Saturday was Community Involvement Day for your humble blogmeister. First, I finally got my cis-hetero Euro-American male arse to the Montrose Center to volunteer with Houston Unites to promote Proposition 1 & HERO. I plan to spend some more Saturday afternoons making phone calls or knocking on doors, and I hope some of you will as well. Early voting starts in just five weeks on 19 October.
Next, I arrived too late for pizza & gumbo at Last Organic Outpost, but at least I got to spend an hour moving mulch around to build the new amaranth bed. Yes, LOO will soon be growing amaranth, and I'm psyched.
Then there was the Houston Dynamo community. A group of us met up with my former TORSO Soccer team Premier FC at Lucky's Pub before invading the stadium. Sadly, the Dynamo lost a very sloppy match 1-3 to Real Salt Lake, but singing along with the Texian Army and El Batallón took some of the sting out of it.
Also making the weekend go down much easier soccer-wise was my current TORSO team's victory. Houston International FC won its first match of the season 3-2 over a team that had beaten HIFC in summer 8-v-8 action a few weeks earlier. I kept goal for about half the match, giving up one goal and making a few strong stops. It felt good to get back out on the pitch after taking the summer off and not be a disaster between the pipes.
The name "Houston International" was chosen for a reason, not just because it sounds cool or because any of us are Inter Milan fans. We're probably not the only team in this 30-and-over coed league with natives of ten countries on the roster, Greater Houston being the most culturally diverse metro area in the US. But when we formed the team winter, we picked a name that would acknowledge and celebrate that fact.