While in Kyrgyzstan, I met very few girls. Indeed, if you're looking for a romantic adventure, Kyrgyzstan is one of the last places I'd recommend that you go. However, I did meet one-- a Russian/Kyrgyz girl who I fancied to no end, named Olya. We got a drink together. Between her sticking to orange juice at the bar and her 2 out of 10 English, the chemistry was lacking. At the end, we hugged. I went for the kiss on the cheek, but got rejected (since she couldn't "turn the cheek" to reject me because I was already aiming at her cheek, she put her head down and I ended up kissing her on the top of the head).
Anyway, I left her town the next day, and I haven't really thought about Olya much ever since. But last week, I got an email from her. It took me awhile to realize who "Olya" was, but when I did, I was delighted-- my little Kyrgyz girlfriend has written!
Now, I go in phases with email. Sometimes I'm on top of the ball, and respond to everything right away. Other times, I get hideously backed up and won't respond to anything for days and days. This was one of those times.
So yesterday, a week after I had received her email, I had not yet responded. Then I received this:
From: Ольга Попова
To: Tim Urban
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:47:22 AM
I think you forgot me at all. Just say Good buy to me.
This is my life.
Anyway, in other news, after my brilliant reverse jinx, the Red Sox have come back yet again in to win a postseason series. In fact, they've completed a dramatic comeback in four of their past five postseason apperances:
1999: came back from 0-2 to beat the Indians in the ALDS
2003: came back from 0-2 to beat the A's in the ALDS
2004: came back from 0-3 to beat the Yankees in the ALCS
2005: no comeback
2007: came back from 1-3 to beat the Indians in the ALCS
In that time, in 17 postseason games in which the Red Sox were facing elimination, they've gone 14-3. In 8 games in which the other team was facing elimination, the Red Sox have gone 7-1 (the Aaron Boone game being the only loss). If you take out the overlap, they've won 17 of 20 postseason games in which either team was facing elimination since 1999.
And-- just for fun-- since Mariano Rivera blew the 2001 World Series, the Yankees are 5-10 in 15 postseason games in which either team faces elimination. The Red Sox are 14-2 in 16 elimination games in that same span of time. What a remarkable, and beautiful, role reversal.
So tonight, my team takes on the streaking Rockies in the World Series. This is a pivotal game. Either:
-the Red Sox win-- Colorado believes that the long layover has cooled them down, and the Red Sox feel confident.
-the Rockies win-- both teams believe the Rockies are still red-hot, despite the layover, the Rockies know they can beat Beckett, and the Sox suddenly face a must-win game the next day.
I'm emotionally vulnerable.
I wish Olya were here.