Posted by jukkahoo
... happening. Been, that is. Mostly work, since there is that again. Something though.
The EURO´04 Championships have been entertaining and full of surprises. The Great ones have fallen one by one, mostly due to that pesky Greece. Greeks are in the final! With Portugal. Both teams are coached by a foreign coach (Rehakles and Big Phil), both have never won anything (in terms of adult football success) and both are relatively minor league teams. Portugal is a definitive favourite, with more world-class players (as the saying goes) and the pretty much fanatic support of the home crowd, but those Greek-fans are pretty loud and actually beyond fanaticism as it comes to supporting. In a good way, let's hope. This could go either way.
My "beloved" Czechs managed to clinch the defeat from the jaws of victory, as is now popular to say. They should have won the game, but alas! This time strategy and willpower outnumbered skill and... whatnot. Elán. I'm not too stressed about this, I could've lived with each and every one of the last Four (4th being Holland), though I least like the orange-shirts. My before-games prediction was eerily good. I picked 6/8 of qualifyiers (Spain and Italy being the wrong ones) and my last Four were 3/4 (with Spain in place of Greece). Final being Portugal-Czech with the latter winning.
I'm going with Portugal. It may finally become the "Brasil of Europe". It only needed real Brasilians in order to make it thus far. Go Deco, go Big Phil! Campéaos!
Oh, and I saw a doctor (9th?) again. She was a very nice (Russian?) woman called Shabasavskaja (or thereabouts). We share the year of birth and regarding that, thought that we're not really that old - if old at all. Prime of our life, barely 25.
And she told me that all the results from the tests were good, within all normal parameters and even my gout seems to be a thing of the far future, as my urine acid levels are less than they were last time. Yowza! Yahoo! Yatzy! Yello! Yonkers! Next check: October.
Yesterday was the day of the annual Helsinki SF Associations Suomenlinnan Kesäretki. The person in charge of the weather has been taken care of.
Some stup... brave souls decided to brace the elements and apparently spent several un-godly hours in the tunnels of Kustaanmiekka. Considerably more intelligent people (like myself and some Turku-fen) never ventured to the Naval Fortress of Elemental Misery and Dampness, but headed straight-away to the Helsinki University SF Clubhouse and had a decent picnic there, in warm and... in relatively pleasant conditions. At least there weren't any bananaflies around. The Stormtroopers managed to reach mainland and the Clubhouse around 7PM and much fun was had by all.
I've read very little lately, with Euro´04 and all that work, but I hope things will turn out differently soon. More when that happens.
There is also the little thing called Finncon happening soon. Next weekend actually. See you there?