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Gillian On Ice

October 29, 2009

So I bought Gillian some equipment so she could play in an adults beginner league in Kearney, we showed up, I helped her get on all of the equipment, we got out on the ice, and guess what…she is pretty damn good!  It is really quite irritating, Gillian tends to excel at most things; SCUBA, rugby, swimming, horseback riding, painting, cooking, cake decorating, convincing me to remodel the kitchen, and now she can add ice hockey to her arsenal.  Now I’m not saying she is going to be on the next USA Woman’s Olympic Hockey Team, but for a sport that is fundamentally ridiculous she does very well.
Let’s face it, hockey is a sport where you strap knifes to you feet, step out onto a frozen pond with walls and hit a rubber disk with funny looking stick…ridiculous.  Hockey also has a huge learning curve, you have to be able to move forward, backwards, and stop all while balancing on two, 1/8 inch blades.  Then once you figure out the basics of moving  there is stick handling, passing, shooting, checking, and rules like off-sides and icing, but I digress.
Gillian already knew how to skate, though it had been many years since she had done it, I was impressed with her switching from skating forward to backwards without falling on her ass.  Stopping on the other hand was a bit trickier, the problem with learning how to skate at “open skates” is that you never have to stop you just skate in circles, or ovals,  then try to get off the ice without falling.  So after a little coaching; keep your knees bent, keep your head up, throw your hip, Keep Your Knees Bent, she got the hang of it, at least enough to keep her from sliding into the boards.
The funniest part is watching everyone else around her.  Like with all sports, Gillian plays aggressively, she  is also the smallest person on the ice, so when she goes charging at the other team to get the puck they don’t really know what to do.  Every time she falls, even if no one is around her, you hear someone say “oh, sorry, are you ok?”  After a few more games and a little more coaching I think they are going to stop being so nice to her, because they won’t have too.  She even scored a goal last games!  The Goalie wasn’t in the net, but it still counts.

Interesting Couple of Weeks

September 28, 2009

It has been an interesting couple of weeks.  There was the SL 500 parked at Wal-Mart, which just seems wrong to me.  I keep scaring myself with my own hat and jacket at work.  Then we got this crazy postcard in the mall.  I mean really, mountains in Nebraska? I guess the dragon and the goat with seven laser eyes is also kind of odd.  The good part is the “Pastor” put his picture on the back so I know if I see him, that he is crazy and I should be leaving. 

We also had Olive knock the dog treats off the counter into her water bowl, destroying the bowl.  Of course all she wants is her damn dinner!  Then there is Gordie, who is so fixated on the ball he doesn’t realize he has a leaf stuck to his nose

There is a bit of news too.  Gillian has decided she wants to learn to play hockey…so I went on a shopping spree.  I bought all her equipment without her actually being there, so I think I did a pretty damn good job, the breezers might be a little small but they will work.  Gillian’s first game/practice is tonight!  I think I am more excited then she is.

I haven’t heard anything about the eBay Motors Master Contest yet.  I don’t think I won, the winner was supposed to be notified on Sept. 23 and it will be announced Oct. 1st.

Oh and one more thing, I just realized I have been doing this blog thing for over a year.

2nd Round Draft Pick

September 15, 2008

The TCSHL had its draft last night.  I was hoping to be a first round pick, but I ended up being the first pick of the second round.  When I told Gillian, she told me I was a failure and not to come home…she loves me.

Hockey Time

September 5, 2008
I started playing ice hockey again last year(mid-season) after a two season hiatus.  Now it is that time again!  I had to order sock tape on-line, there isn’t a hockey store in town or in Kearney where I actually play.  The league I play in is the TCSHL.  I drive 40 miles each way, twice a weekto play this game that no one in Grand Island really understands.  Gillian loves it, because without hockey I’m kind of a dick during the winter.