Late because of Lara

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Friday, November 25, 2005

I was late for work today. Well, not late strictly because my hours are flexible, but I was later than I expected to be. This I can only blame on myself, my love of cricket and one Brian Charles Lara. I'd woken up early and found myself glued to the television immediately. I even forsook watching the ladies of OzAerobics keeping fit to watch the cricket, and more particularly Lara becuase everyone else on the pitch today at the Adelaide Oval were bit part players compared to this man's genius, and they included some of the greatest Australian cricketers of all time. Lara was giving a masterclass as he sought new landmarks in cricket's rich statistical history. I didn't care about the numbers although I understood that they told you how good he is - only they don't, because this wasn't just about being a genius talent, it was a stunning show, and I was enraptured.

It's hard to explain to people who understand cricket, and even harder to understand to those who don't, but I can only say that watching Brian Lara bat well is an incomparable experience. It's almost a supernatural ability. What others find hard, nigh impossible, is almost too easy for him. Other players have matched him statistically, but I doubt that few if any have been as aesthetically pleasing or have matched immense power with such grace. It's a little like the semi-hypnotic effects of watching huge waves rise, elegantly curve and then explode.

I can't think of a way to explain it to myself, let alone to others, but the fact that I am never late for work just so I can watch TV a bit longer sets it in context. Today it never crossed my mind that I wouldn't watch the TV. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see something very special. Maybe my perspectives have changed in this regard after a year away from work or maybe I missed cricket an awful lot in China, but I don't think this is about me. This was just genius at work and I wouldn't have missed it for the World.
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