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on future dating and zidane

Friday afternoon saw me go out drinking with two of my instructors. Most of the conversation revolved around the difficulties of teaching evolutionary theory to kids who don't want to learn in the first place (it seems "change in the genetic structure of a population" is too hard for most to remember), as well as some of the politics surrounding the current batch of graduate students at the university. I was also warned about the difficulties in striking up a relationship with someone after entering grad school - the thought being that the only people you meet are the other students in your department, which can lead to all kinds of trouble.

While I will admit that it's much harder to make fun of Unilinear Cultural Evolution with someone who is unfamiliar with the teachings of Lewis H. Morgan, anthropology is such a far-reaching discipline that it should provide opportunities to talk with academics from a number of other fields. I spent time with graduate students from the biology, math, and philosophy departments last semester before going out with anyone from the anthropology department. In fact, one of the biology students was interested in song acquisition among a species of forest-dwelling bird - so despite the ornithological context it still opened up the chance to talk about linguistic theories with a non-anthropologist. Perhaps this is a case of "your mileage may vary"?

Of course, educational psychology is one area that remains taboo. All my cultural and linguistic anthropology classes to date have included at least one reading that discusses how researches in the field are clueless when it comes to conducting cultural studies. In addition to this, dating Vivian (the girl who recently banned me from her livejournal) two years ago provided a real-life example of those very same complaints. Consider yourself warned.

In other news, I watched the quarterfinal between France and Brazil at Josten's apartment on Saturday and was the only person in the room supporting les Bleus. Everyone kept talking about how Brazil was going to tear apart the aging French defense, but when the final statistics were posted the South Americans only managed three shots during the entire game.

Zidane, it must be said, is a maestro. He may be 34 years old, but you wouldn't know that from the way he played on the weekend. Zidane outclassed Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, and Robinho to make the entire Brazil squad look like a third-tier team content on packing everyone back in defense. I don't think there is a sports paper on the planet that didn't name him player of the match - and who would object after seeing the magic he brought to the pitch? Oh, that sombrero around Ronaldo was simply sublime.

Tuesday is a national holiday in the United States; it also happens to be the date of the semi-finals.
You can probably guess how I'll be spending my day ...


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Jul. 3rd, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
You're lucky with the 4th of July, that's true!
But you have to think of me, France cannot win... I cannot endure 4 years of bragging AGAIN!!
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Ouais, but lilisullivan pointed out how France isn't playing until the fifth - which means another day of rushing out from work to watch the start of the game.

Who would you prefer to see win? I can't stand Italy, which means that Germany is one of the teams I hope to see in the final.
Jul. 4th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
I vote for Germany too, probably because of my German roots.
Italy would be my second best; for obvious reasons, France is a big no-no, because you can't imagine the hell we've been through in 98 (and until 02), and Portugal, well, they should try kickboxing instead of football!
Jul. 5th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
You have German roots? I never would have guessed!
Do you hear anything from the Dutch over the fact that they qualified for WC 06 while Belgium didn't? In 2002 I heard a lot of jokes about how Belgium wore jerseys similar to the color that the Netherlands wears - and how that was a 'reminder' that the Dutch didn't qualify that year. haha.

Right now my wish is for France to win the World Cup. Sorry. ;)
Jul. 7th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, both from my father and from my mother (and Danish roots as well, by the way).

Well, we don't really "suffer" from the Dutchs here in Wallonia, they keep making fun of Flemish and so on, but here, we have no interactivity with Holland at all...
We do have the Frenchs for this ;)
Jul. 8th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
If you don't mind me asking, how long has your family been living in Belgium? One of my former professors was from Wallonie and is a very devoted fan of the French national team. I always thought he was a strange fellow. ;)

Who would you say makes fun of the French more often - the Belgians or the Alsatians? haha.
Jul. 8th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
Quite a long time actually, but my great-grandmother (well, I hope this is the way it's called in English, suddenly, I have a slight doubt) was still Danish.

Oh no, it's not a French fellow, many people are very fond of France here, especially in my hometown, Liège... for example we celebrate France National Day with a ball and fireworks.
It's a bit hard to explain, it's like a kind of attraction/repulsion thing, we are very close to France, we share the same culture and all, but we keep on criticizing them :D

Haha, I think it's a draw ;P
Jul. 4th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
Boy, I can't believe it, I'm talking football :D
Off to watch wimbledon NOW ;)
Jul. 5th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
I've finally converted you to the dark side! ;)
I also enjoy watching handball and field hockey if you'd like to talk about either of those sports instead. haha. Do you play tennis yourself?
Jul. 5th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
I stopped playing tennis when I was about 8 :D
But I still love to watch it.
Jul. 3rd, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
You can probably guess how I'll be spending my day ...

Bootlegging firecrackers?

(I'm just checking in briefly; I have a drafting assignment due today. I'll answer your comments tonight.)
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Would you believe that I've never bought firecrackers? My preparations for the fourth of July consist of buying a watermelon half, which I'll probably end up eating all on my own.

The weather report for tomorrow predicts 96' weather. Maybe I'll stay indoors during the day.
Jul. 4th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
I would believe it! I passed a firecracker stand today, and it all looked like a bunch of punks who were buying them. But would you believe that the people who were selling them was a local high school football team doing a fundraiser?

My drafting teacher has dogs who don't eat for days after the 4th of July because they get so frightened by the setting off of the firecrackers.

Ooooh watermelon. :D

Dang 96. Wish I could say the same for here.
Jul. 4th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
A high school football team selling firecrackers as a fundraiser? Now there's something I never thought I'd hear about! The city where my parents live (and where I lived before leaving for university) recently passed an ordinance law where it's illegal to sell fireworks in public places.

I can believe it about the dogs! During the 1998 World Cup I was asked to pet-sit for a girl with eight cats, and it was tough trying to calm them down when the firecrackers started up in their neighborhood.

The watermelon only lasted five minutes, sad to say. And here I was preparing to invite you over to share some as well. Maybe I should run to the store and buy another half? You wish ... because it's going to be hotter, or you want it to be 96' down there?
Jul. 4th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
If it's 96, I say go to the store and eat another half for me. :o)

Yes I want it to 96 down here. I'd be surprised if it's 70 here right now.
Jul. 5th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
I went to the store but they were completely out of watermelon halves. Must be all the people out doing their last-minute holiday picnic shopping.

I'll gladly swap the weather between here and there. Will a C.O.D. work for you?
Jul. 5th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
How do you do A COD for a swap? ;)
Jul. 5th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
I trick you into paying me for something you'd normally get for free? Not that I'm trying to have you send me to a lower level of hell or anything. ;)

Suddenly I feel the need for an icon related to Dante or the Underwold. Oh well.
Jul. 6th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)

Satanic octopus will do fine here.
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I'd forgotten all about that fellow.

I only own the first two books of the Divine Comedy (dual Tuscan - English versions, at least) but have only read Inferno. :|
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
I have Robert Pinsky's translation sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I have a learning disorder that makes it unbelievably difficult for me to read for very long, but I'm enrolling in what I guess is a special ed program soon that may change that. Then I can read all them long books. :)

Jul. 7th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
Here's a secret for you:

I kept starting Inferno but could never get past Canto II no matter how much I tried. It was the only book I packed for my trip to France though, and all that extra time on the airplane provided the perfect opportunity to finish. ;)
Jul. 3rd, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
France - Portugal is on wednesday though...

and a small gift for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlZaIdrK_b4&search=brazil%20france
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
I didn't realize that before; thank you for reminding me! Fortunately I finish with work right as the game begins, and I should be able to leave a few minutes early so I don't miss anything.

What a great clip ... I really appreciate you sharing that with me!
Jul. 3rd, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
It was hard not to cheer for les bleus in Strasbourg! There was a giant screen on one of the bridges at Place de l'Etoile, and enough people to fill a football field... I tried to support Brazil but had to give up even before teams lip-sang their anthems. Enthusiasm for Zidane was just too contagious!
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
The mood gradually shifted at my friend's apartment as well - with the way Brazil was playing everyone started cheering for Zidane instead. I guess he was Brazilian for a day? :D

As fellow Iberians, will you support Portugal on Wednesday?
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