NICK: Flankeys is the place for World Cup

Trip Start Jan 25, 2006
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Sunday, June 11, 2006

One of the foreigners in our apartment building, Will, (who's also Kristi's boyfriend) mentioned that the world cup was happening.. We tried to scrounge a group together to go and see the game at one of the larger bars, Flankey Kobayashi.

Oddly enough, I think the sign means to say "Frankie Kobayashi" but whatever, the picture of the guy in their logo looks old, so he's probably dead and it doesn't matter anyways.

I'm not a huge soccer fan, or any sport for that matter, but I do like to watch the top competitions (World Cup/Series, Superbowl, etc.). We went to go watch the game between England and some other country. I stopped watching since it was a boring game, and there were more interesting things happening in the bar around us.

We first got there to get a table so we wouldn't have to stand during the entire match. Our entire group: Ashleigh, Kristi, Will, Brian, Rachel, Glen and myself snagged any of the tables we could find which could possibly see any of the 7 randomly located televisions.

What struck me as odd is that not all of the televisions were tuned to the game. Some were obviously satellite feeds for the World Cup game, and others looked like it was a typical Japanese talk show and had no images of the game on.

The TV that was directly visible from our table was unfortunately tuned to the latter, and I was trying to figure out a way to ask one of the bartenders to change it to the game. I then realized that what I thought was a talk show, was actually a sports show. Whenever there was an exciting point in the game, the hosts of the show got really excited as they watched something.

Turns out the something they were watching was the world cup game... Basically, the TV program/station didn't pay to get rights to display the game on TV, nor use any images of the players. Their solution was to have the cameras focused on the hosts of the TV show while THEY watched the game. They commentated on who had the ball, and goals and passing and such, but they didn't show the actual match.

Odd.

Rachel has mentioned that there are foreign guys who go around and try to pick up on Japanese women. During the course of the game, we met a couple of the inverse of that. Glen, who works at another English school, ran into one of the students that comes to his school. He came back to our table with his beer and we resumed talking about stuff. Five minutes later, she sat down right next to Glen and started talking to both of us.

I was a little surprised at this, but she was friendly and I didn't object to meeting someone new, so we all talked and drank for a while. After 20 mins of talking, Ashleigh, who was sitting at a different table right next to us leans over and asked me something. I answered back and talked to Ashleigh for a little bit.

I looked over back at Glen and the chick was gone! I asked Glen where she went, he shrugged.

He leaned over the table and said, "it might have something to do with Ashleigh. She looked at her, asked me if that was your girlfriend. I told her yes, and she said 'Oh, she's cute', and then excused herself and left."

Guess Ashleigh scared her away. (-:

Later, after I'd joined Ashleigh at the next table, the next one came. This one sat right next to Ashleigh and asked her, in a very drunk and sad way if she knew any single English speaking men.

"What about that one?" as she pointed to where Will had been sitting.

"nope, he's got a girlfriend, she's right there." Ashleigh pointed her out.

"What about him?" She pointed to Glen.

"He's married." at which point the girl started groaning this horrible groan and whining a terrible whine.

"I haven't had a boyfriend in 2 years. Why are all the men with girlfriends?.... What about him?"

She pointed at me.

"Sorry, he's my boyfriend." At which this girl let out an even bigger groan, and another whine.

"See? Please help me find a boyfriend. I don't want to be alone anymore."

Ashleigh then took her around the bar and tried to hook her up with any white guy standing there without a woman.

Ashleigh kept asking me if we could leave, but I was having too much fun watching her try to set up this poor, pathetic, groaning, whining, desperate girl. She came back after each failed attempt.

I did like that she was carrying a balloon contorted into the shape of animal ears. I put them on and much to Ashleigh's chagrin, proceeded to wear it for most of the night.

Lots of people took pics of me wearing my bunny ears. Ashleigh just looked devastated.

Eventually we met up with Roni, one of my co-workers. Her group of foreigners were going to another club after the game, and so we tagged along. The rest of the group went to another club.

It was a lot of fun hanging out with Roni's group - they're a good time for drinkin' and dancing.

We went back home around 3 or so, since I'd worked a full day and Ashleigh has a hard time staying awake for long periods of time.

Later on, we heard from Will that the whiny groany girl was sitting outside Flankey's when they rode home at 4 in the morning. She was alone and apparently still looking very morose.
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