September 13, 2000 FOOTBALL!
I just spent my entire Saturday at the kickoff game for the University of Hawaii’s football season. It was literally a 12-hour ordeal. We left home at 12:30 to buy chili and donuts at Zippy’s, and then headed to Kurt’s house where we would meet the rest of our carpool gang. By the time we loaded the cars up, it was nearly 2:00. Luckily, Kurt’s house isn’t far from Aloha Stadium, but we still met traffic, and inched along…
Tammi, Dale, and I (the girls) were smart enough to pile into Kyle’s air-conditioned car, and enjoyed the hour-long wait in cool comfort. We finally got into the parking lot at 3:00. Famished (we hadn’t eaten lunch!) we put all the food on Lee’s and Kyle’s tailgates, and ate. With three hours left until kick-off, we were left to sweat it out in the hot sun. But time passed pretty quickly, and we made our way to our seats in the south endzone. Encouraged by quick goals in the first quarter, we were disappointed at a fast turnaround that left UH losing by a lot, and left the stadium at the beginning of the fourth quarter. We ate some more, socialized, and just hung out for a while. When we pulled into our driveway again, it was after midnight.
Regardless of the long day and disappointing loss, I was actually excited to be at this game. The last time I went to a UH football game was as an undergrad student. It was a while ago, and the actual game had really no appeal to me. I had more fun tailgating and watching my cheerleader friends.
But since I met Kyle, I’ve become much more sports literate. I watch Sports Center on ESPN, play Pigskin Picks every week, and read Sports Illustrated. I know why Notre Dame may not win this week, and who came second to Tiger Woods in the Canadian Open last week. I know what a safety is, and why Bob Knight’s firing is getting so much media. And I don’t only watch, read, and know about these things for Kyle’s sake anymore-I like it!
Although I never played team sports, I never hated it. I grew up watching my brother play baseball, soccer and golf. I was a dedicated University of Hawaii baseball and volleyball fan. In college, I had part time jobs at the UH Sports Arena, and for the Hawaii Winter Baseball League. While living in Japan, I was hooked on the World Cup soccer craze that swept through the country. But my interests came and went. If I didn’t have to, I wouldn’t watch sports all day long.
But I just spent an entire Saturday (usually a day reserved for shopping!) for a football game, and it wasn’t that bad at all. It was pretty fun!
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #46（スーザン先生の英語講座 その46）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
“May I have some change, please？”
“May I have change for this $20? One ten, and two fives, please.”
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program, and am now employed at PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|