Reflections on art, fitness, family, politics and literature that hit me like bricks as I chauffeur my children from place to place...
A pink taxi
July 4, 2010
Football Small World
Think of the instant when all eyes around the world are watching the exact same moment, the exact same shot! The immediacy of it.
Simultaneous excitement or disappointment!
While I was in Dubai, we used to gather for football matches: friends, family, neighbors. It was a convivial moment: a time to share a meal, to argue about France, to discover some random excitement as when Ivory Coast and Brazil played. I even had play dates over for FIFA parties.
Now, in Geneva, except for an invitation to watch Portugal struggle against Spain (needless to say I like Ronaldo), I sit with my kids at home and we cheer for ten! Blackberry in hand I communicate with my husband, cousin and friends in Dubai, my father in France, my brother in Amman, a friend in Zurich, friends who traveled to Beirut, my sister in New York and my brother and sister in law in Los Angeles. We ask questions, answer some, make remarks, notice hot players, send smily faces. They even made a Mondial (note the French name) forum on blackberry.
"Did you see that?" "Goal!" "I don't know! Its full of suspense!"" One of the best games of this mondial!" "I can't deal with this game" "I HATE Uruguay with a passion!""Don't cry for me Argentina!""GERMANYYYY""its a german blitz""Dommage!""The semi final between the Teutonic Knights and Spanish Conquistadors!""So depressed portugal is out and with it the hotties of the world cup".
Regardless of time zone, of TV commentator's language, we are all watching the SAME instant!
I also think of all those I don't bother with my blackberry messages. People I have lost touch with. The random people of my life who are also watching! Ribery, Anelka and Zidane, my heroes are certainly watching and opinionating like we do. This is beyond facebook phenomena!
The pink taxi runs from 7 am to 7pm. It picks and drops off my 3 kids at school, ballet,judo, aikido, violin, climbing, riding, squash, basketball, skiing, skating, swim team, friends, grandparents and teachers. The car, not pink, but a black SUV, drives to Carrefour and Coop. To Club stretch for pilates and Aviation club for weekly workouts. It is driven by a woman who navigates on the radio, gets DJed by her 4 year old or sometimes quietly reflects. The thoughts are about politics, family, humor, literature, art or fitness. Sometimes they are excruciatingly longwinded, other times they are gossipy and hot.
I hope you will all enjoy!