I have two totally different topics today. First, I will tell you about Krzemien. I visited them yesterday with ten other members of the Poznan International Ladies Club (PILC). It’s an organization that serves developmentally disabled adults. It’s open for seven hours a day during the week. I was impressed to hear that their main focus is helping their participants become independent. It’s a real testament to that fact that 90% make the daily commute on their own – very impressive. They make their own meals, do the shopping, make lists, spend time working on art project or in the gym. I’m going to visit them again, and we’ll do some cooking together.
Every year, PILC chooses a charity to support. Krzemien was the recipient last year. Fund raising efforts, enabled us to purchase a kiln for their art studio. They do ceramics and slump glass, as well as drawing and painting. Many of the artists have participated in exhibitions and are beginning to have commercial success.
Because of our support, one of the clients, Jakub, felt they should invite us to for coffee and second breakfast to say thanks. It was a very nice morning. If you’re in Poznan, I urge you to check them out. They are some budding artists and are very nice people, both the clients and the staff.
Now, on to my second topic. My favorite player of Lech Poznan, Luis Henriquez, has been suspended for two games. He shoved an opponent in the face, the referee didn’t see it, but the TV cameras did, you can watch it for yourself. He wasn’t penalized during the game, the suspension came later after reviewing the video recordings. During our second season, we had really good seats, sitting in about the fourth row. For half of the match, Luis played right in front of us. I love to watch him play. He’s smaller and older than most of the players. He plays with a lot of hustle and is not afraid to play rough. It can be so disheartening to watch the young stars back down as if they’re afraid of a fast, aggressive team.
My objection to the suspension after the fact is that it seems unduly selective. I’ve seen a ball cross the goal line, but goalie gets it out before the ref notices. When this makes sporting news after the match is over, they don’t change the score. I’ve never heard of a yellow card being revoked because video later showed that the supposedly injured player was “flopping.” If they’re going to rule based on video rather than the ref on the field. then let’s do it for everything.