EVG in Germany

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


You take the good with the bad, at least that's the way the saying goes.

Good: We got to Gelsenkirchen on Monday morning, hung out in the city center in the bright sunshine, and had beers, sang songs and basically had a blast with about a thousand U.S. fans or more.

Bad: The U.S. got absolutely stuffed by the Czechs and our good friend Rosicky (which the Czech fans and stadium announcer pronounce Roh-sid-ski).

Worse: We returned to our shitbag hotel about midnight and I found that my laptop computer, cell phone and digital camera power cord had been stolen. Oh yeah, and one match ticket for both the US-Italy game on Saturday and US-Ghana next week.

That was a bit of insult to injury, but all things considered it could be much worse. This is the way I'm cheering myself up, in no particular order:

  • I had my passport with me at the time.
  • I have my camera with me and never deleted any pictures off the memory card, so I still have all of them from this trip.
  • Knowing this could happen, I backed up all my photos and music and the majority of my documents before I left for Europe.
  • I filed a police report, have renter's insurance and barring a deductible of about $500, they should help pay for me to replace the phone and computer.
  • Since I've now reported the phone stolen, Verizon has suspended my service for 30 days, so I'll actually save about $50 on that bill.
  • On the FIFA site, they say "no one will be penalized for lost tickets" so there's a good chance we'll be able to get the tickets replaced when we get back to Germany.
  • The German police that left the police report for us were SUPER nice and even left a note on our car windshield that said: "Have a nice trip!"

Other than that... there's been lots of funny stuff happening, we're having a great time (really), and it's been fun. I had just written a lot more here that I think lightened the mood a bit, but it's just mysteriously disappeared off the screen. Oh well.

Until next internet cafe...



At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Mehdi said...

Dude that sucks, but good to see that you aren't completely devestaded over this. The show must go on and you got a couple of more games to see.

At 7:52 AM, Anonymous TJ said...

Sorry buddy. I feel like I jinxed you with the schadenfreude comment.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger wewontheleagueat3ptlane said...

Hope you're enjoying the trip despite the loss of a few pesonal items, mate. Good thing you used your head and backed everything up BEFORE embarking across the pond! Rosicky's going to earn me $20!;) COME ON IN-GER-LAND!!!!

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Danny said...

hahahaha. stop copying me.

At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Em said...

DUDE - that blows, but you have typical newly quit-my-job-and-could-give-a-f*ck-Aaron attitude about it - so kudos to you. Miss your face bubba. xoxo

At 4:44 AM, Blogger TheEVG said...

Yeah, like I said... it's not the end of the world. But thanks for looking out everyone... the biggest bummer, of course, is that i could have left the computer in Berlin for these two weeks. Oh well.

At 12:11 AM, Blogger Mary Varn said...

Lame! But you have a great attitude about it, so not so lame!


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