Monday, February 04, 2008

We won, they lost

Not a one of you would be surprised to learn that I couldn't have cared less who won the Superbowl, even if the game was played a mere 20 or so miles west of here, at Glendale. Where I come from we'd call it a suburb of Phoenix but I now know better than to commit that sin. I still remember the withering glance I got from a waitress in a restaurant in Huntington Beach when I made the mistake of saying it was in Los Angeles. Hey, I'm used to seeing world maps that show a blob called Los Angeles that encompasses the area within fifty miles!

Andrew spent the weekend in a Patriotic fervor, undaunted by Giants. Came the game itself and he shocked me by forsaking, for the second time in a week, World of Warcraft and gluing himself to the TV set. I suppose I shouldn't have been shocked; he'd been talking about the Patriots all week, with 'we're going to win' this and 'we're going to kick ass' that, and so on.

In the event the Giants won. A doleful Andrew emerged from his room and announced that 'they lost'. A pointed question or two to put that news into its proper context and I asked 'don't you mean *we* lost?'. No, he affirmed, 'we' didn't lose, 'they' lost.

This isn't the first time I've observed this phenomena. Last summer when the Phoenix baseball team (whatever they're called) was on top it was 'we won' but when they lost a game it was 'they lost'.

I fear it's going to take some time to make him understand the concept of the fairweather friend!

3 comments:

Colin Angus Mackay said...

Good luck with that! I've found that people who are "fairweather friends" just can't see it for themselves.

Colin Angus Mackay said...

And I hope that someone else was using your PC and it wasn't you that was listening to Aqua's "Barbie Girl" 11 hours ago!

Rob said...

Oh yes it was me listening to Aqua :-) Everyone here knows it's more than their life is worth to touch *my* PC!