let him show the games so long as we don't publicly advertise that fact. How cool is that? I watched some of England - Sweden after finishing work yesterday and received instructions on how to operate the computer console and projector so I can come in on my own and set everything up in the mornings.

I think everyone there is a vet student but me, and there's a strong chance that I was the only person in the audience yesterday with English as my native language. Not that this really matters - they seemed happy to have another fan in attendance. Only 2h 45m until the next match starts and I still need to get some sleep ...


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Jun. 21st, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
Yeah for the World Cup at uni!
Jun. 22nd, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
I was excited to find that out! :)
Even though you're not watching the games you can still experience the World Cup vicariously through my posts. hehe.
Jun. 22nd, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh and through everybody around me here, don't worry ;)
Jun. 21st, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
I wanted to see England v. Sweden so badly! But alas, I have no access to a tv :(.
Jun. 22nd, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Maybe there's a dorm or resident hall playing the games on campus? I wonder if any bars in BC are showing the World Cup ...
Jun. 22nd, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm sure some bars are showing it, but I can't get into any since I'm only 18 (legal age is 19).

The only residences that are open for summer are private apartments. Though mine right now is full of international students obsessed with the Cup, so maybe I can beg someone to let me watch with them :).
Jun. 22nd, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
I always forget that most residences are closed over the summer. I'm still getting used to being in university, it seems.

I hope you can find someone - just listen for loud shouting during match times and follow it to the source. ;)
Jun. 23rd, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
Paul, that highlights vid of Germany vs. Poland you gave me, is there one available for the Australia vs. Croatia game? I have a friend who'd like to see it. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm going out of town for the weekend, but there's the link to highlights from Eurovision ... here
Jun. 23rd, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! If you ever come across the complete game, please give me a heads up. Have a good weekend!
Jun. 27th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Well, my aunt has recorded most of the games for me (sadly, she started after the Japan - Australia match) ... so in a few weeks' time I'll come across a copy of the complete game. ;)

Figures I decided to order a laptop without a DVD burner. I might be able to get you a copy using some university equipment, but I don't know when my aunt is sending me the DVDs.
Jun. 27th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
That'd be sweet, but don't go too much trouble for me. :)

Yeah I wish my laptop came with a DVD burner too. Then I could back up my music files. Now I have to do it with like 17 CD-RWs. :\

I hate to keep bugging you, but I need the Eurovision highlights for Italy v. Australia. If you could give me that link, I'd appreciate it.
Jun. 28th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
I had considered transferring two videos from World Cup 2002 onto DVD, so if I'm already there with DVD+Rs it wouldn't kill me to make an extra copy. ;)

That's one thing I'm not looking forward to - backing up all the music files I've downloaded since August. I had 41GB last month and managed to shrink it down to 27GB ... but that doesn't mean anything if my laptop has a sudden, unannounced problem.

I'll get you the Eurovision highlights a bit later when I'm at home. The university computer doesn't want to load the website where I normally get the highlight videos. =\
Jun. 29th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Ah ok then. :)

Wow 41GB, eh? I have about 17 on C and D drives each, and they're both about used up.

Jun. 30th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
My laptop is the only computer I own, so when I was looking at models over the summer I opted for one with an 80GB hard drive after hearing a friend mention how quickly they can fill up with music files. Oh how right he was!
Jun. 29th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
I couldn't find any highlights from Eurovision but can get you a comporable set released by FIFA if you were interested. Let me know!

I hope Ukraine beats the shit out of Italy on Friday.
Jun. 29th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see the FIFA one, merci encore! :)

And yes, GO UKRAINE! Ah what strange bedfellows fallen Australia makes.
Jun. 30th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Don't forget that my mother's side of the family immigrated to the United States from Ukraine, so it's not only for lost Australian pride that I'm giving them my support. :)
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Of course. :)
Jun. 29th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
You know, if I can download the FIFA or Eurovision stuff by myself, just giving me a link is fine, as there are other match highlights I'd like to download and I don't want to put you to too much trouble. :)
Jun. 30th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
I can't believe I called the station Eurovision by mistake; I'm going to burn in hell for that one. Here's the link for the available highlights - there's a chance it might look familiar to you as well. :P

Jun. 30th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
You must have a harsh religion. :D

Thank you for the link, but what I downloaded isn't working for some reason. I can't play it on Real Player. Hmmm...
Jul. 3rd, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
Eurosport is the network that broadcasts highlights from the World Cup. Eurovision organizes the European national singing championships (which the United States ripped-off for the idea of the 'American Idol' series, if I'm not mistaken). The difference is great enough where I'm lucky to have escaped a flaying. :P

I've always played them on Windows Media Player. I had a problem with a few files stopping halfway through that I was able to fix by downloading them over again - maybe that will solve things?
Jul. 4th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Now that you've explained the difference, I've changed my mind. You should burn in hell for that. ;)

I'll redownload and try WMA.
Jul. 5th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Maybe there's a special level of hell reserved specifically for those who confuse Eurovision and EuroSport? It's got to be somewhere near the bottom though! ;) This does bring up the question of why you're so eager for me to burn in hell. I thought you were on my side. haha.

Any better luck with a second download?
Jul. 5th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Hmmm, which level of Dante's Inferno would this fall under?

Why am I eager to see you burn? I get a dime everytime I send someone to hell.

But I am on your side...until you bring in American Idolesque shows into the picture. ;)

Yes! It's working in WMA. :o)

Unfortunately I can't see anything though because my computer's been acting wacky lately. It'll be alright once I restart.
Jul. 5th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
As far as I can tell it falls under the Eighth Circle in general and Ditch 8 in particular - an area reserved for fradulent advisors. I'm lucky enough to be encased in my own individual flame with Diomedes and Odysseus for company. Not bad, considering this is hell we're talking about.

A dime? I wonder if that's enough to pay for busfare and a ride across the River Styx to visit me. While ABBA and Sandy Shaw may be past winners, the 2006 Eurovision champions are a heavy metal band from Finland. I doubt you'll find anything like that on American Idol. ;)
Jul. 6th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Hey, considering it's hell I think you've done yourself proud.

Oh I remember hearing about that heavy metal band, there was some controversy about them representing Finland or something? Well forget what I said then...go Eurovision! :P

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