Surprised to see a picture of EJ on my blog?
Well, EJ showed up on Saipan just in time for Valentine's Day. She's here for a few days to help her parents settle the sale of their business. She's their official translator.
As coincidence would have it, she also happened to be here for the Rotary Club of Saipan's 40th Anniversary dinner. Turns out I didn't need a date after all.
EJ and I sat at a table with Pete and Mathilde Igitol (and David Igitol and Karl Reyes). Mathilde is my first cousin. She almost came out to live with us in Massachusetts 25 years ago and when Alex and I visited Saipan as kids, she always made sure to take us out to dinner. If I remember correctly it was usually for teppanyaki at the Hafa Adai Hotel, but that was a long time ago so I may be mistaken.
On Sunday morning I had a soccer game. My team, Wild Bill's Independents, played Onwell, a team composed of mostly Thais (read: lean, fast, and talented).
It was one hell of a game. We managed to keep them scoreless in the first half. We also kept them scoreless in the second half, but we scored on ourselves twice. Yeah, twice. Ouch.
They ended up winning 2-0. Our record is now 2-2-1.
The season is halfway through. We'll play each of the other five teams one more time before heading into the playoffs.
You can see from this team picture that I've put on a few pounds over the last year. That should change in the next few weeks as training for the National Team is set to begin on Tuesday.
That means no more soda or beer for awhile.