The Dutch Collapse

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Flying back to the Netherlands tonight, but first I'm going to head into Queens to meet my sister then we'll go into Manhattan to watch the Dutch football team beat up on poor Russia to advance to the semifinals in Euro 2008.  Dragged myself out of bed, got into the car, grabbed a bagel from Village Bagel then drove on down 95 and the Bruckner, over the Triboro bridge and up to my sister's place in Astoria.  Chilled there for a while then we took the N train into Manhattan...4th Street station.  We had two places in mind, the place where I watched some World Cup matches in 2006, or Down the Hatch.  Was a little hesitant about Down the Hatch because neither of us really wanted the three pitcher/all-you-can-eat wing deal...but it's usually too crowded to get around there on a Saturday if you're not!  We wound up instead at 1849 on Bleeker St. 

We got there a little early to snag a primo couch seat and ordered up some lunch...knowing I'm back to the Netherlands that night, this was my last chance for a good hamburger and chicken wings...so I went for the hamburger for lunch.  We wanted to wait for the wings as the 20-cent wings start at 3PM.  The place was VERY quiet (it was still around 2:00) but that soon began to change.  By the 2:45 start of the game, we were glad of our decision to get there early.  A good crowd had arrived for the game, and once the wings started at 3, the place was PACKED!  My sister's roommate joined us around 3 and we ordered up some wings and watched the game.  Just wiiting for the first Dutch goal to let the celebration begin...

Well...that didn't work out...

By the time the game ended, I was receiving messages advising me not to fly that night in case the pilot was despondent over the loss...it was ugly...

Oh well...at least we have the PSV championship :-)

Finishing up at 1849 we headed over to the Strand Bookstore on Broadway to pick up some reading material for the coming months and then rolled back to Astoria in time for me to get in the car and head down to JFK for my flight back to the Netherlands.  Hopefully it won't be 9 months again before my next trip home...

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