Yesterday was a Good Day

Walking into work, there was a light drizzle. A beautiful Portland-style rain, not the binge and purge that we’ve been having this season. I smiled, and loved it, with the water matting my hair. Things went well, I accomplished a lot, and I had a general sense of well-being, even through the mild headache I had briefly. After work I cruised over to SE to coach the kiddies in soccer. It started at 5, so I was late, but not too late. We had fun, and the kids were happy and responsive, and I think they learned some soccer. The rain came down and my feet got wet. When practice was over I got in the car and took off my shoes, allowing the heat to blow over them. At home, I changed into my game gear and prepared for the last game of the season (that season, Green Room Men’s indoor team), and N and I cruised over to the field. We were playing for third place (a couple bad games dropped us from the top seed) and faced a team we’d beaten before. The game went well, challenging at times, but we got the best of them. I had my first goal of the season with about 2 seconds left, it felt so good. And N was not just there to see it, but actually saw it too! We then went to a coupla pubs for beer and food. First the Speakeasy but with their flaky hours they’d closed the kitchen already, so we went to the Rose and Raindrop. Times were good, food was good, drink was good. After a spell N and I cruised over to Rimsky’s for some delicious dessert and saw her buddy S working there, so we all chatted and went to a place I’d never seen nor heard of, The Dunes, on MLK. It was a funky place, small, with DJs spinning discs, and people sitting at small tables. It had a very ‘hip’ atmosphere. There I had New Belgium’s Lambic brew, which had a strong hint (a clue?) of cherry, and a sparkling body. A sweet, fresh aroma filled the wine glass I sipped it from. There was a definite sweetness in the beer, but not such that it coated the tongue and left a residue, instead it the flavor trailed behind, leaving me ready for another swallow. We cruised home where I had a tortilla with tahini and habanero jelly, and fell asleep on the couch. Good times were had by all.

6 Replies to “Yesterday was a Good Day”

  1. Glad to hear your team won. I would much rather win the consolation than lose the championship. It’s that whole going out winning thing. What I have a problem with is that you scored your first goal? Look, I know you’re a defensive giant, but I want to see (or at least hear about) you making your post runs for the sweet headers. The beer you described sounds quite good and I am going out after work to my local liquor store to see if they can order some. Keep drinking and telling about it. I have yet to taste a bad one.

  2. funny you mention the headers…I had two header attempts last night. A few additional post runs, (scored on one of them!), and a boatload of narrowly missed or saved shots from outside. I had the offense turned up a bit higher than usual…one of my teammates (after a few beers) referred to me a Maradonna in the later years type of player, which I took as a pretty big compliment. But to give a bit of detail, the first header was off a deadball play, and swung just a bit wide of the goal, and the second was a run down the middle and the first offender put a ball off the end that I couldn’t quite get a piece of (brushed off my head) cuz I don’t jump very high.

  3. yo, u da boi, yo! alright, you are the MARADONA of the p-town leagues. but, i’ll ask you this… can you hook me up!? on other speaks…what is going on with the p-town soccer tourney websites? give me a clue as to what is the haps…especially during the memorial day weekend. yo, keep it in the riz-o-eal! holla at you real soon, yo~

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