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 TV 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 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, and then, a minute later, he remembered there is no longer a West and an East, and corrected himself. (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.