Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

We're celebrating Thanksgiving with some friends Susan met through the association run by the embassy. He's an AF Lt. Col, and she's from Iowa, so she and Susan have lots to talk about. It will be a real slice of home, although instead of watching football, we'll be watching cricket. No, not crickets -- we're not entomologists. CRICKET! A popular commonwealth game that looks vaguely like baseball, except that it doesn't look like baseball. Imagine trying to explain baseball to someone who has never seen it before; there's an old Bob Newhart routine where he plays a game company executive listening to Abner Doubleday describe baseball. That's how I feel trying to understand cricket.

When I was in graduate school in New Haven, I spent my thanksgiving watching the traditional Dallas-New York NFL Game on Turkey day (this was before John Madden started the whole Turducken business, with a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a frog stuffed with, well, we pretty much stopped there.). In one of these games, a punt returner was signaling for a fair catch and got creamed at full speed, to the point that he ruptured a major body part. I'm surprirised he's even alive. Bet that rarely happens in cricket.

So, Happy Thanksgiving to All!


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