Charlton II
( published 30th January 2002 )
www.alexandrino.com

Hi All,

Yesterday I went to my second football match Charlton - Derby. I have realised there is a lot still I need to learn about watching football in a stadium, as opposed to watching it on TV at home from a couch.

Examples: Jorge Costa passes to Konchelsky, who makes a long pass to Johansson. Johansson moves around a defender, continues continues...the crowd gets excited, the ball is close to the opponent's goals. Nice pass now to Euell who moves on, and on, and....I can't see anything anymore, because the whole crowd stood up in excitement. Everybody, except me who stayed seated like an idiot. When they finally sat down my eyes wandered around, looking for the replay of the scene I'd just missed. At home you see everything 100 times from the top, the side, from underneath, camera in goalkeeper's tooth, in the referee's whistle, but not here. Shit, missed that!!!

Rule number 2: never lose the ball from the eyes. At home the cameras do the job for you. You only need to watch the screen. Here, if you once watch the match programme ( which you paid a fortune by the way ), good luck to find out where the bloody ball went. And usually, when you found it back, the crowd stands up again..YEEEEAAAHHHHHHHHHHH........and you've lost it again.

Unlike the other week, I had pounds in my pocket to buy a hotdog at halftime, unfortunately the stand was so crowded, by the time I got my sandwich, the second half had already started.

OK, this morning mail is already too long, so I won't bother you with the hour I spent in my car in the traffic jam on my way home, that will be for another day.

Aaaaah, football is fun.

Have an excellent day

Alex

P.S. I will be off tomorrow and Friday, so back next Monday. Nice week end.

Three women were sitting around talking about their husband's performance as a lover. The first woman says "My husband works as a marriage counselor. He always buys me flowers and candy before we make love. I like that." The second woman says "My husband is a motorcycle mechanic. He likes to play rough and slap me around sometimes. I kinda like that." The third woman just shakes her head and says "My husband works for Microsoft. He just sits on the edge of the bed and tells me how great it's going to be when I get it."