Brief Notes from the World Cup Win

| July 14, 2014

Very quick notes from a small town the morning after the World Cup win…

  • This, in our newspaper holder this morning:

unfortunately empty

unfortunately empty

  • At the end of the game, fireworks surrounded the house in every direction for the first half hour steady.  Random fireworks and firecrackers continued to go off for over an hour and a half.

  • This explanation of why the firecrackers sounded like they were just outside the house:

Because they were

  • Me: almost falling off the toilet when giant fireworks started going off just blocks away.  As in, Fourth of July-sized fireworks.  Outside the bathroom window.

  • People in the street: shouting, singing, running.  For hours.

  • Cars: driving around town honking their horns for two hours, occasionally with screaming fans leaning out the windows.

  • Cleanup crews were out this morning, starting some time before 0730, causing stopped traffic at the traffic circle where people celebrate the wins.


  • Sequoia didn’t make it through the first half of the first half.  At least this preempted a difficult wakeup.  For her, at least.

  • The morning after the recent Germany win, the high school went in an hour late.  I’m waiting to hear if they went in at all today.

  • The streets were dead this morning.  Presumably the town is hung over.

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Category: In Germany A Broad blog, Shits & Giggles

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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