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World Cup 2014, 4 years of waiting 3 years of planning


The last time I planned something 3 years in advance was at the tail end of my freshman year in college when I decided to change my major to Computer Science.  I wanted to graduate and land a job that would pay me big money. I told myself that I needed to be out in 3 years in order to graduate before the dot com bust.  Anyway, as much as I would like to ramble about my college years, I'll save it for another day.  Plus its better told over a beer. (Invite me, please)

The next time I found myself planning, was at the end of 2010.  I still had a sour taste in my mouth from the loss that Mexico experienced against Argentina in the round of 16. It was truly a game that I felt Mexico should have won and allowed me (all El Tri fans) a second knockout stage match. For the remainder of 2010 I used HBO and Showtime to distract me with shows like True blood and Dexter.  When 2011 rolled around and the Gold Cup was in full swing I realize how badly I wanted to experience a World Cup.  Then when Mexico won the tournament in such a sensational way, I decided that enough was enough, I was heading to the World Cup.  I felt that the core group of players playing for El Tri where players that I wanted to go watch at the World Cup in Brazil.

I started to spread the word with my friends and family vocally and soon after I made it a habit to send out monthly emails.  I was able to dig out the first of many emails to my friends and family:

“Ok, so we have about 30 months until Brazil 2014. (to raise capital)

Its actually about 34 months until the actual event, but I think we will have to pay for certain things like airfare in 2013 and for tickets and hotel in early 2014. Unless its all in 2013.

Which means in order for you to get there you should have about 266 dollars by now. (based on a budget of about 8 thousand which will be more than enough for the trip, but we have to set the bar high just in case)

Remember: Don't wait for the last minute so you don't have to put too much on a credit card or use 401k by the time late 2013 and early 2014 rolls in. I'm going to try to remind you on a monthly basis from now on.

PS: Please let me know if you want off the mailing list. =)

Kind regards,

Gerardo Ramirez ”

The email list started at 10 recipients and over the next two years it would grow to as many as 20 and by the year 2013 it would dramatically decrease to 4. And so today we go to Brazil as a group of 4 Aztec Warriors.  In the next part, I'll cover the emotional rollercoaster that we experienced as El Tri was failing to meet their expectations of qualifying to the World Cup.

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