If you are just returning from another planet, it may be news to you that the World Cup begins today in Brazil. If you've been on Earth, you've probably heard more about it than you care to.
Is it me, or has there been more hype about the World Cup this year than in the past?
As far as I can recall, soccer didn’t exist in the United States when I was a kid, at least not for girls. Although our children played from third grade through college and we watch our grandchildren play when we can, we never have paid much attention to the World Cup.
I do remember one time watching a conga line of cars with honking horns and screaming fans in brightly-colored shirts hanging out the windows celebrating victory in whatever country we happened to be biking through one World Cup summer. I wasn’t sure what all the excitement was about.
But this time, I will be watching. Watching to see if Brazil has met its huge preparation challenge. Watching to see if the U.S. can beat Ghana. And hoping to catch a glimpse of our son Seth, aka The New York Times Frugal Traveler, who is making his way there frugally via, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. He (and Joe Biden) will be at the game in Natal on June 16th.