Monday, June 30, 2008
Arriba, Arriba: This one's for Mary
Mary is my die-hard soccer fan. She was a fierce competitor in her day, with the knees to show it, and amazing loyalty to her favorite international team, Real Madrid, which hasn't won a major tournament since 1964.
Mary's not even that old.
A few years ago, Sharon and I were in Madrid with instructions to bring back something from Real Madrid: a team poster, a scarf, a noisemaker. We were such soccer virgins we thought Real Madrid was a place in the city, maybe near the big outdoor market near the city centre.
''Real Madrid?" we would ask, pointing uselessly in all directions in that dorky tourist way.
And people would point around too, trying to get us to focus on the kiosks and little shops that contained exactly what we wanted. We just couldn't see it for looking at it.
So a St. John's toast to Mary and the boys. I hope you aren't sober for days!