So the Italy v. France game was sweet. Italy won, in case you didn’t hear. France got a penalty kick two minutes into the game, which was quickly tied by Italy. No one scored the remainder of the game. They had two overtimes, and again no one scored. So they had a shoot out–Italy beat France 5 to 3. It was very tense.
At one point during the game Zidane (France’s team captain) turned around and headbutted an Italian player. According to my French contact (being Katia) the Italian insulted him. Zidane is supposed to give a press conference in France regarding the incident, but hasn’t yet. The headbutt was completely inappropriate and out of the blue. Needless to say, Zidane received a red card for the game and preemptively ended his soccer career.
Also, there was an accident yesterday on a downtown, rush hour “L” train. The last car of the train derailed and caused a fire, filling the train tunnel with smoke. Some 150 people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation/minor injuries and 2 were listed in critical condition. I had no idea any of this had happened ’til I listened to the morning radio at work. It was on the blue line and I rarely take that (so calm down, Mom!).
One of the security guards, Clarence, has been fired from the hotel. We took it as good news. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned any of this before, but Clarence is the one who is always trying to mooch money. He is also the one who yelled at me for being an alleged Republican (and yelled at me in the hotel lobby in front of guests). NOTE: I am NOT a Republican, I’m an Independent. END NOTE. But afterward I’d always use that Republican thing against him. For example, he’d say something along the lines of: “We should move in together.” And I’d say, “You’d want to live with a Republican?” One day he came up to the desk and said, “Teri, where have you been all my life?” I responded with, “At a Republican convention.”