Friday, November 25, 2022

Friday 25 th November 2022…a chuckle!!

 The World Cup soccer game between USA and England not worth mentioning a stale 0 - 0 draw…so here is a chuckle for you!!

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone.  You have to be in Kahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito.  I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane.  They don't have an airport; you have to be

driven there.  I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends,

family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt.  That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit

there too often. 

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense!  It really gets the adrenalin

flowing and pumps up the old heart!  At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, but I don't remember what country I was in.  It's an age thing.  They tell me it is very wet and damp there.

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thursday 24 th November cup of soccer!!

 I am enjoying watching games every day sometimes two games a day…lots of excitement and of course huge upsets one of them being Germany getting beat by Japan…..

I was thrilled to see this photo appear on the internet….

Which typifies what these games should be about…Japanese fans after the game getting bags and picking up the garbage!!

I like this quote…

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Wednesday 23 rd November 2022…a bit of all sorts!!!

 Canada lost a close game to Belgium this morning……..

I love this photo taken today at a Festival of Lights in England……

Left to right my adorable sister in law Janet 

Jill my cousin….

Then my Uncle Bram who is Jill’s Dad….Uncle Bram will be 96 years young next month….

Malc my brother!!!!

Wishing a great day mañana to all my wonderful American friends!!

Stay safe and healthy

Yashi Kochi!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Tuesday 22 nd November 2022….Mexico tie!!!

 Robert Lewandowski had a penalty saved as Poland and Mexico played out a goalless World Cup draw at a fervent Stadium 974.

Captain Lewandowski has never scored in the tournament and his wait continues after a tame effort was kept out by Mexico's veteran goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

The 40,000-capacity venue was filled largely by raucous Mexico supporters and deafening cheers rung round when Lewandowski's shot stayed out.

A forgettable first half saw Alexis Vega head narrowly wide and the only effort on target came when Jorge Sanchez's shot from the angle was pushed away by Wojciech Szczesny.

Hirving Lozano's curling effort from range was straight at the Poland goalkeeper, before the game finally sparked into life in the second half.

But both sides had to settle for a draw after Ochoa, 37, dived the right way to keep out Barcelona striker Lewandowski's penalty, awarded after the referee watched a replay on the pitchside monitor.

Earlier in the day in Group C, Saudi Arabia caused one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history by coming from behind to beat heavily fancied

A wide open group

With Saudi Arabia creating a seismic World Cup moment with their stunning victory, it leaves this group wide open and all four sides will now harbour hopes of reaching the last 16

A tremendous atmosphere at Stadium 974, built using that number of shipping containers, was let down by a poor spectacle on the pitch.

Lewandowski, who has 18 goals in 19 games for Barcelona this season, was jeered by the Mexican supporters throughout the game and had a huge opportunity to silence the opposition supporters.

The striker was brought down in the box by Hector Moreno and after advice from the video assistant referee to review to incident, Australian referee Chris Beath awarded a penalty.

Poland's last five World Cup goals - dating back to 1998 - have all been via set-pieces so you would have banked on the usually reliable Lewandowski to hit the net.

But the 34-year-old extended his goalless run in the competition to 360 minutes by missing the penalty, having also failed to score in the three games four years ago.

The draw means Poland have won just one of their last nine opening World Cup games and the miss could prove crucial as they aim to make it out of the group for the first time since 1986.

Mexico, meanwhile, have made it to the knockout stage at the last eight World Cups but may see this as a missed opportunity against a Poland side that offered very little in attack.

Napoli forward Lozano had their best chances, but a strike from range and flicked header were both kept out by Szczesny, while Uriel Antuna cut in from the right but strangled a shot straight at the goalkeeper late on.

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Koshi!!

Monday, November 21, 2022

Monday 21 st November we go!,

 Just a regular day walked Frida and watched how many soccer games??.  I am not telling!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Saturday 19 th November 2022. and so it begins!!!

 After 12 years of questions, criticisms and conjecture, the Fifa World Cup in Qatar will finally get under way on Sunday.

The build-up to the first tournament to be held in a Muslim country in the Middle East has been overshadowed by a number of controversies.

But Fifa has asked all 32 competing nations to "focus on the football" and hosts Qatar will kick off the tournament against Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium (16:00 GMT).

The home nations that have qualified are in the same group and in action the following day, with England up against Iran (13:00), before Wales play USA (19:00).

BBC Sport looks at the list of controversies, the excitement building on the ground in Qatar, and who could win the World Cup.

Qatar 2022 will go down as one of the most talked about and controversial World Cups in history.

The Gulf country defeated bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States to host the tournament, but there were allegations of widespread corruption in the process, which Qatar have always denied.

In February 2021, the Guardian said 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had died in Qatar since it won its World Cup bid.

The number is based on figures provided by the countries' embassies in Qatar.

However, the Qatar government said the total was misleading, because not all the deaths recorded were of people working on World Cup-related projects. The government said its accident records showed there were 37 deaths among labourers at World Cup stadium construction sites between 2014 and 2020, only three of which were "work-related".

However, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that was an underestimate.

There have been fears over how LGBT fans can expect to be treated given the country's strict adherence to Sharia Law, with homosexuality illegal in Qatar.

Organisations engaging with Fifa over the tournament have said "progress has been slow" and "issues of concern" remain.

UK Pride organisations have called on bars and venues to not screen World Cup matches in a boycott of the tournament.

Players have been urged to use their influence to speak up about the issues in the country and at a news conference in Doha on Thursday, England defender Conor Coady said "we're not politicians".

The Everton defender added: "We'll never be politicians in terms of the way we look at things but, in terms of what the squad has done over the last few years and how much they've helped people, that comes with the territory."

Sepp Blatter, who was the president of Fifa and the man who announced the awarding of the tournament to Qatar in 2010, said last week that decision was a "mistake".

On the day before the tournament, Fifa president Gianni Infantino accused the West of "hypocrisy" in its reporting about Qatar's human rights record.

In an extraordinary monologue at a news conference in Doha, Infantino spoke for nearly an hour and made a passionate defence of Qatar and the tournament.

Temperatures in the summer often reach 50C here, which is why the tournament was moved for the first time to a 'winter' slot, though it is still a balmy 32C during the day and a pleasant 22C in the evening.

It has meant European leagues have been brought to a halt mid-season, with the opening game taking place just a week after the last Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester United.

Three months out from kick-off, the Fifa council approved a request from the South American confederation Conmebol to move the start of the tournament a day earlier than planned.

And just two days before the event, organisers announced fans would not be able to purchase or consume alcohol inside or within the perimeter area of any of the eight stadiums.

At 29 days from start to finish (20 November to 18 December), this will be the shortest World Cup since Argentina 1978.

That means organisers have had to schedule four games most days during the group stages and there is no turnaround time between the groups and the knockout stages, with the last 16 starting the day after the group stages end.

A country which has a population of less than three million, Qatar expects to see a total influx of about 1.2 million visitors from around the world over the next month.

At a briefing last month, Fifa said nearly three million tickets had been soldexternal-link for the tournament, with the host nation topping the list of countries with the highest number of tickets at 37% of sales.

Travelling around the capital of Doha in the days before the opening game, the buzz is palpable with bunting with flags from each competing country lining the streets.

Argentina shirts are by far the most popular choice of kit on show, mostly emblazoned with 'Messi 10' on the back. Lionel Messi - one of the tournament's star attractions - plays for Qatari-owned Paris St-Germain.

The country has spent billions on upgrading its infrastructure and the roads are already busy with locals and supporters from neighbouring Saudi Arabia expected to drive across the border. Fifa shuttle buses can be seen whizzing up and down the streets.

The metro carriages had been quiet early in the week but there was real congestion on the Friday and Saturday, the weekend days in Qatar. Questions remain as to how the system will cope with the arrival of tens of thousands of fans for each of the 64 games.

"It is going to be tough," an attendant at one of the stations told BBC Sport. "The smaller stops should be OK but it is going to be tough at the ones where stadiums are located. There are four matches a day so it will be extremely busy."

The Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park has bright, colourful lights illuminated overhead, with music pumping out at a nearby performance stage - though this is halted for a couple of minutes when the Adhan (call to prayer) is heard from nearby mosques.

Alcohol cannot be consumed in public in the Muslim country, but this rule has been relaxed a little for the tournament as fans can purchase a beverage in restricted areas such as the fan park, though a pint will set you back £12.50.

So with very mixed emotions I will be found most days for the next month in front of the TV set at various hours of the day because since I was 14 months old I have always kicked a soccer ball and had some dreams!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!

Friday, November 18, 2022

friday 18th November 2022….food delivery

 This  afternoon  Lynn and I delivered some food hampers to our regular families but we also delivered quite a lot of food to the family that suffered such devastating injuries when they were hit by a bus last week…..

The mother was released from hospital but she has very serious lower body injuries and is bed ridden, thankfully the two small girls, who are so adorable , suffered minor cuts and bruises and I had some  new books that I gave them……this family needs a lot of support……

The family in the photo is of our friends who live on the road to Los Rodriguez….

like always if you would like to donate cash, food, clothing or any unwanted article I am happy to come and collect….thanks Les

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Thursday 17 th November 2022…doggie day again!!

 I took Scout and Negrita out into the country again this morning after two wonderful hours on the tennis courts….

They love being out and exploring…

 Came home and then walked Frida around CENTRO next week I am going to try taking her out into the country!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Wednesday 16 th November 2022….putter!!

 Spent a lot of time today doing this…..

Of course I did the usual things too…training, winning more money at poker and my great English class tonight!!

stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Tuesday 15 th November 2022…early gift!!

 Christmas came today for me as I treated myself to tickets to this event!!!!

Can you imagine watching these tennis superstars in an historic bull ring?????
My good friends, Teri and Mike and Gregg are also going and Teri and Mike have offered to stay an extra night in the city with me and show me around some of the amazing sights of Mexico City!!!
I am so lucky!!!
Stay safe and healthy

Yashi Kochi!!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Monday 14 th November 2022…smile….




Every morning, the CEO of a large bank in Manhattan walks to the corner for a shoe shine. He sits in an armchair, examines the Wall Street Journal in minute detail while the shoe shiner buffs his shoes to a mirror shine.

One morning the shoe shiner asks the CEO: "What do you think about the situation in the stock market?"
The man answered arrogantly, "Why would you be so interested in that topic?"
The shoe guy replies, "I have millions in your bank," he says, "and I'm considering investing some of the money in the capital market."
"What's your name? " asked the executive.
John H. Smith was the reply.

The CEO arrives at the bank and asks the Manager of the Customer Service Department; "Do we have a client named John H. Smith?
"Certainly, answers the Customer Service Manager, " he is a high-net-worth customer with 12.6 million dollars in his account.”

The executive comes out, approaches the shoe shiner, and says, "Mr. Smith, I would like to invite you 
next Monday to be the guest of honour at our board meeting to tell us the story of your life. I am sure we could all learn something from your life's experience.”

At the board meeting, the CEO introduces him to the board members. "We all know Mr. Smith, from the corner shoeshine stand, but Mr. Smith is also an esteemed customer. I invited him here to tell us the story of his life. I am sure we can learn from him.
Mr. Smith began his story. "I came to this country fifty years ago as a young immigrant from Europe with an unpronounceable name. I got off the ship without a penny. The first thing I did was change my name to Smith. I was hungry and exhausted. I started wandering around looking for a job but to no avail.
Fortunately, I found a coin on the sidewalk. I bought an apple. I had two options, eat the apple and quench my hunger or start a business. I sold the apple for 25 cents and bought two apples with the money. I also sold them and continued in business. When I started accumulating a few dollars, I was able to buy a set of used brushes and shoe polish and started polishing shoes. I didn't spend a penny on entertainment or clothing, I just bought bread and some cheese to survive. I saved penny by penny and after a while, I bought a new set of shoe brushes and polishes in different shades and expanded my clientele. I lived like a monk and saved penny by penny. After a while, I was able to buy an armchair so my clients could sit comfortably while I shined their shoes, and that brought me more clients. I did not spend a penny on the joys of life. I kept saving every cent.

A few years ago, when the very up-market shoe shiner on the main corner decided to retire, I had already saved enough money to buy his shoeshine location at this great superior location, which I promptly did. And then, finally, 6 months ago, my sister, who was a drug dealer in Chicago, passed away and left me 12.6 million dollars."

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sunday 13th November 2022…a mini road trip!!


Year after year thousands of people arrive on horseback, on foot, in trucks or in their own cars in different processions to visit the image of San Martín Caballero , who according to Catholic tradition is protector of the beggars, patron saint of soldiers, merchants, weavers and textile manufacturers, who is venerated in the community of San Martín de Terreros belonging to this municipality.

November 11 is the most important day of the festival, although it always lasts more days, the faithful arrive at the temple located in the area, which, according to tradition, was built by the tireless work of the men and women who carried a stone to take as a donation in the construction of the temple, many carried some sand, they say that the temple was built with it, so many feel proud that the task could be achieved.

Inside the temple, either on their knees or by their own feet, people pray and ask for favors from the image of San Martin Caballero , many others are grateful for the favors obtained, while fulfilling the mandate to go visit him to his temple, in all the main characteristic is the faith that is reflected in the devotion they profess.

Outside the visitor will find hundreds of merchants who offer their products from food to household products, some blankets, as well as sweets, clothes and even parakeets as pets, so after fulfilling the order it is time to stock up with what that is necessary for the house.

Part of me wishes I had visited the town two days ago but today was special to be part of the celebrations !!

Frida is back from doggie camp and we had a good long walk this a great to have her back..

the final tennis tournament of  the season is being played in Turin, the mens finals and I watched a great game this morning!!

stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Thursday 10 th November 2022…doggie day again!!

 Took Scout and Negrita out again into the country quiet and lovely!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Friday 25 th November 2022…a chuckle!!

 The World Cup soccer game between USA and England not worth mentioning a stale 0 - 0 draw…so here is a chuckle for you!! I have been in man...