Right to Brag
Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.
Right now I’m proud of a few few things. Of the fact that I’m less than five thousand views away from half a million views on YouTube, that I’ve stuck to writing a blog and have over 700 posts, plus it’s over a year since I started this whole thing. And in a few days it’ll be one year since I wrote my first daily prompt. But what I’m most proud of right now is the Löw adventure I’m currently working on, the match-day 34 story which has grown to be so much more. The source of my pride is that today I reached 101 pages and when I’m finished typing up the rest of today’s notes it will stand at 106 pages.
I’m also very proud that I made one person cry and another person almost cry. Now that doesn’t sound like a good thing but it is, because it wasn’t me but the story that did it. To be more specific the idea of Jogi missing Hansi and a very special scene involving a white shirt. I am very proud that my story provoked an emotional reaction from the two people in question. I’m not exactly known for my sensitivity or my understanding of such matters, so it’s important to me that people can see I do have feelings. Just because I can’t express them in conventional ways does not mean they aren’t there. I should be a little offended that they’re surprised that I could write such a thing, but I’m not because truth is, I was surprised too.
It’s incredible that I stuck to something, that I didn’t get bored and abandon it in favour of something else. That is usually how things go. Earlier I was talking with a friend about tracking the progression of my obsessions, partly because Jogi, Hansi and all the rest of them are most unusual. It’s been over a year now, by rights they should have disappeared in September as per my usual pattern. Of course they didn’t which makes them very special indeed. If Christmas comes and goes and they’re still king, they will be extra special.
It says a person close to you but it doesn’t specify how close, or close in what way. Seeing as how it doesn’t specify I may as well mention today’s events. I am very proud of Freiburg today, every single last one of them. They beat Greuther Fürth 5-2 today, not wasting any time in getting going again after the international break and the 1-1 draw with KSC before that. And thanks to Bochum losing 1-0 to Leipzig, Freiburg are back on top again:
Immanuel Höhn, Maximillian Phillipp, Vincenzo Grifo and Nils Petersen scored the goals. Grifo’s goals being particularly special because it’s his first start since getting injured a little while back. I also have to mention Mensur Mujdza who didn’t play today because he’s suspended after picking up five yellow cards. I have to mention him because Bosnia finished third in their group in European qualifying which means they’ve secured a play-off place. And who else did they get drawn with but Ireland. Now I would be rooting for Bosnia anyway for Mensur’s sake, but now all the more so. It’s made even more special by the fact that the game is on my birthday which unfortunately means I won’t be able to watch it because Germany play the same day. Germany’s game is just a friendly but Germans first, always.