Saturday, 4 May 2013

The days are getting longer and so is my beard

Story horse. Finally after 5 months of snow it's warm and sunny again. No more heavy jackets, hats and scarves while walking to school, just a shirt and a Saints jersey.

In the last blog I wrote, at the end of March, my football team were three points off the league leaders. Now we are in a better position 1 point off the leaders and 2nd place with two games in hand with the team in 4th place right behind us, so the table is as tight as a camel's arse in a sandstorm. After good wins away to FC Thulba, Stadt Bischofsheim and Eichenhausen and a 2-2 draw at home after coming from 2 goals down confidence is high going in to the final month of games. Our manager keeps reminding us to take one game at a time but it's very hard to not ignore the overall picture and our last game on May 26th. Oh yeah and I've  vowed to grow my beard until I score a goal, as you can see from the photo I haven't scored yet. If I don't score by the end of this season I can see if they are making a new Castaway film and need a new star.

The season with my U9s started back last week after a long winter break. A 7-1 home win last week was followed up by another 7-1 win and a closely fought 5-3 victory . What was unusual about the second win was that we had 7 different goalscorers, which doesn't usually happen in 7-a-side football.

I'm moving into a new apartment in a few weeks with a friend that's on the football team. The apartment is right in the centre of a town, 30 seconds away from my favourite pub. It has a rooftop terrace and two spare rooms,  which we are going to convert into a living room and a bar, and it's 3 storeys. A house warming/birthday/end of season party is planned. I'm finishing my teaching in the school at the end of May so I'll be able to do a few more days roofing, like last summer, in over 35C, while looking for a new job in BK. Something to do with languages like translating or languages. I'm looking into eventually opening an Irish bar but that's more of a dream than a plan to be honest.

I still haven't planned a Summer holiday yet, probably like every year, Europa League with the Supersaints, and maybe a week in Éire. Speaking of the Saints, it was a good 2-0 win down in Cork yesterday, which can be a tricky place to go. The league is starting to take shape now with the teams that are in Europe occupying the top three while the relegation candidates such as Shelbourne, Bray and Shamrock Rovers in the bottom half with a third of the season gone.

Sticking with football, it's great to see two German teams in the final of the Champion's League. Everyone will be packed into the pubs watching the two best teams in Germany (behind FC06). Very hard to call who's going to win it, both teams have world class players and in a final it's so hard to predict.

On another note, hard to believe it's almost 20 months since I moved to Bad Kissingen. Time flies when you're having fun. Here's to the next 20.