I spent yesterday evening in my condo with a lady who came around to see me in the afternoon.
She watched Thai TV in the lounge while I started to watch the football in my bedroom. After the first goal I decided to watch some old “Seinfeld” TV episodes instead to cheer me up, and every few minutes I would switch back to the football to check England’s descent into ignominy.
It seemed like every time I checked, Germany had scored another goal. At first I sort of took it in my stride and kept laughing at Kramer and George and Elaine’s crazy antics, but after the fourth German goal, it was difficult to even raise a smile.
I am not a fanatical football supporter, but I have been a Tottenham (“Spurs”) supporter for over fifty years and used to watch them regularly when I lived in England. So I know what disappointment and despair is all about.
I also attended that famous Euro-cup football match at the old Wembley in 1996 when England were beaten by Germany on penalties.
On that occasion, I was so devastated, because England still actually played half way decent football in those days, and didn’t deserve to lose. I remember wandering the streets of North London all night, emotionally drained from the experience, and resolved to never again let myself get so involved in what after all, is only a game of football.
And so it has been the case. I rarely watch ‘nerve tingling’ matches, be they club or internationals, as I just don’t want to have that kind of emotional experience again. It may lead me to a drink and that would be crazy.
Anyway, I knew England would lose. They have played appallingly, and well done Germany for showing us how it should be done.
The lady didn’t work out too well, (You see, even Mobi can’t get it right every time!), and left early this morning.
Today I met a couple of very interesting ladies.
I plan to meet up with them again later on tonight and spend the evening together.
I will report back in due course.