It’s a big day today in Los Angeles: David Beckham arrived last night and will have his first practice session with the LA Galaxy today after a large press conference. There’s been interesting speculation in the news about how Beckham’s arrival could cause an increase in MLS popularity and hopefully make soccer just as popular as football and baseball in the US. In my opinion, I don’t think it’s going to happen. If it does, it won’t be in soon. It’s estimated that over twenty million kids play soccer in the US, but soccer’s popularity still struggles. It’s been funny how the media has painted Beckham’s arrival… like he’s going to save the MLS and it’s ratings. Didn’t they try the same kind of thing back in the 1970s with the NASL bringing over international stars Pele and Franz Beckenbauer to play for the New York Cosmos? It didn’t work then… what makes them think it will work now? There was even rumors that Zinadine Zidane was talking to the Chicago Fire. It’s a little funny too… the LA Galaxy is having a terrible season so far with only three wins in twelve games. And, they failed to make it to the quarterfinals in the US Open Cup by loosing to an second division team the Richmond Kickers. I don’t think Beckham will be the savior of the MLS, but it should be interesting to see if his presence raises the level of play. After watching top level English and Italian league play, it’s painful and disappointing to watch MLS.
We’ve been having problems with our Lexmark printer at work. We have a color laser printer that we’ve all agreed acts like a spoiled infant crying and whining while giving out poor print quality, taking way too long to print, if it prints at all, and going through toner like it’s free. We’ve had it for just over a year and we are about to order a new one because it’s been idiculous thus far. It sometimes takes ten to fifteen minutes to print a complicated Illustrator file… not necessarily one that is large; it could only be 5 MB and still take that long to print. Sometimes it won’t print the file at all. We go through black and magenta toner every couple of weeks. The PC Unit for each color needs changing and those are supposed to last for a few years. Oi, it’s been irritating. Okay, I’m done ranting about our printer.
Michael’s birthday party is tomorrow. Instead of having a BBQ at Mom and Dad’s house it looks like we’re all going out to dinner. Patrick and Dad have been doing some work on the house including building a closet organizer for the master bedroom and remodeling the main bathroom. So, the living room is cluttered with the innards of Mom and Dad’s closet. Not idea for having a party. There’s talk of having the party at a German restaurant in Alameda. Sounds like fun.