Getting Closer

So we are at about a month away from the start of the World Cup in Brazil. Even though all the stadiums and airports aren’t complete, and there aren’t enough hotels/hostels in the host cites, there is still an electric feeling in the air. Some feel excited, others feel worried. Both are legimate emotions to have right. For those that are excited, this could be the best World Cup to ever happen. The world’s most popular sporting event in the country that is known as the King of Football. Home of Pele, Socrates, Romario, Ronaldo (the original), Rivaldo, Thaigo Silva, and Neymar. Home of the 5 time World Champions. This is Brazil. Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Brasilia. The Amazon, Igazu, Samba, Carnaval, Feijoada, Caipirinhas, and Beaches, Beaches, Beaches. This is the place to be for what will be the World’s biggest month-long party. On the other hand, billions have been spent on stadiums aren’t complete, Airports that are still under renovation, and proposed metro lines at that haven’t been started. These billions could have been spent on hospitals, schools, and roads.  Things which Brazil really needs, and the result will be protests. Protests at the stadiums, protests in the streets. Will Brazil be embarrassed or will Brazil bring it all together at the last moment? For me, I like to call this World Cup, The Beautiful Mess. Why? Simple really. This WILL BE the best World Cup ever. Point. Blank. Period. and also this World Cup will be full of headaches. The lines are the airports will be long and slow, food will be expensive, transportation will crowded, and Gringoes will have a hard time with the language because not many people will speak English. Yet with all these logistic problems, the hospitality and friendliness of the Brazilian people combined to with their desire to create a good impression will make this cup better than any other. I am certain of it. 

One of things I want to do while I’m here in Brazil is be apart of the Cup. Attending a World Cup has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and I’m finally at the doorstep of completing it. I picked up my ticket to Match 38 in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. Greece vs Ivory Coast. I’m beyond excited! Along with Andy and Juan, we picked up the tickets and it is all caught on film. Enjoy!

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…….I won

So I just found out that at my former place of employment in the US, that 30 people in MY department were laid off from their jobs. Restructuring the department with new equipment and less employees. Very interesting considering that money was invested for instruments that they have had for less than 3 years. Also the response of HR is particularly distrubing. Usually at this company, when a department is downsized, employees are offered positions in other departments. This time, HR only said “you can apply online, but that doesn’t guarantee any”. So basically from my understanding…….good luck but we probably aren’t going to hire you. I quit this job about 2 1/2 months before all this happened. People questioned my decision and thought I was a bit crazy for leaving a “secure” job but guess what…………….

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I WON!