ang tao came back from the lab just to watch the world cup finale. the afternoon was a surreal portrait of internationality: two chinese guys in america watching a spanish-broadcast of a soccer game taking place in germany between italy and france. i think telemundo's broadcast is way better, more passion (compared to the stale english version on ABC), even though i can hardly understand a thing they're saying. ang tao was rooting for italy and so was i, only because somehow i thought they might be the underdogs because france managed to score first. i've never watched a soccer game from beginning to end, and to be honest, i almost fell asleep. the only player i knew was french captain zidane, whom i recognized from his last game where he traded jerseys with an opposing player after the match (i thought that was a good gesture of sportsmanship). i also liked the way he looked, a very gallic profile. wouldn't you know though, the one person i sort of knew gets thrown out of the game for head-butting an italian player in the chest. it was a weird wtf moment and france didn't deserve to win after that, with italy finally taking the world cup with 5 flawless goal kicks.
later ang tao helped me wash my front steps, in preparation for some eventual varnishing (which my upstairs neighbors might end up doing if i don't do it by next week). he was in charge of scrubbing the dirt with a brush while i manned the hose and sprayed down the steps. afterwards i left for belmont for a family barbecue. since my parents have a photocopy machine, i made copies of the pages of the travel books i won't be bringing with me. this way i can also throw these pages away (to reduce my load) once i've already visited the place.
back at home, i watched some television before working on project N. at this point i can't really think about what's going to happen to this project. all i can do is work on it as much as possible, but i'm pretty sure it won't be finished in time. maybe the client should be more worried than i am. i just know that in 7 more days none of this is going to matter because i'll be thousands of miles away on the other side of the world.