What did you say about girls' sports?
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June 29th, 2008 – by: afredrix
On Sunday, two girls from Quebec joined the couchsurfing party.
As it turns out, the boys play basketball every Sunday evening in an open-gym. This is where -- after Justas implied that I can shoot off to the side while they play -- my defense of American and women's basketball had to set to work. I've never claimed to be a pro. I know my weaknesses on the court, that's for sure. However, I know the game. I can shoot. And I spent two-years worth of lunch hours proving myself with all the boys in my Des Moines gym. So aside from the fact that I haven't been able to exercise regularly on this trip and there's the possibility I may kiel over in the middle of a game, I'm not scared of boys with a basketball. Bring it on Lithuania.
However tough that last paragraph may have sounded, I was extremely relieved when we walked past the full-court game of rather large and athletic beasts, to the half-court setting of 4-on-4. As I suspected, I was not in good basketball shape, by any means, but I think I won them over despite the fact. I even got a few compliments from Justas himself.
My ability to count to ten even came in handy again. But that's where my Lithuanian court-talk knowledge ended. Turns out their word for "shoot" sounds an awful lot like "pass." You can imagine how damaging that was to the ego when every time I got the ball, my whole team would yell "Pass! Pass! Pass!"
Lithuanians are very proud of their basketball. It's even more important to them than soccer. So I think it was very appropriate and cool that I got the chance to partake. And this experience further illustrates my love for sports and how you can bond over something without even having to talk (or being able to, for that matter.) The added sweetness came with surprising--and possibly even impressing--Justas and his Lithuanian male ego. Chalk one up for American girls.
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