Monday, July 03, 2006

Fearing the score

I spent this last weekend in the Megalong Valley with friends for a Yuletide thingy. It is a bit of a tradition, involving Christmas dinner, lots of mulled wine (not that kind shroom) - in fact, about 6 litres of it, plus plenty of gin, wine women and song. Actually, nobody sang, but there were women there.

The Megalong Valley is very long, although it appears that it wasn't named by an impressed teenager. It also gets no TV reception, so one of the guys Gary (of German descent, no less) who has recently acquired a set top box, decided to record the weekend's World Cup matches and watch them when he got home last night.

Unfortunately for him, the Valley (as the locals call it - ok, I have no idea what they call it) does have patchy radio reception, so it took little time for the rest of us to know the results and scores. There were upsets, so of course a lot of conversation about the games, despite the fact that none of us actually saw them. With the scores involved, it seemed that some of the games must have been fascinating, others less so, but all fuel for discussion nonetheless.

Then there was poor Gary. The rest of the weekend involved giving him so much grief that I suspect the Geneva Convention may have been violated. Measures included drawing implications from the colours of peoples' clothing ("gosh, you are wearing a yellow t shirt with those jeans - you must have been gutted with the result last night" or "oh look, that jacket is green and red - aren't they the colours of Portugal?") right through to arranging his 1 year old son's food on his tray so that they just maybe showed F1 B0.

I guess you had to be there, as all ended in Gary spending most of the weekend running around with his hands over his ears chanting "la la la la la" - to our endless amusement. But even in the midst of fairly drunken wandering about the homestead with drink in hand and bon-bon Christmas hat in place, we didn't tell him the scores. Well, we did, along with about 45 other scores, so he happily went home and watched the games last night. The pugs and I made an executive decision to watch the replay yesterday afternoon - I think I fell asleep before they did. I did get up to play basketball though - aren't you glad I shared.

So I survived a weekend without the TV, or the X Box, but the question now is - who will take it out? Not the garbage, the Cup?

20 Comments:

At 12:33 pm, Blogger actonb said...

Tee
and also
hee.

 
At 1:22 pm, Blogger W said...

Hahaha! That is hilarious - and so mean. But mostly hilarious.

I'd like to see Portugal win it, and they have a pretty good shot too...

 
At 2:06 pm, Blogger WJ said...

I have no idea, not having seen the latest round of games, but you would have to think that France must be a chance, as they are playing Portugal, who could only beat a 10 man England on penalties. Germany have also been pretty ruthless, so are probably favoured over the I-Tais...

 
At 2:13 pm, Blogger Mex said...

i wish i had of fallen asleep yesterday...

 
At 2:15 pm, Blogger WJ said...

what were you doing mex?

 
At 2:36 pm, Blogger W said...

Yep I reckon that Germany could take it out - maybe without fistfights this time...

 
At 2:38 pm, Blogger WJ said...

Sadly we won't have the opportunity to see a Germany England final - "don't mention the war".

Although the inevitable riots wouldn't be so fun...

 
At 3:00 pm, Blogger W said...

Germany-England would have been a scorcher of a game, but sadly, Englad choked - again.

The french though - I'm rooting for them to kick the crap out of the Italians.

 
At 3:02 pm, Blogger WJ said...

I had thought that Germany play Italy, and Portugal play France?

which would probably mean Germany v France in the final - "don't mention the Maginot Line"

 
At 3:18 pm, Blogger W said...

Ahh, I am a tad backwards...

 
At 3:34 pm, Blogger Mex said...

i got to bed at 7am this morning. took the morning off work to sleep. woops

 
At 4:00 pm, Blogger Georgia said...

Portugal does have the sublime Luis Figo as captain. My God, I could watch that man dribble all day...

But I'm going for Germany. They play good, honest football with no drama queen antics a la Italy or Argentina. And their goalkeeper is tremendous. Plus I was such a nerd, I won the German language prize from the consulate when I was at school four years running.

 
At 4:41 pm, Blogger fingers said...

It sounds like a Goon's scriptwriting retreat, Todd.
I wish I'd been there to see it...

 
At 4:44 pm, Blogger WJ said...

no fingers, seeing as there was no Benny Hill antics running around the house in double speed, wouldn't have been your thing.

 
At 4:50 pm, Blogger fingers said...

I went bike riding in MV last year.
Stinking hot, I had way too much Cab Sauv with lunch and went for a leisurely afternoon ride around the countryside.
Going up a steepish hill I started to feel woozy...then it all went pear-shaped.
Woke up 2 hours later in a ditch, covered in mud and leaves with a bike on top of me...

 
At 5:13 pm, Blogger mushroom said...

hahah fingers.

When i lived in fortitude valley in brisbane i saw this guy passed out in a garden bed with the bike still between his legs. Then two local indigenous came along and prised his legs open and stole his bike. They even had the nerve to take the blokes helmet off his head!

 
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