More Random Info Which May Or May Not Be Of Interest

Odd Ball Book Cover—No that is not the character named, Jobbi. It is an artist’s portrayal of both Jobbi and his friend Kevin, dressed like Jobbi’s cousin Victor.

When Was Odd Ball Written?The first full draft was completed in October 2008. It subsequently underwent numerous edits. And by numerous we actually mean that the author totally lost count. Somewhere in the mid to upper teens would be in the ballpark.

What Is The Significance Of The Chapter Titles In Odd Ball?They are the result of direct consultation with the Sarcastic Ball.

What Does Jobbi Read?—He likes books on cooking and vampires, but he has no interest in actually cooking a vampire. You can write to him HERE if you’d like to ask him anything yourself.

Do Kevin And Stephanie Have Email Addresses? —Yes, Stephstresscase andKevinvanderhof do have their own profiles on a popular social networking site. We can’t just give them out…but think ‘hooray.canada’.

Will There Be An Odd Ball Movie? We certainly hope so. The plan is to hold out for Mickey Rourke to play Vice-Principal Wickens.

Latvia is a bit of a strange place to write about. What’s with that?

Hockey.

Hockey?

Jobbi is a sweet skating hockey player—maybe a little too sweet—a polka-playing accordionist and unknown to him, he is an old-world matchmaker. Whenever those three skills are triangulated, the country of Latvia pops up near the top of the results. In fact, Latvia is probably the most hockey-mad country in Europe and is just behind Canada when the sizes of the two countries are compared. In 2006 the men’s IIHF World Hockey Championship was held in Riga. Every game of that tournament was sold out.
The following is taken from an article written by American travel writer Dan Fellner whose website is www.FellnerTravelInfo.com

“Before I came to Latvia, I had heard about the fervor of the country’s hockey fans. So, when I heard that the Latvian national team would be playing a “friendly” hockey game in Riga against Germany, I was determined to get a ticket to witness this enthusiasm firsthand.

Two weeks before the game, I waited in line 90 minutes to get tickets for me and my parents, who recently spent a month in Riga. From the minute we arrived at the packed arena for the game, the noise was incessant.

The only time it quieted down was for a few seconds when Germany scored its lone goal of the game. Latvia ended up winning, 3-1, and even though it was just an exhibition game, the fans reacted with as much intensity as you’ll see in the USA at a Stanley Cup playoff game. Maybe more.

By the time the game had ended, I felt as if I had been at a rock concert, my ears ached so badly from the noise. I thought it would be more sedate once we got outside the arena, but the celebration continued as excited fans sang, cheered and blew their horns as we walked home.”

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