Love of Arsenal has required compromise, change, and engaging in some activities that are embarrassing to confess.
Technological enhancements required:
- A smart phone
- A HD smart TV
- Cable packages
- Mobile sports apps
Social and religious faux pas committed:
- Frequenting bars, unaccompanied, midday to watch Champions League and FA cup games
- Checking game scores (Arsenal and rivals) on phone
- at church
- during meetings at work
- Skipping church (or sneaking out after communion) to watch games
- Watching weekday games on computer monitor at work
- Showing up at friends’ house early on a Saturday morning with donuts and coffee–that they did not want or need–to watch games on their cable package that was not on ours
Parental obligations failed:
- Missing kid’s soccer (more than I would like), wrestling tournaments (almost all), music recitals (only a few) to watch games
- Asking kids to read Arseblog live game posts while being transported by car, exposing them to unsavory language and concepts
- Requiring children to Christmas in London where mechanics and explanations around Santa caused child’s demand for truth the day we left for London, which I was compelled to deliver.*
Unfortunately, I can’t be absolved for any of these sins because I don’t regret them in the least. In fact, I plan to commit far more in the next year. As you are my witness.
* Lest you think the truth divulged was the common “truth,” which I categorically do not accept, the truth is this: Santa is an Arsenal fan.