My Friday evening soccer league finished up our season last night. My team was engaged in a match to see who would end up in last place. We won the game, so I guess that makes us the penultimate losers.
My team is comprised of mostly Russian immigrants. They're a good bunch of guys, but I've never realized how good until I went out for a celebratory beer after the game. Somewhere between the second and third round, someone brought up politics. I mentally cringed. I didn't want to hear about how the US should get out of Iraq. Given Russia's stance, I was sure I was in for it.
Boy was I wrong. Most of my teammates are ardent Republicans. And let me tell you, you've never been truly entertained until you've heard someone with a Russian accent make fun of Al Gore. And I almost wet my pants when they started in on Hillary. If I could have captured it on tape, I would have put it on my answering machine at home. Fabulous.
At the end of the night, the check arrived. Credit cards were whipped out and cash flew across the table. Generous people, these comrades of mine. Dmitri had to start handing money back to people or the waitress would have ended up with a 150% tip. Nice change from the usual "last one to get the check gets stuck adding an extra $20."
Unfortunately for me, the team decided not to sign up for the next session. I will get to see some of them in another league this spring, however. And I'll be prepared. Anyone know how to say, "This round is mine," in Russian?