Regular readers of this blog will know that my usual hangout on Commercial Drive is Fet’s Bar & Grill run by the fabulous Alura & Eric and, these days, their sons. Great place generally — best burgers and ultra-thin pizzas in Vancouver — and when a big soccer or hockey event takes place it is the place to be on the Drive.
For the World Cup Final yesterday morning and afternoon Eric put on a great show with extra TVs set up and I was able to arrange the best seats in the house for seven friends, all but one of whom were new to the place. The restaurant was packed, of course, with a good mix of Spanish and Dutch supporters. The inevitable vuvuzelas were prominent — including on our table –, but the cheering and the chanting were even louder! And the booze that flowed! Boy, I had forgotten just how much my friends could drink! When Spain finally scored the goal in the final minute of extra time, the whole place exploded. I shrieked and shouted along with the best of them and almost lost my voice as a result.
The Drive simply closed down as everyone poured out onto the street, conga lines forming!
Near the end of the game, Eric at Fets arranged a free raffle draw for team shirts and my good friend Bob won the Spanish colours. Bob already has a vast collection of sports memorabilia and I thought it appropriate that he should win. However, in the grand spirit of the day he immediately gave the shirt to a young girl at a neighbouring table of Spanish supporters as she was the only one in her group who wasn’t already wearing the uniform. Great gesture from a really great guy to top off a wonderful day.