Living 5 hours ahead of the east coast of the US, 7 hours from our other home and 8 hours from our westernmost family can make it tricky to navigate keeping in touch. It definitely involves some planning and results in some inbound middle of the night texts which we generally, but not always, sleep through. We manage though and if the pandemic did one thing for the good, it made our people way more comfortable with Skype, FaceTime, Teams, etc. (and probably forced their creators to up their game, I remember pre-COVID/full time work Teams and it was lacking in many ways).
So, as many in America settled into their bowls of chips and guacamole, chicken wings and pizzas (or whatever floats your boat) and the National Anthem rang out across the homeland, we were settling into bed at 11:30pm hoping that the recording we set would work so we could sit down over our breakfast sandwiches and coffee and watch the whole shebang, start to finish, every commercial, Dr Dre, Eminem and Snoop Dogg, every field goal, touchdown and sack without knowing the outcome.
This requires some self control. No news, no email, no Facebook, a complete vacuum of isolation. Fortunately, we had been practicing this for a week now with the Beijing Winter Olympics and we’re getting pretty good at it.
So we kicked off Super Bowl Monday while y’all were sleeping ready for some football and cafe espressos. These little connections make us feel closer to home, less isolated and more connected with the goings-on (good and bad) back home. And while we were pulling for the Bengals, we liked both teams and enjoyed every minute of a good game and all around show. Congratulations to the Rams and to LA on a good season and a well won game.