in a perfect world of yancies: My Saturday: Search and Goal!

01 June 2008

My Saturday: Search and Goal!

Emily, as you know, has been up in Alaska. Meanwhile, I've been at home with a [virtual] mountain of papers to grade (virtual? yes, they're submitted online--how 21st Century, no?). That plus the mind-boggling season finale of Lost to watch . . .

So what did I do Saturday? Well, first I joined some fellow KU alums on a scavenger hunt, and then I watched the soccer (or, more properly, futebol) match between the Brazilian National Team and the Canadian National Team.

First, our team (the "National Champions"--get it?) made a real effort in the Seattle Inner City Search Party, put together by the Seattle branch of Sierra Club Inner City Outings.

Interesting coincidence: the event was centered in our neighborhood, Capitol Hill.
(Speaking of Capitol Hill, there's a cool new website,, with some cool contributors, focused on this fabulous area. Just thought you should know.)

It was kind of cool that it was here, but I wouldn't have minded seeing a bit of some other areas. Plus it might have been nice not to have been the only person with hunches about where stuff was . . .

But we weren't just trying to find out what was happening at the Women's Century Club building (Answer: it's now the Harvard Exit theater, and it's one of the theaters involved in the Seattle International Film Festival); no, there were also activities. Like walking with buckets on your feet in Volunteer Park.

Kristin earned 400 points for our team (with Andrew and Wendy helping out)--nice work!

Another activity: spin around, run, then put on some fleece. Andrew was particularly good (?) at this one.

[Side comment: fleece. F**king fleece. If there's one thing I really, really dislike about Seattle it's that every other person is wearing fleece. Ugh.]


But he recovered nicely, earning us another 400 points.

And I threw some fake coins outside of Seattle Central Community College, earning, um, some points (?).

Wendy enjoying a Manny's (my favorite local brew, mentioned in today's New York Times!) at the War Room as we waited for the scores.

And while we waited, Wendy bought a $5 raffle ticket and won a snowboard!

And then the scores were announced. But hey, Wendy won a snowboard!

Wow, this post is getting long, isn't it? Anyway . . .

Then it was on to Qwest Field for me,
to watch the Brazil vs. Canada game.

Photo of Diego, by ROD MAR / THE SEATTLE TIMES
For details on the game, see their coverage.

View of downtown from the stadium

As you read if you followed that link, I wasn't the only one there: 47,000 fans turned out! Pretty cool. And some of them had drums, which they played during the entire match. Awesome. You can hear them in this odd YouTube video of the team coming back from half-time.

My view wasn't great, but the weather was perfect and the game was pretty fun.

What's that? Highlights, but with Spanish (not Portuguese, but Spanish) commentary?

That Robinho sure was impressive . . .

Quite a day. But I'd better get my notes ready for tomorrow: Mimi will be landing in a few hours, and I'm heading out to the airport to meet her . . .

Cheers, reader.


  1. More impressive stuff!

    And Rodrigo will be so proud of you ...

  2. Oh, I'm glad you reminded me:
    Thanks, Rodrigo, for the email letting me know about the game!

  3. And the #1 reason to attend KU............the alum activities!! How fun! Scavenger hunt AND bucket feet? Sweet!! (OK, that may sound like I am making fun, but seriously, it DOES sound fun)