It's June 21 already, are you kidding me? I landed in Johannesburg on June 4 and I simply can't believe two weeks have passed so quickly.
My job here is mainly to schedule and produce our presenter's live shots, and we've so many of them that the days just blow by like as quickly as the winter wind at Soccer City.
I simply haven't had time to blog, so you can imagine my delight in my assignment on Friday: Go to the U.S.-Slovenia match at Ellis Park, gather some post-match reaction from the players, and create a post-match feature with our reporter Alex Thomas.
As an American who intensely desires to see Team USA perform well at every World Cup, it's a double joy.
First, the ability to take in an official World Cup match, and second to see my team in official World Cup action!
Of course, as journalists your goal is to be impartial. And we do keep that objectivity when we need to, but more and more on our network we see the personalities, and humanity, of our staff come out on air.
Why can't an Englishman give opinions on his team, especially after such lack-luster snoozers? Or Pedro Pinto, our Portuguese presenter, completely feel the frustration with Ronaldo and company after a scoreless draw with Ivory Coast?
Anyway, the day started as every day starts here when you go to bed the previous night at 2 a.m. - in a frantic hurry. I forgot my favorite tool, the mini-cam, and had to beg the media bus driver to run back to the room ahead of my trip to Ellis Park.
The reason I wanted to go so early is to secure that golden ticket: some passes to the so-called "mixed zone," which is a mazy labyrinth of cubicle-type walls that players must walk through after the game, where many TV journalists want to get interviews.
Those tickets rest solely at the dispersal of HBS (Host Broadcasting Service), which is hired by FIFA to distribute the rights to show the matches, to create and distribute the TV signals to all rights-holding networks around the world, and to try to deal with us, the news.
On my way to the compound I saw two very curious signs.
This is the first winter World Cup since 1978, and many Johannesburg locals have said things like: "I've lived here all my life and I've never been as cold as I was last night!"
So on one HBS billboard was: "Achtung! Beware! Black Ice Around The Pitch." It's just that cold overnight!
And, of course, my favorite: "Absolutely No Blowing Vuvuzela On the Broadcast Compound. Anyone Found Blowing Vuvuzela Is Subject To A 1,000-Rand Fine."
I was amazed to see so many people inside the stadium grounds some six hours before the match. This is the fourth World Cup I've covered for CNN, but I have never figured out how NOT to be awed by it all.
To interact with people from all walks of life, from literally all over the world, who've come together to celebrate the beautiful game at its highest level.
Slovenia and the U.S. may have been adversaries on the pitch, but before the match kicked off, to see everyone dancing together while singing this World Cup's most memorable song, "Wavin' the Flag," was as unforgettable as that disallowed American goal.