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I drove home in a lightning storm last night.

I was coming back from a friend's apartment at two o'clock in the morning and noticed a flicker on the horizon - and while my first thought was that it might be from a street light in the distance my opinion changed when I saw a lightning bolt streaking through the clouds. I was the only person out that late, alone in an area of grassy fields. Before leaving my friend's place I was disappointed that I had to start work in six hours but now I'm glad I stayed as late as I did. Lightning storms are not something I see very often and I was quite willing to enjoy the experience while the opportunity was there. I heard later that the storm was concentrated around Spokane to the north and left parts of the city without power this morning. And we might have another one tonight.

At the start of the week a receptionist at the vet hospital brought in Amish Friendship Bread to share with everyone at the office. Amish Friendship Bread, for those not in the know, is the chain letter of the baking world. You start with a cup of yeast culture and prepare it to yield four cups - one to make the bread, one to keep for yourself, and two cups to pass on to friends. I don't think the receptionist brought any yeast to share, nor did I try any of the bread myself. I guess this means we're never going to be friends?

Last Saturday I caught the match between Germany and Portugal. Despite constant reminders from the announcers that the average third-place play-off results in at least four goals the first half ended scoreless. Germany came out attacking in the second half though and it paid off with three fantastic goals. The only reason Portugal managed to draw one back (and Germany didn't go on to score five or six) is because Jürgen Klinsmann made substitutions to bring on new players who hadn't had playing time in the World Cup. How is that for great coaching? Full time, Germany 3:1 Portugal. Germany take third place!


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Jul. 13th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the postcard! Now I need your address so that I can return the favour. :)

Have you decided if you are coming to Vancouver this summer?
Jul. 13th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
I'm still interested in visiting Vancouver this summer but have yet to get a firm answer from my flatmate on whether she wants to go and when would be the best time for her.

Nobody likes the hosts? The only person on my friends list who wanted Germany to win is a girl from France. How strange.

And for the address:

Paul Bailey
1555 NE Merman Dr Apt C4D
Pullman, WA 99163
Jul. 13th, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)
Yay! I'll send you a postcard sometime soon (realise that this means Never. I am terrible at things like this). Actually, you might have a shot at getting one, since I have to mail some things for my work-permit soon.

I just really dislike Germany. Especially Kahn.

Let me know if you do come here! Summer is the best time, since it is actually sunny most days.
Jul. 13th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
I would love to hear from you and promise not to hold any expectations for your reply. ;)

I'll definitely let you know if I find myself in Canada over the summer - or during the school year, although that probably won't happen - to see if you're free. I was in Victoria last summer and the weather was fantastic for the entire trip. I can imagine it being similar in Vancouver.
Jul. 13th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
I also wanted Germany to win!
And now I wrote down your address, I can always stalk you if I feel like it.
Jul. 15th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
After seeing the meme you posted about writing to most of the people on your friends list I thought you might take down my address if you found it. ;)
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
And I didn't know about the bread. Very interesting!

Boo Germany! D:
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