Friday, May 05, 2006

Men in White

It's a gorgeous day in J-town today. The flowers are in full bloom, the birds are chirping and there ain't a cloud in the sky. Could think of nothing better to do on a day like this than playing cricket.
Cricket that iconic symbol of the British Empire which to most people looks insane. But for us members of the Commonwealth it is sheer heaven.

I play cricket in Israel for Ra'anana seconds. Most of the side are teenagers with me one of the more senior players. Two of the other senior players have pregnant wives as well so our ranks could be depleted. After a tough first season last year we had our best win ever last week. Can't wait for our next game which is next Friday.

And that therein lies the problem. There are no Sundays as we know it in Israel. Part of the deal with coming here is giving up the best day of the week. It sucks. No amount of reconciliation or rationalisation can turn what what Sunday and Saturday night are out in the rest of the world into what Friday and Thursday night are here.

For some reason the idea of yours truly standing in the sun on Erev Shabbat with a bunch of teenagers and old men and and getting back right around candle lighting time ain't exactly that appealing to the Mrs. Can't imagine why.......

Being married is a huge transition from being single. Gone are the days when you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. In their place is discussion and that dreaded C-word: Compromise. Word of advice for anyone out there: choose your battles wisely.

Luckily Mrs Coil is very understanding and in the end we work everything out. Better yet, she even understands Cricket and Australian Football. Infact just before I arrived to Israel she specifically ordered Fox Sports for me. Now if only they would show something useful on it as opposed to the World's Strongest Man and Rodeo


Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

an aussie friend actually explained cricket to me 12 yrs ago and now I can watch the game and understand it. never played it tho.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Wisey said...

And who would have thought that the boonie doll still works!?
He woke me up on Sunday morning asking me to get him Nachos.
You can imagine what I told him!

12:56 AM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

hehe. as long as you make sure everything is done friday morning maybe the wife will let you go play cricket sometimes. can't have you forgetting all the traditions of the commonwealth :P
and your wife is doing well understanding cricket! i just haven't got the patience for it. AFL i enjoy though!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

JC - you want to play on out team?

Wisey - sounds as unkillable as the singing trout

Sarah - Who is your footy team?

4:06 PM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

I said i can understand how it's played, have never played and wouldn't know how to. guess i'll need to learn. do u allow non-aussies to play?

10:26 AM  

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