‘Tis the season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. ‘Tis the weekend to finish shopping.
Speaking of shopping, Beans and I happened to be at the office yesterday and we were rapping about whats going on this weekend. We have an annual gathering of old friends around the holidays and this year a buddy of ours picked a watering hole located very close to a pretty popular shopping area.
Its not exactly a mall, but here in SoCal we have a lot of those open air retail / entertainment / experience places that combines shopping and restaurants and whatevs all designed to get in your pockets in an extreme way…. thats not important, whats important is 10 to 12 really good friends are going to get together and hang, drink, tell some old stories, tell some familiar jokes, etc. *
But, we also realized how crazy its going to be to park because of the fact that its the final weekend before the holiday AND a Saturday night in a very popular place.
That led to the question of, “Have you got all of your shopping done?”… Which led to us talking about books… which led to me looking around the office at some of the soccer books that we have…. which led me to say, “Hey, we should do a post about soccer books. You know, kind of a last minute thing for ideas if our guys and gals haven’t gotten all of their stuff sorted yet.”
Here are some of the better titles we have around the office.
Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer, Paperback – by David Goldblatt
Papers in the Wind, Paperback – by Eduardo Sacheri
Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World’s Greatest Sports Rivalry, Paperback – by Sid Lowe
Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet, Paperback – by Shane Stay
Goooal: A Celebration Of Soccer, Paperback – by Andreas Cantor
Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey, Paperback – by James Montague
…and of course, two of the latest drops that we haven’t got at the office yet:
Coming Out to Play, Paperback – by Robbie Rogers and Eric Marcus
The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them, Hardcover – by Tim Howard
….and while you are at it, you should subscribe and give gift subscriptions to HOWLER MAGAZINE
* This has become a Christmas tradition for our team by the way… we used to do the white elephant thing or the secret santa thing or the whatever gift giving tradition thing, but about 7 or 8 years ago decided that was kind of silly. Ended up being too many people to shop for as the group grew and got kind of expensive, so someone had a brilliant idea (me!) that instead of all the extra shopping and gift-giving and trying to sort out getting everything to everyone (a bigger headache than you can imagine), lets make our gift to each other, each other.
As you probably know by now, more than anything, we just like getting the guys and the gals together and spending time. So, the suggestion was instead of spending hundreds on gifts, lets all just bring x-amount-of-dollars one night and have dinner and drinks and whatever would follow that as our gift to each other. We make sure that we make the time to spend time. Its works splendidly and works better and better as families have grown to includes children and things like that. The team always makes sure to get together.