In Search of ESPN

Yesterday we had two goals. One was to watch the Germany/Ghana game of the World Cup. The second was to eat dinner with Walter’s cousin Erik and his wife Tammy. Since we can’t get ESPN here where we are staying, we decided to drive up to Denver at lunchtime and eat in a sports bar where we could watch the game. I did some research and found a sports bar that was not too far away from where Erik and Tammy live. I went on their website, wrote down the address, and entered it into Delilah (our GPS).

It was a beautiful drive up to Denver despite the bumper-to-bumper traffic. We followed Delilah’s instructions to get to the restaurant, and we found the address without trouble. The trouble was that the address was a house in a neighborhood made up of other houses. It was most certainly not a restaurant.

By now it was getting close to kick-off time, and Walter was very frustrated. We pulled into a shopping center and I went back on the restaurant’s website on my phone and wrote down the their phone number. When I called and explained our predicament, the waitress gave me the restaurant’s address and guess what? It was NOT the one on the website! Now why would a place of business have a website with the wrong address on it? It doesn’t even make sense!

Delilah tried to get us to the new address, but we somehow both didn’t see the place, so I had to call again. This time we were just yards away, literally, and we soon made it to the right parking lot. Of course, by the time we walked in and parked ourselves in front of the big screen, the game had been going on for 20 minutes!

We had a good lunch while watching the game and then left to kill time until supper time. We got a drink at Starbucks and stayed there for as long as we could stand it. Then Walter went for a walk and I went back to the car and took a nap. Finally we went to a nearby store to buy some flowers for Tammy and then headed over to Erik’s house.

We had a great time visiting and eating out on Erik and Tammy’s lovely deck. Walter and Erik told stories of their daredevil deeds as kids growing up in Germany. An adorable baby rabbit appeared in the yard and didn’t seem to be afraid of us at all.

Finally, we said our goodbyes and headed back to Colorado Springs. Today we went to church with our host family and then enjoyed a cookout this afternoon. We also watched the Algeria/South Korea game and the USA/Portugal game, which were actually on broadcast TV today. Mercy and her friend Rachel came and we had a good time of fellowship.

Tomorrow: Pike’s Peak!

And finally, on a much sadder note, I awoke this morning to the news that a longtime friend and high school classmate of mine is now in Glory. Gary was a fellow Zambian MK and a great gospel singer and a funny guy. He will be greatly missed.

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