SXSW 2007

This is my travel blog. It started as a way for people to keep up with my trip to Australia to watch the 2006/7 Ashes series, and continued with my trip to SXSW 2007 in Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas in March '07.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

It was a rather sonambulent Sunday's days play today. The close of play score of 312-5 contained approximately 280 runs and 4 wickets in the day. For long periods in the afternoon the most exitement in the ground was whether a mexican wave could be started in the ground and if so would the perpetrators be ejected for starting it? For the record a few circuits of the ground were managed which then provoked a rather schoolmasterish response from the stadium announcer that this was not permitted and if it was repeated whoever started it would be thrown out. Whatever happened to the Outback spirit?
One small flashpoint in the morning occurred when Harmison attempted a yorker at Ponting. It came out as a knee high full toss which Ponting lost sight of and attempted to duck and got nearly beaned on the helmet. There was a bit of staring and hard looks but as confrontations go it was about on a par with an argument between 2 suburban dads over who's got the biggest garden. It was that sort of day. No-one could really manage too much emotion or effort either way.
Anyway I would say the game is still in the balance. A couple of early wickets tomorrow would give England a definite advantage, whereas a good session for Australia would tilt things their way. It seems to be a wicket that once you get in on you make the most of it.
I have also discovered that Moz has an alter ego - Shoelace Man. Where ever there are people with untied shoelaces Shoelace Man is duty bound to inform them of that fact, thereby relieving himself of the responsibility if they later trip and fall over on their faces. No less than 3 times on our way to and from the ground has Shoelace Man made himself known to the world, only to disappear in an instant after doing good and fighting evil in the form of untied laces. What would we do without him?


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