Staying up for World Cup better than nightmare

We gather at odd hours of the night. It’s a solitary existence, connected by a common passion. Our houses glow blues and greens from the windows at 3:30 in the morning. Sitting in the dark, we mute our screams so we don’t wake other members of the house.

I’m not a vampire, but when the World Cup is played half a world away, we have no other choice than becoming creatures of the night.

I’ve finally learned the difference between Zinedine Zidane, a French soccer star, and Xenedrine, a weight loss product.

My 24-year-old friend Doug “retired” from his job so he could watch the games at night and sleep during the day.

The hours will be easier Sunday when the U.S. takes on Korea at 11:25 p.m.

With Federal Way’s significant Korean population, the game will have special interest around here.

“A lot of people in Federal Way will be watching that game,” said city councilman Mike Park. “It should be very interesting.”

Both host-country Korea and the U.S. were surprise winners in first-round games, setting the stage for Sunday’s match up. The winner of Sunday’s game will almost assuredly qualify for the next round.

The game is especially interesting on the heels of the Olympics, where Federal Way native Apolo Ohno was awarded the gold medal after the apparent winner, a Korean skater, was disqualified.

So where is everybody going to watch the game? The Woo Rae Ok restaurant in Ross Plaza said they would be showing the game if they can get their big screen TV up and running.

Park said he would probably watch the game at his sister’s house. I don’t think we’re invited.

If you’re not sure where to watch the game, players from the Seattle Sounders are meeting to watch the Sunday’s World Cup game at The Attic in Madison Park, Seattle. Kick off is 11:30 p.m.

We risk lack of sleep knowing very well that we’ll be zombies at our jobs the next day. But when the World Cup only comes around once every four years, who needs to be awake for work? Take a victory nap.

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