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Friday, May 1, 2009

"I Told That Kraut Down At The League Office..."

Like it or not, this blog is actually popular (I know!--who-woulda-thought?). something was just brought to my attention, that needs to be discussed, addressed, squashed, what-have-you.
I took down the "SCOREBOARD" that some of you early readers might remember, because in my opinion it was a little too "hey! look at me." But for the record, Thoughts From a Fat White Guy just passed 300,000 hits. Pause for celebration.

So where exactly am I going with all this? I'm trying to say Thoughts From a Fat White Guy has gone global. Until now it has been very well received....
Well recently FWG was "called out" in a blog post and news paper article by German reporter Jürgen Kalwa, who posted his rant on Football-Austria.com (screenshot below)
The point of said article (the entirety of which you can find here---get your translator ready)
The article starts off stating that "Rob Lunn has learned nothing in college" and "Even a fool can have an opinion" was that he was upset about my "interpretation" of culture--whether it be at "the spa" (FWG not used to that much nakedness), caricatures of President Obama proudly displayed on the streets of Klagenfurt (see below), as well as the style, dress, and practice habits of bar patrons and teammates a like (my sweatpants, their Canadian-Tuxedos--both in poor taste).

I have ALWAYS hoped that my writing is worth a laugh and maybe a few insights in to life as a college athlete or football player. Self-deprecation has always been the name of the game. I am not patronizing my teammates or Austrians, rather I have thought it humorous my observations on how life is different compared to the United States. I have not once said that one way of life is better than the other, because if anything being here has shown me one is NOT superior to another. Simply put, the world is smaller; we are no longer isolated nations and no man is an island. The 21st century is truly marked by the concept of the global community, barriers (political, social, and economic) are being broken down everyday.
For one person to say that my American teammates and I are ignorant, or "have learned nothing in college" is exactly the type of broad and sweeping generalization I would hope to avoid, especially from someone who is making the argument that I am the ignorant one.

After four years of college, graduating above a 3.0 with a degree in political science, being told that I do not, "understand the intricacies of a political culture" is something to which I take great offense.
I have not made political statements with my blog regarding how Austrians (or Europeans) view America, or I them. I am here with the most open of minds, truly soaking in all this country has to offer. Above all else, I am here to play football and enjoy a new (and sometimes strange) experience. The concept of "hilarity ensues" should be explained to Mr. Jürgen Kalwa -- my experiences in these situations don't make the experiences (people, places, things) bad, they make the interaction funny. FWG goes to Nude-Bath: Hilarity Ensues.
In closing, I hope that everyone continues to enjoy my Tales From Austria, whether it is on this site, NESN.com or Deadspin.
And again, a big THANK YOU for helping to reach 300,000 hits!

8 comments:

Noodle said...

Well said, "little" brother. :)

Gary said...

It's funny how he said any fool can have an opinion, then he promptly proves his theory by being an idiot and offering his opinion.

Congrats on the 300k...I bet over 1 million by 2010!

Keep up the good/funny work. Do UConn proud

fatpickle said...

Like A-Rods stats the 300K hits were greatly inflated by all the traffic sent to FWG by FP. I mean without me, you'd be sitting at 299,970 right now. I'm like Dennis Johnson to your Bird.
Oh yeah, it would appear your sister is hot and smart.

BTrain said...

Let that dude talk... It's the little differences that make cultural exchanges between highly developed regions like the US and Western Europe so hilarious for the opposite side.

Like Vince Vega once said: Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac.

Ian said...

Congrats on 300K. Keep up the good work Rob.

Bee2636 said...

well written commentary, rob.

isn't that a goal in life, to
see how we all fit together in
the big picture?

having fun while doing it is
certainly a plus.

FP just doesn't know the real score does he? let me know if he tries anything on noodle -- we'll make hamburger dill slices outta the gherkin.

Walk On Boy said...

If some German writer feels the need to call you out {as misguided as his attempts may be}, you must be doing something right.

C'mon Jürgs, don't hate - congratulate.

And 300,000? That's some sort of ridiculous. Congrats boss.

ben said...

hi rob i`m ben or you say bugger the little fat white guy from carinthia excuse austria for the shit there they post over you I think (and million other austrian people)usa is great and the people from america very nice i can the usa anthem better as the austrian athem and the obama poster is mean good and funny all the people in austria think obama is very very great (bilion times better as bush) and the ca.100 stupid people they envious of you they are very stupid greetings bugger (ben)