Well, now even those nice people of Iceland are ridiculing us (in a loving way, of course).
See, Iceland qualified for the World Cup and the US didn’t (see earlier post).
The Reykjavik Grapeline is an entertaining magazine from Iceland’s capital which is a great follow on Twitter. They are immensely proud of their football team, and talk the best smack to opponents via Twitter before and during their national team’s matches. An example:
Maybe you don’t care about soccer (“football” for everyone except Americans). But even if you don’t, once every four years the US fakes it during the World Cup and pretend to be interested. I bet you chanted “I believe that we will win!” in 2014. Admit it!
Yeah, well you won’t have to learn a new chant for 2018. Because tonight the US Men’s team lost to Trinidad & Tobago, thus eliminating them from the qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Never mind that qualifying in the group the US is in (they do it by continents) is one of the easier regions, the team just continually under achieved and tonight was just the conclusion of a poor season. And I don’t think we can even blame Trump for this one.
You thought 2016 sucked? LOL – 2017 says hold my beer.
Have no fear, though, there is still a great team to cheer for in 2018 — Iceland! With a total country population of under 400,000, they qualified in the toughest region, Europe. And they are a force to reckon with – they made it to the Quarterfinals in Euro2016, and their team is really good. As a bonus, to cheer for them, instead of the latest chant, you just need to clap in time. It’s so easy to get on their bandwagon!
Do that Viking Chant Clap in 2018. You know you want to do it.
As to cheering for the USA, the Women’s National Team (who routinely win the World Cup including doing so in 2016, yet had to sue for equal pay to the under-achieving men) will play in 2020.
I’m confused — are the Chicago Cubs playing the Washington Nationals or the Walgreens Softball Team in the NLDS?
Their logos seem quite similar. Perhaps the Nationals took advantage of a BOGO deal – BOGO is the retail acronym for ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer. So, Walgreens bought a logo and gave their free coupon to the Nationals?
Oh, I see – tweak the color red and rotate it the opposite way and voila – a new logo! I’d say this work was uninspired.
And shouldn’t the Nationals still be using the Expos logo anyway? Since they are really the team previously from Montreal…just saying.
Logo designers – you are paid to be creative. You can do better. Group Your Poop.
Music is profound. Music is life changing. Music is inevitably attached to memories during our life.
And what is interesting is that songs can mean different things to each person. But while singing along to your favorite tune with your friend or at a concert, you are simultaneously projecting your personal meaning of the song while experiencing the feeling of unity of that moment with others.
So it is today it’s with sadness I learned of the passing of one of my favorite artists of my teen and early adult years. Tom Petty, a classic rock genius with too many hits to count. His music featured a simple chord structure and oftentimes lacked flourishes, which only served to enhanced the songwriting and melodies meant to supplement the lyrics and their meaning. And made for killer acoustic versions, too.
My favorite Tom Petty song has always been “Learning to Fly”. Many thought it was about drug use, but he said he was moved to write the song after hearing pilots talk about flying being easy but landing planes being the hard part.
I always felt it was about young people going out in the world on their own, leaving behind an earlier, simpler time, and while things change for the good or the bad, always knowing they’ll never be the same thereafter. Maybe that’s me projecting and you thought it was about something else. Which is the uniqueness and moving part of music, and why the deaths of artists move people profoundly.
Learning to Fly
Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still
I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing
Well the good ol’ days may not return
And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn
Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I’ve started out for God knows where
I guess I’ll know when I get there
I’m learning to fly, around the clouds
But what goes up must come down
I nearly forgot tonight is the night, peeps. The triumphant return of Will & Grace.
Surely there are countless pieces on how W&G changed the landscape of TV with the main-streaming of LGBT (mostly the G) characters which I could link. But hey, everything doesn’t need to be an exercise in serious analysis.
I enjoy the sharp wit, the rapid fire dialogue, and the comedic genius of Megan Mullally. Maybe you like something else. We all probably enjoy seeing the friendship of four divergent personalities. And frankly, the country could use a little escapism for 30 minutes — am I right?
So, don’t be bothering me at 9pmET/8pmCT tonight, I’ll be tuning in. And admit it, you probably will be, too (while recording Project Runway on the DVR and keeping one eye on the Thursday Night Football score, too, obvi).