On the morning of June 27th, 2010... June 27, 2010 08:21

....I unexpectedly became cool.

Before I came to Japan, appearing in a photograph next to real football players was something that was only going to happen to me through the wonders of Photoshop.  And the possibility of  being presented with a real jersey was about the same probability for me as winning the Giant Slalom or living in Key West with a dolphin friend that I solved mysteries with every week.

But all that has changed.

Today I got to stand on stage next to Ryuji Bando and Akihiro Ienaga.  They play football for Cerezo Osaka.  They are calm, thoughtful and soft spoken, as opposed to me, who is noisy and moves around too much.  But they don't know that and so they gave me a jersey that they had signed.  They gave one to Dean too.  Then they took a picture with us.

I really don't know how to add to that.  So I'll just stop here.