My SECOND-ever Sports guestblog. This is starting to Worry me, here. :)
The South End went Nuts :) yesterday ~
Fabio Grosso connected with his left foot and booted them right out the door. Ten of them, 50 of them, hundreds of them, all of them, everyone of Italian heritage in south Hartford raced out onto Franklin Avenue at 4:30 Sunday afternoon.
They popped from their homes. They ran from their favorite restaurants. They sprinted from their social clubs. They ran screaming, arms aloft, as if they had scored the final penalty kick themselves at Olympic Stadium in Berlin and were still running, searching for hugs halfway around the world.
They found those hugs among the crowd already gathered in front of a giant screen showing the World Cup final on the portion of Franklin Avenue closed off between Brown and Preston streets. And this was where the party really started.
One minute, they were suffering the angst of World Cup overtime, watching their team getting outplayed by France, fearing a return of the worst pain brought by the only World Cup final decided by penalty kicks against Brazil in 1994.
Then - in a flash - they were running out the door as if their pants were on fire.
We have seen the face of joy and it was served up on a stretch of asphalt just south of the gold Capitol dome of this New England state. Surely, it was repeated in Boston and Providence and Rome and Naples in so many cities in both the Old and New World, but until you see it and feel it, well, you’ll never quite know the full meaning of spontaneous combustion.
“We are from the heart,” said Salvatore Sutera, treasurer of the Italian-American Stars Athletic Club on Franklin Avenue. “That’s what it is. We are from the heart.”
…People jumped into pickup trucks and began blaring horns, with 20 or 30 piling onto flat-bed trucks. Speakers popped up from nowhere, tens of them, music and noise filled the South End. When captain Fabio Cannavaro held up the World Cup trophy and began to dance, so did Franklin Avenue. It can take cities weeks to plan a parade, and here was one thrown on the spot.
Read the rest. Very very nice. :) We trust folks won’t Object to these joyful immigrants & offspring-of-immigrants parading with the Flag of a Foreign Nation. ;>
In Other important local & worldwide Sporting news :>, a Nawth Cah’lina boy :) has won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League All-American on the Connecticut River. :) Takes home a big Check and a Big Boat. Very Commendable. :) He successfully angled, among other places, in Wethersfield Cove. Why hell, I’VE caught Bass in Wethersfield Cove! And with no Boat! :> (Nobody done Give me one for it, neither. :)
Check out this wonderful cap-and-gown-wearing monkey that Kim Stone, my honorary sister, gave me yesterday as a graduation present!
My final undergraduate semester was a bit of a letdown — I got my lowest grade since sophomore year (a B-minus in the Journalism Honors Seminar) and failed to make the Dean’s List for the first time since, again, sophomore year — but my 3.42 GPA for the semester only lowered my overall GPA from 3.55 to 3.53, which means I still graduated with honors.
Cum laude. That’s kinda nice.
I’m a college graduate!!!
I’ve got a lot more photos of Becky and me in our graduation regalia, as well as some pics of other friends of mine. Then there are my pictures of the main commencement ceremony and the journalism satellite ceremony.
Be sure to check out all the galleries, but here are a few selected photos of interest:
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All lined up; procession to begin shortly. Audio blog post later.
There’s nothing like seeing this headline on the New York Times front page two days before commencement:
Graduates Lowering Their Sights
In Today’s Stagnant Job Market
I guess that’s why I’m going to law school. :)
My parents’ flight from Connecticut to Chicago landed early, and now their flight from Chicago to L.A. (for graduation, duh) is in the air over northwestern Illinois. It’s due to arrive at LAX in about 3 1/2 hours.
“Under Jefferson’s criteria, our only options at this point are massive reform or outright revolt.”
Those are the last words of my last essay on the last exam of my undergraduate career. I turned the thing in at 8:11 PM. All done, all done.
The question, by the way, was about whether the American government, as it presently functions, lives up to the ideals of the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. I don’t really believe what I wrote (yeah, we’ve got problems, but I’m not about to go grab my pitchfork), but it’s what my crazy radical professor wanted to hear, and I argued it well, with lots of supporting evidence and such. So, there you have it, the last intellectual sellout of my college career. :)
And now, I go to Fatburger to celebrate.
I forgot to mention this earlier today, but there is now officially…
ONE WEEK LEFT TILL GRADUATION!
Apologies to all my fellow seniors who hate these countdown posts. :)
Just finished the paper. 19 pages, plus footnotes.
My last undergraduate paper is now printing. (And Toby is staring at the printer.)
UPDATE, 5:06 PM: I just handed the paper in. My education at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism is officially complete. All I have left now is one political science final exam, next Monday.
Sorry for the blog silence over the past 24 hours. I’ve just been really busy… and, when taking breaks from being busy, really sleepy.
I’m still working on that pesky paper, which now appears it’s going to be about 24 hours late. It isn’t that I couldn’t finish it on time because I started so late; it’s just that I simply couldn’t focus during my quasi-all-nighter last night. I had more than enough time, but I kept getting distracted by random things (like audblog… heh). And, I did eventually doze off for a while, which didn’t help.
Anyway, I’m going to bed now… only to wake up at 8:30 AM to try and finish. Ack!
Venti Starbucks coffee with vanilla and lots of sugar, for a major caffeine/sugar high: $2.00
Two cans of Coke from a 12-pack, for when that first caffeine/sugar high wears off: $0.70
Can of Starbucks doubleshot coffee drink, for emergency use if all else fails: $1.95
My last college all-nighter: Priceless
(Also priceless: Using this website as a procrastination tool during my last college all-nighter. Heh.)
Of course, this isn’t really a legitimate “last-ever” thing, since I’ll undoubtedly be pulling plenty of these in law school…
My 16-to-20-page final paper for my Journalism Honors Seminar is due in 20 hours, and I’m about to… start it.
Well, I’ve done some of the research already, but I haven’t written a word.
Gearing up for an all-nighter…
(Hopefully neither my professor nor my TA will happen upon my website today…)