The Birgitta Shining Light
by Ken Arneson
2004-06-16 13:17

This will likely be my last post for awhile, as next week I am heading off to the Land of the Midnight Sun and 179,983 women named Birgitta. I want to tie up as many loose ends as possible before I go. So oddly, I’ll probably have more time to blog while I’m gone than before I leave.

I’m not sure what I would blog about from Sweden, though. This is my biennial trip to visit my kinfolk. I’m the stray cat of my family: save a few second cousins, all of my relatives live in Sweden. Blog entries about relatives probably wouldn’t be much fun to read.

One thing that might be of interest while I’m there is the playoffs of the Euro 2004 soccer tournament. I can’t get any of these games with my current cable package here in the US, so it’ll be nice to be able to watch some of these games on TV instead of having to resort to cartoons on the web. Sweden got off to a great start, beating Bulgaria 5-0. Sweden still has to play Italy and Denmark, but if they can manage at least a tie with one of them, they should advance from their group.

I’ll watch the baseball boxscores while I’m there, but that’s all. I can get so intense about baseball during the season, worried about winning, agonizing about losing, that I sometimes end up not enjoying myself nearly as much as I should. A three-week detox session every other summer is quite welcome.

So, that’s it for me for awhile. Unless you want to hear a “my mom made Swedish meatballs and potatoes for dinner” report every day, I’m not sure I’ll have much to say until after the All-Star Break. Until then, be good.

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