There's never a better time than today to wish you much love and appreciation! February is our anniversary month, this year celebrating 42 wonderful years in the heart of the Mission. Thanks to our neighborhood shop, we've been able to build a beautiful network of clients, friends, and adopted family. We've shared our
cultures, learned about new ones, and even discovered some new sports. Hey, if Javier could get me on the footgolf field, there are infinite possibilities!
Over the holidays, we received a visit from a fellow San Franciscan with BA Cup, an awesome soccer tournament program in South America. This summer's tournament will be in Buenos Aires, and registrations are due this month so check it out at http://www.bacup.com/
Word has it, the San Leandro footgolf course is spectacular!! Javi will be updating the blog to keep you posted on developments, so buzz us to carpool!
Name the two U.S. olympians that were expelled from the olympic team in Mexico'68 due to their political protest___________.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos (of Cuban origin and alum' from San Jose State University). Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medallists in the 200m, stood with their heads bowed and a black-gloved hand raised as the American National Anthem played during the victory ceremony. The pair both wore black socks and no shoes and Smith wore a black scarf around his neck. Smith said he had raised his right
fist to represent black power in America, while Carlos raised his left fist to represent black unity. Together they formed an arch of unity and power. That evening, the silver medallist in the 200m event, Peter Norman of Australia, who was white, wore an OPHR badge in support of Smith and Carlos' protest. But two
days later the two athletes were suspended from their national team, expelled from the Olympic village and sent home to America. Many felt they had violated the Olympic spirit by drawing politics into the games.On their return both men were welcomed as heroes by the African-American community but others regarded
them as trouble-makers. Both received death threats.Thirty years after their protest, the two men, who went on to become high school athletics coaches, were honoured for their part in furthering the civil rights movement in America.
y abrazos por siempre!
This year, our friend Sebastian invited us to a Novena. This beautiful Colombian tradition rings in the holiday season nine days before Christmas. When we arrived to Sebastian's home, his family and friends warmly greeted us and shared their beautiful tradition with us. Ladies in Christmas ponchos, bunelos on the table, and a warm chimney was the perfect background to the celebration. Sebastian's mom picked up the guitar, and his dad started the novena reading. Then Sebastian came around with bags full of instruments, and our kids rang bells and used the scratcher. You know which one, el rallador! The evening was splendid and allowed us to truly enjoy the spirit of the season, which is warmth, family, friends, and hope. This is what the season means to us. May you and your loved ones be showered with the happiness th
Lately I've been feeling really connected to my southern italian roots. Maybe it's because I've found MHZ on local TV and have absolutely falled in love with the series Montalbano. Or maybe it's because I'm a mom now and most of my cooking is definately on the southern side. Or maybe it's because my all-time favorite soccer team, Napoli, is going through a Renaissance. It's easy to see how I would fall in love with Napoli. I'm from the City, and as a kid, there wasn't much soccer and no cable - at least in my neighborhood. So my first taste of futbol was on channel 26, Sunday was RAI day and before Rafaella, it was all about the calcio. Thank heavens for channel 26!! My mom was my guide because she was true tifosi. Come on now! It was the 80's and DIEGO was making the headlines, dancing on that field, and bringing the crowd to its feet. I can't foget the time Diego went north, and they had a sign for him saying, "Welcome to Italy." Like the south wasn't considered part of the kingdom. Well so much for being from the wrong part...there's hell of us and we are amazing!!! And then I can't forget the time I was in Naples at a club and they heard my mom was from Argentina. The whole club got into a line and started chanting, "l'ho fatto maradonna." Grazie San Diego! And now, to see Igauin taking that field on like it's his own, ohhhh, I know my Napoli is alive!!! Igauin, isos un grande! Forza Napoli, ti amo!