I don’t really like globalization. I am the kind of person who doesn’t want one thing or idea to be everywhere. I like the world to be diverse and have different aspects in different areas. Globalization represents the loss of very interesting habits of different areas to myself.
One of the worst cases of globalization i have witnessed is McDonald’s. I went to Europe and the place that seemed to be the most popular hangout was freakin McDonald’s. Even in the nation in which it originated that place isn’t really considered a huge hangout spot. In Rome, it seemed like it was the place to go not only to get cheap food, but also the place to just chill and talk to friends. I meanyou live in Rome, Italy where there are faaaaarrrrrr better things to do then go sit at a McDonald’s. This is ridiculus and it is an example as to why i dislike globalization.
My post for today is going to be on baseball. Baseball is probably at the top of the list of things that i miss most. I have played baseball every year since i was 6 years old and i have never gotten tired of it. I do not know what it is about baseball that i can not resist. I do not like to watch it on tv very often because i usually find it boring. There is just something about the randomness of baseball that i find so appealing. I mean people diss baseball because they say that it is boring to stand in the field for so long only to have the ball hit your way a few times and only get to bat 3 or 4 times in a game. However, i love being in the field and never knowing when someone could smash a baseball straight at you and you get to make the play. Also when you are at the plate and trying to win the mind game with the pitcher. Trying to figure out where he is going to throw it and what pitch it would be. In the major leagues a .300 batting avergae is considered pretty good. Meaning you get a hit every 3 out of 10 at-bats. This means that when you do get a hit it is well worth the wait.
I am choosing the US soccer team for this weeks blog. I am a huge fan of soccer, so of course when the 2010 FIFA World Cup was going on all i did was wake up extremely early to watch the games. The US vs. England game was a huge deal. England was one of the top ranked teams in the world and the US was an average ranked team. The game was not much of a thriller and ended in a 0-0 draw. However, this showed that the US was a force to be reckoned with and the nation took notice. More and more people gained interest in the sport and decided to follow the team. The team went on to draw with Slovenia in the next match and then defeat Algeria to advance out of pool play. Both games had extremely controversial calls and if the correct calls would have been made then the US should have come out with two victories. The team never got down. Even after these terrible calls they kept attacking and showing their extreme resilience. The last second game-winning goal by Landon Donovan against Algeria was further proof of this. Once again the nation took notice. People began to get behind the team for support. Soccer has never been had a huge fan base in the US but, it was growing fast. The team took on the form of inspiration for the nation. Then the US was matched up with Ghana. The US was met with a stingin 2-1 defeat in overtime. The US had opportunities, but unfortunately could not cash them in. Even with this loss the team was welcomed back to the country as heroes. They marked the beginning of soccer becoming a national pastime in the nation.
I gotta say if i could choose any decade to be living in it would have to be the 1780’s. Why would i pick that long ago? Simply because it was the decade in which the American Reovultionary War ended. This is one of if not THE greatest moment in our nation’s history. Everyone was excited and overrun with joy. This was the decade in which we took the the largest world power at the time. This was a truly a time when it was great to be an American. You would get to witness one of the proudest moments for our people in our nation’s history. Also, this would be around when George Washington took presidency. Washington is perhaps my favorite president of all time. I loved that he thought that having different political parties was a bad idea. I also loved his attitude towards presiding over the nation. These are a few reasons why i would choose the 1780’s as my decade to live in.
Wagon Wheel definitely has an impact on me. Back in my hometown this song was sung at every party, hangout, or anytime we had a group of people. The lyrics and sound just give off a homey feeling that is impossible to ignore. It takes me back to the countryside i call home. It reminds me of all the people that i no longer see. The voice in the song just draws you in and brings back memories that will never be lost. The fiddle band is definitely a part of the culture of tennessee and a part of my hometown. This song will definitely be a part of me for a very long time and it is definitely one of my favorites of all time.