Archive for January 20th, 2019

Dortmund Day 2

January 20, 2019

Long story short. Dortmund played one game today. We wore an extra layer each, and that made for a more comfortable experience. Parker didn’t score, but neither did the other team. Nil-nil tie means that Dortmund continues to the 8 am semifinals tomorrow.

Today’s game was at Renton Stadium, sandwiched amongst Boeing sites. Also along the Cedar River. We arrived early to walk along the river trail. Different than most we travel.

On the way home we got a bit turned around. As it turns out we were still heading in the right direction, just through very unfamiliar territory with no indications of the whether we were heading north, south, east or west. Changed drivers so I could work the Google maps and Carl, who actually had his driver’s license with him, could drive. (I left mine at home.)

And then …

The important number is not 60 mph. Look at the slightly smaller number to the left. 14 plus years to reach 200,000.

Earlier in the day I was doing mundane chores like taking out the recycling. And I almost tripped over a gutter drain pipe that was lying across the walk. I am guessing it came down in the wind in the last two weeks. So the chore list got longer. After several trips to the basement, charging the drill battery, hauling the ladder out of the basement, three of us realigned the pipe and attached it to the house, much more firmly than before.

The drain pipe, fully vertical

Connection close up

I think the contractor had done a good job of getting it all lined up, and there was one sort of connection to the house on the lowest of the three pipe parts. The lowest part is now the only piece not physically attached to the house with screws. If it slips, I will do more at that point. This was one of our quicker fixes from identification to action to completion.

Made spaghetti and garlic bread so the boys could carbo-load for tomorrow’s game(s). Good day, and I am ready for bed.

Dortmund Black 02

January 20, 2019

I can remember when our weekends were dictated by the kids and our extracurricular events. We are getting to relive the experience through our friends from Eugene.

Soccer, high school age. One of the tournaments where college coaches can scout the kids.

They played mid-day yesterday in the Starfire stadium. This is a turf field with concrete based stands on one side and smaller aluminum bleachers on the other. (Only coaches and players are allowed on the smaller side. )

The winter sun is low in the sky, but there was some sun.

Back in its day this full size field was the largest field that Carl and my co-rec teams played on. And it was dirt. Huge with tough running, it went under the name of Fort Dent.

I am not sure when the name change came, along with the development of several side fields with field turf, but it is also the practice home of the Seattle Sounders. They play some of their non-mls games here too, even with the limited seating capacity.

Back to the current boys. (2 staying with us.) They won their game there by a score of 4-1. Parker scored a hat-trick.

Carl and I both realized how out of shape we are for this spectating gig. It was chilly, mostly due to wind. We were both exhausted at the end and excused ourselves to head home. Even after that respite we didn’t attend the evening game at a different Bellevue field. They won again, 2-1, with Parker scoring the winning goal.

Today’s game is in the afternoon in Renton, and I am sure we will be there. With more clothes.

Their team is currently in 2nd place out of the 16. They will likely get to play on Monday too, back at Starfire for the semifinals, and hopefully the finals. Carl would attend, but I have to work.

Time to rise and shine, and see if the boys would like some laundry done before they put their uniforms on again.