Despite America being the pioneer and momentum of global capitalism, financial services are often archaic and inefficient. Two tasks that would be effortless in the UK - transferring a gas account from my landlord to myself, and paying money from one personal bank account to another - have to be done in person. To kill two birds with one stone we went into DC yesterday, spending a few hours in various queues attempting to communicate with various troglodytes.
Job done, we made the most of it by having lunch at ESPN Zone, and watching Lleyton Hewitt's epic viktory. I've clearly not been keeping up to date with the exploits of my favourite tennis player - since when did he marry Hayley from Home and Away? And isn't she about 14?
I was thinking of this when we noticed a commotion in the corner of the restaurant, and realised that we were on live TV, providing a civilised and classy backdrop for an ESPN interview with Caps sensation Alex Ovechkin. He's played for the only team Faith's been to support - the Washington Capitals, and before that the only team i've ever been to support - Dynamo Moscow. So we liked him. Even more so, hearing what Wayne Gretzky has to say:
You know, he's a phenomenal player, and he's been a tremendous influence in the game. It's great to see, because he is that good.
And even more so, when we saw *that* goal. Phenomenal.