There’s been quite a few changes going on lately and there some more to come, the biggest one of all being the impending change to my usual schedule due to Freiburg’s relegation. Just ten days to go now till the season kicks off and thirteen days till their first match against Nürnberg. Them being in the 2. Bundesliga means for one thing that the season starts a whole month earlier and that the weekend will look a little differently. Matches are played on different days and at different times, which will mean having to get up earlier on weekends. And on some weekends there will be three matches on Saturday to watch instead of two.
Talking about days of the week, one thing that’s weird right now is the fact that I’m convinced it’s Monday instead of Tuesday, just as I was convinced that yesterday was Sunday. Because of the World Cup final of course.
I hadn’t thought about this in any great detail until now, I didn’t want to. So only now has it occurred to me that I may occasionally have to miss a Bundesliga match I want to see. There’s no clash on MD1 at least which will be MD3 for the 2. Bundesliga. Then Freiburg play on Saturday and due to the way it’s worked out I get to see everyone I want to see that weekend. Bayern on Friday, Freiburg first on Saturday and then Leverkusen v Hoffenheim. Who do I root for there? Admir Mehmedi with his new team or Hansi’s Hoffenheimers? Then the battle of the Borrusias afterwards. And Frankfurt who visit Wolfsburg on Sunday, followed by Stuttgart v Köln.
So I get to see Freiburg, Manuel Neuer, Roman Bürki, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Köln all in the same weekend. I should treat that as a one off, to avoid future disappointments. Not every weekend will work out so well, better to be prepared for that eventuality now.
The other big change has been the alteration to my usual cinema routine, somewhere along the way film Friday became football Friday and stayed that way, even when the season ended. And even though in truth, I can go to the cinema and be back to watch the football if I were to either only see one film or to go earlier. I have decision to make of that nature with regards to this Friday, to go and see Self/less or not. I wanted to see 13 Minutes but of course that’s not showing here. I’d definitely go out for that, a German film, no question. I could go and be back in time for Dortmund’s friendly.
It’s not missing the match I’m worried about, that’s just my cover. In truth I don’t want to go out and be surrounded or be in the vicinity of any packs of kids or teenagers. That’s the real reason, and even though I can outline the perfectly logical reasons for that I’m still reluctant to tell anyone in real life that. They most likely already know, without me saying anything. At least they do if the other week is anything to go by. It was about something different but still related. Then it was about me obsessively checking the time. They told me to relax, that I’d get there in time for the train no problem. They knew before I did, that I was anxious about that. I don’t know why but that bugged me somehow, enough to write a chapter about it anyway. I’ve got three pages so far and I’m still no closer to figuring out why.
The first was imposed upon me, the second just kind of happened without me realising it, the others however were done by choice. For example I finally moved Hansi’s boots from where they’ve been since they arrived. I knew I couldn’t keep them there forever, at least I didn’t have to move them far and they are still close by. Right next to my bed in fact and right next to my mini-man of Jogi Löw. The remaining changes whilst by choice, were ones I never thought I’d make. I’m not so good at dealing with change of any kind, whether I know it’s going to happen or not. But I tend to be an all or nothing kind of person, so make one change, you may you as well make some more. I’m going to be freaking out anyway, so it makes no difference.
I never envisaged altering the tagline to my blog, thought about it but never thought I’d actually do it. I did and I’m happy with what’s there now. Although I think there’s something missing from it, I think Freiburg belong there somehow, I just haven’t figured out how yet. I know it’s slightly unfair, having Jogi’s team there and not Hansi’s. But despite him having played for Bayern and despite the fact that Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Philipp Lahm do, I’m still not sure I can put them there. But who knows, things can change after all. And if I were to come up with something suitably catchy or something that amused me, then I may make my peace with it.
Something like this: Jogi & Hansis Fußballwunderland – Ein Herz, zwei Teams: SCF & FCB. Ein Land = Deutschland
Well that didn’t take long, just ten minutes between thinking I couldn’t put them in the tagline or thinking I couldn’t come up with anything and then that comes into my head. I’m starting to like it now. Like the theme, I’m trying it out, I may come up with something else or just decide to keep the original but for now the new one stays. Maybe I could use this to design my new banner. A picture of each of them on either end, one of Jogi in a Freiburg shirt and one of Hansi in a Bayern one, maybe with the badge of each club in the corner of each picture. And a really great picture of the two of them in the middle. Now I know how I’m spending the morning.
Only problem is I have so many good pictures of the two of them. So many which would look good up there, so many which I think I would like to have up there to greet visitors. And it’s tougher knowing that there are two less slots, since the end two are already taken. I think this is not going to be an easy decision to make and is something which will require a lot of thought and a no doubt stringent selection process.
Equally I never thought I’d change the theme, but I’m trying out a new one. I’m not sure if I’ll stick with it or not yet. I want to, because it’s in Freiburg’s colours and because they are (partly) Die Mannschaft’s colours too. One thing I’m not sure about in particular is the text being in white, I can’t decide if it gives me a headache or not.
On the subject of making decisions, I read something earlier, words to the effect that if you make a decision quick enough, you may get a second chance on the off chance you need it. From reading that I got something to add to my “you know you’re obsessed” list, because as soon as I read that I thought about Jogi and about how he wants the team to pass and move the ball even faster, he wants quicker reaction times, but still maintaining a degree of precision and accuracy of course. You have to know exactly where you want to put the ball, the idea being you have that in your head before it even reaches you. I guess you could use that kind of thinking in life. That you know what you’re doing is the right thing, because you’ve thought it through but not so much that you miss the opportunity. Spend too much time thinking about the perfect pass and you’ll end up losing the ball or getting closed down with no options left for a pass.
Continuing that theme, there’s something else he said that can apply in real life too. One of areas he mentioned as needing improvement was clearances, he wants them to be less mindless, a little less of just kicking the ball into touch kind of thing. Don’t just panic in other words and boot the ball out of danger, or what you think is out of danger, because when you respond like that without really thinking, you don’t know where the ball is going to end up. Plus you’re potentially wasting possession, if you take a moment and think about where you’re clearing the ball to, you could end up retaining possession and beginning a new attack instead of needlessly giving it away.
It’s the not panicking that’s key, keeping a level head, not letting fear or anxiety being the key factor in your response to any given situation. That I could definitely learn from. Fighting that instinct to panic and run away, trying to stay calm. I should put some more thought into this, into having a fixed set of strategies. Maybe it’s time to finally get round to making those Hansi cards I got the idea for a few months back.
One final Hansi related thing. It’s now one year and one day since the last time he stood by Jogi’s side. At several points over the last few months I’ve wondered when will it feel real. If it would be when the replacement got there, when the new year started or when the season ended. Or would it be now, when it had been a whole year. The answer, it’s none of them. It’s strange I’ve both accepted and not accepted it. I’ve accepted it in the sense that I’ve worked it into the Löw adventures, and the fact that if I wanted to, I could have two versions of them. It would be more work, but I could have written two versions, one where he stays his assistant and one where he doesn’t. It’s not like I haven’t had multiple versions of the same universe before. But I didn’t do that, so I must have accepted it on some level.
Typical, now I’m thinking about it. About having more versions of it, not changing whether or not Hansi leaves or not but going back and rewriting history, well alternate history. Like what if the first chapter took place earlier, not after the summer but before it. That offers up all sorts of interesting possibilities and is a very intriguing idea.
I’m glad I didn’t take that direction because I already technically have two versions of their adventures. Not exactly two versions in the sense that there’s no real difference in the story, it’s just certain chapters I don’t put online or let anyone read them. Super Jogi and the social stories are not for sharing.