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Advent Calendar Day 10: One Goal is Enough

The title could equally refer to real life and today’s events but it doesn’t, it refers only to Freiburg’s lone (and lucky) goal against Darmstadt. Though I suppose it can also refer to the very other important goal of the day, that of Ingolstadt’s surprise winner against Leipzig. Never would have seen that one coming, I would have liked to believe they could beat RBL but never would have predicted it, let alone bet on it. Freiburg beating Darmstadt on the other hand I would have happily predicted, I certainly didn’t expect it to be quite as difficult as it turned out to be. The game mirrored last week’s in a strange way. Last week Leverkusen almost gifted Freiburg the game with their non-existent first half performance and so Freiburg did exactly the same against Darmstadt. It’s a game they could just as easily lost as won. Not a great way to end the first half of the season at home but a win is a win I suppose. And as much fun as Bayern had against Wolfsburg today (racking up another five goals against them) I’m more than happy with Petersen’s penalty. Though I am happy for Thomas Müller, having finally gotten his first of the season. Not happy about Freiburg’s performance on the other hand. Sometimes when a commentator says the best player on the pitch for a team is the keeper it’s meant as a criticism of the rest of team. That wasn’t the case against Leverkusen last weekend when Schwolow saved Freiburg’s neck several times. This weekend against Darmstadt he did the same, he was the best man out there for the first half at least and now it is a criticism of the others. Hopefully Abrashi will be back in the starting 11 next week. What worked well last week with Schuster starting in his place didn’t have the same effect against Darmstadt.

I could easily rant about today’s events and lament how I wish I hadn’t made the mistakes I did. But I don’t want to do that, I want to have just one day where I can enjoy the result of the game. A day where the only obsessive analysing is reserved for football related situations. The stuff I’m trying not to think about will still be there tomorrow. So as far as words go less is more at the moment. The more I write the more likely I am to end up thinking and thus writing about what I’m trying to avoid. I can’t escape it forever but if I can just keep it away for what’s left of the weekend. So in that spirit I have some extra pictures instead:


thomas-muller-christmas-party-2016-1 thomas-muller-christmas-party-2016-2 robert-lewandowski-christmas-party-2016-1 robert-lewandowski-christmas-party-2016-2I do of course need just a few more words for the most important part of the post. Today’s players being Christian Günter for Freiburg and Gonzalo Castro for Dortmund:

Christian Günter - SC FreiburgChristian Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 120161210_233055-1

Advent Calendar Day 3/Reciprocity & Other Random Musings

Advent calendars first, musings after. Behind door number three of the Freiburg calendar was midfielder and free kick specialist Vincenzo Grifo. The DFB one served up Max Kruse’s card, and the Dortmund one a piece of chocolate wrapped in Gonzalo Castro. The last one is especially fitting seeing as last week he got his first goal in Dortmund colours.

Max Kruse - DFB card 2015-16 1 Max Kruse - DFB card 2015-16 2 Gonzalo Castro - Dortmund advent calendarAt the beginning of the year I wrote a list of things I wanted to work on this year, things I wanted to have a better of understanding of. One of those things being the concept of social reciprocity. I think I’ve failed on this count. Understanding something in theory does not mean you can put it into practice, that much is obvious. Though it’s not completely useless, it is useful from a writing perspective. But it’s made social situations no less frustrating. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t follow the rules and just do what I think is right and it’s wrong.  I try to follow their rules and it’s still wrong.

What’s the point in there being rules if people don’t stick to them? Why am I trying to learn them when other people just say to hell with them? I did what I was supposed to do, I sent my reply and then waited for theirs. None was forthcoming, no explanation either. Initially I reacted the way I always do, I got anxious and then angry. Angry at the situation but more than anything angry at myself for responding that way, for acting in such an illogical manner. After a while I let go of it, I told myself whatever happens happens. That you can’t change it and have to deal with whatever it is.

And then a while after I find that nothing is as I thought it was, a joker gets thrown into the mix. This is what I hate about other people, they never do what I expect them to. I hate that, the unpredictability.

Characters are so much easier to deal with, they only do and say what I need them to. And even if they do surprise me it’s ok because it’s in a controlled environment, I can deal with it. Not so much in real life. I don’t know what the solution is or if there is one. Maybe I just need to accept that there is always going to be some element of unpredictability. That they aren’t always going to be where you expect them to be.

I may not be able to make much sense of that situation but at least on a writing front things are going ok. I’ve gotten started on the first of my two Christmas stories, though annoyingly I seem to have started in the middle which has made things a little tricky but interesting. I love it when stories start that way, a random tangent which leads to more randomness and then you get the idea. I have no idea where it came from or why I was thinking about that particular topic but I suppose it doesn’t matter now. At any rate I’m glad to be writing something a little more lighthearted. Recently most of what I’ve been working on is a little depressing. I didn’t mean for it to be, it just ended up that way.