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June 21, 2010

Lazy Monday Poll: Treason Edition

Filed under: Lazy Poll,Sports — Miss Plumcake @ 12:30 pm

Y’all, I am not even prepared to talk about how England is doing in the World Cup. I mean, exactly how many t-shirts do I have to wear before they stop choking like, well, like something I’m not going to say but is really funny?  I was running around church last week wearing my lucky England football t-shirt –the one with the neck cut out— and I spent the whole day IN THE SERVICE OF THE LORD looking like an extra from Flashdance who happened to have an unfortunate thyroid problem and STILL you choke? What tiny frogs, England? This is your national game. Shouldn’t you, like, BE GOOD AT IT? Whatever happened to the spirit of 66? Is it like Paul McCartney where you were awesome all through the 60’s and then committed the rest of your life to making people who want to love you stab themselves in the face? I mean look at America: we win the World Series every freakin’ year. POL POT has had a better year more recently than you have. GEEZE.

<deep breath>


What’s been going on with you? Are you, like me, perhaps a touch over-invested in THE GREATEST SPORTING EVENT IN THE WORLD (with the Navy/St John’s croquet tournament coming in a close but respectable second) or do you hate freedom and happiness and are ignoring the whole thing?  I’ve mostly been watching soccer, going to the gym, and talking admirable levels of smack about both the English (choke) and the French (who have been confirming my theory that all hot French men are really 12 year old girls 2 days before their first boy/girl dance). As my pal Joey –a professional sportscaster and Important Person Who Knows Stuff– says “They put up the white flag and surrendered again. I don’t know how those other stripes even GOT there.”


  1. Despite the extreme morning person (which I am not) nature of this World Cup I have been enjoying it.

    While I always cheer for England, I perversely enjoy their chokeage. It is just so baroque but still somehow English. The blaming of random people – Diego Maradona, Sven Goran Eriksson, Robert Green’s girlfriend – is frothy and delightful. And drawing with the undeserving USA – Argh!

    Plus I am enjoying all the men taking their shirts off after the matches. Yum!

    Comment by Abby — June 21, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  2. As of this morning, we can all look toward the AELTC for relief. It provides hot men in shorts AND fierce ladies in fashionable whites… what could be better?

    Comment by Deb — June 21, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

  3. I’m just trying to avoid the blasted thing, but it has taken over my house. A girlfriend tells me that her husband sends her to the spa every weekend during the World Cup. I had to settle for Target. I’ll have to remember the spa trick for next time.

    Comment by Meg — June 21, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

  4. @Abby: The US team is playing very sophisticated soccer considering soccer is not the national obsession here that it is anywhere else, and I am totally proud of the team, an average team playing great soccer is better than a great team playing average soccer.

    @Deb: RUGBY!

    @Meg: I’m sorry you hate everything that is good and true in the world, but yeah. Spa weekend is WAY better than Target. Get on that.

    Comment by Plumcake — June 21, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

  5. As an exiled Brit I’m happy to report that I’m completely oblivious to the World Cup, but there are 2 things worth mentioning…first off, England are supposed to lose! That whole 1966 thing was an abberation…the deal is, Brits invent the games, then send them off worldwide to people who are actually good at them. And secondly, without wishing to stir up a whole hornets’ nest…who, apart from the USA, actually plays in the World Series? Because unless a goodly proportion of ‘the world’ (or at least, various sports teams from various places around the globe) are competing, isn’t it really the USA series?

    Comment by madame suggia — June 21, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

  6. @Suggia: Uh, that was the joke. Although Toronto won the pennant in 92, and I think Canadia (where the Canadans live) is still technically a separate country.

    Comment by Plumcake — June 21, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

  7. I don’t care for football of either the American or international variety — more of a baseball fan — but there is something about England doing badly that pleases my Irish-American heart, just a wee little bit.

    Comment by Mifty — June 21, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

  8. I think the World Series thing was meant to be a joke. Though we do let the Canadians in every now and then.

    I would be paying more attention to the World Cup, but it starts at 4 am here in the far West, and I’m just not ready to give up that much of my sleep to watch Italians roll around on the ground and pretend their shins hurt.

    By the way, does anyone have any idea how one would wear bright red, below-the-knee, patent leather boots without looking like Wonder Woman? I’m having some trouble with this.

    Comment by daisyj — June 21, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

  9. @Mifty: See, baseball I just do. not. get. My Irish friend Audrey says she has to support England in the Cup, but I think it’s traitorous. Whatever happened to holding a grudge?!

    @DaisyJ, I’d have to see the boots, but I’d err on the side of “one doesn’t”

    Comment by Plumcake — June 21, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  10. @Plumcake, oh yes, totally agree re team USA. Their playing is inspired, “undeserving” was to do with relative fan bases and intl. attitudes towards US soccer. They are doing really well, and WON THAT GAME ARGH.

    Comment by Abby — June 21, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

  11. I’m not paying any attention to it for two reasons: 1. I hate soccer with a passion second only to my hatred of cherries and raisins (well, ok, so it’s third, but that doesn’t sound as good) and 2. it’s baseball season.

    I could try to explain my enjoyment of baseball, but it would be like soccer fans trying to explain their love of soccer to me, so it’s best to don a polite smile and leave each to their own taste :).

    And I’m fairly sure the World Series thing was a joke. I wish it was really global – I used to love watching Olympic baseball and softball and wept (figuratively) when they were cut from the games.

    Comment by TropicalChrome — June 21, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

  12. Plumcake Says:

    June 21st, 2010 at 1:56 pm
    @Suggia: Uh, that was the joke. Although Toronto won the pennant in 92, and I think Canadia (where the Canadans live) is still technically a separate country.

    Aaah, now that’s what happens when I try to comment when I’m still coming down from my hideously painful & sweat inducing body conditioning work-out.

    Comment by madame suggia — June 21, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

  13. These are the boots, and as much as they charm me I’m afraid you may be right. Which is too bad, because I’ve already purchased them, in a fit of wine-induced optimism, and I’m not sure I can send them back. On the plus side, they are waterproof, so perhaps I can excuse them as a silliness for rainy days.

    Comment by daisyj — June 21, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

  14. @Daisyj: ooooh…yeah. Those are going to be problematic. The best I can think of is with a totally head-to-toe charcoal gray outfit, including opaque gray tights, gray skirt and gray sweater all in heavy or at least texturally rich knits and then maybe something modern and German in the way of a big bracelet.

    Comment by Plumcake — June 21, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

  15. Although I’m supposed to support the Italians (I love you, Gigi!), the New Zealanders were totally adorable and I love an underdog, so I totally celebrated when they won yesterday.

    Comment by klee — June 21, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

  16. @Plumcake Yeah, I was thinking the gray thing too. I’ll see if I can pull that together on the next rainy day and let you know how it. goes.

    Comment by daisyj — June 21, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  17. I theoretically support England for my husband, France for the bar and Argentina as a last resort for my favorite bartender and so far I’m feeling two very grim strikes. New Zealand was really fun to see win, I mean, draw, against Italy though.

    Comment by Violet — June 21, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

  18. Well, you are encouraging me to go exercise. I too love my green stability ball. I don’t really get following sports. Never did. Although, the local San Francisco bay area teams can be heartbreaking.

    I’d tuck dark blue jeans into the boots and add one of those cute, short mini-trench raincoats (in a neutral color). Maybe a scarf, but that’s just me.

    Comment by Debs — June 21, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  19. (looks up, startled)

    Huh? There’s a sporting event going on? That happens in between Olympic years?

    Me? I’ve been deforesting my frightening backyard, prepping for the cancer walk next saturday, and cooking up yummy things.

    I have no time for soccer… though I definitely prefer it to baseball.

    Comment by Twistie — June 21, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

  20. Shopping! I’ve finally got a good base with Illamasqua foundation and powders, and a whole lot of luscious Dior lipstuff. Also, a darling heather-coloured linen dress and silver sandals to wear out tomorrow in the sun.

    The whole World Cup thing has completely gone over my head. I’ve been tearing my hair out about the Gaza flotilla and the US warships in the Suez canal. What’s a nice girl to do these days?

    Comment by Frances — June 21, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

  21. I’m kicking bootie in the Cup office pool, if I do say so my immodest self. Nobody else is even close, not even my footie-crazed Mexican and Brazilian graduate students, who are deeply annoyed at me for doing so well. The last time it was up we were already in Portugal for the summer and could enjoy it during the same rough time zone. I am still trying to deliver the last of my writing to last week’s deadline (yes, I nuck), all the while trying to pack up the household, get the dogs to my brother in San Francisco, get the housesitting student squared away, and get self and spouse and writing projects on a plane to Estoril for the rest of the summer.

    @Frances It’s very clear that Illamasqua foundation and silver sandals are the Right Things to Do, even given how rotten the world is.

    Comment by Lisa — June 21, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  22. True, Lisa. I will be well dressed and made-up just in case the Rapture DOES actually happen.

    The Illamasqua foundation is fabbo. I’m really loving their stuff, I plan to go again tomorrow and mess about with their eye shadows.

    Comment by Frances — June 21, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

  23. @Frances, I am DYING with jealousy. I really want to try the illamasqua stuff because the Chapman sisters love it so much. You must report back!

    @Lisa, I’m seething with jealousy over you, too. I want to go to Portugal! Wah!

    @Twistie, are you talking in euphemisms again? The first real wax of the summer is always a doozy.

    Comment by Plumcake — June 21, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

  24. @Debs, I root for soccer teams based on the men I’ve dating from their respective countries. For example, my first real love was Dutch, but he broke my heart into like a bazillion pieces because I wasn’t good looking enough (he looked like Leonardo DiCaprio but now he looks like Ooter from the Simpsons. Vengeance is a dish best served bloated) so I hope they lose. I had a big crush on a German physicist grad student when I was 15, so I hope Germany does well. A guy I’m currently seeing is maghrebi and played soccer for Italy so I want to see good things happen for Algeria and Italy. It’s a complicated system.

    Comment by Plumcake — June 21, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

  25. U-S-A! U-S-A!

    Comment by dcsurfergirl — June 21, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

  26. Plum,

    Re: Illamasqua

    First off, ten thumbs up for the Rich Liquid Foundation. I’m fairly dark-skinned, about MAC NC45 and in the RLF, I wear RF240. It’s ultra-pigmented, full-coverage but doesn’t feel heavy. Bit drying, though, so I wear it with the Matt Primer which is just ok. The shade range is great, purest white to pitch black.

    The cream blusher is lovely. Loads of shades and a subtly dewy finish. Intense Lipglosses are great, Sheer Lipglosses good but not undupeable.

    The eyeshadows are particularly interesting to me. You mentioned some time ago that shimmer can tend to look a bit cheap and now I’m starting to see that. I still like shimmer and frost finishes but I’m really getting into mattes and Illamasqua? Does great mattes, including a screaming yellow and true red. I believe of the 50 or so shades of eyeshadows, 40 are mattes and the rest shimmer.

    A huge counter draw for me is the makeup artists/sales assistants. The ones I’ve met are some of the nicest, most helpful people I’ve ever encountered in retail. It’s genuinely a pleasure to drop ridiculous amounts of cash there :-)

    Plus, they gave me two free pencils with my foundation purchase. What’s not to like? You must try it, Plum. The mattes!

    Comment by Frances — June 21, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  27. @daisyj Wow is all I say. They really do look stunning. I would get those in yellow myself if I could. Since they are quite a statement I would pair those boots with either the charcoal colours hinted at earlier or darker greens. A skirt is the best bet since using trousers/tights/leggings would transform you into a superhero.
    Another option is to say “Drama!” and if you ever go on a holiday to any Eastern European country: Pair those shoes with tight black pants and a fake fur preferably leopard and your all set! You’ll look like a regular russian new-money millionaire. That was what my dear SO said when he saw the boots anyway ;)

    Comment by Ravna — June 22, 2010 @ 5:10 am

  28. As an American living in England, I’m just relieved that the US/England game ended in a tie. I don’t have to justify or defend anything to anyone.

    I’m also very glad to have a husband who’s as apathetic about sports as I am. We can both ignore the hysteria in the comfort of our own home.

    Comment by BSAG — June 22, 2010 @ 6:53 am

  29. I love those boots. Love them. Winters here (Wisconsin) are so long and dreary that I would welcome any bit of color and whimsy. I would wear those with pretty much anything: jeans, a simple dress, a black skirt. I like the idea of the animal print top, but don’t know if I could get away with it myself.

    In a place where people where Green Bay Packers sweatershirts, Crocs and jeans to church, there is a lot of room to go up on the clothing scale. These boots increase the outfit wowness average of the room simply by being leathah.

    Comment by The gold digger — June 22, 2010 @ 9:32 am

  30. @Plumcake: Nope, not a euphemism. Every time I think I’ve got the @$#%$%! ferns under control, they spawn more. I’m about ready to just napalm the backyard.

    Comment by Twistie — June 22, 2010 @ 10:57 am

  31. And secondly, without wishing to stir up a whole hornets’ nest…who, apart from the USA, actually plays in the World Series? Because unless a goodly proportion of ‘the world’ (or at least, various sports teams from various places around the globe) are competing, isn’t it really the USA series?

    Bit of trivia: the World Series is actually the World Series, as in named after its original sponsor, the long-defunct newspaper The New York World from the days of yellow journalism and about a gazillion New York dailies all looking for ways to distinguish themselves. I believe the name was bestowed somewhere around the turn of the last century and stuck long after globalism and the demise of the namesake paper rendered it a little silly.

    I don’t have cable, so haven’t caught too many games, but the TVs at the gym are tuned to ESPN. So I have to ask, when did Alexei Lalas start looking like he should be named Chip?

    Comment by zuzu — June 22, 2010 @ 11:46 am

  32. when did Alexei Lalas start looking like he should be named Chip?


    Per wiki, Alexi Lalas is half Greek. Red headed Greeks named Chip? Really. (My husband is half Greek as well, but his half really took over, genetically speaking.)

    I knew there was a reasonable explanation, re The World Series. Good to know!

    Comment by Abby — June 22, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

  33. C’mon, tell me he doesn’t look like a Chip here.

    He used to look like this. No wonder I didn’t recognize him.

    Comment by zuzu — June 22, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

  34. Total Chip, but not unattractive, and I’d like whatever reverse aging secret he’s got. Clever marketing to explain “soccer” to suspicious Americans – use a Chip! Chip wouldn’t try to sell you on some communist sissy game!

    Comment by Abby — June 23, 2010 @ 11:28 am

  35. @daisyj: I love that fastening! Finally, a pair of tall boots that would close over my calves!

    Comment by The Accidental Tangoiste — June 24, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

  36. Daisyj, I’m still wondering why you don’t want to look like Wonder Woman. I mean, she’s a hot, tough, badass superhero. Work it. Just maybe not in star-studded granny panties.

    Comment by Jezebella — June 25, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

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