18th of March, 2012: Fernando Torres, of Chelsea, broke his 5-month duck in his man-of-the-match display (2 goals, 2 assists) against Leicaster City.
Vamos, Fernando. We are glad to see you so happy.
From Puppy, who never hated you, even when you left.
The entirety of Luchino Visconti masterpiece Death in Venice (1971) is finally on Youtube! The amazing Dirk Bogarde plays Gustav von Aschenbach with painful accuracy, and the beautiful Bjorn Andresen embodies the infamous beauty of the Polish teenager Tadzio.
It’s not a blockbuster film, so if you like fast-paced, plot-based Hollywood films, it’s probably not your thing. But it’s definitely worth a watch, if you like beautiful things.
UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals draw. Picture courtesy of the wonderful Edinson Cavani of Napoli.
Phi and I are both looking forward to a very possible “El Clasico Champions League Final”. We are going to have the biggest Facebook Live Commentaries party ever.
On another note, we want AC Milan, our childhood Serie A mesmerizers, to beat Barca and advance further. We are going to hold the Facebook Live Commentaries session on the 28th of March, so archive our thoughts on the unpredictable first leg of the Milan-Barca clash.
Today I met my bestest doll friend in Midtown to have lunch and hang out for the rest of the day watching reality shows about freaks and talk and talk and talk for hours and hours.
For lunch we opted for a cute little Chinese restaurant, with an adorable set of zodiac paintings on the walls and a surprisingly clean, wispy restroom. We went to the cashier first to pay for our meals before we sat down (that was one of the weird rules of this restaurant), and while I ordered the Pad Thai I noticed that the cashier bears an uncanny resemblance to the Portugal/Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles. The facial structure, the rugged gaze, alternative handsomeness, even the slight receding hairline and the beard was all there, except the cashier was wearing a pair of less hipster, clear-rimmed glasses. He resembled Meireles so much that we even googled pictures of Meireles later to snicker about it.
Meireles, circa September 2010, when he still played for Liverpool.
We only found out that today (technically, yesterday, since midnight passed) was Raul Meireles’s birthday. The coincidence was strange enough that we (Vlad and I) later came up with a conspiracy theory in the office:
"What if Raul Meireles was using his spiritual superpowers to try to have us celebrate his birthday through deliberately making us go to a place where a faux-Meireles cashier reminded us of him?"
Since Aaron Ramsey can kill people with his goal-scoring abilities, I promise that this conspiracy theory is entirely possible.
Anyways, happy belated birthday, Raul. I loved you when you were at Liverpool, and I still love you now.
On 14th of March, 2012, Phi (my doll friend) and I (Vladimir, the puppy) went home from the office a hour and a half late. It was because Chelsea FC, a London-based Premier League superteam, and Napoli, a traveling fiery underdogs from Naples, decided to drag their UEFA Champions League second-leg match into extended time.
We hosted a live commentary session that day, on Facebook (thanks, Mark Zuckerberg, for enabling the archiving of our useless conversations, always). It’s late now, but we post it here because obviously, the match was blood-gurglingly intense.
To read our “fair” and “unbiased” commentary (we are Liverpool fans), click below. You can identify us by our images: the doll donning the Viktor & Rolf “bed” gown is Phi, my doll girlfriend, and the little Pomeranian is I, Vladimir.
P. S. It’s not that interesting.
This is Puppy & Doll, Inc.
We (Vladimir, a Pomeranian puppy, and Phi, a fashion-loving doll) are a city-based duo who work in our office in the downtown.
Since we are obviously white-collar and therefore cursed with a computer screen staring back at us 24/7, we originally made an idea to keep a blog between ourselves back in 2011, which did not work out very well due to a complicated set of reasons.
However, we had an amazing opportunity to re-start, from the beginning, this time with a wonderful new helper and confidant, who supported us since we were in our gloomy days.
We will mostly post ridiculous, mixed-interest posts, mostly about football (futbol, soccer, however you want to call it), art, fashion, and books.
You can ask us any questions any time, and also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any suggestions or concerns.
Out October 2011 - February 2012 doodles are archived here.
Don’t worry, be happy!
Vladimir (Puppy), and Phi (Doll), with love from the glamorous U. S. A.