Thursday, December 29, 2011
Earlier today, we watched part of a hockey game on television. We're in Canada through the New Year; every time we turn on the television in our hotel room, or walk into a restaurant with a television in its bar, or exercise at the hotel fitness center, we've discovered we'll likely be able to watch hockey. One of the teams playing at that moment had the initials 'WGA'; Abbott asked what they stood for. Alexi replied that it must be the West German something or other. A minute later, he remembered there is no longer a West and an East, and corrected himself. I hadn't even noticed his error. (Turns out, WGA stands for Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams!) In high school, in 1988, Alexi got to play hockey in Czechoslovakia, a year before the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we talked about his experiences there I got goosebumps. I distinctly remember hearing the news when the wall fell so many years ago, and not being able to believe my ears.