I'm pursuing two part-time jobs (I want to take them both). One is at a card store called Mayer's downtown, which seemed to be run by nice people. The other is delivering papers for the Ithaca Journal. I like these because they won't overlap. Haven't heard back yet from either.
I mentioned last week the threat of losing the van. That's really not the most important thing. Much more motivational than that are two other things - one, my current lack of money, and two, the promise to withdraw further support unless I get off my lazy ass. I can survive without the van for a while. It would make my life harder, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. A serious financial shortfall has the potential to be catastrophic, especially now that I'm officially back into school for the fall.
I've been watching lots of World Cup. I've always had more of an appreciation for soccer than most other people I know. A big part of it is getting to know the flow that the various teams have. Of all people, Henry Kissinger was analyzing soccer on CNN's NewsNight this evening, and he mentioned that the playing styles of the teams often reflect the culture of the nations (i.e. the 'samba' style of Brazil, the flair of France, the discipline of Germany, and the staunch nature of Italy, who are similar to Cornell hockey - get a lead and sit on it). This is one of the cool things about the game. The other is the fans. Can we get some of that South Korean enthusiasm into Lynah Rink? Maybe not the high-pitch shrieking, but the volume and sustenance of those cheers would only make Cornell's barn that much greater.
Other highlights of "Dae Han Min Guk/Nippon" (Korea/Japan) 2002:
- The new order. Senegal, Turkey, South Korea, and the USA (headed by Cornell alums Bruce Arena '73 and Dave Sarachan '76) in the last eight. Refreshing.
- France, Argentina, Portugal fail to survive the group stage. Possibly a result of the grueling professional season in Europe, in which players as many as 60 games per year. This doesn't count the World Cup qualifiers (France, you can't use this excuse).
- The play of Brad Friedel. Keeper of the tournament thus far. If the US/Germany match goes to a shootout, look for he and Oliver Kahn to battle.
The lowlight of the competition is unquestionably Italy. The azzurri are nothing but crybabies, and got what was coming to them. Yes, Totti should not have been sent off, but Italy should have put the game away. That's what can happen when you try to win every game with one goal.
My heart is, of course, with my country. And if they go out, I would absolutely love to see a Senegal/South Korea final. But my head says the Germans are too clinical, and they're going to take the whole thing, defeating Brazil in the final.
Cornell has a new women's basketball coach (story). Like the men, we took an assistant from Penn (sucks). Hopefully the results will go in a different direction. Youth is apparently the order of the day - according to the story on the VBR website (I didn't write it), Dayna Smith is now the third youngest coach in Division I.
If only I could solve this nasal congestion...