Wednesday, July 05, 2006
The Fourth of July
Germany is out of the World Cup Championship....

They lost to Italy. 2-0. Italy scored 2 goals in the last minute and 30 seconds of overtime. It was utterly crushing for us! Eric was in shock. It was a major downer for us yesterday and I'm sure all of Germany was upset.

Of course, that's the nature of the game. You win some, you lose some. The Italian team was happy though, as you can see from the below image.

....Also my brother's girlfriend, the fans driving through the streets of Manhattan waving the Italian flags and all of Italy.

C'est la vie.

so...Congratulations Italy.

This is my first year really following the World Cup (or any sports event for that matter) and my first taste of real disappointment.

That marks the end of our "World Cup Fever", but I'll continue watching to see who wins.


After the game we went into Manhattan to see a broadway play.

The last broadway play I saw was "Into the Woods" during a 3rd grade field trip so this was really exciting for me. I know some people can afford to do this on a monthly basis, but for me it's kind of a once or twice in a lifetime thing.

We went to see "The Faith Healer" with Ralph Fiennes.

We had orchestra seats close to the stage and right in the center. I felt a thrill to see Ralph Fiennes emerge into the lights because I love his films. The play consisted of a series of monologues and it feels like the actor is speaking directly at you. He peers intensely into your eyes and it's magical to see a riveting live performance. It was a small intimate theater.

It was a really moving, unsettling and haunting show. It leaves you wondering at the end "What...happened?". If anyone saw this show, I'd be curious to know what you thought or what your theory is about the meaning of the ending. It has you pondering and reflecting long after the curtain closed.

It was nice stepping out afterwards and seeing heart of New York City filled with life. It was the fourth of July and there was so much energy in the air.

Despite the disappointing game results, we had a great night.
posted by Clarity25 at 2:43 PM |


At July 05, 2006, Blogger Brandy 

Everytime I see a picture of NYC I feel the sudden urge to drop everything and go! My sister wants us to go in the fall.

I was keeping track of the game at work. By the time I left work and walked down the street Italy had scored the first goal and as I crossed the street another. I instantly though of you guys.

At July 05, 2006, Anonymous portia 

I love Ralph Fiennes as well. It was a Gate Theatre Dublin production! I wonder did it start in Dublin?

At July 05, 2006, Blogger Nightmare 

I sent you an email!! And I have never been to NYC let alone Broadway for a play. I did however see/act in "The man who came to dinner" when I was a junior in High School.. I was an extra.


At July 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous 

Bella! Bella! Can't begin to tell you how glad I am over Italy's win. :)

At July 05, 2006, Anonymous Kim 

Hey Clartiy,
maybe this'll make you smile....

even if only for a little while.

keep on hangin on in there.


At July 05, 2006, Anonymous Olaf 

Hi Clarity. Had a tough time commenting yesterday. I was so hopeful that Germany would be in the final. I thought it was a lock actually. Like I said before, I guess that's why they play the games. Well, now that my teams are out I am down with GdP, Go France.
Anyway, the celebration here was great during and prior to the game. There is a British pub down the street that plays the World Cup games and as usual, it was packed with fans, many still wearing their ridiculous outfits, (eg. baggy bright Union Jack shorts, etc.) There was also an Uber Hot woman wearing tiny white hot pants and a Bayern Munich jersey looking very much like the women portrayed in the shots so commonly taken at games. The German American cultural center here in town is right behind my home and it was packed with fans watching the Germany v. Italy game. At the half time they were singing the songs that you hear from the fans in the crowds at soccer games, it was really something. Watching them drain out after the loss was disheartening. Anyway, my interest has been dissipated, but I will be watching to see who takes the cup nevertheless. Once again, my best regards to you, Eric and your family. And, frankly, the play in NYC sounds just great, I would very much like to have seen Fiennes and the Broadway play that you mention. Sounds very exciting and fun.

At July 06, 2006, Anonymous Vicola 

Hi Clarity, NYC looks like such an exciting city, I've always wanted to visit it but have never actually managed to get my act together and get out there. Maybe one day!! I know what you mean about the football, we watched England go out then Germany and now I'm hoping that France win. I'm just glad Portugal didn't go through because after a run in in a bar in Manchester city centre I am not a huge fan of Christiano Ronaldo.

At July 06, 2006, Anonymous Jen 

Sorry about Germany's loss! Sounds like you had a lot of fun in Manhattan.. oh, how I want to go right now!! I love love love Ralph Fiennes, how did you stop from jumping up on stage and planting one on him?? Hope that you are doing well! Someday I'll get to NYC (by then Ralph will be well into his 50's, lol.. hope not!) *hugs* Jen

At July 06, 2006, Anonymous Meine-Kleine 

After the loss I talked to my Oma and she told me about how much she wished I'd been there at the last game, where we won. Apparently the entire tiny, always so quiet town I thought was mostly full of old people went CRAZY. Everyone poured out of their front doors at once when we won and went to hug neighbors, swinging flags like crazy, getting into cars to ride down the street with people in the trunk and their legs dangling out(!) just to scream about it. I REALLY miss Germany sometimes. Somehow I was less upset when I last was in Germany for the WM, and Germany lost in the final game. I don't know. And man, I want to go to NYC too!

At July 07, 2006, Blogger Shaman Dandulla 

Have you seen the Producers? That is another I would definitely recommend it to you! I couldn’t stop laughing, it all started from the beginning and I was still laughing three days after…
Beautiful blog! Great images!

At July 08, 2006, Blogger Kathleen 

I was very sad when Germany lost, rooting for France now. I know it's a small consolation, but at least they beat Portugal in the Third Place game.

And I adore Ralph Fiennes. I think it would be beyond cool to see him live.

At July 09, 2006, Anonymous Janet 

Got all caught up on the goings-on of clarity but I miss the real stuff... this is just, you know, the mundane and it's sort of like walking by the restaurant and smelling really good food but not being able to go in for a bite. I want you to know that I totally understand and support what's going on, but I wanted you to know that you are missed.

At July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous 

on the fourth my cousins boyfriend watched the game....that was the extent of my and reading your blog...i like soccer but only live! i am not a big sports fan..the only game i am mildly interested in is the world series...and only if the yankees or the mets are playing!!!! lol..i wear my yankees clothes proudly!
(even though these damn rednacks give me dirty looks....i hate the south!!!!) any way when i come up there i hope you will come with us to broadway..we are planning on seeing a play!!! ,save,Save!!!! I MISS YOU LOTS...QUIT AVOIDING THE RINGING THING IN YOUR HOME!!!! IT IS CALLED A PHONE...SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE ON THE OTHER END!!! i have spoken to eric more then you my best friend!!!! i live and miss you lots....
p.s-did you hear nancy is getting married?!!!! god we are getting old!!!

At July 09, 2006, Anonymous Olaf 

Hi Clarity and Eric. So, it's Italy. Well, at least that means that Deutschland ultimately lost to the champs. Apparently my fanship is like the kiss of death, Germany, Portugal and now France. Ok. Well Clarity, it would be nice to hear how things are for you and Eric and stuff. A pictoral entry of what you are seeing there in NY would also be a welcome addition. I hope you all are well and things are good for you.

At July 09, 2006, Anonymous Tenshi 

How could you be disappointed?! VIVA ITALIA!!!

At July 11, 2006, Anonymous Dawn 

Hey C.C., Are you okay? You don't return my calls. You don't come out. I don't know what's going on. I know things are hard for you but don't push away those that care for you.

At July 12, 2006, Blogger Tara 

Umm... ahem...

Its been a week since you updated.

Get to work!!!

At July 12, 2006, Blogger Tara 

And by the way, Dawn, stop stalking my chick!!! (whoever you are)

At July 12, 2006, Anonymous Acorn 

Heya - just saying hello and you are missed in the woods of Acorn. I hope you're OK. I think Germany went out so well, better than France and Italy, anyway. What a crock of shit that final game was. I wish the Germany/Portugal game was the final one, that would have been more appropriate. Peace, mi chica.

At July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous