For a brief moment in time, the Mason Men's Soccer team had a free weekend. So what did we do? Eight players crammed into the kitchen of a student apartment, huddled around a television. Two of the eight sat on a dilapidated couch sweating intently, thumbs flashing frantically over the joysticks of a Playstation 2 console. We were playing FIFA '08, or virtual soccer. For six hours we sat there, transfixed. It wasn't the layman's video game experience mind you. Our "virtual" games are spattered with real physical contact. It is not uncommon for you to be shoved, smacked, and or kicked to the floor while playing a game in the apartment, which has been dubbed, "The Lounge". It's serious business, playing in The Lounge. There are rules: Winner must stay on the controls until he is beaten. If you turn off the game while playing you are never allowed to play again. And to play, you must contribute chips, gatorade, candy, or a pizza to The Lounge's snack stash.
But after six hours, your thumbs blister and you get hungry. So off we ventured through halls of Tyson's Corner. I've never been a big mall guy and I've never understood the pleasure of spending endless hours spending endless money. But I played along, I bought a jacket off the clearance rack and a sweater. Then I watched as our big bad center back and others transformed into 16 year-old girls. The day's shopping can be paraphrased with this sentence, uttered by a 190LB Jersey boy: "Fossy, look at these jeans...they're nice right, but my ass is just too big."
It was time to get out of H&M. We wandered into the movie theater. As if we hadn't spent enough already (the day's top spender will remain unnamed, suffice to say he spent more than $449 and less than $451). After our awesome student discount, we each paid $10.50 to see American Gangster. Of course, of COURSE, you need popcorn and a soda when you're at the theater. I saw something in line that left me absolutely stunned. The theater was offering combo deals on popcorn and hot dogs at the concession. A popcorn or hot dog with a soda, $11. Now the price didn't surprise me - movie theater food is outrageous. What was amazing was the fact that a soda without food was $4.50 and popcorn and the hot dog without a drink were $5.00 each.
I needed to make this discovery known.
"Hi can I help you?" The popcorn guy asked.
"Yeah, see your soda/popcorn combo for $11?" I questioned.
"Umm, yea." He replied.
"Well, if I just order a soda and popcorn without the combo, I actually save a dollar fifty." I pointed out.
"Sooo, why would anyone ever get a combo?" I wondered.
"Uh, I dunno." What a very astute popcorn guy.
After the movie we drove back to campus, but not before stopping at Ike's, the all-night diner. Ike's is a funny place. Especially at 2am. There is some change in students, I believe on the molecular level, when out in public at 2am. No matter what your BAC happens to be, you are required to stagger around the room, throw your arm around someone's shoulder and slur, "Whut Uppp?" After several whut ups and a few staggers, we made our way back to the apartment. Another two hours of FIFA with a break in between to watch these two webgems (That Ticking Noise, Cosmic Rays) and we were ready for bed....but not before another meal. Back to Ike's (stagger, whut upppp?).
Only 67 more days until Spring training.